March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018: CGI, Strategic Planning, TRiO, Events, and More

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJI have a few updates to share today prior to the start of the Easter break, including exciting news about the third year of the Creighton Global Initiative, reminders about two significant events in April, and support for our TRiO program.

First, and if you are not aware, I want to once again express my condolences to the family, campus colleagues, and students of Dr. James “Vic” Lupo, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, who passed away Tuesday morning. 

Dr. Lupo taught at the University since 1977, and had long been active in pre-health advising. Information regarding funeral arrangements will be shared with the campus community when they are finalized. 

Creighton Global Initiative (CGI)

After three successful years of supporting start-up global learning projects and student mobility, the Creighton Global Initiative (CGI) will focus in the next round on further weaving global learning opportunities into the fabric of Creighton’s everyday activities. 

In 2018, funds will be made available beginning July 1 in four broad categories of initiatives, including:

  • curricular integration (for projects that will more formally integrate global learning in the required curricula for major or minor studies);
  • global research (for projects that formally test, analyze, or evaluate the impact of interventions on global problems or on global learning);
  • scholar exchange (to support the ability of academic departments to invite scholars of high international prominence for various residential periods to enhance the profile of a particular discipline or area of scholarship);
  • and innovative global learning projects (global learning projects that creatively contribute to the CGI tradition of the past two years). Information on the criteria and application process are now available on the Global Engagement Office’s CGI website.

Significant work was conducted during the first two years of the CGI. I am grateful to everyone involved in the projects and program management, especially the staff of the Global Engagement Office, which is led by Dr. René Padilla, vice provost for Global Engagement.

Strategic Planning Forums

As mentioned recently by strategic planning co-chairs Dr. Kristie Briggs and Dr. Mary Chase, we encourage faculty and staff to attend the upcoming campus forums related to strategic planning.  

You can find a list of the campus forums and RSVP on the strategic planning website. While an RSVP is not required, it helps our staff with planning. In addition, all sessions will be available to watch via livestream, and each will be recorded for later viewing. 

Creighton 140 Presidential Lecture Series: Chuck Hagel

Next Tuesday, we will host former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as part of the Creighton 140 Presidential Lecture Series. Our very special guest moderator is Creighton alumna and former CNN anchor Mary Alice Williams, who is now an anchor for New Jersey Public Television Network news. A limited number of seats remain for the 90-minute event, which begins at 7 p.m. on April 3, and you can RSVP here


Also in April, we will host the inaugural TEDxCreightonU in the Harper Center Ballroom. The independently organized event is associated with the internationally known TED Talks series, and will be held on Friday, April 20, from 1-4 p.m. It will feature several Creighton faculty members, alumni, and seven students giving short and informative talks, as well as a performance by the Theatre for Social Justice class. 

You may register for the event by visiting the TEDxCreightonU website.

TRiO Programs

This week, Creighton joined more than 250 colleges, universities, and nonprofit associations in an attempt to protect national funding for TRiO programs. The effort is being coordinated by the Council for Opportunity in Education, which is closely monitoring funding discussions in Congress that relates to TRiO and the overarching PROSPER Act.  

At Creighton, the TRiO programs give first-generation and low-income students an opportunity to pursue higher education. The University sponsors five TRiO programs – collectively serving students from across the educational spectrum – and helps more than 2,100 pre-college, college, and adult students from the Omaha metro area in providing information and strategies on applying to colleges, financial literacy, career exploration, academic support, and leadership training.

Enrollment Management

Thank you to the more than 250 faculty and staff, from every school, college, and division, who participated in Enrollment Management’s annual calling and writing campaign to admitted students. This is a wonderful way for us to make a meaningful connection with prospective students, and I am grateful for your work.

While most of the outreach has been completed, and Vice Provost Mary Chase and her team continue tracking undergraduate deposits for the class of 2022, I encourage you to do more if called upon.

Spring, Easter

Finally, after a true winter, I am eager for springtime, and I know that many of you are, too. As cold weather wanes, and the rains of these days green our campus, I wish you a truly blessed Easter. Words of Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins recall a spirit of community, celebration, and hope in daily stride:  

Seek God’s house in happy throng;
Crowded let His table be;
Mingle praises, prayer, and song,
Singing to the Trinity.
Henceforth let your souls always
Make each morn an Easter Day.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