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Neumann University Campus Ministry: Meet Melissa Hickey

Meet Melissa Hickey.

Melissa is our Director of Campus Ministry in her 9th year at Neumann University. She is the reigning Advisor of the Year, a dedicated advocate for social justice, an expert on Catholic Social Teaching, the driving force behind our institution being named a Fair Trade University, and a wonderfully talented musician who leads our community in song each Sunday at our 7pm Liturgy.

In her spare time, Melissa is obsessed with all things Disney and the music of Elton John.

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This Year’s NU Billboard Models!

Meet this years Billboard Models! Thank you to all who participated in the process, we are looking forward to next year!

Matt Sheneman- You will see on I- 76

Whitley Kels, class of 2014 - You can find her on I-76 as well

Alexandra Fantini- Can be found in two locations, I-95 close to the airport and on I-76 on the Walt Whitman Bridge.

Julianne Smith- You will see on I-95 between the airport and the stadiums.

Brian Rutherford- You can find on the NJ Turnpike

Lindsey Spatola- You will see also on the NJ Turnpike

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Barnett: Protect People from Craigslist Crime

Alexandria Barnett, a junior who is pursuing a double major in criminal justice and communication and media arts, has been selected to present a paper at the Mid-Atlantic Pop Culture Association annual conference in Baltimore on November 7. Entitled “The Internet and the Craigslist Killer,” Alexandria’s work is about the dangers of using websites like Craigslist and the need for it and similar sites to implement safeguards to protect the people who use them.

Her paper began as an assignment in Dr. Margaret Stewart’s mass media class. “She asked us to do a case study analysis of any medium of communication,” explains Alexandria. “I chose the Internet because I was familiar with the case of the Craigslist killer (Philip Markoff). As I began my research, I realized that there were more and more heinous crimes committed as a result of Craigslist interactions.”

Because the social media generation puts information “out there for free viewing by billions of users, all with their own agendas,” Alexandria argues that “laws and regulations regarding the sharing of information safely and censorship of users on these sites” need to be considered.


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Library Re-Opens with Ribbon Cutting and Human Conveyor Belt

Neumann opened its renovated library on August 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reenactment of a “human conveyor belt” book transfer that occurred almost 50 years ago. Sisters and students lined up in the library and passed into the new facility, by hand, the last few books in the collection, which had been housed during construction in the Bruder Life Center. The human-chain book transfer replicated the 1965 method used to convey more than 23,000 books from Our Lady of Angels Convent to Bachmann Main Building when the university first opened.


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Neumann University Move In 2014- Another year begins as incoming freshmen move in and begin their Neumann experience.

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Get Involved with Student Life at Neumann University!

Here are some clubs and activities to get involved in on campus…

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Student Government: The Student Government Association represents the student body and promotes relationships between the student body, faculty and administration. They support the social, cultural, spiritual and educational activities of the University. 

Student Activities Board: The Student Activities Board (SAB) is a standing committee of the Student Government Association (SGA) which helps to foster a successful student life program on campus by providing social, educational, cultural, spiritual and recreational activities. The SAB is responsible for campus programming like concerts, comedians, and trips.

Active Minds: This is a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group.  The organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

Black Student Union: Black Student Union (BSU) provides an intellectual, cultural and social environment for students as well as community members. Black Student Union strives for academic excellence and promotes cultural awareness.

Boogie Knights: The Boogie Knights celebrates the art of dance through dance classes and performances.

Campus Ministry: Register for this group if you’d like to join Campus Ministry, which includes community service, retreats, spiritual programs, and immersion trips.

Cheerleading: This organization provides entertainment at sports events and other activities held by Neumann.

Christina Brame Gospel Choir: The purpose of this organization is to encourage students’ collegiate experiences in Christian interfaith and spiritual awareness through song. The Choir is named in honor and memory of Christina Brame, the former advisor to the choir and a Building Coordinator for the Office of Residence Life. Christina’s passion for students, love for music, and deep rooted faith are part of the threads woven into the fabric that embraces the mission and vision of gospel choir – to celebrate the experience and His praise in song.

