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Newman University
Former names
Sacred Heart College (1933–1973)
Kansas Newman College (1973–1998)
MottoCaritas Christi urget nos (Latin)
Motto in English
The charity of Christ urges us
TypePrivate university
Established1933; 91 years ago (1933)
FounderAdorers of the Blood of Christ
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Adorers of the Blood of Christ)
PresidentKathleen S. Jagger[1]
ProvostKimberly Long
DeanLori Steiner
Academic staff
Location, ,

37°40′20″N 97°22′42″W / 37.67222°N 97.37833°W / 37.67222; -97.37833
61 acres (250,000 m2)
ColorsNavy and red[2]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIThe MIAA
MascotJohnny Jet

Newman University is a private Roman Catholic university in Wichita, Kansas. It is named for John Henry Newman and was founded by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in 1933.


Naming history
Years[3] Name
1933–1950 Sacred Heart Junior College
1950–1973 Sacred Heart College
1973–1998 Kansas Newman College
1998–present Newman University

The college was founded in 1933 by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ as Sacred Heart Junior College. Courses were offered for women only, initially offering degrees in home economics, nursing, teaching, and secretarial science. In 1950, the college becomes a four-year institution and renamed to Sacred Heart College. The college added more facilities and courses during the 1950s and began accepting male students on a limited basis in 1958 in evenings and summer. The school became fully coeducational in 1965 and was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary schools in 1967. The name of the school was changed to Kansas Newman College in 1973 and to Newman University in 1998. The school is named in honor of Saint John Henry Newman.[4][3]


President Institution name Years of tenure
Kathleen S. Jagger Newman University 2020–present[5]
Noreen M. Carrocci Newman University 2007–2019[5]
Aidan O. Dunleavy Newman University 2000–2006[5]
Tarcisia Roths Kansas Newman College, Newman University 1991–2000[5]
Timothy Duszynski Kansas Newman College 1989–1990[5]
Robert J. Giroux Kansas Newman College 1982–1989[5]
Rev. Roman S. Galiardi Sacred Heart College, Kansas Newman College 1971–1982[5]
Sylvia Gorges Sacred Heart College 1961–1971[5]
Mary Hilary Yoggerst Sacred Heart College 1954–1961[5]
Rev. Edward P. McCarthy Sacred Heart College 1950–1954[5]
Rev. Charles A. Smith Sacred Heart Junior College 1946–1950[5]
Rev. Leon A. McNeill Sacred Heart Junior College 1933–1946[5]


St. Maria De Mattias Statue (2013)

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 her local area who could not afford an education.[6][failed verification] Other figures from the history of the university have also had buildings named after them at Newman, such as Monsignor Leon A. McNeill, who was the first president of Newman as a college.[7]

In 2010 Newman University began construction on the Bishop Gerber Science Center which now houses state-of-the-art science labs and classrooms. The project was completed in 2017.

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 buildings around campus such as De Mattias Fine Arts Hall.[8]

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.[9]

Name of Building[10] Function Of Building
Sacred Heart Administration, Campus Ministry, Financial Aid Services, Human Resources, Learning Center, St. John's Chapel, Classrooms, and Computer Lab
Dugan Library and Student Center Alumni Center, Library, Computers, Student Center
Eck Hall Classrooms, Nursing Department
Bishop Gerber 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

John Henry Saint Newman Statue (2013)

Admissions ambassadors

These students dedicate their time to touring campus with potential students. Those who visit to learn more about the university will interact with ambassadors for a large portion of their visit.[11]

Clubs and organizations

Newman University has more than 30 active clubs and organizations ranging from The Multicultural Leadership Organization to a Disc Golf Club. Many students are inducted into nationally recognized academic organizations such as Pi Gamma Mu.

These communities provide opportunities for students to develop their leadership, promote awareness of issues, expand professional and personal competencies, and engage with Newman University and local communities outside of the classroom.

Resident assistant

Resident Assistants (RAs) are individuals who make sure that students living in the residence halls are abiding by the rules of Newman University. RAs also make sure to interact with their residents and organize events throughout the year to help strengthen the residence hall community. The residence halls are listed below:[12]

Student government association

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.[11]

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry hosts faith-based events throughout the year with the help of campus ministers and student volunteers. Along with a daily Mass, the organization hosts events such as bible studies, liturgical lunches, game nights, and service trips.[11]

Service scholars

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, Saint Newman, and the Presidential Scholarship.


At Newman, the Saint 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

The Newman athletic teams are called the Jets. The university is a member of the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) for most of its sports as an associate member since the 2019–20 academic year (before achieving full member status in 2022–23); while its men's soccer team competes in the Great American Conference (GAC).[14] The Jets previously competed in the D-II Heartland Conference from 2006–07 to 2018–19; and in the defunct Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1999–2000 to 2005–06.

Newman competes in 19 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, triathlon and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cheer & dance, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.


Newman University introduced their new mascot, “Johnny Jet” in September 2010.

Notable people


Faculty and staff


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