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.
Hi my name is Elizabeth Masciantonio. I am a senior Elementary Education major. I grew up in Claymont, Delaware, and attended Concord High School. This is my first year on COR Team. After attending one of the retreats called SEARCH, I realized I wanted to have more of a leadership role on campus. I have also helped out with Habitat for Humanity, Camden Waterfront South Service, and Poverty Awareness Week. This coming year I will be helping Melissa Hickey, our Director of Campus Ministry, with Poverty Awareness Week and our theme is “All who are thirsty, come and drink." We will focus on concerns of water sustainability and control. I will also be co-leading Knights for Life with Sam Martone. I hope to be a leader on the SEARCH retreat in the spring - it is a life-changing retreat that helps us get in touch with ourselves, our community, and most especially, our God. Going on the SEARCH retreat really changed my outlook on things, and I can’t wait to start making a difference this year through the COR Team.
My name is Christopher Ullrich. I am a sophomore Arts Production and Performance major here at Neumann. I first became involved in Campus Ministry by attending the First Year Get a Way in 2011, which is a retreat held just for new students. I enjoyed meeting new friends and also was encouraged by the student leaders on this retreat to get more involved, and to share my talents and service with the Neumann community. This year I co-lead our Elwyn service endeavor, and I will be leading our popular SEARCH retreat in the spring of 2013. I encourage all students on campus to visit the Ministry Center in Bachmann Main Building and to introduce yourself to one of the COR Team leaders. We are here to serve you!
Hello everyone, my name is Samantha Martone, but most people just call me Sam. I am a sophomore here at Neumann. I came with a heavy background in service and with the joy of helping others. Therefore, Campus Ministry was a great outlet for me to start getting involved as a new freshman. I had an underclassman friend tell me since I was a Eucharistic minister that I should consider helping with Mass every Sunday night. From then on, my involvement in the campus community grew. I became a member of the Knights for Life pro-life club, and now I am the president. I am also a member of the Campus Ministry COR Team. I hope to get more people involved especially with the freshmen and continue to pass on the advice my friend had given to me: getting involved at Neumann changes your experience for the better!
My name is Chris Fernandez. I am a senior Criminal Justice major with a minor in Philosophy. I am from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. I first got involved in campus ministry during my freshman year by participating in the Elwyn service event. I really enjoyed the experience, and I began to go on all the service events. My favorite service event became the St. Francis Inn and during this spring semester I will be co-leading the St. Francis Inn with Dan Rowe. I am also the President of the Neumann Student Peace Alliance club here on campus. The Peace Alliance works closely with the COR team on multiple endeavors such as Poverty Awareness Week and the annual Keep the Dream Alive concert. I hope to gain a more spiritual aspect in my life by going on the SEARCH retreat this coming April. I wish to inspire future leaders through my love of service, my humor, and my devotion to our Catholic and Franciscan teachings.
Hello everyone, my name is Kyra Chaney, and I'm proud to be a part of this year's COR Team. I am a senior here at Neumann with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Philosophy. I grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, and attended Chester High School. My leadership roles on campus include being a COR Team member and leading Sandwiches for Survival, which provides food for homeless persons in Chester, PA. I always aspire to help other people in any way I can and being involved with COR Team will help me to fulfill that aspiration. I look forward to a fun and exciting school year and meeting many new people.
Hello, my name is Colleen Graf. I am a sophomore studying Sports and Entertainment Management. This is my first year being on the 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. 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.
"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller
My name is Maria Sotomayor; I am a senior majoring in Psychology. I was born in Ecuador, and I lived half of my life in two different countries, with two different cultures, and two different languages, but only one outlook at life. Life is beautiful, as long as we don't only think of ourselves, but care for the well-being and the lives of those in need. I am very excited to be part of COR Team for this year and a student leader for House of Joseph II, which is a home for men and women living with AIDS in Wilmington, Delaware. Ministry has been a huge part of my college experience. I have been involved in retreats such as First Year Getaway, which is where I met some of my best friends, and the SEARCH retreat in which I learned more about myself in one weekend than in all my years. I know I can't change the world in seconds, but I can start one step at a time and hopefully get other students to do it as well through ministry.
Hello my name is Dan Rowe. I am a senior Criminal Justice major with a minor in Psychology and I am from Woodstown, New Jersey. When I first got involved in campus ministry, it was during my sophomore year. I went to St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen in Philadelphia, and fell in love with it. I enjoyed meeting new people and helping to serve them; it was a great experience. Through this passion, I now co-lead St. Francis Inn with Chris Fernandez. Other things I am part of here on campus consists of: Vice President of Neumann Student Peace Alliance, and I am one of Neumann’s Ambassadors of the Catholic Relief Services. Each of these groups and clubs works closely with the student COR leadership team and other endeavors here on campus. By being a student leader, I hope to motivate others in being future student leaders through my passion of service, integrity and my devotion to our Catholic and Franciscan teachings.
