Aug. 3, 2021
Dear Faculty and Staff,
The beginning of the academic year always brings a renewed sense of purpose and great anticipation, and this year especially so, as we welcome students to our new Creighton Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix and soon move in our second-largest undergraduate freshman class in University history here in Omaha.
I invite you to join me, in person and virtually, for our annual Presidential Town Hall and Kingfisher Award Presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 24, and our faculty and staff campaign kickoff event the following week, on Tuesday, Aug. 31, as we celebrate our many accomplishments and look forward to an exciting future.
While we continue to thoughtfully assess and manage critical ever-evolving realities – from COVID-19 and its variants to national challenges facing higher education – we do so at Creighton with significant momentum, thanks in great measure to the creativity, commitment, and vision of our faculty and staff.
I am inspired by how nimbly and effectively we navigated the past academic year with the pandemic. We were one of the first universities to announce a condensed fall calendar, with protocols in place to keep our campus safe. And, in the spring, we were quintessentially Creighton when we joined with the Douglas County Health Department to administer more than 42,000 COVID-19 vaccines at the Rasmussen Center – with faculty, staff, and students working collaboratively in a historic outreach to bring hope to a community in need.
In April and June, I was pleased to announce Appreciation Payments to faculty and staff in gratitude for tireless efforts on behalf of our students and campus community, and more recently reinstated merit increases for this fiscal year. Recognizing and rewarding exceptional faculty and staff is a priority.
Indeed, we have much to celebrate, and more exciting opportunities lie ahead. Please mark your calendars for 3:30 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, Aug. 24, to join me for the Presidential Town Hall and Kingfisher Award Presentation. I welcome you to attend in person in the Harper Center’s Hixson-Lied Auditorium or virtually. Watch for more information to come in Creighton Today.
Some of the topics I will address include the launch of our redesigned website, positive enrollment figures for the fall, our updated brand standards and messaging, financial highlights, the Phoenix campus opening, the kickoff of our comprehensive campaign, and much more.
The public launch of our comprehensive campaign is exciting and sets a bold course for our future, guided and shaped by our faculty and staff. Unequivocally, you contribute to our mission and success in so many ways every day, and your support of the campaign inspires other donors to do the same. Current and future students – who will bring their gifts and talents to a world so in need of their compassion, critical-thinking, and creativity – are the ultimate beneficiaries of this generosity.
Please join me as we kick off the faculty and staff campaign with a lighthearted town-hall-turned-talk-show that you do not want to miss. The “Late Afternoon Show” will feature a variety of faculty and staff guests, details on the impact of giving, and a good dose of humor. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m. (CDT). You are invited to attend in person at the Lied Education Center for the Arts Mainstage theatre or virtually. More information will be forthcoming.
As we look forward to the promise of another academic year, let us do so with hope and joy, confident in a loving God and strengthened by our spirit of community.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD