Nov. 9, 2016

Nov. 9, 2016: Opus Prize, myHR, Creighton Global Initiative

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

As we begin on Monday, Nov. 14, hosting numerous events related to the 2016 Opus Prize – the world’s most prestigious faith-based humanitarian award – next week will be a special time at Creighton University.

In addition to welcoming the three outstanding finalists for the $1 million award to campus for various speaking engagements, there will be an engagement panel featuring the finalists on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium, an all-University interfaith prayer service on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 3:30 p.m., and the award ceremony at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Complimentary tickets are still available, and additional information regarding all activities can be found by clicking here

I would like to thank the staff members in Human Resources, as well as others at the University, who have been diligently working for quite some time to launch the new myHR management system. The new online, cloud-based payroll and human resources management system will be available beginning Jan. 1. In addition to simplifying many tasks, the elimination of paper timesheets provides for the sustainability of resources. 

With the new system becoming available during the Christmas break, you are encouraged to take advantage of the many training opportunities now available. Updates on the project, training resources, and key dates can be found at

I am pleased to report that 26 of the 30 Creighton Global Initiative (CGI) projects awarded in 2016 are on schedule, and Dr. René Padilla, CGI chair and executive director of the Global Engagement Office, and I are eagerly anticipating the next awards that will occur in 2017.

The overall mission of CGI will remain the same. However, we have further clarified objectives, adding an explanation of global learning and an expectation that proposals be more explicitly linked to this notion. We are using the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ definition of global learning because, in the past year, that association has produced a number of assessment rubrics that will help the CGI proposals incorporate clear outcomes. 

Additional information regarding the submission of proposals for the next round of funding, which this year will total approximately $1 million, will be announced later this month.

Please let me also remind you about our upcoming campus conversation with the Education Advisory Board (EAB). All Creighton faculty and staff will be invited to attend a Strategic Planning Town Hall on Thursday, Dec. 8, at which researchers from the EAB will share important information regarding their findings on the national landscape of U.S. higher education and provide background and context as we continue our own work on strategic planning. Look for an invitation to this event soon.

Finally, with Thanksgiving only two weeks away, you are invited to join Creighton alumni and friends at the annual Thanksgiving Day Alumni Mass and continental breakfast on Nov. 24. Mass in St. John’s Church begins at 9 a.m. This wonderful tradition is a way for members of the Creighton community to come together to commemorate the national holiday and recall everything we have to be grateful for in our own lives.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