Students from Neumann University, dedicated to becoming the positive change they wish to see in the world through their activities in Campus Ministry, have an opportunity each year to apply for the COR Team. The COR Team consists of student leaders who are trained in peer ministry. They are retreat and service team leaders. In addition, they are committed to giving of themselves, their time, and talent.
Hello, my name is Colleen Graf. I am a junior studying Sports and Entertainment Management. This is my second year being on COR Team, and I am very excited about all of the plans our team has planned for the upcoming year. I decided to join COR Team after having an amazing time on the First Year Getaway Retreat. I ended up meeting some of my best friends on the retreat, and my interest grew in becoming involved with Campus Ministry. During my first year on COR team I was a retreat leader on the First Year Getaway, and it was great interacting with the new students. I have helped volunteer for the Sandwiches for Survival program, and also went on the SEARCH retreat. I was so inspired by the people and experiences I had on the retreats that I wanted to join COR to become a retreat leader. I look forward to the many service opportunities that Campus Ministry will be providing, and I am very enthusiastic to work with such an amazing group of students on COR Team.
Hello, my name is Re'Alle Harold. I am senior majoring in Criminal Justice. This is my third year on COR Team in Campus Ministry. I first became involved in ministry by participating in Habitat for Humanity and the Heart of Camden Spring Break Immersion Trip. It was an amazing experience to work on a house that someone will live in one day and to rebuild community gardens in Camden. I also had an opportunity to be a part of another service event, House of Joseph II. This is a service to spend time with people living with HIV and AIDS. We spend social time with the residents of House of Joseph II in Wilmington, Delaware creating art projects and having great conversation with people whom society have largely forgotten. In addition, I am now one of the leaders for Heart of Camden and it has opened my mind to new opportunities and meeting great people. Going on these service events was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to everyone on campus.
My name is Albertina Crabbe. I am 24 years old. I was born in Ghana in the west part of Africa in June of 1989. I have lived in the United States for 5 years with my parents and two brothers. I am a senior majoring in Psychology which I will use in the field of counseling and plan to further pursue nursing as a career after receiving my undergraduate degree at Neumann. I also love to help people and I have always been interested in ministry. Neumann is just the right place for me. I have been involved with the Neumann ministry team since my freshman year. My first involvement was First Year Getaway, a retreat that I encourage freshmen to participate in and experience. First Year Getaway helped me to meet new people, adjust to college, and it showed me that there are people who care for the students here at Neumann. Since then I have been involved with the Aids Walk, Sandwiches for Survival, Music Ministry, SEARCH Retreat, and I even went on a service immersion trip to a Native American reservation in Wyoming. For this year on COR Team, my main focus will be the Women of Wisdom faith sharing group. Campus Ministry is all about service and love. I will never forget our CORE values of R.I.S.E.S.
My name is Sarmira Rhodan, and I am a senior Psychology major with a minor in Philosophy. This is my third year on the Campus Ministry COR Team, and this is a very exciting experience and opportunity for me because I know I can proudly make a difference by being involved with ministry. I initially started by getting involved in service work and events with ministry; going on retreats which helped to really changed my view about myself and about the people around me. I am one of the student leaders for our Women of Wisdom faith sharing group that meets twice a month, and I am also involved in several of our clubs on campus. In addition, I also assist our Campus Ministry team as a leader for our Movies with Meaning program which runs once a month in the ministry. I encourage all Neumann students to read their emails and to visit the Ministry Center where you can sign up and get involved!
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Hi, my name is Amanda Saunders. I'm a nursing major here at Neumann and this is my first year on COR team; I couldn't be more excited! I got involved with ministry by going on the First Year Get away retreat in November of last year. On this retreat I met some of my best friends and had the opportunity to meet new people. Throughout the year I continued to volunteer with campus ministry by doing the Heart of Camden, the St. Francis Inn, Sandwiches for Survival, Greccio Live Nativity, SEARCH retreat, and liturgical involvement. I'm also an officer for the Neumann Student Peace Alliance and a member of Knights for Life. In the fall I will be studying abroad at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland with another COR team member, MaryKate Mcgurk. While we're there we plan on joining their version of Campus Ministry with the hope that we can add something new to their team and bring back something to add to ours here at Neumann.
