Newman University, Wichita

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Newman University
Newman University, Wichita seal.png
Former names
Sacred Heart College (1933–1973)
Kansas Newman College (1973–1998)
Motto Caritas Christi urget nos (Latin)
Motto in English
The charity of Christ urges us
Type Private, Non-profit, Coeducational
Established 1933
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Adorers of the Blood of Christ)
Endowment $15.9 million
President Noreen Carrocci
Provost Michael Austin
Academic staff
Students 3,736
Undergraduates 2,796
Postgraduates 940
Location Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
37°40′20″N 97°22′42″W / 37.67222°N 97.37833°W / 37.67222; -97.37833Coordinates: 37°40′20″N 97°22′42″W / 37.67222°N 97.37833°W / 37.67222; -97.37833
Campus Urban
61 acres (0.25 km2)
Newspaper The Vantage
Colors Newman blue and red[1]
Athletics NCAA Division IIHeartland Conference
Nickname Jets
Mascot Johnny Jet
Affiliations ACCU
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Newman University is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Wichita, Kansas, United States. The university offers both undergraduate and master's level programs. Newman University is ranked #108 in the Midwest. Tuition is approximately $24,000 a year. Most classes are under 20 students.[2]


St. Maria De Mattias Statue

After the Dugan Library opened in 2007 Newman waited a year before dedicating Founders Plaza with a statue of ASC founders, St. Maria De Mattias. The dedication of the St. Maria De Mattias statue was at Newman’s 75th anniversary in 2008. Bill Hopen and his son, Gabriel, of Sutton, WV sculpted this statue and several more for the ASC sisters.[3]


The main buildings of Newman University are all dedicated to someone important in Newman's history.

The Fine Arts Center is named after Maria De Mattias, the founder of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. Maria taught herself to write and subsequently taught those from here local area who could not afford an education.[4][not in citation given] Others figures from the history of the University have also had buildings named after them at Newman, such as Monsignor Leon A. McNeill, who will be the focus of Missions talks for 2013-2014. He was the first president as Newman as a College.[5] President Sister Sylvia Gorges expanded Newman as a college and initiated the intercollegiate athletic programs in 1967.

In 2010 Newman University unveiled plans for a new science building, to be located near the Heimerman Science Center, which were approved by the Board of Trustees in October 2013.[6] Fundraising for the projected $30 million cost is expected to take 15–18 months. This is part of a multi-phased plan to expand Newman over a course of 10–20 years based on a study done in 1993.[4]

The Gymnasium is named after the O’Shaughnessy family which has made generous donations towards Newman, and were the lead donors for the athletic department. The family also supports scholarships and other building around campus such as De Mattias.[7]

The Dugan Library and conference center was named after John E. and Marilyn K. Dugan of Wichita for their donation of $2 million after the previous library was demolished.[8]

Name of Building[9] Function Of Building
Sacred Heart Administration, Campus Ministry, Finical Aid Services, Human Resources, Learning Center, St. John's Chapel, Classrooms, and Computer Lab
Dugan Library and Student Center Lounge, Scooters, Library, Computers, and Bookstore
Eck Hall Classrooms, Nursing Department
Heimerman Science Center Sciences and Lab classrooms
McNeill Hall Professors Offices
Mabee Dining Center Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
De Mattias Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater, Performance Hall, Steckline Gallery, Gorges Atruim, and Classrooms
O'Shaughnessy Hall Gymnasium

Student life[edit]

John Henry Cardinal Newman Statue

Admissions ambassadors[edit]

These students dedicate their time to touring around campus and showing possible prospective students Newman University. This organization also demonstrates hospitality towards any guest on the campus.[10]

Campus activities board[edit]

CAB is the Campus Activities Board. CAB consists of student who voluntary joined the program to support Campus entertainment. The volunteers of the Campus Activities Board try to organize 2 events for students each week. These events are free for all students and mainly happen on the Newman Campus. Previous events have included things as video games night, wings night, and free ice skating or laser tag. CAB is in strong cooperation with the student government. Especially in the first two weeks of the school year (Weeks of Welcome).[10]

Resident assistant[edit]

Resident Assistant (RA) is composed of individuals who make sure that each campus dorm is abiding to the rules of Newman University. RAs also make sure to interact with their residence and organize events throughout the year to help strengthen the dorm community. The dorms and requirements are listed below:[11]

New Hall •Freshman priority residence hall •Suite-style living •Two residents per bedroom sharing a bathroom with another same-gender student bedroom •Meal plan required

