Weekly Update: February 14-23

Featured Events:

Greenbag Lunch Series: No More Empty Pots

Come to the CCSJ on Friday, February 21st from 12:30 to 2:00 pm to learn about food sustainability in the Omaha area! The first of the Spring 2014 GreenBag Lunch Series will feature Susan Whitfield of No More Empty Pots. Susan will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion in the CCSJ multi-purpose room. All students, faculty, staff, and workers are welcome! Feel free to bring a lunch to eat while watching the presentation and dessert is provided for all who attend.

Project Homeless Connect Omaha Registration

Project Homeless Connect Omaha is a one-day event that serves as a one-stop shop, connecting people experiencing homelessness in our community to services including: housing, health care, legal resources, employment counseling, haircuts, Social Security, dental care (which has resulted in more than 200 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. Building on the success of the past five years, on Friday, March 28 from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, Creighton will again host Project Homeless Connect Omaha. The opportunities to engage volunteers, build community, grow research and evaluation efforts and ultimately respond to the homeless in Omaha underscore the value of this partnership. Volunteers can sign up to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day. For more information or to volunteer, go to our website. Questions about the event or about volunteering for the event should be directed to PHCO@Creighton.edu. Registration will be open until Thursday, March 20th, or volunteer capacity is reached, so please register at your earliest convenience.

Events this week:

DodgeBall for Syria
CU Tree Advisory Committee
Fast for Families: Immigration Reform Action
Poverty in America: Upper-Level Course in West Virginia
Middle Eastern Food Fundraiser
Day of Remembrance
2014 Renard Lecture: Not My Will But Thy Will Be Done
Expand you Horizons: Prison Reentry Initiative
Kripke Symposium on Religion and the Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges
Greenbag Lunch Series: No More Empty Pots
Creighton University Sustainability Council Meeting
Stepping up the Pace of Change in North Omaha

Events More than One Week Away:

Project Homeless Connect Omaha
Volunteer Opportunity: 2014 Promise Gala

Service, Faith, Justice, and Diversity Opportunities

Saturday, February 15th

DodgeBall for Syria

Come get your game on in the KFC with a bracket-style dodgeball competition and free play for those who don’t make the cut. Grab your free drinks, t-shirts, raffle prizes, and grand prize for the champion. Individuals without a team can be grouped together on arrival. Benefits go to Jesuit Refugee Service USA to help Syrian Refugees. The cost is $10/person and teams can include up to 8 people. This event will be from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on the KFC Main Courts. Sponsors include Muslim Student Assosiation, Eyes Wide Open, and Creighton Students for Syria.

Monday, February 17th

CU Tree Advisory Committee

Please consider attending an open meeting of Creighton University’s Tree Advisory Committee. The committee, formed in 2008 as one of Creighton’s obligations as a Tree Campus USA awardee, is a valuable part of the University’s Tree Care Plan that gathers students, faculty, staff, and community members at the same table as those who influence the University’s decisions regarding its campus trees. On the agenda: a recap of Creighton’s 2013 Tree Campus USA award year, planning for Arbor Day 2014, and a discussion of the 2014 Student Service Learning Project. We are interested in YOUR thoughts, opinions, and ideas! This meeting will be at 1:00 pm in Skutt Student Center room 104. Please send questions or requests for more information to Jessica Heller.

Fast for Families: Immigration Reform Action

“Fast for Families” is journeying into the heart of hundreds of American communities to empower constituencies to act, fast and pray for immigration reform. Join in Prayer, Reflections on Fasting and Immigrant Stories from 3:30 to 4:45 pm at the College of St. Mary Mercy Hall located at 72nd and Mercy Rd. A community meeting focusing on Immigration Action and Strategies with DJ Yoon, Core Fast4Families Faster, will follow at 7:00 pm at First United Methodist room 112, north side, located at 7020 Cass. Visit Fast for Families website for more information. Text “FAMILIES” to 787753 for the latest updates.

Poverty in America: Upper-Level Course in West Virginia

Students in this class will travel to West Virginia and live with a community that serves those of the area in various forms of outreach. There will be opportunities for assisting in home repair, tutoring children, gathering and cooking for community night, visiting elderly and/or homebound…and coming to know the particular strengths and perspectives of those who deal with poverty day to day. The community we live with emphasizes the importance of simplicity, prayer, service, community and sustainability and they integrate these into the work they do in the surrounding areas. The cost of this course is simply the cost of tuition for a three credit hour course. This is a senior perspective and certified writing course that counts for SRP 470, EDU 470, or JPS 470. This opportunity is offered during summer pre-session from May 18th to June 4th. If you are interested, have questions or would like an application, please contact Alice Smith at 280-3623 or e-mail her at alices@creighton.edu.

