By: Thomas Jones, Staff Reporter
Regis University was chosen to help host and coordinate the Opus Prize this year. The Opus Prize, to quote the description given on Regis’s website, is, “An annual faith-based humanitarian award, recognizing leaders and organizations that develop creative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. The Prize is awarded in partnership with Catholic universities, providing new opportunities to inspire the next generation of servant leaders. Opus Prize laureates are motivated by remarkable faith to create new opportunities for transformation. The Opus Prize is given not only to expand the humanitarian efforts of the recipient but to inspire others to pursue lives of service.”
The Opus prize is narrowed down to three finalists each year. This year the three finalists are: Sister Marilyn Lacy of the organization “Mercy Beyond Borders” which helps provide education and empowerment to women in South Sudan and Haiti, Sister Stan Terese Mumani of the organization “Nazareth Home for God’s Children” which rescues and cares for babies in Ghana that have disabilities and would otherwise, without this organizations help, be cast out or killed, and Dr. Jason Reinking and Dr. Noha Aboelata of the organization “Roots Community Health Clinic” which brings health care to impoverished people living on the streets of Oakland, California. One of these three finalists will be selected to receive the Opus Prize, which is $1,000,000 donated to their non-profit organization. The other two finalists will also receive an award of $100,000 donated to their non-profit organization.
The Opus prize values, that help guide who is to receive the award, are social entrepreneurship, transformational leadership, sustainable change, faith, unsung heroism and a life of service. The Catholic University which the Opus Prize Organization selects as a partner each year is tasked with the responsibility of having its students, alumni, faculty, and staff submit nominations for whom they believe should receive the Opus Prize. This University is then tasked with creating a jury, of which Regis’s consisted of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, to narrow the nominations submitted down to three finalists.
The culmination of all the hard work done by Regis, the Opus Prize Organization and most importantly, the Opus Prize finalists, will be seen this upcoming week here at Regis. There are many events happening this week, starting on Monday and continuing all the way into Wednesday night, to showcase the hard work and service which this year’s finalists have accomplished. The many events happening both on and off campus are listed in the schedule below. I encourage all to go to at least one event if you can; all this year’s finalists are incredibly inspiring!
*To register for an event, go to regis.edu/opus. When the page loads, scroll down until you see a navy-blue menu bar in the middle of the page. On that menu bar click the tab titled “Important Dates & Events.” Once you’re here you can scroll down to the event or events you’d like to register for and click on the “Register here” link on your chosen event. This will then take you to the page where you can register for your selected event.*
Tuesday, October 10th
- Class Visit by Opus Prize finalist, Sister Marliyn, in Room 333 of Main Hall at 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM. Dr. Kari Kloos and Dr. Ethan Sanders will be facilitating the event. Their classes, RT 411 Honors Religion Studies and HS200/POL200 Sustainability and Collapse, will also be in attendance, however, all who wish to attend are welcome.
- Class Visit by Opus Prize finalist, Sister Stan, in Room 6 of Loyola Hall at 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM Dr. Meghan Sobel will be facilitating this event. Her Comm 471/ PJ 451 International Communication class will also be in attendance, however, all who wish to attend are welcome.
- Class Visit by Opus Prize finalist, Dr. Jason, in Room 4 of Loyola Hall at 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM. Dr. Steele will be moderating this event. All who wish to attend are welcome.
- Class Visit by Opus Prize finalist, Sister Marilyn, in Room 333 of Main Hall at 11:00 AM until 12:15 PM. Dr. Erin Nourse and Dr. Abby Schneider will be facilitating the event. Their classes, RT 201 Religion & the Humanities and BA4454 Neuromarketing, will also be in attendance, however, all who wish to attend are welcome.
- Class Visit by Opus Prize finalist, Sister Stan, in the Regis Chapel at 11:00 AM until 12:15 PM . Dr. Russ Arnold, Dr. Jude Fokwang, Dr. Susan Jacobson and Dr. Linda Land-Clossan will all be facilitating this event. All who wish to attend are welcome.
- Roots Community Health Panel Discussion in Room 315 of Claver Hall at 12:00 noon until 12:50 PM. This event offers RHCHP students, as well as any faculty and staff, the opportunity to interact with Roots Community Health Clinic, which Opus finalist, Dr. Jason, works with as a physician
- Interfaith Service: Transformed by Service – A Shared Celebration of Prayer in the Regis Chapel at 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM. This is an event in which the Opus Prize finalists will show and explore their service work.
- Interfaith Service Reception following the event in the Regis Chapel. The Reception will take place in the Mountain View Room (Room 125) of Claver Hall at 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Registration is requested, though not required, for this event.
- Local Community Engagement Program in the Regis Chapel at 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM. This event is intended especially for the Regis community and for community groups such as church groups, inter-faith groups, and high schools.
- Local Community Engagement Reception following the program in the Regis Chapel. The Reception will take place in the Mountain View Room (Room 125) of Claver Hall. Registration is requested, though not required for this event.
Wednesday, October 11th
- Donor VIP Reception at the Peaks Lounge in the Hyatt at 5:30 PM until 6:45 PM. Opus Prize finalists, Opus Jurors, Opus Board Members, Opus Delegates and site visitors are invited to join.
- Opus Award Ceremony in the Hyatt Ballroom at 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM. This is the main event, where one of the three Opus Prize finalists will be chosen to receive the Opus Prize.
- Opus Award Ceremony Reception following the Opus Award Ceremony in the Hyatt Ballroom. The Reception will be held in the Foyer of the Hyatt Ballroom at 8:30 PM until 9:30 PM.