AMU Conference examines Business Education and Catholic social teaching
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
During January 2-4, more than 30 scholars from 14 universities came to Ave Maria for the “Mission-Driven Business Education” seminar to talk about integrating the Catholic faith and the Catholic intellectual tradition into the teaching of marketing, management, accounting, finance, economics, and business ethics. Michael Naughton (of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas), Gabriel Martinez (Chair of the Business Department at Ave Maria University), and Henry Amoroso (of the Micah Center at Seton Hall University) were the seminar organizers.
“Through the questions we raise, through the topics we choose, through the answers we give, we can give our students and our colleagues a sense of the meaning and fulfillment we have found as Christians and as Catholics,” said Dr. Martinez. “The Catholic tradition gives us a different perspective and a unique impetus to study finance, economics, marketing, accounting, management, and business ethics, which makes our classroom and research occasions for – appropriate, respectful, opportune – evangelization.”
The seminar, which focused on the uniquely Catholic dimensions of business education, lasted two and a half days, with formal presentations and informal discussions. In their presentations, the participants laid out their understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition and of Catholic social teaching. Then they connected these ideas with the specific pedagogical strategies that they use to help students make relevant connections. Other scholars responded by highlighting what they thought was most relevant, thus starting a discussion among the whole group.
All participants wrote background papers on their ideas of the integration of Catholic teaching with their disciplines. They also provided specific teaching notes and syllabi, which will be made publicly available to the worldwide academic community, with the aim of helping business professors in any university who want to bring the Catholic intellectual tradition to their own students.
Together with a very favorable impression of Ave Maria, the participants (from Notre Dame, Pepperdine, St. Thomas, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, St. John’s, Dayton, Catholic University of America, Loras, St. Norbert’s, Lexington, Le Moyne, St. Francis, and Ave Maria) left with strong bonds and with plans for future collaboration and extensions of their work into the world of business.
"What the Pope meant to say," by William McGurn, AMU Trustee
Sunday, January 5, 2014
By William McGurn
January 3, 2014
‘It’s official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican.”
Well thank you, Reuters.
The wire-service scoop on sin comes on the heels of other news flashes about Pope Francis. For example, when Time named the pope a contender for “Person of the Year,” it said it did so because of his “rejection of church dogma.”
In a similar manner The Daily Mail, under an AP byline, hailed Pope Francis’ pro-life plea to Catholic doctors as a “bizarre U-turn” in his position on abortion.
And The New York Times summed up an interview of Pope Francis with the headline, “Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ with Gays, Abortion, and Birth Control.”
Oops. The pope did say that last one. Or at least something close.
NY Times spotlights Ave Maria University's tuition reduction move
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Getting Out of Discount Game, Small Colleges Lower the Price
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A higher education riddle: When can a college slash tuition by almost half, without losing revenues? Answer: When nobody much pays full tuition anyway.
When Converse College, a tiny women’s college here, announced that it was “resetting” next year’s tuition at $16,500, down 43 percent from the current year’s published price of $29,000, the talk was about affordability, transparency and a better deal for struggling families.
But of Converse’s 700 undergraduates, only a small number — in the single digits, its president said, paid the full sticker price in recent years. Almost everyone received a tuition discount from the college, along with, in many cases, financial aid from the state and federal governments.
Now, like some other small private colleges, Converse is cutting tuition and reducing discounts. Betsy Fleming, Converse’s president, said the tuition discount rate would drop to 25 percent, well below the national average, from the current 56 percent. The college will still offer aid to talented students, but only to the extent covered by its $39 million endowed scholarship funds.
While Converse’s reset was the most drastic, others including Concordia University, St Paul, in Minnesota, Ashland University in Ohio, Ave Maria University in Florida, Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, have also recently announced tuition cuts. Read more...
President Jim Towey and AMU Featured on EWTN News Nightly
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Ave Maria University President Jim Towey was a guest on EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell on Wednesday, December 18.
Click here to view President Towey's segment.
