NU student-athletes find plenty of ‘Balance,’ support for varied interests


The Newman University Athletics Department has enthusiastically adopted the NCAA Division II “Life in the Balance” initiative to help students have a well-rounded collegiate experience (see related story). Here is a quick look at a few Newman student-athletes living a life of balance on and off the court.


Laryssa Ferreira, Senior
Major: Healthcare Science
Sport: Tennis
Activities: Student Center and weight room employee

“The Newman community cares for students. Everyone shows their willingness to help. That allows me to feel comfortable and relaxed, so I feel motivated to perform well on the court and in the classroom.”

PotterChelsey Potter, Senior
Major(s): Counseling, Communications
Sport: Volleyball
Activities: NU Bookstore employee, internship with Via Christi Health Public Relations Department, church involvement

“I think it’s good to have a liberal arts education because it makes you more well-rounded. You get to experience more things and connect with more people.”


NordmanTyler Nordman, Senior
Major: Communications
Sport: Basketball
Activities: Vantage student newspaper photo editor

“Being in a conference where you have to travel a lot, it’s easy to get sidetracked. The small community of Newman and the teachers work well to help us focus on our schedule and make it easier.”

KnabeAmanda Knabe, Senior
Major: Liberal Arts
Sport: Soccer
Activities: Pep Band, Social Entrepreneurship Club, Honors program, transfer student orientation leader

“Newman has allowed me to develop both athletically and academically. It is challenging sometimes to go to class, then practice, then work, then back to class, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. At Newman I get to do all the things I want and need.”





Photos by Darrel Voth


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