Category Archives: Giving

Jet Open Golf Tournament 2015

31st Annual Jet Open Golf Tournament set for Aug. 1, 3

Newman University will host the 31st Annual Laurie Bell Memorial Jet Open Charity Golf Tournament Aug. 1 and 3. The golf tournament is designed to raise funds for the Athletic Department, and gives Newman supporters an opportunity to come together and compete in a friendly game of golf.

jet-open-2014-golferThe tournament will be held over the course of two days. It will start with a pre-golf party beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman campus. The pre-golf party will consist of a social hour featuring cocktails and appetizers for participants and their guests, followed by the annual silent and live auctions. Auction items this year include sporting event tickets, trips and other great items. All are welcome at no charge.

The Jet Open tournament itself will be Monday, Aug. 3 at Rolling Hills Country Club. Registration will be held at 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with a choice of a 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Teams of four will compete to take the first place title. There will also be prizes on all par 3 holes.

An after-party and awards ceremony will take place at Emerson-Biggins West following the tournament.

The entry fee is $250 per person, which includes admission to Saturday's kick-off party, Monday's tournament lunch, driving range balls, golf cart, and refreshments and snacks on the course. Participants must register by Friday, July 31.

Click here for more information about the Jet Open, or visit the Newman Athletics website at To register online, click here.


Black Hills Energy donates $18K to support nursing, science at Newman

Representatives of Black Hills Energy Corporation visited Newman University July 9 to present a gift of $18,000 to help support nursing and science education and facilities at Newman.

Black Hills Energy Corp. Sr. Manager, Economic Development Gabe Schlickau and External Affairs Manager Monique Pope made the ceremonial presentation of a check to Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. in the Sacred Heart Hall Heritage Room. The gift will be made in three annual installments. The Black Hills Energy Foundation will provide $5,000 each year and Black Hills Energy Corporation will donate an additional $1,000. The first installment was made during Black Hills Energy’s July 9 visit.

Left to right: Newman Vice President for University Advancement J.V. Johnston, Black Hills Energy Corporation Sr. Manager, Economic Development Gabe Schlickau, Black Hills Energy External Affairs Manager Monique Pope, Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D, and Director of Grants Bill Meitl at the check presentation.

Sr. Manager, Economic Development

“We are very happy to receive this generous gift from Black Hills Energy,” Carrocci said. “We’re proud to have Black Hills as a partner, and we gratefully accept this gift as an investment in the future success of Newman University and the communities we both serve.”

“Black Hills Energy recognizes the important role that Newman University plays in educating members of the Wichita community, especially the focus on the sciences and producing a workforce in the community that will have STEM skills and contribute to the economic development of the community,” Schlickau said. “We are pleased to be in this partnership with Newman University.”

Black Hills Energy is one of two suppliers of natural gas to Newman University. The company has provided natural gas products and services to help meet the university’s energy needs 2008.

Watch the video below for comments from Black Hills Energy Sr. Manager, Economic Development Gabe Schlickau and scenes from the check presentation.


Newman University receives $250K gift from Star Lumber Foundation for science and health programs

Newman University has received a $250,000 gift from The Goebel Family Star Lumber Charitable Foundation to support the university’s science and health care profession educational programs.

“The Goebel family and Star Lumber have a long history of support for Newman University, and this latest generous gift will have major impact for our students,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.

“Star Lumber is such a great community-minded company that we feel very blessed they continue to show such amazing support for Newman and our mission,” Vice President for University Advancement J.V. Johnston said, “We look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.”

Representatives of Newman University and the Goebel Family Star Lumber Charitable Foundation met on the Newman campus June 25 to celebrate a gift from the Foundation of $250,000 to support the university’s science and health care profession programs. Pictured l-r are: Newman Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Chemistry David Shubert, Ph.D.; Star Lumber Vice President Home Builder & Commercial Sales Dan Goebel; Goebel Family Star Lumber Charitable Foundation Board Member Bob Goebel; Star Lumber Treasurer and Foundation Trustee Jennifer Stephens, and Newman Vice President for University Advancement J.V. Johnston. See more photos from the event here.

The $250,000 gift is part of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to Wichita and its outstanding educational institutions.

The Goebel Family Star Lumber Charitable Foundation operates with the philosophy of giving back to its community by using 8 percent of pre-tax operating profits from Star Lumber & Supply to serve its community.

Newman University and the Goebel family’s foundation have enjoyed a strong partnership – one that has thrived and grown throughout the years.

The affiliation goes back more than a half century. The first major gift was to help build Ryan Library, which was completed in 1971 on the campus of what was then Sacred Heart College. Since 2001, the foundation has provided annual scholarships and student support. Star Lumber and Supply Inc. was also inducted into the Newman Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 for its longstanding support of Newman University athletics.

“For over 75 years, the Goebel family has been active in the Wichita area and is committed to higher education and the benefit it has on the community,” said Foundation Board Member Bob Goebel. “We are honored to support Newman University’s health sciences with this gift and cherish the close ties we have with this wonderful institution.”

Watch video highlights of the check presentation and comments by Goebel and Newman Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Chemistry David Shubert, Ph.D., below.

