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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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Service & Justice Volunteer Fair

service fair picService & Justice Volunteer Fair
Meet and visit with representatives from over 60 Omaha/Council Bluffs area agencies that offer volunteer opportunities in our community. This is the only time all year that all these agencies will be on campus! Sponsored by the CCSJ, this event is on Wednesday, August 28 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Harper Center Ballroom.

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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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Project Homeless Connect Omaha

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Whatever Happened With LB 599?

Last week the Nebraska state legislature overrode the governor’s veto on the pre-natal care bill in Nebraska. The passage of this bill will provide care for over 1600 women and save the lives of hundreds of babies.

Join us in the CCSJ in the Harper Center to celebrate the passage of the bill with a baby shower this Thursday April 23, 2012 all day! There will be lots of baked goods, thank you card writing, and lots of happiness!

We need to thank our senators for their support of 599!

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CCSJ Weekly Update: Apr 20 – Apr 29

Featured Events:

CCSJ Feedback & Survey
The CCSJ is seeking feedback regarding our media usage, communication methods, and social media usage. We want to see what you think about our Facebook, Twitter, and Flicker pages, as well as the CCSJ webpage. Please help us better inform and serve you by filling out this brief, 5 minute survey: https://www.blueq-surveys.creighton.edu/se.ashx?s=46BEEE7F2F4754C9

  Worker Appreciation Dinner
Do you want to learn more about the many people who work on campus? Do you want to say thanks for their commitment to the Creighton Community? Do you want to give back to show your appreciation?

Attend the Worker Appreciation Banquet! Help is needed to work, serve, and share a meal with workers. This event will take place from 7-9:30 in Lower St. John’s. If you are interested in this event, please contact Melissa Hollabaugh (melissahollabaugh@creighton.edu) or Jocelyn Wu (jocelynwu@creighton.edu).

Events this week:
Student Needed to Assist with Driving
Creighton University African Student Association Banquet
Sherman-Steichen Memorial Run
Larger than Politics: The Worlds of Lincoln, King, and Ghandi
Volunteers Needed at One World Health Center
International Peace and Security Institute Application Deadline
Summer Bike Storage
Baby Shower to Celebrate LB 599
Disability Awareness Training Volunteers Needed
Worker Appreciation Dinner
Campus Garage Sale
Ollie Webb Center Volunteers Needed
Gourmet Gents

Events More than One Week Away:
Standing Bear’s Footsteps
Friday, April 20
Student Needed to Assist with Driving  The CCSJ recently received a phone call from a woman named Eleanor Caron. She is a senior citizen who is in need of a student (preferably female) who could drive with her (in her car) to Brunswick, Maine in early June, and then back again in late August or early September. Each trip would be split into three days, and return airfare and accommodations would be paid for. She would share in the driving and is primarily looking for companionship and a second driver. She would also be open to having the student stay for a few days and see the area (details to be worked out with Ms. Caron). If you are interested in this position, please call her at 402-553-7286.

Saturday, April 21
 Creighton University African Student Association Banquet 
Ubuntu Africa Banquet “I am because we are.” Ubuntu is a traditional African philosophy that roughly translates to “I am who I am because we are.” It is the essence of a human being based on the self-assurances that comes from knowing that we belong to the greater whole. The African Student Association invites you to experience the Ubuntu of Africa through cuisine, music, fashion, art, and folklore. Micere Mugo, Ph.D.., a renowned African activist, writer, and academic, will present on the meaning of Ubuntu in a 21st century context.

The ASA annual cultural banquet has come to be a tradition at Creighton University. Last year, the banquet was awarded “Undergraduate Event of the Year” by the Student Activities Office. We hope you will join us in making this year’s banquet even more successful.

This event will take place from 6-8:30 pm in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for faculty, and free for children under 5. Tickets are being sold in Skutt every day. For tickets or more information, please contact Amal Hamdan at amalhamdan@creighton.edu.

Sunday, April 22
 Sherman-Steichen Memorial Run 
This event is sponsored by the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, the PT Leadership Guild, and Phi Lambda Sigma. This is the 15th Annual 5k/10k Run-Walk. Registration on the day of the Race (Sunday, April 22) will be $20 and will begin at 11:30 am. The race will begin at 1 pm. Walkers are welcome for the 5k. For more information, please visit http://spahp2.creighton.edu/oasa/Sherman%20Steichen%20Run%20.aspx.

Monday, April 23
 Larger Than Politics: The Worlds of Lincoln, King, and Gandhi
This lecture is the Asian World Center Presidential Lecture. Rajmohan Gandhi presents “Larger than Politics: The Worlds of Lincoln, King, and Gandhi.” Rajmohan Gandhi was born in New Delhi, India in 1935 and is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather for more than 50 years, pursuing trust-building, reconciliation, and democracy among nations. Gandhi continues to encourage dialogue among different people and has written widely on the Indian independence movement and its leaders, Indo-Pakistan relations, human rights and conflict resolution. This event will take place from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Harper center Auditorium. More information will be available at http://www.creighton.edu/publications/newscenter/news/2012/april2012/april122012/gandhinr041112/index.php.

