Weekly Update: March 2-15

Featured Events:

Green Bag Lunch with Dr. Sorava Cardenas

Dr. Soraya Cardenas of the Creighton Sociology and Anthropology department will give a talk entitled, “Facing Environmental Challenges: Marginalized Peoples at Risk.” Join us to hear about how environmental changes in today’s world affect those who are poor and marginalized in society. Bring a simple lunch if you’d like; dessert will be provided. This Green Bag Lunch will be from 11:30-1pm in the CCSJ Multi-purpose room.

With questions, please contact: Haley Warren at haleywarren@creighton.edu or Ken Reed-Bouley at krb@creighton.edu.

Spring Break Service & Justice Trips Send-off Service

This is a great service for those who are going on spring break service and justice trips as well as those who know participants to bless them before they leave. This service will be in Saint John’s Church from 9:00pm – 10:00pm.

Events this week:
“Speak Out” The Annual Soul Food Dinner
Green Bag Lunch with Dr. Sorava Cardenas
Moving Change Along: Institutional & Individual Strategies
We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, but not far enough: Progress and Problems of Women in Higher Education
DiversiTea
Spring Break Service and Justice Trips Send-off Service
Crêpes for Kids by Beta Theta Pi
Vatican II Lecture Series: The Constitution of the Church (Lumen Gentium)

Events More than One Week Away:
Film & Discussion: Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte Part I and Part II
Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants with Katy Payne
Alpha Phi Omega’s Sherlock for Homes 2013
Project Homeless Connect Omaha Volunteer Registration

Service and Justice Opportunities
Sunday, March 3rd
“Speak Out” The Annual Soul Food Dinner
Come and join Creighton University’s African American Student Association for food, fun, and entertainment. We will be from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Harper Center Ballroom on 20th and Cass St. on Creighton’s campus. The cost for Creighton Students is $15.00
and for Non-students is $18.00. For more information contact Antwonette Hobbs at antwonettehobbs@creighton.edu.

Monday, March 4th
Green Bag Lunch with Dr. Sorava Cardenas
Dr. Soraya Cardenas of the Creighton Sociology and Anthropology department will give a talk entitled, “Facing Environmental Challenges: Marginalized Peoples at Risk.” Join us to hear about how environmental changes in today’s world affect those who are poor and marginalized in society. Bring a simple lunch if you’d like; dessert will be provided. This Green Bag Lunch will be from 11:30-1pm in the CCSJ Multi-purpose room.
With questions, please contact: Haley Warren at haleywarren@creighton.edu or Ken Reed-Bouley at krb@creighton.edu.

Moving Change Along: Institutional & Individual Strategies
The Compass Professional Development Program and several other groups on campus are proud to bring Dr. Bernice Sandler, known widely as “The Godmother of Title IX” to present to the faculty and staff at Creighton. Her presentation will include a short history of women in higher education, including the progresses made and problems that women are still facing. The primary focus will be on how we as faculty, staff, and administrators can assist in changing the institutional climate for women. We will explore some principals of change as well as actions that women (and men) can do to help move the institution toward better policies and treatment – both in and out of the classroom. This event will be from 9:00am – 10:30am in Skutt Student Center room 105. Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5512510066#.
Space is limited, so please sign up early.

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, but not far enough: Progress and Problems of Women in Higher Education
Dr. Bernice Sandler, Godmother of Title IX will present a short history of Title IX focusing on where we are and what still needs to be done for gender equality in areas of higher education such as hiring patterns, athletics, family-friendly policies, sexual harassment, peer harassment and sexual bullying, date rape, STEM issues for students and faculty, as well as the chilly climate found in higher education institutions.

Dr. Bernice R. Sandler is a Senior Scholar at the Women’s Research and Education Institute in Washington, DC, where she consults with institutions and others about achieving equity for women and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. She formerly wrote a quarterly newsletter, About Women on Campus. She has given over 2500 presentations, has written more than 100 articles and is well-known for her expertise in women’s educational equity in general as well as in sexual harassment, the chilly classroom climate, and her knowledge of policies, programs and strategies concerning women on campus. She also serves as an expert witness in discrimination and sexual harassment cases. This event will be from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in Harper Center Hixon/Lied Auditorium.

