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: Gloria Farmer

VP of Internal Affairs: David Smith

VP of External Affairs: Heidi Speth

Secretary: Megan Barnes

Publicity Chair: Emily Earl

Executive Officer/Outreach: Conaire Bradfield


Ministry Committees

The Ministries host committee meetings, retreats, fun events, and various social opportunities for the Newman community.

Men’s Ministry: Franklin Morris & Riley Scott (Chairs)

Women’s Ministry: Anna Clayton (Chair), Anna Burns, & Gillian Stiles

Co-Ed Ministry: Colleen McNamara (Chair), Livie Manuel, George Gump

FOCUS Bible Study Coordinator: Anna Burns (Liaison)


Intramurals Committee

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

Committee Chair: Aili Eggleston

Committee Member: Riley Scott


Liturgy Committee

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

Committee Chair: Nicholas Rackers

Committee Member: Sara Figura


Publicity Committee

The Publicity Committee publicizes Newman events. Newman’s publicity usually takes the form of Mass announcements, this website, social media, and campus publicity.

Committee Chair: Emily Earl

Committee Member: Taryn Gough

Service Committee

The Service Committee engages in community outreach, specifically by hosting service day and helping the community in various ways.

Committee Chair: Matt Klekar

Committee Member: Kate Speak


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 Chairs: Paige Devening & Sydnie Freese

Special Projects

Videography: Rob Garner

Evangelization: Ashlyn Myers

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.