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New Dean of Students Named

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vice President for Student Affairs and General Counsel William Kirk announced today that Julie Cosden has been promoted to the role of Dean of Students within Ave Maria University’s Division of Student Affairs. 

For the last five years, Cosden has served Ave Maria as Director of Student Life, responsible for the administration and oversight of virtually all student events and activities on campus, including various campus-wide concerts, lectures, weekly series and programming, and other social events.  Her responsibilities have included the management of more than fifty student organizations on campus, including the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board.  While retaining her current responsibilities as Director of Student Life, in her role as Dean of Students, Julie will now manage several of the administrative facets of Campus Ministry, Intramural Athletics, the Rome Study Abroad Program, and Counseling Services.  As Dean of Students, Julie will be primarily responsible for meeting and responding to student needs outside the classroom and will also assist the Office of Residence Life and Housing in the administration of the student disciplinary processes.


Cosden came to Ave Maria in the summer of 2005, when she began working as a Residence Hall Director at the Interim Campus in Naples.  After working in Residence Life for two years, Julie worked for Admissions before moving back to the Division of Student Affairs as the Director of Student Life in 2008.  Last year, in addition to her role as Director of Student Life, Julie assumed the responsibilities of the Interim Director of Housing and Residence Life.  Originally from Philadelphia, Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from The Catholic University of America in 2003 and has completed all of her required coursework for a Master’s Degree in Systematic Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, with hopes to graduate in May 2014.



The Enduring Legacy of Michael Novak

Thursday, September 12, 2013

At Ave Maria University, among friends, in celebration of his 80th birthday.



Ave Maria University Files Lawsuit Over Controversial Obamacare Mandate

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ave Maria University will file suit against the federal government, renewing the University’s efforts to fight the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. 

“The Obama administration’s mandate that seeks to coerce Ave Maria University to cooperate with its scheme to make abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and other contraceptive services available to employees under our employer-provided health plan, is unconstitutional and a violation of Federal law, and today we are suing to prevent its enforcement,” University President Jim Towey said Thursday.

In March, the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, granted the motion by the Defendants (Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al) to dismiss Ave Maria University’s lawsuit. At that time, the dismissal was made on technical legal grounds - so-called “ripeness” – because the federal regulations in question are not in final form. 

Now that the regulations have been finalized, President Towey says he believes this lawsuit is a logical next step, and perhaps the only way, to preserve the rights of religious groups.

“The Obama administration seems hell-bent on denying faith-based organizations their rights of conscience and religious freedom,” he said. 

On January 1, 2014, the so-called “safe harbor” protection the University now enjoys will no longer exist, and the Obama administration’s contraception mandate will be in full force. 

 “..the fines with which the Obama administration threatens to compel Ave Maria’s compliance – $100 per day, per beneficiary, totally as much as $7 million in fines annually – seem to have the intended effect of forcing us to choose to either violate our religious beliefs or face bankruptcy,” President Towey said.  “Ave Maria University will not violate its core religious beliefs, wash our hands like Pontius Pilate, and surrender to the Obama administration’s coercive mandate.” 


Click here for AMU Pres. Jim Towey's Statement.

Click here for PDF version.



Save the Date!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Open House – Saturday, September 21, 2013

Noon to 3:00 p.m.


Take a Campus Tour!


Meet AMU President H. James Towey, former senior advisor to the President of the United States, and a friend and legal counsel for 12 years to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.


Speak with representatives from the Offices of Student Life, Financial Aid, Athletics.


Please register online or call 239-280-2556



A Latin American Pope Goes to Rio

Friday, August 2, 2013

New York Post editorial-page editor and AMU Board of Trustees member William McGurn considers the enduring appeal of World Youth Day, celebrated most recently in Rio de Janeiro, when Pope Francis welcomed an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 3 million.



Gyrenes Represented in the NYCBL All Star Game

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Two Ave Maria University baseball players, infielder Aaron Pigna (Jr., Miami, FL) and pitcher Austin Munn (So., Lafayette, IN), have been selected to participate in the NYCBL (New York Collegiate Baseball League) All-Star game, to be held in Geneva, NY on July 9th.



Jim Towey on the Supreme Court’s “Quiet Hit on Obamacare”

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

This week’s Supreme Court rulings on issues from same-sex marriage to racial quotas to the Voting Rights Act are dominating headlines. But its decision last Thursday limiting the conditions the government can attach to federal grants may be a sleeper in terms of its impact. 



AMU Instructor of Literature and Italian, Dr. Deana Basile Kelly, wrote this travel piece on Siena, Italy for the NCR

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A medieval city that buzzes with 21st-century living, Siena has pulled me back time and again into its orbit of medieval traditions, civic pride and religious devotion.



Day Nine ROMA 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

We left Santa Maria alle Fornaci by train for Ostiense where we took the metro for the Colosseum. This is the fastest way to reach San Clemente, a church of unbelievable historical richness that is located only a couple blocks from the Flavian Amphitheater. 



Jim Towey Appears on Jeff Lytle Show

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey discussed the school’s year in review, tackled the comments about Catholics from Ohio State University’s president, and chatted about the name change at the The Phil on Sunday’s edition of “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle.”


Join President Towey talked about the successes and challenges at AMU, the jabs about Catholics from the now-retiring Gordon Gee of Ohio State, and the controversy surrounding the changing of the name of Naples’ largest performing arts venue.


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