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Jesuit Reflection

 

Although I now live in Chicago working with young Jesuits in formation, I was in Omaha on January 6 for the funeral of Betsy Reed (mother of Rob, ‘85, Tim, ’89 and grandmother of Allen ‘16). I have known Betsy and her husband, Bob, since 1988 when I arrived in Omaha to begin serving as the President of Creighton Prep—a job I loved.

Betsy was one of the kindest and most loving persons I have ever met. She was that type of person that when you were with her, she made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. Her death broke my heart, but she had been suffering long enough with cancer.

Father Don Shane ‘60 gave a magnificent homily at Betsy’s funeral. Father Shane, with the permission of the family, listed all the organizations in which Betsy was involved. I can hear Betsy saying:  “Bob Reed, why would you give permission to Father Shane to do that?” 

I know that Betsy was very active at Prep; she chaired BASH twice!  I was aware that she was engaged with some other groups and councils most of which are Church-related.  When Father Shane read all the organizations and the positions she held, I could not believe what I was hearing; it made my head spin. I thought to myself, how in God’s name did she pull this off? Trust me, Betsy would have been embarrassed by that list and never sought any recognition for her work, but it showed the enormous magnitude of her generosity.  

In the Final Commendation at the Mass of Christian Burial, Archbishop George Lucas remarked about Betsy’s unending generosity and thanked Bob, Rob and Tim for supporting Betsy’s multiple commitments. The Archbishop answered my question about how Betsy did all that she did in her life. He stated that it was Betsy’s love for Christ that unleashed such generosity.  She truly was a woman with and for others.

During this New Year, let us remember Betsy and her life as an example for all of us. Betsy loved as Jesus loves. Can you do the same?  Are you ready to unleash within you the love of Christ for others, especially for those who have less than you?

Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.
Provincial Assistant for Formation
USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus

 

Volunteer Opportunities

  

Consider the Alumni Volunteer Corps for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

The Alumni Volunteer Corps (AVC) is an opportunity for Creighton Prep graduates who have recently graduated from college to once again become involved in the school. Simply put, it provides them the opportunity to use their gifts to serve within the Prep community over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year.

It is ideal for Prep grads who would like to do real and meaningful work as teachers, coaches, tutors, etc., helping current Prep students become men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service. A year in the AVC is also a great opportunity for alumni to gain valuable work experience as they discern the next steps in their lives as Men for Others.

"My year in AVC was the most formative educational year of my life. It made Prep a home for me in every sense of the word, and allowed me to grow in faith and service.” – Kevin Van Winkle ‘02, current Prep social studies teacher and head freshman football "A" team coach. 

Prep graduates interested in serving in the AVC during the 2018-2019 academic year can visit www.creightonprep.org/avc today to learn more. 

 

Assist the FIRST Robotics Coaches at Prep

Creighton Prep is proud to announce that the school has joined FIRST Robotics. The Prep team is the first in Omaha and only the third in the entire state of Nebraska, and it is an exciting time as the inaugural season begins.

The FIRST Robotics coaches at Prep are looking for help during this short, intense six-week season that began Monday, January 8 and ends Tuesday, February 20. The need for people who have experience/knowledge or interest in engineering is preferred but not a requirement.

The main need is to supervise students’ work in the ToMorrow Labs! Weeknights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. are the days and times that the team is in need of assistance.

If you are interested in assisting the FIRST Robotics coaches at Prep, please complete and submit the form located HERE.

 

Participate in Bowtie BASH 2018

Bowtie BASH 2018, Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service will be held in the Heider Center at Creighton Prep on Saturday, April 21, just 95 days away as of Tuesday, January 16.

  • The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone, as well as to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 45 percent of our students. 
  • To download a save the date reminder in PDF format, click HERE.
  • Visit the BASH website for all things BASH.
  • BASH is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the Prep community!

How Can You Participate?

Donate an Auction Item

  • Donate a gift or monetary donation to support the live auction, silent auction or eBASH (online) auction. Gifts of all varieties and sizes are truly needed and appreciated! Some popular gift categories include: electronics, home items, jewelry, kitchenware, vacation homes, themed gift baskets, gift certificates and more. You could donate a gift on your own or go in with other families for a larger item.
  • If you are interested in contributing an auction item, please contact Amy Knight at aknig@prep.creighton.edu or click HERE to make a donation online.
  • The auction donation deadline is February 5.
  • Don’t feel like shopping for a gift? Monetary donations also are greatly appreciated! Simply write a check payable to Creighton Prep, noting “BASH 2018 Underwriting” on the memo line, and send it to the attention of Grace Cominoli at the school’s address at 7400 Western Avenue Omaha, NE 68114-1878. Thank you!

