Sept. 4, 2018
I hope you enjoyed a restful Labor Day weekend and were able to enjoy the slightly cooler temperatures despite the rain we experienced in Omaha.
With the many events scheduled this month, please allow me to provide an update regarding Creighton 140 celebrations, Reunion Weekend, the Kingfisher Institute, and strategic planning.
As you know, Sunday, Sept. 2, marked the 140th anniversary of Creighton’s founding, and the day was remembered in all of the Masses at St. John’s Parish. We will celebrate our founding week together on Wednesday afternoon, and I am looking forward to visiting with you on the mall as ice cream and cookies are served from 1:30-3:30 p.m. near the Skutt Student Center. I hope you can take a few minutes to stop by and visit with your colleagues.
Next week, please consider joining the campus community for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in St. John’s Church. Archbishop George Lucas will preside at the Mass, which is one of the oldest traditions in the Society of Jesus and always occurs at the beginning of the new academic year as an invocation of the Holy Spirit to assist all members of the campus community in our pursuit of wisdom and knowledge.
As a reminder, all 11 a.m. classes on Sept. 12 are canceled to allow more students and faculty the opportunity to participate.
As a very busy September continues, we also celebrate Reunion Weekend from Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 16, with many activities planned with and for our alumni. I invite you to join them, as well as parents and friends, for all of the activities, including the Memorial Mass for former Creighton President the Rev. Michael G. Morrison, S.J., the Hilltop Jam on Venteicher Mall, and the women’s and men’s soccer games on Friday and Saturday.
The Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts and Professions, newly established as part of the Leading with the Liberal Arts strategic plan goal, is now promoting its programming for the fall. Faculty and staff are invited to get involved and explore the creative intersections between liberal arts and professional education. Activities include:
- Reading groups for faculty and staff, which will explore the themes of “Narratives of Health and Illness” and “Race in America: 1919-2019.” Register online.
- Lectures and visiting scholars, including: Tom Kirsch, MD, MPH, BA’80, as part of Reunion Weekend, and Nicole Piemonte, PhD, author and faculty member at the School of Medicine Phoenix campus, in October.
- “Frankenweek” (Oct. 23-31): This week of activities is part of an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”
Learn more about upcoming events and the Kingfisher Institute at http://www.creighton.edu/kingfisherinstitute/.
Finally, as you may have read in Creighton Today on Friday, Aug. 24, strategic planning work groups had a very productive meeting and retreat on Aug. 22, and I was very pleased with the progress made toward implementing all goals of the strategic plan.
A Town Hall for faculty and staff is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium at the Harper Center. I will be providing general University updates, including our ongoing strategic plan implementation. Following the Town Hall, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a reception to celebrate the start of the new academic year.
Please RSVP for the Town Hall here so that we may plan accordingly.
The fall semester is off to a very good start, and I am very excited about all of the events we are hosting on campus in the coming weeks.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