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AMU Students in St. Peter’s Square

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The latest blog from Ave Maria student Erin DeCleene, who is in Rome this semester in our study abroad program, describes the excitement in St. Peter’s Square after the appearance of white smoke.



SW Florida Catholics' excitement for conclave in overdrive, here and in Rome

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kim Scharfenberger also is among those anticipating seeing the white smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signifying the election of a new pope. The Ave Maria University student is studying in Rome for the semester.



AMU Chamber Choir at The Phil in Naples

Monday, March 11, 2013

Join the Ave Maria University Chamber Choir and Dr. Timothy McDonnell, AMU Director of Choir in their Philharmonic Center debut performance of CARMINA BURANA! March 14th through 16th, 8:00 pm. Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, FL 34108



AMU Announces New VP for Finance and Administration

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dear Faculty, Administrators and Staff of Ave Maria University:
I am happy to announce the appointment of Mrs. Maureen Joyce as the new Vice President for Finance and Administration at Ave Maria University.
Maureen brings to our campus community over 30 years of experience in academia in the fields of financial management, auditing, and administration. 
She began her career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an internal auditor, and served for 25 years at Northeastern University in a number of capacities, including Associate Controller and Director of Sponsored Project Administration.  Most recently, Maureen served as Comptroller of a small, liberal arts institution, Simmons College, in Boston.  
Maureen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, graduating with honors, and went on to receive a Master in Business Administration from Northeastern University.  She brings a wealth of experience to Ave Maria University and we are quite fortunate to have a person of her caliber joining the University Council and our senior management team.  She will begin her work at Ave Maria in early April.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Dennis Grace, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, who has provided important management oversight of business and finance during this interim period, and also Comptroller Tony Beata and his colleagues in the business office who have worked so admirably and diligently. The University’s “growing pains” have been acutely felt by these professionals because the size and complexity of University operations are overwhelming the systems that were put in place at our founding.  They are owed our deep gratitude. 
Finally, I will be holding a “town hall” style meeting to discuss the 2013-14 budget that was recently adopted by the Board of Trustees and the progress the University is making on our five-year strategic plan, and also to answer any questions that you have.  I will let you know when a date is set for this gathering and hopefully you will be able to attend.
It is an exciting time in the Church and at Ave Maria University.  I join my prayers to yours as we implore the Holy Spirit to guide the College of Cardinals during the conclave that begins Tuesday.  May Our Lady intercede for them as they deliberate and designate the next shepherd of our Church, and also for us as we continue to advance the New Evangelization through our mission in Catholic higher education.
Kind regards,
Jim Towey



President Towey Appeared on PBS

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey appeared on PBS News Hour as part of a panel discussion on divisions within the Catholic Church in the United States. The discussion was also focused on recent polls showing an array of opinions on the future of the Church.



Ave Maria University Adds Two New Majors

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ave Maria University today announces the addition of two new undergraduate degree programs in Education and Accounting, an expansion into pre-professional learning that will help students thrive and succeed in a globally competitive job market.



Huber Named To Allstate WBCA Good Works Team

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company announced this morning the 10 women's college basketball student-athletes that were named to the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®. Ave Maria’s Emily Huber was selected to the team for her vast contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.



Events and Celebrations in Thanksgiving for the Petrine Ministry

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Masses of Thanksgiving for the Petrine Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
7:30am, 12:00pm (Novus Ordo Latin), and 5:00pm
Student-Organized Panel* – On the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI and its contributions to the life of the Church
5:00pm – Demetree Lecture Hall 
Dr. Michael Waldstein, Fr. Matthew Lamb, Mr. Anthony Valle
*Sponsored by Filii in Filio Household
Eucharistic Holy Hour
7:00pm – Oratory
Meditations by Fr. Robert McTeigue, S.J.
Student Service Ministry – “Deus Caritas Est” Service Event
11:00am-2:00pm – Student Union Ballroom
Students preparing meals for the poor in Immokalee

