Author Archives: Anne Ferguson


In Gratitude

As a senior who is graduating in less than two weeks, reflection over the past four years and deep, grateful nostalgia have been consuming most of my time. It doesn’t seem real that soon I’ll be an alumna of a university that has taught me the true meaning of a faith that does justice. In [...]

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Being Unreservedly Yourself

“Come up with me! Will you come up with me?!” A teenage girl named J. looked at me and eagerly asked that question as she yanked on my arm, practically dragging me out of the church pew we were sharing. It was Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Bethphage Village in Axtell, NE–where my Spring Break Service [...]


Lessons Learned from the Civil Rights Visionaries of Memphis

  Memphis has Soul Memphis, Tennessee is home to so much more than Graceland, delicious barbeque, and the intriguing duck march of the Peabody Hotel. At the heart of this city is a rich history and culture, with beams of light shining through the darkness. Similar to its influential musical roots and the glittering neon [...]

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‘If we only help one person…’: 12th annual Project Homeless Connect Omaha opens doors at Creighton

‘How long have you been homeless? I don’t really know. It’s been awhile. The conversations taking place around the breakfast tables set up in the Kiewit Fitness Center had just this kind of tenor Friday as Creighton University played host for the 12th time to Project Homeless Connect Omaha. The event is intended to be [...]


Spring Break in Service: SCSJ Service & Justice Trips Enliven Creighton Experience

This Spring Break, Creighton University will again send out a large contingent of students as part of the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice’s Spring Service & Justice Trips. The week of March 11, more than 130 students will fan out across the nation, the state and the city for immersion and service-learning experiences at [...]

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Warmth for our neighbors: SCSJ Coat Drive aims to help refugees weather winter

As a hub for refugees the world over, Omaha has proven itself a gracious and welcoming host to many people. The city’s winter weather, however, can be less hospitable, especially for those arriving from warmer climes. Creighton University’s Schlegel Center for Service and Justice is aiming to do something about that with its Fall Coat [...]


SCSJ readies to send more than 240 students out on Fall Service & Justice Trips

The Creighton University Schlegel Center for Service and Justice Fall Service & Justice Trips will again send students around the nation next week to serve, learn, and go alongside people and projects at 30 different sites. Oct. 12 through 19, around 245 Creighton students will spend their week’s recess from academic pursuits working with people [...]

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Hello from the Communications Team!

    Hello! My name is Austin and I am one of the Fantastic Five on the Communications Team. I am excited to immerse myself in more programs hosted by SCSJ and forming new relationships. It’s a pleasure to create digital and printed graphics that are shown around campus. Graphic design can be challenging, but [...]


‘Do the thing that is yours to do’: Summit asks student leaders to connect local actions with international impact

Thinking globally while acting locally has always been a critical component of the mission for Creighton University’s Schlegel Center for Service and Justice. For three days in July, a quartet of Creighton students took part in Catholic Relief Services’ third biennial Student Ambassador Leaders Together (SALT) Summit at the CRS headquarters in Baltimore and in [...]

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Bailey Norby: 2 Degrees and a Division I Athlete

Playing a Division I sport while earning an undergraduate degree in three years bucks convention. But Bailey Norby thought outside the scheduling box and did just that. Now, the Forest Lake, Minnesota native is finishing her MBA while playing basketball for the Bluejays. The women’s basketball team trains on campus ten months a year. Norby had some free time [...]


From Nebraska to Mozambique

Traveling more than 9,000 miles from her hometown to spend nearly six months as a Peace Corps volunteer is not something Jessica Wiens, BA’16, ever dreamed of doing as a child growing up in Grand Island, Nebraska. Yet from May through September 2016, Wiens did just that — working in a small village called Rapale about eight [...]

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6 Creighton students spent spring break at a homeless shelter. It was an eye-opening experience

Yoshua Piescer said he was a little scared the other night when a homeless man waved him over in front of the Siena-Francis House homeless shelter. The Creighton University student was in his second day of living at the homeless shelter as part of a spring break service trip. He already had his shoes stolen. [...]


‘Stories that we should hear’: Simulation provides glimpse of uncertain world in which refugees live

Participants in a Feb. 2, 2018 refugee simulation put on by Creighton University’s Schlegel Center for Service and Justice and Lutheran Family Services, hustle to a “refugee camp” inside the Harper Center.The 50 people crouching in a dark stairwell and trying to keep quiet weren’t really in any danger. There weren’t really mortars incoming. There [...]

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3-3 Program Student Angie Ngo Blends Social Justice and Business

When sophomore Angie Ngo was researching universities as a high school senior, she was looking to continue her Catholic education. New to her, however, was the Jesuit tradition. “I sought out Jesuit universities because I was intrigued by their mission and work with social justice,” the Boise, Idaho native says. “I knew that I wanted to [...]


Creighton readies for 20th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, Nov. 4-6

This article originally appeared on Creighton Today. Forty-seven Creighton University students, faculty and staff travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend to participate in the 20th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Nov. 4 through 6, the Creighton delegation will join with nearly 2,000 individuals from around the country to address timely social justice issues in [...]

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‘More fuel to go do something’: Creighton students, faculty, staff reflect on 20th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

This article originally appeared in Creighton Today. *** Putting thoughts into deeds, words into action, lessons into practice, 46 Creighton University staff, faculty and students took part in the 20th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice earlier this month in Washington, D.C. The cadre, led by students from the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, [...]


Students on SCSJ Fall Service & Justice Trips put faces, names to realities they encounter

As seen on Creighton Today As they always are, the social justice encounters for Creighton University students on the Fall Service & Justice Trips in October were myriad.There were the realities of poverty, migration, hunger, homelessness. But in West Virginia, there was Bill and Bob and Jim and Crystal. In Nebraska, there was Brian and [...]

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Wisdom For the Journey

      Former SCSJ Graduate Assistant, Kevin Kuehl, shared some wisdom for all those participating in Post-Graduate Volunteering or entering religious life upon graduation last spring. Here are the words he sent them off with during the Post-Graduate Volunteering and Religious Life Missioning Service: Good morning! I’m so excited to share in this moment with [...]


Using Economics to Do Justice

  For the past ten weeks I have been a Micah Corps intern for the Great Plains Methodist Conference. Through this internship, my team and I researched social justice topics in the community with individuals who are facing these struggles every day and with organizations who are working to combat those struggles. We traveled through [...]

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Weekly Update May 2 – May 15

Saturday, May 2 Mass in Spanish Misa en español! Están todos/as invitados/as! Fr. Renzo Rosales, S.J., will preside. Please come and bring friends and family!There will be delicious appetizers and some social time in Campus Ministry after Mass. Todos/as son bienvenidos/as. Mass will take place in Swanson Hall Chapel at 6:00pm. Please contact Campus Ministry [...]

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Weekly Update March 01- March 27

Sunday, March 01 World Cafe Dialogue: Unpacking Race All Creighton students, faculty and staff are invited to engage in a campus-wide dialogue on the implications of race in the Creighton community, facilitated by the Werner Institute. Due to the February winter storm, the event was rescheduled for 3:00pm in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on [...]