Karen Dolan Rauenhorst, a 1975 graduate of Creighton’s School of Nursing, has taken the ideals of Creighton University to heart through her leadership in nursing, service to others and philanthropy.
In addition to her nursing degree from Creighton, Karen earned a master of public health degree from the University of Minnesota. She provided 20 years of nursing care in several hospitals, and has served in leadership roles for professional nursing organizations, including the prestigious Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
Karen’s concern for others was always displayed in her nursing, but she has carried that quality into her ever-growing leadership through service and philanthropy. A past member of the Catholic Charities USA Board of Trustees and the Catholic Community Foundation, she currently serves on the College of St. Catherine Board of Trustees and Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors. Her work with Catholic Relief Services has widened her scope to international concerns.
For her dedication to the Church and to seeing that children receive the best education possible, Karen has received the Red Knight Leadership Award from Benilde-St. Margaret's School in the Twin Cities area, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Notre Dame, and the Medal of Honor from the College of St. Catherine.
Her growing foundation work solidifies her leadership in philanthropy, as she serves as president of the Sieben Foundation, vice president of the Mark and Karen Rauenhorst Family Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Council of Foundations.
Karen is one of Creighton University’s most active and supportive alumnae. She has hosted numerous regional alumni events, and she and her husband Mark, as well as the Opus Corporation, provided the funding for Opus Hall, Creighton’s newest residence community for juniors and seniors.
In recognition of her outstanding service through leadership, which embodies the Jesuit ideal of a woman for others, Creighton University is proud to bestow upon Karen Dolan Rauenhorst the Alumni Achievement Citation this tenth day of May, two thousand and eight.
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