Service & Justice Trips Leadership Teams Archive


The CCSJ’s Annual Soup Luncheon and Auctions

Support the Service & Justice Trips Program at the annual:



Friday, February 13th
Harper Center Ballroom

Silent Auction begins at 11 am (Ends at 12:00 pm)
Lunch begins at 11:30 am
Oral Auction begins at 12:10 pm

Tickets & Reservations: Reserved tables are sold out. Check with your area to see if they have a table and open seats. A limited number of individual tickets are available for $20 each. Contact Wendy Maliszewski at 402-280-1290 or with questions about tables and individual tickets.

Below is a rolling preview of some items we will be auctioning at this year’s Soup Luncheon and Auctions!




Dinner with President-Elect Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ


Dinner for eight with President-elect Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ in his private residence — Creighton University’s 25th president will host you and seven guests in his apartment, the ConAgra Suite on the top (12th) floor of Heider Hall. This delightful evening includes it all: excellent company and conversation, great food and drink, and one of the best views in all of Omaha.  (Must be used at a mutually agreed upon time from July to December, 2015.)

Donated by: Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

Value: $585 (just for food and beverages at $65 per person)

Opening Bid: $500

Lunch or Dinner with Provost Dr. Ed O’Connor

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Lunch or Dinner for four with Provost Dr. Ed O’Connor at Omaha restaurant — Dr. Ed O’Connor became Creighton University’s first provost in July 2013, bringing vast experience in higher education to the Creighton community. As provost, he oversees all aspects of student life and learning. Have you ever wanted to get to know our University’s new Chief Academic Officer? Well, now’s your chance. The winner of this fine prize will enjoy one lunch or dinner at an Omaha restaurant of your choice with Dr. O’Connor and three of your friends.

Donated by: Ed O’Connor, PhD, FACHE

Value: $200 (depending on the restaurant)

Opening Bid: $100

Week Stay in Mexico at Beachfront Resort


Week Stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Beach, Golf & Spa Resort Suite  Step into a world of unforgettable moments at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort with this week stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach is a luxury resort blissfully secluded on a private coastal bluff. This week stay will be in their Junior Suite – 435 square feet of luxurious living space with a private balcony or terrace, living room area, a sleeping area with two double or one king size bed(s), and amenities. (Rates are based on 2 adults and up to 2 children age 12 or under. Additional adults or children will be charged extra person fee. Maximum occupancy is 4.) This week is good for all of the 2015 year, as long as space is available.

Donated by: Nancy Shirley, PhD, RN

Value: $2,300

Opening Bid: $700

Golf Outing with Champion Mary Chase


What do Mary Chase and Michael Jordan have in common? 3-Peat Championships! Michael dominated the NBA with two 3-Peats in the ‘90s while Mary dominated the Iowa City Amateur Golf Championship in ’99, ’00, ‘01.
You and two friends will join Mary, Creighton’s Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, at Oak Hills Country Club for a round of 18 and drinks with lunch or dinner on a mutually agreed upon date.

Donated by: Mary E. Chase, EdD

Value $300

Opening Bid $100

“Suite” View at the CenturyLink Center


Watch a men’s basketball game from the Presidential Suite at the CenturyLink Center with 7 of your friends/family. Food and beverages provided for a mutually agreed upon game during the 2015-2016 season. (Must contact University Relations by Labor Day to schedule the specific game. Some games are not available.)

Donated by: The Office of the President

Value $1,000

Opening Bid: $500

4 College World Series Front Row Club Seat Championship Tickets

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Enjoy a 2015 College World Series Game at TD Ameritrade Park, with four premium front row Club Level seats of the first base side with a fantastic view. Buyer and donor to coordinate a mutually agreeable afternoon or evening game June 13-19, 2015, including a parking pass to Lot B immediately south of the stadium.

Donated by: Ron and Teri Quinn

Value: $750

Opening Bid: $500

Note: Similar tickets NOT in the first row were selling last year for $325 each on a popular ticket site.

2 Roundtrip Tickets from Southwest Airlines


We’ve got two tickets to paradise… Take a vacation with two tickets good for round-trip transportation between any two cities within the Southwest Airlines system within the continental United States. The tickets may not be used for travel on itineraries that combine flights with other carriers and will expire 3/1/2016. These tickets have no restrictions or blackout dates.

Donated by: Southwest Airlines

Value: $800

Opening Bid: $400

Twelve Liters of Dr. B’s Bison Brew (home brewed beer)

Micro-breweries have been popping up all around Omaha, but why go elsewhere when there is an accomplished brewer right at Creighton?! Dr. Roger Bergman of the Justice & Peace Studies Program has been brewing his own beer for over a decade. Now Dr. B’s Bison Brew can be yours! The lucky winner will receive 12 hand crafted liters, (equivalent of about six six-packs) of your favorite brew style, light or dark, Pilsner or stout, or anything in between. (In addition to your final bid, there will be a $50 deposit for the reusable glass bottles that will be fully refunded upon return of the bottles.)

Donated by: Dr. Roger Bergman

Value: $25 (for ingredients)

Opening Bid: $100


*Items may be subject to change.




Min. or current high Bid

Best Fan Competition

Baseball tickets

Show how much you love your team in a friendly competition to see which team’s tickets sell for the most!4 Box Seats to a Chicago White Sox Game: Watch a Chicago White Sox game with 3 friends from beautiful private box seats between home and first base with waitress service. [Section 329, Row 3, Seats 7-10]. (The date of the game is negotiable within reason – neither Opening Day nor Cubs-Sox series are available.) Donated by: Tom and Mary Ellen Brabec

4 Club Seats to a Cardinals-Cubs or Cardinals-Royals Game: You and three friends can win St. Louis Cardinals tickets to experience a game at beautiful Busch Stadium with best fans in baseball. From your seat in Section 131 in the third base field box, you have the option of catching a game between the Cardinals and Cubs (June 13, 14, or 15) in one of the best rivalries in baseball, OR a game of the I-70 series between the Cardinals and Royals (June 26, 27, or 28). Donated by: Jim Keefe, uncle of a Service & Justice Trips Core Team member

4 Kansas City Royals Tickets: Four tickets for any Monday-Thursday 2015 regular season home game in April- August excluding Opening Day.

