Mar. 7, 2019
Prior to spring break next week, please allow me to update you on a few items, including strategic planning listening sessions, community engagement with our neighbors in north Omaha, snow removal during our extraordinarily wet winter, and our recent positive publicity in a national magazine.
As noted by Vice Provost Mary Chase on Monday, there are nine strategic planning campus forums scheduled for March and April. I encourage you to attend the sessions as they provide an opportunity for you to learn more details about our progress and give feedback to the goal stewards.
I have made it a priority this academic year to spend more time engaging with our neighbors in north Omaha through a series of community meetings. Examples include attending a recent gathering of the Omaha Community Council for Racial Justice and Reconciliation and meeting with representatives of the Empowerment Network.
Very soon, I will participate in a meeting of the National Black Catholic Congress and also host a luncheon with Baptist ministers and members of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, among other scheduled activities. Both are occurring at Creighton’s classroom and office space at the Highlander.
There are many ways that Creighton is actively engaged in local neighborhoods, and I am grateful for the work being done by so many of you, whether it be in formal community programs or through individual volunteer work.
While everyone on campus continues to endure the exceptionally cold, wet winter, including today’s early-morning flurries, I would particularly like to acknowledge the work of Facilities Management under the direction of Assistant Vice President Derek Scott. Facilities staff have worked very late and very early on days when storms were blanketing Omaha with snow and ice. I appreciate their efforts in often miserable conditions in order to provide safe passage to our campus community.
This month, American Airlines’ magazine, American Way, features a special section focused on the state of Nebraska. Creighton is included in several ways, and the online version can be found here. Given American’s status as the largest airline in the world, this is wonderful publicity for the University.
Finally, I hope you will join me in wishing the women’s and men’s basketball teams good luck at their respective BIG EAST tournaments that begin soon. The women play their first game in Chicago on Sunday. The men have a final home game this Saturday against DePaul, then will learn when they begin play in the men’s tournament that begins next Wednesday in New York City.
For everyone leaving town during spring break, please enjoy the time away and I wish you safe travels.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