Weekly Update: October 25 -November 3

Featured Events:

The Pine Ridge Reservation and the Red Cloud Volunteer Program

Red Cloud volunteers have opportunities to become involved in the larger Lakota community through participation in Catholic parishes, Lakota religious ceremonies, cultural events such as powwows, basketball leagues, and family gatherings to mourn or celebrate. Volunteers live in intentional house communities and are challenged to live the core values of the volunteer program: building community, growing spiritually, living simply, and working for justice in education. If you have a strong desire to serve the mission of Red Cloud Indian School, immerse oneself in Lakota culture, and be challenged by these core values, then this volunteer program might be a good fit for you! Anne Grass, current volunteer coordinator for RCV, and Fr. Paddy Gilger, past volunteer coordinator, are providing the soup and the stories for students who might be interested in volunteering on the reservation after graduation. Stop by when you can between 11:00 and 12:30pm in the CCSJ on Friday, October 25th and stay as long as you are able. Contact Jeff Peak for more information.

Spring Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Payments and Applications Due

Did you enjoy your experience(s) on a CCSJ Service & Justice Trip? Do you want to take that experience to a deeper level through helping to coordinate a trip? Become a trip coordinator! Applications are now being accepted for 2014 Spring Break trips. For more information, to see a full list of coordinator roles and responsibilities, and to apply to be a coordinator, check out the CCSJ website. Applications complete with a $50 deposit and interview sign up are due October 28 at 4:00 pm.

Events this week:
The Pine Ridge Reservation and the Red Cloud Volunteer Program
CU at the Day of the Dead Celebration
Green Dot Bystander Training
Spring Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Payments and Applications Due
Film Screening: I Learn America
Sugar Skull Decorating Workshops
Prayer of Silence
Music Ministry
All Saints Day
Día De Los Muertos Altar Presentation
Film and Discussion: Girl Rising

Events More than One Week Away:
Spring Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Info Meeting
Computer Lab Volunteers Needed
Yates Community Center Requests Coats
Benson Area Refugee Taskforce Requests Donations

Service and Justice Opportunities

Friday, October 25th

The Pine Ridge Reservation and the Red Cloud Volunteer Program
Red Cloud volunteers have opportunities to become involved in the larger Lakota community through participation in Catholic parishes, Lakota religious ceremonies, cultural events such as powwows, basketball leagues, and family gatherings to mourn or celebrate. Volunteers live in intentional house communities and are challenged to live the core values of the volunteer program: building community, growing spiritually, living simply, and working for justice in education. If you have a strong desire to serve the mission of Red Cloud Indian School, immerse oneself in Lakota culture, and be challenged by these core values, then this volunteer program might be a good fit for you! Anne Grass, current volunteer coordinator for RCV, and Fr. Paddy Gilger, past volunteer coordinator, are providing the soup and the stories for students who might be interested in volunteering on the reservation after graduation. Stop by when you can between 11:00 and 12:30pm in the CCSJ and stay as long as you are able. Contact Jeff Peak for more information.

CU at the Day of the Dead Celebration
The Intercultural Senior Center hosts an annual Day of the Dead Celebration with food, music, and cultural activities. This is an opportunity for students to either attend the event or volunteer for a couple of hours! This event will be from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm at the Intercultural Senior Center. For more information, contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez at Lrodriguez@creighton.edu.

Sunday, October 27th

Green Dot Bystander Training
Green Dot Bystander Training focuses on identifying “red dot” situations of power-based personal violence and identifying potential “green dots” or possibly interventions. This training will be from 12:00 to 6:00 pm in Skutt Student Center room 104 and is for registered students only. To sign-up or to learn more information, please email greendot@creighton.edu.

Monday, October 28th

Spring Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Coordinator Payments and Applications Due
Did you enjoy your experience(s) on a CCSJ Service & Justice Trip? Do you want to take that experience to a deeper level through helping to coordinate a trip? Become a trip coordinator! Applications are now being accepted for 2014 Spring Break trips. For more information, to see a full list of coordinator roles and responsibilities, and to apply to be a coordinator, check out the CCSJ website. Applications complete with a $50 deposit and interview sign up are due October 28 at 4:00 pm.

Film Screening: I Learn America
Come and see the documentary “I Learn America” which follows five young migrants living in New York City through one year of their high school journey. Then listen to young adults here in the Omaha community as they also share their migration stories. Open for all who appreciate sharing stories! This event will be at 7:00 pm in Hixon Lied G04.