Coffee and Conversation Club: The Coffee & Conversation Club offers a variety of features beyond sharing of pastries and drinks. These include (1) a specific topic in every meeting and having a guest speaker representing the topic of that particular meeting, (2) the sharing of ideas and thoughts, and (3) earning a special prize by attending meetings. Hey look, if you don’t want to come for the conversation, at least come for the real deal Italian pastries! we promise you’ll be like, “Yum!”

Computer and Information Management Club: This club is for students in the CIM major or those who are interested in the CIM major.

Concert Chorale: During the academic year, the University sponsors a Community chorus that offers students, University personnel and community members an opportunity to learn and perform challenging musical pieces.  The Chorus rehearses every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm.

Dance Team: This organization provides entertainment at sports events and other activities held by Neumann University. The team allows its members to express themselves through the art of dance, create school spirit and a sense of school pride

Fashion for a Cause: This club is designed for students who are interested in fashion and would like to help charitable organizations. Students interested in fashion design, modeling, and other fields are encouraged to join.

History Club: The History Club is an organization for those interested in history and history-related topics.

Honors Club:  This group is comprised of students from the Honors program.

Ice Hockey Club: The purpose and mission of this club is the allow Neumann students to complete in ice hockey on a club level and in local leagues.

Intramurals: Intramural sports are open to all members of the Neumann University community.  Past sports have included flag football, volleyball, soccer and basketball.  There are opportunities for students to play as well as assist with the planning and record keeping. 

Jazz Band: The Neumann University Jazz Band will utilize its members’ knowledge of music to serve its surrounding community.

Knights for Education is a club to support the importance of scholarship. The club services the community by collaborating with the University’s Child Development Center and working with local schools to establish a higher level of learning. In 2011-2012, Knights for Education was elected club of the year for their servant-leadership to Neumann and the surrounding community.

Knights for Life: Knights for Life is a pro-life group that helps advocate a culture of life both on campus and throughout the community.

Neumann Athletic Training Students: NATS is an educational organization for Athletic Training students, and students interested in Athletic Training.

Media Club: Media Club is a group comprised of all the media groups on campus: Radio, TV, and Newspaper

Mock Trial Club: The Mock Trial Club gives students
an opportunity to see how a court case is prepared and litigated. Real world cases are discussed and the strategy and tactics of how a case is litigated are explored.

Personal Finance Club: The purpose of this club is to plan and research investment opportunities while focusing on the stock market and other forms of financial investment. The goal of the club is to show members how to properly evaluate potential investments.

The University Players: A company of students, faculty, staff and alumni who produce two or more plays a year, involved students have the opportunity to perform, manage, design, market or participate in technical crews of the productions.

Pleasantly Plump Club: This club meets to discuss positive self-image and hosts speakers around wellness issues.

Sister Bernadette McGinnis Memorial Poetry Club: The Poetry Club celebrates all poetry in memory of Sister Bernadette McGinnis, who so loved poetry of all kinds.

Praise Dancers: The purpose of this organization is to use the art of dance to praise God. The Neumann Praise Dancers will dance at prayer services and other events upon request. They will also perform during one showcase per semester.

Psychology Club: The purpose of this club is to provide opportunities for students to enhance understanding and appreciation of psychology through a variety of social and educational activities.

Residence Life Advisory Board: The Residence Life Advisory Board is a standing committee of the Student Government Association. Its purpose is to advise residence life staff on policies and procedures governing the residence life program and assist with programs for the resident population.

Roller Hockey: This club sport provides students with a competitive organization to play roller hockey. More Info

Sport & Entertainment Management Majors Club: This club is for students currently enrolled in or interested in the Sport and Entertainment Management major.

