“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”—Martin Luther King Jr.
These last couple of weeks have been filled with firsts for myself and other Ave students. One such first was the first day of fall. On this day, the humidity decreased ever so slightly in preparation for what I’m told is “winter” (about 60 degree weather). In addition to this, we’ve experienced multiple exciting and challenging firsts as a student body.
Orientation week had officially come to an end and as the first day of classes drew closer, so did Hurricane Isaac. Everyone was busy watching the radar and making preparations for the storm. Now being from Michigan, I had never experienced a hurricane or tropical storm before, so needless to say I was pretty excited. Snow days are an integral part of Michigan educational culture, so I came to Florida with the unfortunate knowledge that I would no longer spend a day off of school sipping hot chocolate with six feet of snow outside. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Florida has hurricane days. It was announced that the first day of classes would be cancelled due to Isaac.
Freshman Orientation, the week I had been waiting for all summer, had finally come. We were driving to Ave Maria after flying from the northern tundra known as Michigan, to humid but beautiful southern Florida. I was both nervous and excited as we drew near to my new home.
My family and I arrived on campus for Honors Orientation, joining about 70 other honors program participants and the athletes that had arrived earlier in the month. I got all checked in and headed over to my dorm. After I unpacked and my Disney posters were hung, the real fun began.
Ave Maria University Discontinues Student Health Insurance
Although colleges and universities in America are not bound by law to require students to have health insurance, Ave Maria University from its founding has done so and made an inexpensive group policy available to them. Click here to read more
1st Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference at Ave Maria University
This dynamic and faith-filled weekend, May 18-20, will include many opportunities for you to celebrate your faith on the beautiful campus of Ave Maria University! Be sure to check out our live streaming site for those of you unable to attend the conference. Click here to read more
Dr. Michael Pakaluk Article Featured in the Boston Pilot
There are lessons in fish. Consider: Do you, as a Catholic, abstain from meat on Fridays? If not, you would probably tell me that practice was abandoned by Vatican II. Indeed, but I would say that your reply is a half truth. Before Vatican II, Catholics abstained from meat, and ate fish instead, as a very slight penance, to remember the day of the Lord’s Passion. After Vatican II, Catholics are still supposed to do penance on Friday and remember the Passion, only the specific penance need not be fish. Read the Full Article Here
Joyful greetings to you graduates of Ave Maria University, to your parents and friends, Chancellor Monaghan and President Towey, and distinguished faculty, staff and visitors. In the venerable traditions of Catholic universities, we invoke the Advocate, the Spirit of truth, upon you graduates before sending you forth with your degrees at Commencement.
Former Governor Jeb Bush and William E. Simon, Jr. to Receive Honorary Degrees at May 5 Commencement
The Honorable Jeb Bush, former two-term governor of Florida, will address the 2012 graduating class of Ave Maria University on May 5, 2012, at 10 AM in the Tom Golisano Fieldhouse. Click here for more information
End–of–Semester Recital FRIDAY, April 27 The Music Department presents its end–of–semester recital, featuring organists, pianists and singers who have performed optimally on their juries. The recital begins at 7pm in the Oratory for the organists and continues in the Private Dining Room for the singers and pianists. Come and support our talented students as they perform the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and others.
Chamber Music SUNDAY, April 29 The Music Department and Professor Lan Lam’s Chamber Music Class present Johannes Brahms’s Liebeslieder ( Love Song ) Waltzes, performed by a vocal quartet and piano four-hands, and the music of Handel, Mozart and Debussy at 4 pm in the Private Dining Room. Come and share this intimate music-making that is chamber music.
Guest lecture on the Berlin Wall by Dr. Gerald Franz
The Department of History is sponsoring a lecture entitled The Berlin Wall: 1961-1989 by Dr. Gerald Franz of Hodges University on Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the Henkels Academic Building, Demetree Auditorium, room 1001. Dr. Franz will be joined by two former residents of Berlin, Ekkehard Grampp and Heidemarie Klimt.
AMU Professor to Teach Two Biology Classes in Nicaragua this Summer
AMU Professor, Thomas Smith, will teach two Biology classes (Natural History Field Studies and Environmental Science) at AMU’s Nicaragua campus this summer from May 6 - June 7. Both classes will fulfill the natural sciences core curriculum requirement for AMU students.
Scholarship Fund Established in Memory of AMU Graduate
Jon Scharfenberger just wanted to help people, his mother said at a gathering in Ave Maria. Now, a scholarship fund being established in the name of the young man who died in a car accident last fall may help many others attend the university where he was such an active part of the campus life for four years.
