Category: Accomplishments

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Academic Awards Banquet celebrates students, faculty and staff

Newman University hosted its second annual Academic Awards Banquet April 18 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. ...

Scholarship Luncheon
Students meet their donors at annual Scholarship Luncheon

The annual Scholarship Luncheon was held April 16 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. The luncheon is a unique opportunity for students to meet the specific donors providing them with their scholarships. Senior Development Officer Beth ...

Samantha Rader
Samantha Rader is always looking for the next challenge

“Leave things better than you found them,” is a  saying that sophomore Samantha Rader takes to heart. Though Newman University has no shortage of highly involved and highly motivated students, Rader runs with the best ...

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Newman Jets women’s bowling team head to national tournament

The women’s bowling team finished third at the sectional qualifier, which means the team will attend the Intercollegiate Team Championships tournament for the third year in a row. The national tournament will take place April ...

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The Farneys act up

“I’m not Trevor today, I’m Michael from ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,'” Newman senior Trevor Farney recounts when asked about how his acting career began. When he was young, Trevor remembers watching movies and realizing he ...

Delany Hiegert receives prestigious Rice scholarship to Kansas University Law school
Delaney Hiegert receives prestigious Rice Scholarship to KU School of Law

Senior Delaney Hiegert was recently accepted into the University of Kansas School of Law to continue her education and has been granted the highly prestigious Rice Scholarship, which brings Kansas residents with outstanding academic records and ...

A lifelong goal to help others has become reality

Alumna Serina Hertel has been driven to use her talents to help others from a young age. ...

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Conference of the Kansas Association of Historians to feature four Newman student presentations

Four Newman history students will make a special appearance at the conference of the Kansas Association of Historians from April 6 to 7 at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Anthony Hamersky, Dakota Heard, Courtney ...

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New residence life team assembled

Five brand new resident assistants (RAs) have been hired for the 2018-19 academic year. The residence life team is excited about the new additions and eager for two veterans to return for another year. The ...

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2017 fall semester Dean’s List announced

Newman University officials have released the 2017 fall semester Dean’s List. A total of 489 students have met the qualifications to be recognized on the Dean’s List, validating a semester of hard work and dedication. ...

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Wichita Sports Hall of Fame inducts two of Newman’s finest

Director of Athletics Victor “Vic” Trilli and Volunteer Assistant Men’s Baseball Coach Mike Pelfrey will each be inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame. ...

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Noel Torres first Newman Jet to become NCAA national champion

Senior Noel Torres is the first Newman student to become a national champion in the NCAA Division II. Torres won the 184-pound national championship at the 2018 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship in Cedar Rapids, ...

Scholarships
Newman awards highest scholarship to five high school seniors

Five high school seniors were recently named Cardinal Newman Scholarship recipients — Newman University’s highest and most exclusive financial award — for the 2018-19 academic year. These five students were among 26 candidates who were ...

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 ...

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

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...