It has been a bittersweet start to our new academic year. Amid the excitement of welcoming 707 talented freshmen to the college and 17 new full-time faculty during the first week of the semester, we also mourned the loss of two respected faculty colleagues, Dr. Mark Wierman, professor of computer science, and Dr. Bruce Malina, emeritus professor of theology, as well as sophomore Dean’s Fellow Joan Ocampo-Yambing. Joan was traveling with three other Creighton students to witness the eclipse on Aug. 21, when a truck collided with their vehicle. Joan’s friends are currently recovering from their injuries, but like all of us, they are only at the beginning of the process of emotional healing. Joan was in many ways the embodiment of an ideal Creighton student, gifted in both the arts and the sciences. A published poet, with a gorgeous singing voice, Joan was planning on majoring in computer science. These losses come at the end of an otherwise productive summer.
We continued ongoing renovations of our teaching and research spaces, putting the finishing touches on updates for the Department of Social and Cultural Studies and the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing. We also began renovation of lab space for our burgeoning neuroscience program on the fifth floor of the Rigge Science Building. I hope many of you can join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rigge during Homecoming on Sept. 15 and 16.
On the academic front, we continue our efforts to further improve academic advising, focusing this year on integrating Ignatian pedagogy into the work of advising and engaging alumni more actively with our Ratio Studiorum freshman advising program.
This fall, I will be traveling to several cities, including Milwaukee, Denver and Chicago, where I hope to meet with more of you and hear about your Creighton experiences and how we can better keep you engaged with the College of Arts and Sciences.
Looking forward to seeing you at Homecoming,
Bridget Keegan, PhD
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences