Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:16
Newman U.’s Music Department to present ‘Broadway Bound’ April 26-28
WICHITA – The Newman University Music Department will present a spring musical theatrical production, “Broadway Bound,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 26 - 28 in Performance Hall of the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on theNewman campus.
Co-written by Deanne Zogleman, director of the Newman University Music Department, and Phil Speary, a director and actor in the Wichita area, “Broadway Bound” is the story of a group of students heading to a performing arts school in New York and the year that ensues.
“This year, we decided to write a full-fledged musical versus a musical review,” Zogleman said. “I hope everyone will join us for two hours of great music and big dance numbers from current Broadway shows over the past few years such as Memphis, In The Heights, Little Mermaid, Spring Awakening, Rent, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and the new version of Godspell, taking Broadway by storm.”
Admission at the door is $10 for adults and $5 for students college age and under. Newman University students are admitted free with a college ID. Tickets are available at the door and the box office will open at 6:45 p.m.
Record number of Newman University students accepted into medical school
WICHITA – Nine Newman University senior students who applied for admission to medical have been accepted, a record for the number of students from Newman to be accepted in the same academic year.
Seven of the students – Jesse Gray, Nicholas Ojile, Anna Scheuffele, Christopher Stanley, Cole Gillenwater, Caleb McCormick, and Cooper Stewart – will begin their studies at the University of Kansas School of Medicine next fall.
Senior T.V. Nguyen was accepted by the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo. Chad Michler was accepted in the biomedical sciences program at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Mo. which leads to the doctor of osteopathic medicine program there.
“It is a record, but one that we anticipate will be broken several times in the next few years,” said Newman Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Undergraduate Studies David Shubert, Ph.D. “We have a very promising group of younger students.”
The nine students are the latest example of a long-standing tradition of excellence for the Newman pre-medical program. Over the past 10 years, 96 percent of Newman students who successfully completed the university’s pre-med program and received positive recommendation from Newman’s Pre-medical Committee have been accepted into medical schools.
Shubert said the high success rate can be attributed to several factors, including high motivation and commitment by students, and a dedication to learning by the Newman faculty.
He added that the Newman Pre-medical Committee attends the conference of pre-medical advisors at the University of Kansas School of Medicine each year to stay abreast of current trends and developments in medical schools. The committee also invites KU’s assistant dean of admissions to Newman to meet with pre-med students.
“All Newman pre-med students ‘shadow’ a physician or receive hands-on time with a physician or hospital to get an accurate look at what the profession entails,” Shubert added. “The student Pre-Medical Club and Pre-Health Professionals Club also play an important part. These groups coordinate MCAT study groups, bring in outside speakers, and promote the spirit of cooperation that distinguishes the Newman community.”
“I believe Newman has truly prepared me for the admission process and for medical school,” said student Cole Gillenwater.
“The teachers care about you and they want to see you achieve. It is one of the best feelings to continue your dream and it wouldn't have been possible without Newman and all of the pre-med teachers.”
Newman U. to award honorary degrees May 12 to Bishop Jackels, Alice and Dale Wiggins
Newman University will award the Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels, and Alice and Dale Wiggins Doctor of Humane Letters, honorary degrees during the Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple in Wichita.
The university bestows the honorary degrees at each fall and spring commencement upon notable members of the extended Newman community based on exemplary dedication to one of the university’s four core values: Catholic Identity, Culture of Service, Academic Excellence, and Global Perspective. Bishop Jackels will receive a degree for his understanding of and commitment to Catholic Identity. The Wigginses will receive their degree for significantly demonstrating the Newman University Core Value of Culture of Service.
“We are extremely pleased and proud to honor Bishop Jackels and the Wiggins through these degrees,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. “The bishop is a wise and devoted shepherd who clearly represents the core value of Catholic Identity, and we are honored that he has agreed to accept the degree. The Wiggins are likewise very dedicated to the church, the community and the principle of service. I think these individuals will truly be an inspiration to our graduates.”
The Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels
Bishop Jackels was appointed the 10th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita on Jan. 28, 2005, by Pope John Paul II. Since that time, he has gained the admiration and respect of people throughout the region for his dedication to the tenets of the Catholic faith, leadership abilities, vision and intellect, as well as his personal warmth and sense of humor.
Bishop Jackels has been a staunch supporter of Newman since his arrival in the diocese, and has appeared at the university many times to celebrate Mass, particularly the semi-annual Baccalaureate Mass, and speak to faculty, staff and students in other settings. During a recent visit he noted that the university is fully living out the key elements of Ex corde Ecclesiae, an apostolic constitution issued by Pope John Paul II that outlines the role and operation of Catholic universities, particularly in terms of Catholic identity, mission, ecclesial communion, and service rendered. He noted, among other remarks: “Let me be clear that fidelity to Catholic identity is not a concern at Newman University; this is a Catholic university worth preserving.”
Alice and Dale Wiggins
Alice (Biggs) and Dale Wiggins have a long history of service and of helping the less fortunate in the community. Alice, now retired from a career in nursing, graduated in 1985 from Kansas Newman College, now Newman University, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Dale is a two-time graduate of Wichita State University. He is a founding partner of Daland Corporation, a management company and independent franchisee that operates 11 separate corporations that own Pizza Hut restaurants throughout the upper Midwest and Eastern Seaboard.
Dale and Alice have been generous supporters through both time and resources to many Catholic charitable organizations. They played a significant role in the development of the Guadalupe Clinic.
Alice began volunteering at the Guadalupe Health Station shortly after it opened in 1985. The Wiggins remain active with the clinic and the Annual Midwest Winefest, which has raised more than $2.5 million in support of the clinic through the Guadalupe Health Foundation, of which Dale is a board member.
The Wiggins have been longstanding supporters of Newman University, and Dale served as a member of the Newman Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1988. Dale and Alice have also supported many other educational and civic organizations, including Wichita State University, The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas, Rainbows United, Wichita Habitat for Humanity and Holy Savior Catholic Academy.
Steckline Gallery will feature ‘Books and Cardboard Portraits’ April 27
WICHITA – Newman University’s Steckline Gallery will present “Books and Cardboard Portraits” by artist Deloss McGraw as the final show of its 2011-2012 season. The exhibit, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27, will be on display through May 18. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
An “Art for Lunch” presentation by McGraw will be held Tuesday, May 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.
McGraw, painter and poet, moved from his native Oklahoma to California to pursue his dream in art at California State University, Long Beach and the Otis Art Institute.
His figuration has been inspired by a so-called ‘outsider art,’ particularly the work of American folk artists that McGraw had collected since his childhood. From those the artist’s work has derived its rough-hewn quality. McGraw is very successful with his art being exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. His work has received critical acclaim in more than 80 solo exhibitions and is collected by many museums across America.
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.