Class Notes


Class Note Sections:

Baby Jets
Class Notes
Alumni Obituaries
Friends of the University


’06 Keesha Cooper and ’08 Mike Ludlow, on Sept. 14, 2013.

’07 Tawanna McCauley and Enoch Berry, on Oct. 5, 2013.

’09 ’10 Allie Santiago and Brent Eby, on Oct. 4, 2013.

‘12 Rebecka Miller and Adam Tebben, on April 12, 2014. Rebecka works in the Cardiology Department at Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan, Kan.

‘13 Elizabeth Tallman and Derrick Herbal, on Nov. 16, 2013. Elizabeth is a RN at Asbury Park, Newton, Kan.

Baby Jets

Born to ‘02 Dan and ’04 Jennifer (Schmeidler) Carsey, a son, Logan Daniel, on Dec. 12, 2013.

Born to ‘04 Christy (Hanson) and Mike Sandbo, a son, Easton Michael, on Jan.
27, 2014.

Born to ’04 Emily (Iseman) and Manny Montenegro, a daughter, Nellie Catherine, on March 3, 2014.

Born to ’07 Rachel (Brooks) and Karl Ely, a daughter, Brynn Addison, on Jan. 30, 2014.

Born to’07 Sarah (Rowe) Keith, a daughter, Cora Scott, on Dec. 23, 2013. Sarah’s husband Scott died of a sudden illness in May.

Class Notes

’87 J.T. Klaus was honored as one of the Best Lawyers in Public Finance Law by the Wichita Business Journal, Nov. 5, 2013.

’90 Micha Mohr is assistant vice president and branch manager at Equity Bank, Wichita.

’98 Mary Nuss teaches English and math in special education at Little River High School, Little River, Kan.

’03 Jon Albers has returned to Newman to pursue a second degree in secondary education. His wife, ’03 Casey (Loffland), died Dec. 21, 2011.

’03 Michelle Ruder is director of Business Education & Training Analysis (BETA) at Butler Community College.

’04 Mary Washburn Blasi is a vascular sales specialist at St. Jude Medical, Wichita.

’04 Beth Wright is a licensed specialist clinical social worker at Prairie View, Newton, Kan.

’05 Tim Belsan was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the Justice Department’s  second highest award for employee performance.

’08 Crusita “Cruz” Rue is supervisor at the Family Visitation Center in El Paso County, Colo.

’09 Andrea Unrein is a designer for Hobby Lobby Corp. Creative in Oklahoma City, Okla.

’10 Molly Fox is the vice president of Marketing and Development at Goodwill Industries of Kansas.

’10, ’12 Georgia (Wiggins) Drewes is an admissions counselor at Newman.

’11 Stephanie Harshberger is the bookstore manager at Highland Community College, Highland, Kan.

’11 Tyler Nordman is the director of student life at Highland Community College, Highland, Kan.

’12 Taylor Carlson is a respiratory therapist at Via Christi, Wichita.

’12 Kaitlyn Griggs is teaching kindergarten at St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Wichita.

’13 Rebekah (Baldridge) Valentine is a technical writer at Computer Training Systems, Wichita.

’13 Megan Birdsey is pursuing her master’s degree in English at Kansas State University.

’13 Grace Cha is event coordinator for Univera in Seattle, Wash.

’13 Andrea Lake is a financial aid counselor at Newman while pursuing her master’s of education degree.

’13 Gabrielle Loxterman is an account representative specializing in engineering at High Tech Resources, Tulsa, Okla.

‘13 Yanely Rocha attends DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Ill.

’13 Daniel Weishaar is a financial consultant at Intrust Wealth, Wichita.

’13 Robert Winegrad is a respiratory therapist at Via Christi, Wichita.

Alumni Obituaries

Gordon Tuthill, husband of ’63 Mary Lu (Coffey) Tuthill, on Feb. 26, 2014.

’70 Adolph Geier, husband of Mary Geier, Newman University telecommunications operator, on Dec. 3, 2013.

Russell Elwood Hamker II, husband of ‘71 Susanne Hamker, on Dec. 16, 2013.

Verda Hemken, mother of ’71 Delores Ewald, ’72 Doris Gerik, ’73 Dennis, ’74 David and ’77 Diane Stump, on Jan. 25, 2014.

John “Jack” Rheem, former Newman director of development and father of ’71 Jim and ’80 Maria

John “Jack” Rheem, former Newman director of development and father of ’71 Jim and ’80 Maria (Rheem) Marshall, on Feb. 3, 2014.

’73 Dennis O’Neil, former bookstore manager at Newman, on Nov. 17, 2013.

George Edward Waner, father of ’75 Leo Edward (Juliette)Waner, on Jan. 2, 2014.

Francis May, father of ’77 Sheila (May) Maksimowicz, on Dec. 21, 2013.

Lucile Wellemeyer, mother of ‘83 Mark Wellemeyer, on Jan. 25, 2014.

’95 Gary L. DeShazer, on Oct. 18, 2013.

Dennis Tajchman, father of ’96 Casey Sean (Stephanie) Tajchman, on Feb. 4, 2014.

‘10 Cody Kitzke, on Jan. 30, 2014.

Friends of the University

Florence May, ASC, former educator, administrator and dean of students at Newman, celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 12, 2014.


Ronald Alexander, brother of Newman Senior Development Officer David Alexander, on Dec. 6, 2013.

Janice Joworsky, former director of development, on Jan. 24, 2014.

Mary Elizabeth Giroux, granddaughter of Anne and Robert Giroux, former Newman president, on Feb. 28, 2014.