Department of English
Life at Creighton
by Molly Crothers, M.A., Creighton University, 2002
Virtual Campus Tour & Directions to Creighton (http://admissions.creighton.edu/pages/tour/tour.htm)
Click on Main Campus to see the English Department's home-Hitchcock Communication Arts Building. If you're planning a visit, this page also has driving directions and detailed maps. The aerial view of the campus map will show where to park.
Creighton Webcam (http://webcam.creighton.edu/)
Check out the latest weather conditions on campus or a beautiful Omaha sunset.
Contact Creighton's Financial Aid office http://www.creighton.edu/finaid/ for more information about other types of financial aid, including student loans.
FastWeb Financial Search on the Web (http://www.fastweb.com/)
Global Fund for Women (http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/)
Grants in Graduate Studies (http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/fininfo/gigs.html)
"Poor" doesn't necessarily need to precede "grad student." At Creighton, you can apply for a fellowship award. Partial funding covers your tuition and full funding also gives each fellow a stipend to cover most living costs. Not too shabby. If a full fellow, you will work with one or two faculty members doing a variety of research-related tasks. Check with one of our graduate directors for more information. How do you apply? Contact one of the graduate directors to see if you qualify.
Who decides whom I work with? Depending on your literature interests, you should choose a fellowship advisor whose expertise falls into one of these areas. Click here to find out what our faculty is up to. (Link to prof's and areas of study). If you're more interested in copyediting or other types of literature related work, get creative and find a job that will help you after grad school is over.
Where to Pick Up My Check
OK, you've done the work, now where's the payoff? In order to receive your first fellowship check, you must go to Creighton's Payroll Office, located on 20th & California Streets. From there on, you can ask to sign up for automatic deposits.
By federal law, your employer must send out W2s by January 31st. Assuming your local address is correct, you should receive yours in the mail no later than the 1st week of February. Double-check your personal info with the Payroll office.
Fees Not Covered
Fellowships are a good deal but someone has to pay for all those ILL requests you submitted last semester. And that person happens to be you. Even fully-funded fellows pay an approx. $300 Student Fee / semester. The costs go toward things like your 'free' membership to the fitness center. Parking will cost another $75.
Creighton Student Union (CSU) Graduate Funding
You just got accepted to your first conference. Now how are you doing to pay for the ticket, hotel and food? The CSU sets aside $5,000 each semester for graduate students to present at conferences. It's first come, first serve so move fast. Download the application online. http://www.creighton.edu/csu/forms.html
We've taken our talent in the classroom and matched it on the field. The Jays men's soccer, men's basketball and women's basketball recently won bids to the NCAA tournament. Visit the Athletic Department online at http://gocreighton.fansonly.com/.
Kiewit Fitness Center
No Tesla blaring out the speakers, no guys in Zoobas, and no membership fee. For once-something in grad school that's free! Elliptical trainers, treadmills, stairclimbers, nautilus, free weights, pool, whirlpool, racquetball and basketball courts and an indoor track. Go early. Go late. But, try not to go during the after work/before Friends crowds. Visit the center online at http://www.creighton.edu/CampusRecreation.
Each residence hall computer lab is accessible 24-hrs./ day with your Creighton Student ID card. Closed during Christmas Break. Printing charges: $0.10/page.
MA office, HC 5
No windows, no couch, but still a swank lil place to drop off your pile of ILL books or scan The Onion. Ask a graduate director to get your key. Bring your own paper for printing.
English Computer Lab (ECL), CA 108
Open M-F approx. 9AM-10PM & sometimes Sundays. Classes do meet in the lab during the day but some professors will let you stay if you just ask. Printing charges: free!! (http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/english/ecl.htm).
The Writing Center, CA 306
Open 8AM-5PM. Priority is given to Writing Center tutees but usually there's at least one computer open. Printing charges: also free!
Old Gym Lab
Need your student ID to enter. Open early/late. Printing charges: $0.10/page.
Reinert Alumni Library
Not exactly the atmosphere to dig into your thesis but it's a convenient spot to check your email or print off that weekly Zacharias paper. $0.10/page (cash) or $0.07/page (Jaybucks).
Computer Help Desk
Rm. 104 Old Gym
M-F 8:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.
Keep getting messages from some Italian named "Postini"? Give the Help Desk a ring. Make sure to ask for J.D. Rummel, our resident M.A. geek.
Lower Brandeis, next to the bookstore
M-F 8:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M. following undergraduate schedule
Planning on checking out a library book? Want to lift weights at the fitness center? Then you're going to need a student ID http://www.creighton.edu/CardServices/ from Card Services. Your ID also works as a debit card from a Jaybucks account you set up at Card Services. It works like cash if you want to buy a Milky Way at the Java Jay ors photocopy your favorite Harold Bloom essay in the library.
You can check semester grades via Web Grade Reporting (http://www.campusdirect.com/). Contact the Registrar (http://www.creighton.edu/Registar/) for your PIN. You will also receive a copy of your grades in the mail.
At the beginning of the Fall Semester, your tuition statement--even if you're a fellow--will include a parking permit fee of $75. If you don't want a permit, call the listed number to have the charge removed. If you do bring a car onto campus, you must register your car at the Public Safety office (23rd & Burt Streets) before the second week of classes begin. Permits are required from 7AM-4PM M-F. Outside these hours, students can park in any lot, including faculty lots, regardless of if they have a permit.
Might want to memorize this:
1. Register ASAP.
2. The Gradgrind listserve will tell you when the PINs have been delivered.
3. Schedule an appointment with your grad adviser to receive PIN and course call #s.
4. Once you have BOTH, you will be able to do Web Registration. http://www.creighton.edu/Registrar/reg01.html
You can't go to Creighton if you don't have health insurance. Fact. If you don't a health provider, you can get coverage by contacting Student Health. Download the forms online.
Hospitals & Clinics
2530 Cuming Street
M-F 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
With all those germs mutating at copy machines, your chances of coming down with something during your MA are good. Student Health is a BY-APPOINTMENT-ONLY clinic.
Creighton University Medical Center
West of Main Campus, 30th and California Streets
Afterhours emergency care is available at St. Joseph's Hospital Emergency Room: 444-4480.
For additional information:
Department of English
Creighton Hall, Room 134
Omaha, NE 68178
Phone: (402) 280-2822
Fax: (402) 280-2143