2 Chicago Cubs Tickets: Two tickets for a game at the historic Wrigley Field on June 24 v. LA Dodgers, 7:05 pm start. Section 139, Row 10, Seats 101 and 102.

White Sox: high bid now at $500Cardinals:$150

Royals: $30

Cubs: $75

“Suite” View at TD Ameritrade Baseball Park


Watch a Creighton baseball game from the Presidential Suite at TD Ameritrade Park with 7 of your friends. Food and beverages provided for a mutually agreed upon game during the 2015 season. (Need to contact University Relations to schedule the game. Some games are not available.) Retail Value: $1,000.Donated by: Office of the President and Creighton Department of Athletics  $500.00

Two 2015-2016 Women’s Basketball Reserved Season TicketsJays BBall

Don’t miss the action of next year’s Creighton Women’s Basketball at the Ryan Center/D.J. Sokol Arena with these reserved season tickets.Donated by: Creighton Department of Athletics  $100.00

Two 2015 Men’s Soccer lower-level grandstand reserved season ticketsJays Soccer

The men’s soccer season is fast approaching, be sure to catch all the kicks in 2015 with these lower-level grandstand reserved season tickets.Donated by: Creighton Department of Athletics  $100.00

Two 2015 Baseball Season Tickets


What better way to celebrate your favorite sport than by buying these two 2015 Creighton baseball season tickets, displaying this Creighton Baseball signed by the Creighton 2015 team.Donated by: Creighton Department of Athletics  $200.00

Two 2015-2016 Creighton University Men’s basketball Upper-Bowl/Option 7 Reserved Season ticketsJays BBall

Packed with over 18,000 fans per game, Creighton Men’s Basketball at the Century Link Center are games you don’t want to miss! Make every 2015-2016 Men’s basketball game with these Upper Bowl/Option 7 reserved season tickets!Donated by: Creighton Department of Athletics $250.00

Autographed Creighton Men’s Basketball


Show your BlueJay pride with this basketball autographed by the 2014-2015 Creighton Men’s basketball team. An incredible addition to any Creighton collection.Donated by: Creighton Men’s Basketball Team  $30.00

Doug McDermott Signed Sports Illustrated


An autographed copy of the Doug McDermott’s Sports Illustrated issue can be yours to add to your Creighton collection.Donated by: Friends of the CCSJ  $40.00

Doug McDermott Signed Bulls Hat


Doug McDermott has made it to the NBA;  this signed Bulls cap is an excellent addition to any Jays OR Bulls fan collection.Donated by: Friends of the CCSJ  $25.00

Doug McDermott  Signed Bulls Hat


Doug McDermott has made it to the NBA;  this signed Bulls cap is an excellent addition to any Jays OR Bulls fan collection.Donated by: Friends of the CCSJ $25.00




Min. Bid

Bluejay Spirit Basket Get your Creighton Spirit on with this assortment of Creighton goodies including two coffee mugs, a license plate frame, lapel bin. $25.00
Creighton Campus Letter Art Framed Print A fun piece of art displaying hidden pieces of campus. Be sure to look at what it spells! $20.00
Alta Gracia Creighton Sweatshirt Hooded sweatshirt made in fair and safe working conditions in the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic where workers receive a living wage, enabling them to provide for their families. Can be exchanged for size! $30.00
Creighton Spirit Apple Accessories Deck out your Mac Laptop and iPhone with the latest in Creighton gear. Cases can be exchanged to match Apple product. $30.00
Listen Up and Power Up $50 iTunes giftcard and a rechargeable power bank for charging on the go! $40.00
Reach that New’s Resolution! Get into shape with three personal training sessions with staff from Creighton’s Campus Recreation. Keep them for yourself or give them away as a gift! $40.00
Exercise Science Bod Pod Assessment The Bod Pod is an Air Displacement Plethysmgraph which uses whole-body densitometry to estimate body composition (fat and fat-free mass). Bod Pod Assessment is considered a “gold standard”and highly accurate. $20.00
Beats by Dre Pill 2.0 Speaker Pump up the sound with this Beats by Dre Pill speaker courtesy of the iJay store here in the Harper Center. $100.00
Faculty or Student Parking Pass Bring this certificate to the Public Safety Office to receive a guaranteed parking pass for the 2015-2016 school year. Good for faculty/staff or students. Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift! $250.00
Sodexo Catered for 12 Enjoy a top notch catered meal for 12 with this Sodexo Certificate: Good for one “Chicken Alfredo Buffet” complete with Cookies and Iced Tea. $80.00
Sodexo Catered for 12 Enjoy a top notch catered meal for 12 with this Sodexo Certificate: Good for one “Chicken Alfredo Buffet” complete with Cookies and Iced Tea. $80.00
Core Team Dinner Let the Service & Justice Trip Core Teams, past and present, cook a meal for you and seven friends to share with the Young Jesuits on the coveted 6th Floor of Creighton Hall. Choose between homemade Italian or Mexican.





Min. Bid

Handmade Hat and Scarf


Stay cozy with this handmade hat scarf from Ben Mccann, CU ’12. $20.00
Handmade Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt (65″x72″)


This beautiful quilt is bound to keep you warm through the winter! Handmade by Marian Brown, Susie Conlon, Gayle Voltz, Deb Kraft, and Wendy Maliszewski $100.00
Wheel-Thrown Stoneware


Wheel thrown and hand painted by Creighton Ceramics Professor, Amy Nelson. *Microwave and dishwasher safe. 11.5″ (diameter) x 3.5″ (height) $115.00
Bluejay ’14


An adaptation of the newer Creighton graphic. The ’14 refers to the previous year’s athletic accomplishments. Made by Dr. Mark Ware, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Creighton. $125.00
Billy Bluejay ’14


An adaptation of the Bluejay mascot and refers to the previous year’s fan support for athletic accomplishments. Made by Dr. Mark Ware, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Creighton. $80.00
Original, Unpublished Print by Fr. Don Doll, S.J. World-renowned photographer Fr. Doll made this photograph while attending the Pentecost Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on June 8, 2014. Fr. Doll chose to frame his photo by including the large statue of St. Helena, empress mother of Constantine the Great and discoverer of the True Cross. Fr. Doll captured this image of our first Jesuit Pope as he was about to preach his homily. $200.00




Min. Bid

Two Maha Music Festival Tickets “Maha is a non-profit music festival organized and run by volunteers, and brought to you through the support of many wonderful sponsors. Maha was created for community building, not for profit.” Enjoy these two tickets to Omaha’s premiere music festival and be a part of a growing tradition that truly embodies the city. $50.00
Film Streams Membership If you love great films, you’ll love using this Individual Annual Membership (can only be used by new members) to Film Streams. Film Streams is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. $30.00
6 Passes to the Kansas City Zoo Take the family for a fun day out in Kansas City with these six passes to the Kansas City Zoo!


A Fun Weekend Downtown! Dinner for two at Upstream Brewery with a one night stay at the downtown Doubletree Hilton Hotel and breakfast the next morning!


Midtown Crossing Package Experience three delicious resaurants in Omaha’s Midtown Crossing! Two complimentary entrees and guacamole at Cantina Laredo, $25 to Crave, and $10 to Chicago Dawghouse


A Night Out in Aksarben Start the night with a meal at Ponzu Sushi & Grill ($30 gift card) and walk over to Aksarben cinema for a movie for 2. Popcorn and drinks included! Expires 5/13/15


Pizza, Sugar, Exercise Treat your kids for a night with pizza from Old Chicago (1 free large pizza of your choice, $25), followed by some ice cream at Ted & Wally’s (3 free regular cone or dish, $13), and let them use that energy at Pump It Up with a monthly Jump Pass (unlimited open jump admission for 1 child during a 30 day period, $50).


Family Dinner and a Show Start the night out with dinner at Old Chicago (1 free large pizza of your choice, $25) and then head over to the Rose Theater for a show (4 single tickets, $72). End the night with some local ice cream at Ted & Wally’s downtown (2 free regular cone or dish, $9).


Dinner and a Good Laugh (1) Enjoy a meal at the Dundee Dell ($25 gift card) and follow that up with four tickets to the Funny Bone Comedy Club ($60, expires 4/9/15, 2 item minimum purchase per person)


Dinner and a Good Laugh (2) Enjoy a meal at P.F. Chang’s ($25 gift card) and follow that up with four tickets to the Funny Bone Comedy Club ($60, expires 4/9/15, 2 item minimum purchase per person)


Dinner and a Good Laugh (3) Enjoy a meal at the Kona Grill ($20 in food, 12/31/15) and and follow that up with four tickets to the Funny Bone Comedy Club ($60, expires 4/9/15, 2 item minimum purchase per person)


Omaha’s Romantic Night $50 to J. Coco American Restaurant and two tickets to the Omaha Community Playhouse’s I Hate Hamlet running April 17th-19th.


5 Star Meal and Show Indulge in a steak dinner at Fleming’s Steakhouse ($100) and follow that up with the rich sounds of Opera Omaha with a showing of Fidelio running April 17th-19th ($118).


Pizza Tour of Omaha Take a tour of some great Omaha pizza including Godfather’s ($25), Pizza Shoppe($20), Dudley’s Pizza Tavern ($20), Orsi’s ($15), and Mama’s Pizza ($25).


Harlem Globetrotters and Pizza Take the family for a fun night out to dinner at Old Chicago with these 1 Free Large Pizza certificates ($25), and four General Admission tickets to see the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters on April 18th, 7:00PM at the CenturyLink Center ($50).


Sit Back and Relax Enjoy a mani or pedi from NT Nails ($20 dollar gift card!), two $25-off full price purchase Ann Taylor coupons, and treat yourself at home with bath & shower gel, pain relieving ointment, and organic caffeine free tea. All natural products from Jane’s Health Market!


Omaha Art & Food 2 tickets to a ticketed event at Joslyn Art Museum ($20) and $25 to Rock Bottom Restaurant (expires 3/16/15).


Board Game Ingredients With over 1,100 games and counting, Spielbound – Omaha’s new Board Game Cafe – has been one of the most popular places in Omaha for friends or family to gather. Check out what everyone’s been talking about with 5 free day passes ($25). Hop on over to Ingredient before or after with 5 free meal certificates ($50).





Min. Bid

The Wonderful World of Disney: 4 Disney Park Hopper Tickets


Mickey Mouse, sunshine, and family fun, here we come! These four One-Day Park Hopper passes are valid during normal operating hours for admission to a magical experience at Disney’s unique theme parks: the Magic Kingdom®, Epcot®, Hollywood Studios®, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® for one day. The passes are valid for almost two years, until December 20, 2016.


Private Tour of the Nebraska Humane Society


After going viral with Gage the Christmas Sheep, the Nebraska Humane Society is a world famous, state-of-the-art facility. Visit behind the scenes operations of the shelter and even have the opportunity to name a dog or cat up for adoption! Visitors will leave with an eye-opening understanding of the plight of homeless animals and how they can be part of the solution. Make it a family event with a 1 free large pizza at Old Chicago ($25).


#Faith #Culture #Books


A important and relevant addition to any library, The Jesuit Post book is a collection of essays by Jesuits around the country, edited by one of The Jesuit Post Founders, Creighton’s own Paddy Gilger, SJ. The copy is signed by three of the authors: Paddy Gilger, SJ, Joe Simmons, SJ, and Nate Romano, SJ. Foreword by James Martin, SJ.


