Thanksgiving break is a time to gather, eat and enjoy stress-free days off. Newman University offices will be closed and classes will not be held Nov 22-24 in observance of the holiday.
Students, faculty and staff alike are looking forward to a few relaxing days. Some plan to travel, some are excited to see family and some only have the goal of gorging themselves on a homemade turkey feast. Many students look forward to catching up on sleep.
Senior nursing student Tara Minx is excited to eat green bean casserole, hang out with her family and follow tradition by playing football with her brothers. “We eat a big meal and then work it all off by running around in the yard,” she said. “I have four brothers and my mom doesn’t play, so it’s just me and all the guys. It’s been a tradition since I was 7.”
Graduate assistant Devin Smith is making the 14-hour drive to Louisiana for Thanksgiving to visit his grandma where his family always celebrates Thanksgiving. As for the meal, he said, “I help cook but I’m a good taster.”
Sophomore Sadie Korte and her sister will drive their grandma, visiting from Mexico, to Olathe, Kansas, for the holiday. They will visit their uncle, whom their grandma hasn’t seen for some time.
Web technology specialist Daniel Murphy will visit Stockton, Missouri, to see family. He plans to do some cliff jumping at a rock-bottom lake close by.
Angela Perez, university advancement data coordinator, said she’ll spend her break working her part-time job at Ulta. Perez works full time at Newman and is also obtaining her Master of Science in Education – Organizational Leadership at Newman.
Brielle Dunham, alumni relations and annual giving coordinator, will spend her holiday practicing a recent family tradition. She, her sister and her mom recycle old candles to make new ones each year. She said, “It is a lot of work and we literally work on it for two to three days straight.” They enjoy the activity because recycling the wax and containers helps them save money.
No matter what you’ll be doing this holiday, Newman hopes it is filled with tons of fun, time with loved ones and, of course, food!