 Volunteers Needed at One World Health Center
One World Community Health Center is looking for volunteers to assist with a special project regarding referrals in the Electronic Health Records. No Spanish is required, and the center is hoping to begin as soon as possible. Volunteers would be assisting with the backlog of referrals pending a report, communicating with special facilities, and navigating the EHR. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in Medical Information management or pre-med. Please contact Sarah Dworak at (402) 502-8896, or by sending an email to sdworak@oneworldomaha.org.

 International Peace and Security Institute Application Deadline
The International Peace and Security Institute is hosting a course on conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation in Bologna, Italy. This course includes training in international negotiation, mediation, facilitation, strategic nonviolent action, social entrepreneurship, project planning and design, trauma healing and more. Training is led by some of the world’s top academics and practitioners. The program runs June 16-July 14. Applications are due Monday, April 23, 2012. For more information and additional programs, please visit http://ipsinstitute.org/bologna2012/.

Thursday, April 26 
Summer Bike Storage 
Leaving Omaha this summer? Don’t have a place inside to keep your bike? Want a safe place to store your bike while you are gone? Store your bike in Creighton’s long-term bike storage. All you need is a lock. You will sign a liability waver when you come. There will be a designated day when school begins to take your bike out of storage, but you may remove your bike from storage anytime by simply contacting Public Safety, no need to walk to the storage unit (located at 21st and Cuming St.) Bring your bike to out table on the mall from 11:30 am
-1:30 pm and GreenJays will take care of the rest. Questions or concerns? Contact Morgan Balabanoff (morganbalabanoff@creighton.edu) or Anna Green (annagreen@creighton.edu).

Baby Shower to Celebrate LB599
The CCSJ will be hosting a baby shower to celebrate the passing of LB 599, which restores prenatal care coverage to all low-income women. Stop by the CCSJ (Harper Center 2067) all day, have a cookie, and bring a donation for a baby or expectant mother. For more details and information, please visit the CCSJ’s website, http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj.

Friday, April 27
 Disability Awareness Training Volunteers Needed
Ollie Webb Center, Inc. is offering a Disability Awareness Training entitled “Awareness: the Key to Friendship.” This program is directed towards elevating elementary students’ awareness of and sensitivity to the day-to-day obstacles faced by people with disabilities. Through the program, each student will experience a learning disability, hearing impairment, physical disability, and visual impairment by engaging in 4 different activity centers. Volunteers are needed to assist with running the centers. This event will take place from 1-3 pm at St. Robert’s School (118th and Pacific). To volunteer, please contact Lisa Dougherty at ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org.

 Worker Appreciation Dinner
Do you want to learn more about Danny Durry (who has worked at the Skutt Student Center for 5 years and won the 2010-2011 Division of Student Life “Outstanding Staff” Award) and other workers on campus? Do you want to say thanks for their commitment to the Creighton Community? Do you want to give back to show your appreciation?

Attend the Worker Appreciation Banquet! Help is needed to work, serve, and share a meal with workers. This event will take place from 7-9:30 pm in Lower St. John’s. If you are interested in this event, please contact Melissa Hollabaugh (melissahollabaugh@creighton.edu) or Jocelyn Wu (jocelynwu@creighton.edu).

Saturday, April 28 
Campus Garage Sale
Pick up some new-to-you stuff –household goods, fridges, TVs, microwaves, furniture. Who knows what treasures you might find? All items were donated by Creighton students, faculty, and staff. Proceeds to benefit charities chosen by the students. This event will take place in the Lower McGloin Parking Garage from 9 am-1 pm. For more information, please contact Nick Stukel at nicholasstukel@creighton.edu.

 Ollie Webb Center Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to decorate, serve food, assist individuals with Bingo, and clean up. Lunch is provided. This event will take place from 12:15-3:15 pm at the Mockingbird Community Center. To volunteer, please contact Lisa Dougherty at ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org.

Sunday, April 29
 Gourmet Gents
This 4th Annual Event features fabulous culinary delights expertly prepared and served by local celebrity chefs and those who boast of being super “gourmet chefs.” TIckets will be $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event. Proceeds from this event will benefit women of color in Omaha through the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.- Omaha Metropolitan Chapter’s advocacy programs focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, leadership development, economic empowerment, political awareness, educational advancement and the NCBW Scholars Program. This event will take place from 2-5 pm at the Joslyn Castle. For more information, please visit http://www.ncbwomaha.com/indexhtml.

Upcoming Events:
 Standing Bear’s Footsteps
(Thursday, May 3)
In 1877, the Ponca people were exiled from their homeland and sent to Indian territory in present day Oklahoma. To honor his dying son’s wish to be buried in his homeland, Chief Standing Bear set off on a grueling, 600-mile journey home. Captured en route and held at Fort Omaha, Standing Bear sued U.S. Army General George Cook for his freedom- choosing to fight injustice not with weapons, but with words. The chief stood before the court to prove that an Indian was a person under the law.

A special screening of the documentary “Standing Bear’s Footsteps” will take place on Thursday, May 3 from 6:30-8 pm at the Bryan High School Auditorium (4700 Giles Road, Omaha, NE). This high-definition documentary weaves interviews, recreations and present day scenes to tell a story about human rights- one that resonates powerfully in the present.

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