Hello. My name is Jo-Ann Beaubrun and I am a sophomore majoring in Biology Clinical Lab Sciences. I was born in Haiti, and I was forced to come live in the United States after the 2010 earthquake that destroyed my country. Being part of the Ministry Center has helped me overcome a lot of issues in my life. When I first came here, I was scared to make friends and let people into my life, but once I found my place at the Ministry Center, especially as a member of COR Team, everything just fell into place. I participated in a spring break service immersion trip to New Orleans in 2012, and this enabled me to give back to a community that was devastated by natural disaster much like my own country. After this trip, I wanted to find more opportunities to offer service to others. The Ministry Center is what bounded me to Neumann University, and the people I have met through the services I was involved in have become my family.
Hello, my name is Re'Alle Harold. I am a junior majoring in Criminal Justice. This is my second 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 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 a co-leader for Heart of Camden. This spring break service trip in 2011 taught me many things such as gardening, demolition, and even taking shorter showers to save water. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to everyone on campus.
Participating in these acts of service has really changed the way I think about giving back. I love making others happy and giving them the feeling that someone is concerned about them; seeing their happiness means more than I can describe.
Hello everyone, my name is Jamie Willis. I am a senior here at Neumann pursuing my degree in Education. Last fall I began my journey through Neumann’s Faith formation program: RCIA; and that, coupled with the friendships of great people, led me to become more involved on campus. Last year I participated in the Camden Spring Break Immersion trip where we helped revitalize the community of Waterfront South through gardening, clean-ups and learning about saving energy and resources. My experiences here have helped shape my commitment to service and have even changed my outlook on life. I now live by the motto ‘If someone doesn’t have a smile, give them one of your own.’ This year I am very excited to assist as a Liturgical Coordinator as well as with the RCIA program. I hope to inspire in others a commitment to bettering not only oneself, but to the bettering of our community as a whole.
My name is Albertina Crabbe. I am 23 years old. I was born in Ghana in the west part of Africa on the 2nd of June, 1989. I have lived in the United States for 4 years with my parents and two brothers. I am a junior Nursing major. My dream is to become a nurse in the pediatric field. 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 tha I encourage freshman to participate in. First Year Getaway helped me to meet new people, adjust to college, and it showed me that there are people who care 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 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 Matt Ewald. I am a senior Biology major. I first got involved with Campus Ministry for a service requirement in the fall of 2011, and I visited a service site in Philadelphia called Saint Francis Inn. Since then I have become the student leader for Saint Francis Inn, and I have also attended retreats through Campus Ministry as well as spring break immersion trips. I think that Campus Ministry is a great community of students who support each other and encourage other students at Neumann to get involved and make a difference in their community. This year is being proclaimed as a “Year of Faith” by the Church, and I am looking forward to all of the events that we will host on campus celebrating our Catholic faith and Franciscan tradition.
My name is Sarmira Rhodan, and I am a senior Psychology major with a minor in Philosophy. This is my second 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!
Hello everyone, my name is Elizabeth Blevin and I am from Newark, Delaware. I am a junior Elementary Education major with a focus in Special Education. This is my first year on COR Team and I am very honored to be part of such a wonderful group.
Although this is my first year with COR Team, I have been actively involved in Campus Ministry and throughout the Neumann community since I was a freshman. I was an Emerging Leader and went on to the First Year Get Away where I met so many amazing individuals which led me to do other things through Ministry.
I am a leader in the Neumann Student Peace Alliance and the Ally Program here at Neumann. I have gone on AIDS walks, several different retreats, worked with students from Elwyn, House of Joseph II, participated as a liturgical minister with Sunday liturgies, and served on several Heart of Camden trips.
Through all of these great works I have found myself to be a natural leader and a great motivator. I have truly remodeled my views of faith and spirituality and now I live the truth in love.
I have found that my passions in life have to deal with the service of all people. COR Team has helped me to serve and learn through the Franciscan values and I have found such pride in doing so. This year is going to be excellent, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me.
Hello! My name is Ashley McKay and I am a junior majoring in Psychology. This is my third year being involved with Campus Ministry and my second year being on COR Team. This year I will be leading the rosary on Tuesdays at 11:30 in our chapel and helping to coordinate our weekly liturgies. I will also continue my service in other ways and attend retreats and service trips. I love Campus Ministry for two main reasons; it brings me closer to my faith and there are a ton of opportunities to help other people. I am in a number of different leadership roles here at Neumann, but ministry is by far one of my favorites. The COR Team student leaders of Campus Ministry are always willing to lend a helping hand. The warm caring hearts we all have guide us to help a number of people, bring us closer together, and create a family within our group, ultimately making a positive difference in other’s lives. I look forward to another great year in Campus Ministry and all the life changing experiences that come along with it!