Wednesday, February 19th

Middle Eastern Food Fundraiser

Creighton Muslim Student Association (MSA) invites you to a Middle Eastern Food Fundraiser. Options include Grape Leaves, Hummus, Taboleh Salad, Mediterranean Rice, Stuffed Zucchini, Dessert (Baklava, Haressa), and more. The cost is $6/plate and $1/dessert. Please bring cash. In Support of Syrian Refugees through the Catholic Relief Services and the Spring Event: “The Muslims Are Coming” Featuring Dean Obeidallah at Film Streams, Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 pm. Donations are also appreciated. This event will be from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at Hixson Lied Bldg, Mutual of Student Lounge, 1st Floor. For more information or questions contact Jamal Jamil or Naser Alsharif.

Day of Remembrance

Mark the 72nd anniversary of the unjust internment of Japanese Americans during World War II with the screening of the film “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i”. This event will be from 6:15 to 7:15 pm in Harper Center Hixson-Lied Auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion in Harper 3023 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on how the issues raised by the film still affect us today.

Thursday, February 20th

2014 Renard Lecture: Not My Will But Thy Will Be Done

The Philosophy Department will be sponsoring their annual Renard Lecture with guest speaker, Dr. Eleanor Stump. She will present “Not My Will But Thy Will be Done: Eckhart and Aquinas on the Problem of Suffering.” This event will be from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in Skutt Student Center East Ballroom. For more information contact Laurel McClure.

Expand your Horizons: Prison Reentry Initiative

This Expand Your Horizons is titled “Prison Reentry initiative: Making productive Citizens”. Symone Sanders from RISE (Reentry, Integrative Service, and Engagement Initiative) will speak about a program for gang offenders on probation who reenter northeast Omaha in zip code 68111. This event will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Seven Oaks at Notre Dame dining room located at 3439 State Street, Omaha. Use the North entrance by the flag pole, 35th and State. For more information or questions, call 402-614-0177.

Kripke Symposium on Religion and the Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges

Scholars in many fields of religious and theological studies have used the sciences to address a number of issues and attempt to answer a variety of questions with which they are confronted. This symposium will explore the intersection of religious/theological inquiry with the social and natural sciences and how religion scholars use the sciences to address issues of human sexuality, cosmology, the environment, social ethics, epistemology, and others. The Symposium is free and open to the public. This event will be from 8:30 am to 5:15 pm on February 20th and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on February 21st in Harper Center room 3029. For more information contact Colleen Hastings.

Friday, February 21st

Greenbag Lunch Series: No More Empty Pots

Come to the CCSJ from 12:30 to 2:00 pm to learn about food sustainability in the Omaha area! The first of the Spring 2014 GreenBag Lunch Series will feature Susan Whitfield of No More Empty Pots. Susan will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion in the CCSJ multi-purpose room. All students, faculty, staff, and workers are welcome! Feel free to bring a lunch to eat while watching the presentation and dessert is provided for all who attend.

Creighton University Sustainability Council Meeting

Recycling, social justice, energy and water conservation, events (Earth Day, St. Francis Day), alternative transportation (biking, buses, carpooling), gardening, composting, communications and outreach. These are just a few of the aspects of sustainability. Are you interested in one or more facets of the sustainability movement but are not sure how to get involved? Come to the next Sustainability Council meeting and learn about how you can be involved – as much or as little as you’d like. This meeting will be at 2:00 pm in Eppley 119, the Energy Technology Classroom Space. All are welcome! For more information visit their website or contact Mary Duda.

Sunday, February 23rd

Stepping up the Pace of Change in North Omaha

Willie Barney of the Empowerment Network will talk about what is happening in North Omaha and how we need to work together to improve. This gathering concerning stepping up the pace of change in North Omaha is a part of Coffee with Cause for Omaha Together One Community at Urban Abbey at 3:30 pm.

Upcoming Events:

Project Homeless Connect Omaha

Friday, March 28th

Project Homeless Connect Omaha is a one-day event that serves as a one-stop shop, connecting people experiencing homelessness in our community to services including: housing, health care, legal resources, employment counseling, haircuts, Social Security, dental care (which has resulted in more than 200 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. Building on the success of the past five years, on Friday, March 28 from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, Creighton will again host Project Homeless Connect Omaha. The opportunities to engage volunteers, build community, grow research and evaluation efforts and ultimately respond to the homeless in Omaha underscore the value of this partnership. Volunteers can sign up to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day. For more information or to volunteer, go to our website. Questions about the event or about volunteering for the event should be directed to PHCO@Creighton.edu. Registration will be open until Thursday, March 20th, or volunteer capacity is reached, so please register at your earliest convenience.

Volunteer Opportunity: 2014 Promise Gala

Saturday, February 22nd

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Heartland Chapter is holding their annual Promise Gala on Saturday, February 22nd at Embassy Suites La Vista and they are in need of some volunteers. Volunteer shifts available from 4:30 to 11:00 pm. Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista is located at 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, NE 68128. To sign-up to be a volunteer, contact Anna Raur at araur@jdrf.org or 402-881-3183.

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.

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