Spirit Week

Spirit-Week-Home-Page.png Clarkson College celebrates our Values and their historical significance each September. Spirit Week is an enduring tradition and recalls the vision of founders Bishop Robert H. and Meliora Clarkson. Each day of Spirit Week is themed to highlight one of our five Values with events organized by College community members.

In 2023, we are excited to celebrate the 135th anniversary of our founding. Join the fun on social media by following and using #CC135

Spirit Week Events Digital Archive Exhibit

Monday, September 25 - Integrity

INTEGRITY.pngSpirit Week Kickoff, 8:00–9:30 a.m.

Start Spirit Week off with a free cup of coffee. Baristas will be in the lobby of the main building and on the second floor of the Clarkson Commons and Education Center.



Lunch, Entertainment and Banner Reveal, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Enjoy free entertainment and lunch in the Courtyard. The annual student and employee banner contest entries will be revealed, too!  Learn more about how you can submit your team's banner artwork and/or vote for your favorites here.

 Tuesday, September 26 - Caring


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

All employees and students are invited to join the Clarkson College Wellness Committee in support of environmental wellness. Help keep our campus and neighborhood beautiful!   Meet in the lobby of the main campus building to get started.  

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


Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Join us for a delightful morning treat with the Pancake Man. Indulge in fluffy pancakes, savory sausages, and a variety of delicious toppings. Don't miss out on free seconds!


Open Door Mission, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

To honor our Day of Caring, we are invited to volunteer at Omaha’s Open Door Mission. The Mission works to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by feeding the hungry and providing emergency shelter.   Participants will meet in the lobby of the main building to carpool to the site.  Sign up here.


Ice Cream Social, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

We all scream for ice cream! Stop by the lobby of the main building and enjoy an ice cream sundae bar. All students and employees are invited.


135th Celebration Open House, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Staff, faculty and students will welcome friends, family and the public to an open house. Tour campus, see programs in action (including the new 3D Printing and Technology Center) and help celebrate the 135 th anniversary of Clarkson College. Check out this page for additional information.

Wednesday, September 27 - Excellence

EXCELLENCE.pngWellness Mile Walk, 8:00 a.m. 

Let’s get moving! We’ll promote physical fitness and enjoy a walk through the Blackstone district. You’re encouraged to wear your Clarkson College-themed apparel to showcase your school spirit. Register here.


Legacy Series Lunch, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

The annual Legacy Series Lunch features a panel of Clarkson College alumni who will share experiences. Bring your hunger for knowledge (and pizza!) to Howard Hall.


Wellness Fair, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Play games, win prizes, and explore different facets of wellness (physical, mental, spiritual, and financial) at our annual Wellness Fair. See you in the Courtyard.

Thursday, September 28 - Commitment

COMMITMENT.pngHeritage Garden Walk, 9:30 a.m.

Staff, faculty, students, and dignitaries invite you to honor the rich history of Clarkson College by attending the dedication of new bricks in the Clarkson Service League Heritage Garden. The ceremony will include the crowning of the 2023 Mr. and Ms. Clarkson.


Alumni Brunch, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Welcome back to campus, Alumni! You are invited to gather for brunch and connect with other graduates of Bishop Clarkson Memorial School of Nursing and Clarkson College. We will be celebrating the classes of 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018. Register to attend.


Alumni Campus Tours 12:00 p.m.

All alumni are invited to join employees and students on a campus tour. Explore facility updates and reminisce with your classmates.

Tours will begin in the main building.


Alumni Happy Hour, 5:00 p.m.

Alumni are invited to gather for an evening of camaraderie and networking at Blackstone Social Speakeasy, located near the Clarkson College campus. Register to attend.

Friday, September 29 - Learning


CEU Event, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Future, current and retired health care professionals are invited to attend this CEU event. Join an important conversation to embrace technology, adopt data-driven decision making, and foster interprofessional collaboration. Learn more.

Registration is required before September 28. Student attendance is $10, alumni member attendance is $25 and all other attendance is $45. Register to attend.


Alumni Dinner, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Clarkson College alumni are invited to join us at the historic Cottonwood Hotel, a Blackstone district landmark, for this annual celebration.  We will honor the 10-year anniversary of the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Health Care Education & Leadership program and the 30-year anniversary of the Radiography program. Classes of 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 1988, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018 will be recognized.   

Clarkson College will sponsor a limited number of seats for Classes of 1993 and 2013 (not including guests.) RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot.  Reservations accepted online through August 28.  The cost to attend is $50. Register to attend.

Donation Drive

The Clarkson College Value of Caring will be highlighted throughout Spirit Week. Donations will be collected for an on-campus pantry, set to open during this academic year, where food and clothing will be provided to students in need. The goal of this inaugural donation drive is to stock the pantry with non-perishable food itmes and grocery store gift cards. Donations may be dropped off at the front desk in the main building or placed in bins located across campus.  Students and employees who donate 10 items or a minimum $10 gift card will earn a free Spirit Week t-shirt!