Class Notes



’80 Richard Macias was appointed the district judge in the 18th District.


’93 Angela Byrd is the first female
police chief of Valencia County in
Belen, New Mexico.

’96, ’03 Margaret (Maggie) Myers
took a new position as an APRN
with The Farmer Clinic.

’98 Paige Crum took a new position
to the USD 261 Board of Education.


Born to ’02 Renee Hein and Adam Hein, a son, Andrew Joseph Hein, on July 14, 2017.

Born to ’03 Anthony Tamburro and Katie Tamburro, a son, William Vincent Tamburrow, on Aug. 20, 2017.

’03 Sarah Garcia took a new position as a second-grade teacher at Munson Primary School in USD 263.

’05 Angie Woelk accepted a position as program director for Compass Behavioral Health.

’05 Jason Prideaux started the non profit K12 Sports USA.

’06, ’10 Lori Anschutz has accepted a position at Skyline Schools in USD 438, teaching math and coaching volleyball.

’07 Deborah (Dimmitt) Ponton and Leo Ponton were married on Sept. 16, 2017.

’07 Erik Ritzman is the new division manager at True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Inc.

07 Kris Moore, teacher at Dodge City High School, was nominated for Kansas Teacher of the Year.

’07 ’12 Kara (Drohman) Schwindt, teaches first grade at Wheatland Elementary in USD 262, Valley Center, Kansas.

’08 Mecia Luebbers took a new position as fourth-grade language arts teacher at Syracuse Elementary School in USD 494.

Born to ’09 Katie Rosell and Scott Rosell, a daughter, Evelyn “Evie” Mary Rosell, on Nov. 10, 2017.

’09 Katie Rosell, M.D., took a new position with Neurology Consultants of Kansas.

’09, ’11 Gilbert Still Jr., teacher at Dodge City Northwest Elementary School, was nominated for Kansas Teacher of the Year.


’10 Kim A. Cranston was honored as Ellsworth Correctional Facility’s Outstanding Employee of the Second Quarter for fiscal year 2018, on Nov. 2017.

’10 Melissa Holle took a new position as a fifth-and sixth-grade teacher at Hanover Public School.

’12, ’15 Taylor (Carlson) Calderon and ’14 Martin Calderon were married on Sept. 30, 2017.

’12 Brea (Teeter) Glanville and Lea Glanville were married on Sept. 16, 2017.

’12 Tamberlyn Hendrix took a new position as a kindergarten teacher at Rose Hill Primary School in fall 2017.

’13 Julia Alejandra Morales was the recipient of a 2017 Crystal Apple Teacher Award, a program honoring outstanding teachers in Finney County.

’13 Kellene Resa took a new position as a social worker at Munson Primary School and Mulvane Grade School.

’14 Brandon Deck and ’14 Mikala (Payne) Deck, married on April 23, 2016.

’14 Christina (Knoeber) Olivarez and Darren Olivarez were married on June 10, 2017.

’15 Timothy Oglesby and Jackie Oglesby shared their story of conversion to Catholicism on EWTN’s program “The Journey Home” on May 22, 2017.

’16 Jessica (Scheer) Burke and Evan Burke were married on Oct. 7, 2017.

Born to ’16 Abigail Nolla and Tony Nolla, a daughter, Zelie Rose, Oct. 24, 2017.

’16 Jacob Huff took a new position as principal of the Lakin Grade School in USD 215.

’16 Ashley Dawson took a new position as a third-grade teacher at Overbrook Attendance Center. 

’16 Trinnie Bush took a new position as a pre-school teacher at Sedan Schools in USD 286.

’16 Laynee Davidson took a new position as a kindergarten teacher at Sedan Schools.

’16 Stefanie Couch took a new position as preK-8 principal at Bucklin Schools.

’16 Lee Odell took a new position as assistant principal of Ashland High School and athletic director for USD 220 in Kansas.

’17 Patty Brooks retired from Newman University July 27, 2017.

Friends of the University

Janie Ward, emeritus assistant professor of radiologic technology, was honored as a Health Care Hero by the Wichita Business Journal in June 2017.

Former board member Tony Madrigal was honored with the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Business Award on Sept. 21, 2017.

The Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, former Newman chaplain, has been named by Pope Francis as the fourth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri.

In Memoriam

Suzanne Valerie (Loen) Berg

Suzanne Valerie (Loen) Berg, Ph.D., assistant professor of communications at Newman, passed away at the age of 36 on Feb. 6, 2018. Suzanne was born in Pierre, South Dakota, to Douglas and Cindy (Rudy) Loen. She married William Berg on May 20, 2005. She joined the Newman faculty in 2013.

Kimberly McDowall Long, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Suzanne “was a vibrant young leader in this community. She was known for her ready wit, her constant positive outlook and her commitment to the education of her students. She was a valued professor, colleague and friend.” 

Ariana Esparza, a senior majoring in communications, said, “When I did something fantastic, she’d use the word lovely. That’s when I knew I had done a good job. She found so much beauty in the written word. She was willing to live her life out loud and be vocal about things she was passionate about.”

Suzanne is survived by her husband, Bill; children, William and Lorelei; parents, Douglas and Cindy Loen; sister, Elizabeth (Dan) Nelich; grandparents, James and Marlene Rudy, and Carl Taylor. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents.

Alumni and Friends

’49 Sylvana Schulte, ASC

’49 Sylvana Schulte, ASC, on Aug. 28, 2016.

’53, ’57 Alice Wessel, on Dec. 19, 2017.

’59 Betty (Nunemaker) Patterson, on Nov. 8, 2016.

’62 Sheryl Jackson, on Nov. 29, 2017.


’63 Renee Kirmer, ASC


’63 Renee Kirmer, ASC, on Sept. 20, 2017.

’70 Cynthia Joan (Richards) Honton, on July 16, 2017.

’71 Ralph Devlin Sr.

’71 Ralph Devlin Sr., on Aug. 23, 2017.

’74 William H. Leagan, on Dec. 20, 2017.

’81 Kevin Gazaway, on Dec. 13, 2017.

’85 John Goodson, on Aug. 17, 2017.

’95 Michele M. Rice, on May 25, 2016.

’95 Steve I. Neises, on Aug. 31, 2016.

’06 Robert Boardman

’06 Robert Boardman, on Oct. 31, 2017.

’16 Casey Cummings, on Sept. 9, 2017.

Friends of the University:

Monsignor John P. Gilsenan, on July 15, 2016.

Irene Schmidt, ASC, on July 24, 2016.

Anna Hund, on Aug. 9, 2016.

Leo Hamersky, husband of ’56 Mary Hamersky, father of ’90 Jeanne Hamersky, and grandfather of Annemarie Hamersky and ’15 Steven Hamersky, on Aug. 17, 2017.

Joseph A. Bulger, on Oct. 8, 2016.

The Rev. Donal J. O’Hare, on March 12, 2017.

Jennilei Takemoto, on June 3, 2017.

Marie Janousek, CJS, on July 11, 2017.

Donald Borho, father of ’01, ’11 David Borho, on Aug. 11, 2017.

Bill Blalock, father of ’90 Elaine Schmeilder, on Aug. 10, 2017.

Yvonne (Pucci) Allen, on Aug. 13, 2017.

Betty (Joyce) Pool, mother of ’80 J. Michael Pool and ’80 Susan Pool, on Aug. 16, 2017.

Norma Reed, grandmother of Scott Mudloff, on Aug. 17, 2017.

Thomas Docking, on Aug. 24, 2017.

Josephine O’Gorman, CSJ, on Sept. 21, 2017.

Joan Eck, on Oct. 18, 2017.