Attend the Patron Party

  • Save the date and time of Saturday evening, March 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. to attend the Bowtie BASH 2018 Patron Party at the home of Prep parents Stacy Moffenbier Rohloff and Doug Rohloff. This is a great event where Prep supporters gather in advance of BASH. Details on registering for the Bowtie BASH 2018 Patron Party will be communicated in a future Prep Pulse.

Donate a Themed Gift Basket

  • Donating a themed gift basket for the silent auction is a great way to support Bowtie BASH 2018. Click HERE to see the list of themes we’re looking for in the silent auction gift baskets, and sign up to donate one or more. Or sign up to make a cash donation, and we’ll assemble a basket for you! 

Buy or Sell Raffle Tickets

  • Help us sell raffle tickets for a grand prize drawing of $10,000. Tickets are $100, 3 for $250, 7 for $500 or 15 for $1000. Tickets go on sale Sunday, January 21. Contact Amy Knight at aknig@prep.creighton.edu for more info.

Purchase a Catalog Advertisement

  • Advertise your business in our Bowtie BASH 2018 catalog. There are a variety of advertising opportunities for businesses of all sizes. Click HERE to purchase a catalog advertisement.

Become a Premier Sponsor

  • A sponsorship of Bowtie BASH 2018 comes with a full page catalog advertisement, four tickets to the Bowtie BASH 2018 Patron Party, a table for 10 people at Bowtie BASH 2018, an eBASH banner ad and more. Click HERE for more information on Premier Sponsor options.

Volunteer

  • Each year, Creighton Prep relies on hundreds of volunteers to make BASH a success! Sign up now to volunteer in the months and days leading up to Bowtie BASH 2018 and also for the event itself. Don't miss this opportunity to get involved at Prep and meet great people!
  • If you have any questions about volunteering for Bowtie BASH 2018 or the event itself, please contact Amy Knight at 402.548.3858 or aknig@prep.creighton.edu.

BASH is a big undertaking, but with the help of our Prep community members, we come together each year to put together a successful event in support of our students – and have a little fun along the way!

We look forward to partnering with you in 2018.

Amy Knight
Director of Events
Creighton Preparatory School
7400 Western Avenue
Omaha, NE  68114-1878
402.548.3858 direct line
402.670.4774 cell
aknig@prep.creighton.edu

 

School News

 

Recommend a Student

Do you know a great student in the Omaha area? Here is how you can impact the future of Creighton Prep:

Creighton Prep is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest students from diverse backgrounds who have the desire to be formed in a rigorous, Ignatian educational experience. We believe that our parents, students, alumni and friends are the best vehicles for promoting Creighton Prep and recommending promising young men.

“Recommend a Student” encourages the Creighton Prep community to send us the names and addresses of young men they know from work, church or previous schools who they believe would be a great addition to the Creighton Prep community.

For more information, please contact the Director of Admissions Josh Luedtke at 402-548-3872 or via email at jlued@prep.creighton.edu.

 

2018 Loyola Scholar Nominations Being Accepted Through Monday, March 12

Per Assistant to the President and Loyola Scholars Director Fr. Nathan Wendt, SJ, the 2018 Loyola Scholars nomination season is now open at Creighton Prep as of Tuesday, January 9. Loyola Scholars is a year-round, three-year academic and leadership achievement program serving middle school 6th-to-8th-grade males in the Omaha metro area who are academically talented, have leadership potential and whose households have significant financial need. 

As a result, if you know of any Omaha metro area families with current 5th grade males who might be interested and qualify for the Loyola Scholars program at Prep, please note that their names can be placed in nomination by the student's elementary school principal, teacher, counselor, pastor or director of religious education, or employee of another educational, community-based organization via the nomination form located at www.creightonprep.org/loyolascholars/nomination. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 12.

Nominees for Loyola Scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a currently enrolled 5th grade male.
  • Household demonstrates significant financial need. (Free and Reduced Lunch qualifier is a good indicator.)
  • Student demonstrates good to strong academic ability in class and on standardized tests (based on 4th and 5th grade report cards and testing).
  • Student possesses motivation, desire for academic achievement and shows leadership potential.
  • Student is from a family committed to the goal of college preparatory education and faith-centered child development.

Application packets for Loyola Scholars go out by mail soon after nominations are received, and all nominations and information provided are kept confidential.

If you or any prospective families you know have questions about the Loyola Scholars program, please contact Fr. Nathan Wendt, SJ at nwend@prep.creighton.edu or 402-548-3885. 

 

Prep Senior Wins Third Consecutive Nebraska High School Oratorical State Title

Congratulations to Prep senior Michael McClellan on winning his third consecutive state title in the American Legion Nebraska High School Oratorical Finals on Saturday, January 13 at the competition in North Platte. With the win, Michael ties a 30-year record and becomes only the second student to accomplish the feat in the 77-year history of the event. He now moves on to nationals in Indianapolis in the spring.

