Category: Accomplishments

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 ...

Taty gary
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 ...

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Recent Newman graduates reflect on virtual commencement, higher education and future

The time for graduation has come yet again, and though the 2020 commencement ceremony was somewhat unorthodox, seniors were happy to have their accomplishments acknowledged. Several seniors — or rather, alumni — shared their thoughts on ...

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Like mother, like daughter: graduating together for a second time

Mother and daughter graduates Denise and Alyssa Cooley celebrated their graduation day together — for the second time. Even though they weren’t able to participate in a traditional commencement ceremony for their second round, they ...

Two alumnae run for Sedgwick County Commission seat

The Sedgwick County Commissioner elections are quickly approaching and two Newman alumnae are running to represent District 2 that includes part of Wichita and the southcentral section of the county. Kathleen Garrison Kathleen Garrison is ...

SHEro Women's Week
Newman presents second year of SHERO Awards

After the reception of the first SHERO Awards, Newman University is proud to once again honor a special group of influential women from the Newman community. “The SHERO Awards were created in 2019 to recognize ...

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Adventure awaits for alumnus and medical school graduate

Medical school dreams are what led Gabe Stewart to Newman University. When he graduated, he had many fond memories of his alma mater along with an acceptance into the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. ...

Alumna transforms society through nonprofit

Newman University alumna Michelle Vann is passionate about empowering women, ministry, life coaching, public speaking and so much more. She is certainly doing her part to transform society for the better. One of Vann’s passions ...

PTK Honor Roll
Newman University honored on Phi Theta Kappa honor roll

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society has been helping well-deserving students who achieve great academic heights for more than 100 years. Each year, the organization determines the top colleges providing the best transfer student ...

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Alumna Victoria Connelly making art and loving life

Victoria Connelly ’19 came to Newman because of her love for bowling. She left Newman with a new passion — art. Connelly first met Newman Bowling Coach Billy Murphy when her older sister, Valerie, was ...

John Brungardt
John Brungardt, Ph.D., speaks at philosophy colloquium

Newman University Medieval Philosophy Professor John Brungardt, Ph.D., recently spoke at a colloquium held at the IPC-Paris, a small college in downtown Paris. The institution he spoke at was founded by students of philosopher and ...

Newman professor named as Bram Stoker Awards finalists

Poet, novelist and Newman University professor Bryan D. Dietrich, Ph.D., has recently been named a Bram Stoker finalist alongside his co-author, Marge Simon, for their narrative poetry collection titled “The Demeter Diaries.” According to its ...

Linda Davison
St. John Henry Newman Medal bestowed upon Linda Davison ’77

Linda Davison ’77 was honored with the St. John Henry Newman Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Newman University Board of Trustees, during the 2020 Difference Makers for Wichita awards banquet Feb. 22. The ...

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Alumnus plays two roles in the community

Alumnus Steven Hamersky ‘15 is juggling two careers — as an officer for the Newton Police Department and a goalie for the Wichita Wings — although his police work comes first, he said. During his ...

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Honors lounge gets new mural

Newman University Honors students are painting the Honors Lounge with a new mural inspired by the program’s values and traditions. The mural, an idea from the Newman Honors Council, was designed by sophomore honors student ...

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Alumnus takes on pro basketball dream in Germany

Alumnus Kevin Bryant’s basketball career at Newman was impressive, and due to his competitive nature, he couldn’t let his career end there. Bryant grew up in Germany and found his way to Newman through a ...

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Newman alumnus considered for state Supreme Court justice

Alumnus and former business professor Honorable Thomas E. Malone ‘76 has been chosen as one of three nominees to be a justice on the Kansas Supreme Court. Malone, who graduated summa cum laude, was chosen ...

Kaitlyn Stallard
Newman student teaches where she was once taught

Soon-to-be Newman graduate Kaitlyn Stallard has the unique opportunity of teaching in the same fourth-grade classroom where she was once a student. While it feels strange to return to her childhood classroom, she said, she ...

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Alumna Paige Towey wins Kansas Horizon Award

Alumna Paige Towey ‘17 has been chosen as a recipient of the 2019 Kansas Horizon Award from the Kansas State Department of Education.  Sixteen elementary school teachers and 16 high school teachers from across the ...

Professor John Burke
Newman professor John Burke wins a state superintendent award

Assistant Professor of Education John Burke received the Distinguished Service Award on Jan. 15 from the Kansas School Superintendent Association. Burke is incredibly passionate about teaching and administration; so much so, that he is not ...

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Dyana Baca goes from Newman student to Newman employee

Senior Dyana Baca, a business management major with music and entrepreneurship minors, has the unique opportunity of being a student and an official Newman employee simultaneously. In the midst of her classes, extracurriculars and finishing ...

MLK Walk 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. celebration recognizes distinguished service

The Newman University Student Life office organized its second annual Martin Luther King Jr. March and Distinguished Service Award Ceremony. A large crowd gathered the evening of Jan. 16 in the Gorges Atrium inside De ...

Difference Makers
Difference Makers for Wichita honors dedicated community members

Ten Wichita community members will be recognized for their outstanding service and dedication at the 2020 Difference Makers for Wichita awards banquet Feb. 22 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman University campus. The ...