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'08 Kasey Slechta

Newman University (1998-Present)
Kasey Slechta currently resides in Derby, KS and is employed as a RN with Via Christi Health.  Thanks for checking in on the Newman Alumni page!

Acad '66 Jayne (Connor) Farmer

Sacred Heart Academy (1945-1967)
Hello from Jayne (Connor) Farmer who lives in Seattle, WA with husband Joseph.  She is a retired Social Worker.  Jayne hopes to attend the Academy Class of 1966 45th Reunion.  If you are a class member watch for event details at  

Alumni Profile: Wilma Moore-Black

Kansas Newman College (1973-1998)
Wilma Moore-Black Wilma Black has been more than busy since graduating from Newman. Most people have heard the phrase that says we should all strive to be “lifelong learners.” Wilma's life demonstrates that she has truly taken this phrase to heart. Her passion for learning and teaching her children how to continually grow has guided her throughout her career and life thus far. She was a first-generation student, and attended Kansas State University after graduating from high school. She...

'87 Clare (Sander) Vanderpool

Kansas Newman College (1973-1998)
A review of '87 Clare (Sander) Vanderpool's "Moon Over Manifest" appeared in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, October 10, 2010.  The book, recently published was very well received and is Clare's debut novel written for ages 9 to 12. Clare will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 9th alumni luncheon on Newman's campus.  Make your reservations at: or phone 316-942-4291 X 2163.

'00 Dr. Shana and Jason Jarmer-Camblin

Newman University (1998-Present)
New baby Owen Wyatt was born to Jason and Dr. Shana Jarmer-Camblin on August 25, 2010.  Sister Sadie welcomes him home just before her first day of preschool.

'04 Mary (Washburn) and Nathan Blasi

Newman University (1998-Present)
Born to '04 Mary (Washburn) and Nathan Blasi, a daughter, Kennedy on September 30, 2010.  The baby is welcomed home by brother Drake.

Quinn '06 and Jennifer (Covey) Bowman '07

Newman University (1998-Present)
Born to '06 Quinn and '07 Jennifer Bowman a daughter, Jocelynn Renee on October 8, 2010 at 7:09 A.M.  This is the first grandchild for '81,'90 Nancy (Heithaus) and Ray Vail.  Jocelynn conveniently arrived at shift change so all of Jenn's nursing friends got in on the new arrival!     

Christopher '07 and Amelia (Reichenberger) Baalmann '07

Newman University (1998-Present)
Born to '07 Christopher and '07 Amelia Baalmann, a daughter, Gianna Theresa on October 9, 2010.  Grandparents are '78 Diane Orth and Mark Baalmann.

Tyler Gunelson '10

Newman University (1998-Present)
Tyler Gunelson was part of a group of students who helped put the new mascot presentation together for the grand unveiling during a recent soccer game!  Since graduation in May, Tyler has also been very busy coaching baseball at Friends University and the Wichita Sluggers Academy.  He is also attending Emporia State University to earn a masters degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.  Thanks for the update, Tyler and good luck!

Brianna (Bustamante) Mader '10

Newman University (1998-Present)
Brianna Bustanamte and Justin Mader, both of Holcomb, KS. were married June 12, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City.  Brianna is a sixth grade teacher at St. Mary School in Holcomb and Justin is a lease operator at Merit Energy Corporation.  The newlyweds are at home in Holcomb.  Congratulations!