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Creighton Founders Week activities announced

The 108th annual celebration of Creighton University’s founders will take place Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 with a slate of events to honor the University’s legacy and leaders in its past, present and future.

Founders Week at Creighton commemorates the lives of the University’s four founders: Edward and Mary Lucretia Creighton, and John A. and Sarah Emily Creighton. Upon the one-year anniversary of the death of John A. Creighton, Feb. 7, 1908, Creighton students, faculty, staff, administrators and community leaders gathered to celebrate the two couples that had helped open the doors of the University in 1878. Since that first Founders Day, Creighton has continued to annually celebrate its namesakes and first benefactors with events recognizing the inheritors of the Creighton family’s dedication to fostering future generations of leaders. A listing of Founders Week events follows.

Sunday, Jan. 31
The 10:30 a.m. Founders Week Mass at St. John’s Church on the Creighton campus marks the start of Founders Week with the great Act of Thanksgiving — the Celebration of the Eucharist.

From noon to 2 p.m., the College of Nursing hosts its annual Call to Nursing Luncheon in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Harper Center. For more information, email

At 1:05 p.m., the Creighton women’s basketball team tips off for a Big East showdown with Georgetown University at the D.J. Sokol Arena in the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center. Two complimentary tickets for faculty and staff are available for pick up at the Ryan Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets are subject to availability.

Monday, Feb. 1
The Student Activities Office Leadership Recognition Day, sponsored by the Creighton Students Union, is at 5:15 p.m. in the Mutual of Omaha Ballroom at the Skutt Student Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
At 11:30 a.m., the College of Arts and Sciences hosts its annual awards luncheon in the Mutual of Omaha Ballroom at the Skutt Student Center.

From 12:30 to 2 p.m., the Heider College of Business’ Founders Week Luncheon takes place in Room 3023 of the Harper Center.

The Founders Day Convocation and Award Recognitions, with an address by Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J., will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium at the Harper Center. A reception will follow.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
The annual Interfaith Prayer Service is at 3:30 p.m. at St. John’s Church.

From 4:30 to 7 p.m., the Founders Feast for Students is in the Mutual of Omaha Ballroom at the Skutt Student Center.

Thursday, Feb. 4
Creighton’s Committee on the Status of Women will host the annual Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards Luncheon. This year’s honorees are Sarah Huddleston, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences; Joan Lappe, Ph.D., of the College of Nursing; and Victoria Roche, Ph.D., senior associate dean for the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. in the Ahmanson Ballroom of the Harper Center. For more information on the luncheon, click here.

At 4 p.m., artist Holly Schapker, whose exhibition “ADSUM: Contemporary Paintings on Ignatian Spirituality” is being featured Jan. 22 through Feb. 28 in the Lied Education Center for the Arts Gallery, will deliver a talk on her work. A reception will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. Read more about Schapker’s art here.

Friday, Feb. 5
The Graybackers Luncheon, hosted by the Office of the President, will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Harper Center.

Saturday, Feb. 6
At 2 p.m., Alpha Sigma Nu, Creighton’s chapter of the Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, will induct its new members in a ceremony at the D.J. Sokol Arena in the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center. Following the induction, there will be a 5 p.m. Mass at St. John’s Church, with special participation by the inductees.

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