Weekly Update: Feb. 4-11

Featured Events:

Completely Kids Time Change
Please note the time change for Completely Kids. We now ask that students meet in Deglman circle by 3:45pm with an expected return time at 6pm.

Post Grad Volunteer Dinner
Is volunteering after graduation the right choice for you?
Find out! The Creighton Center for Service and Justice will be hosting a Tostadas Dinner Wednesday, February 6, 5:30-6:30pm in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper Center 2067). All students are welcome (seniors, sure, but also geared to younger students thinking about next steps after Creighton!)
Hear stories and ask questions of former volunteers from a variety of year-long post-graduate programs. Panelists will be able to address their own discernment process during senior year that led to post-grad volunteering, and be able to answer questions about topics including international versus domestic opportunities; taking care of finances while volunteering; the differences between programs that are and are not religiously based; and more.
This event (including tostadas) is FREE, but we’ll need an accurate count for food.
Please RSVP to Jeff Peak jeffpeak@creighton.edu or 402-280-1295 by 3 pm on Monday, February 4th if you plan to attend.
Please spread the word!

CCSJ Student Office Team Leader Application

The CCSJ is looking for responsible students who wish to deepen their understanding of justice issues facing the Omaha, national and global communities through personal development, formation and direct service. Students must be self-starters and able to complete projects in a timely manner either individually or as part of a larger group. Qualified applicants should have strong inter-personal skills and a positive disposition, as they will be representing the CCSJ in the Creighton and Omaha communities. There are paid and unpaid team positions available to approximately 25 students. Applications are due on February 4th. We will be conducting interviews in the office on February 21-22 and will have final decisions out by March 8th. For more info or to apply visit
http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/2013/01/ccsj-student-office-team-leader-application/

Events this week:
CCSJ Student Office Team Leader Application Due
Weekly Service Site Completely Kids Time Change
Founders Week Mass
Post Grad Volunteer Dinner
Paper Forest: An Installation by Travis Graves
“Couples Therapy” Run
Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim: Reinforcing Our Roots, Living Our Maya Heritage
Hearts on Fire

Events More than One Week Away:
Project Homeless Connect Omaha Volunteer Registration
House Cleaning
RecycleMania
Yates Community Center Needs Your Winter Coats
Ready in Five Program Needs Your Children’s Toys
Benson Area Refugee Taskforce Needs Underwear Donations

Service and Justice Opportunities
Monday, February 4th
CCSJ Student Office Team Leader Application Due
The CCSJ is looking for responsible students who wish to deepen their understanding of justice issues facing the Omaha, national and global communities through personal development, formation and direct service. Students must be self-starters and able to complete projects in a timely manner either individually or as part of a larger group. Qualified applicants should have strong inter-personal skills and a positive disposition, as they will be representing the CCSJ in the Creighton and Omaha communities. There are paid and unpaid team positions available to approximately 25 students. Applications are due on February 4th. We will be conducting interviews in the office on February 21-22 and will have final decisions out by March 8th. For more info or to apply visit http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/2013/01/ccsj-student-office-team-leader-application/

Tuesday, February 5th
Weekly Service Site Completely Kids Time Change
Please note the time change for Completely Kids. We now ask that students meet in Deglman circle by 3:45pm with an expected return time at 6pm.

Wednesday, February 6th
Founders Week Mass
All members of the Creighton University community are welcome to celebrate the annual Founders Week mass at St. John’s at noon on Wednesday. Fr. Timothy Lannon, SJ, University President, will preside. During the mass, the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality will present the St. Ignatius Award to its 2013 recipients, Dr. Chuck Austerberry and Patty Perry.

Post Grad Volunteer Dinner
Is volunteering after graduation the right choice for you? Find out! The Creighton Center for Service and Justice will be hosting a Tostadas Dinner, 5:30-6:30pm in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper Center 2067). All students are welcome (seniors, sure, but also geared to younger students thinking about next steps after Creighton!)
Hear stories and ask questions of former volunteers from a variety of year-long post-graduate programs.
Panelists will be able to address their own discernment process during senior year that led to post-grad volunteering, and be able to answer questions about topics including international versus domestic opportunities; taking care of finances while volunteering; the differences between programs that are and are not religiously based; and more.
This event (including tostadas) is FREE, but we’ll need an accurate count for food.

Please RSVP to Jeff Peak jeffpeak@creighton.edu or 402-280-1295 by 3 pm on Monday, February 4th if you plan to attend. Please spread the word!

Saturday, February 9th
Paper Forest: An Installation by Travis Graves
The tense relationship between consumerist society and the world’s natural resources are explored in Travis Graves’s site-specific construction of Kraft-paper trees, stumps, and sawdust. Through the artist’s conscious choice of material, Paper Forest invites the viewer to explore environmental concerns through a culturally constructed landscape. This exhibition will be at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in the Lied Art Gallery and continues: February 9 – March 27, 2013. (Lied Art Gallery will be closed from March 9 – 17)

Sunday, February 10th
Run to Benefit the Madonna School
The “Couples Therapy” Run on February 10 (www.couplestherapyrun.com) is a fun, Valentine-themed fitness event around Lake Zorinsky benefiting Madonna School and Workshop, which serve children and adults with intellectual and other disabilities. Volunteers are needed to help keep runners on course and provide basic services; you’d start at 11:30 AM and be done by 3 PM. Location: Red Dirt Running, 17660 Wright St Omaha, NE 68130 (near 177th and Center). Contact Jay Dunlap, jdunlap@madonnaschool.org.

Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim: Reinforcing Our Roots, Living Our Maya Heritage
You are invited to come and join the Q’anjoba’l Maya community as they celebrate the Santa Eulalia Festival. Admission is free. The cultural evening will include: traditional Maya music and dance presentations, Mayan social dancing, foods, beverages, and arts and crafts for sale
This event is sponsored by the Native American Studies Program and Office of Multicultural Affairs at Creighton University. The event will take place in Skutt Student Center Ballroom from 3:30pm – 8:00pm. Special thanks to:
Futuro Latino Fund of the Omaha Community Foundation for funding the purchase of the Maya Dance Regalia and IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity a partnership between the Archdioceses of Omaha and the Dioceses of Huehuetenango Guatemala.

Hearts on Fire
Have you been wondering what to do with your life after graduation? Are you unsure about your major? Please join Campus Ministry in welcoming John Parsons, the founder of the Omaha Street School to Creighton. Mr. Parsons will discuss his passions, and what inspires him on his journey. Following Mr. Parsons’ remarks, there will be an open dialogue with a number of Creighton Faculty and alumni to discuss what captivates them every day! This event will take place in Lower St. John’s from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events:

Project Homeless Connect Omaha Volunteer Registration
Friday, March 22
Building on the success of the past four years, on Friday, March 22, 2013, (8:00am – 2:30pm for Volunteers; guest intake from 8:30am – 2:00pm), with the support of Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., Creighton will again host Project Homeless Connect Omaha. This is a one-day event that serves as a one-stop shop, connecting homeless individuals in our community to services including: housing, health care, legal resources, employment counseling, haircuts, Social Security, dental care (which has resulted in more than 170 sets of dentures), and more. Last year, more than 500 guests connected with significant services at Creighton’s Kiewit Fitness Center, assisted by more than 800 volunteers.
General volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, greeting, directing, registering, and serving food, among other positions that help the day flow. Most volunteers will serve as “navigators” and assist guests in filling out a basic intake form and staying with them through the process of accessing services. Health care professionals who can offer their skills are also needed (registration information is provided on the website). Volunteers can sign up to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day.

Go to http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/volunteer-registration/ to register.

For more information on Project Homeless Connect Omaha, visit: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/ (including video reflections). Contact Patrick O’Malley at the Creighton Center for Service and Justice with questions at 280-1290 or patrickomalley@creighton.edu.
Registration will be open until volunteer capacity is reached, so please register at your earliest convenience.

House Cleaning
If there are any students or groups of students wanting to serve an individual of the Omaha community, we are looking for students who would be able to assist a man in the community move out of his home who is unable to do so on his own. Please contact ChristopherWilliams@creighton.edu

RecycleMania
Creighton University is once again participating in the national recycling competition known as RecycleMania! This is our fourth year competing and so far we have improved our totals from year to year. Our goal this year is to improve our totals by 5%, which means that we should reach a total of 105,000 pounds of recyclable material during the ten week competition. Please do your part by being more vigilant in your recycling! Recycle more, throw away less.

For a list of what is and is not recyclable please follow this link:
http://www.creighton.edu/about/sustainability/recycling/recyclemania/index.php

For more information on RecycleMania! please go to: www.recyclemania.com

Yates Community Center Needs Your Winter Coats
The Yates Community Center mission is to teach refugees, immigrants, and other community members skills that will help them be successful in the Omaha Community. Omaha Public School refugee students and their families are in need of warm coats this winter. Yates will accept new and clean gently used coats during their normal hours (7:30 am – 4 pm Monday-Friday). The best time for drop off is around 9:30 am. Yates is located at 3260 Davenport Street. They can use coats of all sizes from infant to adult. If your student club or organization would like to do a drive for this community agency, now is the time when winter is so cold. Help people get a jump on spring-cleaning by donating any unneeded coats that can be put to good use.

For more info or questions call the office at (402) 898-9145 ext. 0.

Ready in Five Program Needs Your Children’s Toys</medium
Did you know that our community is home to the largest Sudanese refugee population in the country, and over 90 languages are spoken here? And, our community is currently experiencing an influx of Burmese refugee families who are fleeing persecution in their home country. The Y’s Strong Kids campaign helps fund our Ready in Five Program, which helps those families assimilate into the public education system and also gives them the best chance for a successful future in their new home. This program gets the children ready to start school at the knowledge level of other children their age, and teaches the parents basic English skills, and lets them know what to expect from a public school system in America. Over 300 persons annually are served through this program. The Ready in Five program is seeking new and gently used children’s toys without batteries or many small pieces. Blocks, legos, children’s books, coloring books and crayons are all good examples. Claire is willing to pick these items up if a group does a large collection. For more info or questions contact Claire Herzog, Butler-Gast YMCA at 402-453-8903 or cherzog@metroymca.org.

Benson Area Refugee Taskforce Needs Underwear Donations
The Benson Area Refugee Taskforce is gearing up for their refugee clothes closet event this May. Benson Area Refugee Taskforce is a coalition of Benson area churches, schools and community members. They provide English Classes, Computer Classes, Financial Literacy Classes and are looking for health education seminars. They began by distributing needed clothing to refugee families. Something that is always in need is new underwear donations (sizes from infant through Adult Medium are most needed). They would like to collect as many donations as possible for their upcoming event. E-mail Shannon to arrange a drop off or pick up for your items. For more info or questions contact Shannon Linehan at 703-244-1143 or BensonAreaTF@gmail.com.

PrintStumbleUponDeliciousShare