My name is Angela Pesce, and I am a sophomore from Newark, Delaware. I originally got involved with Campus Ministry and the COR team by signing up for the RCIA faith formation program which enabled me to receive my Confirmation last April. Throughout the process, as well as from my theology classes, I got the opportunity to explore more of my faith and in the process find myself. I was able to become more involved in liturgical duties at the different Masses throughout the week as well as joining in on the service event Sandwiches for Survival. By being in Campus Ministry and on the COR team I look forward to being able to not only reach out and help those around me but also, share my journey and experiences with others to help them also find themselves and to share my experiences with them.. At Neumann it is hard not to get involved and this should be an exciting year. I’m so excited to be a part of such a great team of amazing people doing big things for our campus and community.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present. - Babatunde Olatunji
My name is Brandon Rovito and I’m a junior majoring in Criminal Justice. This is my first year as a member of the Campus Ministry COR team and my enthusiasm for it is exploding!! Neumann is a wonderful place to attend as a student and I can proudly say it has a warmth that I believe no other university offers. It’s easy to meet people, make friends, become active, and so much more. Here at NU, I’ve been taught by amazing professors with whom I have built friendships with because of the smaller classrooms. I run the Coffee & Conversation Club that enables students and faculty members to join together in exquisite topical conversations all while enjoying so many different beverages and the best of all, real deal Italian pastries! I love the wonders that the Ministry Center presents to the students on this campus and it’s vital to know that we make it our COR value to always be here for you no matter the situation. If something is on your mind, please don’t hesitate to swing by the Ministry Center, Room 137 Bachmann to speak with one of us. If there is nothing bothering you, no worries, just come to the center to chat or relax with the team. We would ALL love to meet you!
My name is Chadwick Johnson. I am a junior and majoring in Nursing. These years here at Neumann have been amazing and now that I was given the opportunity to join the COR ministry team things can only get better! I was born and raised in the suburbs of Wyncote right outside of Philadelphia. I went to Springfield Montgomery High School. Since high school I started to take my faith and belief in Christ much more seriously. I believe that because of that I have become a more outgoing and fun loving individual. At Neumann I have met so many incredible people that have changed my life. As a new member of the COR team I hope to meet many more through service events and different retreats. The service event I will be leading is Sandwiches for Survival and I cannot wait to serve the community with my whole heart just as St. Francis so eloquently displayed for us in his lifetime. When I look back on my college experience I do not want my highlight to be the day I leave. But I want it to be all the days I spent living the fourth, which is theme that is part of our spring SEARCH retreat. My ultimate prayer is that I can help as many people on this earth find the path that is best for them.
Hi! My name is Danielle Koyles. I’m from Stony Brook, New York and a sophomore majoring in communications. This is my first year on COR Team. After attending two retreats hosted by Campus Ministry, First Year Getaway in the fall of 2012 and SEARCH Retreat in the spring of 2013, I decided that I wanted to become more involved with Campus Ministry. I want to be able to share my experiences with other students with hopes of inspiring them the way I have been inspired myself. I have also volunteered at the St. Francis Inn. In addition, I am the Vice President of Neumann’s Fashion For A Cause club and I am also a part of Neumann Media and Neumann Radio. I am very excited and honored to be a leader on our COR Team and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has to hold!
Bonjour! My name is D’Juan Austin but many on campus would call me DJ. This is my Junior year at Neumann University and I study Biology/Clinical Lab Science. I am from Queens, NY and this is my first year as a COR Ministry Team member. I am thrilled to get started on the service events and meet this year’s new students. I also enjoy getting involved in extra-curricular activities, especially volunteer work and this year I will be co-leading the Camden service trips. I really like languages and I am able to speak French and some German. In addition, I spend a lot of time playing electric guitar and I lead “The Rock N’ Roll Club.” I hope you all take advantage of the fun activities within Campus Ministry and get as involved as I did because it will make you feel great about yourself. So get out there and…ROCK ON!!!
My name is Emily Colonna. I am a sophomore Nursing major with a minor in Spanish and a member of the Honors Program. I grew up in Claymont, Delaware and attended Concord High School. This is my first year on COR Team. I started becoming involved with Campus Ministry through attending Sunday evening Mass and going on First Year Getaway. From there, I joined the RCIA program to officially receive my Confirmation. I have participated in many Campus Ministry events such as; the Heart of Camden, Sandwiches for Survival, SEARCH Retreat, and various nights of reflection. This year I will be a student leader for the Elwyn service trip, an officer for the Student Peace Alliance, part of Music Ministry, and a member of the Knights for Life. Over the summer, I was able to be a part of the Wind River Native American Immersion Trip, where I met and helped so many wonderful people. All of my experiences at Neumann through Campus Ministry assisted me in becoming who I am today and encourage me to be a better person. I look forward to the great service opportunities offered by Campus Ministry and getting to share them with other students.
Hello everyone, my name is Fatim Sannoh. I am a junior here at Neumann University majoring in Biology/Pre-med. I was born in West Africa, and moved to the United States when I was 12 years old due to a civil war in my country. Being a member of the campus ministry team has had a huge impact on me and has helped me overcome some struggles. Finding a place in the ministry center has helped me open up about myself and it has also helped me grow as an individual. My love of giving service to others has also helped me to bring those characteristics of mine to light. Being on the COR team has really changed the way I view giving back to others and the way I serve the Neumann community. By being a student leader I hope to encourage others to be future student leaders and challenge themselves on how to be of service to the community. Campus ministry is a place where all are welcome, and anyone can be of service to anyone and for any cause. I really feel like I have found my place here at Neumann being on COR team. It is safe to say that through Campus Ministry I have met a lot of amazing people that are now family to me, and campus ministry has forever bounded me with Neumann University.
My name is Gilbert Crabbe. I am 22 years of age and a senior here at Neumann and a Biology major. This is my first year on COR Team and I decided to join the team because I wanted to be involved on campus and also by participating in the “Heart of Camden” Spring Break Immersion Trip. I enjoyed myself on the trip and also helping people as well and that is what the COR team is about. The Heart of Camden Spring Break Immersion Trip gave me the opportunity to meet new people and make new close friends. I love to help people and joining the COR Team will give me that opportunity to do that and I also like to make people around me happy. I also had the opportunity to attend the Wind River Reservation summer immersion trip in June and I’ve had the chance to meet the other members of the COR team and spent time with them. I’m really looking forward to working with them when the school season starts and to serving the Neumann community.
Hello! My name is Jillian DeFina and I am a junior from Bay Shore, New York. I am a psychology major with a minor in youth ministry. Some activities I lead on campus are the divine mercy chaplet, the rosary, liturgical leader and I am a co – leader for our Sandwiches for Survival service event and an active officer for our pro-life club, Knights for Life. In addition, I am the student liturgical coordinator for our Sunday evening Eucharistic celebrations and I also play field hockey for the Neumann Knights. I hope to inspire others by my service, kindness, understanding and unfailing faith. I look forward to an amazing year and for all the amazing blessings, plans and friendships God has in store for our futures.
I find that I keep offering God my service when what He wants is my fellowship.
― John Paul Warren
A happy hello to all! My name is Marykate McGurk. I am a sophomore in the Nursing program here at Neumann. I became involved on campus with Campus Ministry through becoming a Lector at the weekly Sunday evening Mass and also by participating in the First Year Getaway retreat. I worked into going on many service trips and attending ministry events with my group of friends. I have a passion for serving and thanks to Neumann, I have met some wonderful people throughout my experience. This year is my first year on COR Team and I look forward to getting involved with Knights for Life, Liturgy celebrations, and the Peace Alliance. I will be studying abroad in the fall at Mary Immaculate University in Limerick, Ireland with another member of COR Team, Amanda Saunders. We are hoping to work with the Pastoral Team at Mary Immaculate so we can pass along Neumann’s Core values, R.I.S.E.S. in ministry and in return, we can learn from the programs they offer to the Irish students for service and ministry and educate the Neumann ministry team when we return.
Hello everyone, my name is Meaghan Cavanagh. I am a junior here at Neumann and I am a nursing major. This is my first year on COR team. My first experience with campus ministry was last year through their Sandwiches for Survival service, which I was completing only because it was required for my theology class. I went into the service only wanting a good grade, but after attending three services I was hooked and felt a need to participate more actively in Neumann University’s campus ministry. I’m so honored to be part of such an outstanding team this year! Not only does being a part of the COR team help me to grow as a person, it is helping me to cultivate skills and values that I will need as a nurse. Being part of COR team has helped me to realize a potential for myself that I had no idea I could ever reach. Reaching out, and being a part of something bigger than myself was never a strong suit, but through the COR team, I have found that I’m not only able to participate, but to lead. COR has helped me to develop my character and my circle of friends beyond what I ever could have hoped for here at Neumann University. I’m just so thankful to be a part of it.
Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Evans, and I am a sophomore Early Childhood Education major from Kearny, NJ. This is my first year on Cor team, and I am so excited! I went to Queen of Peace High School, and I was heavily involved with campus ministry and service there. When I visited Neumann for the first time, I knew that I wanted to get involved with the Cor team. When I first started at Neumann, I was very homesick. Those involved with ministry helped me feel at home here. I started doing different service events to feel more at home at Neumann, and by attending these events it made me want to be involved with ministry at Neumann in an active way. I participated in House of Joseph II, Heart of Camden, and the First Year Getaway retreat. I could tell the people running these events had such a passion to better the Neumann community, and I wanted to be a part of something like that. I plan to do as many service events as possible. I am also involved in the Ally Program, and I participate in Mass regularly in music and other aspects of liturgical ministry. This year, I look forward to all of the opportunities that campus ministry is providing, and I am excited to work with a group of such amazing and caring people.
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
- St. Francis of Assisi
Hello everyone, my name is Stephen Moran. I am in my senior year here at Neumann University and I am majoring in Communications. I play on the Men's Tennis team and am a proud member of the campus ministry COR team. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Neumann community and all of the COR members. I decided to join after speaking with campus minister Michael Martin and experiencing the AWESOME dynamics of this fine group of people. Ever since coming to Neumann my faith has deepened with each passing day and being a part of this team continues to nurture that. I am a firm believer in the "Care of Creation" and thoroughly enjoy the spiritual rewards I receive in helping others. This year I will be co-leading the Camden, NJ outreach and St. Francis Inn service projects. This is a great opportunity to get involved by helping others that are less fortunate than us. Like St. Francis of Assisi says, "It is in giving that we receive." So go ahead and take that first step of becoming a Steward for God's Creation.