 

Prep Juniors Win Opera Omaha Poetry & Music Project Contest

Three Prep juniors have won Opera Omaha’s Poetry & Music Project Contest, after which they will have their poems set to music by the organization’s Community Artist Fellows in preparation for an April 21 concert that will be part of the Opera Omaha ONE Festival. Congratulations to Carson Broz ’19 on his poem “In a World,” to Nathaniel George ’19 on his poem “Love Like a Beam” and to Finn Meier ’19 on his poem “Faulty Colors: American Dream.” The three will also attend a workshop with the musicians setting their poems to music to get an inside look at the process involved in composing music and performing it.

 

Food Delivered to Over 1,200 Families Through Operation Others 2017

 On Saturday, December 16, Operation Others volunteers delivered food bags to 1,208 materially-poor families in our community from a warehouse at 1441 N. 11 Street in Omaha. The food was distributed in 35 metro area ZIP codes, and each bag contained more than 20 food items and a handmade Christmas card. This was the 51st consecutive annual delivery in the program's history.

A joyful group of students from all eight Omaha Catholic high schools, alumni, parents, former Operation Others Core Team members, friends, and others helped set-up, package, and deliver the provisions. Another generous group of individuals and local businesses donated money, time and resources to make this effort successful.

"We would like to thank all of the students, parents, faculty and staff members, alumni, benefactors, and friends who gave of their time, talents, and treasure to help those in our community who are sometimes forgotten, neglected, and left alone," said Operation Others program moderator Jerry Kinney.

For questions or additional information on Operation Others, please email Jerry Kinney at jkinn@prep.creighton.edu.

 

Creighton Prep Neckties and Bowties by Vineyard Vines

Need a special gift of apparel for the Prep fan in your life or are you looking for just the right bowtie to wear to Bowtie BASH 2018 on Saturday, April 21? Either way, look no further than Creighton Prep neckties and bowties created by Vineyard Vines!

Choose from a royal-blue-with-navy-blue-CP-logo necktie, a light-blue-with-navy-blue-CP-logo necktie, a royal-blue-with-Billy-Bluejay-logo bowtie and a navy-blue-with-Billy-Bluejay-logo bowtie.

Creighton Prep neckties and bowties created by Vineyard Vines come with gift boxes and are available for preorder now through the Prep website HERE. The neckties are $85 and the bowties $55. Please also note that, while orders for these items have been placed by Prep, we do not expect to receive the products from the company until late January.

In the meantime, if you have questions or need additional information on Creighton Prep neckties and bowties created by Vineyard Vines, please contact Director of Events Amy Knight at aknig@prep.creighton.edu or 402-548-3858. Thank you!

 

Christmas in the Cage Entertains Heider Center Crowd

The annual Christmas in the Cage event produced by Creighton Prep students was once again an entertaining experience for the standing-room-only crowd in the Heider Center on Friday, December 22. Highlights included the delivery of the game ball by Santa Claus and a halftime basketball game between students dressed as Christmas presents and members of the nativity scene.

In the varsity basketball game, Prep defeated Benson by a score of 65-30, and the JV squad won 68-46 earlier over Benson as well.

 

Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge

Creighton Prep is pleased once again to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge happening throughout the month of January to benefit the American Cancer Society, and your help is requested.

Prep fans can pledge a one-time donation or pledge to donate for every 3-pointer made by the Prep basketball teams (from freshman A to varsity) throughout the month of January.

Join the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, and make your pledge today by visiting the website HERE and clicking on the PLEDGE NOW! button.

 

Longtime Voice of Creighton Prep Athletics Passes

Barry Silverstein, the longtime voice of Creighton Prep athletics and member of the Creighton Prep Athletic Hall of Fame, passed away recently at his home in Arizona. Please keep him and his loved ones in your prayers.

In 1989, Barry told then Prep head basketball coach Brother Mike Wilmot, S.J. that he would be worth four wins a year if he was allowed to announce some Prep games. That began an unbroken streak of 22 years in which Barry announced every Prep home varsity basketball contest.

In 1993, his announcing duties for Prep were expanded to include varsity football and, in 2002, he added varsity baseball, including American Legion games for the Prep-based P.I. Midwest team. Along the way, Barry also announced at the Prep Holiday Basketball Tournament and the Nebraska Prep Classic. In 2006, Barry was named the Nebraska High School Announcer of the Year by the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers.

 

Director of Annual Funds Taylor Stormberg ’09 To Be Part of Broadcast Team for Two Creighton Basketball Games

Be sure to catch former Creighton Prep and Creighton University basketball player and current Director of Annual Funds Taylor Stormberg ’09 as he goes behind the microphone as part of the 1620 The Zone radio broadcast team for two upcoming Creighton University men’s basketball away games.

The first will be on Saturday, January 20 starting at 2 p.m. against the Providence College Friars at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, and the second will be on Tuesday, January 23 against the Red Storm from St. John’s University that begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnesecca Arena in Queens, New York.