AMU Board Member William McGurn on Obama's Contraceptive Mandate
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Ave Maria University Board Member William McGurn wrote a piece in the New York Post on the recent news of Obama's contraceptive mandate heading to the Supreme Court. Click here to read the article on the NY Post website.
Ave Maria University Applauds Decision for Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Challenge
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The following is a statement from Ave Maria University President Jim Towey:
“Great news today from the U.S. Supreme Court: The Obamacare regulations which Ave Maria University has fought in Federal Court since 2012 because they violate religious freedom will be decided by the nine justices sometime in June 2014.
People can disagree about the morality of contraception, and the government can fund these services to whatever extent it wishes, but faith-based organizations, whether non-profit or private, should not be compelled to violate conscience to carry out such a mandate. The Obama administration could have expanded access to contraception through any number of methods – using its vast array of community health center and state public health clinics, but instead it chose the most offensive way possible: it chose to force faith-based groups to be the foot soldiers in their armies of contraception. Now our nation’s highest court will look at the First Amendment case law and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and decide whether such efforts by Secretary Sebelius and her zealots at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were lawful or not.
I am confident that our cause has been a just one – and I predict a near-unanimous decision in our favor. We’re proud to have led the fight on this and we’ll pray that our lawyers at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty prevail.”
Ave Maria University, which led the fight against the Obamacare regulations, has again filed suit against the federal government, renewing the University’s efforts to fight the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. In March, the U.S. District Court granted the motion by defendants (Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al) to dismiss AMU’s lawsuit. At that time, the dismissal was made because the regulations were not in final form. But since the regulations were finalized, AMU again filed suit. The AMU lawsuit remains in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.
C.S. Lewis, Catholic Gateway Drug
Friday, November 22, 2013
Michael Dauphinais, Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Theology at AMU contributed in a recent Aleteia article on C.S. Lewis. November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, whose writings have been incredibly effective for helping others do what he never did: join the Catholic Church.
Read the full article here.
International Scholar Lectures on Theology of Creation
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
What did major twentieth-century theologians have to say about the theology of creation? This semester the Patrick F. Taylor Graduate Programs in Theology at Ave Maria University are hosting a series of lectures by an international scholar who is an expert on this subject.
Fr. Santiago Sanz Sánchez, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, will give a series of four lectures on “Major Themes in Contemporary Creation Theology.” These lectures will take place on each Tuesday in November, at 7:00 p.m. in the William C. Demetree Auditorium.
Born in Talavera de la Reina, Spain, in 1972, Fr. Sanz was ordained to the priesthood in 2000 and incardinated into the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of Navarre and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He is the author of five scholarly monographs and a dozen scholarly articles.
Fr. Sanz, who is making is making a mini-sabbatical here in Ave Maria, looks forward to discussing theology with our graduate students and faculty. The topics of his lectures are as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:00 p.m.: “Creation and Covenant”
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:00 p.m.: “Creation in Christ”
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:00 p.m.: “Trinity and Creation”
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7:00 p.m.: “Ratzinger and the Doctrine of Creation”
AMU Featured in PBS Piece on Catholic College Identity
Saturday, October 26, 2013
What does it mean for a school to be Catholic? “This is a university that’s founded on biblical truth, on scripture, and on the sacramental richness of the Catholic Church,” says Ave Maria University President Jim Towey. But according to Rev. Kevin O’Brien, vice president for ministry and mission at Georgetown University, “What we did 50 years ago to promote our identity does not suffice today because the world is different and our students and faculty are different.”
Click here to see President Jim Towey and AMU students explain their view of a Catholic university.
Ave Maria University to Host Annual FOCUS Training Next Spring
Friday, October 25, 2013
Ave Maria University is proud to announce that the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will hold its annual training on campus next summer.
The FOCUS training, which draws 500 young missionaries to the AMU campus, will be held from May 27 through July 6, 2014. About 40 of the young men and women may choose to remain on campus for a silent retreat that runs through July 13. AMU first partnered with FOCUS for their annual training earlier this summer.