Gail Gettman joined the Newman family in 1984 as a cashier in the business office. But that wasn’t her first time setting foot on the campus.
Gettman earned her high school diploma at Sacred Heart Academy in 1966 when the academy was still housed on the Sacred Heart College — now Newman University — campus. She then transitioned into her freshman year at Sacred Heart College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1972.
Her first career outside of college was as a librarian at St. Margaret Mary School in Wichita. She also did some student teaching there before hearing about an open position at Newman from a friend of hers.
During her 34 years as an employee at Newman, Gettman changed roles only a few times, going from cashier to accounts payable to what would be her final role, student accounts.
Gettman said she has always enjoyed working at the university.
“My co-workers have always been friendly and supportive,” said Gettman. “And working with the students has been a joy. In our job we have a lot of student interaction. Meeting students and seeing them graduate is what we are all about.”
Gettman said she also enjoyed volunteering as usher at the university commencement ceremonies.
Throughout her time at Newman, Gettman said she has seen many positive changes take place.
Moving from no computers to all computers and working on becoming completely paperless is something Gettman said she has enjoyed being a part of.
“It’s amazing when you look back and compare what we did then to what we do now,” she said. “Using all the technology is amazing, and then there are all the changes in Human Resources with benefits. There were not as many benefits, like health insurance or retirement, when I first arrived.”
Gettman said she imagines she will stay very busy in retirement. She plans on doing community volunteer work, gardening, crocheting, reading and enjoying other hobbies.
“There are many (volunteer) possibilities. The Lord’s Diner, Catholic Charities, Dear Neighbor program, Center of Hope,” she said. “When I am ready, I am sure I will find the right match. I do not think I will get bored.”