Category: Accomplishments

Alumna Karen Lemon: Vicar of faith

The Rev. Karen Lemon, an alumna of Newman University, received an unexpected calling from the Holy Spirit 24 years ago. Alone in her home church, All Saints Episcopal Church in Pratt, Kansas, Lemon was discerning the Holy Spirit ...

Ariana Esparza
Newman senior Ariana Esparza is headed to the Disney College Internship Program

Senior Ariana Esparza’s world just got a little more magical. ...

Coelacanth-Archaeopteryx-books
Newman University publications showcase student and professional work

Coelacanth (see-la-canth) and archaeopteryx (ark-ee-op-tricks) are words not often used in the everyday vocabulary. In fact, the latter of the two is extinct and the former is nearly extinct. A coelacanth is a 400 million-year-old ...

Catherine Mardon
Newman alumna honored with papal knighthood for intellectual disability advocacy

Catherine (Curry) Mardon, 2007 Newman graduate, advocates for those with mental illnesses and disability, and young adults suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome. Mardon said her time at Newman was positive and “the professors were top ...

Scholarship Luncheon
Future students participate in scholarship and nursing program interviews

Newman University welcomed 34 high school seniors who have been accepted for the 2018-19 academic year who are applying for either the Cardinal Newman Scholarship or the nursing direct admittance program. Both opportunities are available ...

Allen
Heartland Conference honors first-year head coach

R.J. Allen came to Newman as the assistant men’s basketball coach in 2011. When he was named the new head men’s basketball coach in April 2017, he had one thing on his mind — continuing ...

Jamie Harrington
Newman alumna featured by Catholic Diocese of Dodge City

Newman alumna Jamie Harrington was featured in an advertisement in the Southwest Kansas Catholic magazine during Catholic Schools Week. The magazine is published by the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. Tim Wenzl, communications liaison at ...

difference makers
Community members are celebrated for ‘Making a Difference’

The second annual Difference Makers of Wichita Awards Banquet was held Feb. 24, 2018 at Newman University. ...

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Newman University Honored by Phi Theta Kappa

Newman University will soon be accepted on Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll list for 2018. According to Phi Theta Kappa’s website, the list recognizes baccalaureate degree-granting institutions who “honor excellence and success in community ...

education
Max Frazier, Ph.D., celebrates education through two significant events

Interim Director of the School of Education and Associate Professor Max Frazier was invited to two significant events in the month of February — the Jardine Film Festival and the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) conference ...

Crista Switzer
Alumna Crista Switzer aids elderly with technology business

Alumna Crista Switzer ’12, helps people of all ages — with a special focus on the elderly and helping them understand technology with ease. The goals of abcd TECH, her one-woman business, include “simplifying your ...

‘Difference Makers for Wichita’ to honor 10 service-minded individuals

Ten local individuals and businesses will be honored for their service to the community at the “Difference Makers for Wichita” awards banquet to be held Feb. 24 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman ...

Alumna Sarah Balderas makes big impact in immigration law

At Newman University, students are prepared to transform society. Since Sarah Balderas graduated from Newman in 2015, she has been making her way through Washburn Law School, many internships and has had a big impact ...

Claire Setter
Dynamic student Claire Setter gets the most out of her college experience

“I was more of a quiet folk in high school. I was involved in a couple things like music, but the idea of having any leadership role was kind of far-fetched to me when I ...

KSN
Student Kevin Clack receives internship opportunity with KSN

Junior Kevin Clack recently began an internship with KSN-TV — a local news station in Wichita. Clack, who hails from Seguin, Texas, is a communication major with minors in Spanish and journalism. He is currently ...

Everyday Hero: Jean Pouncil-Burton – Telling stories

Once upon a time, there was a fascinating woman who loved to tell stories. She’d read aloud from books, raising and lowering her voice as the story dictated, switching voices as the characters changed. Sometimes ...

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Everyday Hero: Larry Hanafin – Bringing light to a cause

By Amy Geiszler-Jones For the past 15 years, retiree Larry Hanafin has been helping the lights shine bright for one of the Wichita area’s most popular holiday displays. Now the volunteers and staff of The ...

Wrestling team making a name for themselves

The Newman wrestling team has had great success on the mat this season — but it’s not over yet. The team recently turned out four champions and two runner-ups at the 9th Annual Kansas Cup hosted ...

chelsea smet
Newman alumna makes playwriting waves

Newman alumna Chelsea “C.L.” Smet is no stranger to being honored for her work as a playwright. In 2015, Smet was a senior working on her theatre performance major at Newman University when she had ...

Lab Coat Photo
Lab Coat Ceremony recognizes students for their accomplishments

Newman University held its first-ever Lab Coat Ceremony on Jan. 18 with help from a grant provided by Volunteer Kansas. ...

Kelly McFall
Podcast allows history professor to reach global audience

Professor of History Kelly McFall, Ph.D., has been a familiar face on the Newman campus for nearly 13 years. ...

Sister Therese
ASC sister to reopen mission in Liberia

Sister Therese Wetta said she received “a call from God” many years ago to reopen the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC) mission in Liberia, West Africa. After years of it weighing on her ...

brooke ward
Newman sonography program welcomes new director, Brooke Ward

Brooke Ward is the new Director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Newman University. Ward, who is also a Newman alumna, began her career at the university in 2016. She said she loves being a part ...

emily simon
Alumna Emily Simon hired as Dugan Library associate

Alumna Emily Simon ’16 didn’t seem to get quite enough of Newman in her four years as an undergraduate student. Now, she is pursuing her master’s degree and is the new associate in the Dugan ...

Art professor enjoys ‘family reunion’ at City Arts

Associate Professor of Art Mary Werner was invited to display two of her paintings at City Arts’ 20th-anniversary exhibit, “20×20.” The show opened Jan. 5 and features 20 well-known local artists who had to meet ...

Thurman
Professional basketball player holds strong ties to Newman

Former Newman basketball player Gavin Thurman has been playing professional basketball since 2016 and is looking forward to continuing for many years to come. He attended Wichita Southeast High School for his freshman through junior ...

Bowling
Newman bowlers are going strong mid-season

The men’s and women’s bowling teams at Newman University have been playing hard during the first half of their season. ...

2017 in review
2017 Year 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 ...

Burton award
Distinguished nursing honor rewards passion for helping others

Senior Anna Burton has had an exciting end to her final semester at Newman. Not only will she graduate in December, she was recently recognized with two major honors — one in the world of ...

Tremendous achievements in the classroom and on the court

Anna Burton has had many academic and athletic accomplishments during her time at Newman University. She excelled in nursing school and performed at a high level throughout her volleyball career. This year, she received First-Team ...

Nursing Pinning
Pinning ceremony recognizes fall 2017 nursing candidates

Newman University recognized 23 candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree during the fall 2017 Nursing Pinning Ceremony. ...

Nursing Honor Society
Honor Society of Nursing inducts 12 Newman students

Nursing students from Newman University and surrounding colleges were inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing on Nov. 5. Twelve Newman University students were among the 50 students inducted at the ...

Scholars Day allows seniors to present final projects

Scholars Day is the opportunity for students nearing graduation to show the value of the courses they’ve taken to earn their degree. ...

Newman alumnus nominated for 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year

Newman alumnus Kris Moore has been nominated for the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year award. Moore works at Dodge City High School as a residential carpentry instructor. He has been highly successful in the ...

Global relief starts in community by the motivation of two Newman students

This past summer, Annie Dang and Linnea Ristow traveled to New York City for an internship with the Partnership for Global Justice, headed by Sister JoAnn Mark, ASC, Ed.D. During their time, they learned about ...

Ellen Healy
Thriving in the communication field

When Newman alumna Ellen Healy graduated in May 2016, she was looking forward to making the switch from intern to full-time employee at the company she was working for. A year and a half later, ...

Decades of dreaming led 75-year-old to Newman

Mary Short began her college journey just like many others, but one thing sets her apart — Short is in her 70s. ...

Tara Greiving
Nursing student recognized for incredible dedication to grandmother

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

fifth grader
Student Irwin Torres receives ‘Teachers of Promise’ award

To many, Irwin Torres may seem like an average elementary education student on his way to graduation. But his story is anything but ordinary. Torres is currently finishing his last semester in the accelerated elementary ...

basketball
Exhibition game between NU and WSU raises money for Red Cross

The Newman University men’s basketball team went head-to-head with Wichita State University on Monday, Nov. 6, in an exhibition game to raise money for hurricane relief. Proceeds from the game went to the American Red Cross ...