Alumni Awards

Cardinal Newman Medal

The Cardinal Newman Medal was established in 1983 by the Board of Directors of Kansas Newman College as a continuation of the former Sacred Heart College Award for Distinguished Service. The medal was then continued with the formation of Newman University in 1998. By conferral of the Newman Medal, considered the highest award that the university can bestow, the university seeks to recognize persons who have been instrumental in the growth and development of the university. Either through scholarship, intellectual pursuits, community service or spiritual life, such persons exemplify the truths Cardinal Newman espoused.

Previous Recipients:

Paul Foley, Sr.* 1966
John O'Shaughnessy* 1966
C. Howard Wilkins, Sr.* 1984
John Oxler* 1985
Dolores Strunk*, ASC '31, '36 1991
G. Lawrence Keller, Sr.* 1993
Sylvia Gorges, ASC* '42 1993
Bob and Rosalie Goebel 1994
Patrick E. O'Shaughnessy 1995
Bishop Eugene J. Gerber 1995
Laurie Champ Bell '49 1996
Larry D. Klenda* 1997
Msgr. Thomas McGread 1998
Fran and Geri Jabara 1999
Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC '62 2000
Tarcisia Roths, ASC '48, '54 2000
Larry and Wah-leeta* Steckline 2001
Joe L. and Pat Childs 2004
Shirley Rueb '70 2004
Surendra Singh, Ph.D. HON 2004
Terry '68 and Gretchen '69 Keller 2005
Robbi '75 and Larry Heck, Ph.D. 2005
Gerry Thompson 2005
Most Rev. Ronald M. Gilmore 2006
Elizabeth Kolmer, ASC 2006
Harvey and Missy Jabara 2006
Larry and Dana Fugate 2007
B. Lee Cooper, Ph.D. 2008
Tom '72 and Colleen Dondlinger 2008
Colleen Gillen A.* '66, '70 2009
Thomasine Stoecklein, ASC A '42, '47 2009
John E. and Marilyn K. (Gorges) Dugan 2010
John Marstall (Former Board Chair) 2011
Joan Felts 2012 
J.V. Johnston ‘82 2013 
Margaret Knoeber ASC ‘61 2014 

 

St. Maria De Mattias Award

The award, named for the foundress of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, honors alumni who display a deep loyalty to Newman University and its mission. The award recipient has given meritorious and continuous support and stewardship to Newman University and Catholic life.

Previous Recipients:

Mildred Scott '39 1984
M. Delores Strunk*, ASC '39 1986
Laurie Champ Bell '49 1997
Eugene A. Crockett '79 1989
Helenruth Welsby '45 1989
Rita Stoll '41 1990
Bridget White '64 1991
Terry '68 and Gretchen '69 Keller 1992
Shirley Rueb '70 1993
Thomasine Stoecklein, ASC '47 1994
Ms. Jeanne Cardenas '58 1995
Louis J. Campisani '70 1996
J. V. '82 and Veronica '82 Johnston 1997
Doris Wells, A '52 1998
Diane Orth-Baalmann, M. D. '78 1999
Karla Short '92 2000
Dana '80 and Larry Fugate 2001
Colleen Gillen '66, '70 2002
Edward '70, '99 and Catherine '72 Burns 2003
Loretta Gegen, ASC '48 2004
Larry Carney 2005
Greg Biltz '68 2008
Catherine Petersen Brady '44 2009
James Macias, Ph.D. '81 2010
Margaret Knoeber, ASC '49, '53, '61 2011
Dorothy Vossen Adams '37 2012
Mary Green Shults '37 2012 Mary Agnes Brady Morley '37 2012
J.T. Klaus '87 2013
Sheila May Maksimowicz ’77 2014 

 

Beata Netemeyer Alumni Award

Beata Netemeyer served as the provincial of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for the former Wichita province from its formation in 1929 until 1938. She was instrumental in establishing Sacred Heart Junior College, now Newman University. A strong supporter of higher education for her own sisters, Beata Netemeyer was pleased to offer ownership and general management for the college in collaboration with the Diocesan School Office. She was a strong leader with vision who was willing to attempt the difficult for the welfare of her sisters and their ministries. This award honors alumni who continue her spirit of service as they minister with others bringing about the mission of Christ.

Previous Recipients:

Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC '62 1996
Helen Streck*, ASC '37 1997
Isabel DeCarme Mora '86 1998
Larry Dostert '73 1999
Maureen Farrar, ASC '63 2000
Mary Schoenecker, ASC A'48, '60 2001
Lillian Taylor '59 2002
Margarita LaFarelle Hunt '90 2003
Stella Rosenhamer, ASC A'39,'82 2004
Gene Cannata, M.D. '76 2005
J. Michael '80 and Susan Carney Pool '80 2006
Gino Salerno '88 2008
Morris A. Hund, M.D. '80 2009
Betty Weninger Hund, R.N. '79 2009
Elaine (Doll/Aaron) Hemmen '51 2010
John R. Pyles, M.D. '76 2012
Father Ned Blick '86 2013
Janice Friess ASC ’63 2014 

 

Leon A. McNeill Distinguished Alumni Award

The Leon A. McNeill Distinguished Alumni Award honors graduates who have achieved outstanding success in their personal lives and careers. They have enriched the church spiritually, mad contributions to society, and demonstrated concern for other. The award is named for the first president of Sacred Heart Junior College, now Newman University.

Previous Recipients:

Elma Broadfoot '65 1984
Joseph Rota*, M.D. '69 1986
Mary Ann Peters '70 1987
Theresa Neises '48 1988
J. Michael Keller '70 1989
Gwen Shunatona '65 1989
Mark Troilo '74 1990
Tom Dondlinger '72 1991
Greg Biltz '69 1992
Gerry Killeen '69 1993
Larry Hund, M.D. '74 1994
John Carney '75 1995
Rick Nuckolls '75 1996
Rosemary Dugan '62 1997
Michael G. Ludlow, M.D. '78 1998
Surendra Singh, Ph.D., HON 1999
Mark Ricken '72 2000
Wanda Farmer '48 2001
James Schwarzenberger '72 2002
Diana Crook, M.D. '85 2003
Patrick Wolf, M.D. '74 2004
Archie Macias '74 2005
Rebecca Martin '79 2006
Mary Flaherty Kirkbride '65 2006
Catherine Mohr, M.D. '78 and Willam Powers '78 2006
Terry Corbett '88 2008
Shelly (Klaus) Steadman '95 2008
Stacey Beck Marmolejo '82 Communications 2009
Matt Seimear, Ph.D. '02 2010
William (Tony) Schountz, Ph.D. '86 2011
Dennis A. Newell '77 2011
Clare Sander Vanderpool '87 2012
Gregory Cole '95 2013
Thomas Malone ’76 2014 

 

Spirit of Acuto Award

The Spirit of Acuto Award is named in honor of the driving spirit of Adorers of the Blood of Christ. The conviction, "The charity of Christ urges us," led not only the ASC sisters but also the laity associated with them to respond to the needs of others. This award honors alumni and friends who, as a reflection of their association with Newman University, have been a driving force, using their talent and training at critical junctures to move a vision to reality.

Previous Recipients:

Tarcisia Roths, ASC '48, '54 2006
Jeanne (Roth) '69 and Daniel Malone '68 2008
Drew Bogner, Ph.D. '79 2009
Kevin Suzette Ruegg '94 2010
Don Bittner, M.D. '77 2011
Ami Angell '99 2012
Mark Potter '86 2013
Beverly Moritz Greenwood ’63 2014