A scholarship from the University of Miami "changed my life and opened my eyes to a whole different world." -- Judi Prokop Newman, ardent supporter of the arts and proud UM alumna.
Longtime benefactors of scholarships and academic programs at the University of Miami, Bob and Judi Newman recently deepened their long-term connection with a generous gift to name the newly opened Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. “The minute students arrive here, it’s important to have them start thinking about their relationship with the University and their role as alumni,” says Judi Prokop Newman, B.B.A. ’63, who also is a University trustee. “A welcoming environment, a place to gather, and a place to showcase traditions of the University are all important for establishing roots.”
Judi sees her UM education as the root of so many wonderful twists and turns throughout her life. “My parents didn’t see a need for me to go to college,” says the St. Louis, Missouri, native who earned a scholarship that ultimately enabled her to attend. “It changed my life and opened my eyes to a whole different world. I received a social degree as much as an academic one.”
Mrs. Newman is president of the Newman Family Foundation in Denver, Colorado. She worked for United Airlines in the Computer Technology, Airline Maintenance and Apollo Reservation Divisions and retired after 26 years with the company. An arts lover, Mrs. Newman has been affiliated with the boards of the Colorado Symphony Association, the Lutheran Family Services, the Art and Culture Committee of the Denver Foundation, and the University of Denver Campaign for Music and Theater (national campaign chairwoman). Mrs. Newman was a board member of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA/YoungArts).
The Newmans divide their time between Miami and Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, where Bob is founder of Greenwood Gulch Ventures, which provides financial and strategic support to technology companies. He also is co-founder and former director of a software company, J.D. Edwards, which is now Oracle, and he holds the South Florida franchise rights for GolfTEC, a golf swing analysis and instruction shop.
The couple, avid philanthropists in many cultural and academic arenas, intensified their contact with the University of Miami in the early 1990s, when they began vacationing here on a regular basis. “Virtually everyone we’ve met at the University has shown a great amount of southern hospitality,” Bob says.
The Newmans are generous supporters of the University of Miami School of Business Administration including the Judi Prokop Newman Resource Center, as well as the Frost Band of the Hour at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. They frequently attend and support music and theater events at the University of Miami and contributed to the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Box Office at the Ziff Ballet and Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami.
They are also the naming donors of the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver and the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.