'Newman Brew' offers tasty
look at NU's activities
in the diocese
President of Newman University, Dr. Noreen Carrocci, wants people to know that “You do have a four-year university” in southwest Kansas.
On Oct. 17, she told approximately 100 people gathered for a gala fund raiser at the Hoover Pavilion in Dodge City that since 1992, Newman has educated more than 650 teachers now serving in western Kansas.
The event was held to raise funds for western Kansas student scholarships to NU.
Although the main campus of NU is in Wichita, many of those graduates earned their degrees by way of the Interactive Television system. With 10 sites throughout southwest Kansas, the system allows the Catholic university to offer classes through Interactive Television.
Through this system, the student can interact with the teacher in Wichita and other students without having to travel far from their home in southwest Kansas.
The main center of Newman’s southwest Kansas campus is housed at Hennessy Hall on the former St. Mary of the Plains College campus, which closed in 1992. Because Newman moved into the hall the same year the school closed, the site, in effect, has continued to be the largest provider of Catholic school teachers to the diocese.
The $25 to $30 per seat ticket to the first “Newman Brew” fund raiser offered patrons the choice of several different kinds of beer that were teamed with gourmet appetizers. Patrons included several representatives of the Diocese of Dodge City, area leaders, and many alumni.
Many of those gathered reacted with an audible gasp when it was revealed that NU would be re-opening a book store at Hennessy Hall, which will be called Newman University Book Store at St. Mary of the Plains and that the university will open a miniature café as a re-creation of the old St. Mary of the Plains cafeteria, complete in a retro style using the original tables and chairs. On the walls will be memorabilia from graduates of both Newman and St. Mary’s.
NU will also be refurbishing the lockers, allowing graduates of both schools to purchase plaques to be placed on an individual locker.
Dr. Carrocci said that she wants Newman “to become the Catholic university of the region.” She spoke proudly of the school’s requirement that its students provide a service project of some kind. “We don’t believe we are preparing our student well if we are not preparing them to serve.”
Dr. Carrocci said that more than 200 teachers are enrolled in the University’s English as a Second Language program in western Kansas. From southwest Kansas, students may also earn a Master’s of Science Degree in Education, and a Master’s of Social Work.
The ITV network is offered as a partnership between Newman University and the Diocese of Dodge City. Through this “Church in Partnership,” students can also earn a pastoral ministry degree.
For more information, go to www.dcdiocese.org/church_in_partnership, or visit www.newmanu.edu/.