Spirit Week

Scheduled each year for the last full week of September, Spirit Week celebrates our institution’s Values and their significance to the history of the College. Started in 2018, the event continues to serve as an enduring tradition to remind us of the vision of Bishop Robert H. and Meliora Clarkson. Each day highlights one of our five Values with themed events organized by College community members.

Spirit Week Events Donation Drive Digital Archive Exhibit

Monday, Sept. 20 - Integrity

Spirit Week Kickoff: 8–10 a.m.,

Start Spirit Week off with a free cup of coffee.

Lunch, Entertainment and Banner Reveal, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Stop by the Courtyard for free lunch and the revealing of the student and employee art contest submissions.

Learn more about how you can submit your artwork here.

Legacy Series, 5–6:30 p.m.

The inaugural Clarkson College Legacy Series will feature keynote speakers Mr. Bruce Lauritzen, great-great-great grandson of Bishop Robert H. and Meliora Clarkson and Bishop J. Scott Barker, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska. Refreshments will be available following the presentation.

Attendees can join us in Howard Hall or on Facebook Live.

Tuesday, Sept. 21 - Caring

Campus and Blackstone District Cleanup, 8:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Employees and students can help keep our campus and community beautiful and support environmental wellness by joining the Wellness Committee for a campus cleanup. Each session will have 25 spots available and the first 15 volunteers to sign up and participate will get a free half pint of the Clarkson College-themed ice cream created by Ted and Wally's.

Participants should meet in the lobby of the main campus building. Register here.

Movie Night

Join Clarkson College students and employees for a movie night in the Courtyard featuring the film Coco. Guests may bring their family and friends to enjoy the show and receive a free sample of the custom-made, Clarkson College Crunch ice cream flavor, courtesy of Ted and Wally’s.

Wednesday, Sept. 22 - Excellence

Wellness Mile Walks, 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Join employees and students for a one mile walk through campus and the Blackstone district to promote physical fitness. We encourage participants to wear their Clarkson College-themed apparel during the walk to showcase your school spirit.

For both walks, three individuals who sign up and participate will receive a gift card to the Marketplace on campus. Register to join.

Wellness Fair, 1–3 p.m.

Stop by the Courtyard for the opportunity to explore different facets of wellness including physical, mental, spiritual and financial. Attendees can participate in activities and enter for the chance to win free prizes including a FitBit.

Thursday, Sept. 23 - Commitment

Alumni Brunch, 10–11:30 a.m.

All alumni are invited to gather for brunch and connect with Bishop Clarkson Memorial School of Nursing and Clarkson College graduates. Because we were unable to meet in person in 2020, we will be celebrating the 25-, 40- and 50-year graduates of the classes of 1995, 1996, 1980, 1981, 1970 and 1971. Register to attend.

Heritage Garden Walk, 1 p.m.

Join Clarkson College employees, students and dignitaries as we celebrate the history of Clarkson College. The ceremony includes the dedication of new bricks in the Clarkson Service League Heritage Garden and the crowing of the 2021 Mr. and Ms. Clarkson.

Attendees can join us on campus or on Facebook Live.

Alumni Happy Hour, 5 p.m.

Alumni are invited to gather for an evening of camaraderie and networking at Blackstone Social, located near the Clarkson College campus. The Alumni Association will provide one drink ticket per alumni member. Register to attend.

Friday, Sept. 24 - Learning

CEU Event, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Our event “Ethics Beyond Clinical that Impact Health Care” will feature presenters providing valuable information for all health care providers. Attendees can join us in person in Howard Hall or via Zoom.

Student attendance is $10, alumni member attendance if $25 and all other attendance is $45. Register to attend.

Alumni Dinner, 5–9 p.m.

All alumni are invited to gather for dinner and cocktails at the Cottonwood Hotel as we celebrate Clarkson College. During the event, we will recognize 25 years of Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) graduates and 25 years of the Student Government Association. We will also honor the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

The cost to attend is $45. Register to attend.

Donation Drive

Clarkson College will demonstrate our commitment to the Value of Caring throughout Spirit Week by collecting items for Magdalene Omaha. The organization provides recovery, housing, community and economic self-empowerment opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking, prostitution, trauma and addiction. Their mission is to deliver hope through four programs, each offering distinct support opportunities for female, male and non-binary survivors at all points in their journeys.

Clarkson College community members can purchase items on Amazon to be delivered to the College.

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