Aug. 21, 2017


Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I informed you earlier this afternoon that several of our students were involved in a serious car accident today on Interstate 80 in Omaha. It is with a heavy heart that I must share the sad news that one student has died, and three others are in local hospitals.

College of Arts and Sciences sophomore Joan Ocampo-Yambing, a computer science major from Minnesota, was killed in the collision. Two additional students from the college, Will Tavis and Madalene Steichen, as well as College of Nursing student Demetra Arvanitakis, have been admitted to the hospital.

Please remember these members of the Creighton community and their families in your prayers. All are welcome at the prayer service scheduled for 7 p.m. this evening in St. John’s Church.

Creighton also offers counseling and other services for members of the Creighton community who may need assistance at this difficult time. Below is a listing of available support services offered in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of cura personalis.

Grief counseling for students, faculty, and staff

The Center for Health and Counseling will work to accommodate walk-ins this week for anyone who cannot schedule an appointment. If a student is experiencing a crisis, he or she should contact Public Safety (402-280-2104) to receive assistance 24 hours a day. 

Spiritual and Pastoral Care

The Jesuit priests, staff ministers in the Division of Mission and Ministry, including the Campus Ministry Office, and the chaplains of the colleges and residence halls are available to individuals who need or desire spiritual counseling, guidance, or sacramental support.

In addition, there are numerous opportunities to pray together as a community each weekday. Masses on campus are daily at noon in St. John’s Church and at 5 p.m. in lower St. John’s Chapel.

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