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.
My name is Julia Berster. I am entering my sophomore year at Neumann University and I am studying nursing. I am involved with Knights for Education, the Neumann Radio, Liturgical Ministry, and hope to be involved in much more! This is my first year on COR Team and I am so excited to be a part of something so great! I got involved with campus ministry by going to Mass and going on the First Year Getaway and SEARCH Retreats. I really enjoyed those retreats. I made lifelong friends and learned a lot about my faith and more about myself. This year I hope to help others and guide them in any way possible. I also hope to help others through service. I’m very excited to be a part of such an amazing team on campus!
My name is Eric Bowman and I’m a senior majoring in Liberal Arts/Pre-Med with a minor in Natural Science. I am member of Alpha Baptist Church and went to high school at Trenton Catholic Academy. God has always been a part of my life and doing his work has been a privilege. I went on a service experience at the House of Joseph and I was inspired by the joy my company brought to the people there. Just giving them some food and conversing with them seemed as though it made their day. Knowing the power I have to affect somebody’s life, especially people at a disadvantage due to disease, I decided to join the COR Team and am now a leader of the House of Joseph service trip. Each year at Neumann has helped me grow personally and spiritually. I hope to continue to meet more great people through my school as well as become a better person each day.
“What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.”
– Eleanor Powell
My name is Emily Colonna. I am a junior Nursing major and a member of the Honors Program. I grew up in Claymont, Delaware and attended Concord High School. This will be my second 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 will be my second year leading the Elwyn service experience. I am also involved with Student Peace Alliance, Music Ministry, and the Knights for Life club. Two summers ago, I also took part in 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, as well as being able to give back to the community.
Hello! My name is Jess Cosenza and I am a sophomore majoring in Nursing. I have a radio show on campus and I am a part of the Honors Program. I am from Warminster, Pennsylvania and I graduated from Archbishop Wood High School. Getting the chance to participate in some of the service opportunities on campus is what made me very excited to join the COR team. Some of my favorite service activities include Sandwiches for Survival and serving food at Saint Francis Inn. I also really enjoy going to the liturgies every Sunday. The COR team is full of so many great people who love to care for others and I am so happy and honored to be one of the leaders. I am really looking forward to my first year on the COR team, and I hope to bring some new and exciting ideas; as well as, getting more involved with Sunday Liturgies and everything else the Campus Ministry has to offer.
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.
Hi! My name is Shannon Evans, and I am a junior Early Childhood Education and Special Education major from Kearny, NJ. This is my second year on COR Team, and I am super excited for another great year! I love helping people, and Campus Ministry makes it so easy to do that! When I first came to Neumann, I got involved with Campus Ministry by participating in Mass and going on the First Year Getaway Retreat. Last year, I was one of the leaders for the Assisi House Service experience, and I also went to House of Joseph II many times. Every time I went I had such a great time, and I knew I wanted to lead it the next year. I am so excited to be one of the leaders for House of Joseph II this year! Being involved in ministry has made Neumann more than just a school for me. It has made it my home. I have learned so much about myself and others while doing service. Doing service has really opened my eyes up to a world I did not see before. I look forward to great year with a wonderful team!
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34
Hello, my name is Julia Love and I am a junior English major. I got involved with campus ministry by helping with the weekly liturgies here on campus. I also signed up to help with a service called St. Francis Inn. After one night I was hooked and continued to go every other week. A big reason I came to Neumann was because of its faith-based mission and all the opportunities to deepen my beliefs through campus ministry. Being accepted onto COR team was an honor to me and I am excited to be a part of helping other students as well by encouraging them to become involved in service. I hope I can offer something special to the team and to Neumann's campus.
My name is Angela Pesce. I am a junior here at Neumann majoring in Psychology with minors in both Spanish and Criminal Justice. After participating in RCIA and many service events my freshman year, I got selected for COR team as a sophomore. I am now currently Vice President of the Student Peace Alliance as well as a leader for the Assisi House. This will be my second consecutive year on the team. Outside of COR Team I am a member of the Honors Program, a Cultivator of Care, as well as a Wellness Educator. I hope to expand further into these areas and help out in various other areas offered at Neumann as well. I'm excited to begin another fun, service filled year.
Hi my name is Amanda Saunders I'm a junior majoring in Nursing. I became involved in campus ministry my freshman year by attending First Year Getaway. Since then, I have led Women of Wisdom, participated in many service opportunities including the Camden Spring Break Trip and the Summer Immersion Trip to the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Other than campus ministry, I am the President of Peace Alliance, Vice President of Neumann's Imrov Club, and am a member of the Honors Program. I'm looking forward to the new changes Campus Ministry is presenting this year!
“Walk by Faith, not by sight.” - 2 Corinthians 5:7
Hello! My name is Kelsey Sullivan. I am from Holland, PA, and went to Archbishop Wood High School. I am a sophomore nursing major and part of the Honors Program. During my freshman year, I was involved in Neumann Radio, Intramural Volleyball, and service experiences such as Sandwiches for Survival, St. Francis Inn, and Camden Service Project. I love doing service projects and have been doing them for years with my church youth group at St. Bede the Venerable in Holland. So transitioning into college, I knew I wanted to continue doing service and share my love of service with others. Being on the COR Team for the first year, I hope to get more Neumann students involved in community service. For me, COR team not only participates in service projects but also helps me to develop and strengthen my relationship with God. As part of the COR Team, I am very dedicated to the Neumann community and seek to encourage others to get involved with service and keep everyone’s faith with God strong.
My name is Ciara Travers. I am in my sophomore year here at Neumann University and I am majoring in Nursing. I grew up in Malvern, Pennsylvania and went to Great Valley High School. This is my first year on the COR Team. I am very excited to be a part of the COR team and all of the opportunities that come with it. I can’t wait to work with the members of the COR Team along with the Neumann Community. I decided to join the COR Team because I love to volunteer in any way I can. They focus on helping the community and giving back in any way they can. Throughout the year I took part in Sandwiches for Survival and Elwyn. I loved to participate in these activities and I can’t wait to lead one this year. I’m excited to meet many new people along the way, get more connected at Neumann, and work with all of the members of the COR team.