Comic Book Button Basket


A handmade basket of comic book buttons all sourced from vintage comics. Includes 6 magnetbacks, 12 pinbacks, and 1 tray. Made locally here in Omaha.


Did Someone Say Cheesecake?


Alice Smith, Senior Instructional Designer in the Office of Medical Education,  will help you keep cheesecake in your house with a homemade cheesecake a month for three months. Take home this month’s cheesecake (Bailey’s Irish Crème!) from the Soup Luncheon and for the other two choose from several different types including White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Guinness Chocolate, Raspberry, Lemon, Caramel Chocolate, Pumpkin, Classic New York and more.


April Showers and May Flowers (Spring Garden Basket) What’s better to do on a warm day off than some yard work? Enjoy this peaceful pleasure with a $15 giftcard to Home Depot, gloves, shears, weed digger, flower pot, trowel, cultivator, seed starter kit, seeds, miracle-gro, watering wand, decorative pick, and “Jays” paver. Get your fix!


Games and Cavities (Family Fun Night Basket) Enjoy a night in with friends and family with puzzles, DVDs, and crossword puzzles. And while you’re at it, indulge with candy and popcorn!


Games and Cavities (Family Fun Night Basket) Enjoy a night in with friends and family with puzzles, DVDs, and crossword puzzles. And while you’re at it, indulge with candy and popcorn!Donated by: Creighton Student Health


Games and Cavities (Family Fun Night Basket) Enjoy a night in with friends and family with puzzles, DVDs, and crossword puzzles. And while you’re at it, indulge with candy and popcorn!Donated by: Creighton Student Health


Wedding Gift Basket The perfect gift for newlyweds who enjoy classy evenings sipping wine together. These two Waterford Crystal wine glasses and Olivia Reigel wine bottle stopper will make an excellent for any couple looking to start their classware collection.
Green Cleaning Basket This basket provides the perfect way to keep your home and home-planet clean at the same time. Full of eco-friendly cleaning producsts like reusable Bamboo Towels, plant-made sponges, and natural laundry detergent powder, this Seventh Generation basket will make you feel even better about cleaning.


República Dominicana #1 Enjoy an assortment of goods from the Dominican Republic, including coffee, chocolate, a candle, and other accessories.Donated by: Creighton Institute for Latin American Concern


República Dominicana #2 Enjoy this sample of the Dominican Republic, including Miel Campo honey, Presidente Beer, Brugal Rum and more!Donated by: Creighton Institute for Latin American Concern


Wine Lover’s Basket Looking for a classy night in? Enjoy this Wine Lover’s Basket for two, complete with two bottles of both red and white wine, two wine glassess, Lindt Chocolate and the always-handy corkscrew.


BBQ Basket This basket will get you ready for grilling season with special BBQ goodies. The included BBQ cookbook, variety of meat rubs and sauces, and smoking chips are perfect for any BBQ lover.
Reading Basket Every book-lover’s dream, this basket has everything you need to cuddle up with a good book. Complete with reading lamp, Barnes & Noble giftcard, tea bags and teacup, and, of course, a few good books, you won’t want to miss this basket if you are bookworm.
Beer Corner USA  Try a little bit of everything from Beer Corner USA! This basket includes 13 different varieties of beer, $35 to The Crescent Moon, snacks, and other accessories.  $50.00
Wine Party Basket Get ready to enjoy a fun night of good wine with your friends. This basket has everything you needto  host a wine party, including four different bottles of wine and eight wine glasses. This basket is sure to delight your dinner guests.  $40.00
Coffee and Tea Lover’s Basket Any caffeine addicts out there? Any tea connoisseurs? This basket is the perfect blend of energizing coffee and calming teas, and also includes mugs and chocolates. It’s both the perfect start to your morning and the most soothing part of your evening.  $15.00
Family Snow Day Activities Looking for fun, no-stress activities to keep your children busy during a snow day? This basket is the perfect solution. Complete with markers, crayons, paint, modeling clay and a jumbo coloring book, this basket is sure to peacefully entertain your snowbound family for hours.


Taste of Asia Miscellaneous treats for a taste of Asia  $15.00

SPECIAL FR. SCHLEGEL ITEMS: During his tenure at Creighton, Fr. John P. Schlegel, SJ, had a number of gifts given to him when he left office in 2011. He donated some of those items to the CCSJ to support our programs. We are auctioning off some of those items, individually and in baskets, this Friday.

We hope to see you there! Please contact Ken Reed-Bouley with any questions.



Service & Justice Trips Core Team

Sean Awakuni

Service & Justice Trips Core Team

Hello everyone!  My name is Sean and I was born and raised in Waipahu, HI.  I am one of many biology majors and I also intend to one day go to medical school. Before medical school, however, I hope to spend a year or two serving abroad, preferably in Central or South America.  I am the baby of my family, with an older brother, an older sister, and silly corgi named Kobe.  I also have 3 nephews and 1 niece, each of whom refers to me as “Uncle Sean.”  I have many hobbies including cooking, attempting to sing, telling cheesy jokes, and doing imitations.  During the spring of 2011, I went on my very first service trip to Sioux City, IA, where we helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity.  This was by far one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had throughout my time here at Creighton.  I had done community service in high school, but never before I had I even thought about things like justice, solidarity, or sustainability.  With a desire to learn and experience more, I participated in another trip to New Orleans, LA, and coordinated two trips to Omaha, NE, and Stroud, OK.  Service trips have been a very important and special part of my time at Creighton.  I’m extremely excited to work on the Service and Justice CORE Team this year!

Lauren Brown

Student Coordinator/Service & Justice Trips Core Team

I am a senior Biology major and Business Administration minor from Honolulu, Hawaii. I got involved with the CCSJ my Freshmen year when I participated in the Omaha Sustainability Service and Justice Trip over Fall Break. During the spring of my Sophomore year I studied abroad in the Dominican Republic through the Encuentro Dominicano program. I look forward to returning to campus this year and continuing to learn and serve others within the Omaha community as well as across the United States. I am excited to be apart of the CCSJ family again this year and look forward to meeting and developing relationships with people. I am also looking forward to the opportunities that will be presented to me within the CCSJ and everything else the year holds in store for me!


Katie Garrity

Student Coordinator/ Service & Justice Trips Core Team


Hi! My name is Katie Garrity and I am a senior Social Work major from Northbrook, IL. I love being outside, running, laughing and eating ice cream. I am really looking forward to being a part of the Service and Justice Trips Core Team this year!  I first got involved with the CCSJ my freshman year and have been fortunate to have a wealth of experiences through this office. Through weekly service sites and service trips, my eyes and heart have been opened to so many new people and places. I’m so excited to continue learning and loving with all the wonderful people in the office this year!



Laura Jablonski

Service & Justice Trips Core Team

Laura Jablonski was born in her favorite city: the beautiful St. Louis, Missouri. When not dancing in her room, playing dress up, and saying hello to strangers, Laura diligently studies marketing and social entrepreneurship. She’s been hooked on CCSJ service trips since her first trip as a freshman. Laura hopes to showcase and strengthen her writing, recruitment, and advertising skills through her work in the CCSJ.

Rachel Kuntz

Service & Justice Trips Core Team



Hi! I’m from Eagan, MN (just outside of St. Paul). I’m a Biochemistry major and History minor. My first experience with the CCSJ was on a Fall Break service trip to El Paso, TX where I was able to talk to meet with undocumented workers and those who serve them, go to immigration court, and talk with border patrol. I’m extremely excited for this year on Service Trips Core Team and can’t wait to meet all the new people going on service trips, and catch up with the old. I’m hoping it will be a part of my life that I can cherish forever and that I will have experiences that will help me when I’m (hopefully) a Physician and that will help me become a better citizen of the world.



Mary Clare Lally

Service & Justice Trips Core Team
Lally, Mary C.Originally from the suburbs of Saint Louis, MO, I chose to attend Creighton University seeking a liberal arts education and self-determination. My involvement with the CCSJ Fall and Spring Break Service Trips and the Cortina Community has played a significant role in the success of both objectives. My first service trip to South Omaha in the spring of 2011 changed me. Prior to my freshman year, I had always enjoyed service, but understanding the justice component of the service done at Pixan Ixim and OneWorld conveyed to me the social justice issues occurring in our world. I have since found it my civic duty to educate myself by following current events and remaining involved with service and justice trips.  I am a senior majoring in Business Management and Theology. I hope to work as an ethical businesswoman in the future, making use of the skills I have learned from the College of Business to serve a nonprofit.  I could not be more honored to be on the CCSJ’s leadership team for this school year. I look forward to learning about myself, my peers, and the world around me, while playing an active role in the 2013-2014 CCSJ service and justice trips.

Jeannie Ngo

Service & Justice Trips Core Team

Jeannie Ngo

Hello! My name is Jeannie Ngo, and I am a Chemistry major and Spanish and Hispanic Studies minor from Boise, Idaho (land of the potatoes!). I first became involved with the CCSJ as a freshman when I participated on a trip to Mason Apartments, here in Omaha. Ever since, I have been a service trip enthusiast! I have gone on trips to Chicago, Denver, and Siena-Francis in Omaha. The people and experiences I have encountered on these trips are absolutely indescribable. With the urge to become more involved, I applied for the Service & Justice Trips Core Team. I know this year will smiles and new experiences. I’m so excited to be a part of the CCSJ mission and look forward to an incredible year!



Katherine Osterman

Student Coordinator/Service & Justice Trips Core Team

Hey! I am from St. Louis, Missouri and excited, but a little scared at already being a senior this year. I am a double major in Mathematics and Applied Physical Analysis with a dance minor tagged on just for fun. I love spending time doing any type of dance including Swing Dance. I also enjoy being outside and travelling to new places. In spring 2012, I spent a semester in Glasgow, Scotland and found some time to venture out to other places in Europe. After two service trips to Sioux City, IA and Winnebago, NE, I knew I wanted to get more involved and become a bigger part of the CCSJ community. So last year I coordinated two service trips: one to West Virginia and one to Lincoln, NE. I also worked in the office last year as a part of communications team, putting together the Weekly Update, and coordinating Pixan Ixim weekly service site. This year, I am excited to continue this work and also become a part of Service Trips Core Team.


Kate Pitz

Student Coordinator/Service & Justice Trips Core Team

Kate PitzHello friends! I am a senior Biology major with Spanish, and Justice and Peace Studies minors from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I love to dance, sing, and read! I also love to travel and experience new places whether through service trips or abroad. I got involved with the CCSJ through Service Trips going to White Violet, Omaha, Chicago,and El Paso.  My experiences through service trips, cortina, and ignatian family teach-in have significantly influenced my time at Creighton and combined with my love to understand human physiology I hope to work as a physician for healthcare equality and justice in the U.S. and abroad when I graduate. I look forward to being part of the CCSJ staff this upcoming year, learning new things with so many great people!


