Newman to host five different summer camps on campus

May 25, 2017

Newman University is the happy host of five different camps, from wrestling to science to theatre, for students of all ages this summer.


The Level Up Middle School Assistive Technology Camp, sponsored by Envision, is for students who are Blind or Visually Impaired and will take place on the Newman campus starting Monday, May 29 and continuing through Sunday, June 4.

The program is for students with visual impairments who want to advance and succeed in all areas of their lives. Level Up’s mission is to prepare middle school students for whatever comes their way, and is also a place for parents who are looking for resources to strengthen their roles as advocates and confidants.

The camp offers sessions that increase technological literacy and interpersonal, psycho-social and soft skills as well as provide opportunities to connect with peer and adult mentors. Level Up focuses on encouraging attendees to connect, engage and act in order to live more independent lives.

“Not only are we helping these individuals to grow and learn to connect with each other, but we are also teaching them to connect with resources available that will help them go on to live successful lives,” said Bonnie Cochran, director of support programs at Envision.

Activities will also include screen reading, working with a program called NVDA, and combining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related activities to improve communication, teamwork and time management amongst participants.


The Southern Plains Kids, Cadets and Juniors Wrestling Camp is an overnight program that will house participants in the Residence Halls on the Newman campus and will take place Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2.

Attendees will gather to practice, train, compete and enjoy amateur wrestling as a part of the USA Wrestling benefits and services. This technique camp led by Camp Director Ken Kepley includes 2016 United States Olympian Jesse Thielke and individual clinicians.

On Friday morning at 11 a.m., campers will wrap up and head for Dodge City, Kan. to attend the Southern Plains Wrestling Tournament.


Newman University partnered with Coach Mike Ryan’s Okie Elite Wrestling Camps to bring two camps to the Newman campus.

The two wrestling camps, each a different age group, will be held in the Fugate Gymnasium. The first Okie Elite Camp is for grades 7-12 and takes place on Monday, June 5 through Thursday, June 8. The second is for grades K-6 and will be held Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10.

This system is proven and Assistant Coach Blake Fisher is excited about bringing it to the Midwest, said Head Wrestling Coach Ryan Smith. Camp clinicians include Tyler Caldwell, Blake Fisher, Orlando Ponce, Dustin Reed, Mike Ryan, Hunter Stieber and current members of the Newman Wrestling Team.


The Summer Theatre Camp is an overnight camp held at Newman that begins Saturday, June 10 and continues through Saturday, June 17.

The camp kicks off with student auditions after the check-in period. Director of Theatre Mark Mannette, who is also the host and producer of the camp, will work alongside Camp Director Alison Bridget Chambers throughout the week.

The duo will lead students through day-long rehearsals that finish up with two shows of “Beauty and the Beast” to be performed by the campers on the final day of camp.

A second theatre camp is set to take place Saturday, July 15 through Saturday, July 22, and students will be working on their production of “Grease.” For more information, contact Mannette at (316) 942-4291, ext. 2486 or [email protected].


The Investigative Summer Science Program (ISSP) is a two-week long camp that will take place Sunday, June 18 through Friday, June 30. ISSP is designed to enhance enthusiasm and interest of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the sciences, and motivate them through exploration and testing of ideas for careers within the field.

ISSP Camp 2016
Members of the 2016 Investigative Summer Science Program (ISSP) pose for a group photo outside of the Heimerman Science Center.

Library research, relevant films and social activities will occur in the evenings. Each participant will select one interdisciplinary research topic from biology, chemistry and math. The student will then research the selected topics, set up laboratory and field experiments, collect data, analyze the results, draw conclusions from the findings and present the research to faculty and students.

Field trips and guest speakers will also be scheduled during the program to provide participants with real-life applications of science and math. This year, the group plans to take field trips to Koch Industries and Textron. Newman will be accepting 20 students from different areas, some as far as Nebraska, Georgia, Arkansas and Missouri.

Learn more about the ISSP program



Newman men’s soccer coach Cliff Brown is offering the School of Excellence Day Camp from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 21. This camp is open to all school-aged boys, and will be split into two groups— one ages 6-11 and the other 12-18.

The following week, Brown offers his Top Keeper Goalkeeping Academy from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 28. Each day, boys and girls from ages 8-18 will learn skills necessary to become an effective goalkeeper.

The Shoot and Save Day Camp will also take place on Wednesday, June 28, and is open to boys and girls from ages 8-18.

Brown can be reached at [email protected] For more information and to register, visit the camp website.

Women’s soccer coach Aaron Avila will hold a pair of camps from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29. The first session is for campers ages 7-12, and runs from 9 a.m.-noon. The second session is for campers ages 13-18, and runs from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. each day.

Coach Avila can be reached at [email protected] For more information and to register, visit the camp website.


Newman women’s basketball coach Darin Spence will host four different camps this summer, all of which are open to both boys and girls. The first of the camps is a Little Jets camp for third through fifth graders from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20.

The next week is the Guard Skills Camp for sixth through 12th graders from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, June 26 and 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, June 27.

Spence’s camps get more specific with a Post Skills Camp from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, June 28 for sixth through 12th graders, and a Shooting Camp for third through 12th graders from 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, July 17.

Assistant coach Clarissa Krum can be reached at [email protected] For more information and to register, visit the camp website.

First-year men’s basketball coach R.J. Allen will host his day camp from 9 a.m.-noon on Monday June 12 through Wednesday, June 14. The camp is for children ages 6-16.

Coach Allen can be reached at [email protected] For more information and to register, visit the camp website.