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Issue #3  |  November 2016
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The News from Newman


Hello Newman alumni!

We have a lot of very fun things planned for this year at Newman. As usual, we are having our Mini Golf fundraiser in the Spring. This year we are switching some things up, and we recently added a laser tag fundraiser which we held last weekend November 4 and 5. It was so much fun! We also moved the trivia night to the spring, so I’m very excited to keep working on that!

So far, we are trying to raise funds simply to keep Newman up and running, but we are also trying to raise money for a renovation project. Our goal is to either add a new, beautiful chapel or to renovate the current chapel that we have. As the years progress, we are starting to become a bigger and bigger organization that wishes to expand out to even more people, and the chapel we have right now doesn’t quite fit with our current population.

Otherwise, everything is still the same around Newman! As a whole, we are as still as energetic, strange, and loving as we were when you were once a part of this beautiful organization.

Maddie Torline
Newman Council Fundraising Chair, 2016-17

🎆 Laser Tag! 🎆

Current students decked out for this past weekend's Laser Tag event. Photo by Alex Sextro

Join in our 21 Days of Gratitude!

Did you know that there is a Kirksville Newman Alumni Facebook group? It's a private spot to post memories, life updates, job openings, prayer requests, and more. There are currently 244 members, and we'd love to have more, spanning a greater range of graduation years. 

Throughout November, we're celebrating 21 Days of Gratitude with daily posts asking everyone to reflect on the good things in our lives both today and back in the Newman days. Today the question is about kindness. We hope you'll join in!
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Prayer of the Month: 
A Post-Election Prayer

This lovely prayer was written by Sister Pat Bergen, CSJ of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Please join us in praying for our country.

If you would like to suggest a special prayer to be featured in a future issue, email

Alumni Spotlight: Mary Hamera 

B.A. Communication Disorders (2007)
M.A.E. Special Education (2008)
  • What year was your first Newman year?
    I started going to Newman the fall of my freshman year. 
  • What was your favorite freshman week activity? 
    The BBQ! 
  • What is your favorite Newman quote? 
    "May God support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in His mercy may God give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last."
  • The most "Newman" thing you ever witnessed was the time . . .
    Pyros did a lovely rendition of "Rain Down"  :)
  • With what Newman committees/activities did you participate as an undergrad?
    Council (Exec), Awakenings, Growth, Freshman Week activities
  • Where are you now? What are you up to? 
    Teaching in Kansas City
  • How has Newman impacted you for the long term?
    My closest KC friends are people I met through Newman! 
Thank you, Laura, for being part of our community!

Class Notes

Jared James, ‘13 and his wife Elizabeth (Grothoff), ‘15, are currently residing in St. Louis.  Elizabeth is in her second year of graduate school at Fontbonne University studying Speech-Language Pathology while Jared is in his fourth year of medical school at Washington University.  The couple married in June of 2016. They both plan to graduate in May 2016, then Jared will begin a residency program in family medicine and Elizabeth will begin her career as a pediatric speech therapist. They are enjoying their new vocation of marriage and time with dear friends in Missouri!

Sam Walk ’15 is currently attending graduate school at Saint Louis University. There, he studies Theological Ethics and is writing his Master’s Thesis on sacramental theology and liturgy as a source for ethical discernment. Sam has been blessed with many opportunities to work with professors – editing a book on comparative theology and teaching classes – while also working with hospice patients, adults with intellectual disabilities, and kids in after-school tutoring programs. And when he is not at school or working, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Molly, playing with his pug, and attempting to learn how to bake bread. Sam is very excited to begin applying to programs in School Counseling next semester, and hopes that everyone in the Newman community is doing well.

Mary Niehaus '08 married James Bosnick on June 04, 2016. They live in Richmond Heights, Missouri with their newly-adopted dog, Bo. Mary is a development officer at St. Louis Public Radio, and Jim is an attorney by trade, completing a business degree at Washington University St. Louis.

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