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President Towey a Panelist in Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Discussion in Dallas

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey will be one of the panelists in a discussion Thursday in Dallas about the importance of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and its implications for church-state relations.
The Southern Methodist University Center for Presidential History will present a conversation with every director of that office. President Towey worked in the George W. Bush administration. Other speakers include other former directors John DiIulio, Joshua DuBois, Jay Hein and Melissa Rogers.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in McCord Auditorium of Dallas Hall on the SMU Campus.
In 2001, President George W. Bush established the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. He tasked it with helping the federal government coordinate a national effort to equip and expand the work of faith-based and community organizations to better meet the social needs of America's communities. This office, now known as the Office of Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has continued under the executive leadership of President Obama. This symposium will explore the importance of this Office as part of the 21st century presidency and its implications for church-state relations.



President Towey Talks Obamacare Lawsuit, Pope Francis and More with Drew Steele

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

President Jim Towey was featured on the Daybreak with Drew Steele Podcast on Sept. 24. President Towey spoke about the recent Obamacare Lawsuit, Pope Francis, and Ave Maria University's Tuition Reduction Plan for 2014-15. Follow the link below to listen to the Podcast.


Daybreak with Drew Steele - Fox News 92.5



Ave Maria University Featured in Cardinal Newman Society Article

Friday, September 20, 2013

The news of Ave Maria University's new tuition plan for 2014-15 was published on The Cardinal Newman Society website on Sept. 20. Follow the link below to access the article.


Ave Maria University Slashes Price by 22 Percent by Kelly Conroy, The Cardinal Newman Society



George Weigel to Speak at Ave Maria University

Friday, September 20, 2013

George Weigel will speak at Ave Maria University on Sept. 20 in honor of Michael Novak's 80th birthday. Weigel recently published "The Christ-Centered Pope" to the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) website. The link to the article is below.


"The Christ-Centered Pope" by George Weigel



Ave Maria University's Tuition Reduction Plan News Articles

Friday, September 20, 2013

The 2014-15 Tuition Reduction Plan announced by AMU President Jim Towey on Thursday, Sept. 19 was featured by multiple news outlets. Please follow the links below to access the articles.


Ave Maria University announces dramatic cut in tuition for 2014 school year (Naples Daily News)

Ave Maria University to reduce tuition by 22 percent (Fort Myers News-Press)

Ave Maria University Slashes Price by 22 Percent (The Cardinal Newman Society)



2014-15 Tuition Reduction Plan

Thursday, September 19, 2013

President Jim Towey today announced that Ave Maria University is reducing its tuition and fees by 22 percent, a move that will not result in any cuts to academic or student life.

Instead the reduction will maintain affordability, increase accessibility and uphold the 10-year-old University’s commitment to excellence, Towey said.

Tuition starting in the Fall of 2014 will be reduced to $17,940, which is a $5,060 decrease from this academic year’s tuition. Currently, students pay $23,000 in tuition and fees. Returning students next fall will enjoy a “tuition and fees freeze” for 2014-15 and pay the same amount, after AMU scholarships, that they are paying this year.

“I don’t believe any college or university in Florida provides the excellence and value we provide, nor is there a campus culture anywhere more suited to the spiritual and moral development of its students,’’ Towey said.

Class sizes and student-faculty ratios will remain small. More than 85 percent of the University’s classroom instruction is by professors with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree, not by graduate assistants and adjuncts, which is common throughout academia. Small class sizes and top-flight faculty will remain hallmarks of the University.

The average student at AMU pays less than an attendee at nearly all private colleges and universities in Florida and at Catholic universities nationwide.

“From its founding in 2003, Ave Maria University has sought to provide an excellent Catholic liberal arts education at a cost within the reach of as many families as possible,’’ Towey said. “Our students also graduate with a lower average debt burden than their peers.”

During the last 25 years, there has been an “affordability crisis” brewing in higher education. Tuition costs at American universities have spiraled out of control, increasing at more than four times the rate of inflation. The AMU tuition reduction will help families no longer willing to mire themselves in debt to pay exorbitant tuition costs or jump through complex and confusing financial aid hoops. This AMU plan will help decrease that debt and increase transparency in the financial aid system.

Towey said AMU can reduce its tuition and fees by $5,000 for two main reasons.

First, AMU’s budgetary cost controls are firmly in place and the streamlined administrative structure allows the University to operate in a cost-effective manner. Second, the reduction will be cost neutral for the budget because AMU expects to increase enrollment and thanks to Founder Tom Monaghan and other generous donors, the $250 million infrastructure in place is ready to accommodate this growth. With nearly 1,000 students from 48 states and 18 countries, AMU is ready for the student body to reach 1,500 by the fall of 2016.

“Ave Maria is fully prepared for the challenges which the “affordability crisis” presents to our nation,” Towey said. “We are ready for this next bold step. Our students and their families deserve nothing less.”

Follow this link to the Tuition Reduction Plan Flyer.



Observance of Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Department of Economics at Ave Maria University presents the following lecture in observance of Constitution Day, Tuesday, September 17, 2013. 
Tarren Bragdon, "The Constitution and Individual Liberty,”  5pm, Demetree Lecture Hall, Henkels Academic Building.  Free copies of the Constitution will be distributed to a selected number of attendees.
Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability.  Tarren is a nationally recognized expert on health and welfare issues.  He has testified before committees of the U.S. House and Senate and before seven state legislative committees.  In 1996, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Maine House of Representatives.
Ave Maria University is pleased to honor and observe Constitution Day, September 17, 2013, the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by the Constitutional Convention.



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.