Category Archives: Community service

Christina Scherer, standing, center, and some of the participants she works with in the YESS camp.

Newman University student Christina Scherer says ‘Yes’ to YESS

Newman University students and faculty find summer opportunities all over the place. Take student Christina Scherer, who found one right here in Wichita working with the Arc of Sedgwick County’s “Youth Education Summer Socialization,” or “YESS,” Program.

Scherer is entering her junior year at Newman as an elementary education major. Beyond her studies, Scherer is involved with the Newman Chorale, Troubadours, Theatre Department and Campus Ministries, and is an active member of Jets4Life, the Theatre Club, Swing Dancing Club and Art Club. She also holds a position on the Campus Activities Board (CAB), and is a 2015 Orientation Leader.

Yet even before Scherer was a Newman student, she was working with YESS.

“This is my fourth summer with the program.” Scherer commented.

Christina Scherer, standing, center, and some of the participants she works with in the YESS camp.
Christina Scherer, standing, center, and some of the participants she works with in the YESS camp.

The YESS Program is a summer camp for individuals aged 5 to 21 who have developmental disabilities. Participants are split into age groups, and attend educational classes in the mornings and recreational activities in the afternoons. Activities include swimming at the YMCA or Rock River Rapids; attending Music Theatre of Wichita shows; horseback riding; ice skating; bowling; a trip to Frontier City, and a trip to Kansas City - just to name a few.

Scherer said she decided to work with the camp because, “A couple of my friends worked at YESS, so I started out volunteering at the program while in high school. I ended up getting hired on as staff that same summer.”

Scherer said working with YESS helped her realize she had a passion for working with children.

Sherer-2-325Web“It’s why I’m pursuing a degree in elementary education at Newman," she said. "Since I switched to education, my courses have helped me more effectively work with the kids and their individual needs.”

Scherer hopes to become a middle school special education teacher when she completes her degree. It appears that both the YESS camp and Newman have helped prepare Scherer for her future career.

For more information about the YESS Camp, visit their page on the Arc of Sedgwick County website here.

See more photos of Scherer and YESS camp participants at the Newman Flickr site.


Newman’s Linda Fields receives award for helping local youth

Linda Fields
Linda Fields

Newman Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment Management Linda Fields recently received an award for her long-time commitment to the Wichita chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. The organization is made up of local citizens who volunteer their time to help young people including special needs and emotionally challenged youth through outreach programs in youth centers, schools, pediatric wards and homes for the delinquent.

webfields-2Fields received the award June 23, when Continental officials made a surprise visit to Newman. The award reads, "For your support for making a difference in the life of children.”

Continental Societies, Inc. serves more than a quarter of a million children and youth across the nation each year. With the help of local volunteers such as Fields, the organization offers a range of services, including helping underprivileged youth improve speech and image, set goals, eat healthy, get school supplies, learn from guest speakers, manage finances, succeed in high school, earn scholarships, and attend college.

To learn more about Continental Societies visit their website.


Newman students craft bracelets, raise money for earthquake victims in Nepal

When disaster strikes a faraway place, many immediately look for some way to help. Some may donate to a service organization committed to helping, while others may try to raise public awareness.

Two Newman students decided to take their efforts to the next level.

When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and powerful aftershocks hit Nepal, Newman University senior and member of the Multicultural Leadership Organization Suwash Gautam, who has family members living in Nepal, knew he wanted to do more than donate money. That’s when his wife Pamela, also a Newman student and the former president of her high school’s multicultural club, had an idea. Continue reading


Newman University again named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

Newman University has again been recognized for its commitment to service by being named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America’s communities. This marks the fifth time Newman has been named to the prestigious national honor roll. Continue reading


Ugly Sweater Run raises $820 for Make-A-Wish

The Newman University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) organized its second annual Ugly Sweater Run on Nov. 15 on the campus of Newman University. The event, which included 30 runners participating in the race and donations from students, faculty and staff, raised $820 for Make-A-Wish. Continue reading


President Carrocci among celebrities at June 10 Orpheum Theater benefit

Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. will be among the celebrities who pair up with a local chef for an "Iron Chef" style culinary competition to benefit the Orpheum Theatre. The 2014 Celebrity & Chef Cookoff event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, June 10 at the Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita. Continue reading

Affirmations of the University – Newman sophomore Chase Blasi receives national civic award

Newman University sophomore student Chase Blasi has been selected to receive a national civic involvement award sponsored by Campus Compact. The award honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country.

