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Governor Rick Scott to address Ave Maria University Graduates

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Florida Governor Rick Scott will be the 2013 commencement speaker at Ave Maria University, Jim Towey, the University’s president announced today.



AMU Chamber Choir Thrills in Carmina Burana Debut at the Phil

Friday, March 15, 2013

If you have tickets for the joint performance of “Carmina Burana” at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in North Naples today or Saturday, you are one lucky concertgoer. It promises to be a killer performance.



AMU Students in St. Peter’s Square

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The latest blog from Ave Maria student Erin DeCleene, who is in Rome this semester in our study abroad program, describes the excitement in St. Peter’s Square after the appearance of white smoke.



SW Florida Catholics' excitement for conclave in overdrive, here and in Rome

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kim Scharfenberger also is among those anticipating seeing the white smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signifying the election of a new pope. The Ave Maria University student is studying in Rome for the semester.



AMU Chamber Choir at The Phil in Naples

Monday, March 11, 2013

Join the Ave Maria University Chamber Choir and Dr. Timothy McDonnell, AMU Director of Choir in their Philharmonic Center debut performance of CARMINA BURANA! March 14th through 16th, 8:00 pm. Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, FL 34108



AMU Announces New VP for Finance and Administration

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dear Faculty, Administrators and Staff of Ave Maria University:
I am happy to announce the appointment of Mrs. Maureen Joyce as the new Vice President for Finance and Administration at Ave Maria University.
Maureen brings to our campus community over 30 years of experience in academia in the fields of financial management, auditing, and administration. 
She began her career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an internal auditor, and served for 25 years at Northeastern University in a number of capacities, including Associate Controller and Director of Sponsored Project Administration.  Most recently, Maureen served as Comptroller of a small, liberal arts institution, Simmons College, in Boston.  
Maureen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, graduating with honors, and went on to receive a Master in Business Administration from Northeastern University.  She brings a wealth of experience to Ave Maria University and we are quite fortunate to have a person of her caliber joining the University Council and our senior management team.  She will begin her work at Ave Maria in early April.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Dennis Grace, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, who has provided important management oversight of business and finance during this interim period, and also Comptroller Tony Beata and his colleagues in the business office who have worked so admirably and diligently. The University’s “growing pains” have been acutely felt by these professionals because the size and complexity of University operations are overwhelming the systems that were put in place at our founding.  They are owed our deep gratitude. 
Finally, I will be holding a “town hall” style meeting to discuss the 2013-14 budget that was recently adopted by the Board of Trustees and the progress the University is making on our five-year strategic plan, and also to answer any questions that you have.  I will let you know when a date is set for this gathering and hopefully you will be able to attend.
It is an exciting time in the Church and at Ave Maria University.  I join my prayers to yours as we implore the Holy Spirit to guide the College of Cardinals during the conclave that begins Tuesday.  May Our Lady intercede for them as they deliberate and designate the next shepherd of our Church, and also for us as we continue to advance the New Evangelization through our mission in Catholic higher education.
Kind regards,
Jim Towey



President Towey Appeared on PBS

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey appeared on PBS News Hour as part of a panel discussion on divisions within the Catholic Church in the United States. The discussion was also focused on recent polls showing an array of opinions on the future of the Church.



Ave Maria University Adds Two New Majors

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ave Maria University today announces the addition of two new undergraduate degree programs in Education and Accounting, an expansion into pre-professional learning that will help students thrive and succeed in a globally competitive job market.



Huber Named To Allstate WBCA Good Works Team

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company announced this morning the 10 women's college basketball student-athletes that were named to the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®. Ave Maria’s Emily Huber was selected to the team for her vast contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.