University Newman Science, Nursing and Allied Health Programs Quick Facts:

  • Newman University offers science, nursing and allied health programs in: 
biology; chemistry/physics; forensic science; healthcare science; mathematics; nursing; nurse anesthesia; occupational therapy assistant; radiologic technology; respiratory care, sonography; sports medicine, and pre-dentistry, pre-engineering, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy and pre-veterinary science.
  • 95 percent of Newman University pre-med graduates, who applied, have been accepted into medical schools for the past 15 years.
  • 100 percent of Newman students who applied for medical school admission were accepted in 2014.
  • Newman is the only nursing program in Kansas (out of 37) to have a 90 percent + pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) over the past four years.
  • 100 percent of Newman University occupational therapy assistant students passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) licensing test in 2014.
  • Newman University is on the list of 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges for its programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Newman University is a Catholic university named for John Henry Cardinal Newman and founded by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for the purpose of empowering graduates to transform society. Newman meets the needs of traditional freshmen, returning adults, and graduate students through more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs.
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STAR LUMBER & SUPPLY CO., family owned and operated, has been serving Kansas for more than 75 years. It specializes in building materials, home projects and flooring. The company operates in Kansas and Oklahoma with more than 300 employees. For more information, visit

ICT Art Day of Giving

2015 Art DOG campaign raises over $1 million

The 2015 ICT Art DOG (Day of Giving) campaign ends with a loud bark of gratitude.

Wichita Community Foundation President and CEO Shelly Prichard announced in an email to the supporting organizations, "It is with great pleasure that I report the total dollars raised for ArtDOG: $1,179,100. Thank you for all of your support."

The proceeds from this campaign will benefit arts in the Wichita area as well as contribute toward the Newman University art, theatre and music programs.

Wichita Circles Network

Silent Auction comes through for those in need

Newman University Staff Assembly's 15th Annual Silent Auction took place on Friday, April 17, 2015. To date, more than $2,300 has been collected from bid donations.

The proceeds from the auction will replenish the Hearts and Hands fund to $2,000 and the remainder will be donated to the Wichita Circles Network – Delano Site.

The People’s Choice Award for department baskets went to the Nursing and Health Sciences Department.

Newman University Director of Nursing Teresa Vetter, M.S.N. was the high bidder for the Advancement Department basket that held the surprise Ben Franklin $100 bill that was contributed by Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.

The Newman University Staff Assembly would like to thank everyone for participating in this year's auction and looks forward to staging the auction again next year.

Art Day of Giving

ICT Art Day of Giving begins Friday

Newman University art students chalked the campus sidewalks depicting the ICT Art Dog to help promote this year's ICT Art Day Of Giving event.

Last year, donors helped raise over $7,000. This year, Newman University has set its goal at $10,000. With your help, the university can achieve this goal.

This charitable giving event was created for Wichita's nonprofit art organizations that provide education and artistic leadership to the public through production or exhibition of visual or performing art.

Wichita Art Day of GivingThe event gives Wichita art lovers the opportunity to give back to their favorite nonprofit organizations by making donations online at or on April 24, 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. The minimum donation is $10.

As a special Final Friday event, the Newman University Steckline Gallery will present “Two-Headed Beast” by Dustin Parker and Greg Turner as the eighth and final show of its 2014-2015 season. The Final Friday reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and the exhibit will be on display through May 15. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.

In addition, "Idiosyncrasy," artwork by graduating seniors Austin Solis, Gloria Esparza and Lisa Pleskan, will be on display in the Hallway Gallery just outside the Steckline Gallery.


Newman recognizes donors at first ‘Beata Benefactors Banquet’

Million-dollar donors honored

More than 90 guests gathered in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center Nov. 5 to be honored for their support of Newman University at the inaugural Beata Benefactors Banquet, a special event designed to recognize and thank major donors to the university.

The event also served to formally announce three new giving societies at Newman, one of which honors donors of $1 million or more. The new societies are: Continue reading


Newman University to stage Party on the Plaza Sept. 20 to raise funds for student scholarships

Newman University will present Party on the Plaza - Oktoberfest, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on Founders Plaza on the Newman campus at 3100 McCormick.

The Party on the Plaza has been held each year since 2010 and has rapidly grown in popularity to become the top fundraising event for Newman - annually generating approximately $125,000 for student scholarships. Continue reading

2014 Newman University Phonathon a success

Newman University Manager of Annual Fund and Prospect Research Alice Mannette sends out a big thank you to friends and alumni who answered the call during the Newman winter Phonathon.

"We raised just under $11,500 in less than three weeks!" Mannette said. "The students enjoyed talking with so many enthusiastic supporters. They love Newman and were excited to hear that you love it too." Continue reading

Art Day of Giving

Share your love for Newman Fine Arts through the Wichita Art Day of Giving

On Feb. 28 Newman University will take part in the Wichita Art Day of Giving. This charitable giving event was created for Wichita's nonprofit art organizations that provide education and artistic leadership to the public through production or exhibition of visual or performing art. Continue reading

Newman University students receive Forty & Eight nursing scholarships

Newman University nursing students Tabitha Attreau and Jared Hunsaker each received a $500 scholarship to continue their studies from Forty & Eight, an independent military veterans charitable organization.

Attreau, an El Dorado, Kan., native, and Hunsaker, from Wichita, received the Charles E. Bell Nurses Training Scholarship at a special ceremony at Newman Nov. 22. Continue reading