Cardinal Newman Banquet

2016 Cardinal Newman Banquet

Register here for the 2016 Cardinal Newman Banquet and Awards Ceremony.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, Feb. 27
Time: Mass at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Cardinal Newman Banquet at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Newman University, Dugan-Gorges Conf. Center

Reservations are requested by Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

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Note: Purchasing a table will seat 8 guests.

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Saturday February 27
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cardinal Newman Banquet 2015
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Cardinal Newman Banquet 2016:

Honoring Award Recipients

Cardinal Newman Medal:
Dr. Michael G. '78 and Carmella Ludlow

By conferral of the Newman Medal, considered the highest award that the university can bestow, the university seeks to recognize persons who have been instrumental in the growth and development of the university. Either through scholarship, intellectual pursuits, community service or spiritual life, such persons exemplify the truths Cardinal Newman espoused.

Dr. Michael and Carmella (Carm) Ludlow have a long and rich relationship with Newman University that spans four decades and includes the generous sharing of their talents and gifts through financial support, leadership and thousands of hours of service.

Michael arrived on the Kansas Newman College campus in 1974 to play basketball and study in its pre-med program. He earned an undergraduate Chemistry degree in 1978 then proceeded to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. After medical school he completed his family practice residency at St. Francis Hospital and was named First Year Resident of the Year. He was the Chief Resident in his third year. Dr. Ludlow is board certified in Family Medicine and has practiced at West Wichita Family Physicians since 1985.

In 1987, he began serving his alma mater as a Board of Directors member. That service would span six terms and 18 years, including four years as Chair, 1994-1998.

It was in his first term that the Board took up discussions regarding the potential closing of Kansas Newman College. In his acceptance speech for his Leon A. McNeill Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998, Dr. Ludlow quipped, “Being a young professional, and this being my first Board of Directors appointment, I thought it would look pretty bad on my resume to have the school close the very year I was elected to the Board.”

Dr. Ludlow, along with the other Board members, tackled the challenging times with the leadership and skill of a medical professional guiding a patient through a life-threatening illness. The Board at that time, under the leadership of Larry Klenda, played a crucial role in leading Newman back to health. Dr. Ludlow credits the naming of Tarcisia Roths, ASC president as being the most important decision the Board made to keep Newman viable.

Later it was Sister Tarcisia who encouraged him to serve as Board Chairman. During his two terms as Chair, Dr. Ludlow headed efforts to construct Fugate Gymnasium and the De Mattias Fine Art Center, plus the school’s name change to Newman University.

In addition to receiving our university’s highest alumni honor, Dr. Ludlow received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Newman in 1999 and was nominated for an Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) Distinguished Service Award in Trusteeship in 1998.

Like her husband, Carm (Faber) Ludlow has been an advocate for Newman over the years and has played important roles in various committees on campus. Carm, the oldest of seven children, was a cheerleader as a student at Kansas Newman College, and earned an undergraduate degree in English in 1979. Carm helped support the family by teaching in the Kansas City area while her husband attended medical school.

After the Ludlow’s returned to Wichita, Carm continued her teaching career and also volunteered for the Newman Alumni Office for many years. She chaired and served on numerous committees, including the Oktoberfest Party on the Plaza. Carm has also been a member of the ASC Associates, a group that supports the Adorers of the Blood of Christ with a variety of activities, since 2011.

The Ludlows established the Margaret H. Ludlow Endowed Scholarship fund in 1997 in memory of Mike’s mother. The scholarship aids students with a GPA of 2.5 or better and may be used to fund other Newman scholarships, as well.

Both have been generous donors to Newman since the mid-1970s and have supported several major campaigns including Facing Forward.
Mike and Carm have three children; Abbey, Katie and Michael W., a 2008 Newman graduate.

For their many years of dedication, service and financial support to Newman University, we nominate Dr. Michael G. and Carmella Ludlow for the 2016 Cardinal Newman Medal.

Leon A. McNeill Distinguished Alumni Award:
Robert Martin MD ‘83

The Leon A. McNeill Distinguished Alumni Award honors graduates who have achieved outstanding success in their personal lives and careers. 

For 25 years, Dr. Martin, a family practice physician, has served the people of West Plains and the surrounding communities in this Ozark Region of Missouri. He is a founding physician and continues to volunteer with the West Plains Christian Clinic, a facility that serves the medically uninsured of the region. In 2002 Dr. Martin made his first Medical Mission trip to Falmouth, Jamaica and he continues to organize an annual trip with a team of 20-29 medical and dental personnel to serve the needs of the people there. Other service includes building projects and Vacation Bible School for the youth. Dr. Martin has served as the volunteer team physician for the MASU-WP University’s men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams for 22 years. Additionally, he is involved in the civic community and serves his church as a Sunday school teacher, a lay reader, a member of the administrative counsel and chair of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. He and Melody are originally from Iola and have two children.

Beata Netemeyer Service Award:
Richard Klinge JD ‘71

This award honors alumni who continue the spirit of service of Beata Netemeyer, ASC, as they minister with others bringing about the mission of Christ.

A graduate of Washburn School of Law in 1974, Dick began a career as legal counsel for the Oklahoma-based TG&Y Corporation. After it ceased operation, Dick began private practice in Oklahoma City for several years. During this time he participated in the “Just Faith” spiritual program with its emphasis on Catholic Social Teachings and Dick began to see a new application for his legal practice. He left private practice to join Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He works especially with the undocumented immigrants, particularly in their efforts to become US citizens. In 2014 he led a legal team that served the undocumented being held at Tinker AFB. He has mobilized ecumenical and interfaith collaboration with this ministry and continues to give much of his time to education of the general public about this issue. Dick has in his heart and his head moved from a corporate attorney to a passionate attorney serving persons who are poor.

St. Maria De Mattias Award:
Melissa Grelinger BA ‘82

This award honors alumni who have given meritorious and continuous support and stewardship to Newman University and Catholic life.

Melissa, a Wichita native, has a degree in management science. After graduation, she worked for what was then Bank IV as a trust officer and later managed an accounting office for a property management company in Denver. Married to another NU alumnus, Bart, Melissa and Bart returned to Wichita when he was ready to begin his medical practice. In December 2012, Melissa was named interim director of Catholic Charities Inc. in Wichita, a position held until 2014. She had served on its board for three years.  Melissa has volunteered with various Wichita organizations, such as the Medical Alliance of Sedgwick County and Kansas Medical Alliance and is active in her parish. She has served on numerous NU committees including current service with Bart as co-chair of the Facing Forward Capital Campaign Committee. She and Bart have two children, both of who attended Newman.

Spirit of Acuto Award:
Teresa Lovelady MSW ’10

This award honors alumni and friends who have been a driving force, using their talent and training at critical junctures to move a vision to reality.

Teresa used her MSW/MBA from Newman to become the CEO of The Center for Health and Wellness in Wichita, a not-for-profit serving the underserved. In five years she has helped change the Center from an almost “death” situation to a thriving Clinic serving the people of the low-income neighborhood in which it is located. Now named HealthCore Clinic, there are 6 physicians, 4 mental health care providers and a substance abuse program in the Clinic. The Center focuses on prevention and wellness education and decreasing high-risk behaviors. Teresa has a passion to help underprivileged people because she herself grew up in an unstable and sad situation in Chicago where she raised her two younger brothers. Teresa is a successful grant writer and collaborator with many groups in Wichita for the growth of HealthCare Clinic which is currently engaged in a campaign to increase the space of the Clinic.



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