April 5, 2017

April 5, 2017: Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visit and St. Albert’s Day/University Research Day

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

Since my message yesterday afternoon, I have learned of the schedule for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) comprehensive evaluation visit next Monday and Tuesday, April 10-11. 

The five-person team will meet with many individuals during their 1½-day visit. Additionally, regarding the campus forums I forecasted in yesterday’s message, I am now able to announce that there will be three Open Forums and two “drop-in” sessions as indicated in the table below.

Time location open forum/drop-in session campus community
10:15-11 a.m. Skutt Student Center Ballroom West Faculty Only Open Forum Faculty Only
(Department/program chairs and administrators will be invited to other sessions)
1:30-2:30 p.m. Skutt Student Center Ballroom West Open Campus Forum Criteria 2 and 5 Assurance Arguments All campus members
(faculty, staff, students and administrators)
3:15-4:15 p.m. Skutt Student Center Ballroom West Open Campus  Criteria 3 and 4 Assurance Arguments All campus members
(faculty, staff, students and administrators)
5:15-6 p.m. Skutt Student Center Room 218 Drop-in Session

All campus members

(faculty, staff, students and administrators)

8-8:45 a.m. Skutt Student Center Room 218 Drop-in Session All campus members
(faculty, staff, students and administrators)

As a reminder, our completed Assurance Argument may be found on the accreditation website, as well as visit details. You may wish to review these documents prior to the campus conversations.

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Dean Gail Jensen, PhD, who also serves as vice provost for Learning and Assessment, and Mary Ann Danielson, PhD, associate vice provost for Academic Excellence and Assessment, for all of the work they have done to prepare the campus community for the accreditation status review. 

I am pleased to share that the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships were announced last week, and the Creighton Goldwater committee reported that we have one scholarship winner, Kathleen Marinelli, and two honorable mentions, Jonathan Fleegel and Bailey Hassman. 

Ms. Marinelli was also recently elected as the student senate president in the College of Arts and Sciences, and joins a distinguished group of 240 young scientists and scholars nationwide who received scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. An additional 307 students were named as honorable mentions, including Mr. Fleegel and Ms. Hassman.

Finally, and also related to science and scholarly work by our students, last Thursday, March 30, members of the campus community celebrated research at Creighton through the annual St. Albert’s Day/University Research Day. A total of 128 posters were presented by undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and 35 students gave oral presentations. More than 50 faculty were involved in judging the posters. University Research Awards were presented by Interim Provost Tom Murray, PhD, to Nancy Hanson, PhD, professor of medical microbiology and immunology, and Michael Kelly, JD, professor of law, who gave brief talks about their research.

Accolades from the day are listed below: 

Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation 

  • Shannon Cooney – Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences Category
  • Monika Satkauskas – Basic Sciences Category

Best Graduate/Professional Oral Presentation

  • Robert Todd – Basic Sciences Category
  • Sam Costanzo – Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences Category
  • Joseph Lesnak – Clinical Sciences Category

Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation

  • Olivia Lonetti – Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences Category
  • ​MacKenzie Twaddell – Basic Sciences Category
  • Alohi Nonies – Clinical Sciences Category

Best Graduate/Professional Poster Presentation

  • Jillian Harrington – Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences Category
  • Matti Holmes – Basic Sciences Category
  • Louisa Sullivan – Clinical Sciences Category

Congratulations also to all who participated. University Research Day is another good reminder of why Creighton is recognized nationally for the outstanding research opportunities we provide to our students.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