Tuesday, March 5th
DiversiTea
Come sample free teas from around the world while learning about the cultures the teas come from! This is a free event held from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Skutt Fireplace.

Thursday, March 7th
Spring Break Service and Justice Trips Send-off Service
This is a great service for those who are going on spring break service and justice trips as well as those who know participants to bless them before they leave. This service will be in Saint John’s Church from 9:00pm – 10:00pm.

Crêpes for Kids by Beta
From 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM the members of Beta Theta Pi will be running our second annual Crêpes for Kids philanthropy. We will be preparing and selling Crepes by the Skutt Fireplace. It will cost $3.00 for one serving or $5.00 for two servings. We accept Jay Bucks and cash! All sales will be donated to Omaha’s Completely Kids organization.
Completely Kids is a local non-profit organization that sponsors after school programs across Omaha for at risk youth. They provide help with nutrition, family bonds, academics and life skills that will help the children grow.
You can find out more at http://www.completelykids.org/

Vatican II Lecture Series: The Constitution of the Church (Lumen Gentium)
Bishop Blase Cupich will talk about Second Vatican Council Bishops: “Apprentices at the School of the Holy Spirit”. This event will be held in the Harper Center, Ahmanson Ballroom at 7:00 pm. For more information please visit http://www.creighton.edu/vaticanii/spring2013events/index.php

Upcoming Events:

Film & Discussion: Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte Part I and Part II
Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 14
Told with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style and musical panache, Susanne Rostock’s inspiring biographical documentary SING YOUR SONG surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement. Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands-on activist who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons and the incarceration of youth. Because of his beliefs, Belafonte drew unwarranted invasions by the FBI into both his personal life and career, which led to years of struggle. But an indomitable sense of optimism motivates his path even today as he continues to ask, “What do we do now?” His example may very well inspire you to action. For more info, please visit http://singyoursongthemovie.com/the-film/. Part I will be shown on Tuesday, March 12th and Part II will be on Thursday, March 14th. Both will be from 12:00pm – 1:30pm in Harper Center room 3048.

Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants with Katy Payne
Thursday, March 14
The Center for Faith Studies offers a fourth annual Radical Amazement Lecture with special guest Katy Payne, exploring her work as an acoustic biologist in the animal kingdom. Katy Payne spent the decade of the 1970s recording and describing the ever-changing songs of humpback whales in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans. In 1984 she made a discovery that turned her attention inland, to Africa, to start a still ongoing study of acoustic communication in elephants. This pair of long-term studies has yielded much fascinating evidence of creativity, empathy, and social awareness in animals whose survival is gravely threatened by human exploitation. Along with these discoveries has come the development of acoustic monitoring — a new methodology for use in conservation both on land and in the sea. It is apparent that much can be learned about the composition and condition of animal populations by continuously recording their calls. Of course, continuous recordings reveal a good deal about human behavior too… ever increasing the extent of our responsibility and sense of connection in this evolving world. Payne comes to offer a presentation studded with sound, slides, and video. There will also be question and answer section and books available.
Katy Payne is founder of the Elephant Listening Project, Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She is the author of Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants, and a children’s book, Elephants Calling.
This event will take place at 7:00pm at Countryside Community Church. Tickets are required for all lectures for the suggested donation of $10. Students with ID are admitted for free. For more information, please contact Cyndi Kugler, Director of the Center for Faith Studies at cyndik@countrysideucc.org or 402.391.0350 ext. 121.

Alpha Phi Omega’s Sherlock for Homes 2013
Saturday, April 13
What is it? Collect donations from across the Dundee area and deliver them to Open Door Mission!
When? Sat, April 13th 2013 from 11am – 3pm
What do I need? You’ll need a car (or friend with a car) that can drive around to collect and drop off donations, along with a few friends to help you out!
What do I get? An awesome T-shirt, lunch and refreshments after the event, and the chance to win great raffle prizes!
For more information please contact Dylan Goto at dylangoto@creighton.edu or call (808) 384-7099.

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.

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