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Ave Maria University to Fight HHS Mandate

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Former White House Faith-Based Director Jim Towey Decries Attack on Religious Liberty.



Former Gov. Jeb Bush to Keynote at Ave Maria Commencement

Monday, January 23, 2012

Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University, announced today that Florida’s 43rd Governor, Jeb Bush, will address the Ave Maria University graduating class of 2012.



College Goal Sunday at AMU

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Free expert advice from counselors providing information about Federal Financial aid for college students.



AMU Women's Basketball #21 in National Poll Released Today

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The AMU women's basketball team has moved from #23 to #21 in the latest NAIA national poll released this afternoon.

The Lady Gyrenes improved to 21-4 overall and 8-1 in The Sun Conference following a pair of wins over Warner University and Webber International University last week. They share to top spot in the conference with St. Thomas University who is ranked #16 in the national poll. AMU will host STU (18-5 overall) in the final game of the regular season on February 18th. In their last meeting, STU won an overtime battle 80-71.

The #21 ranking is the highest for any sports team in AMU athletics' history for a NAIA national poll. The AMU women are also listed #1 in the USCAA national poll having won the national championship last season. 



Lady Gyrenes ranked No. 25 in NAIA Poll

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Top Six Go Unchanged in NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll



Marion, Sokolowski, and the Possibility of Natural Theology

Friday, January 20, 2012

Catholic theology has traditionally recognized the possibility of knowing God by rational reflection on his created effects. This is what has come to be known as “natural theology.” The First Vatican Council (1869-1870) famously affirms the ability of human beings to know God through reason without the aid of supernatural revelation. But there are many – both Catholic and Protestant – who have questioned the possibility of natural theology or certain of its aspects for various reasons. In this paper I consider the challenges to natural theology posed by the work of the contemporary French philosopher and theologian Jean-Luc Marion and the contemporary American philosopher and theologian Robert Sokolowski. I try to show the weaknesses in their positions, which seem to deny – Marion rather categorically and Sokolowski with some qualifications – the natural human capacity to know God.



Chicago Fire Return to Ave Maria Friday

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Major League Soccer Chicago Fire will be back in Ave Maria beginning Friday, Jan. 20, for two weeks to start their spring training for the 2012 season. 

As was the case last year, when the Fire trained for the first time in Ave Maria, the team will have open practices daily and will play an exhibition game at North Park in Ave Maria. The exhibition game against FGCU Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m, is one of two exhibition matches on the Fire's schedule for their time in Southwest Florida. The other game, against the MLS D.C. United, is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at FGCU. Left, last year's exhibition game at North Park against FGCU drew more than 1,000 people.

Practices will normally be open to the public. The Ave Herald will post the daily practice schedule as it is available. They also have a number of sessions scheduled with their local affiliate, the Chicago Fire Juniors.

The Fire will have a busy spring, traveling to New Orleans, Ventura, CA and Charleston, SC before opening their season March 17 in Montreal.

The official spring schedule released by The Chicago Fire:

January 20-February 3: First Team trains in Ave Maria, Fla.


Sunday, January 29 - Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United - 1:00 p.m. CT - Florida Gulf Coast University

Wednesday, February 1 - Chicago Fire vs. Florida Gulf Coast University - 6:00 p.m. CT - Ave Maria University

February 3-5: First Team trains in New Orleans, La.

Saturday, February 4 - Chicago Fire vs. Real C.D. Espana (HON) - 5:00 p.m. CT - Tad Gormley Stadium

February 5: First Team returns to Chicago

February 8-18: First Team trains in Ventura, Calif.

February 18: First Team returns to Chicago

February 21-March 5: First Team trains in Charleston, S.C. as part of 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup


Saturday, February 25 - Chicago Fire vs. DC United - 4:00 p.m. CT - Blackbaud Stadium

Wednesday, February 29 - Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew - 4:00 p.m. CT - Blackbaud Stadium

Saturday, March 3 - Chicago Fire vs. Charleston Battery (USL) - 6:15 p.m. CT - Blackbaud Stadium

March 5: First Team returns to Chicago



Reorganization Concluded

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mr. Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University, today announced a reorganization of the athletics and conferences program areas of the University. These changes conclude a nearly year-long review by the new president in his effort to streamline operations and move Ave Maria toward self-sufficiency. Towey announced the following personnel appointments and changes:

· Mr. Brian Scanlan, current athletic director of the University, is now an Associate Vice President and will assist Chief Financial Officer Eugene Munin and Comptroller Tony Beata in business operations, with an emphasis on the conferences and events activities of the University.

· Mr. Kevin Joyce, current Assistant to the President, is now Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. Joyce was an assistant football coach from 2001-2004 at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, and also coached at Marist High School before coming to Ave Maria in 2010 to work in the development office. Joyce played football and wrestled at John Carroll University where he earned his B.A. degree in Political Science.

· Mr. Barry Fagan is stepping down as Head Football Coach and is leaving the University.

· Mr. Forrest Wallace, current Director of Media Relations and Events, is now Director of Public Relations and will work with Mr. Dennis Grace, Vice-President for Enrollment and Marketing, in the marketing of the University, as well as handle media relations.

“The University is grateful for Coach Fagan’s service in getting our football program up and running and we wish him well as he continues his coaching career,” said Towey. “Ave Maria University is committed to having a successful, competitive intercollegiate athletics program. Wins and losses of course matter, but of greater importance is that our student athletes graduate with a first-class education. Kevin Joyce is the right man to move us in that direction.”

Mr. Joyce will assume his new responsibilities immediately and begin assembling next year’s team. “I appreciate the confidence that President Towey has in me and I can’t wait to meet with our football team and get to know all of our student athletes,” Joyce commented. “I know our coaches and they are a fantastic group and I look forward to working with them.”

Mr. Scanlan also is eager to take on his new responsibilities. “I’ve loved my work in athletics and I’m proud of what we accomplished in such a short time. I am an entrepreneur by nature and love business and so the challenge of attracting more conferences and events at Ave Maria is very attractive to me,” Scanlan said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help the University where I am needed the most,” he added.

President Towey was announced as Ave Maria University’s new President on February 10, 2011, succeeding Chancellor and Founder Thomas S. Monaghan and President Nicholas Healy, and began his tenure on March 17, 2011. Since his appointment there has been a major transition in senior leadership underway at the University that included the appointment of new vice-presidents for academic affairs, institutional advancement, and enrollment, as well as a new chief financial officer and also head of information services. In May the University streamlined all areas of the University and cut the 2010-11 operating budget by $3.6 million, and reduced the number of full-time coaches in athletics from 15 to 5. Last fall Ave Maria had its largest entering class ever, and last month the University nearly doubled the number of majors and minors to be offered in August.

“Ave Maria University continues to grow and move toward self-sufficiency and I am thrilled that we have had such a smooth transition of authority,” said Towey. “It is a tribute to the great men and women who have worked at – and are working at - Ave Maria.”

Next week classes resume on the campus that has an enrollment of 750 undergraduates and 113 graduate students.



Guest column by Pres. Towey: Expenses to be the key in the year ahead

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

In a recent speech, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged colleges and universities to "think more creatively — and with much greater urgency — about how to contain the spiraling costs of college and reduce the burden of student debt on our nation's students."

Keeping academic standards high and the costs to students low will be the defining challenge in higher education in 2012.

If Duncan wants to see a model to accomplish these dual objectives, he should check out Ave Maria University.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, this year the average cost of tuition and fees at private colleges in America is $28,500, and yet Ave Maria charges just a little more than $20,000.

Because our mission urges us to keep the cost of attending college within the reach of as many families as possible, more than half of this cost at Ave Maria is covered by scholarships, thanks to the generosity of our founder, Tom Monaghan, and our many donors.

This means that the average student on our campus is paying less than $10,000 in tuition and fees annually. Students from Florida are paying even less because of state-supported scholarships (Bright Future and Florida Resident Access Grant). In fact, Florida residents attending Ave Maria have an out-of-pocket tuition cost comparable to the sticker price of the state's huge public universities.

That is good news for parents and their high school seniors who want a quality education without incurring a mountain of debt. With many private, liberal arts colleges now charging well over $40,000 per year in tuition, and with scholarship aid restricted to the privileged few (star students or athletes, for example), it is no wonder that there is widespread resentment in America over rising college costs.

So how does Ave Maria University keep its academic standards high and its costs low?

First, we attracted a first-class faculty without the trappings of tenure. Our professors hold degrees from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell and other prestigious institutions and could teach, research and get tenure anywhere. They chose Ave Maria because we value their scholarship and seek to provide the right environment for it.

Second, we have streamlined administration and kept the student-to-employee ratio high. Too many colleges and universities have bloated bureaucracies.

Third, we do not go overboard on athletics. A third of our students compete in 17 sports, guided by just a handful of full-time coaches. That model works for students and is affordable.

Last month the higher-education consulting group Hardwick Day released results from a survey conducted with 2,700 college graduates. The group asked the graduates how satisfied they were with their undergraduate experiences. Which colleges fared best? Private liberal arts colleges like Ave Maria. This is because students who learn how to think critically and write competently turn into graduates who can excel in the world.

That is good news, but it will be short-lived if their alma maters continue to price themselves out of reach.



NRO Editor-at-large interviewed

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"The gals at Ave Maria in Florida are just spectacular...", says Kathryn Jean Lopez, keynote speaker at the genuine.feminine conference on campus last March.


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