One reason is that their achievements truly are impressive – especially for a university of our size. A recent newspaper story noted that nine pre-med students from Newman were accepted into medical schools last year, out of about 1,400 total undergraduate students. In contrast, the article noted that another university had six students accepted into medical schools in the same time period – out of more than 12,000 total undergraduates.
Also, we learned in March that Newman was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, in recognition of the more than 243,000 hours of service provided by our students in 2012. This makes the fourth time Newman has been named to the national roll.
Another reason I enjoy talking about Newman student achievements is that there are so many of them. From student-athletes going to NCAA tournaments to chemistry students exhibiting their work at national conventions to education students producing award-winning videos, Newman students excel in ever-growing numbers each year.
Our students’ achievements also come from every academic discipline and every Newman location. In addition to the accomplishments of students from the Wichita campus, students and alumni from our outreach sites in Western Kansas and Colorado Springs are enjoying great personal and professional success.
You’ll read more about the work of these and other students in this issue of Challenge, as well as recent activities, upcoming events, and more. As you do, keep in mind that you play an important part in their achievements through your physical, social, economic and spiritual support of this institution. Together, we have a right to be proud.
We often see bumper stickers proclaiming “Ask me about my grandchildren!” I’m thinking of having one made that says, “Ask me about my Newman University students!”
Thank you for all you do for Newman University – and its high-achieving students.
Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.