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: Alex Sextro

VP of Internal Affairs: Matthew Naeger

VP of External Affairs: Emily Davenport

Committee Liaison: Emily Damba

Secretary: Bethany Travis

Fundraising Coordinator: TBD

Council Liaison: Abby Sanders

Alumni Liaison: Alex Holzum


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: Matthew Naeger

Committee Members: Will Leingang and Zachary Smith


Fellowship Committee

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

Peter’s Pyros Leader: Adam Schmidtz

Salt & Light Co-Leaders: TBD

FOCUS Group Coordinators: Jake Hearst (Men’s) and Samantha Sargent (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: Emily Wren


Liturgy Committee

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

Committee Chair: Ben Wolf

Committee Members: Tyler Acosta (Praise Band Leader), Amber Colvis (Choir Director), Katleen Morgan (Choir Assistant), Meaghan O’Connell, and Claire Viviano


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: Bethany Travis

Bulletin: Madeleine Staley

Photography: Emily Wren

Social Media: Adam Yancey

Website: Whitney Stroup


Service Committee

The Service Committee…

Committee Co-Chairs: Leah Bell and Meg Meyer

Committee Members: Maggie Orf, Nicole Tankovic, and Paschaline Uti


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: Jake Hearst, Alex Holzum, Abby Schilly, Adam Schmidtz, Mary Claire Stoker, and Ben Wolf


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: Erin Kuttler

Committee Members: Grace Malinee, Abbie Schultz, and Maddie Torline