| Issue Notes

In this issue of Challenge we take a look at today’s students – who they are, where they come from, what they value and why they chose Newman.

Dear Alumni and Friends Within the past year, we’ve experienced a number of positive outcomes, events and developments. While they pertain to a wide variety of areas and interests, they are in many ways connected.

Dear Alumni and Friends, As many of you know, between 1852 and 1854 our namesake Blessed John Henry Newman delivered a series of lectures that, along with some of Newman’s later writing, became The Idea of a University. Newman, who wrote the lectures in his role as the founding rector of the Catholic University in Dublin, believed a university education should encompass a wide range of disciplines, and teach its students not simply facts, but the ability to determine the meaning behind facts.

An important key to success in most any endeavor is balance. A painter, for example, seeks a balance among different colors, shapes and proportions. Doctors urge us to eat a balanced diet from many food groups to maintain good health. In our daily lives we strive to find the right balance between work and play, spending and saving, dreaming and acting.

The wisdom of planning for the future has been recognized for centuries – long before Benjamin Franklin wrote his aphorisms in Poor Richard’s Almanack, longer even than Aesop wrote of the ant and the grasshopper in his Fables. . .

Partnerships play an important role in life. In fact, it is highly unlikely that you will go through life without entering into at least a few partnerships with others, be it a marriage, a business agreement, a carpool, a church or civic committee, or any number of other mutually beneficial relationships.

Since coming to Newman University in 2007, I've had the pleasure of seeing many positive changes. Everything from a new library and campus center to the transition to NCAA Division II.