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Distinguished Visiting Scholar Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., to Offer Lecture at AMU

Friday, November 21, 2014

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Distinguished Visiting Scholar at AMU, will offer a lecture, "The Heavens Proclaim: A Brief History of the Vatican Observatory" on December 8 at 5 p.m. in the Bob Thomas Student Union Ballroom.

Brother Consolmagno is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Castel Gandolfo, one of the largest in the world. His research explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. In 1996, he spent six weeks collecting meteorites with an NSF-sponsored team on the blue ice of Antarctica, and in 2000 he was honored by the IAU for his contributions to the study of meteorites and asteroids with the naming of asteroid 4597 Consolmagno. On July 2, 2014, he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public by the American Astronomical Society.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science in 1974 and Master of Science in 1975 in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1978.

Br. Consolmagno has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Division III, Planetary Systems Science (secretary, 2000 - present) and Commission 16, Moons and Planets (president, 2003-2006); and the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (chair, 2006-2007).

He has coauthored five astronomy books: “Turn Left at Orion” (with Dan M. Davis; Cambridge University Press, 1989); “Worlds Apart” (with Martha W. Schaefer; Prentice Hall, 1993); “The Way to the Dwelling of Light” (U of Notre Dame Press, 1998); “Brother Astronomer” (McGraw Hill, 2000); and “God's Mechanics” (Jossey-Bass, 2007). He also edited “The Heavens Proclaim” (Vatican Observatory Publications, 2009).

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Another Milestone for Ave Maria University!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ave Maria University’s new Nursing major is officially approved! 

 

Today we learned of this milestone achievement from the state of Florida Board of Nursing and so it won’t be long before we have our first Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate in the 2016-17 academic year! 

 

Classes will begin this fall for juniors interested in pursuing a nursing degree. This official permission allows us to immediately and aggressively recruit students to the Nursing major and I am sure many prospective students and their parents will be attracted to the formation in ethics our curriculum provides and the moral climate our campus offers.

 

Work already is underway on renovating space on the third floor of the Canizaro Library for a first-class nursing instructional laboratory with up to six beds, as well as office space for two full-time faculty.  We have agreements in place with ten local medical facilities that will allow our nursing students to receive their necessary clinical on-site instruction.

 

America needs Ave nurses! If done faithfully health care can be part of the healing work of the Holy Spirit in the world. Too often in American facilities patients are treated as if they simply are a slab of meat on a health care conveyor belt.  In reality patients hunger for more than just tests and tubes and treatments. They want compassion, love, and most of all, their God-given dignity to be preserved and protected. The spiritual and ethical formation which Nursing students at Ave Maria will get in the core courses will prepare them for the professional education necessary to qualify them for employment as nurses. Heart, soul and mind must be devoted to the service of the sick and dying. Our faculty members understand this well. If I may paraphrase Mother Teresa, Ave nursing students will be invited to encounter Jesus in the disguise of the patient seeking medical attention, whether in obstetrics, hospice, or elsewhere.

 

Today’s good news is another step forward in pursuit of our founder Tom Monaghan’s dream of transforming American culture and advancing the Church’s mission. Our graduates are invited to shake the world, not flee it. I am delighted that Ave Maria will be at the forefront of the battle to defend life, comfort the sick, care for the rejected, and promote the rights of patients and their families in the increasingly complex and uncaring environment of American health care.  

-- From President Jim Towey's blog. Click here to visit President Towey's blog.

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AMU Graduates & Professors Involved in Vatican Colloquium

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Leaders and scholars from around the world are gathering in Vatican City this week for an international interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman. The purpose of the colloquium, according to its website, is “to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the woman, in order to support and reinvigorate marriage and family life for the flourishing of human society.”

Over the course of the week, a six-part documentary film series sponsored by the Marriage, Life and Leadership Council is being released. Ave Maria University graduate, RD Delgado, was hired to produce the series. The Humanum Series explores themes drawn from the colloquium as lived out and experienced by men, women and children around the world.

Maria Fedoryka, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University, is featured in the second Humanum film, entitled “The Cradle of Life and Love: A Mother & Father for the World’s Children.” 

