Weekly Update March 9-22

Featured Events:

Spring Break Next Week
Due to Spring Break March 9 – 16 and participating in Service Trips, this Weekly Update contains information and opportunities for the next two weeks. There will not be a Weekly Update sent out March 15, but the emails will continue on March 22nd. Also, EOC will be the only Weekly Service site offered during break. All other sites will not be running, but will resume the week of March 17th.

Project Homeless Connect Omaha
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.

Events this week:
Empowerment Network Community Meeting
Women’s Words of Wisdom Event Registration Due
Film and Discussion: Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte Part I and Part II
Expand Your Horizons
Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants with Katy Payne
Sustainability Council Meeting
Thinking Like A Foodshed: Localizing Our Food Supply
Living Title IX at CU
Day of Remembrance: Historical Lessons in Hate Crimes from the Japanese American Experience
CHPE Roundtable: Do racial or ethnic disparities exist to outpatient rehabilitation services?
Catholics and the Death Penalty: Moving us to Action
Project Homeless Connect Omaha
Indian Cultural Society Banquet

Events More than One Week Away:
Personal Care Items Needed at Heart Ministry Center
Next Chapter Book Club Facilitator Wanted
Coaches Needed for Omaha All Stars Basketball Spring Session
Alpha Phi Omega’s Sherlock for Homes 2013
Hand-in-Hand Volunteers Needed

Service and Justice Opportunities
Saturday, March 9th
Empowerment Network Community Meeting
Working together we can accelerate our progress! Imagine what’s possible when thousands get involved. Are you ready to do your part? This movement is free & open to the community and includes things you need to know about our students & schools. Hear from OPS principals that are leading some of the top performing schools. Learn from their success stories. Where do we go from here? Meet with community organizations and learn more about after school providers, summer jobs, college scholarships, mentoring and many other resources and opportunities.
8:45 am – Breakfast, Networking, and Display Tables
9:30 am to 11:30 am – Interactive Meeting
This event will be at Omaha North High School in the Viking Center located at 4410 N. 36th Street. When students, parents, teachers, principals and the community work together, we see measurable results. We are seeking volunteers to help with set-up, serving and check-in on Saturday. If you are available to assist in any capacity, please contact Vicki Quaites-Ferris at vqferris@empoweromaha.com. For more info about Empowerment Network visit www.empoweromaha.com or call 402-502-5153.

Monday, March, 11th
Women’s Words of Wisdom Event Registration Due
The Lieben Center and the Women and Gender Studies Department are once again proud to present the Women’s Words of Wisdom event! This event serves as an opportunity to bring together students, faculty, and staff from different specializations and with different talents to celebrate inspirational women who came before us through creative readings, writings, songs and other presentations. Women’s Words of Wisdom will be held on Tuesday, March 19th from 7:00 – 10:00pm with the opportunity to rehearse prior to the event from 6:30 – 7:00 pm.
Interested individuals or groups should present quotes or excerpts from women’s writings or speeches celebrating women. These presentations should be no more than five minutes in length and should be varied in terms of both subject matter as well as presentation style, if possible. Dancers, actors, singers, and slam poets in addition to people speaking only makes for a more exciting, creative, and versatile production!
The title, text, and approximate time of each participant’s contribution should be submitted to shaylacovington@creighton.edu no later than Monday, March 11th. Participants should submit their names and contact information, as well as a brief biography (no more than a paragraph) of the woman or women on whom they are presenting.
Please do not hesistate to direct any questions to Shayla Covington, the Student Coordinator of the Lieben Center. Shayla can be reached via e-mail at shaylacovington@creighton.edu

Tuesday, March 12th
Film and Discussion: Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte Part I and Part II
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.

Thursday, March 14th
Expand Your Horizons
Expand Your Horizons is a series of informative gatherings sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Notre Dame Sisters and Associates. The Sisters host a monthly topic which includes March 14 is Forgiveness, April 25 is Human Trafficking, and May 21 is Immigration.
Featured on March 14th, The Power of Forgiveness is a 2007 documentary film by Martin Doblmeier (director of Bonhoeffer) about the process of forgiveness. It features interviews with renowned Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, best-selling authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson and others. From Northern Ireland to Ground Zero to the Amish countryside, this film reveals how forgiveness can transform your life. This social justice education outreach program is from 7:00-8:30pm and held at Seven Oaks at Notre Dame Dining Room located at 3439 State Street, Omaha. Please use west or north parking.

Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants with Katy Payne
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.

Friday, March 15th
Sustainability Council Meeting
The goal of our organization is to bring effective sustainability strategies to Creighton University, integrating this important movement into what we teach, how we live and work at the University and extending this to our daily lives. This meeting will be from 2:00pm – 3:00pm in Skutt Student Center room 105. For more information, please visit http://www.creighton.edu/about/sustainability.

Sunday, March 17th
Thinking Like a Foodshed: Localizing Our Food Supply
This two-part webinar series is sponsored by Transition Omaha. Michael Brownlee, co-founder of Transition Colorado will address these questions:
What is the role of food localization in building community resilience and self-reliance? How can food localization address the challenges of fossil fuel depletion, climate change, and economic decline? How can Slow Money be a catalyst for food localization as economic development? What are the most promising strategies, tools, processes and pathways for localizing our food systems? This event will be from 2:00 – 3:30pm on March 17 and May 19 at First Unitarian Church located at 3114 Harney. More information: http://www.transitionomaha.org/

Tuesday, March 19th
Living Title IX at CU
Clips of “A Sporting Chance: The Lasting Legacy of Title IX” will be presented while a panel of female Creighton student athletes and their coaches talk about their experiences in competitive athletics. This panel is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Athletics Department. This event will be from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Harper Center room 3023.

