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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Campus Life

Ministry Activities

Ministry Team

The Ministry Team provides opportunities for students, faculty, administrators, and staff to share their faith and life experiences. The Team is committed to promoting its Catholic and Franciscan mission through education, service, outreach, and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The call to follow Jesus is based upon the Gospel mandate: “You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). We are called to hear God’s word, take it into our hearts, and be enlightened with its truth. The Ministry Team presents programs and experiences that inform the mind, form the human character, and address issues of the spirit through evenings of reflection, special prayer services, catechesis, outreach, worship, and the ministry of presence.


The Ministry Team recognizes diversity within the Neumann University community and supports ecumenism. The Team strives to provide inclusive, welcoming worship experiences, while, at the same time, remaining ever faithful to its Catholic roots and Franciscan charism. Throughout the school year, many opportunities for prayer, liturgy, spiritual direction, the sacraments, retreats, and Bible study are made available. All are welcome.


Faith and values are an integral part of education at Neumann University. We believe, however, that education is more than just knowledge. The Catholic faith and the Catholic principles of peace and social justice are promoted through ongoing catechesis as well as through various educational and consciousness-raising programs and events. Sponsored by the Ministry Team, these programs are designed to foster the intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development of administration, faculty, staff, and students.


The Franciscan tradition of service and outreach to the poor and marginalized is lived out at Neumann University. The Ministry Team is faithful to this commitment through ongoing service and outreach programs, such as Aid for Friends, Sandwiches for Survival, House of Joseph II, Habitat for Humanity, Saint Francis Inn, and the Catholic Charities Food Drive, all of which make service a lived experience for students, administration, faculty, and staff. Students also engage in outreach service activities at homeless shelters for men and women in the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Camden areas. Service Immersion Trips are also offered to students during Spring Break.

Student Affairs

Student Affairs at Neumann University consists of the offices of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs; Athletics; Counseling; Health Services; Residence Life; Student Activities; and Student Development. The mission of Student Affairs is to facilitate student involvement in holistic educational experiences which integrate intellectual and affective development in a caring and personalized environment. At Neumann University, education is viewed as multidimensional; and Student Affairs, through its programs and services, provides students with numerous opportunities to involve themselves in their own education as students and as members of the Neumann University community.


Neumann University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III; the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC); and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). Intercollegiate sports include women’s basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball, as well as men’s baseball, basketball, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. Intramural sports and recreation as well as club sports are provided, contingent upon student demand. The Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development is home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team. The Bruder Athletic Fields are home to the baseball, softball, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer teams. Ice Works, a state-of-the-art, multi-rink facility located in Aston, approximately one mile from the University, serves as the home rink for Neumann University’s men’s and women’s ice hockey teams. Other athletic facilities include Neumann’s tennis courts and a weight room/fitness center located in the University’s Living and Learning Center complex.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities sponsors services, programs, activities, and other events that further the mission of Neumann University and enhance the quality of campus life. Education extends beyond the classroom, and getting involved in campus life is a large part of the Neumann experience.

The Office of Student Activities complements the University’s academic programs of study and enhances the overall educational experience by promoting the holistic development of the student. The Office works directly with the following areas:

Student Orientation:   Through the coordination and leadership of a Student Orientation Leader and staff, various programs, services, and events are provided to assist students in their transition to the University.
Student Activities:   Most events on campus are selected, planned, and implemented by students for students with guidance and support from the Office of Student Activities. Social, cultural, educational, recreational, wellness, community service development, as well as governance and leadership programs are offered on campus.
Special Events:   The Office of Student Activities also provides social, cultural, educational, recreational, wellness, community service and development, as well as governance and leadership programs which are independent of student organizations.
Student Government:   All full-time matriculated day students are members of the Student Government Association by virtue of the Student Government Fee, which is part of each semester’s tuition. The Student Government Board is the governing body of the Student Government Association. The members are elected by students to represent their interests and needs. All meetings are open to the student body.
Commuter Student Programs:   Programs, services, and facilities are provided to meet the needs of commuter students.
Student Clubs and Organizations:   Co-curricular opportunities are available for students to become involved in campus life by participating in special interest clubs, academic clubs, and/or social organizations. If there is not an organization that matches a particular student’s interest, there is the opportunity to explore bringing it to the campus community.

