Erin Goaley wouldn’t want to be anywhere else on a Saturday.
The senior exercise science major from Omaha has volunteered at every COVID-19 community vaccine clinic at Creighton, since the University began offering the weekly clinics on Feb. 6.
“I love it!” Goaley said. “I’ve worked wherever they need me.”
That’s typically been at the registration desk, where the few courses in sign language that Goaley has taken have come in handy.
“We usually have three or four people a week who come through who need sign-language assistance,” she said. “I’m glad to be able to help.”
The most difficult part of volunteering at the clinic has been keeping up on her beloved Bluejays. The Creighton men’s basketball team was playing for a historic shot at advancing to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament during one Saturday clinic.
“I had it pulled up on my computer at the clinic,” Goaley said with a laugh. “I tend to get excited during the games, but I was trying to be quiet.” (Creighton eventually won, and advanced to the Sweet 16.)
Creighton, indeed, is a big part of Erin’s family. Her parents, Nicole Brundo, BA’92, JD’95, and Darren Goaley, BSBA’93, are both Creighton graduates, as well as grandparents Barbara Mrzlak Brundo, EdD, BS’68, and Gerald Brundo, DDS’69, professor and dean emeritus of the Creighton School of Dentistry, among other relatives.
Erin, who graduated from Omaha’s Duchesne Catholic High School, plans to follow in the footsteps of grandfather Gerald, and will attend Creighton dental school in the fall. She sees the COVID-19 clinic as an extension of Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic mission.
“This is so important to our community, to help keep everyone healthy and safe,” she said. “I just love helping here because I feel like I’m truly living out what Creighton has taught me over these four years.”