Class of 2012
B.S. Exercise Science, Pre-Medical Studies emphasis; Biology Minor

When did you first join the Newman community?
Freshman year in 2008

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What is your earliest memory of Newman?
Going to Mass during my freshman week on a beach towel in the brand new Newman Center that was still under construction. There were no windows yet. Everything was just studs, concrete, and drywall. It was so cool to have mass in such a simple setting, but still be able to come together as a community.

Describe your Newman experience with six or fewer words:
“Dipped in butta sauce”

What’s the most iconic “Newman” experience you can recall?
The most “Newman”-like moments make me think of the moments when I felt like our community felt like family. In particular, I think of one Easter my senior year when about 20 of us stayed in Kirksville to celebrate Easter together since some people lived too far from their families to go home for the three-day weekend. It was so wonderful; we all cooked in the kitchen making Newman smell like delicious ham, bacon, and pie, played ultimate frisbee outside in the rain, and just enjoyed good company. Moments like that made me realize how blessed I was in my time at Truman.

How were you involved at the Newman Center as a student?
I was on the Newman Council for all four years of college, getting involved with Social and Music Committees my first two years, then moving up to the Exec Board as Treasurer my junior year and then Committee Liaison my senior year. I also participated in service trips to Memphis, Joplin, and Mena, Arkansas.

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Where are you now and what are you up to these days?
I currently live in Kansas City, Missouri. I plan to graduate from UMKC School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in May 2017 and pursue a career working in a surgical specialty. I am very active in Kansas City Catholic Young Adult activities like City on a Hill and Catholic Challenge Sports League—currently playing flag football! In addition, I play violin on Sundays at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and I am involved with a women’s young adult bible study.

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How has Newman impacted you in the long run?
It is hard to express how large of an impact the Newman Center had on my faith formation while I attended Truman. It gave me a place to grow closer to Christ through the relationships I made through praying and having fun with my peers. The best friends I made at Newman are still my best friends. Near or far, I know we are all praying for each other and offering the same support and friendship that we found in our short time in good ol’ Kirksville.

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