Category: Accomplishments

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Newman University announces fall 2020 graduates

Newman University officials have announced the students who completed the requirements to earn a degree at the close of the 2020 fall semester. These individuals are invited to walk in cap and gown during the May ...

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Newman University honors Alumni with annual award

The Newman University mission states that the university’s purpose is to empower graduates to transform society — and alumni do not disappoint. ...

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Basketball alumna finds success as volleyball coach

Alumna Melissa (Brockleman) Holle ’10 played basketball during her time at Newman University but has found success as a high school coach in another sport. Her Hanover High School team took home the Kansas 1A ...

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Alumnus named first-ever head coach of collegiate soccer program

Alumnus Antonio Ledesma ’05 has been named head men’s and women’s soccer coach for Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) in his hometown of Athens, Texas. Ledesma is the first soccer coach for the college’s new ...

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Tim Belsan ’05 moves into new U.S. Department of Justice role

Newman University alumnus Tim Belsan ’05 is breaking new ground having been recently appointed the inaugural director of the Enforcement Section within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation. The primary focus of ...

Pi Gamma Mu inducts 41 new members

Pi Gamma Mu is a nationally recognized honor society for high-achieving students striving toward a career in the social sciences. The Newman University chapter has been led for many years by Professor Emeritus for the ...

Two Newman students recognized as Teachers of Promise

Newman University students Lina Anescar Meile and Rebecca Clifton have been recognized as Teachers of Promise by the Kansas State Department of Education for the fall 2020 semester. Twice each year, the KDHE invites Kansas ...

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Deanne Zogleman honored with 10th Mary Jane Teall Award

Deanne Zogleman, Newman University music director, takes her craft seriously both on and off campus. As an actress in the local theater community, Zogleman has been honored with a total of 10 Mary Jane Teall ...

Logan Kemp
Overcoming adversity to achieve college dream

Adversity comes in many forms. Logan Kemp ‘20 said he learned a very important lesson during his time at Newman University: “The best way to do things is the right way no matter the circumstance. ...

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Newman earns diversity and inclusion award from WBJ

Newman University has earned a diversity and inclusion award from the Wichita Business Journal (WBJ). Director of Multicultural Engagement and Campus Life Joseph Shepard said, “This award underscores the important work the Division of Student ...

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Newman graduates open independent bookstore

Alumni Sara and Larry Crow have always dreamed of opening a bookstore. Little did they know, the opportunity to act on that dream would happen during a pandemic. Sara and Larry met at Newman University ...

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Student-athletes earn high marks, MIAA recognition

Newman University carried the fourth-highest number of student-athletes to earn Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) academic achievement recognition out of 14 schools. A total of 86 Jets earned a 2019-20 Academic Achievement Award from the ...

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Alumnus organizes shoe drive, spreads positive message within community

Newman graduate Anthony Harvey ‘20 and his friend, Ja’Darius “JD” Woods, found a way to give back by organizing a local shoe drive they called Kicks 4 Kids, during which more than 300 pairs of ...

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Respiratory Care Program receives Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award

The Respiratory Care Program has been acknowledged by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care for meeting their efforts. ...

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Newman faculty members achieve doctorate status

Three faculty members conducted their own research on their path to becoming obtaining a Ph.D. in their respective fields. ...

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Communication class creates website for The Lord’s Diner

Service is at the heart of a Newman University education and when Professor of Communication Audrey Hane heard that her spring 2020 class could become involved with The Lord’s Diner, she jumped at the opportunity. ...

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Provost Kim Long’s leadership recognized by Wichita Business Journal

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Long, Ph.D., was selected by the Wichita Business Journal for their “Women Who Lead in Education” segment. “I’m very pleased for this recognition among so many more ...

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Melissa Smith appointed to Kansas State Board of Healing Arts

Melissa Smith, occupational therapy assistant (OTA) instructor and academic fieldwork coordinator, was appointed to the Kansas Occupational Therapist Council of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA). In her new position, Smith will determine applicants ...

Alumnus named Lawyer of the Year

Alumnus John E. Rapp was named 2021 Lawyer of the Year for DUI/DWI Defense in Wichita, Kansas. Just one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the ...

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Heather Linscheid ’96 named Citizen of the Year

Heather Linscheid ‘96 was recently named Citizen of the Year by the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce in Carl Junction, Missouri, for her work on developing an accessible playground open to the community. She is ...

Bailey McGuffey
Bailey McGuffey ’17 reflects on her Newman experience

Newman alumna Bailey McGuffey ‘17 is on her way to fulfill her dream as a physician assistant after recently successfully completing the PA program at Christian Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis. She came to Newman ...

Bonnie Setzkorn
Bonnie Setzkorn retires after 31 years at Newman

Bonnie Setzkorn began working at Newman as a typist in 1989. As she prepared to retire from the university in 2020, she was scanning and digitizing files, some of which she had typed. Setzkorn has ...

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Donors help student realize dream of higher education

TaTy’Terria “TaTy” Gary is more than thankful for her Newman University education and the donors who have made her educational journey possible. Attending college had been a dream for Gary since she was 12 years ...

Michaela Mack
Alumna set to coach college-level basketball

Recent alumna Michaela Mack ‘20 has been hired as assistant women’s basketball coach at Crowder College in Neosha, Missouri.  While she prepares for this next step in her athletic career, she reflects on her fond ...

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Alumna becomes director of Urban League of Kansas

Angela Perez ’18 was appointed executive director of The Urban League of Kansas (ULK) in May 2020. Perez received her Master of Education in organizational leadership from Newman University and has been working in nonprofit ...

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Nursing graduates participate in outdoor pinning ceremony

The spring 2020 nursing pinning ceremony at Newman University looked much different due to a national pandemic that resulted in gathering restrictions for cities across the United States. In the midst of such unprecedented times, ...

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Newman Alumni Rodney Tafoya continues to rewrite baseball history

Written by Sports Information Director Collin Loutensock and Graduate Assistant Alex Mead Rodney Tafoya, who graduated from Newman in 1989, continues to dominate on the diamond.  At the age of 55 and the author of ...

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Newman University celebrates 2020 spring nursing graduates

The spring 2020 nursing pinning ceremony at Newman University looked much different due to a national pandemic that resulted in gathering restrictions for cities across the United States. In the midst of such unprecedented times, ...

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Residence Life has a new interim director

Newman University has named Turner Middendorf interim residence life director for the 2020-21 academic year. Previously the residence life graduate assistant, Middendorf officially began his new role May 13 when previous director Scott Mudloff changed ...

Scott Mudloff honored with 2020 Staff Excellence award

Scott Mudloff is honored to be named Staff of the Year, expressing a great passion for his position as well as explaining how he will continue to serve the university. ...

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Alumna honored with Bright Red Apple teaching award

Andover Public Schools in Kansas awarded Newman University alumna Hailey Braddy with its Bright Red Apple award for her impressive work as a new teacher. Braddy graduated from Newman in 2018 with a Bachelor of ...

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Sarah Evans bestowed with 2020 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

Each spring, Newman University students, staff and faculty are given the opportunity to nominate an outstanding staff member and an outstanding faculty member for respective excellence awards. The Faculty Teaching Excellence Award is presented to ...