Fr. Lannon to Address Students
The Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., who, earlier this year, was announced as the next president of Creighton University, is presiding at several open forums on campus, including one for students today (Tuesday, Nov. 23) from 3-4 p.m. Fr. Lannon will assume the presidency at Creighton on July 1, 2011, succeeding the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., who is stepping down at the end of the academic year after leading the University for the past 11 years. The event will be replayed online here.
Student Loan Reminders
Creighton University participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan program. Parents and students can visit the Federal Student Aid website to learn more about the Direct Loan and the application steps. As always, the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after Jan. 1 as possible, once income information is available. Those borrowing through the Direct Student Loan program can complete the online master promissory note and the mandatory loan counseling online here. Or check out the steps for applying for aid on Creighton's Financial Aid website.
Commencement Set for Dec. 18
Creighton's winter commencement ceremony is set for Saturday, Dec. 18, at 11:30 a.m. in D.J. Sokol Arena at the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center on campus. Baccalaureate Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at St. John's Church. Visit the commencement website for more information, including a campus map, hotel accommodations, and a list of special honorees.
A Commitment to Safety
Creighton is committed to educating students on personal safety, and students' responsibilities to keep themselves and others in our community safe. The CU S.A.F.E. (Safety, Awareness, Fellowship, Education) website has been created as a resource for students and their families for information about this important topic. At this site, students and parents can sign up for CU Alert, Creighton's emergency notification system, or view a campus safety video. The Division of Student Services and the Department of Public Safety encourage you to talk with your student about personal safety and to visit the CU S.A.F.E. website to educate yourself on the resources and information available.
Summer Fun Includes Research
Do you know what some of our students did this past summer? We do, and it's impressive. Take a light-hearted look at some of the jaw-dropping research conducted by Creighton undergraduate students as scholars in the 2010 Ferlic Summer Science Research Scholarship Program. These research projects are made possible by the generosity and support of Randolph M. Ferlic, BS'58, MD'61, and his wife, Teresa Kolars Ferlic.
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Student-Athletes Honored for Academics
Creighton student-athletes were recently honored with with the Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic Award for the sixth time in the eight-year history of the award. Creighton student-athletes posted a 3.33 grade-point average over the 2009-10 academic year. Creighton previously shared the award in 2003-04, and won the award outright in 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09. Last year, softball standout Tara Oltman (pictured) became Creighton's first female three-time Academic All-American. Read more.
Physics Professor Recognized
Creighton physics professor Janet Seger, Ph.D., is the 2011 recipient of the American Physics Society Award for Faculty Working with Undergraduate Researchers. The award is given annually to a physicist whose research in an undergraduate setting has gained wide recognition and made a significant contribution to the professional development of undergraduate physics students. Read more.
Student Reflections, Advent Website
The popular student version of Daily Reflections returns with the first Sunday of Advent at Creighton's Online Ministries website. Starting Nov. 28, Creighton students will write brief reflections on the daily scripture readings. The students join the 50 faculty and staff who write Daily Reflections as part of the Online Ministries site. Creighton also offers a Praying Advent website. It includes seasonal reflections, audio retreats and daily prayers for the Advent and Christmas season.
Greek Life, Involvement Opportunities
Going Greek can be a great experience for a student. Encourage your student to check out the fraternity and sorority section of the Student Activities Office website. Recruitment for sororities is Jan. 12-17 and for fraternities is Jan. 16-28. If Greek life isn't a fit, encourage your student to attend the Winter Involvement Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Many of Creighton's more than 200 organizations will be represented and looking for new members. Students can also check out the list of student organizations online and find contact information. Whether it's Greek life, the Biology Club or both, Creighton encourages students to get involved!
Academic Help for Students
Does your student need help with time management? Study skills? A particular academic subject? Encourage them to visit Creighton's Center for Student Success and Retention inside the Harper Center, which provides free tutoring services and other academic support offerings to students. Explore "The Study," which features study rooms, tutoring, academic coaching, success workshops and other services.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Students interested in applying for one of Creighton's Faculty-Led Programs Abroad must submit the online application by Dec. 1. Approximately 10 programs will travel in Summer 2011. For more information or to apply, visit the website. In addition, Creighton's membership in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) opens exciting 2011 summer abroad programs in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Spain and Thailand for our students' participation. Contact email@example.com for more information or visit the ISEP website.
Financial Resource for Students
The Financial Aid Office at Creighton University offers a new online financial literacy resource to assist students in managing their finances. It includes information on a wide range of financial issues from managing credit cards, to establishing a budget, to knowing one's credit score. Students can also arrange to meet directly with Creighton's Dean Obenauer, assistant director of financial aid. Visit the website.
Creighton Has Many Reasons to Give Thanks
In this season of giving, the Creighton community is grateful for alumni, parents and friends whose gifts open the doors of opportunity to our students. Our students are drawn to Creighton for personal, intellectual and spiritual growth. Gifts to Creighton allow the flexibility to provide scholarships and financial assistance, so that today's students can continue on their path toward professional distinction, ethical leadership and involved citizenship. Thank you, for all you do to help make the Creighton experience possible for each and every student. In this season of thanksgiving, please consider making a gift to Creighton University. May you have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving, and a joyful and blessed Christmas season!
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