Four students from Newman University in Birmingham, U.K., are set to begin the fall 2013 semester at Newman University in Wichita. The students - Francesca (Fran) Evans, Laura Morrissey, Matt Cunneen and Brad Walker - are the first exchange students from Newman in Birmingham to take classes at Newman in Wichita.
Evans, from Weston-super-Mare, England, is studying history and psychology. Morrissey, from Birmingham, is studying theatre, and plans to also pursue a degree in therapy to become a drama therapist. Cunneen, who is from Wolverhampton, a city close to Birmingham, is studying history with the goal of being a history teacher. Walker, also of Wolverhampton, is also studying history. All are in their second year (British degree programs are typically three years), and have junior status at Newman in Wichita.
All students said they came to Newman in Wichita because it was a good opportunity, and will look good on their CVs for future job opportunities. They also became friends with 2013 Newman graduates Ray Williams and Rachel Stanley, who were the first Newman in Wichita students to study at Newman in Birmingham. They also know Rusty Carbaugh, who also studied at Birmingham last year. The Newman students "really sold us" on the idea of coming to Newman in Wichita, Morrissey said.