Counseling Services

The mission of Counseling Services is to support students through the developmental processes that are needed to achieve their academic goals. Counseling Services provides a safe and supportive atmosphere in which students can explore and develop the socio-emotional-spiritual areas of their lives. Counseling enables students to integrate their academic experience with their total holistic development. Educational programs are also offered through Counseling Services.

Neumann University is a member of the Network of Colleges for Prevention of Drug/Alcohol Abuse and, in accordance with federal guidelines, is a declared Drug-Free Campus. For students with chemical substance problems, the services of a Certified Drug/Alcohol Counselor are available through the Counseling Office. These services are primarily preventive, with referral made to appropriate resources for additional counseling and treatment.

Health Services

The mission of Health Services is to attend to the physical and informational health needs of students, thereby enabling them to attain their highest potential in all aspects of life. The Director of Health Services coordinates the activities of the Health Services Office, utilizing a physician as a resource person and consultant, whenever needed. A physician is also available on campus at specified times. The Health Services Office is open to any student seeking information on health concerns and for treatment for either minor illness or a health emergency.

The Director of Health Services also provides health-related educational programs throughout the year and facilitates the formation of student health support groups and peer educators, as needed. Student suggestions and peer education involvement are welcome.

Care administered to students in the Health Services Office is free of charge.

Policy on Student Health Insurance

All full-time traditional students, in order to attend class and/or live in the University residence facilities, must annually demonstrate proof of health insurance by completing a Waiver Form and submitting it to the Office of Student Affairs. Until this Waiver Form is received, students will be billed for annual coverage through the University-authorized health insurance program, and this charge will remain on their bill. No waivers will be accepted after the established deadline date, which is annually determined and published by the Office of Student Affairs. If the Waiver Form is not received by this deadline, the student will have coverage through the University-authorized health insurance program for the full year and will be responsible for the full payment of the premium. For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 610-558-5608.

Students participating in intercollegiate athletic programs, if injured in the course of official varsity practice or play, are primarily responsible for the first $75,000 of medical injuries connected to that injury. As a result, the University requires that all student athletes provide a copy of their insurance card to the Athletic Department, along with the Waiver Form, prior to receiving permission to participate in the athletic program. The University carries catastrophic insurance through the NCAA that covers the costs of athletic injuries which exceed $75,000. This policy has limitations. For additional information on this policy, please contact the Office of the Director of Athletics at 484-840-4716.

Health Record Form Policy

A completed Health Record Form must be filed with the Health Services Office by all full-time, traditional-age, matriculated students. Documentation of immunizations and initial tuberculin skin testing is required. An annual updating of this form is also required for all students in Nursing and other health science programs. Failure to have a completed Health Record Form on file, when required, will prevent students from taking classes, living on campus, and/or registering for classes.

All students who live in University residence facilities are required to either have immunization for meningitis or complete a Waiver Form as required by law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students are encouraged to consult with their family physician concerning specifics of this disease and the recommended immunization. Vaccination is not available through Health Services at Neumann University. In accordance with the law, students who have not been immunized or who have not submitted a Waiver Form will not be permitted to move into University residence facilities.

Residence Life

Neumann’s Living and Learning Center complex is truly a place to live and learn, and not just a place to sleep. The complex provides Neumann students with expanded opportunities for involvement in campus activities as well as individual, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, and social growth. With each room furnished with private bathrooms and fully wired for computer, cable, and voice communication, the complex is a technologically sophisticated, yet comfortable, facility. Neumann University does not guarantee housing from year to year.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) at Neumann University represents student issues and opinions to other University constituencies and plays a vital role in helping the University fulfill its mission. SGA supports not only an array of social activities, but also a number of other functions which enhance the educational objectives and experiences of all students. SGA is a freely established student organization which is officially recognized by the University and is self-funded through a Student Government Fee, which is assessed to all full-time, traditional-age, matriculated students.

