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Two Students Honored with Spirit of Creighton Award at May Commencement

Two Students Honored with Spirit of Creighton Award at May Commencement

Creighton University Arts and Sciences graduate Patrick Carter of St. Paul, Minn., and School of Medicine graduate Marley Doyle of Overland Park, Kan., received the prestigious Spirit of Creighton Award at the University’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15.

The Spirit of Creighton Award is given annually to the students who exemplify the best qualities of the University’s founders. Recipients are honored for their initiative, enterprise, academic achievement and outstanding character traits.

Carter, a member of the Creighton Honors Program, understood from the day he arrived the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University. He served as president and member of the of the Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) and a resident advisor and member of the Cortina Community, a program where students participate in a communal living experience; rooted in the Ignatian tradition of the service of faith and promotion of justice. He was also a participant and coordinator of Spring Break Service trips, a regular lector at St. John’s Church, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, English as a second language tutor and more. As a student worker in the Collaborative Ministry Office for four years he helped maintain and update the Online Ministries website and developed the first Creighton Student Daily Reflections section of the website. The website receives 1.7 million visitors each month from 125 countries and can be found at

Carter, who majored in justice and society with minors in both environmental policy and applied ethics has used his community service endeavors to strengthen his connection with social justice. He was selected for a summer internship with the national Catholic social justice lobbying group, NETWORK, and he focused on environmental issues here in Omaha while a member of the student sustainability organization, GreenJays and represented Creighton at a national student panel on campus sustainability in October 2009. He was also a member of the Center for Social Justice advocacy team. Carter plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Minnesota next fall.

Doyle, who served as 2010 medical class president, has been described by faculty and students alike as selfless, altruistic, compassionate, empathetic, and a woman of incomparable integrity with a tremendous respect for others, regardless of their socio-economic status. At Creighton, she became active in the Magis Clinic, a health clinic established and run by Creighton medical students for the homeless and medically underserved. She came to realize that many indigent people have primary or secondary psychiatric illnesses, and she went on to found and direct Magis psychiatry clinics for both adults and child/adolescents. She also served as vice president of the Student National Medical Association for one year, organizing numerous service events in the Omaha area, including a health fair and mentoring program.

In 2006, Doyle earned Creighton’s Aesculapian Award, given annually to one student from each medical school class for guidance, compassion and selfless service to the class, the community and the University. This spring, she was inducted into the prestigious Gold Humanism Honor Society, a national honor society that recognizes senior medical students, residents, physician-teachers and others for demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Doyle will pursue a psychiatry residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago.

Saturday, May 15th, Qwest Center Omaha
First Session, 9:30 a.m. CDT
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
Emergency Medical Services Education
School of Law
Graduate School
View the Video from the First Session

Second Session, 1:30 p.m. CDT
School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
School of Dentistry
School of Medicine
View the Video from the Second Session

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