latest news

→ read all

Haley Scott DeMaria Institute Award

Haley Scott DeMaria to receive 5th annual Institute Award

May 13, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development Award will be presented to Haley Scott DeMaria, whose story of recovery from the famous 1992 Notre Dame swim team bus crash has inspired thousands. Read More 

Fr Friedrich Bechina group 1

A visit from the Vatican

February 5, 2015

Fr. Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O., Undersecretary of the Pontifical Congregation for Catholic Education, visited Neumann University and the Institute along with Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) president Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D. Read More 

inspiring stories

→ read all

On Philadelphia hockey fans

with Jim Watson

Jim Watson, NHL Stanley Cup winner with the Philadelphia Flyers, talks about his experience of the ever-growing population of ice hockey fans in the Philadelphia area. Read More 

Always find a way

with Theresa Grentz

Theresa Grentz is a 2001 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and a former Mighty Mac of nearby Immaculate University. Here, she shares stories of her love of the game of basketball, and how the combination of persistence and faith helped her find success. Read More 

On the NHL Winter Classic

with Jim Watson

Jim Watson, NHL Stanley Cup winner with the Philadelphia Flyers, shares his thoughts about when the NHL Winter Classic came to Philadelphia. Read More 


with Dennis Murphy

Dennis Murphy, former Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs at Neumann University, discusses his life, work and faith in a talk titled “Sacrifice.” Read More 

On the significance of experiencing setbacks

with Evelyn Bennett

Evelyn Bennett, accomplished tennis athlete, runner, and equestrian, she shares with us the powerful moments, lessons, and learning that can come from experiencing setbacks in your athletic experiences. Read More 

On his Neumann experience

with Scott Hammell

Scott Hammell, a student-athlete and now Club Baseball Head Coach and Residence Life Coordinator, tells the story of his Neumann … Read More 

from the blog

→ read all

Chris Fuga

What could have been: Loss in sports and in life

November 3, 2015 | by Jeffrey B. Eisenberg

In sports and in life, we share an understanding that any form of potential cut short is tragic. In a special way, athletes represent the best of us, so when we lose someone who has pursued excellence through athletics, our mourning is also for the model of excellence we lose. Read More 

Men's basketball chaplain

Things team chaplains love – part 2

October 21, 2015 | by Jeffrey B. Eisenberg

In the second of this two-part series, Neumann University team chaplains highlight the bonds they are privileged to form as a result of their special athletic ministry. We are so happy to hear of the many rewards of team chaplaincy! Read More 

Neumann University team chaplains

Things team chaplains love – part 1

October 12, 2015 | by Jeffrey B. Eisenberg

Team chaplaincy is a reward for student-athletes but also for the chaplains themselves! So, we wanted to know: What are the rewards of this ministry? We asked Neumann’s team chaplains, and here’s what they had to say. Read More 

the exhibit

→ visit

Mirenda Center Exhibit
Explore the Exhibit 
from the Exhibit...


The way we see things is not necessarily the way God sees things. With reflection, putting things in their proper context provides clarity and wisdom. Author Pat Conroy puts his losing senior basketball season at the Citadel in perspective in his book, My Losing Season,“ Winning is wonderful in every aspect, the darker music of loss resonates on deeper, richer planes…. Loss is a fiercer, more uncompromising teacher, coldhearted but clear-eyed in its understanding that life is more dilemma than game, and more trial than free pass. My acquaintance with loss has sustained me during the stormy passages of my life…. Though I learned some things from the games we won that year, I learned much, much more from loss.”