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center is a modern, octagonal-shaped building, specifically designed to house an educational program for pre-schoolers. As a state-licensed child-care facility, the Center enrolls children of Neumann University students, faculty, staff, and administration as well as the surrounding community. To be eligible for enrollment, a child must have had his/her third birthday. The Center’s 12-month program enrolls children from three through five years of age.

The Child Development Center is part of the Division of Education and Human Services. Consequently, students enrolled in Education courses frequently use the Center for observations, practical experiences, and student teaching. Work-study positions are also available at the Center.

Student Newspaper

Students interested in the field of journalism publish a newspaper entitled The Joust several times each semester. Participating students experience a range of production roles: reporter, editor, design and layout artist, photographer, and manager. Students are encouraged to contribute to the newspaper whether or not they are enrolled in journalism courses.

Neumann Student Radio Station

Students wishing to learn about broadcasting can join the staff of Neumann Radio, the University’s Internet-based radio station. Programming on the station ranges from music to talk to sports. Participation is open to all students in good academic standing. Students may fill a variety of positions at the station, both on-air and behind the scenes. Students may also submit program proposals for consideration by the station’s Executive Board. For additional information, please call 610-361-5400.

The Arts Guild at Neumann University

The Arts Guild at Neumann University was established in 1991 as a coordinating agent to enhance and extend the high level of cultural activities at Neumann University to the communities of the Delaware Valley. As reflected in its mission and vision of the performing arts at Neumann University, the Arts Guild believes that of “the great many goals in life, finding one’s own voice and at the same time being able to listen to others are among the most important. The arts facilitate this process through a rich cultural heritage, stimulated creativity, and the development of perspective and relatedness that result in good citizenship, productive lives, and personal fulfillment.”

The Arts Guild was originally comprised of three member organizations which offered musical and theatrical events to the surrounding community. Since 1991, the Guild has grown to nine member organizations: Center Stage Productions, the Cultural Arts Forum, the Delaware County Symphony, International Ballet Classique, the Neumann University Art Gallery, the Neumann University Concert Chorale, the Neumann University Jazz Band, the Neumann University Players, and Stages of Imagination. These member organizations present a wide range of vocal and dance performances, diverse children’s and adult theatrical performances, as well as a variety of lectures, art exhibits, and seminars at the Fred P. Meagher Theatre, located in the University’s Life Center, and at various locations in the surrounding tri-county area.

