Oct. 29, 2018

Oct. 29, 2018

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

As we continue to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the last days of October, please allow me to update you on a few items, including tomorrow’s visit by Dr. Madeleine Albright and Gen. Colin Powell, strategic planning campus forums, a construction update regarding the mall east of 24th street, recent awards made through the Creighton Global Initiative, and a new endowed chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.  

The final 2018 event of the Creighton 140 Presidential Lecture Series will occur Tuesday evening in the Ryan Center, as we welcome Dr. Albright and Gen. Powell to address issues facing our country and the world. CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveaux will serve as moderator for the evening event. I wish we could have accommodated everyone wishing to attend, but nearly the entire audience, which is expected to number more than 2,500, will be Creighton faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, a standby entrance line will be organized north to south along the 19th street sidewalk just west of the Ryan Center. You can learn more about this in Creighton Today.

It would be wonderful for Dr. Albright and Gen. Powell to see members of our campus community upon their arrival at the Harper Center at 3:30 p.m. If you would like to welcome our distinguished visitors, they will be entering the building through the doors closest to the front desk where our students are located. No individual photos with the speakers will be allowed, but you are welcome to take photos and say hello as they move toward classrooms, where they will be meeting with Creighton students prior to evening activities commencing.

Regarding strategic planning forums, which continue through November, I highly encourage you to participate as much as possible in order to learn more about the progress being made on plan goals. Please view upcoming sessions, and thank you for participating in the forums that have occurred over the past week.

I have been asked by many individuals about the schedule for completing the mall renovation from 24th street to the Harper Center. Twenty-three rain delay days this fall have caused issues for the workers, but they are hard at work trying to beat freezing temperatures for cement pouring and settling.

The section currently under construction from the law school to the Harper Center is scheduled to be completed this calendar year. We are working to coordinate the schedule for the contractor’s temporary shutdown of work over the winter. Our goal is to have the mall reopened to pedestrian traffic during the temporary shutdown phase of the contract.

Please look for additional updates from Facilities as the project continues. 

I am pleased to announce that several projects have received funding during the 2018 cycle of the ongoing Creighton Global Initiative, which was founded during my first year as president. 
Curriculum Integration:

  • “Academic Service-Learning Faculty Training Program” (Tom Kelly, PhD, Daniel Walsh, and Catherine Medici-Thiermann – Office of Academic Service-Learning)

President’s Global Research Fund:

  • “Develop Sustainable Partnership in Professional Education and Practice for Health Sciences Students: Comprehensive Assessment of China Honors Interprofessional Program (CHIP)” (Keli Mu, PhD, Yongyue Qi, Angela Patterson, OTD, Bobbi Greiner, OTD, and Margaret Schumacher, DPT – SPAHP)
  • “International Conference on Human Trafficking Research (ICHTR)” (Terry Clark, PhD, Crysta Price, and Jennifer Bossard, PhD – College of Arts and Sciences / Heider College of Business / Doane University)

Visiting International Scholar Fund:

  • “Judge Dragoljub Popovic (European Human Rights Court) Teaching Fall 2018” (Michael Kelly, JD, and Rachel Goedken, JD, School of Law)

The 2018 CGI cycle remains open. Details for application are available online

Today I am also announcing that Carol M. Zuegner, PhD, associate professor and department chair in Journalism, Media, and Computing, will be the inaugural holder of the Joella Cohen Endowed Chair in Journalism in the College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment is for an initial period of three years, beginning Jan. 1, 2019, and ending Dec. 31, 2021. 

The Joella Cohen Endowed Chair in Journalism was funded through the estate of Ms. Cohen, BS’48. Ms. Cohen was an Omaha native and an ardent supporter of the University. The chair has been established to recognize a faculty member with a record of excellence in the teaching of journalism and in research or creative activity related to the broad field of journalism and media.  

The chair will emphasize the teacher-scholar model that serves as the basis for the Jesuit education offered at Creighton University. The chair will also support excellence in the discipline by encouraging the next generation of journalism, media, and computing students and aligning programming dedicated to conducting teaching, research, and creative activity with insight and innovation.

Congratulations to Dr. Zuegner for this outstanding and well-deserved recognition. 

I look forward to seeing many of you Tuesday evening in the Ryan Center or on campus in the weeks prior to the Thanksgiving break.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