What Bluejays are thankful for in 2020 
What Bluejays are thankful for in 2020 

Fallen leaves on campus

No question, 2020 has been a rough year. 

But at Creighton, the spirit and values of our Jesuit traditions guide us through even the most difficult of days.  

For Bluejays, moving forward starts with reflection. And so, we’ve been reflecting on what we’re thankful for. After all, it’s just what you do this time of the year. 

We asked students, faculty, staff and alumni to tell us what they’re thankful for this holiday season, and — thankfully — we received quite a few answers! 

What I’m thankful for in 2020 …  

Armound IsaakArmond Isaak, biochemistry junior: “I’m thankful for being able to stay on campus through the semester. It was difficult to be online for school, so it’s really nice to be here. I feel like I appreciate my education now more than ever.” 

Joyce Eisenmenger, BA’77, and Steve Chavez, BS’77: “More than 40 years after our graduation from Creighton in 1977, we reconnected and will be married this year, two days after Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for the gift of Creighton that keeps on giving.” 

Jessie LeeJessie Lee, business senior: “What I’m thankful for the most in 2020 is that this situation has brought me closer to people I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten to know. I am thankful I was able to make a positive out of a negative situation, and I was able to foster very healthy relationships”  

Chris Karasek, assistant dean of graduate business programs: “I am thankful for a quiet Thanksgiving away from family in 2020 to ensure that we can all come together and celebrate, when it is safe, for many years to come. A special shout-out to all the frontline workers giving it their all and risking so much for everyone.” 

Ana CullenAna Cullen, business freshman: “I’m thankful for just being able to spend more time with my family before leaving for college and having that quality time with them.” 

Alexandria Heiden, BSBA’17: “Getting engaged to my fiancé! We met at Creighton.”  

Gina Rodgers, BA’03: “My daughter! She was born in March!” 

Nandini Kanoi, MFIN’18: “I’m thankful for my and my family’s health.” 

Aurora Barker, BA’11: “My Creighton community! Through thick and thin.” 

FYI, if you’re thankful for Creighton, be sure to support the University on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. You can support students, staff and faculty through scholarships, PPE and more!  Learn more here

Blair Bonczynski, BA’07: “I’m thankful to live in an area where there is fall weather and colors! Easy to see God in the beauty of nature!”   

Sabe Nelson, BA’12: “The Examen.” 

Jessica Nollett, BSBA’06: “My kids’ safe school environment.” 

Molly Belieu, BA’07: “Time with my children and family.” 

Kira Olson, BA’12: “Symone Sanders! What an inspirational Creighton alumna! 

Melissa Zientarski, BS’11: “My husband and I got a dog and a house this year!” 

Kathy Hammel Hurt, BSPHA’76: “I lived through Covid! I’m thankful for faith, family, health and friendships!” 

Alice Bartek-Santiago, JD’11: “I’m thankful for a sturdy, beautiful house that has kept my family safe and sheltered during the pandemic.”