Blasi was nominated for the award by Newman University. He is one of 197 student leaders representing colleges and universities from 36 states and Washington, D.C., to receive the award for 2014. Continue reading

Newman University students, alums volunteer to help ‘Give Kids a Smile’ at dental clinic

Newman University students and alumni volunteered to help uninsured children receive free dental care at "Give Kids a Smile Day," a cooperative effort between the Wichita-Sedgwick County Oral Health Coalition and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.

The March 8 event took place at the Grace Med Clinic, and helped 120 uninsured Sedgwick County children between the ages of 3 and 12 receive free exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride varnish, sealants, fillings, tooth removal and other recommended dental procedures. Continue reading

President Carrocci joins with other leaders to enhance city through ‘Together Wichita 2014′

Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. has joined with 21 other leaders of education and business for "Together Wichita 2014," a partnership designed to celebrate life in Wichita, and to identify, organize and fund projects to enhance the community. Continue reading

END IT Campaign

Newman University to host human trafficking awareness event Jan. 29

In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Newman University will host a Volunteer Fair and a free screening of the documentary film, "What I Have Been Through is Not Who I Am," at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the  Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. Continue reading

Affirmations of the university – Culture of Service

Students in the Newman Traditions and Transitions class led by Professor of Chemistry John Leyba, Ph.D. are showing their commitment to the university Core Value of "Culture of Service" by sponsoring a toy drive to benefit children of the Navajo Reservation at Crownpoint, N.M. Toys may be donated through Oct. 31 in collection boxes located in the Heimerman Science Center Room 242, the Dugan Library Atrium, the Nursing and Allied Health Information Office in Eck Hall, and the Campus Ministry Office, Sacred Heart Hall Room 219. Continue reading

Newman University students work to collect 22,000 toothbrushes for Guatemalan children by April 7

Students in the Newman University "Guatemala Study & Serve" program have again launched a campaign to collect new toothbrushes for Guatemalan children. The campaign, called Project SONRISA (Sonrisa means "smile" in Spanish), was created by Sonja Bontrager, assistant professor of Spanish and director of the Guatemala Study & Serve Program at Newman University. Continue reading

Freshman students help bring food to children in need

More than 200 bags of food were packed by the approximately 185 freshman students who participated in the Traditions and Transition (TNT) service project, part of Freshman Student Orientation activities over the Aug. 25-26 weekend. The students, aided by about 15 upperclassmen, packed each bag with 10 - 12 food items for children from low-income families in inner-city Catholic schools.

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Dodge City Diocese students experience faith, fellowship, and fun at Newman University service camp

Sixteen high school students from the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City attended the 4th annual Summer Service Camp hosted by Newman University in June. The weeklong camp is held to give students from schools in the Dodge City Diocese an opportunity to serve others while growing in faith and experiencing fellowship.

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Newman University named to national service honor roll for third time

Newman University has been named for the third time to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its exemplary service to America's communities in 2011.

Newman is one of only eight colleges and universities in Kansas and the only university in Wichita selected for inclusion on the 2012 Honor Roll.

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Newman University profs help United Way allocate funds

Newman University Associate Professor of Social Work Sue Ellen Gardner, Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Philosophy Jamey Findling, Ph.D. were part of a volunteer panel that recently helped the United Way of the Plains allocate funds to local programs for the coming year.

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