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Issue #5  |  January 2017
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What's happening at Newman

We all remember 24-hour finals study time at Newman each semester. The tables are rolled out, the snack buffet set up and quiet is strictly enforced. Happily finals are over now. The students are at home for winter break, and all is quiet. Classes resume January 17, so the big room will be bustling once more soon!

Share your 2017 intentions with our community

Part of being a community is sharing with each other. We love to see alumni chatting on our Facebook page or in our private Facebook group. Join the conversation today!

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Prayer of the Month: Family New Year's Prayer

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

God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.


Alumna Spotlight: Emily (Sides) Schiltz

Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders – Truman, May 2000
Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders – Saint Louis University, May 2002

Years involved at Newman: August of 1996 through May of 2000

Current city of residence: St. Louis, MO
1997 Newman Choir

What brought you to Newman and when did you first start taking part? I first began attending the Newman center in August of 1996.  I had always attended Mass weekly with my family prior to leaving for college, and I was interested in checking out the Newman Center, to consider how I was going to approach my faith once I was out of my parents’ house, and at a place in life to make my own decisions.  I also really enjoyed singing, and was interested in joining the choir – at that time it was led by several dynamic older students, and they made it a very compelling reason to check out the Newman Center.

Read more and see more pictures on our blog

Class Notes

Melissa Clendenin (Vanost), '03, married husband Bill on May 12, 2012 in St. Louis at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. They were thrilled to welcome their daughter, Amelia Marie, on September 8, 2016.  The Clendenin family resides in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, and they are new members of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish. Melissa is the Government and Public Affairs Coordinator for the Government and Public Affairs Department at Enterprise Holdings. Bill is an attorney, working in real estate and business law at Stone, Leyton, Gershman. Melissa can be reached at

Phill ‘13 and Jen Wamser (Kubik) ‘13 enjoyed the holiday season by celebrating the birth of their first child. Simon Eckard was born on November 30th, weighing 7 lbs 5 oz and measuring 19 3/4 inches long. The trio reside in south Saint Louis county with their puppy, Barley.

If you've moved, gotten a new job, won an award, gotten married, had a baby or celebrated another exciting event, please share it with us at
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