The Newman Council

The Newman Council is our student-run planning board composed of committees that are responsible for the spiritual activities, social events and service opportunities at our center. These students provide leadership and facilitate programs that enrich the Catholic experience at Truman State University.

If you are interested in planning and directing programs at Newman, learn more about our committees and consider joining the Newman Council.

Executive Committee

The “Exec” team coordinates the Newman Council’s overall program operations. Executive positions include: President, Internal Vice President, External Vice President, Committee Liaison, Secretary, Fundraising Coordinator, Council Liaison, Alumni Liaison, and Executive Officer.

President: Sam Sargent

VP of Internal Affairs: Jake Hearst

VP of External Affairs: Adam Yancey

Secretary: Caleb Bruemmer

Publicity Chair: Kelly Backer

Alumni Liaison: Bethany Travis


Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee maintains order in our new Newman building. The committee plays every essential role in making sure Newman events & rentals run smoothly.

Committee Chair: Zachary Smith

Committee Members: Andrew Gentry


Fellowship Committee

The Fellowship Committee hosts weekly meetings, retreats, and various social opportunities for Newman’s fellowship groups and FOCUS groups.

Men’s Ministry: Ben Wolf, and Adam Schmitz

Women’s Ministry: Riley Bess, Abby Schilly, and MaryClare Stoker

Salt & Light Co-Leaders: Michael Wohldmann & Pagie Karls

FOCUS Group Coordinators: Abby Sanders (Liaison) Ben Wolf (Men’s) and Emily Wren (Women’s)


Intramurals Committee

Newman Intramurals coordinates and promotes Newman’s participation in Intramural events, stimulating Newman spirit and sportsmanship as we battle other organizations.

Men’s Chair: Will Leingang

Women’s Chair: Christina Halfmann

Co-ed Chair: Lucas Marling


Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee is responsible for coordinating Masses, recruiting Mass volunteers (Greeters, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers), and decorating the altar.

Committee Chair: Meaghan O’Connell

Committee Members: Tyler Acosta (Praise Band Leader), Katleen Morgan (Choir Director), Christina Slipke (Choir Assistant), Rachel Smith,  and Emma Famous


Publicity Committee

The Publicity Committee publicizes Newman events. Newman’s publicity usually takes the form of a weekly bulletin, Mass announcements, this website, social media, and campus sidewalk chalking. Creative and innovative ideas are welcome!

Committee Chair: Kelly Backer

Committee Members: Riley Bess, Justin Gassel, and Curt Wichmer

Service Committee

The Service Committee…

Committee Chairs: Kathleen Placke

Committee Members: Liz Bucholz, and Anna Graves


Social Committee

The Social Committee plans and runs social activities such as BBQs, dances, coffeehouses, and movie nights. The social committee coordinates Newman’s participation in Homecoming, Family Day, and Finals Week. This committee provides exciting opportunities for involvement with the campus and getting Newman’s face around the University.

Committee Chair: Jackie Jacezko

Committee Members: Ben Schmidt, Ingrid Erickson and Zoe Goff


Spiritual Committee

The Spiritual Committee provides a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth to members of the Newman community consisting of Bible studies, retreats, Eucharistic adoration and Reconciliation services.

Committee Chair: Maguire Radosevic

Committee Members: Maura Schmimmens and Amanda Kapp