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Gratitude and Recognition

THANK YOU for going the extra mile.

This page is dedicated to those who've taken extraordinary measures to help maintain business operations, assist students and staff in transitions, and ensure the safety of all of us at Creighton during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you know someone in the Creighton community who deserves to be recognized, fill out the Gratitude and Recognition form.


Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Facilities Management and Public Safety

"This is just a general shout out to two of the departments who are helping to keep our community safe and healthy during this unprecedented situation. Thank you for all you do!"

Received From: Anonymous

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Gina Miller - HR

"Gina always has an encouraging smile on her face and kind words to uplift!  In our 'new normal' Gina has taken the time to send sweet e-mails to cheer her co-workers on and check in to ensure everyone is doing well." 

Received From: Chris - HR

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Debby Halstrom - Information Technology

"Debby sends out a division wide joke, story, funny picture, or an encouraging email everyday.  It gives us all something to laugh about or share comments on what was sent.  She is our office mom, cheerleader, friend, shoulder to cry on, and our rock.  Thank you, Debby!!"

Received From: Denise Handrock - Information Technology

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Becky Nickerson - Director of the Creighton Intercultural Center - Division of Student Life

"Becky is amazing and has gone above and beyond to assist students getting meals through the Creighton Cupboard. She is a woman for and with others."

Received From: Desiree Nownes - Division of Student Life

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Angela Maynard and Jenni Bragg - Student Health Education and Compliance - Division of Student Life

 "Angela and Jenni have been outstanding both in educating the Creighton community about COVID-19 and reaching out to care for those who are impacted by this virus. They are heroes behind the scenes and truly deserve so much recognition for their amazing work."

Received From: Desiree Nownes - Division of Student Life

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: David Buffington - University Libraries

"David has been collaborating with the School of Medicine, CHI and others to 3D print parts for face shields and masks for healthcare workers. He has done a lot of research and testing and comes to campus almost every day of the week to start more print jobs and check on the progress. I appreciate his "all-in" attitude and efforts to be of assistance to area healthcare workers if they are unable to obtain the normal PPE devices."

Received From: Debra Sturges - University Libraries

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Animal Resources Facility Staff

"I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the tireless efforts of the Animal Resource Facility staff, especially during this crisis. As critical personnel, they have been troopers in displaying patience and flexibility as scheduling coverage during this pandemic has evolved. Their dedication to the health and wellbeing of the animals under their care is commendable. Truly caring people, caring for animals. Thank you!"

Received From: Pat Steele - Animal Resource Facility

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: David Buffington and Library Staff

"David used the 3D printers in the library to create face shields for health workers. He is a brilliant and tirelessly inventive force in the libraries and for extending the university's mission through technology.

Kudos also go out to new library AVP Liz Kiscaden for supporting and empowering this innovation, and of course to all the librarians who are creatively and dedicatedly providing services online"

Received From: Charise Alexander Adams - Kingfisher Institute Staff

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Emily Rust - University Communications and Marketing

"My colleague Emily Rust has done a tremendous job of keeping the campus informed during this difficult time, as editor of Creighton Today. She has helped us Stay Creighton. And she has done it all with a very positive attitude. Thanks, Emily!"

Received From: Rick Davis - University Communications and Marketing

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Doug Reynolds - Senior Client Support Specialist - School of Law

"Doug has gone out of his way to help me work at home. I had a LOT of problems with my initial laptop. It was an older model that someone else had turned in, and now I know why. More than once it gave me a screen with words suggesting its imminent demise. I hated using it, so I contacted Doug about the possibility of getting another laptop. Since this wasn't going to be easy given the circumstances we are now in (long story), Doug offered to give me the laptop he was using. We then met in a Wells Fargo parking lot and made the switch. Life has been good ever since! Unfortunately, I have a feeling Doug may not be able to say the same thing...

Doug has been assigned to the Law School for at least a couple of yours now, and he always gives us great service. In other words of one of my colleagues, "He's the best", and we are grateful to have him. Thanks, Doug!"

Received From: Janet Bruning - School of Law

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: David Buffington - Health Sciences Library

"David has been continuing to make PPE for CHI Health on the libraries' 3D printers. He has been running them nearly non stop for weeks."

