Dr. Noreen M. Carrocci

President
Newman University

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 Why did you choose to get involved in Together 2016?

Since the program began in 2014, participating in Together Wichita just made sense for Newman University. Our mission as a private, Catholic university is to empower our graduates to transform society and that’s what largely appealed to me about this endeavor. Newman University is excited to join our Together Wichita partners in projects that will allow us to work collaboratively for the improvement of our community. A “culture of service” is one of Newman’s core values, and we are pleased to be included consistently in the U.S. President’s Annual Honor Roll for Community Service. Together Wichita allows us to set yet another example for our students, alumni and friends of the many creative ways entities can come together to serve and make a difference for the common good. And we are pleased to be in the company of so many top-notch organizations!

Why did you choose to get involved in Together 2016?

Since the program began in 2014, participating in Together Wichita just made sense for Newman University. Our mission as a private, Catholic university is to empower our graduates to transform society and that’s what largely appealed to me about this endeavor. Newman University is excited to join our Together Wichita partners in projects that will allow us to work collaboratively for the improvement of our community. A “culture of service” is one of Newman’s core values, and we are pleased to be included consistently in the U.S. President’s Annual Honor Roll for Community Service. Together Wichita allows us to set yet another example for our students, alumni and friends of the many creative ways entities can come together to serve and make a difference for the common good. And we are pleased to be in the company of so many top-notch organizations!

What would you tell a person who is considering moving to Wichita?

I would tell them to make the move! Wichita is a dynamic city with a relatively low cost of living and a high quality of life. It is a great place to raise a family. Our economy is rebounding and becoming more diverse. Our downtown is dynamic, and we have excellent dining options, art, music, opera, theatre, and music theatre. We have great attractions for young and old such as the Zoo, Exploration Place, Botanical Gardens, and the INTRUST Bank Arena. But for all this, Wichita still feels like a small town where people know and care about each other. It is easy to connect and form bonds with folks here, personally and professionally. And the traffic is considerably better than any comparably sized city I have ever been in. So what are you waiting for?

What is Wichita’s best kept secret?

The breadth and quality of higher education options in our community. I don’t know if people realize the amount of dynamic learning taking place in Wichita’s many college classrooms. We have state-of-the-art learning and it’s being provided for much less than the national average in terms of cost. From our technical and community colleges, to our four-year public and private university options, our community members have access to a fantastic array of high quality and high value educational programs. And we have unique partnerships, such as Newman’s with KU Medical School in Wichita wherein first-year medical students take an Anatomy course on our campus with our professors. We also have great partnerships with Butler Community College and Wichita Area Technical Colleges for those wishing to complete a four-year degree. Yes, Wichita is a great college town! A related best secret: health care is our second largest ind ustry.

How long have you lived in Wichita?

8 and a half years

What is the first thing you would show a visitor to Wichita?

Newman University