HHS Mandate Article in The Weekly Standard Quotes Jim Towey
On February 11, as the debate over the Obama administration’s rule forcing religious institutions to provide insurance for contraceptive and abortifacient drugs to their employees was reaching fever pitch…
The obituary of Leigh Fermor, war-hero and travel-writer, which appeared in TheTelegraph (UK) last year (June 10, 2011), contains the following account of an incident on the island of Crete in April 1944:
‘Dressed as German police corporals, the pair [Fermor and Bill Stanley Moss]…
The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge is widely known for his famous poems “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “Kubla Khan”. The familiar term “psychosomatic,” and the phrase “the willing suspension of disbelief,” have passed into popular modern usage, while most are unaware of their origin in Coleridge. In fact, Coleridge, along with his friend and collaborator William Wordsworth, who together founded the Romantic Movement in England with the anonymous publication of Lyrical Ballads in 1798, have exerted a profound influence upon modern culture. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Transcendentalism finds its roots in Coleridge’s work, while Blessed John Henry Newman claimed that Coleridge “instilled a higher philosophy into inquiring minds” in England in the early nineteenth century, preparing the way for a whole generation to receive of the teachings of Oxford Movement favorably. These influences have largely been forgotten, even in the academic world, where Coleridge’s profound philosophical analyses of the relationships between humans and
Political Economy and Government, a truly exciting new major, brings together the disciplines of politics and economics to explore their mutually supportive dimensions. It provides students, as aspiring policy-makers, with the ability to understand the importance of institutions in shaping public policy as well as the sometimes agonizing trade-offs involved in responsible decision-making. Be it the nation’s debt crisis, health care reform, immigration policy, or proposed K-12 educational initiatives, the study of the intersection of government and economics is essential to any sensible and meaningful public policy. This study is also at the very heart of philosophical inquiry into the nature of man and society, for as Aristotle noted, “politics uses the rest of the sciences, and … the end of this science… must be the good for man.”
Dr. Seana Sugrue, who teaches a number of courses in the PEG major, is passionate about the study of institutions and the ways in which they interact to sustain or undermine one another. It is from this vantage point that she
Even the casual follower of academic science and industry R&D will recognize that most areas of scientific inquiry are quickly becoming interdisciplinary in nature. The reason for this is both simple and exciting. Technology and broad experimental proficiency have allowed the scientist to start asking bigger, more complex questions. The tools of molecular biology and genetics are helping introduce new innovations to the fields of chemistry, ecology, archeology, and even physics, to name a few. Importantly, this transforming principle goes both ways. The tools and principles of chemistry are quickly becoming an integral part of modern biology. Historically, the fields of chemistry and biology were considered distinct disciplines, each applying its own technology and methods to solve problems within their own field of study. The boundaries between the chemical and biological sciences are rapidly dissolving as scientists increasingly use chemical tools and concepts to explore mechanism, structure and function in complex biological systems at the biochemical, genetic and organismal level.
The new major in Global Affairs and International Business gives students the intellectual foundation to think about global interactions. The program coordinator, Dr. Gabriel Martinez, is an economist specializing on global economic interactions, particularly the effect of the quality of institutions on living standards across countries.
We know that we live a “globalized” world, in which interactions with other countries are inescapable. “Globalization” is not just a political phenomenon, or an economic phenomenon, or a cultural phenomenon: it affects the very fabric of our lives, and it does so in a million directions. Not only do we need to know about it, we need to have the intellectual foundation with which to think about interactions that span the planet. For this reason, a major like Global Affairs and International Business is an attractive complement to a solid liberal education.
When Catherine Ruth Pakaluk received her Ph.D. in economics in 2010 from Harvard University, it was an easy decision to accept a job offer from Ave Maria University. Besides the evident personal attractions—such as living in a terrific community just a bike-ride away from campus, where it would be easy to raise her six young children, aged 2 to 11—she was attracted to the possibilities that exist for academic work in a genuinely Catholic university. “At AMU the natural human family is taken seriously by the social sciences,” she commented. “There are abundant opportunities for discoveries in areas yet uncharted.”
That is why almost immediately upon arriving at Ave Maria she founded the Stein Center for Social Research, a non-partisan, interdisciplinary center for advanced studies in the social sciences, especially economics, sociology, and
Classics professor Daniel Nodes loves searching for treasure and sharing what he has found with scholars and students. The finds are written in Latin and Greek, buried in manuscripts. Unearthing them is done with tools of philology (being a word-lover), paleography (reading early handwriting) and philosophy (love of the wisdom sought by those writers).
Some treasures are large, like an entire Commentary on the Trinity by Cardinal Giles of Viterbo (1469-1532), which is now getting better known through Prof. Nodes’s edition of the complete text published by E.J. Brill in 2010. Giles was head of the Augustinian Order at the height of the Renaissance and was widely respected for his learning and preaching. His Commentary is large and rich, over five hundred pages of Latin and Greek preserved in five handwritten copies. It has never been published until now: Giles did not take advantage of the new technology, the printing press, as did his subordinate in the Augustinian order, Martin Luther.
Dr. Michael Pakaluk, chairman of the AMU Philosophy Department, was pretending to be upset with his publications for last year: besides half a dozen scholarly papers, “only three books of mine were published last year,” was his mock-complaint, “when I was trying to finish twelve!”
Whatever one’s judgment on the number of books published, one can’t help being impressed by the range of interests they display.
His first book of the year, Human Action and Moral Psychology in Aristotle, was published by Oxford
Dr. Marc D. Guerra, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Theology at Ave Maria University, has been awarded a $150,000 grant through the New Sciences of Virtue Project at the University of Chicago. Guerra and his project’s codirector, Dr. Peter Augustine Lawler, Professor of Government and International Studies at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, will use this grant to hold a series of three interdisciplinary conferences at Berry College that focus on the challenges and prospects modern technological society pose to the cultivation of virtue. The University of Chicago’s multidisciplinary research initiative awarded a grand total of three million dollars to 19 highly original, scholarly projects that have the potential to contribute to a renewed focus on the study of virtue in the contemporary academy. The New Sciences of Virtue Project garnered more than 700 grant applications worldwide. Researchers chosen for funding come from a wide range