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Weekly Update: April 24 – May 15

Friday, April 24

Plant Trees on Campus-Part of CU Earth Week
Come and plant two elms and a white pine on campus! This event will take place on the west side of the Hitchcock building to the entrance of Eppley from 12:00-1:00 pm Please contact Jessica Sheldon with any questions.

Saturday, April 25

Legado de Compasión: Kids Against Hunger 2015
Join Legado de Compasión, a student organization comprised of students who studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, and Kids Against Hunger for our 2015 Meal Packing Event! Over the course of 3 hours, 150 Creighton students will work together to package a total of 40,000 meals. There will be two shifts for this event, shift one 12:00-1:30pm & shift two 2:00-3:30pm. It will be held in the Skutt Ballroom, with a cost of $5 per person. A portion of the meals will go to Heart Ministries in North Omaha. The rest will be distributed internationally by Kids Against Hunger. Sign-up individually or with a team of up to 10 people at legadokah.eventbrite.com.

April 25

Health Disparities Seminar: Chronic Disease Prevention and Management through Community Partnerships
The seminar is designed to bring community and academia together to eliminate health disparities. The goal of the conference will be to discuss chronic disease prevention and management through true community-based participatory programs and partnerships. At the end of this workshop, the participant should be able to: describe how to prevent and manage chronic diseases through true community partnerships and collaborations, explain collaborative strategies for modifying existing policies to address health disparities policies, summarize features of communities as centers of learning, discovery, and engagement. The event will be held at 8:00 am – 4:30 pm in Hixson-Lied Science Building, Auditorium G-04. Click here to visit the website for more information. Click here to register for the event. Please contact Juan Montoya with any questions.

Sunday, April 26

Asian/Pacific islander Heritage Mass & Potluck
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a multi-lingual Catholic Mass followed by a potluck dinner with members from the greater Omaha Asian/Pacific Islander community. The mass will be held in Saint John’s Church from 6:00- 8:30 pm. Please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (402) 280-2459, with any questions.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 6

Managing to Mision Part 1: Discernment
Leading people and teams requires the ability to discern, or to use insight or good judgment for the benefit of others. This can be done in a mission lens. Our facilitators from Mission and Ministry will help us define discernment and its place in leadership at Creighton. Look for a Part II session in June. If you are a manager or supervisor, make it a point to attend this great session as well as Part II in June! The event will be held in the Skutt Student Center, Room 104 from 8:30 -10:00 am . To register for this event click here. Please contact Toni Parsley with any questions.

Friday, May 15

Staff Advisory Council Service Project
The Staff Advisory is collecting black and blue ink pens in cooperation with the Salvation Army’s annual campaign to fill backpacks with school supplies for children in need. From April 1-May 15, you can help by giving a donation to your SAC representative (cash, check or box of pens) or designated volunteer in your department. Or look for red Salvation Army kettles across campus in which to deposit your donation. For more information, click here. Please contact Charise Adams with any questions.

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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 March 1st. You are an important part of this conversation and we hope to see you there! Please contact Mike Rios with any questions.

Tuesday, March 03

Prayer Service for Fr. Schlegel
Creighton’s 23rd president, Father John Schlegel, S.J., left a legacy of a beautiful campus that grew considerably during his tenure. The campus was transformed with the addition of many new buildings, the mall renovation and the gorgeous landscaping we enjoy every day. In support of Father Schlegel, the Staff Advisory Council with the support of the President’s Advisory Board invites you to join them Tuesday, March 3, at 11:45 a.m. at the fountain in front of St. John’s Church. You’ll receive a purple ribbon, in awareness of pancreatic cancer, and a group greeting will be videotaped to be shared later with Father Schlegel. Following, everyone is invited to attend the noon Mass which will be offered on his behalf. The service will include the prayer Father Schlegel has asked us to pray in support of Pedro Arrupe’s canonization. Following Mass, you will have a chance to send a smile, wave or comment on videotape to Father Schlegel. Let’s show him he is in our thoughts and prayers! Please contact Joann Crinklaw with any questions.

Wednesday, March 04

Cold Toes Warm Hearts
Cold Toes Warm Hearts is a drive to raise money for the biggest homeless shelter in Nebraska, the Siena/Francis House. Swanson Hall at Creighton University encourages you to build solidarity by giving you a perspective of our increasing homeless population. On March 4, please join us in going barefoot (or wearing sandals) throughout the day. There will be a Hospitality Room in the Swanson Lobby with food and drinks for those who have generously donated to our cause. A donation of $5 will purchase you a pin that guarantees you access to the Hospitality Room, though any donation will be graciously accepted. The event will take place throughout the day, with the hospitality room in Swanson Hall from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Donations can be made at the Swanson front desk. If you would like to learn more about Siena/Francis House you can visit their website. Please contact Katie Breedlove with any questions.

Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will hold a Lobby Day on March 4. Registration and Orientation is at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church across from the Capitol. Lunch will be provided in Room 1023 of the Capitol. A bill to repeal the death penalty (LB 268) will be debated before the Judiciary Committee at their 1:30 meeting. All are invited to this free event. Take action to end the death penalty in Nebraska. RSVP at www.nadp.net/lobby or 402-477-7787.

Thursday, March 05

CCSJ Spring Break 2015 Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service
Please join us to pray with and send off the students participating in a week of service during spring break. There is a short ceremony then a short reception in Lower St John’s. Students participating in Service & Justice Trips, their friends and family, and the Creighton community are all invited! The Send-Off Service will be held in St. John’s Church from 9:00-10:00pm on Thursday, March 5. Please contact Jeff Peak with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 20

Justice Walking Applications
Join us in Justice Walking 2015-2016! Justice Walking is a year-long commitment to weekly service, education, immersion and faith sharing. Applications are due March 20th. Click here for more information. Please contact Jen Kennedy-Croft with any questions.

Friday, March 27

Project Homeless Connect Omaha
Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event (8:30 am – 3:30 pm in the Kiewit Fitness Center) that serves as a one-stop shop, connecting homeless individuals to needed services, including: employment, housing, healthcare, legal resources, haircuts, Social Security, etc. There are many opportunities for Creighton students, staff, faculty, alumni/ae, and friends to volunteer. General volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, greeting, directing, registering, serving food, or whatever else is needed to help the day flow. Most volunteers will also serve as “navigators” by helping our guests to fill out a basic in-take form and by staying with our guests through the process of accessing professional services offered that day. You can sign up online to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day. All Volunteers will register for a one hour training session, and you are invited to join fellow volunteers for a follow-up session of reflection, social analysis, and ways to become more involved. To register to volunteer click here. For more information on Project Homeless Connect Omaha, Contact Ken Reed-Bouley at the Creighton Center for Service and Justice with questions at 280-2754 or visit the website.

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Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Two opportunities for people around Omaha for the summer

1.   Volunteer Opportunity:
Gifford Park Neighborhood Association seeks volunteers to donate 1 hour each week setting up tables, chairs and tents for our weekly farmers market at 33rd & California Street.  The market days are held each Friday, June 7 through Sept 27 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Set-up would start at 3:30 PM (1/2 hour) and tear-down starts at 8:00 PM (1/2 hour.)  If interested in helping the neighborhood with the project then please contact Martin at (402) 558-4070

2.  Call for crafters and local food gardeners.  Gifford Park Neighborhood Market seeks anyone wishing to make a few bucks this summer selling extra produce or their home-made objects.

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Join the Ignatian Advocacy Groups!

 

Are you passionate about economic justice, migration, sustainability, or peace? Do you want to take action about those issues? Would you like to learn what advocacy is? Would you like the opportunity to meet with state senators, council members, and other political representatives to voice your opinion about issues that you are passionate about?

The CCSJ began Ignatian Advocacy Groups on Creighton’s campus as a way for students to live out the mission of being for and with the poor and marginalized whom they often encounter through their service experiences. Students will be invited to join an issue group, working with other students and two members of the ignatian advocacy team. The group will work together to effectively research and advocate for the issue they choose. After deciding the best course of action the group will participate in direct action advocacy!

If you are interested in this opportunity there will be an informational & education meeting on Wednesday September 19th at 7:00pm in Harper 2066.  Email RyanFreeman@creighton.edu if you have any questions.

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Citizenship Tutoring Weekly Service on Wednesday

Citizenship Tutoring at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance Service
Wednesdays 4:10-5:50
Start Date: January 23

Come to the Juan Diego Center and help Immigrants study for their Naturalization test, a step to receiving US citizenship. Ability to speak Spanish is helpful but not required. Meet the van at Deglman Circle.

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact:
Roselle Agdipa:
RoselleAgdipa@creighton.edu
Anna Ferguson:
AnneFerguson@creighton.edu


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Worker Appreciation Banquet

Worker Appreciation Banquet!

Friday, April 27th
Lower St. John’s
7:00-9:30 pm

Do you want to show your appreciation for workers from Harper & Skutt, Res Life, Facilities, and Sodexo on a more personal level?  Do you want to share a meal with the workers you already know personally?  Do you want to say thanks for their commitment to the Creighton community?  All students, faculty, and administration are invited to volunteer at the first-ever, student-organized Worker Appreciation Banquet on Friday, April 27th from 7:00-9:30 pm in Lower St. John’s.  The event is sponsored by Justice & Peace Cooperative, Facilities Management and Sodexo.

We especially need student volunteers interested in:
- setting up, working, and cleaning up
- greeting workers and their families
- serving the workers dinner and drinks
- sitting down to visit and share a meal with workers and their families

*To let us know you’ll be stopping by to visit or volunteer, please check out this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ag475sTAZWJkdHNpcTdIc0ItNG5uMndEOXpMQkJFRGc

For questions or comments, please contact Melissa Hollabaugh at MelissaHollabaugh@creighton.edu, Jocelyn Wu at JocelynWu@creighton.edu, or Carissa Smith at CarissaSmith@creighton.edu.

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