Sept. 7, 2017: Town Halls, Sustainability, and Enrollment
I have a few brief items to share with you prior to the weekend, including reminders regarding important upcoming events, the introduction of new leadership in our enhanced sustainability program, and a report on our record enrollment.
I look forward to seeing many faculty and staff on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at one of the two strategic planning town hall gatherings. This is your opportunity to learn more about the fine work of many individuals over the summer as we move closer to finalizing Creighton’s new strategic plan, which will guide us for several years.
The following day, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, beginning at 11 a.m. in St. John’s Church, we will join together for the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit to commemorate the beginning of the new academic year. I always enjoy seeing the large number of students, faculty, and staff who attend this special Eucharist.
I am pleased to provide an update on our enhanced efforts in sustainability, which has been a priority for me since coming to Creighton. Recently, Belyna Bentlage joined the University as our full-time sustainability coordinator, reporting to Vice Provost for Global Engagement René Padilla. Belyna holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and anthropology from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in natural resources social science from Purdue University.
Belyna will be sharing information regarding sustainability-related programming and initiatives as both are developed. In the meantime, the inaugural Sustainability Forum will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, in the Skutt Student Center, Room 105. Sustainability Forums will be held periodically throughout the academic year, and topics and speakers will vary month to month.
Tomorrow is the deadline for golfers to register for the 13th annual Magis Clinic Golf Classic, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Shadow Ridge Country Club in west Omaha.
The Magis Medical Clinic, which was first organized in 2004 by Creighton medical students, serves the homeless and uninsured by offering free health services on Saturdays at the Siena Francis House near the Creighton campus. This past year, the Magis Clinic served 1,200 patients, and operated four clinics on a regular basis.
To register for the tournament, contact Andrew Valiquette at AndrewValiquette [at] creighton [dot] edu.
Lastly, and from Mary Chase, EdD, vice provost for Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning, our total student population for the 2017-2018 academic year is approximately 8,650, and the approximate freshman class total is 1,118, our largest first-year class in University history. The previous record in each category occurred in 2015-2016 when we enrolled 8,435 overall, including 1,068 freshmen.
Thank you to everyone across campus who played a role in recruiting the undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and making them feel welcome as they recently joined the Creighton community.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