AMU Theology Professor Dr. Susan Waldstein makes guest appearance on EWTN
Monday, December 15, 2014
Ave Maria University theology professor, Dr. Susan Waldstein, was a guest speaker on the EWTN television program, “At Home with Jim and Joy” on December 18th. The show features the husband and wife team Jim and Joy Pinto as they discuss topics surrounding marriage, family and pro-life issues.
Along with her teaching responsibilities at AMU, Dr. Waldstein engages in a variety of research topics, many dealing with the investigation of the intersection of theology, philosophy, and natural science. Dr. Waldstein was a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, a member of the Vatican commission on Jewish-Christian dialogue about marriage. She has also given public lectures and retreats on marriage, family spirituality, and home education in the U.S., Austria, Slovakia, and the Vatican.
Dr. Waldstein’s appearance on “At Home with Jim and Joy” aired on EWTN on December 18th at 2 p.m. EST.
AMU Launches New Nursing Program with State Approval, $1 Million Gift
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
President Jim Towey announced that the Florida Board of Nursing has approved a new four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Ave Maria University. A $1 million gift from an anonymous donor will fund the launching of this new major at the University. This is the first four-year BSN program in Collier County.
“We are thrilled that the state of Florida has approved our new program and excited about what this will mean for our students, the future of Ave Maria, and the fulfillment of founder Tom Monaghan’s vision,” said Towey. “America needs more caring, ethical and competent nurses as the ‘age wave’ envelops our Nation, and Ave Maria University will now be providing them.”
The first core nursing courses will be offered in the fall of 2015 and will help students meet the demands of a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Infused throughout the curriculum will be the University’s commitment to its Catholic mission which instills in students an awareness of the importance of administering compassion for the sick and the suffering, and respecting for life, from conception to natural death.
The program will incorporate a “fundamentals and simulation lab” with state-of-the-art equipment and resources to facilitate student learning. A smaller faculty-to-student ratio will help enhance learning and students will be provided with clinical experiences in local healthcare organizations and agencies within the Southwest Florida community. A majority of the faculty teaching in the Nursing program hold doctoral degrees.
The program will operate under the direction of Dr. Denise McNulty, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, ARNP. Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. McNulty has resided in the Naples community for the past fourteen years. She is a graduate of Duquesne University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Holy Family University, a Post-Masters in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, a Post-Masters in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University, and a Post-Masters in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Duquesne University. Dr. McNulty is a Florida licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty-five years of experience in various clinical, teaching, and administrative roles.
The University is recruiting existing and prospective students for the fall of 2015.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Dauphinais said that the Nursing program brings to 30 the number of majors offered at Ave Maria, up from 11 in 2011. “We have come a long way in a short time, thanks to our faculty and their extraordinary efforts,” he said.
Click here to download press release in PDF form.
Ave Maria Hits ‘Milestone’ in Creation of New Nursing Program (Cardinal Newman Society)
Another Milestone at Ave Maria University! (AMU President Jim Towey's blog)
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).
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.
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. 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.