Renowned Newman scholar Edward Jeremy Miller, Ph.D., S.T.D. will present the Cardinal Newman Guest Lecture at 7 p.m., Tues., Feb. 22 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman University campus.
The lecture is part of a variety of activities scheduled for Cardinal Newman Week, Feb. 20-26, the university’s annual celebration of the life and teachings of the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are still available for the Cardinal Newman and Alumni Awards Banquet Saturday, Feb. 26, which will honor former Newman University Board of Trustees Chairman John Marstall and alumni William (Tony) Schountz, Ph.D., Dennis A. Newell, Don Bittner, M.D., and Margaret Knoeber, ASC, Ph.D.
Miller is professor of Religious Studies at Gwynedd-Mercy College. He earned a Ph.D. and an S.T.D. from the University of Louvain in Belgium, where he was mentored by renowned Newman scholar Jan Hendrick Walgrave. He previously served as professor of Roman Catholic theology and chair of the doctoral program in constructive theology at Emory University, and as an officer for core curriculum grants at the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Miller has published widely on the Blessed John Henry Newman in books and in leading theological journals in the United States and Europe. He is currently a board member of The Venerable John Henry Newman Association, coordinator of the Newman Continuing Seminar of The Catholic Theological Society of America, and a member of the International Society of Cardinal Newman Scholars.
The culmination of Cardinal Newman Week is the Cardinal Newman and Alumni Awards Banquet, set this year for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman campus. Wichita businessman and former Newman University Board of Trustees Chairman John Marstall will receive the Cardinal Newman Medal for his long service to Newman, higher education and the Catholic community. The medal is conferred upon those who demonstrate in their daily life an appreciation of the spirit and ideals of Cardinal Newman and who have been instrumental in the growth and development of the university. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Newman University Board of Trustees.
Marstall is a CPA with a 40-year career in accounting. He has served on corporate boards and in several offices of the Serra Club of Wichita – Downtown, including president and secretary. He was also a member of the Newman Associate Board of Directors and later the Board of Trustees. Among many other achievements on the board, he served as chair and led the university’s search for a president that resulted in the hiring of Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. in 2007. He also provided strong leadership in concluding a capital campaign for the university’s Dugan Library and Campus Center, including his work to secure a challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.
This year’s Alumni Awards recipients are William (Tony) Schountz, Ph.D., who will receive the Leon A. McNeill Distinguished Alumni in Science Award; Dennis A. Newell, who will receive the Leon A. McNeill Distinguished Alumni in Education Award; Don Bittner, M.D., who will receive the Spirit of Acuto Transformational Leadership Award, and Margaret Knoeber, ASC, Ph.D., who will receive the St. Maria De Mattias Award.
The complete list of Cardinal Newman Week events and locations is as follows:
Sunday, Feb. 20
7 p.m. – Sunday Mass, St. John’s Chapel
8 p.m. – Campus Ministry Social, Heritage Room
Monday, Feb. 21
Noon – Cardinal Newman Birthday Celebration, Mabee Dining Center
Tuesday, Feb. 22
11 a.m. – Cardinal Newman Mass, St. John’s Chapel
7 p.m. – Cardinal Newman Guest Lecture – Edward Jeremy Miller, Ph.D., S.T.D. of Gwynedd-Mercy College, Dugan-Gorges Conference Center
Wednesday, Feb. 23
2-4 p.m. – High Tea, Gorges Atrium
5:30-7:30 p.m. – Evening Tea, Eck Hall
Thursday, Feb. 24
Noon – Cardinal Newman Speaker – Michael Austin, Ph.D. of Newman University, Tarcisia Roths, ASC Alumni Center
Friday, Feb. 25
7 p.m. – Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Alumni Awards Reception, Tarcisia Roths, ASC Alumni Center
Saturday, Feb. 26
5 p.m. – Sunday Vigil Mass, St. John’s Chapel
6 p.m. – Cardinal Newman and Alumni Awards Reception, Dugan-Gorges Conference Center
7 p.m. – Cardinal Newman and Alumni Awards Banquet, Dugan-Gorges Conference Center (Reservations required)
For more details on the events and to reserve tickets to the Cardinal Newman and Alumni Awards Banquet visit http://cardinalnewman.eventbrite.com.