Category: Alumni

Tim Belsan
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. ...

Jeff Topping
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 ...

Crow & Co Bookstore
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 ...

Wilma
Alumna passionate about helping others through communication practices

“Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.” — Gordon Parks. Newman alumna Wilma Moore-Black has an enthusiasm for life, for getting involved, ...

Pierre Harter
MBA alumnus Harter is using ‘muscles’ gained from degree to lead Spirit’s ventilator-making program

Pierre Harter ’19 had the right degrees for a career as an engineer in the aviation industry, having earned two aerospace engineering degrees at Wichita State University (WSU) by 2000. As he progressed from aviation ...

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 ...

Jay Holmes
Newman alumnus returns as new head women’s soccer coach

Newman University Athletics has chosen alumnus Jay Holmes ‘89 as the new head women’s soccer coach effective Aug. 20. He returns to Newman with a long history in the sport, both as a well-known player ...

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 ...

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Education and experiences lead to a fulfilling career for alumnus

Since graduating from Newman University (then Kansas Newman College) in 1981 and from Iowa State University in 1987, Jim Macias has had a successful 30-year career working for Shell Oil Co. For the past three ...

Thor Balavage ’20 new football coach for Southeast High

Alumnus Thor Balavage reflects on his time at Newman and discusses his future career path. ...

Sio Surgery
Newman alumni connect, assist in arranging life-changing surgery

Above photo from left to right: Sr. Therese Wetta ’64, ASC, Dr. Brad Dart ’97, Francis Sio, Augustine Sio When God wants something done, He sure knows how to make it happen. The following is ...

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 student prepares to transform society

Newman students have a special, innate desire to transform society. Jose Rojas-Montero ’20 was inspired to do just that while at Newman University. He graduated in May with a nursing degree and upon passing his ...

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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 ...

hailey braddy
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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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 ...

Cooley
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 ...

Winegrad
Newman alumnus travels to Chicago to help fight COVID-19

Above image: Rob Winegrad (right) poses with two travel nurses from Tulsa, Oklahoma, while working at AMITA Health Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines, Illinois, to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Rob Winegrad ’13 ...

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 ...

gabe stewart
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 ...