The HWS Newman Club got into the Thanksgiving spirit by asking students to express what they’re thankful for this holiday season. The club created a YouTube video called “HWS Gives Thanks,” a collaborative effort that includes images of HWS students holding signs of what they are thankful for.
“The ultimate goal of this production was to encourage community members to start thinking about what they are thankful for,” says Melissa Hosek ’14, co-president of the Newman Club. “So often the semester becomes hectic around Thanksgiving break. This project will hopefully remind us to take a moment out of these busy weeks to pause, reflect and give thanks for the blessings in our lives.”
Members of the Newman Club spent time photographing students in the Scandling Campus Center over the past two weeks to create the video project. The finished product was shown at the Newman Club meeting on Sunday, Nov. 17. Following the video there was a discussion regarding Thanksgiving and the community.
“I thought the project turned out to be very heartwarming and sentimental,” Hosek says. “It was such a simple way to create an emotional impact among the students.”
Hosek and co-president Kirstie Meltzer ’15 came up with the idea after attending the Intercultural Affairs Student Leader Summit in September. The event allowed club leaders to think about creative events and meeting themes to have throughout the fall semester.
“We wanted to come up with a way bring the students directly into a thanksgiving themed project,” says Meltzer. “We wanted to visibly show what students at HWS were thankful for.”
The Newman Club works to create a community among Roman 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.
Other events include: Christmas caroling sponsored by Religious Life at date in December to be announced; and an Advent party hosted by the club on Sunday, Dec. 1.
The Newman Club meets on Sundays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Students interested in joining Newman Club can contact Hosek at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photo above features Newman Club leaders Melissa Hosek ’14 and Kirstie Meltzer ’15.