Received From: Shawn Ammon - Health Sciences Library

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Katherine Vacha - Pharmacy - HR

"Katherine has taught a virtual zoom yoga class on Wednesdays at 7:30. It has been wonderful for staff and faculty to join during this COVID time. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents."

Received From: Molly Billings- HR

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Executive Assistants Group - Division of Information Technology

"I would like to give a special thank you to the Executive Assistants that support the Creighton Leadership. During this time we have become such a strong support group for each other. Sharing our knowledge, support and kindness every day. Creighton University is blessed to have this group support our Leadership."

Received From: Deborah Hallstrom - Executive VP Office

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Meredith Lierk - Office of Equity and Inclusion

"Meredith went above and beyond to create a virtual "Take Back the Night" event on April 23. With over 80 participants it was an opportunity for healing, for sharing, and for community building among survivors of sexual assault and dating violence and supportive friends and allies within the Creighton community. Rather than cancel such an important event, Meredith and her committee transitioned the event to a virtual format and provided an important space for survivors to gather, share, and listen. This was a huge undertaking and Meredith's tireless work is so appreciated by many on campus!"

Received From: Allison Taylor - Office of Equity and Inclusion

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Chris Vayerek - Division of Information Technology and Library Services - Lead IT Architect

"Just want to thank Chris Vaverek and his team for making it all happen for everyone that uses the Creighton University networked systems. His insight and knowledge is outstanding, it is his hard work that makes it a real joy to work at Creighton University. And remember "Chris Cares" is more than a button."

Received From: Robby Daniels - MyIT Central Campus Support Client Support Analyst II - Xi-Frame Administrator

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Leon Dickinson in Web Strategy, University Communications and Marketing

"Special shout out and thank you for Leon Dickinson, he has been so helpful in getting our many schedules and verbiage changes to the website due to the Covid-19. He is very prompt and understanding with all every changing needs."

Received From: Joan Crinklaw - School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Office of Academic and Student Affairs

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Bluejays Pack and Store Team

"The Bluejays Pack and Store team have performed a fabulous task of packing and storing all students belonging across our Residence Halls here at Creighton University. Despite current COVID-19 challenges, every teammate of Bluejays Pack and Store team have shown great teamwork, dedication, patience while filling individual boxes with all essential’s belongings of our students distinctly, who had resided in our Residence Hall during Spring 2020.
  
This team has shown great responsibilities and impactful experience across campus while handling and taking care of belongings of our students. The operations team are the actual heroes on campus who deserves much of the recognition and appreciation for all their hard work.
  
Well done Team!!!"

Received From: Binaya Joshi - Housing and Auxiliary Services

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Joann Crinklaw

"Joann has done a great job rescheduling things for our programs. I know there's still a lot of work ahead, but I wanted her to know how much I appreciate her."

Received From: Katie Wadas-Thalken - SPAHP

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Melinda Stoner and her team

"Many thanks to Melinda and the Registrar's team for being so helpful as OT and PT moved around some classes. Your support has been phenomenal, especially during one of your busiest times with graduation. Thank you!"

Received From: Katie Wadas-Thalken - SPAHP

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Bluejays Pack and Store Team

"The Bluejays Pack and Store team have performed a fabulous task of packing and storing all students belonging across our Residence Halls here at Creighton University. Despite current COVID-19 challenges, every teammate of Bluejays Pack and Store team have shown great teamwork, dedication, patience while filling individual boxes with all essential’s belongings of our students distinctly, who had resided in our Residence Hall during Spring 2020.
  
This team has shown great responsibilities and impactful experience across campus while handling and taking care of belongings of our students. The operations team are the actual heroes on campus who deserves much of the recognition and appreciation for all their hard work.
  
Well done Team!!!"

Received From: Binaya R. Joshi - Division of Student Life

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Kayla Snow

"Kayla did an outstanding job of putting together the Business Bites luncheon webinar series, which addresses timely topics facing business professionals in our current climate. More information on the series can be found here:https://business.creighton.edu/news/business-bites-webinar-series. Thanks, Kayla!"