Becky Roselle

Service & Justice Trips Core Team

RoselleSalutations! I am the youngest member of the delightful Roselle clan and grew up in Broken Arrow Oklahoma. While at Creighton I have been pursuing my degree in Elementary and Special Education and I look forward to being the best teacher I can be! I first got involved with the CCSJ my freshman year and went on a service trip to Chicago to work with a beautiful group of Sisters. Since then I have participated in a border immersion trip to El Paso and coordinated a thrilling trip to Albuquerque to live with Catholic Workers. I am passionate about laughter, affecting change in the world, smiles, education, music, faith, and of course thrifting! I am unbelievably blessed to be a member of the CCSJ team and I know it is going to be a fantabulous year! WOO WOO :)


Marshall Schroeder

Service & Justice Trips Core Team


Age: 21
Hometown: Hawaii Kai, Hawaii
Favorite Phrase: The Beginning is near
Why are you here: Coming from Honolulu Hawaii, I have always had a great passion for not only the local food but also the culture. The Hawaiian culture guides my life and has instilled me with its morals. One of the greatest morals is lōkahi or unity and being for and with others. It is this principle that has guided my life and has put me on the path toward mutual assistance as a career goal in mind. It is because of lōkahi that I am at Creighton and the main reason why I am here at the CCSJ. They emancipate the values of Hawaii and are an extension of not only my culture but and extension of my values and a extension of myself. IMUA (Go Forward)


Jessica Stoner

Service & Justice Trips Core Team

Jessica StonerI am an Exercise Science major wanting to pursue a career in physical therapy from Peterson, IA. Coming from a small town, I have learned to appreciate and love a close community. I have continued to find this type of community during my time at Creighton. I first got involved in the CCSJ during my spring semester of freshman year when I went on a service and justice trip to Sioux City, IA  to work with Habitat for Humanity. Since then I have had the opportunity to go on trips to Montgomery, AL and New Orleans, LA, and to serve the Omaha community at weekly service sites. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences, getting others excited about service, and expanding my community.

Kelly Sullivan

Service & Justice Trips Core Team/Ignition Advocacy Team

Kelly SullivanHi! I am a senior Justice and Society major with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Spanish. I am from DeKalb, IL and have a wonderful, loving family. One of the reasons I decided to come to Creighton was because of the service opportunities they had, so I became involved with the CCSJ very early and went on my first service trip to South Omaha in the fall of my freshman year. Since then, I have been to the Columban House in El Paso, TX, and have led a trip to Shadowbrook Farms in Lincoln, NE. Through these experiences, my passion for immigration, sustainability, and poverty has greatly deepened. Because of these growing interests, I participated in the Ignatian Family Teach-In in Fall 2012. I also studied abroad in the Dominican Republic in Spring 2013 where I encountered a very different type of service. I hope to use all of these experiences to better serve those in the Omaha community and to spread the word of how rewarding service can be!

Kelsey Thies

Service & Justice Trips Core Team

Kelsey ThiesMy name is Kelsey and I am from Sufu, Sodak (That’s Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the non-dakotans). I am #4 of 5 children and am a proud auntie of 2 adorable nephews (and another on the way).  I am a Biology major/Spanish minor on the Pre-Med track. Someday I would like to be a bilingual, socially conscientious physician for the underserved. I love baking, drawing, and camping, but Brussels sprouts and golf (separately or together) are not my thing. Being a part of the Cortina community my sophomore year was my first intense engagement into service and justice. As a sophomore, I also went on my first CCSJ service trip to Chicago, IL, and got a taste of the amazing experiences the CCSJ exposes students to. Since then, I have been on 3 other trips around the Midwest, and I am thrilled to continue my growth and involvement in the CCSJ!!


Service and Justice Trips Core Team 2012-2013

Jhulan Banago

I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri (home to the Kansas City Chiefs!) I have one brother that I love dearly. I am a senior Biology major on a Pre-Med track. I enjoy doing many different things. I love sports. I love to travel. I’ve been to the Philippines, Canada, and all over the US of A. I love music. I hate roller coasters. I love the Dark Knight and so does Colin McDonald.

I have done service throughout my life, but I got involved in the CCSJ for the first time my sophomore year. It all started when I lived on the Cortina Community floor. My first service trip was to Pilsen in Chicago and it was such a great experience. I coordinated the next two service & justice trips I went on to Mason Apartments in Omaha and Stroud, Oklahoma. Both experiences were great and I am very excited to be even more involved in the CCSJ and look forward to the great things we’ll be doing. :)


Annie Hagerty

Praxis Spiral

My name is Annie and I’m a senior from St. Louis, Missouri. I am majoring in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education, and am very excited to be working in the CCSJ and being on Core Team for the Service & Justice trips this year. I have been influenced by my volunteer and work experiences at camps for kids with disabilities and by high school trips to La Chinantla, Mexico and Biloxi, Mississippi. Through the CCSJ, I traveled to West Virginia, Sioux City, Chicago, and the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington D.C. I am looking forward to spreading the word on campus about all the CCSJ has to offer and spending quality time in the office!



Andi Hinnenkamp


Hello, my name is Andi Hinnenkamp. I’m from a small town around Wichita, KS and grew up as an only child. Coming to Creighton was a huge change for me, but because of the CCSJ and all of those involved with it, I have felt very comfortable at Creighton. Yet, being involved with the CCSJ, along with the Cortina Community, has pushed me well outside of my old box. Two years ago, I spent the summer in DC interning for NETWORK and learned so much about the political process in action, which is helpful for me as I pursue degrees in political science and history. My largest passions lean toward economic justice and peace, which are so interrelated. I’m excited for this next year in the CCSJ, to get people excited about service but more importantly to push people past just serving but to also advocate for societal changes.



Jenny Lambrecht

I am from the small town of Sterling, Colorado and am majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Biology. Since freshman year, I have slowly become more involved in service and justice at Creighton. Living in the Cortina Community my Sophomore year was extremely formative for me and caused me to want to be more involved in the service and justice aspect of Creighton. My first Service & Justice Trip was to El Paso, TX after which I was fortunate enough to lead a great group to Sioux City, IA last fall.

I enjoy playing games with my two brothers and spending time with my cousins. Working in the office last year, I was able to co-coordinate the Siena/Francis House weekly service site with two awesome people. Senior year I am blessed to be a part of the Service & Justice Trips Core team with some extraordinary individuals!

Colin McDonald

I grew up in the Great Midwest in the hard-working town of Columbia, MO. I am the oldest of three and have two fun, loving siblings. I am a Psychology major and Biology minor. Currently, my plan is to pursue medical school sometime after graduation. I am very eager to continue the process of learning about justice and being in community with the many diverse people of this world as I work in the CCSJ and am on the Service & Justice Trip Core Team.

