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, Secretary, Publicity Chair, and Executive Officer.

President: Nick Rackers

VP of Internal Affairs: Anna Burns

VP of External Affairs: Megan Barnes

Secretary: Sara Figura

Publicity Chair: Emily Earl

Executive Officer/Outreach: Colleen McNamara


Ministry Committees

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

Men’s Ministry: Eli Fogarty and PJ Wuennenberg (Chairs)

Women’s Ministry: Lauren Reid and Kate Speak (Chairs)


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: Anna Glen and Max Melching


Liturgy Committee

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

Committee Chair: Grace McKinnis and Nick Dolson


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

Service Committee

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

Committee Chair: Abbie Inhat


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: John Dames and Mollie Fogarty


ACTS Committee

The Apologetics, Catechesis. Theology, and Spirituality (ACTS) Committee provides a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth to members of the Newman community consisting of talks on theology and catechesis and more! This committee is a combination of the former co-ed ministry and the spiritual committee that we are looking to grow starting in 2022.

Committee Chairs: Kateri Gutting and Austin Newton

FOCUS Bible Study Coordinator: Livie Manuel 

FOCUS Bible Study Support: Casey Voichahoske