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Issue #1  |  September 2016
Welcome to this first issue of the Kirksville Newman Alumni Association Newsletter! Each month we'll be sharing the latest news from Newman, memories from fellow alumni, and ways for you to connect with and support the Newman community past and present. If you have any memories you'd like to share or suggestions for content, please email

A Word from Newman's Director

Dear Alumni:

We had an AMAZING start to the year at Newman, welcoming 200 new freshmen. We had our annual back-to-school barbecue, and it was awesome! We had SO many students come--probably three times as many as we have ever seen! This year, we decided to offer the barbecue with no charge to the students and use some of the donation funds from alumni like you to cover the cost. 

At Mass, I told students that Newman alumni have started an association to raise funds to support them. We had a student share what it was like for her freshman year, how she got involved at Newman, and what a difference our community has made to her. We also shared with new students that we at Newman have all found something we were looking for in our involvement here. We told them we want to share that opportunity--and this home--with them. Your support and prayers are helping make that dream come true.

We had a whole week of events for our Welcome Week: a movie night, ice cream after Wednesday Mass, a praise & worship Eucharistic adoration, a coffeehouse, and a bonfire. We will soon have our Freshmen Retreat. And that was just the first week! I am so excited to support another group of young people here at Newman, help them find friendship, encounter God’s love and presence in their life, and discover who they are called to be. !t is such a joy to work with students who share so much talent and so much faith. 

Thank you for being one of the grown ups who believe in them,

Chris Korte
Newman Center Director

Scenes from Newman's 2016 Welcome BBQ


A Note from the Newman Council President

As a freshman, I came to Truman excited to experience all the adventures college had to offer. I had graduated from a private Catholic high school, however my faith life was stagnant and had been for about a year at that point. I wrestled (and sometimes still do) with questions about the Catholic faith, and ultimately I wanted to find a personal connection with God in this world. College has challenged me in many unforeseen ways. I turned to the people at Newman in an especially tumultuous time, and I quickly found a community that is not only loving and open, but also a place where I have truly learned the meaning of fellowship and friendship.
Our theme for this year is from the first chapter of the book of James: Consider it a pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. For many, college is a time of personal growth and transition. This verse reminds us to persevere in pursuing the Lord through the various trials and tribulations that college and life throw at us. No one is immune to challenges, and even Jesus faced many hardships during His lifetime.
My hope is that Newman is a strong community that supports others with love, faith, and fellowship. I want everyone to feel comfortable enough to come pray in the chapel, participate in small groups, attend our social functions, or simply come to Mass. I’m sure many of you had the experience I had, where the Newman community opened up to you and impacted your life in a positive way. Our community is not only made up current students but also of the alumni who have instilled amazing traditions and made lifelong memories here. I encourage you to come back to Kirksville and see us! 
If any of you would like to get in touch with me about updates regarding how Newman is currently doing, any of the events we have going on this semester, or any other comment, question or concern, I can always be reached by email at
God bless,
Jenna Holzer
Newman Council President, 2016-17

Prayer of the Month: Newman Prayer

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Alumni Spotlight: Ben Story

When was your first Newman year? Fall 1998

What is your earliest memory of Newman? My first memory of Newman was during Freshman Week. I think it was Wednesday morning, I had a break from class and was a little homesick. I decided to wander across Davis from Missouri Hall to see where I would be going to Mass on Sunday. Little did I know I was about to get sucked into the Newman experience. I walked in and a crazy lady (at least to me at the time—sorry, Betty) ran out and handed me a Newman cup and started touring me around the building. By the time she was done, I had agreed to come back that night for Mass, and the rest is history.

Sum up your Newman experience in three words. Fun, Friends, Faith

Where are you now? I am living in Springfield (technically Jerome), Illinois with my wife Emily and our four rescue dogs (Max, Penny, Wrigley and Hawkeye). I work for Hospital Sisters Health System as a Network Engineer for their Illinois Hospitals and clinics. In my free time, I volunteer as Music Director and liturgist for a small church in Springfield.

How has Newman impacted you for the long term? Newman gave me the experience and training to do what I do in my church now. It also gave me life-long friends spread all over the nation.

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

Ben Story, Monica (Lehmann) Dolan and Karl Hendrickson participate in some sort of trust exercise at a Newman Council Retreat in 2001 or 2002.
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