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Issue #8  |  April 2017
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Join us for our inaugural Alumni Reuion!

Hello, Newman alumni!

For me, Newman was the grounding force in my college years where I forged some amazing friendships and grew into an adult relationship with God. I imagine you may have similar reasons to have fond memories of Newman. Wouldn't it be great to reconnect with people from your days at Newman, and meet other generations of "Newmanites" who have their own unique stories? 

The good news for you is that the Alumni Association is coordinating an event for just that purpose! I would like to invite you and your families to attend the Inaugural Newman Alumni Reunion coming up in a few weeks on Saturday, April 29 from noon-4pm. It's going to be a low-key, open-house-style get-together at my home in Columbia, Missouri with a BBQ potluck, time to chat, and plenty of space for kids to run around. While it may be a bit of a drive for those of you not in Columbia, I encourage you to invest the day and drive out. Come and go as you need to and, if you're still in town in the evening, we'll head to Saturday night mass and dinner. Come for some or all of the day --whatever works best for you! I hope to see you there!
JoAnn (Jorgovan) Shull
Class of 2006

Register now for our Inaugural Newman Alumni Reunion!

Saturday, April 29, 2017
605 Quick Sand Cir, Columbia, MO

Bring the whole family and catch up with friends you haven't seen in "forever." We'll gather at alumna JoAnn (Jorgovan) Shull's house for a potluck BBQ with plenty of space for the kids to run around.

The Alumni Association wants to make this an annual tradition. If you have any suggestions or want to help plan, please email the Membership Committee at

Prayer of the Month:
Virtual Stations of the Cross

1 Jesus is Condemned to Death (Stations of the Cross)
Next week is Holy Week. We pray that it will be a blessed time for you that brings you closer to God. And we look forward to singing "Alleluia" as one church in just a few days time! 

See all of the Virtual Stations of the Cross on Busted Halo

Alumna Spotlight: Angela (Welker) Lachenmayer

Name: Angela Lachenmayr (Welker)

Degrees: B.A. in Music (2008) M.A.E. in Music Education (2009)

Years Involved at Newman: 2004 – 2009

Current Location: Monroe, NC
1997 Newman Choir
Angela (front center), Awakenings Rector, with her Awakenings Support Staff: Lisa Hoffman Weaks (left), John Powderly (rear center), and Vincent DeMarco (right), 2008

Q: What advice would you give to present-day Newmanites?

A: Take the time to connect with people. Make coffee dates. Stay up late talking about life and God with your roommates. Go on a walk around campus. You’re not going to remember what you got on your English midterm, but you will remember the time you spend with the people you love.

Read more and see more pictures on our blog

Class Notes

Congratulations to Abby (Howell) Dropinski '06 and her husband, Jim, who welcomed their second baby, Elsie, in March. She joins older sister Emmaline. The Dropinskis currently live in Maryville, Missouri.

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