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What do scholars need to make original contributions to their fields? How do they get what they need? The Roman author Lucius Seneca answered those questions through a playful reflection on the need for both physical and mental exercise. Seneca’s sedan chair, or lectica, then becomes the setting for his serious reflection on the essential relationship between reading and writing. Dr. Nodes explains Seneca’s credo and illustrates it with selections from classical and medieval literature. The aim is to show how and why scholars appropriate source material to create authentically new works. 

I got to bring my prom dress home today!

I also started day one of my new “college wardrobe.” I only got a scarf and a belt, but I really have this idea of a more vintage, feminine, mature look starting in the fall. Since I’m going to school in Florida, I shouldn’t have too hard of a time with the temperature.

I want some summer dresses that actually go to my knees! And don’t make me worry about bending over. It’s really hard to find them around here, but I will do it.

That also means giving away a lot of old clothes. It’s a very hard thing for me, but other people need them more than I do.

Solo and ensemble in three days!

I’m also seeing my boyfriend this Friday for the first time since February. No big deal or nothin’.

Also, I love following so many Catholics. I feel like I’m in a little family where everyone understands me, for the first time in forever. I hope life at AMU feels exactly the same.


“The Annunciation of Ave Maria” Promo

The people of Ave Maria are gearing up for a historic day of celebrating on March 25, 2011.  Here’s the just-completed promo for the event … 

Fall Semester Courses 2012

LATIN COURSES (upper level) at Ave Maria University, Fall Semester 2012

LATN 203 - Golden Age Prose (Intermediate Latin Readings)

Instructor: Dr. Bradley Ritter

Meeting Times: T-Th 10:10-11:50AM

Description: LATN 203 is for those students who found both success and enjoyment in their Core Latin classes (LATN 101/102). One need not have absolute mastery of every last concept in LATN 101/102 in order to proceed to LATN 203. But if you earned an A or a high B in LATN 102, you are probably prepared for this class. This class has three purposes: (a) to solidify what you learned in LATN 101/102; (b) to learn the remaining forms and constructions, particularly the subjunctive; © to begin reading selections from various genres and authors of Latin literature, such as fables, philosophy, history, epistles, Cicero, and the Bible.

LATN 304 - Latin Church Fathers

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Scheck

T-Th 10:10-11:50AM

Description: This course presents guided readings of Latin texts focusing on the Latin Church Father, St. Jerome (347- 420). Jerome’s exegesis of Scripture will be studied in tandem with texts from one of the chief sources of Jerome’s exegesis, Origen of Alexandria (185-254). The material from Origen is originally Greek exegesis that was translated into Latin by Jerome and Rufinus. Selections from Jerome’s OT and NT commentaries will feature prominently in the course. We will also consider St. Jerome’s legacy in the Catholic Church and conclude the course by engaging the “Jerome Renaissance” that was inaugurated in the 16th century by the theological works of Erasmus of Rotterdam (d. 1536). One of the goals of the course is to help the student appreciate Origen’s significant legacy in the Catholic exegetical and spiritual tradition. Among the topics covered are: principles of Christian exegesis of the Old and New Testaments; application of these principles to the interpretation of the Gospels, to St. Paul’s writings and to the Old Testament Prophets; the literal and allegorical meaning of Scripture; the ancient conception of heresy, orthodoxy and schism; the ideals of asceticism, martyrdom and spiritual life.

LATN 415 (PHIL 415.03) - Latin Special Topics: Cicero’s De finibus

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Yarbrough

T-Th 3:40–5:20PM

Description: While Cicero was not a great philosopher in his own right, his philosophical writings are an extremely important source in the study of various schools of Hellenistic philosophy. In examining Cicero’s De finibus bonorum et malorum (On Ethical Ends), we will focus on the first and third books which present the Epicurean and the Stoic conceptions of ethics. Our goals in this course are (1) to read a substantial amount of Cicero’s philosophical prose with precision and a clear understanding of the grammar and vocabulary and (2) to gain a thorough acquaintance with the ethical systems of the Epicureans and the Stoics, not only through Cicero’s text, but also by the reading of other authors, ancient and contemporary.

GREEK COURSES at Ave Maria University, Fall Semester 2012

Do you desire:

to encounter the riches of the New Testament, or of Plato, Aristotle, and Homer in the original Greek?

to learn the language of politics, philosophy, and scientific inquiry?

to study the Parthenon, the battle of Thermopylae, the Hippocratic Oath, Socrates, Aeschylus, et al?

to encounter the riches of the Greek Fathers of the Church: St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Irenaeus, St. Polycarp, et al?

to acquaint yourself with the roots of many English words, especially scientific terminology?

Then consider taking GREEK next year at Ave Maria University.

Now is the time to learn Greek! You will cherish this treasure for the rest of your life.

“This great inheritance [the literary monuments of ancient Greece] I will compare to a limpid spring of undefiled water; it behoves all who are thirsty to drink and be restored” (Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1512 [cited in S. Goldhill, Who Needs Greek).

“To read the Greek and Latin authors in their original is a sublime luxury … I thank on my knees him who directed my early education for having in my possession this rich source of delight.” (Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Priestley, 1800).

