Dear Arts and Sciences Alumni,
I’m excited to share this edition of the newsletter with you. First, a huge thank you to all who contributed to Creighton’s second annual Giving Day! We raised a total of $82,000 for College of Arts and Sciences initiatives, with the majority of support for scholarships and academic initiatives that will have a direct impact on students. Just as important, we had nearly 700 unique donors showing their commitment to Creighton. Your support is critical to our mission of student success and educational accessibility.
We had much to celebrate at May graduation. It was amazing to welcome back Arts and Sciences and journalism alumnus Kyle Korver (now DR. Kyle Korver, thanks to his honorary degree). We pride ourselves on the accomplishments of our student-athletes who are leaders in the classroom as well as on the courts and playing fields. There’s no doubt that Kyle continues to model the kind of servant leadership that we hope is instilled in all our graduates, and that his professor, Dr. Eileen Wirth, remarked on during his undergraduate years in the story below. If you haven’t already watched Kyle’s inspirational commencement address, I encourage you to do so. You won’t regret it.
At commencement exercises, we honored several wonderful members of the Arts and Sciences family. Dan Semrad, BSBA’71, MA’09, MA’18, former chair of our Alumni Advisory Council, was granted an honorary doctorate, in recognition of his personal and philanthropic dedication to the transformative power of the liberal arts. A brilliant faculty member, Annemarie Shibata, PhD, BS’92, of the Department of Biology, was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement, our highest recognition for faculty. Dr. Shibata was instrumental in designing our innovative, interdisciplinary neuroscience program, and is dedicated to our signature pedagogy of undergraduate research. We also honored chemistry major Hana O’Hagan, BS’19, who was named a 2019 Spirit of Creighton Award winner, the highest recognition the University grants to a student. Because Hana is a member of the Dean’s Fellows Program, I’ve been honored to accompany her over the last four years, and like Kyle Korver and all our graduates, her commitment to using her education for the greater good of society exemplifies the core charisms of an Arts and Sciences education.
We hope to see you all at Reunion Weekend May 30 – June 2. The new time of year promises to make the event more accessible, and the activities will continue to be welcoming for families. Best wishes for an enjoyable summer!
Bridget M. Keegan, PhD