May 30-June 2: Reunion Weekend Activities

Reunion Weekend is nearly here, bringing music, food, fireworks and family-friendly fun to the Creighton campus from May 30 to June 2.

Reunion Weekend is for all Bluejays — alumni and friends, of course, but also faculty and staff. All weekend activities are open to everyone, unless otherwise noted. And everyone’s encouraged to register by May 20.

In addition to all the festivities, the weekend also gives the University a chance to showcase the exciting work of its faculty and staff.

“Reunion Weekend brings the Creighton community together,” said Diane Stormberg, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement . “And that’s an opportunity for our amazing faculty and staff to share what’s new and innovative on campus with our alumni and friends.”

At Reunion Weekend, attendees can learn about a filmmaking project that takes students and faculty to marginalized societies all over the world. They can hear a fascinating lecture about the many ways in which our beliefs about money shape our lives. They can even see what’s in store for Creighton’s future, with a presentation by Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ.

All that, plus yoga and mimosas, fireworks, an ice cream social and more.

“We would just love for all of our faculty and staff to come with their kids and really enjoy campus,” Stormberg said.

What follows are just a few of the events taking place for Reunion Weekend, including some hosted by Creighton faculty.

Faculty and staff can view a full schedule and register for events here. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Money Scripts Lecture and Cocktail Hour

What: Ed Horwitz, PhD, the inaugural Mutual of Omaha Endowed Executive Director in Risk Management at Creighton University, will lead participants through an overview of Money Scripts, our beliefs about money.

Horwitz will cover the ABCs of Money Scripts and help participants explore a deeper understanding of how the beliefs we hold about money shape our financial health, net worth and relationships.

“Financial psychology is one of the hottest topics in financial services today,” Horwitz said. “This will be the perfect session following the cocktail hour.”
The lecture is a must for spouses, Horwitz said, as money beliefs can contribute to financial stress in a marriage. The session will be a way for partners to learn more about each other, as well as themselves.

When: Thursday, May 30
Time: Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m.; lecture starts at 6 p.m.
Where: Harper Center, Room 3023
Please take the money script assessment prior to the event.
Register here.


Mangrum on Nebraska Evidence

What: All-day seminar led by R. Collin Mangrum, the School of Law’s AA and Ethel Yossem Endowed Chair in Legal Ethics. The seminar will highlight cases decided this past year by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Each year, Mangrum writes a treatise on Nebraska evidence and does an overview of that treatise.

“I pay particular attention to the most recent cases and how they change the law or a particular evidentiary issue,” he said. “I have been doing this annual seminar for 30 years.”

When: Friday, May 31
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Ahmanson Law Center, Gross Appellate Courtroom, Room 124
Cost: $200; the program has been approved for 6.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit in Nebraska and Iowa, including 1 hour of professional responsibility/ethics. See more Continuing Education opportunities here.
Register here.

President’s Alumni Reception and Dinner

What: Enjoy dinner, dessert and cocktails as the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, shares plans about Creighton’s exciting future.
When: Friday, May 31
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
Tickets: Cost is $75 per person.
Register here.

Yoga and Mimosas

What: Enjoy a yoga class for all skill levels, then drink mimosas. Pastries will also be on hand, but please bring your own yoga mat.
When: Saturday, June 1
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Where: the Jesuit Gardens
Register here.

Backpack Journalism—Journalism and Justice at Creighton

What: The event will highlight Backpack Journalism, a social justice filmmaking project led by three Creighton professors: John O’Keefe, PhD, professor of theology; Carol Zuegner, PhD, BA’77, Joella Cohen Endowed Chair of Journalism in the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing; and Tim Guthrie, BFA’89, visual artist and graphic design professor in Journalism, Media and Computing.

Every two years, students and faculty collaborate on a project, using new media tools and relatively inexpensive video equipment to produce documentaries about people in developing countries and marginalized societies. All six films have been film festival selections.

“We’ve been to Uganda three times, the Dominican Republic, rural Alaska and the border with Mexico to produce the films,” Zuegner said. “This is a chance to show the film and talk about the program.”

This year’s Backpack Journalism film is The Displaced, about South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda and the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

When: Saturday, June 1
Time: 10-10:45 a.m.
Where: Harper Center, Hixson-Lied Auditorium
Register here.

The Hilltop Jam

What: Food, music and family-friendly fun on the Mall.
When: Saturday, June 1
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
For kids: an inflatable planetarium, balloon artist, face painter, LEGO area, magic show and animal encounters.
For adults: a beer garden.
For everyone: food trucks and an ice cream social.
Register here.

The U.S. Health Care System: Going Backward to Go Forward

What: Join Daniel B. Bruzzini, MD, as he shares his insights into the U.S. health care system from a global and historical perspective. Bruzzini has cared for children across the globe for more than 25 years, practicing medicine in Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, and leading humanitarian missions to Haiti, Oman and Indonesia.
When: Saturday, June 1
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Where: Harper Center, Room 3028
Cost: $10
Register  here.

Music at Morrison

What: An evening of music under the stars followed by a fireworks finale. Food and beverages available for purchase. The Brad Thomson Quartet (whose namesake is a guitar and jazz instructor at Creighton) will perform.
When: Saturday, June 1
Time: 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: Morrison Stadium
Register here.