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Grateful for Creighton’s Faith-Based Education

Brittans Support Medical School, Magis Catholic Teacher Corps

Photo of Connie and Jeff BrittanScience, medicine, and a vineyard have all been a big part of the Brittans’ lives. Connie Brittan, BS’76, MS’79, taught science and now focuses on running their vineyard. Her husband Jeff, BS’77, MD’81, a family practice physician, “kept his day job,” but also assists with Feather River Vineyards, located in their hometown of North Platte, Nebraska. They both got so much out of their time at Creighton, including meeting each other, and want to give back.

The couple has named the Creighton School of Medicine as beneficiary on a life insurance policy and is also paying on a five-figure cash pledge—half to the School of Medicine and half to the Magis Catholic Teacher Corps, a graduate program in the Department of Education. With the Magis program students complete a master’s degree while gaining practical teaching experience in Catholic elementary and secondary schools. The Brittans learned firsthand how the Magis program benefits Creighton students as well as students at the Catholic schools in which they teach. “We had some of the teachers from the Magis program teaching in our Catholic schools,” said Jeff.  “It’s a very impressive program.”

Creighton prepared them well for their careers. In fact, Creighton helped shape Connie’s approach to teaching. “I left Creighton with a love of learning,” explained Connie, “and took that love with me into the classroom as a teacher.” When Jeff graduated, his well-rounded education prepared him well for his residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Omaha, and he stayed on staff in family practice until they moved to North Platte in 1986.

Both value the education they attained at Creighton. “We’ll always be grateful for the faith-based education,” said Jeff. They both “absolutely” see the impact the Jesuits had on them and the high morals, ethics, and compassion current Creighton students exhibit. “I see it in them—the Jesuit influence,” said Jeff. In fact, three of their four children are Creighton graduates: Mollie Brittan, BS’10, MS’11, who is in her fourth year of medical school; Ann Brittan Moeller, BS’05, DPT’08; and Colin Brittan, BS’13, MEd’15 (master’s in education).

“The fact is that we did receive such a sound education and were sent off into the world with it,” said Connie. “We are grateful we are able to give back.”

 

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