Thursday, March 21st
Day of Remembrance: Historical Lessons in Hate Crimes from the Japanese Services?
Day of Remembrance (DOR) is an annual commemoration of the incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in the United States during World War II. Mr. William Yoshino, Midwest Director of the Midwest Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, will be joined by Beth Riley from Inclusive Communities, Alan Potash from the Anti-Defamation League, and Professor Raneta Mack from the Creighton University School of Law for a panel titled “Historical Lessons in Hate Crimes from the Japanese American Experience.” The panelists will draw historical connections from the Japanese American internment to the ways in which racial profiling, incursions on civil liberties, and bias crimes have affected—and continue to affect—other communities subject to discrimination. Refreshments will be served. This event will be from 7:00pm -8:00pm in Harper Center Ahmanson Ballroom A.

CHPE Roundtable: Do racial or ethnic disparities exist to outpatient rehabilitation services?
Do racial or ethnic disparities exist to outpatient rehabilitation services? Allie Bruns, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, 2012-2013 Student Research Program Awardee and The moderator for this event is Robert Sandstrom, PhD, PT, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Ms. Allie Bruns School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, 2012-2013 Student Research Program Awardee.
Registration is not required for the roundtable. All are welcome to this event held from 3:30pm – 4:30pm at CHPE Conference Room located at 2616 Burt Street. For more information about CHPE Roundtables, visit http://chpe.creighton.edu/ or call the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at (402) 280-2646 or email hshew@creighton.edu.

Catholics and the Death Penalty: Moving us to Action
Learn what the Catholic Church has and does teach about the death penalty and the dignity of human life. Become aware of what practical actions you can take in your parish to promote alternatives to the Nebraska death penalty. This event is from 7:00-8:30pm and held at Seven Oaks at Notre Dame Dining Room located at 3439 State Street, Omaha. Please use west or north parking. Sponsored by the Peace and Justice committee of the Notre Dame Sisters and Associates.

Friday, March 22nd
Project Homeless Connect Omaha
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.

Saturday, March 23rd
Indian Cultural Society Banquet
Save the Date…
Come and join Creighton University’s Indian Cultural Society for a fun night as they present great food and cultural entertainment. This event will be held in Skutt Ballroom. More details to come.

Upcoming Events:
Personal Care Items Needed at Heart Ministry Center
The Heart Ministry Center is in need of personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap etc) and canned tuna and chicken as well as canned vegetables and fruits. If you are able to help out by bringing some donations to heart ministry located at 2222 Binney Street, Omaha, NE 68110, many folks would appreciate it. The Sacred Heart Staff thank you for your generosity! For more information, please visit http://www.heartministrycenter.org/

Next Chapter Book Club Facilitator Wanted
Adults interested in a rewarding experience enhancing the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Make a difference in the life of a these individuals by meeting once a week for an hour with a small group at a local coffee shop or gathering place and reading and discussing a book selected by the group. Book club participants will enjoy social connections often missing in their lives and the delight of expanding their literacy. Facilitators will be provided with CPR, First Aid and Facilitator training. For more information about becoming a Next Chapter Book Club Facilitator, please contact Denise Gehringer dgehringer@olliewebbinc.org or 402-345-5220 x 33.

Coaches Needed for Omaha All Stars Basketball Spring Session
A couple of Volunteer Coaches for our OAS league this spring are still needed. Coaches are asked to commit to all 6 weeks so as to provide consistency to the athletes (however, I realize spring break is in the middle of the session for college students. Exceptions can be made). All leagues have a returning coach who would be able to provide support and guidance throughout the session.
1) Adolescent Leisure League at 6 – 7pm (arrival 5:45pm); Thursdays, March 14th, 2013 – April 18th, 2013 (except March 21st due to the site being closed) – 1 COACH NEEDED!
2) Adolescent Competitive League at 7 – 8pm (arrival at 6:45pm); Thursdays, March 14th, 2013 – April 18th, 2013 (except March 21st due to the site being closed) – 2 COACHES NEEDED!
Thursday evening leagues will be held at Dundee Elementary School (310 North 51st Street. Omaha, NE 68132). For more info or questions please contact Lisa Dougherty at ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org

Alpha Phi Omega’s Sherlock for Homes 2013
Saturday April 13th
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

Hand-in-Hand Volunteers Needed
Sunday, April 14th
Hand-in-Hand is a day (April 14th) where adults with developmental disabilities come and hang out at Creighton and get to have an afternoon of games, crafts, bingo, food, and even some karaoke! It is great for the people to make social connections and actually get to do something that they might not otherwise do. A CU student (called a partner) is matched two-to-one or one-to-one with the Guests who will join us for Hand in Hand. THAT’S WHERE YOU COME IN! Volunteers are making an impact on the individuals life by working with them one on one and just providing them emotional and social support and helping make their day that much better. It’s an exciting opportunity to give of yourself personally and touch someone’s life.
All partners will need to attend a training session on April 2, 2013, at the Rigge Science Building Room 120 from 6:30-7:30 PM.
On the day of the event all partners will need to report by 12:30pm to be ready for our guests to arrive, and stay for a short check in after the guests have left. You will be finished no later than 5:00pm.
For more information or to register visit http://www.creighton.edu/ministry/campusministry/ab/handinhand/index.php

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