Board of Trustees Mass – Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
5:00 PM - Oratory                                                                                                                   
Homily by Fr. McTeigue, S.J. will honor the Legacy of the Pope Emeritus
Lecture  – “The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI”
7:30pm – Demetree Lecture Hall
Dr. Michael Waldstein



"Wrying but a little?" Marriage, Revenge, and Forgiveness in Shakespeare

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dr. Robert Miola is Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of English and Lecturer in Classics at Loyola University, Maryland. A prolific scholar, he has published thirteen books and penned more than thirty-five academic articles. His publications include two edited volumes of Shakespeare, Hamlet and Macbeth, in the prestigious Norton Critical Edition Series, 2007’s Early Modern Catholicism: An Anthology of Primary Sources (Oxford University Press) and Shakespeare’s Rome (Cambridge University Press, 1983). Professor Miola has also served as Editor-in- Chief for Presence, a journal on Jesuit Higher Education.



NY Post Op-Ed by Jim Towey: “A Teacher in Every Sense”

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation struck with the suddenness of grace.

Usually, a changing of the guard at the Vatican is preceded by a period where Catholics throughout the world grieve and the square of St. Peter’s overflows with pilgrims attending the Funeral Mass. But Catholics have come to expect the unexpected with Benedict and perhaps should have seen this coming.

Throughout his life, he has never been a prisoner to convention or stale ideas. He’s never feared scientific truth or engagement with modern culture. His three-volume “Jesus of Nazareth” is perhaps as fresh a take on the mystery of the person of the Christ as anything published in any age.

He is a theologian at heart, a teacher in every sense — and now he is teaching the Church Universal something about the papal office in the modern age, as well as his own limitations as shepherd.

Whereas John Paul II fearlessly lived his Parkinson’s infirmity in office to demonstrate that the great human dignity with which man is endowed is undiminished by disability, Benedict is teaching us about the need for clarity of mind and purity of heart in order to discern precisely what God is asking today of each of us.

That examination of conscience is required of popes and paupers alike, and his decision to resign was clearly the fruit of much prayer and contemplation.

His 26 years in academia prepared him for decisions like this by sharpening his appreciation for the pursuit of truth, excellence and beauty. That he would conclude on Sunday, at age 85, that he no longer has the strength and capacity to continue on the chair of St. Peter seems in hindsight to be utterly predictable.

Nonetheless, the news of Benedict’s resignation has a jarring quality to it as well as ample precedent.

The early Church was accustomed to the sudden departures of popes. In the third century, because of the cruel persecution of tyrants seeking to eradicate the Christian faith, there were five popes in the span of 10 years. Some were beheaded and all were elevated with the expectation of certain martyrdom.

Benedict’s announcement, in this context, seems far less dramatic. But it is no less momentous.

Those of us in Catholic education find ourselves already missing our beloved theologian-pope. He was a friend to us all.

I will never forget his remarks at a gathering of Catholic educators in Washington, DC: “A university or school’s Catholic identity is not simply a question of the number of Catholic students. It is a question of conviction — do we really believe that only in the mystery of the Word made flesh does the mystery of man truly become clear?”

He continued, “The church never tires of upholding the essential moral categories of right and wrong, without which hope could only wither, giving way to cold pragmatic calculations of utility which render the person little more than a pawn on some ideological chess-board.”

The truth of Benedict’s exhortation challenges all of us who labor at Catholic institutions of higher learning to shepherd our students toward a deeper understanding of what is asked of us, and what dangers are posed when society measures individuals based simply on their usefulness.

The pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI may be ending but the value of his teaching and the power of his witness to the Christian faithful will continue. His leaving the chair of St. Peter shocks us, and perhaps even saddens us, because we have grown accustomed to the lovely attraction of his words.

He served with a fearlessness and gentleness that were evangelical. His formidable intellect and gift of expression were from God.

He soon will enter a new stage in his life, one of quiet prayer and ascendant weakness as he prepares to return to the Father. He has mentored the multitudes across the continents for this very moment, and now it is his turn to embark.

He goes with our prayers and profound gratitude.

Jim Towey is president of Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla.


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