With a new year comes a new academic semester and the students, staff and faculty at Newman University are ready to spring forward.
College life didn’t fall into its usual routine during the year 2020 due to a national pandemic. However, the spring of 2021 will have new offerings and look a little more traditional, even though safety measures are still being taken.
Athletics didn’t see much competition in 2020 but now teams and athletes are back at it with practices, games and meets. The athletics department and student-athletes are geared up to play while staying safe and flexible with scheduling.
Student Life started the semester off with a “week of welcome” for the students. Each day during their first week back, students were treated to various goodies such as a hot chocolate bar, bagel bar, tacos and doughnuts.
Several events throughout the rest of the semester are being planned by the Student Life team.
Social events such as paint nights and tailgates, fun competitions revolving around ping pong and team events, speakers and more will fill the spring calendar. Event attendees will be required to wear facial coverings and practice physical distancing, but resuming campus activities brings a little normalcy back into college life for the students.
As each event approaches, it will be advertised to students via email and campus monitors in various buildings.
The annual Heritage Month in February will also take place with some changes. The 2021 St. John Henry Newman High Tea has been canceled but a video will be created in its place and will highlight the history of the event.
Heritage Month is also the time at which Newman University celebrates its Homecoming week with women’s and men’s basketball games. During halftime of the men’s game, the homecoming court is celebrated and the king and queen are announced.
Other Heritage Month events will include a virtual scavenger hunt, a writing contest for students and traditional Masses.
Although the university is still navigating around a pandemic, the Newman community is excited and full of hope for the new semester and what’s to come.