Seeking Hope: Intentional and Ignatian Responses to the Global Climate Crisis

Seeking Hope: Intentional and Ignatian Responses to the Global Climate Crisis

Creighton University

The “Seeking Hope” forum will offer an interdisciplinary exploration of how individuals at Creighton, and Creighton as an institution, can best respond to the realities of the climate crisis. Recognizing that each of us, individually and collectively, bears responsibility for action, the forum will offer perspectives from faculty members from across the University regarding the opportunities and risks of different modes of responding to the threats of catastrophic environmental degradation. The forum will support ongoing University discernment—engaging all of our students, faculty, and staff—in better understanding the many ways we can and should care for our common home.


Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: DJ Sokol Arena
RSVP: This is a campus-only event. Tickets are not required, but please be prepared to show your Creighton ID at the door.


Andy Gustafson, PhD – Dr. Gustafson, who completed his PhD in philosophy at Marquette University, teaches business ethics and organizes the Heider College of Business’ annual Business, Faith, and Common Good symposium.


Stacey Menzel Baker, PhD – Dr. Menzel Baker, who earned her PhD in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a professor of marketing in the Heider College of Business and an expert in consumer behavior.

Andrew Baruth, PhD – Dr. Baruth, an associate professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, completed his PhD in physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He teaches courses on renewable energy feasibility and design, has led funded student research projects related to renewable energy use at Creighton, has been an Advocate stakeholder for OPPD, and collaborated with Facilities Management to actively monitor and analyze energy use at the University.

Kristie Briggs, PhD – Dr. Briggs, an associate professor of economics in the Heider College of Business and the Doctor of Business Administration program director, received her PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a scholar of international economics research.

Lee Budesheim, PhD – An associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences with an interest in the cognitive processes underlying how people form impressions and judge others, Dr. Budesheim completed his PhD in social psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dan DiLeo, PhD – Dr. DiLeo, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, completed his PhD in theological ethics at Boston College with a dissertation on Laudato Si’. He publishes on Catholic social teaching and climate change, and for the past decade has consulted with Catholic Climate Covenant, of which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a member.

Josh Fershée, JD – Dean of Creighton’s School of Law and professor of law, Fershée earned his JD from Tulane University. Fershée focuses his teaching and research primarily on energy and business law. He has created programs related to energy and sustainable development law, and his scholarship considers how businesses respond to law and regulation, particularly with regard to oil and gas, renewable energy, and climate policy.

Anne Ozar, PhD – Dr. Ozar, who received her PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and is currently an associate professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, is a scholar and teacher of theoretical and applied ethics, including environmental ethics, who has presented about environmental ethics in the Jesuit tradition.

Nicholas Santos, SJ, PhD – Fr. Santos, a Jesuit who earned his PhD in marketing from Marquette University, is rector of the Creighton Jesuit community and an associate professor of marketing in the Heider College of Business. Fr. Santos is an expert in Catholic social teaching, marketing, and sustainability.

Hugh Truempi –​ A senior undergraduate student studying Economics in the Heider College of Business with minors in Sustainability and Cultural Anthropology, Truempi is the president of the Green Jays student organization and an organizer of the student climate movement which initiated Referendum 19-02: Fossil Fuel Divestment in the fall 2019 semester.

Adam Wilson – A sophomore undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Wilson is studying Biology and Environmental Science with a minor in Medical Anthropology. He is the co-president of the Environmental Science Club.

Melissa Woodley, PhD – A CFA Charterholder and associate professor in the Heider College of Business, Dr. Woodley earned her PhD in finance from the University of Alabama. Prior to entering the academy, Woodley managed a $750 million bond fund in the private sector.