Parent Newsletter - May 2013

  May 2013

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Best-selling author Mary Lou Quinlan was the keynote speaker at this year's commencement. Watch her address.

Pass the Salt

Creighton researcher and nutrition expert Robert P. Heaney, M.D., weighs in on the new sodium recommendations.

What a Match!

This year's Match Day, when medical students gather to learn of their residencies, included one surprise proposal.

Two Honored as Spirit of Creighton

Arts and Sciences graduate Laura Haller of Omaha and Pharmacy and Health Professions graduate Matthew Leedom of Sioux Falls, S.D., received the prestigious Spirit of Creighton Award at commencement. Read more.

Students Give Generously During Move-Out

Through the efforts of the Department of Residence Life and Inter Residence Hall Government (IRHG), students donated more than 40,000 pounds of used items to Goodwill and Keep America Beautiful during the final weeks of the semester. Read more.

Mark Your Calendars for Family Weekend

Mark your calendars to attend Family Weekend this fall, Sept. 20-22. Family Weekend is an annual event in which students' families are invited to campus to experience the traditions and activities that make Creighton University unique. Learn more.

Rates Set to Increase on Student Loans

Current federal law will raise interest rates on student loans, beginning July 1, to 6.8 percent for subsidized direct loans. If you have questions about financial aid, visit Creighton's Financial Aid Office website or contact, 800.282.5835, 402.280.2731.

Study Abroad Fair Set for September

Is your student considering studying abroad? Don't miss Creighton's annual Study Abroad Fair this fall, Sept. 23. Students can meet with representatives from programs worldwide and ask questions of past Creighton study-abroad participants.

Students Encouraged to Review Plans

Now that the 2012-2013 academic year is complete, it is a good time for students to review their career and academic plans. Creighton's Career Center, in collaboration with the Creighton EDGE, offers a "to-do" list to help students get the most out of their college experience and prepare them for the future. Learn more.

Helping Students with Financial Literacy

Loan debt is a reality for many students in today's higher education environment. Creighton's Financial Aid Office can provide information and resources to help students manage their student loan obligation. In fact, the office offers educational support on a wide range of financial matters, from developing a personal budget to financing higher education. Learn more.

Creighton Earns Green Recognition

Creighton is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review's "Guide to 322 Green Colleges." Creighton is the only college listed from Nebraska. Read more.

CU Hosts Annual Volunteer Fair

Students can learn about service and volunteer opportunities at Creighton's annual Service and Justice Volunteer Fair on Aug. 28. Students can meet with representatives of more than 60 local agencies. For more information about service opportunities, visit Creighton's Center for Service and Justice.

Creighton to Send Out Student News

Marketing and Communications will be releasing information on May 2013 graduates and dean's list honorees to hometown newspapers based on ZIP codes students provided to the Registrar's Office. For more information, contact Deb Daley, 402.280.1786.

CU Prof Named Business Woman of the Year

Beverly Kracher, Ph.D., the Robert B. Daugherty Endowed Chair in Business Ethics and Society at Creighton, was named the 2013 Business Woman of the Year by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce at its annual luncheon May 20. Read more.

Creighton Residence Halls Recognized

The residents of Swanson Hall were presented a “Good Neighbor” Award by the Siena/Francis House, a homeless shelter in downtown Omaha. The students were recognized for their hard work and dedication in serving the shelter as a community partner. McGloin Hall, meanwhile, was ranked one of the top 10 dorms in the country.

Request Immunization Records Online

Immunization records from Student Health Services can now be requested online. Students can use their NEST accounts under "Immunization Tracker," "Request Immunization Record." Student Health Services processes requests daily, Monday through Friday, and can send the records via e-mail, fax or U.S. mail.

Scholarships Essential as CU Joins Big East

As Creighton’s profile and student recruitment base grows through membership in the Big East conference, it is crucial to grow scholarship funds. Your support of student and student-athlete scholarships will provide the opportunity of a Creighton education for others. Make your gift today!

Keep in Touch

This e-newsletter is published in September, November, January, March and May for parents of Creighton undergraduate students. Is there something you would like addressed in the newsletter? Please e-mail Rick Davis at Thank you for choosing Creighton University!

Calendar of Events


  • 17      Welcome Week begins, freshmen move in
  • 18      Sophomore students move into residence halls
    21      Classes begin
    27      Last day for registration and adding courses to schedule
  • 28      Service and Justice Volunteer Fair
  • 30      Last day for dropping individual course(s) to schedule


  • 2       Labor Day holiday, no classes
  • 11     Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. John's Church
  • 19     Last day to apply for pass/no-pass status, change from credit to audit
  • 20     Family Weekend begins
  • 21     Jaywalk 2013
    23     Study Abroad Fair

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