Newman University officials announced that the university has received a $2.5 million gift from the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC), the founding and sponsoring order of the university. The gift will be used to support emerging science initiatives on the Newman campus which include a proposed new science facility.
"We are humbled and extremely grateful to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for this most generous gift," said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. "Newman University would not exist today had it not been for the vision, courage and determination of the Adorers. They continue to be the spiritual center of this university, and a vital source of guidance and inspiration in all we do."
The institution's 2010 Campus Master Plan cited new science facilities as the top academic and physical plant need. The generous gift from the ASCs, to be distributed over a period of five years, will allow Newman to continue to meet the science, healthcare and technology needs locally, regionally, and nationally.
"Newman University is the only higher education ministry of the Adorers in the world," said Barbara Hudock, ASC, U.S. Region Leader. "The purpose of our university is to 'empower graduates to transform society.' The Adorers are proud to offer what support we can."
The gift announcement comes on a special day for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, who were founded 180 years ago by St. Maria De Mattias, on March 4, 1834. Newman University, founded by the ASCs in 1933 as Sacred Heart Junior College, is also celebrating a milestone - its 80th Anniversary. Newman is the largest Catholic university in Kansas, and throughout its rich history, has transformed into a vibrant, multi-faceted liberal arts university. Newman is a leader in teacher education in the state, and is one of the leading institutions in the region for science, nursing and health sciences, and technology education.