2017 Year in Review

Dec 20, 2017
2017 in review

Newman University has experienced many new beginnings and celebrated numerous achievements with staff, faculty, students and alumni.

Take a look back at our Year in Review with the most popular stories from student stories, athletics, alumni and more.


Campus Ministry helps Catholic Charities in Chicago during annual winter service trip >>

Campus Ministry Winter Service Trip Group Photo

Adding a retreat component to an annual winter service trip was something new for Campus Ministry at Newman University.

Newman Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry Father John Fogliasso and Campus Ministry Administrative Assistant Monica Borger accompanied nine students on the trip, which took place Jan. 8-14.

Newman University Radiology Technology

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology awarded the Newman University School of Nursing and Allied Health a reaccreditation of eight years — the maximum amount of time given to a program.

Newman University honors student achievements at Academic Awards Banquet >>

Newman University honored student scholars and leaders for their outstanding academic achievements and accomplishments at the 2017 Academic Honors and Awards Banquet, held April 19 on the Newman campus.


Rabindranath Tagore once said, “Let life be as beautiful as summer flowers and death as beautiful as autumn leaves.”

Associate Professor of Nursing and Geriatric Nurse Amy Siple has a real passion for caring for people at the end of life.

Where will you go? Travel abroad at Newman >>


The whole world is out there waiting for students to make their mark.

Newman University provides students with study abroad experiences, service trip opportunities or even a minor in International Studies.



NU Alumni Weekend

Newman University held its annual Alumni Weekend Friday, June 23 – 24. The weekend was packed with social meals, inspiring presentations, fun activities and more.

Newman alumna gives back to the community through her work >>

Teresa Lovelady

“I stand on the shoulders of two incredible women who came before me.”

That is how Newman University alumna Teresa Lovelady described the giant shoes she was preparing to fill in 2011 when she became CEO of HealthCore Clinic in Wichita, Kansas. But her story with HealthCore Clinic didn’t start there.

Newman alumnus uses entrepreneurial education to start nonprofit >>


Newman alumnus Jason Prideaux is the founder of a new nonprofit in Wichita, Kansas — K12 Sports USA. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and management from Newman University in 2005.

University Advancement welcomes Daniel Bryan as alumni relations director >>

Daniel Bryan is the new director of alumni relations and annual giving coordinator at Newman University.

“I’m excited just to be back and get to work on campus again because I loved it when I was here,” said Bryan, who graduated from Newman in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in theology.

ATHLETICS — #JetPride!

Potter at game

Men’s Head Basketball Coach Mark Potter may have retired from the court, but he certainly made his mark at Newman University. As Potter begins a career in motivational speaking, the people he inspired the most came together for a final farewell.

R. J. Allen is perfect fit for Newman University basketball post >>

Newman University men’s basketball welcomed new head coach R.J. Allen to the court.

Jets partner with Rocking M Media >>

Rocking M Media Logo

Newman Athletics reached an agreement with Rocking M Media to be the official broadcast partner of the Jets, allowing the university’s brand to be broadcast across the state of Kansas for the length of the three-year contract. 

Change is on the horizon for Newman Athletics >>

Shifting membership in the Heartland Conference has put the Newman athletics program in a position to seek an NCAA Division II conference affiliation with member schools that more closely align with its institutional values and geographic location.

Men’s basketball signs 11-year-old Julian Randle >>

SigningNewman University men’s basketball team signed their youngest recruit ever.

11-year-old Julian Randle was lit up with camera flashes as he signed his name on the dotted line. Randle voiced his excitement for this moment and said he would bring leadership and friendship to the team.


Students experience internship with Partnership for Global Justice >>

Linnea and Annie

Students Annie Dang and Linnea Ristow started an internship together with the Partnership for Global Justice. The pair traveled to New York City where they attended sessions hosted by the United Nations.

A Newman student’s journey to taking ASC vows >>

Jenny Sellaro, a nursing major, is journeying to become a sister of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC), a process that could take up to 10 years. She is excited to take her temporary vows next fall, she said.

Student Irwin Torres receives ‘Teachers of Promise’ award >>

Irwin Torres

To many, Irwin Torres may seem like an average elementary education student on his way to graduation. But his story is anything but ordinary.

Nursing student recognized for incredible dedication to grandmother >>

Tara Greiving

Nursing student Tara Greiving was awarded the 2017 Duane Smith Caregiver Award on Nov. 2 at the Alzheimer’s Association conference.




Theology graduate program students to visit the Holy Land >>

holy landAssistant Professor of Theology Matthew Umbarger led a group of theology graduate students during a trip to the Holy Land March 16-27, 2017. This trip marks the first time a pilgrimage to the Holy Land has been organized through the program at Newman University.

Diocese opens doors to a seminarian formation program >>


Men who are beginning their college study in preparation for a bachelor’s degree in philosophy will become members of the St. Joseph House of Formation, will reside in the former rectory at St. Joseph Parish in Wichita, and study at Newman University in Wichita.

Newman adopts local school for ‘Read to Succeed’ program >>

read to succeed

For elementary school children, making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn is an important step in their educational journey.

Newman University faculty and staff chose to “adopt” a local elementary school for the United Way’s Read to Succeed program.

Blankets bring comfort to victims of sexual assault >>

Each semester, the nursing students at Newman University volunteer an hour of their time to make blankets for victims of sexual assault. The tradition began a few years ago when a Newman student approached Associate Professor of Nursing Amy Siple with the idea for a service project.



Newman University celebrates successful Facing Forward campaign with ‘Topping-Off’ ceremony >>

Topping Off Ceremony

A large crowd consisting of the Newman University community along with local news media gathered inside Eck Hall Jan. 9, 2017 as Vice President for University Advancement J.V. Johnston took the stage.

Board chair Linda Davison leaves behind a list of high accomplishments >>

Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. and Linda Davison

Chair of the Newman University Board of Trustees Linda S. Davison completed her third and final term of service in September 2017.

Newman community says ‘goodbye’ to Heimerman Science Center >>

Heimerman Demolition

Friday, June 16 was not just another day on the Newman University campus.

The demolition of the Heimerman Science Center took place that day following a prayer service to celebrate and say farewell to the building that many alumni remember as a home away from home on campus.

Newman University became tobacco-free >>

Tobacco-Free Campus InitiativeAfter several months of votes, meetings and other preparation, Newman University has officially become a tobacco-free campus as of July 1, 2017.

Investigative Summer Science Program wraps up another successful session >>

ISSPA total of 21 students from Kansas, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri and Nebraska recently experienced the Investigative Summer Science Program (ISSP) at Newman University.

Dedication ceremony celebrates the future >>

BGSC Ribbon Cutting

Newman University hosted an eagerly awaited dedication ceremony of the new Bishop Gerber Science Center on Sept. 21.

Hundreds of Newman community members, supporters and friends gathered outside the building early Thursday evening to celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art facility.

To all the Newman University community — students, faculty, staff, and supporters — we wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!