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Winter Commencement Honors Students, Leaders

2011 Winter Commencement

Connie Ryan, president of Streck Inc., and a member of the Creighton Board of Directors, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Dr. Dennis Esterbrooks accepted the University’s Presidential Medallion on behalf of The Cardiac Center in recognition of its 50th anniversary.  

Fr. Lannon with first graduates from Creighton's Alaska Distance Learning Occupational Therapy Program












Creighton Celebrates Winter Commencement

More than 260 degrees were conferred during Creighton University's winter commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the D.J. Sokol Arena in the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center on campus. University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., presided at the ceremony. Lannon, a 1973 graduate of the University, is the first alum to serve as president at Creighton.

Special awards of recognition were given to people and organizations making a positive difference in the Omaha community. Connie Ryan, president of Streck, Inc., and a member of the Creighton Board of Directors since 2003, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree. The Cardiac Center of Creighton University received the University's Presidential Medallion.

For more than 19 years, Ryan has contributed to Streck's recognition as a worldwide leader in the cell stabilization process vital to accurate medical testing. Ryan has been an avid supporter of Creighton's east campus expansion, raising funds for the athletic center named for her parents, Drs. Wayne and Eileen Ryan. As a champion for women, she has been a driving force behind women's athletics, raising scholarship dollars and encouraging female student-athletes to become leaders. Ryan is involved in numerous Creighton Board committees and serves on the boards of Methodist Health System, the Omaha Community Foundation and NUtech Ventures in Lincoln, and is honorary chair of the 2011 Salvation Army Tree of Lights and co-chair of the Women's Fund of Omaha Annual Fall Luncheon.

For 50 years, Creighton University's Cardiac Center has played a vital role in serving the medical needs of the region. Physicians Vincent Runco, Jr. and Richard W. Booth, who were both among the first practicing cardiologists in Nebraska, established the Division of Cardiology at Creighton in 1961. Over the years, additional outstanding cardiologists including Michael H. Sketch, M.D., Syed M. Mohiuddin, M.D. and current chief Dennis J. Esterbrooks, M.D., joined the staff, establishing Creighton's as a flagship program, especially during the formative years of invasive and interventional cardiology.

Today, the Creighton Cardiac Center is the only free-standing facility of its kind totally dedicated to cardiovascular care and research and one of Creighton's premier educational programs. It offers a broad spectrum of services including prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease. The Cardiology Fellowship Training Program has served more than 150 cardiologists. The Center includes 19 cardiologists, 14 fellows and more than 200 staff members who facilitate 90,000 patient visits annually.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.