September 2012
About Us
The Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment (AEA) at Creighton University provides ongoing support and resources to enhance teacher effectiveness and student learning.

To learn more about faculty development programming, assessment, course design, student learning processes and/or effective teaching methods, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), contact Mary Ann Danielson at 402.280.2535.

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Rodgers Joins Creighton
Creighton alumnus Christopher Rodgers, BA'92, MBA'99, joined the University Aug. 1 as director of community/government relations. In his new role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for the collaboration and engagement of Creighton University with community partners and government officials.

Rodgers, who has more than 14 years of experience in civic and governmental leadership positions and community service and outreach, most recently served as a senior community service associate for the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he also received a Master of Public Administration degree in 2002. He is a member of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and president of the National Association of Counties (NACo). He has also served as an assistant to the mayor of the city of Omaha and as director of community outreach for United Way of the Midlands.
Corporation for National & Community Service Updates
Service Honor Roll
For the fifth consecutive year, Creighton has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. We join six other Nebraska, 21 other Jesuit, and a total of 513 institutions of higher learning across the United States in celebrating our excellent work in "engaging students, faculty and staff in substantial, relevant and meaningful service to communities."

Program spotlights
Continuing our series highlighting the programs in which our students have participated, we feature three healthy living service-learning activities from the Schools of Medicine and Nursing and the University's ILAC program:

The School of Medicine's Magis Clinic is a student-led effort to provide free healthcare and referrals to existing community services. It is the only free medical clinic in Omaha open on Saturdays that treats homeless men, women, children and the medically uninsured. Since its inception in October 2004, the clinic has been dedicated to providing the standard of care to those they serve, cooperating with other healthcare providers, instilling in patients a sense of value for one's own health, and fostering in students a lifelong commitment to service. This past year, 500 students donated 9,000 hours of service to the clinic. More information.

The School of Nursing's Healthy Living Project provides school health screening and prevention services in 29 private, parochial and public schools in the Omaha area. Since 2001, faculty have partnered with elementary and high school principals to develop a clinical rotation to provide community-based, pediatric health promotion experiences, with the goal of serving the local community. On average, 9,000 school children annually receive check-ups, screenings and, if needed, referrals for additional care. Last year, almost 200 nursing students donated over 32,000 hours to improve underserved populations' access to health promotion and prevention services. More information.

The Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) hosts a Water Quality Program, led by Dr. Gary Michels of the Chemistry Department. Dr. Michels and his students spend time visiting rural campos to analyze water samples and correct problems with their filters. Following the analysis, students return to the campos to explain the results and educate the Dominicans about correct usage and maintenance habits. By working with the Dominicans, this program has the ability to impact the current and future health of rural communities. Students serve with the community, creating a shared sense of dignity and accomplishment. More information.

Metropolitan Coalition for Service-Learning News
2012 Theme: refugees
Creighton University is a member of the Metro Area Service-Learning Coalition. The 2012 theme is "Refugees."

The Coalition seeks to (1) increase collaboration and share selected service-learning programming among nine metro-area universities; (2) offer coordinated programming on a selected topic each semester; and (3) bring university and college resources to bear in educating students and the public about selected significant local, national and international issues.

Faculty Resource Fair
Sponsored by UNMC's College of Public Health and the Bridge to Care program, Creighton joins other Metro Area Coalition for Service-Learning partners in promoting a Faculty Resource Fair on Oct. 5 from 12:30-3 p.m. Learn about partnering with community groups/agencies to address the needs of Omaha's Refugees through service-learning. Lunch will be provided. Contact Mary Ann Danielson to register. Complete event details.

Community Orientation
Nebraska Methodist College and College of Saint Mary hosted the 2012 Faculty Community Orientation on "Refugee Integration" on Aug. 14. Creighton participants were Mary Helen Stefaniak (English), Ann Ryan Haddad (Pharmacy Practice), Rob Ramey (Family Practice), Laura Viereck (Pharmacy), and Tim Dickel (Education). "I learned a great deal of (to me) surprising information about refugee populations in Omaha, and I’m excited about service-learning opportunities that I hope to implement in a CRW course this spring," Stefaniak said.

Diversity Fair
Iowa Western Community College hosts a Celebrate Diversity and Volunteerism Fair on Sept. 11. For more information or a campus map, contact the IWCC Service-Learning Office at 712.256.6539 or Corrine Grace at

Speaker Series
College of Saint Mary is hosting a Service-Learning Speaker Series on "Refugees." Susan Mayberger (pictured) of Omaha Public Schools will speak on Sept. 14 (1-2 p.m.) in Gross Auditorium, and Pam Franks, a practicing nurse, will speak on Oct. 4 (3-4 p.m.) in Mercy Hall Meeting Room. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Eric Kyle at
Campus Events

Service & Justice Fair
Creighton's Center for Service and Justice hosted its annual Service and Justice Volunteer Fair. More than 300 students had the opportunity to learn more about 60 different agencies and their community service opportunities. If you missed the fair but are seeking information about Creighton's many local partners, please contact Patrick O'Malley.

Meeting the Public Good
Creighton University ranks fourth nationally in Washington Monthly’s 2012 master’s universities rankings. The monthly nonprofit magazine of United States politics and government ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good.
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Britt Report
For those interested in exploring service-learning as a pedagogy, consider reading Lori Britt's "Why We Use Service-Learning: A Report Outlining a Typology of Three Approaches to This Form of Communication Pedagogy." It focuses on skill-set practice and reflexivity, civic values and critical citizenship, and social justice activism.
Conference Notes

Civic Engagement
The Nebraska Campus Compact invites participants to register for the 2012 symposium on civic engagement and service-learning to be held Sept. 21 at UNL. This year's theme is Change in Motion: Renewing the Commitment to Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, and will feature Maureen Curley (pictured), president of Campus Compact, and Matt Hartley of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Registration for Creighton participants is $50. More information or register.