This subtle but glowing review of the Cortina Community originally appeared on June 1, 2010 in an editorial written and published by the Omaha World-Herald newspaper:
We regularly note the vital contributions that institutions of higher learning make to Nebraska life. Here are just a few of the many commendable ways in which Creighton University pursues its service commitment, in this case to Omaha.
What’s the only free medical clinic in Omaha open on Saturdays to treat homeless men, women, children and the medically uninsured? The Magis Clinic, where more than 200 volunteers from the Creighton School of Medicine have experienced hands-on patient care.
Creighton’s School of Dentistry provides free dental care to underinsured children. And the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions was one of four pharmacy schools nationwide to earn the Student Community Engaged Service Award for 2009-10.
Programs such as the Cortina Community for sophomores and the Anna Tyler Waite Center for Leadership help students develop a personal commitment to the Ignatian tradition of the service of faith and the promotion of justice.
In all, Creighton students, faculty and staff annually contribute more than 68,000 volunteer hours to the needy of Omaha. The cultivation of such civic commitment is a tremendous asset for our society.