The Forward Blue campaign for Creighton is driven by a simple but powerful idea — that whatever the future brings, we will act boldly and we will draw on our strengths, traditions and values as a Jesuit, Catholic university.
However much Creighton grows, however much things change, the foundations of this 143-year institution remain fully intact. The farther our reach, the deeper our roots.
One way we like to celebrate Creighton's rich (and occasionally weird) history is by culling our archives for interesting stories and nostalgia-inducing photos. Some of the stories are a little goofy, to say the least. Some highlight the texture of daily Creighton life over the years through our amazing students, alumni, faculty and staff. Others help explain the University's origin story and honor the vision and generosity of our founding family.
We'll continue to update our list of archive stories on the page throughout the Forward Blue campaign. Ideally, over time, the stories will form a more complete tapestry of a place and community unlike any other, and right at one of the most transformative moments in Creighton's history.
Quick note: None of this would be possible without the help and expertise of Creighton's University Archives.
Forward Blue is the largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in Creighton’s history. The campaign is a massive, concentrated effort over an extended period of time to celebrate Creighton’s mission, while raising funds to ensure that mission endures.
The smells of Creighton
Father Larry Gillick, SJ, is blind. But every day, he says, he "sees" Creighton. To show us what Creighton looks like to him, he gave us a campus tour like no other — a tour of touch and sound but mostly of smell.Read the story
The voice returns! The walk signal to cross 24th Street is now on once again.
The voice of 24th street has reclaimed her rightful spot, thanks, in part, to the strong response from Creighton alumni.Read the story
Gallagher, Beal’s & Billy: 14 Creighton anniversaries we’ll observe in 2021
So many anniversaries this year, from the opening of Gallagher Hall to the closing of Beal's Grill to the birth of Billy Bluejay.Read the story
A collection of vintage Creighton postcards shows 100-plus years of campus history
We’d like to extend a hearty “Wish you were here!” with a collection of vintage postcards celebrating 100-plus years of Creighton history!Read the story
Alumni talk about the game-changing experience of playing Billy Bluejay
We caught up with a few alumni to talk about how being Billy Bluejay colored their Creighton experience and even, in at least one case, defined the rest of their lives.Read the story
Creighton's College World Series moment turns 30
To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Creighton's first and so far only CWS appearance, we caught up with several players to talk about the magical season.Read the story
The Creighton mentor who changed your life
We've written hundreds of stories about Creighton alumni and current students. When we ask them what they love most about Creighton, one of the first things so many mention is a specific person.Read the story
A Bible like no other
The seven-volume set of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible has found a permanent home at Creighton. The Bible incorporates the Old-World craftsmanship of the ancient book along with modern day themes.Read the story
Community of prayer, community of hope
We spoke with alumni and staff who were at Creighton on Sept. 11, 2001. They recalled a campus coming together in the face of crisis — with faith, hope and prayer.Read the story
The first American Indian dentist in the nation
Creighton alumnus George Blue Spruce Jr., DDS’56, is the first American Indian dentist in the nation. Now, at the age of 90, he says his work isn't finished.Read the story
He co-piloted a pizza empire. But he was just getting started.
Dick Jeffries never lost his good humor — not in the face of professional failures nor personal tragedies. He knew not to take anything too seriously. And in spite of that — perhaps more likely because of that — Dick Jeffries lived a seriously successful life.Read the story
Creighton couple married after meeting again — 40 years later — at Reunion Weekend
They fell not for the people they were but for who they became in the years since. And who they became, they say, had a lot to do with attending Creighton.Read the story
That time Creighton dentists gave a leopard a root canal in downtown Omaha
Fun fact: Creighton's dental school has a bit of a reputation for forming pioneers in the field of wild-animal dentistry.Read the story
The Olympian who worked at Kiewit Fitness Center
Five nights a week for several years in the 1980s, the man who worked the front desk of the Kiewit Fitness Center was a former Olympian.Read the story
Valentine's Jay — Love notes from 30 years of Creightonian classifieds
For decades, The Creightonian ran love notes in its classifieds leading up to Valentine’s Day. Many messages were heartwarming. Some were weird. A few should not be repeated.Read the story