Ladies and Gentlemen, our president, Theresa Marian James. Who is she? Please, let me fill you in!
Our lovely Madame President is in her third year studying environmental science. One day you might just see her working for the government analyzing and writing environmental. This is a bit different than what she dreamed as growing up to be as a child – a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or a Princess at Disney World (Belle specifically), but hey, saving the world from global warming basically makes her a superhero!
When Theresa is not training to save the world you could spot her running, playing any kind of sport imaginable, hanging out with friends and family, or enjoying some “me time” with a good book. She has a love for the TV show “Downton Abbey” and the movie “October Sky”! If she was an animal she would be a Lynx because of how graceful she is.
Now to get down to business, while here at Newman House some of her favourite memories have been the clothing exchanges, the ever so hilarious coffee houses, and Night Fever! Her goals as president are to be there for her executive and see what God has in store for her in this leadership role. And trust me, with her kindness, generosity, and commitment to the Lord she is going to be (and already is) an amazing president.
If you were to ask her what saints she looks to she would answer St. Kateri, and the one she was named after (I wish my parents were that cool) St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Theresa is dedicated to Christ because of his depth of his mercy and love, and how he always surpasses her expectations. Our wonderful Madame President loves being a part of the Newman House Student Executive because of all the events we get to organize and to see how the Lord will work through the students.
We here at Newman house are so lucky to have a president with such a big heart, a good sense of fashion, friendly personality, and a strong devotion to God. You go, Theresa!
Evalina Williamson, of the Williamsons, is a Newman House star – shining brightly with her love of Christ. She can be seen sharing the Gospel and sharing a laugh wherever she goes.
As Vice President, Eva does, well, everything. She is a support for all of the executive members and meets with the President, Missionaries, and Fr. Raymond to ensure that Newman House runs smoothly.
On the side, Evalina is a 4th year ConEd student majoring in Biology. She is enthusiastic to one day become a teacher because “teaching is cool” and it is a profession of building relationships. When asked why she chose biology, Eva simply states: “Whoa, my mind is blown.” Our minds are blown by the many skills and talents of Miss Williamson.
This handy assonance will help you remember some of them: Kids, Camp, and Canoe. A canoe master, Eva spent her summers teaching kids how to face the waters (of life) at Christie Lake Kids Camp. The camp helped form Eva as she is today – a strong leader with an even stronger love of teaching. Evalina loves to backpack, she took her first trip at a year old.
If you happen to run into Eva, she can often be spotted wearing the Queen’s plaid and playing a French horn, strike up a conversation. She loves anything and everything. If you bring up a CCO mission, Eva will likely start smiling aggressively. She can also wiggle her ears (but only if she can stop smiling first).
Who is the real Serena Lowery? Born on the 19th of April 1996 in Guelph, Ontario, Serena (aka Munchkin, Suki, Rena, Weenie) is a famous comedienne known for her iconic portrayal of the character “Nonna” (Nuh Nuh) based on her Italian grandmother.
A flourishing Queen’s student, she is a History major and English minor with a passion for the dramatic arts. She spent her first year at the Bader International Study Centre where with Europe at her finger tips she became a world class traveller. A woman who loves her dog, Serena is also an avid writer having finished the first draft of a fantasy novel (title to be determined).
She is a woman on fire with the flame of the Holy Spirit and always ready to share the gospel. As Newman House secretary/treasurer she hopes to grow in her faith and build a more rewarding and pure relationship with God. Her goal for the community this year is to see it continue to thrive and grow into a big happy Catholic family.
Serena defines happiness as to be surrounded by the people you love. If she could give one major piece of wisdom to her fans it would be “Accept change, be patient, and remember everything has a silver lining. Don’t take the wooden nickels.”
Christopher ThomasLiturgical Coordinator
He hails from the East end of Toronto in Scarborough, Ontario. A man of many nicknames, in the past he has gone by Christopher the Philosopher, CTIII, Christie the King, Clutchtopher, as well as sixthscribe. We know him as Christopher Thomas.
Chris is studying currently in his second year of Con-Ed at Queen’s majoring in philosophy in addition to taking courses in physics and chemistry for teachables. As a child, Chris had dreams of being a scientist. Based on his interest in physics and chemistry, he is making progress to that aspiration.
However, his goal to be a teacher is triumphing over his goal of being a scientist. He believes his call in teaching stems from his desire to build up the younger generation as virtuous men and women to serve our Lord as children of God.
