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Issue #4  |  December 2016
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An update from Bettie


It's really difficult to say how much Newman means to me! I started at Newman in 1987 as a secretary and editor of the newsletter. Because of my involvement, by the early 1990s I became an Associate Campus Minister. In 1996, I was named  Director of Newman.  

I began working at Newman to serve the college students because I wanted to be there for them. It just never seemed to be a job. I LOVED going to Newman, and I LOVED the Newmanites. I enjoyed working with the students in all aspects of our Council duties and was always so proud of their initiative and responsibility. One of my greatest blessings was getting to know and work with Fr. Bill. He always had such great insight, and we all remember how his homilies spoke directly to each of us.

I can't believe I've been retired six years already! I now live in the small town of Converse, Texas, adjacent to San Antonio. I continue to be involved in parish activities as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, and assisting with funeral dinners. Another activity that keeps me busy is exercising. I have joined a gym and even have a personal trainer. My greatest thrill is enjoying and spoiling my three grandchildren (fourth one is due in February)! If any of you get to the San Antonio area, please feel free to contact me.  

Love you all!
Bettie Lesczynski

What's happening at Newman

A fun Advent game came to Newman this year. Think Elf On The Shelf but the Christian version. So how do you play? Every day, students are hiding the Christmas star somewhere in Newman. If someone finds the Christmas star they can move the wise men to stand by it. No one will move the star again until the wise men are standing by it. This game will continue until the students all leave for break. So if you stop by Newman and see the wise men standing alone without a star, go find the star and move them there! And then let someone move the star again later. Happy Advent! Venite Adoremus!

Advent in six words a day

Are you following along with our six-word-a-day reflections on the daily readings throughout Advent? We hope they'll be a simple (and quick!) way for you to turn your mind to God each day as we prepare for Christmas. Help spread the message; please like the posts so that they'll show up in more alumni's newsfeeds!

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Prayer of the Month: An Advent Prayer

Adapted from a prayer found on Catholic Online. If you would like to suggest a special prayer to be featured in a future issue, email

Alumni Spotlight: Stacy (Ortmann) Roberts

M.A.E. Elementary Education, August 2006
B.A. Communication Studies, May 2005

Q: What brought you to Newman? 
A:  Being raised Catholic, I knew that I needed to find a new church family when I arrived at Truman State University. My parents and I visited the Newman Center shortly after arriving and moving my belongings into my dorm room. Bettie made me feel right at home, and I was excited about being in a place that was so warm and inviting.

Q: What is you earliest memory of Newman as an undergraduate student? 
A: I don’t know if I remember any Freshman Week activities, but I remember going to my first 7pm Sunday night mass and thinking it was so cool to go to church on Sunday night!

Q: Sum up your Newman experience in six words or fewer:  
A: Cornerstone. Youth Ministry. Awakenings. Friendships. Family.

Q: What's the most iconic "Newman moment" you've ever witnessed?
A:  The most “Newman” thing I ever witnessed was as a Eucharistic Minister. I remember many nights following Sunday night mass that we needed to finish consuming the Eucharist. I remember many people commenting about being “full” from Jesus. It is still a fond memory for me! 

Q: In what Newman activities did you participate?
A:  As an undergrad, I participated in Newman Council; Awakenings; participating in mass as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, greeter, and all-around fill-in where I was needed. I also participated in helping with Youth Ministry for many years as an undergrad, and I returned to Mary Immaculate as an adult to continue to help with Youth Ministry when I still lived in Missouri.

Q: Where are you now? What are you up to?
A: I am now living in Wasilla, Alaska, and I teach middle school English in Palmer, Alaska. My husband is a helicopter pilot here in Alaska, and as such, we have enjoyed many flying adventures together.

Thank you, Stacy, for being part of our community!

Class Notes

Amy Porter (Yeagle), ‘11, married husband Alexander on July 2, 2016. They currently reside in Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania. Amy is the Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at the Newman House at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Alex is a project engineer with the construction company Lendlease.

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