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Creighton Alumni Recognized for Contributions

Five Creighton University alumni, who have distinguished themselves in their professional and personal lives, will be recognized Thursday, April 8, during an Evening of Honors Alumni Awards Ceremony.                                                                                      


The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning, 602 N. 20th St. To register to attend, go online at alumni.creighton.edu/eveningofhonors or call 402.280.2222 or 800.282.5867.

This year’s awardees are:

Thomas W. Garner of Houston, a graduate of the Creighton School of Business, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1970 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1971.

A native of Madison Nebraska, Garner co-founded Vanguard Petroleum Corporation in 1975. He serves as the company’s president and majority owner and is responsible for supply, marketing and administration of its petroleum products business.

Garner co-founded and serves on the board of the Liquid Petroleum Gas Charity Fund in Houston, which raises money to support families of industry employees suffering financial hardship. In Houston, he also has donated his time to the underserved and indigent at Martha’s Kitchen, a ministry that serves hundreds of homeless each week, and has been active with the Santa Maria Hostel, a treatment and care facility for addicted women and their children.


Lt. Col. Alan G. Glodowski of Naperville, Illinois, a 1990 graduate of the Creighton Graduate School, where he earned a master’s degree in physics.

Glodowski, a retired U.S. Air Force (USAF) lieutenant colonel, has spent the last six years as a senior lecturer in the physics department at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

He began his career as an electronic warfare officer, stationed in Omaha and Crete, Greece. He served as an assistant professor of physics at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, received the top graduate award at the Royal Air Force Flight Test School, and then served as USAF Electronic Warfare Program Acquisition Branch chief in Washington, D.C. Prior to his current teaching position, he was in active duty for 23 years.


Judge Douglas F. Johnson of Omaha, a 1987 Creighton School of Law graduate. Johnson has served as a Douglas County Juvenile Court judge since 1994. He played a major role in implementing a Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) for Douglas County, which designates trained volunteers to look after the best interests of juveniles involved with the court system He developed and leads the state and the nation’s first Zero To Three Family Drug Treatment Court.

Johnson is actively involved in issues of juvenile justice in Nebraska and the nation. He is president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and has served on its faculty since 1998. He also is co-chair of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Commission on Children in the Court, a member of the Governor’s Commission on Protection of Children, a 2005 Zero To Three Fellow, and a 2008 Nebraska State Bar Fellow.


Col. Leland L. Jurgensmeier of Lakewood, Washington, a 1977 graduate of the Creighton School of Nursing, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Jurgensmeier, who grew up in Agnew, Nebraska, is a case manager for the Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. While on active duty, he served in senior nurse leadership positions in military medical centers and community hospitals across the country. He also served with the 15th Evacuation Hospital in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Storm.

He has been widely recognized for championing changes to military health care that have maximized the efficient use of resources and improved access to care for literally thousands of members of the military and their dependents.


David W. McLaughlin of New York City, a 1966 graduate of the Creighton College of Arts and Science, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physics. He went on to earn a doctoral degree in physics from Indiana University.

As provost at New York University, McLaughlin is the chief academic officer of the university, serving as leader, representative, and member of both the faculty and the council of deans. McLaughlin, originally of Woodbine, Iowa, is a professor of mathematics and neural science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and was director of the institute from 1994 to 2002.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

About Creighton University: Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate and 2,900 professional school and graduate students. Nationally recognized for providing a balanced educational experience, the University offers a rigorous academic agenda  with a broad range of disciplines, providing undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs that emphasize educating the whole person: academically, socially and spiritually. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine’s for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at: www.creighton.edu.

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