July 18, 2019

July 18, 2019

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

Four weeks from tomorrow, we will begin welcoming our newest freshman class to campus with move-in weekend, Aug. 16 and 17. As we ready for this annual tradition with great preparation and anticipation, I would like to update you on a few matters related to members of our community, changes to student health, facilities updates, our summer task forces, the fiscal year 2020 budget process, sustainability, and the upcoming Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

First, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the colleagues, friends, and family of Deacon Richard Jizba, who died earlier this month after passing out at work. Richard worked in Creighton’s Health Sciences Library for more than 30 years and most recently served as head of the library’s digital repository and publishing services. He earned a master’s degree in biology from Creighton in 1983, and had taken graduate theology courses here. Richard served as a deacon at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Physical therapy students and colleagues at the scene provided emergency care prior to the arrival of the paramedics, and I thank them for immediate assistance. We especially pray for Richard’s family, including his wife, Janet; three children, daughter Ann Cavanaugh, PhD, BS’08, and sons Peter Jizba and Nicholas Jizba; and four grandchildren.

I visited with the two students in our Christian Spirituality Program who were struck by a car on Friday, July 12, while crossing 24th Street near Deglman Circle. Both sustained significant injuries. Gratefully, the Rev. Jose Lucero, SVD, returned to campus from the hospital on the same day, and was back in class on Monday. Janet Paulson was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is returning to Des Moines, with plans to re-engage the program next summer. Please join me in continuing to pray for an expeditious and full recovery for Janet and Fr. Lucero.

As you are aware, renovations and enhancements to the 24th Street corridor along that stretch of Creighton’s campus are of keen interest to me, and they remain an important priority of our campus master plan. In the interim, we will continue to assess and address safety issues at that location.

With students soon returning to campus, please note that student health is now being delivered through the CHI Health Student Care Clinic at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-University Campus at 24th and Cuming streets.

The Student Care Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, with walk-in and same-day appointments welcome. Primary and specialty care providers are available, along with physical and occupational therapists, registered dieticians, diabetes educators, and pharmacists. The Creighton Campus Pharmacy is also conveniently located at the University Campus facility.

As we continue to address space-utilization needs on campus, the following are recent or upcoming moves. The Creighton Bookstore, now operated by Barnes & Noble College, opened in the Murphy Building on July 8, and is scheduled to move back into the Harper Center over spring break 2020 on the lower level near the east entrance. Student Counseling is scheduled to move from the Harper Center to the first floor of Markoe Hall beginning today (July 18), where it will share space with the new Health Education and Compliance Office. Markoe Hall is located just west of the Vinardi Center (Old Gym). The Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) will be moving from the Harper Center to the first floor of Becker Hall on July 22. Renovations to the Harper Center are slated to begin the week of July 29. In addition, if the weather cooperates, the stretch of the California Mall from McGloin Hall to 24th Street is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 5.

Our strategic-objective task force groups continue to move forward. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to the task force group members and the many faculty and staff who are assisting with their time, perspective, and advice. This important work is designed to sharpen our focus around five key areas: undergraduate enrollment, lifelong-learning enrollment, collaborative health care education, community engagement and impact, and stewardship and operational excellence.

The strategies advanced by the task force groups will help to shape and refine our fiscal year 2020 budget for formal approval in mid-August. I will share further information in upcoming and stand-alone messages about the FY’20 budget. The process of review and adjustment has been careful and instructive, allowing us to be intentional of existing resources and exciting opportunities.

Also importantly, a small leadership team has been formed and is meeting to develop a more focused plan and approach around sustainability on campus. As we re-evaluate our 2050 carbon neutrality goal, we look to assess all options and consider additional energy conservation initiatives. I expect to have more details to share with you in August.

Finally, I would like to invite all members of the Creighton community to the St. Ignatius Day Mass on July 31 at noon at St. John’s Church. The Mass will celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus. The liturgy will be followed by a social on the mall, with snacks and drinks. Considering Creighton’s long tradition of formation programs on campus, an impressive history of Partners-in-Mission collaboration, a network of lay and Jesuit chaplains, pilgrimage opportunities to medieval sites in Spain and Rome, and more, I look forward to seeing you there. Please join me and fellow Creighton Jesuits – including our new rector of the Jesuit community in Omaha, the Rev. Nicholas Santos, SJ, PhD – for this special occasion.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD