This semester, the HWS Newman Club met their goal of reaching out to the Geneva community by sponsoring the “A Card for Every Senior” event. With the assistance of the Asian Student Union, Campus Peer Ministry and other members of the campus community, more than 80 cards were made for the senior residents at the Geneva Living Center.
“We noticed how excited students get when they receive mail here at the Colleges and felt that sending a homemade card to each senior citizen at the Center would be a wonderful way to reach out to the Geneva community and spread happiness,” explains Melissa Hosek ’14, who is leading the Newman Club this year with Melissa Webster ’12.
With a more than 70-year history of working to create a community among Catholics on campus, the Newman Club has been revitalized this year, with new leadership, new plans for events and activities, and a new website. Among the club’s platforms this year is to reach out to the HWS and Geneva communities in the spirit of service, such as through the card drive.
“This semester our goal was to give the club a stronger presence on campus,” says Hosek. “This club is inherently valuable because it is a celebration of a culture and faith that is more than 2,000 years old and shared by many. As a presence on campus, the Newman Club serves to bring together students into a positive and supportive environment where they can express their spirituality.”
The Newman Club works to create a community among Catholics on campus. Its goal is to provide spiritual education and fellowship, in accordance with the morals of the Catholic Church. Club members participate in mass, organize community service and work to strengthen faith through prayers and retreat.
The Newman Club holds meetings every Tuesday at the Intercultural Affairs Office. Hosek and Webster are currently working together to manage meetings and events, but note there are openings for a club treasurer, secretary or historian, as well as any new members who wish to join.