Taylor was part of the Creighton Prep state championship basketball team in 2009 before moving on to Creighton University where, in addition to playing for the basketball team, he was named to the Dean’s List and to the Missouri Valley Conference Academic Honor Roll.

 

Upcoming Events

   

Cheer on the Junior Jays – January 18-20

On Thursday, January 18, support the freshman basketball team as they play at Elkhorn South at 6 p.m. Then on Friday the 19th, cheer on the swim team in their four-team meet that starts at 4 p.m. at the Common Ground Recreation Center in Elkhorn and continues on Saturday.

On Saturday the 20th, the Prep JV and varsity wrestlers are in competition, with the JV in a tournament at Bellevue East beginning at 9 a.m. and the varsity at the Lincoln Northeast Invitational that starts at the same time. Then, later that day, visit Omaha Central for a 7:30 p.m. varsity basketball matchup between the #2 ranked Eagles and the #3 Junior Jays.

Go, CP!

   

2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony - Monday, March 5

Creighton Prep is proud to recognize alumni, coaches, and supporters for outstanding contributions to the athletic program at the school. Their commitment, achievement and sense of sportsmanship set the standard for the young athletes who follow in their footsteps today.

On Monday, March 5, 2018, you are cordially invited to the Creighton Preparatory School Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center, recognizing the 2018 Hall of Fame honorees.

Athletes

Jose "Tata" Machado '78

Mike Macaitis '86

Jeff Wellwood '98

Nick Svehla '99

Coach

Greg Glenn '70

Team

1969 Baseball Team

On that night, please join us for a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Parking will be available in the west lot.

Tickets are $50 per person or $400 per table of eight. Click HERE to register.

Click HERE to see a PDF of the invitation to the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony.

To nominate a former Creighton Prep athlete, coach, contributor or team for consideration to a future Athletic Hall of Fame class, click HERE. 

 

eBASH 2018 – March 23 to April 13

eBASH 2018, running from Friday, March 23 to Friday, April 13, is your opportunity to participate in Bowtie BASH 2018 without leaving the comfort of your home. Bid online for Creighton Prep items and ticket opportunities in the days leading up to Bowtie BASH 2018 on Saturday, April 21! You're guaranteed to find great, unique items while supporting Prep.

Additional details on eBASH 2018 will be communicated at a later date. For questions about eBASH 2018 in the meantime, please contact Stephanie Kremla Heng at 402.548.6228 or by email at skrem@prep.creighton.edu.

 

Bowtie BASH 2018 Patron Party – Saturday, March 24

Save the date and time of Saturday evening, March 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. to attend the Bowtie BASH 2018 Patron Party at the home of Prep parents Stacy Moffenbier Rohloff and Doug Rohloff. This is a great event where Creighton Prep supporters gather in advance of BASH.

Details on registering for the Bowtie BASH 2018 Patron Party will be communicated in a future Prep Pulse.

 

Bowtie BASH 2018 – Saturday, April 21

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, April 21, 2018 when Bowtie BASH 2018, Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service takes place in the Heider Center!

The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone, as well as to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 45 percent of our students. 

To download a save the date reminder in PDF format, click HERE.

BASH 2018 Executive Committee: Julie and Mark Dunbar ’77, Denise Fitzgerald, Carrie Jenkins, David Kramer ’83, Julie Mowat, Kathy Neary, David Patterson ’94, Stacy Moffenbier Rohloff.

 

Alumni Notes

 

Please Remember – Obits for the Month of December

Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted HERE. The Alumni Office will post a notice of the passing of Prep alumni as well as their parents, spouses and children each month with the Prep Pulse. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive further obituary information, please contact Terri Haller at thall@prep.creighton.edu.

 

2018 Reunion Weekend – Save the Date – September 20-22

Prep alumni from the classes ending in “3” and “8,” mark your calendars now for the 2018 Reunion Weekend happening Thursday, September 20 through Saturday, September 22. Having one reunion weekend for those classes brings the alumni community together to celebrate the many years they have represented Prep in so many great ways.

More details on the 2018 Reunion Weekend will be communicated at a later date.

 

Prep Alumni Help North Dakota State Football Program Win Sixth FCS Championship

Congratulations to Creighton Prep graduates Conor Riley ’98, Easton Stick ’14 and RJ Urzendowski ’14 on their recent FCS championship win as part of the North Dakota State University football team. NDSU defeated James Madison University on Saturday, January 6 game to secure the school’s sixth national title in seven years.

Conor coached the offensive line and was the running game coordinator for the team this year, Easton was selected as Most Outstanding Player of the FCS championship game for his play at quarterback and RJ tallied 38 catches and eight touchdowns in an outstanding senior season at wide receiver.

 

Keep up to date on Creighton Prep

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