Received From: Rick Davis - UCOM

Person or Group You Would Like to Recognize: Wendy Greenwood - Fellowship Coordinator for Graduate Medical Education

"Wendy has gone above and beyond in her position as a fellowship coordinator in GME. She coordinates two fellowship programs in GME and is on a leadership team with GME. In Nov. 2019 she took on another fellowship program that was suppose to be temporary until the position was filled. She is still coordinating that program along with her own programs. This is a tremendous amount of work. She is amazing and has done a great job with all three programs. She does this with professionalism and care for the faulty and fellows she serves. I honestly don't know how she does it and I think she is one of the most hard working individuals I know and deserves to be recognized for her steadfast work and dedication. You are awesome, Wendy!"

Received From: Andrea Walther - Institute for Priestly Formation

PERSON OR GROUP YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE: ANNA DOMINA - spahp - ot 

"Dr. Domina has consistently gone above and beyond to ensure that the OT program runs flawlessly keeping the students first in mind. She ensures that the students are not only getting a top notch education, but that they are safe and able to complete all requirements for an on-time graduation. She does so much behind the scenes that no one sees and it's incredibly appreciated!!"

Received From: Vanessa Jewell - SPAHP - OT

PERSON OR GROUP YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE: Mail Services 

"Shout out to everyone in mail services for their hard work ensuring packages for students and staff were either forwarded, delivered or held for their return to campus. Kudos for the team (Brenda, Michael, Ty and Steve) for working under pressure and under staffed during our furlough time."

Received From: Stephanie - Mail Services

PERSON OR GROUP YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE: Jenni Bragg - student life/health education 

"Jenni Bragg in Student Life/Health Education is coordinating the flu shot process along with COVID testing and much other work (due to COVID) to keep the campus safe. Jenni is great to work with and love her passion for Creighton and the students. Thank you!"

Received From:  Molly Billings - Human Resources

PERSON OR GROUP YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE: Kelly Stark - UCOM 

"Kelly Stark is a wonderful campus partner! Her assistance with the HR website is always timely and well-executed. I am grateful for her assistance, guidance, and for not complaining out loud when we have last minute changes! A big thanks to Kelly and the entire UCOM team for all you do!"

Received From:  Tracy Gady - Human Resources

PERSON OR GROUP YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE: Kelly Stark - UCOM 

"Kelly led our HR website upgrade and did a fabulous job! Thank you for your expertise, diligence, creativity and your wonderful can do spirit! The site looks wonderful!! We are blessed to have you at Creighton."

Received From:  Molly Billings - Human Resources

PERSON OR GROUP YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE: Shane Bumsted - School of pharmacy and health professions 

"Shane volunteered his time and application of knowledge about zoom breakout rooms from admissions processes to problem solve and support a practice run with OT faculty looking for similar functionality to run an online practicum for OT students. He was willing to give up personal time and did so with a positive attitude. Thank you Shane for demonstrating Men and Women For and With Others!"

Received From:  Andrea Thinnes and Colleen Spellman - School of Pharmacy and Health Professions - Occupational Therapy Department

PERSON OR GROUP YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE: Anna Domina and Jackie Lawrence - School of Pharmacy and Health Professions 

"Anna and Jackie took time out of their evenings to troubleshoot and share experience of running breakout rooms in Zoom. This contributed to the learning and increased comfort level for the teaching team involved in carrying out an online simulation with older adults this semester. Their dedication and sacrifice of personal time is a wonderful demonstration of teamwork and contributes to the Magis value we hope to embody in our occupational therapy program!"

Received From:  Andrea Thinnes and Colleen Spellman - School of Pharmacy and Health Professions - Occupational Therapy Department

PERSON OR GROUP YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE: Lou Jensen and Sarah Fellman - School of Pharmacy and Health Professions 

"Lou Jensen & Sarah Fellman have gone above and beyond in their efforts to educate occupational therapy students this fall! Teaching courses that were moved due to changes in the curriculum due to the pandemic and covering for colleagues whenever needed for coursework. They have been invaluable team members in the Department of Occupational Therapy and deserve a big thank you for always putting 100% into everything they do! Thanks for being wonderful faculty team members!! We couldn't do it without you! "

Received From:  Anna Domina School of Pharmacy and Health Professions - Occupational Therapy Department