  • Center Stage Productions seeks to make the theater experience an educational, enlightening, and enjoyable event. Summer workshops and productions are open to any students who are interested in some aspect of the performing arts. Mainstage Productions, offered under the auspices of Center Stage Productions, encourages all members of the community to audition for roles in its shows.
  • With the primary goal of fostering cultural programming and enriching the educational experiences both of the University and of the larger community, the Cultural Arts Forum hosts a lecture series of six seminars each year, annual field trips, and an annual fashion show. Proceeds from these events benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship Fund, which assists financially deserving non-traditional students.
  • Founded in 1969, the Delaware County Symphony promotes the welfare of musical art by providing an opportunity for qualified non-paid musicians to perform classical music. With a company of approximately 70 musicians, the Symphony offers four full-orchestral concerts and four chamber music concerts each season. Performances often feature soloists of renown and new works by living composers. Neumann University students may audition for membership in the orchestra. If accepted for membership, students may register for academic credit on a semester basis for this orchestral experience. For this option, students are urged to consult with their academic advisor.
  • The International Ballet Classique (IBC) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to preserving Russian classical ballet, advancing new and creative ideas in the arts, and bringing the art of ballet to a wide and diverse population. The professional dancers who work and perform with IBC are dedicated to the development of a new generation of qualified ballet artists.
  • The Neumann University Art Gallery serves as a host site for emerging artists from the surrounding area to exhibit a body of their artwork. Art exhibitions are displayed in the Neumann University Library, and each show typically runs for two months. All displayed works are in congruence with the Franciscan Mission of Neumann University.
  • The Neumann University Concert Chorale provides opportunities to gain experiences in group and ensemble singing to both students as well as members of the surrounding communities. Theoretical and musical concepts are presented through the choral literature which is selected. The Chorale performs annual holiday concerts, spring concerts, and special feature performances as requested. Neumann University students may register for academic credit for this vocal experience.
  • The Neumann University Jazz Band, established in 2002, has become a significant and entertaining component of the performing arts at Neumann University. Open to all members of the Neumann community, the Jazz Band explores a wide variety of repertoire, from standards of the swing era to contemporary pieces that fuse jazz, pop, and rock styles. Students assume an active role in the life of the organization by selecting music for performance each semester, and by seeking opportunities for the group to perform off-campus as a service to the surrounding community. Neumann University students may register for academic credit for this music performance experience.
  • The Neumann University Players comprises a production company which designs, builds, manages, and performs at least two plays during the academic year. Members from surrounding communities are welcome to participate. Neumann students who register for theater production courses for academic credit may function in one or more “roles” in the company, such as performance, design and technical theater, or marketing. Students may continue to develop their theater skills at advancing levels of proficiency in each of these areas through subsequent semesters of study, or they may choose to explore a different area of theater-related activities. For additional information, please consult the Theater Course Descriptions  section of this catalog.
  • Stages of Imagination is a cultural and educational organization whose purpose is to offer professional dramatic performances to school-age children throughout the Delaware Valley. Each live performance is an original work which has been designed to address important concerns of school-age children, while instilling in them an appreciation of drama, music, and dance.

The Arts Guild, organized as a Council which operates under the auspices of Neumann University, maintains the full autonomy of each member organization. Members of the Guild’s governing body are drawn from four general areas: the arts, business, the University, and the community. For further information about the Arts Guild at Neumann University, please contact the Coordinator of Cultural Programming at Neumann University by calling 610-558-5626.

Neumann University Alumni Association

All Neumann University and Our Lady of Angels College alumni are part of the Neumann University Alumni Association. The Association serves to foster and maintain a loyal and active relationship between Neumann University, current students, and alumni through networking, involvement, and institutional advancement activities. The vision of the Alumni Association is to be a significant influence in helping Neumann University achieve its full potential as an institution of higher learning which offers a values-based education to all of its students.

Under the auspices of the Office of Institutional Advancement and University Relations, the Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations and Special Programs collaborate to bring together more than 9,500 alumni for such planned events as Homecoming Weekend, golf outings, outreach projects, and regional alumni receptions.

The Office of Alumni Relations and Special Programs is continually looking for volunteers to help with various projects and committees, including the Alumni Executive Board, a group of volunteer professionals who help advance the Mission and Vision of Neumann University.

Neumann University Parents’ Committee

The Neumann University Parents’ Committee provides opportunities for parents to become more closely involved in the life of the University and, at the same time, preserve, enhance, and improve the quality of the Neumann experience for all students. Serving as ambassadors on and off campus, Neumann parents are recognized for their commitment to their children’s alma mater.

Annual Giving Program

The Neumann University Annual Fund provides support, both restricted and unrestricted, each year to strengthen academic programs, scholarships, endowment, financial aid, athletic fundraising and further the Mission of the University. Students assist the University’s Annual Giving Program by volunteering to participate in outreach activities, the Class Campaign Committee, and in other events sponsored by the Office of Institutional Advancement and University Relations.

At each year’s Commencement ceremony, graduating students participating in the Class Campaign receive a Philanthropy Cord which is a blue and gold cord worn as a symbol of philanthropic pride demonstrating the reciprocal commitment between Neumann University and its graduates.