This year on our Newman House executive council he is serving as our liturgical coordinator. When asked if he is enjoying his position this year he responded, “I really am enjoying it! I’m learning a lot and as a result, getting chirped by Fr. Raymond”. In his position as liturgical coordinator, one of Chris’s responsibilities is coordinating rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet at Newman House. Reminiscing of his favorite memories of his time at Newman, Chris remembered during frosh week he walked up and down Barrie St. trying to find Newman as he did not know where Frontenac St. was! (classic frosh move)
When unoccupied with school and other commitments, in Chris’s spare time you can find him reading, napping, or watching an episode of his favorite TV show ‘Avatar The Last Air Bender’.
Chris’s charismatic personality will make anyone who encounters him wish to be friends. He is an inspirational man of God and I encourage you to take the time to know him.
Molly HelfertyLiturgical Coordinator
Molly Helferty is one of our two liturgical coordinators this year on the Newman House Executive. Spend only five minutes with her and you will realize that she is an amazingly well-rounded and diversely talented young woman; she studies economics, sings and plays piano, ukulele, bass, tenor saxophone and drums, plays volleyball and basketball, can do a layup in heels, and has enjoyed taking part in political debates with the Conservative club.
Her love of the beauty in mathematical models inspired her to pursue her studies in economics, but her truest love is found in chocolate (she once wrote it a love song – now that’s romance!). Many people think that Molly possesses the gift of bilocation, but alas, this is false (to my knowledge).
The truth is that she is one of 9 siblings, so you’ve probably seen her sisters around Kingston! The family has fond memories of growing up together on the farm and playing in a family band every summer. As one of the two residents of Newman House, Molly admits she sometimes forgets the house is on campus and not a farm, so if your timing is right you may hear her singing at the top of her lungs as she leaves for class in the morning. As liturgical coordinator, Molly’s primary role is organizing the music for Thursday evenings – and what a treat it’s been for all of us! We are consistently graced with what sounds like a choir of angels every week. If you see Molly around, please say hi! You’ll be so glad you did.
Megan KenneyCampus Outreach Coordinator
Who is the real Megan Kenney? Megan Marie Bernadette Kenney is a 3rd year Psychology Major Bio Minor. She will hesitantly answer to the name Meagles.
Hailing from the city of Guelph, Megan Kenney is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. Meagan spent her first year away at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K. at the Bader International Study Centre.
Megan is filled with love for the Lord and her friends. Her favourite saint is St Bernadette. You can often find her taking care of Meet for Mass outside of Vic Hall or conducting outreach at St Mary’s Cathedral.
Megan loves animals and over the years have taken care of dogs, cats, geckos and chickens as pets. She like to spend her free time knitting and watching Gilmore Girls. In true BioPsych fashion her favourite word is Deoxyribonucleic acid. When asked about her worst injury Megan Kenney responded with four words: Guatemala, Children, Bear, and Machete. If you would like to more please talk to Megan Kenney in person; she would love to meet you!
Jonathan UlanickiSocial Outreach Coordinator
The beautiful architecture and history of Queens drew Jonathan Ulanicki to Kingston in the fall of 2014. Members of Newman House are fortunate that he made this decision, because three years into his studies, we are blessed with a very capable and dedicated Social Outreach Coordinator.
This role is appropriate for Jon, considering his exemplary commitment to volunteering since high school. As Social Outreach Coordinator, he is helping students to get concretely involved with volunteer opportunities in Kingston, including Martha’s Table, Nightlight, Birth Right, and Providence Manor.
In this way, Queen’s students are able to better fulfill their Christian duty to be contributing members to the Kingston community. If you are interested in volunteering, he is the person to talk to!
And believe me, he is a great person to talk to.
Jonathan was born in Ajax and raised in Whitby, and over the years, he has picked up a lot of cool interests. His major is biology, but his wealth of knowledge is not at all confined to this category. Ask him about Canadian history, for example, and his genuine passion for the study of this topic will be evident.
He has also travelled widely, and has many stories to tell if you ask him, including the time when he caught a lizard last year in Guyana. In his spare time, he enjoys climbing trees, bike riding, running, drawing, baking banana bread, drinking orange juice, playing the piano, and recently singing as well.
But this is just a small introduction to the mystery that is Jonathan Ulanicki. The rest can only be discovered by talking to this inspiring young gentleman yourself.