Beata Hall •Sophomore standing and higher •Single-gender expanded suites or "pods" •Five students per pod with individual bedrooms sharing two bathrooms •Meal Plan required

Merlini Hall •Sophomore standing and higher •Single and Double occupancy suites sharing a bathroom with another same-gender student bedroom •Limited number of singles available •Meal Plan required

Fugate Hall •Available to students with junior credit standing or above and/or 21 years of age or older •Two bedroom apartments with students sharing one bathroom •Limited number of four bedroom apartments with four students sharing two bathrooms •Full kitchens (including stove and refrigerator)- Meal Plan recommended but not required

Student government association[edit]

The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the whole student population at Newman University. Their main focus is to find ways in which to better the experience of students while they attend Newman University.[10]

Student ministers[edit]

Student Ministers offer spiritual activities. Student Ministers also help with Catholic services on campus grounds.[10]

Service scholars[edit]

In 2013 Newman was awarded the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth time. The honor roll is based on community service performed the previous year. Every year Newman students log over 200,000 hours of service; ranging from helping underprivileged children, blood drives, holiday season toy and food drives, and an annual trip to Crownpoint, N.M. Students also regularly help out around the Wichita community at places such as the Lord’s Diner, local hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, and many more.

Many of the scholarships awarded at Newman have an annual community service requirement. The three main scholarships awarded with these requirements are ASC Community Leader, Cardinal Newman, and the Presidential Scholarship.[12]


At Newman the Cardinal Newman Scholarship is the highest academic award offered. The requirements include: 4.0 high school GPA, 30+ ACT, 64 community service hours annually, and 3.4 cumulative GPA while at Newman.

The Presidential Scholarship is $12,000 annually and awarded for high academic achievement. The requirements include: 3.8-3.9 high school GPA, 28-29 ACT, 64 community service hours annually, and must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA while at Newman.

The ASC Community Leader Scholarship is working to keep the mission of Newman and the mission of the founders, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, strong in the Newman community. ASC scholars participate in service and leadership classes as well as complete 90 hours of community service. The requirements include: 3.0 high school GPA, outstanding community service, interview, 90 hours community service annually, 4 years of service classes. Seniors are required to organize a Capstone project that consist of 45 hours (from the 90 hours) of community service.[13]


Main article: Newman Jets
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Newman University athletic teams are known as the Jets. The university is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and competes at the Division II level in the Heartland Conference. The Jets formerly competed in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) until the end of the 2005-06 season. Newman University introduced their new mascot, “Johnny Jet” in September 2010.

Notable people[edit]


Faculty and staff[edit]

Presidents of the college[edit]

President Institution name Years of tenure
Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. Newman University 2007–present[24]
Aidan O. Dunleavy, Ph.D. Newman University 2000–2006[24]
Tarcisia Roths, A.S.C., Ph.D. Kansas Newman College, Newman University 1991–2000[24]
Timothy Duszynski, D.A. Kansas Newman College 1989–1990[24]
Robert J. Giroux, Ph.D. Kansas Newman College 1982–1989[24]
Rev. Roman S. Galiardi, O.S.B., J.C.D. Sacred Heart College, Kansas Newman College 1971–1982[24]
Sylvia Gorges, A.S.C., M.D.Ed. Sacred Heart College 1961–1971[24]
Mary Hilary Yoggerst, A.S.C., Ad.PP.S., Ph.D. Sacred Heart College 1954–1961[24]
Rev. Edward P. McCarthy, C.PP.S., M.A. Sacred Heart College 1950–1954[24]
Rev. Charles A. Smith, M.A. Sacred Heart Junior College 1946–1950[24]
Rev. Leon A. McNeill, M.A. Sacred Heart Junior College 1933–1946[24]


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  2. ^ Newman's Ranking and information
  3. ^ Rohrbach, Charlotte ASC Ph. D., 09-19-13, personal interview.
  4. ^ a b Buildings on NU's campus
  5. ^ Monsignor Leon A. McNeill
  6. ^ Heck, Josh (2 October 2013). "Newman University board approves plans for $30M science building". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Gymnasium
  8. ^ Dugan Library
  9. ^ "Newman University's Campus Map | Newman University". Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  10. ^ a b c d Student Organizations
  11. ^ Residence Halls
  12. ^ "Newman University named to President's Community Service Honor Roll for fourth time « Newman University". 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  13. ^ "Scholarship and Grants | Newman University". Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
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  21. ^ Ellin, Abby (1999-08-01). "Blackboard: Curricula Esoterica; Doctors, Soldiers, Serial Killers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
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  23. ^ "Naomi Hirahara". Gersh Books. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Newman University past presidents

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