Students for Environmental Awareness: Students for Environmental Awareness club’s goals are to uphold the Franciscan values of caring for creation by promoting awareness of environmental issues, and offering service opportunities to help the environment.

Student Nurses Association: The Student Nurses Association provides opportunities for students to enhance understanding and appreciation of nursing through a variety of social and educational activities.

Student Peace Alliance: The SPA helps facilitate an attitude of peace and caring for all people and creation on campus through various activities and events.

Wellness Educators: Participants in this group work to create a culture of Wellness on the Neumann Campus. This is accomplished in part by informing peers on various issues that impact wellness. WE participants research and present productive and healthy ways to address life issues that are relevant to college age students. The goal of the “WE” peer educators is to empower students to be the best they can be by offering programs or by just being there for them.

For the Commuter Student*

Welcome to Commuter Student Programs and Services. Our sole purpose is to help you, as current or future commuter student, navigate through your Neumann University experience.

If you’re commuting to Neumann, or are planning to commute, you’re not alone. Commuter students make up about 55 percent of the undergraduate student body.

We understand that being a commuter student can present many challenges. Not only do you need to deal with the daily commute, but often you need to balance home, social and academic responsibilities.

We provide a number of services and programs to help you, as a commuter student, participate in campus activities and feel more connected to Neumann. And while we can’t do anything about the traffic jams or train delays, we are here to make sure best you have the best possible experience.
This site is one of the ways to help keep you connected and informed!  Being a commuter student does not exclude you from campus life. On the contrary, you should make sure to become connected and involved.
The Office’s wide range of services and programs includes:

  • Commuter Assistant Program
  • Public transit timetables and maps
  • Shuttle service to and from bus and rail stations
  • Telephone numbers for local taxis/limos
  • Free on-campus parking
  • On-campus assistance with minor car issues, such as a dead battery or lock-out
  • Commuter meal plans
  • Guide to area hotels and motels
  • Umbrella-lending service
  • The commuter lounge
  • SGA Commuter Representatives
  • Commuter Advisory Board

If classes are canceled or if the campus closes because of an emergency, that information will be announced on the home page of the University web site and through a message on the main University phone number (610-459-0905).

For additional information, please contact:

Director of Student Engagement
Neumann University
One Neumann Drive
Aston PA 19014

Phone: 610.558.5539
Fax: 610.358.4290

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Political Science Major Adds Lobbying to Her Impressive Résumé

Nicole Rosati

Nicole Rosati has been a political science junkie since she was a sophomore at Neumann Goretti High School. That’s when she got a job working for Philadelphia City Councilman Frank Rizzo, Jr.

She continued working for Councilman Rizzo through high school, was fascinated by the dynamics of city government, and was a committed political science major by the time she arrived at Neumann. In the second semester of her junior year, she decided to pursue a summer internship in a field related to her career path. She already had experience in the public arena, so she explored private sector opportunities.

Nicole Googled lobbying firms in Philadelphia, contacted Greenlee Partners, and spoke with Andrew Zalenski, who had worked in Philadelphia City Council before joining Greenlee. Nicole’s government experience served her well, and she got a summer internship, working from May until August at the Center City firm.

At first, she spent time at City Council sessions, meeting Greenlee clients and learning about their varied interests in proposed legislation. Most of the summer, however, she spent on a research project for Zalenski.

Nicole and another intern created a summary of all legislation enacted in City Council from 2012 through 2014. The 120-page document included a synopsis of each bill and a summary of Council members’ votes.

She enjoyed the research and admits, “The work wasn’t new to me at all because Professor (Robert) McMonagle gave us a very similar assignment in one of his classes.”

Nicole had applied to other, larger colleges as a high school senior but chose Neumann because “your professors know your name here and you have a real relationship with them; you really get personal attention at Neumann.”

Greenlee Partners has invited Nicole to continue her internship, and she hopes to return in the spring semester. After graduation, there is no doubt about her career goal — a job in which she can have an impact on politics and government.