“Motherhood,” Fedoryka begins, “has traditionally been seen as the nurturing genius where a space is created where a person is allowed to be. So much of the heart of the flourishing of the person is… to be accepted unconditionally and received as he or she is. So we often speak of the mother as the heart of the family.” Fedoryka goes on to explain and describe the masculine genius, how the father is “the solid structure in which a person can flourish,” like a secure “scaffolding” or “compass for the conscience of the child.” The film that features Maria Fedoryka, as well as other parts of the Humanum series, can be viewed here.

Catherine Pakaluk, Assistant Professor of Economics at Ave Maria University, was invited to attend the international colloquium and is currently in Rome.

More details about the event can be found at the Humanum website.

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Becoming Europe: Dr. Samuel Gregg at AMU

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The ISI Society at Ave Maria University invited Samuel Gregg to speak to students on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Dr. Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute and has written extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. His talk was entitled: “Becoming Europe: Cultural and Economic trends in the United States.” Gregg published the book Becoming Europe in January 2013.

Gregg began his lecture at AMU by speaking about what is happening in Europe today—why it is now the “sick man of the global economy.”  What we’re witnessing in Europe, he said, is not an ordinary recession, but “very much the crack-up of an entire way of organizing economic life.”

He went on to show, as his title would suggest, how some of the same trends in Europe have started to manifest themselves in the United States over the last six years. Increasingly like Europe, the U.S. is saddled with enormous debt, high unemployment rates, low economic growth, an overburdened welfare system, high taxation, government overreach, and so forth. Click Here to Read More

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Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Ronald Pestritto to offer lecture at AMU

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto, Graduate Dean and Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, offered the lecture, "Government By Consent or By Regulation? How Today's Bureaucracy Threatens Our Constitution and Our Liberty" on Thursday, November 6 on AMU's campus.

Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto is Graduate Dean and Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, where he teaches political philosophy, American political thought, and American politics, and holds the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution. Dr. Pestritto is the author of "Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism," the editor of "Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings," and the co-editor of "American Progressivism: A Reader." In addition to his academic work, has written widely in the public press on progressivism and the administrative state, including articles in the Wall Street Journal and the Claremont Review of Books and has appeared as a commentator on Fox News.



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Cardinal Newman Society highlights AMU's federal court victory

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Cardinal Newman Society highlighted Ave Maria University's recent federal court victory on their website. On Oct. 29, a federal court granted injunctive relief to AMU following the University’s renewed lawsuit against the HHS mandate filed in August.

Click here to read the full article on the Cardinal Newman Society website. Ave Maria University is Ave Maria University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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Victory! Ave Maria University wins in federal court

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

From President Jim Towey's Blog:

 

I have wonderful news to share with you! Ave Maria University won in Federal Court on its motion for injunctive relief. This is a significant victory because it is the first Federal Court case since the United States Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case and the subsequent issuance of the so-called “augmented” regulations by the Obama administration.

 

While this victory is significant the battle is far from over. Judge Moody has stayed action on our case pending a resolution of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals case in the EWTN lawsuit. 

 

You can click here to see the judge’s order which I think you will find interesting.

 

Thank you for your prayers and please continue them.  Be assured that Ave Maria University will press on until our religious liberty rights are fully vindicated.

 

Links

"Ave Maria Wins Relief from HHS Mandate, President Towey Says Battle Far from Over," Cardinal Newman Society

"Federal Court: New HHS mandate does not protect people of faith," The Becket Fund

"Ave Maria University v. Burwell," The Becket Fund

"Ave Maria granted injunction, no penalties for not providing contraception," Naples Daily News

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Dr. McDonnell Awarded American Prize in Conducting

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dr. Timothy McDonnell won third place in the 2014 American Prize in Conducting College/University Chorus Division. The American Prize is an annual series of competitions that award and recognize the best in the performing arts in America. One of the judges this year described McDonnell’s conducting as “clear” and said that his “cues are given so that the orchestra and choir are comfortably together.”

McDonnell is Assistant Professor and Chair of Music at Ave Maria University. He is director of the Ave Maria University Combined Choirs and teaches music theory. Before coming to Ave Maria, he was Director of Liturgical Music and master of the Music Chapel at the Pontifical North American College. McDonnell was founding director of Schola Nova at the International Institute for Culture in Philadelphia. In 2011, he was appointed director of the Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus. Besides being an accomplished and prize-winning conductor, McDonnell is an active composer and arranger. 

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AMU Recommended in Popular Guide to Catholic Colleges

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ave Maria, Fla. – Ave Maria University is recommended in the 2015 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a resource published by The Cardinal Newman Society recommending 27 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for their strong Catholic identity.

At TheNewmanGuide.com visitors can read the Guide for free, order a copy, view its companion magazine My Future, My Faith, or take advantage of “Recruit Me”—an innovative new opportunity for students to sign up to get recruited by the recommended Catholic colleges.

The Newman Guide says of AMU:

“When you take into account the unswerving promotion of Catholic values, the strong core curriculum, and the presence of an impressive and faithful faculty, Ave Maria stands as an exciting new option available to Catholics today.”

The new edition of the Guide highlights exciting changes at Ave Maria including the addition of new majors.

The Newman Guide’s new “Recruit Me” initiative flips around the typical college search process, with faithful Catholic institutions competing for prospective students. All students have to do is complete a short form at TheNewmanGuide.com, and colleges featured in The Newman Guide will go to work convincing the student why their program is the best fit for the student’s goals and abilities.

“Recruit Me is just another way that The Newman Guide makes it easy for Catholic families and students to explore a wide variety of options for faithful Catholic education, finding the institution that best suits their needs,” said managing editor Adam Wilson. “Every year, parents tell us how the Guide is setting students on a firm path for the future, whether it leads to religious vocations, marriages or professions.  We are thrilled to make this resource available to Catholic families for the eighth year!”

First published in 2007, The Newman Guide recommends 20 U.S. Catholic colleges and universities and seven international and online programs for their faithful Catholic identity. Its companion full-color magazine, My Future, My Faith, helps students navigate the transition from high school to college with advice on important topics like how to know which college is right for you, tips for getting accepted, writing the best application essay, keeping your faith in college and even rules for campus dating.

The book version of the Guide provides in-depth narratives exploring the uniqueness of each institution, questions and answers with the colleges, financial and career development information, and much more.  The free online version at TheNewmanGuide.com includes all the content from the book plus more than 400 pages of additional information, videos, social media links, photographs, news and more.

The online version also makes it easier than ever for families to compare and contrast the recommended colleges. A chart on the website gives readers a quick glance at crucial facts like percent of Catholic students, number of majors, availability of Confession, opposite sex visiting hours in dorms and other important information for each recommended institution. 

Founded in 1993, The Cardinal Newman Society is dedicated to promoting and defending faithful Catholic education. The Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. To become a member, visit online at http://CardinalNewmanSociety.org.

 

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Lou Holtz Announced as Keynote Speaker at 4th Annual Scholarship Dinner

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ave Maria University is pleased to announce that legendary football coach, motivational speaker and best-selling author, Lou Holtz, will be the keynote speaker at the University’s 4th Annual Scholarship Dinner taking place on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. This year’s theme is “Champions for Life.”

Holtz currently serves as a college football studio analyst on ESPN and is recognized as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. Renowned for his success in the sports arena, Holtz will deliver a message that addresses the leadership role of student athletes both on and off the field.

For many years, Lou Holtz has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America today. He speaks on overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting goals and working to achieve them. Over time Holtz has built a reputation as a motivator, a demanding disciplinarian, and someone who relishes challenges and hard work.

“Lou Holtz is and always has been a champion for life,” said AMU President Jim Towey. “His impact on the countless lives he has touched can never be measured appropriately. Our students and University community are grateful to join this list. We look forward to a beautiful evening.”

The previous three Annual Scholarship Dinners have raised more than $2 Million, with all profits going directly to students in need of financial aid.

Tickets for the 4th Annual Scholarship Dinner start at $350 per person. Sponsorship levels are available and include a VIP reception and photo opportunity with Lou Holtz. To purchase tickets or secure a sponsorship, please call Stacy Laffere, Director of Special Events and Advancement Relations at 239-280-1565.

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service, inspired by Saint John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and devoted to Mary, the Mother of God.

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