Nominees must be graduates of Newman University, Kansas Newman College or Sacred Heart College and must be at least five years beyond their graduation year.
Newman University recognizes four worthy individuals each year to celebrate alumni who are striving to make a difference in their communities and who live out the university’s mission of transforming society.
Award recipients will be honored during a spring ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2024.
The following is a list of the four awards and their descriptions:
THE BEATA NETEMEYER SERVICE AWARD
Named for the first provincial of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, the Beata Netemeyer Service Award honors alumni who have given outstanding service to humanity, exemplifying the mission and values of Newman University by living in a state of critical consciousness, respecting dignity, honoring integrity and embracing all humanity in their personal and professional life.
THE LEON A. MCNEILL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Leon A. McNeill Achievement Award is named for the former president of Sacred Heart Junior College and honors an individual who has achieved outstanding success in personal or professional life through civic, intellectual or cultural pursuits.
THE ST. MARIA DE MATTIAS AWARD
Named for the foundress of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, the St. Maria De Mattias Award honors alumni who display a deep loyalty to Newman University and its mission of Catholic education and who have given meritorious and continuous support and stewardship to Newman University and Catholic life.
THE SPIRIT OF ACUTO AWARD
Named for the area of Italy where St. Maria De Mattias began her ministries in the 1830s, the Spirit of Acuto award recognizes alumni who are driven to respond to the needs of others, using their talent and training to move a vision to reality.
Submit your nomination
Know of an alum who is making a difference? Nominate them for one of four 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards by Oct. 27, 2023.