Wednesday, October 30th

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshops
Workshop on the importance of the Day of the Dead, the tradition of the Sugar Skulls in Mexican culture and participants will be able to decorate their own Sugar Skull. Registration is required so we have enough materials! This event is 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 30th and Thursday, October 31st in the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Harper Center room 1109.

Thursday, October 31st

Prayer of Silence
Weekly “Prayer of Silence” with Joan Lanahan will be every Thursday from 12-12:30 pm in the CCSJ Multipurpose Room (Harper 2067). No need to bring anything. Come once or come each week. All are welcome!

Music Ministry
Music Ministry at St. John’s is an open environment. No auditions are required and all members of the parish and university community are welcome to join at any time. We serve the community gathered at the following weekly celebrations: Saturday 5:00 pm – Community Ensemble, Sunday 10:30 am – Community Ensemble, Sunday 4:30 pm* – Cantor & Pianist, and Sunday 8:30 pm* – EvenSong student ensemble (*academic year only). These ensembles rehearse one hour before each mass. EvenSong also rehearses on Thursdays at 7:00 pm and all students are invited to come check it out! Joining is as easy as sending an email! Just contact Molly Mattingly, our Director of Music Ministry, with any questions or concerns. More information can also be found at Music Ministry website.

Friday, November 1st

All Saints Day
Join the Creighton University and St. John’s Parish community for the celebration of All Saints Day, a holy day. Masses will be celebrated at 7:00 am, noon, and 5:00 pm, all in the Saint John’s Church.

Día De Los Muertos Altar Presentation
Office of Multicultural Affairs and Creighton University Latino Student Association invite participants to learn more about the role of the altar (Ofrenda) during the Day of the Dead. This event will be from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Harper Center room 1109.

Sunday, November 3rd

Film and Discussion: Girl Rising
The Cortina Community, Lieben Center for Women, and Creighton Women’s Leadership Network presents the groundbreaking film Girl Rising. Girl Rising highlights the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world as they strive for education. The film uses “powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.” We will be showing the film at 7:00 pm in the Harper Auditorium. A discussion will follow on girls education. Please RSVP by emailing amandadrapcho@creighton.edu to attend this wonderful event.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Participant Info Meeting

Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 12th
Service & Justice Trips are week-long trips (except 5 day local Omaha trips) during Fall and Spring break on which students serve and learn with one of several community partner hosts across the country. Two trained student coordinators lead a group of 6-14 students. During the trip, you will engage in a variety of service experiences, learn about local social justice issues, and have a blast getting to know other Creighton students. Attend this information session to learn more about Service & Justice Trips as well as to learn about the application process. There will be two meetings from 9:00 to 10:00 pm on Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12 in the Harper Center Ballroom. The application will be on the CCSJ website after the information meetings. Scholarship Applications are due November 18th and all other applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on November 20th. For more information visit the CCSJ website.

Computer Lab Volunteers Needed

The Lutheran Family Services is looking for volunteers for their Refugee Education and Employment Program (REEP). Volunteers will be expected to teach basic computer skills to refugees. No experience or skill set is required. All volunteers must submit to a back-ground check before beginning service. The classes are held from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Yates Community Center on 32nd and Davenport (3260 Davenport Street). For more information or questions, please contact Patrick Sather, an Americorps volunteer, at psather@lfsneb.org or 402-536-3523.

Yates Community Center Requests Coats

Yates Community Center’s 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) at 3260 Davenport Street, Omaha, NE 68131. 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 before winter comes.

Benson Area Refugee Taskforce Requests Donations

The Benson Area Refugee Taskforce is gearing up for their refugee clothes closet event this November. 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 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. They will also accept new or gently used winter coats for children and adults through size medium, hats, and gloves. No other clothing donations at this time other than coats and underwear please. E-mail BART Coordinator Shannon Linehan for information bensonrefugeetf@gmail.com.

Please Note:
Events to be included in the Weekly Update must be received by the Wednesday of the week prior to the event. All events should relate to service or justice and should include name, date, time, and a short description. The selection of events is limited by space and the discretion of the CCSJ. Please, send to ccsj@creighton.edu with “Weekly Update” in the subject line.

A 20 minute training on Creighton’s Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy is now required of all student doing community service with our office or on your own. Please click here to find an upcoming training that works for you.

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