Cardinal O’Malley of Boston to Speak at 2016 Commencement


AVE MARIA, FL (February 18, 2016) – Ave Maria University President Jim Towey announced today that His Eminence, Seán Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., will be the commencement speaker for this year’s exercises in May.

“We are thrilled that Cardinal O’Malley is able to be with us on this special day and I know our graduates will be eager to hear his remarks,” Towey said. “His life experiences, his close friendship with Pope Francis, and his consistent advocacy for the sanctity of life, the dignity of the poor, and the need for joy and mercy in the lives of Christians, make him the ideal speaker in this Jubilee of Mercy the Holy Father has instituted this year.”

Cardinal O’Malley is in his 13th year as Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, and 46th as an ordained priest. He was elevated to the rank of Cardinal-Priest in 2006 and is a key advisor to Pope Francis, serving as a member of the group of eight Cardinals assisting the Holy Father on reforming the Church’s governance and central administration. His Eminence holds both Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Catholic University of America, and was a professor there for four years. He currently is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater. He also is no stranger to Florida, having served as Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach prior to his appointment in Boston.

Ave Maria University will hold its 13th commencement exercises on May 7, 2016 in the Tom Golisano Field House. A record 211 undergraduate students are expected to receive diplomas, as well as 10 Master’s and 2 Ph.D. candidates. Recent commencement speakers at Ave Maria University include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Rick Scott, Librarian of Congress James Billington, and Dr. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service, inspired by Saint John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and devoted to Mary, the Mother of God.

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Richard Sternberg Lecture: Feb. 18


Dr. Richard Sternberg, Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute, will host a lecture on Thursday, February 18 at 5 pm in the Demetree Auditorium in the Henkels Academic Building. Dr. Sternberg’s lecture, titled “What is a gene? Not a particle but a process” is open to the public.

Richard Sternberg is an evolutionary biologist with interests in the relation between genes and morphological homologies, and the nature of genomic “information.” He holds two Ph.D.’s: one in Biology (Molecular Evolution) from Florida International University and another in Systems Science (Theoretical Biology) from Binghamton University. Dr. Sternberg is presently a research scientist at the Biologic Institute, supported by a research fellowship from the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He is also a Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History.

AMU Welcomes New Head Football Coach


February 5, 2016 – Ave Maria, FL – Ave Maria University is pleased to announce the hiring of Joe Patterson as the next Head Football coach for the Gyrenes. Coach Patterson is entering his 20th season as a football coach. Patterson is concluding his 12-year tenure as head football coach at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. During that time, his teams made the playoffs 10 times. The Cadets recorded several wins against nationally ranked opponents, including a 35-2 win against the IMG Academy in 2014.

“Joe is a great addition,” said Kimberly King, Director of Athletics, “He is a proven leader and brings with him both a passion for football and excitement for advancing the Catholic Mission of the University. He is the perfect fit for what we are trying to do here.”

Coach Patterson has a reputation for developing great talent. During his time as the varsity head coach, 79 of his players went on to play Division I-A or I-AA football. He also coached eight All-Americans, including five Under Armour All-Americans.

Patterson’s academic track record also stands out as his football program posted a 3.00 GPA or higher in nine out of the 12 seasons. Coach Patterson, who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Villanova University, taught in the Honors Program at St. John’s.

Patterson and his wife, Jana, are the parents of six children: Anne, Tommy, Patrick, Edward, Bernadette, and Maximilian.

Coach Patterson is replacing Marty Quinn, who resigned for personal reasons after four seasons at AMU, three as Head Coach.

The Athletic Department at Ave Maria has grown from sponsoring six varsity level sports in 2008-09, to boasting 16 varsity-level programs for the 2015-16 season, with over 400 student athletes. The Athletic Department staff has grown to include six administrative and athletic support positions, 13 head coaches, and 17 assistant coaches. The athletics program had a budget this year of $1.8 million.

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God, inspired by St. John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.

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Dr. John Crosby Lecture: Feb. 12


Dr. John Crosby, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University, will host a lecture on Friday, February 12 at 5 pm in the Demetree Auditorium in the Henkels Academic Building. Dr. Crosby’s lecture, titled “Thine Own Self: Edith Stein’s Philosophy of Personal Individuality” is open to the public.

Dr. Crosby was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Mobile, AL. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1966 and his Ph.D. from the University of Salzburg, Austria, in 1970. His teacher in philosophy was Dietrich von Hildebrand. He has taught at the University of Dallas, the University of Salzburg, the Lateran University in Rome, and at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein; since 1990 he has been serving as Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published extensively on the thought of John Henry Newman as well as on the thought of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II. His work has centered around Christian personalism, as one can see from the titles of his books: The Selfhood of the Human Person (1996), Personalist Papers (2003), and The Personalism of John Henry Newman (2014).