Category: Alumni

2020 graduates offered opportunity to walk in 2021 commencement

COVID-19 shuttered many plans and events, including Newman University’s in-person commencement last spring. Because of this, 2020 graduates were invited to walk in the 2021 ceremony on May 7. Nearly 100 graduates responded to a ...

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Newman celebrates graduating class of 2021 with commencement ceremonies

Newman University celebrated the graduating class of 2020-21 on Friday, May 7, at Hartman Arena in Wichita, Kansas. ...

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Alumna Courtney Klaus wins Moot Court tournament

Alumna Courtney Klaus ‘20 was recently named Best Oralist after she and her classmate took first place in the Notre Dame 1L Moot Court Tournament. Klaus graduated from Newman with a bachelor’s degree in both ...

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Alumni gather to honor Paul Sanagorski

Newman University Athletics celebrated its baseball program creator, Paul Sanagorski, on Saturday, April 24, during a special ceremony and reunion. Newman University president Kathleen S. Jagger, Ph.D., and Director of Athletics Joanna Pryor presented Sanagorski ...

Spring Newman University Magazine debuts

The newest issue of university’s online magazine is now available.  The 2021 Spring Newman University Magazine, which debuted April 21, features stories about Newman faculty, staff, students and alumni. The cover story features Newman’s Navigator ...

Alumni Awards
Alumni recognized in virtual ceremony

Newman University celebrated its annual Alumni Award recipients in a virtual ceremony, which took place at 7:30 p.m. April 15 via the university’s Facebook and YouTube pages. The 2021 winners were originally chosen as the 2020 recipients, ...

Barnwell leads team to national title game

Newman University alumnus Luke Barnwell ’13 has experienced a “once in a lifetime” spring — or maybe it is just the start of a new normal. After being named the national 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith ...

Rashed Chowdhury
Alumnus realizes ‘American dream’

Rashed Chowdhury ‘07 has realized many goals in his life — two of his most recent, starting his own company and authoring a book. “Building a Salesforce-Powered Front Office: A Quick-Start Guide” was released in ...

Alumni Awards
Newman University to celebrate Alumni Award winners virtually

Newman University is excited to celebrate its annual Alumni Award recipients with a virtual ceremony at 7 p.m. April 15 via the university’s Facebook page. The 2021 winners were originally chosen as the 2020 recipients, ...

Beverly Knighten
Thriving in the social work field

Beverly Knighten ‘97, ‘01 said her calling to help others came at a very early age during a visit she and her grandmother made to a relative’s house. The relative was blind and Knighten was ...

Anthony Harvey
Anthony Harvey ’20 is aspiring to be the change

Above photo: Anthony Harvey poses with his Newman teammates and father after graduating from the Lawrence Police Department Basic Recruit Academy. “If you want to see change, you have to be the change.” Alumni Anthony ...

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Alumnus wins Naismith Coach of the Year

Luke Barnwell '13 honored with national 2021 Jersey Mike's Naismith Boys' High School Coach of the Year award. ...

Ellen Traylor
Alumna Ellen Traylor achieving career and athletic goals

Ellen Traylor ‘12 graduated from Newman University with a communication degree and has used it to pursue her passion in the restaurant business — specifically as a certified sommelier. She achieved the first level of ...

Newman University Giving Day to be held Feb. 25

Newman University will hold its second annual Giving Day on Thursday, Feb. 25. The day was created to bring the Newman community together at one time to support a program of their choosing. This year’s ...

Irving Casiano
Irving Casiano ’12 talks career, travel and education

Irving Casiano ‘12 said his experience at Newman taught him a great deal about community and stewardship. His subsequent career — through leadership and action — has provided him ample opportunity to advance his passion ...

Newman Paint Night
Create your own piece of Newman art

Newman University is hosting a virtual paint night for the Newman community. During the university’s traditional Heritage Month, Newman alumni, staff, faculty and students can try their hand at being an artist during the Feb. ...

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Athletics department strives to meet fundraising goals

The Newman University athletics department relies on support and funding from generous Jets fans to keep each team in play throughout the year. The athletics budget doesn’t include things like new uniforms or technology so ...

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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. ...

Alumni and students to connect through mentorship program

Newman University introduced its new personalized student success program, Navigator, in the fall of 2020. The program was built on top of current efforts to guide students through the higher education process. The Navigator program ...

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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 ...

Dugan Circle Drive
Drive-Thru Christmas will thank donors and alumni

Newman University Advancement will host a Drive-Thru Christmas for its donors and alumni from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, in front of Dugan Library. Laura Hartley, director of alumni and campus events, said the ...

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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 ...

Newman joins global generosity movement

Giving Tuesday, a feel-good movement that started in 2012, is a day for people and organizations to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. It particularly fits Newman’s mission, as the Giving Tuesday website indicates the day’s ...

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Teaching during a pandemic: an alumna’s perspective

The education world might look different in 2020 but it is still an essential piece of everyday life. Educators are working hard in their communities to forge ahead while continuing to develop the minds of ...

Alex Melugin
Alex Melugin ’12 plays role in battling ALS

Alex Melugin ‘12 lost his grandmother to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2017. That experience sparked a passion within to do something more for the ALS community. As ...

Giving Tuesday event a Newman take on a popular game show

The Newman University Advancement Office will be hosting a special Giving Tuesday fundraising event titled “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Newman University Edition.” The virtual event will happen through Facebook Live on Tuesday, Dec. ...

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Newman alumnus Jeff Topping puts family first

(Above photo: Jeff Topping poses with his wife and daughters) Jeff Topping ‘98 has led a long and successful career in coaching and recently made a big change so he could coach his own daughters ...

Newman alumnus continues theatrical work as new technical director

Former theatre student Lucas Farney recently stepped into the role of technical director and is already spearheading the construction of sets. ...

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. ...

Five finalists share the chance of winning a 2020 Ford Mustang

Newman University sold raffle tickets for the chance to own an iconic silver 2020 Ford Mustang between Aug. 5 and Oct. 1. Thanks to the generosity of Rusty Eck Ford, nearly $80,000 was raised for ...

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Newman athletics plan alumni golf tournament

Newman University Athletics is organizing its second annual alumni gathering in the form of a golf tournament, which will start at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2, at the Derby Country Club. The four-man scramble tournament is ...

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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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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 ...