My service journey began in the Cortina Community Sophomore year. While in the program I was fortunate enough to go on a CCSJ Service & Justice trip to the Siena/Francis House. The following year I headed west to coordinate a wonderful group of participants to Wind River, Wyoming. I am an avid runner, always up for a game of cards and soak up the time laughing with others. Without hesitation I can say I am very thrilled to be a part of the CCSJ staff and to learn from fellow staff members and individuals involved with the office!


Lizzie Philbin

Hi! I am a senior nursing student from Phoenix, Arizona.  I first got involved with the CCSJ during my sophomore year when I went on my first Service & Justice trip to Montgomery, AL. It was such a great experience that I decided to go on another trip in the fall to El Paso, TX and then led a trip to the Omaha Siena/Francis House this past spring. Each trip has been an amazing experience and have inspired me to continue working with the CCSJ. I look forward to working on the Service & Justice Trips Core Team and being able to share my experiences with others.

Aside from service trips, I absolutely love traveling. This past summer I went to the Dominican Republic as a part of the ILAC Medical Program. The prior two summers I spent in Spain and Costa Rica! After I graduate, I would love the opportunity to travel abroad and serve others through nursing.

Mark Shimizu

Aloha. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, but somehow made my way to Nebraska for college. I am a senior, pre-med student majoring in Biology with a Justice and Peace Studies minor. My first experience with the CCSJ was a Service & Justice Trip to Montgomery, AL. I have since led trips to Calhoun City, MS and Sioux City, IA and last summer I had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru. I’m excited to be a part of this amazing organization this year!




Jennifer Steck

Hi there! I am a senior Political Science major with minors in Spanish and Justice and Peace Studies. After willingly leaving the great city of St. Louis, MO (Go Cards!) to come to Nebraska, I found a home in the CCSJ.  I went on my first collegiate service trip my freshman year to St. Mary of the Woods, IN, but that was actually my third service trip. In high school, I went to Reynosa, Mexico and New Orleans, LA, both of which sparked my fondness for service trips. During my time as a part of the Cortina community, I went on two service trips to South Omaha and Chicago. After sophomore year, I spent the month of May studying in Spain, and spent the Fall 2011 semester in Washington D.C., interning at the Center for American Progress. I was fortunate enough to be able to join my Creighton friends when they came to D.C. for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. I am absolutely in love with D.C. and plan on living there someday. I am so excited to be a part of the Service & Justice Trips CORE Team and cannot wait for the adventures that are sure to come!


Chris Williams

My name is Chris and I am a senior Theology major with a co-major in Secondary Education. I grew up with my parents and younger brother Nick in the great small town of Spearfish, South Dakota. I was able to be a part of the Cortina community my sophomore year, which exposed me to issues of Social Justice and got me thinking about my role in engaging with these issues. Along with this, my service trips to Mississippi and New Orleans taught me a great deal about the need for love in the world, and inspired me to continue to grow in understanding how I can live a life of love rooted in faith that promotes justice. I am a pretty avid ping-pong player and I enjoy bonfires, movies, reading, being outside, food, and spontaneous adventures. I love laughing, listening to others, and always appreciate a good life chat. I am excited be a student coordinator this year at the CCSJ, especially to get to know some amazing people while growing and learning alongside them!


