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. Ave Maria University graduate, RD Delgado, was hired to produce the series. 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.
Becoming Europe: Dr. Samuel Gregg at AMU
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The ISI Society at Ave Maria University invited Samuel Gregg to speak to students on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
Dr. Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute and has written extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. His talk was entitled: “Becoming Europe: Cultural and Economic trends in the United States.” Gregg published the book Becoming Europe in January 2013.
Gregg began his lecture at AMU by speaking about what is happening in Europe today—why it is now the “sick man of the global economy.” What we’re witnessing in Europe, he said, is not an ordinary recession, but “very much the crack-up of an entire way of organizing economic life.”
He went on to show, as his title would suggest, how some of the same trends in Europe have started to manifest themselves in the United States over the last six years. Increasingly like Europe, the U.S. is saddled with enormous debt, high unemployment rates, low economic growth, an overburdened welfare system, high taxation, government overreach, and so forth. Click Here to Read More
Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Ronald Pestritto to offer lecture at AMU
Monday, November 3, 2014
Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto, Graduate Dean and Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, offered the lecture, "Government By Consent or By Regulation? How Today's Bureaucracy Threatens Our Constitution and Our Liberty" on Thursday, November 6 on AMU's campus.
Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto is Graduate Dean and Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, where he teaches political philosophy, American political thought, and American politics, and holds the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution. Dr. Pestritto is the author of "Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism," the editor of "Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings," and the co-editor of "American Progressivism: A Reader." In addition to his academic work, has written widely in the public press on progressivism and the administrative state, including articles in the Wall Street Journal and the Claremont Review of Books and has appeared as a commentator on Fox News.