Featured Testimonial About Creighton University
At Creighton University, the transformative power of a Jesuit education meets the unwavering commitment of parents. Through the Parent Fund and the Parent and Family Leadership Council, parental dedication helps sustain a supportive and thriving community. Senior director Diane Glow, BSN’80s, and director Judy Pritza, BSN’92, MS’96, offer their perspective on the impact parents make on the growth, development, and success of every student.
Diane Glow, BSN'80
Judy K. Pritza, BSN’92, MS’96
Why is the Parent and Family Leadership Council and Parent Fund important?
Judy: The PFLC improves the educational experience for all Creighton students. Members believe in the University and its mission, and that is so amazing. It’s important to note that anyone can give to the Parent Fund. It’s so wonderful to have that community support of scholarships and the many opportunities that make up the Creighton experience.
How do gifts and engagement make a difference?
Diane: One of our goals of the program is to learn what parents are hearing at home, things that we might not hear on campus, so we can support our students better and meet their needs. That’s a huge part of what the program has done, allowing parents to share their feedback. Parents make a difference because they are their children’s best advocates.
Judy: Parents are an integral part of the University and in their student’s experience. Everything that the parent council and parent fund have contributed has impacted the University in multiple ways through scholarships, student programs, retreats, service trips, and more.
What is one of your favorite things about working with Creighton parents?
Judy: It’s something to witness every year, the impact that parents can make through their gifts, especially through scholarships. There’s always a story that makes me cry. To hear a student share their gratitude and a life-changing experience that really was because somebody chose to give back is something very special.
Diane: It’s important for us to learn where they want to make a difference. Often, it’s based on what their own student is involved with. Having those conversations and listening to our parents is so important and has been enlightening for me.
What has it been like to witness the evolution of the parent program at Creighton?
Diane: When we started the program ten years ago, I knew it was the right idea. I just didn’t know how passionate parents would become. We are so grateful to all parents, current, past, and incoming. When they decide to volunteer, to be philanthropic, and to be Creighton ambassadors, it makes the University better, and we can’t thank them enough.
To learn more or to join your Bluejay in their Creighton experience, please contact Judy Pritza, Director of Parent and Family Programs, 402-699-5191, or firstname.lastname@example.org.