Service & Justice Trips Core Team 2011-2012

Maureen Book
Maureen Book I am a senior majoring in Spanish and International Relations, minor in Justice and Peace Studies, and I am originally from St. Louis, MO. I started getting involved with the CCSJ my Freshman year when I went on my first service trip to Pilsen in Chicago. My sophomore year I was a member of the Cortina Community, which gave me so many unforgettable insights into social justice and has continued to motivate me ever since. I enjoy serving weekly at the Pixan Ixim community, which allows me to continue my passion of working with immigrants and speaking Spanish. I also spent a semester studying abroad in Chile my junior year, an indescribable experience that taught me so much about the world and so much about myself. I love doing advocacy work with the CCSJ and I love learning as much as I can about anything and everything. The things that are guaranteed to make me smile are beautiful sunsets, my friends, water fountains, kittens, clean rooms, my Spanish dictionary, sharing baked goods, knee socks, and of course – Harry Potter. I am so excited to be a part of the CCSJ family!
Claire Bowens
Claire Bowens
Hi, I’m Claire! I’m starting my fourth, and unfortunately, final year at Creighton. Over the past three years I have been blessed to have been a part of many amazing organizations and communities on campus, but the CCSJ has been a truly special and essential part of my college experience. After participating in the Encuentro Dominicano program, I sought out the CCSJ to help me continue to live out the values that I acquired in the DR. I began teaching ELL classes at the weekly service site, Pixan Ixim, and got involved in the CCSJ’s service trips. My FBST to El Paso, TX opened my eyes to the injustices of our nation’s immigration policies and inspired me to take action. While in El Paso, I felt called to spend my summer at the Annunciation House serving and living in solidarity with immigrants from Mexico and Central America – After an absolutely incredible and transformative summer, I am SO excited to start working in the CCSJ! I can’t wait to share my experiences and learn from those of my passionate and dynamic community members.
Kelsey Cullinan
Kelsey Cullinan Passionate, hard working and determined would be three words that describe me. I grew up in Altoona, IA – the oldest of six children. Currently, I am a senior, Pre-Med, majoring in German and Medical Anthropology with a minor in Biology, and possibly Public Health. I greatly enjoy traveling, being outside and working with children.
Laura Green
Laura Green Why hello there. My name is Laura and I am from St. Louis, MO. I’m a Social Work major with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. Since participating in immersion trips to La Chinantla, Mexico in high school, my passion for service and justice has only grown stronger. For five years I have been a camp counselor for children with physical and mental disabilities and just finished my second year at a residential, Jewish camp at Lake of the Ozarks! It has brought about incredible relationships and friendships! I LOVE being outside, camping, and swaying in hammocks. Also, get this! I have a twin that works in the CCSJ too and we are identical! I had a year full of community, laughter, and growth in this office and can only hope for another great one this year especially as I join the Service & Justice Trips CORE Team.
Kate Kogler
Kate Kogler
Hello! My name is Kate and I am going into my last year at Creighton. It has been a wonderful journey so far and I am excited to be a part of the CCSJ community this year through Core Team. I am an Exercise Science major, a Biblical Studies minor, and I am in the process of applying to physical therapy school! I have been on three different service trips through the CCSJ and they have been an integral part of my college experience. I went to Stroud, OK; Okolona, MS; and St. Mary of the Woods, IN. These trips have shaped my life in amazing ways and I am so excited to be a part of the process on Core Team and facilitate other student’s experiences. I enjoy being by the beach, any form of dessert, and a good book. Ideally, I enjoy a good book while eating dessert at the beach!
Melissa List
Melissa List
Well hello! I grew up off-the-grid on my family farm outside Granville, IA (population: less than 400). I am senior Nursing major with the intent to pursue a Nurse Practitioner program in the near future. Upon arriving at Creighton I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Columbus, GA. This experience was the starting point for me in my awareness and pursuit of social justice. Throughout my time at Creighton, I have been blessed with many opportunities to enter into community and service through involvement in the Freshmen Leadership Program, Cortina Program, and my wonderful Service & Justice Trip experience to Pixan Ixim in South Omaha and leading a trip to Denver, CO with the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers last spring. This summer only furthered my drive to work for social justice as I spent 6 weeks in the Dominican Republic working as a campo clinic nurse through Creighton’s ILAC Program. In my free time I love spending time with my Daisy Girl Scouts at Kellom Elementary and teaching Sunday School at St. John’s on campus. My guilty pleasures in life are coffee, chocolate and, as a nursing student, being asked to investigate my friend’s ailments at any given time (regardless of my apparent lack of experience). I simply cannot wait for an amazing year with the CCSJ and sincerely hope you give in to your curiosity and come visit the office!
Mike Rios
Mike Rios Hailing from the Western Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois, I am a senior Theology major, biology minor, pursuing a Physician’s Assistant program after graduation. Sophomore year I was in Cortina and last year I worked as a Campus Ministry Intern, learning an incredible amount about what they do, how it works, and the vocation of ministry as a whole. I have led a Service Trip to Montgomery, AL and have been a participant to Albuquerque, NM and Sioux City, IA. I am involved in work with Tiny Hands International, a non-profit organization working to combat human trafficking in Nepal, with which I traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal for 6 weeks this summer to volunteer. I believe in the healing power of music and I’ve played guitar since I was 9. Laughter and a good sense of humor are things I treasure in myself and in others, I may or may not be addicted to caffeine, and I always enjoy a good bowl of Rice Krispie TREAT Cereal (there is a difference, I assure you). I’m undoubtedly looking forward to an amazing year!

Service & Justice Associates 2011-2012

Chris Boitano
Chris Boitano
I am a senior Biology major from the greatest city in the lower 48: Tacoma, WA. My adventures through Creighton have led me to Pine Ridge and Rosebud, SD, Chicago, IL, El Paso, TX, Mobile, AL, and the Dominican Republic. Over time I have found a passion for human rights in the developing world, specifically workers’ wages. I enjoy walking with people as they become aware of how their lives affect people all over the world. I look forward to spending time in the CCSJ this year as well as being a resident advisor in Kiewit Hall and a CSU representative. I also enjoy running and causing trouble with my friend Ricky the wallaby.
Nick George
Nick George
Que lo que!? The name’s Nick Brady George or just Nick for short. It’s a pleasure to be working for the CCSJ again. In case you would like to know a little more about me, I am a senior form Wichita, KS studying Biology and Spanish with a dash of Public Health. Someday, I hope to work for an NGO as a physician doing international work with a focus on Latin America and the Domincan Republic. I’ve been abroad a few times and have absolutely loved it! If you care to find me around campus, I work with a couple of organizations including Legado de Compasión and Spanish Club. Some of my hobbies are wrangling cattle (as seen to in the photo), playing ultimate frisbee, dominating a game of nerts (or blitz as some like to call it), and jamming to some música latina. Hopefully you will enjoy working with us and the CCSJ, and I can’t wait for an awesome year! Feel free to stop by and chat whenever. We are here for you!
Steph Haas
Steph Haas
I am a senior Exercise Science major from Davenport, Iowa. I love my major, but my passions lie in serving others. Outside of the CCSJ, I am involved in Residence Life as the Assistant Resident Director in Gallagher and the Historian for the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. I love spending time outside and with my friends when I’m not busy, as well as playing and watching sports. I’ve had many outstanding experiences with the CCSJ including but not limited to a service trip each semester since spring 2010. I recently completed a summer internship with Mason Apartments (a Mercy Housing community), where I worked with children and refugees and discovered more about life every day. I live for amplifying happiness and self-worth in others and for Gandhi’s words, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Bill Kusek
Bill Kusek
I am from Albion, NE working on a biology major with a Spanish minor and serve as an RA for Gallagher Hall. I plan to go to optometry school after graduation in May. I love camping, hiking, running, canoeing, taking pictures and spending time outdoors. The Cortina program introduced me to the joy of service and I have been on service trips through the CCSJ to the L’Arche Community in Clinton, Iowa, and Pixan Ixim in Omaha. This past spring I lead a group on a trip to Cleveland, Ohio. I love the people and the work of the CCSJ and am continually hungry to learn about the issues present in society and how I fit in that picture. I am here living, sharing life, and discovering who I am. Come find me anytime to talk or share stupid jokes!

Service & Justice Trips Core Team

Experienced Service Trip Coordinators (usually seniors) who are interested in the overall organization and leadership of the Service Trips program are eligible for Core Team or Service & Justice Associates positions. Find out more about Core Team Responsibilities 2011-12.

If you are interested, contact Kelly Orbik for more information.