“Philosophy speaks Greek” (Emmanuel Levinas, 1982).

“The encounter between the Biblical message and Greek thought did not happen by chance” (Pope Benedict XVI at Regensburg, Sept 12, 2006).

GREK 103 - Elementary Greek

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Dinan

M-W-F 10:45-11:50AM

Description: GREK 103 provides an introduction to the ancient Greek language. We follow the “natural” approach, similar to what one finds in Hans Ørberg’s Lingua Latina. We begin in August with the alphabet and conclude in December with the Battle of Thermopylae. Along the way we read passages from the Gospel of Luke, the lyric poets, and comedy. We pause to consider important aspects of Greek culture, such as the origins of democracy, Greek mythology, the position of women in Greek culture, and Greek science and medicine.

GREK 203 - Greek Readings

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Dinan 

M-W-F 8:15-9:20AM

Description: GREK 203 is the reward for your diligent efforts in GREK 103 and 104! Here you solidify, organize, and practice what you learned the previous year; you learn the few remaining concepts and forms not yet encountered; you cultivate the art of sight-reading original Greek texts; and you acquire the skills and habits necessary to analyze original Greek works. Class is devoted to three projects: a) daily readings from the New Testament; b) composition in Greek; c) the study of one of Plato’s dialogues and a speech by one of the Attic orators. At the end of this class, students typically are prepared to encounter the various genres and authors, from Homer to the Greek Fathers of the Church.

GREK 415 (PHIL 415.02) - Greek Special Topics: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

Instructor: Dr. Michael Pakaluk

Meeting times to be determined

Description: The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle is one of the great masterpieces of philosophy and a crucial text both in the Ave Maria Core Curriculum and in the Catholic intellectual tradition.  In this course we read selections in Greek of all of the most important passages in that work, including Aristotle’s discussion of happiness; the doctrine of the mean; the voluntary and involuntary in human action; the virtues of courage and moderation; the virtue of magnanimity; the types of friendship and the idea that a friend is another self; and the types of pleasure.  Students will be encouraged to continue to develop skills of accurate translation and familiarity with textual criticism. Close attention will be given to the relationship between Aristotle’s expression in Greek and the philosophical ideas he wishes to convey.

I'm so glad I picked Ave Maria.

So as you all know by now, Tropical Storm Isaac is heading my way and expected to be bad enough (which isn’t very bad) that we won’t have class on Monday. All events for today have also been cancelled or postponed (such as a music major meeting I was supposed to have tonight and my choir audition), and because of Isaac’s ETA, the 7pm Mass was cancelled. That meant that only the 7am and the 10am Masses were left.

Despite the fact that almost everyone moved in yesterday and it was storming already and we’re college students who don’t like to wake up early, the Oratory was literally to the brim with faithful Catholics. I knew that all of the pews were full, as I was toward the back and couldn’t hardly see anything because there were so many bodies in front of me. On the weekends, we tend to have Eucharistic Ministers at the front of the Oratory, in the middle, and in the back. My roommates and I were far enough back that we had to receive in the back of the Oratory, which was the first time I’d turned around since I walked in five minutes early.

There was not a single spot left available. People were standing around the sites, and the entry way was overflowing with worshippers. 

I was so incredibly moved, I was almost in tears as I received the Eucharist. It was one of those moments that made me so proud to be Catholic.

My Disney Adventure

My name is Stephanie Mosbrucker and on August 16th 2012 I set off on a most excellent adventure; the Disney College Program.

“What is this Disney College Program?” you may ask. No, I was not Snow White as fitting as my 6’, black haired, albino bisque appearance may lead on. Instead, I got to join close to 8,000 other college students from around the globe in a Live, Earn and Learn experience in the busy and beautiful city of Orlando. We piled into the Orientation building, full of expectations and wonder. We were met with just the magic we had been seeking: the lights dimmed, a fog blower machine ruffled our hair and laser lights strobed above us as the two orientation leaders danced down the middle isles greeting us enthusiastically, pumping us up and sprinkling the metaphorical fairy dust for which we had all been waiting.

That was my first experience with the Disney Company. What followed was a semester of training and experience in which I got to sprinkle fairy dust and make magic for each guest which whom I came into contact.

My Disney Adventure began many months before I actually arrived in Orlando. Last March I decided to apply to the program after 2 years of ‘friendly encouragement’ from an adult friend. She had participated in the program years and years and… years ago and believed that it would be an excellent fit for my personality and social nature, benefiting any of my future endeavors as well. Unsure if I wanted to give up a semester of school, I applied with the attitude of ‘If I get it then I can decided whether or not to go, but this is too great of an opportunity to just pass up entirely.” The next day I received an email congratulating my application and advancement to an interview which I promptly set up and completed –over the phone- about a week later. “Wow, Disney moves fast! This was the easiest thing ever!” I thought to myself. Well, God heard me and the waiting game began. One week. Two weeks. A million years it felt like since I had been contacted by Disney World! During this waiting period I was praying for guidance on the subject; beginning with the “God, if it is your Will, I think this would be a really cool thing to do”, “God, Your Will be done, just help me to know whether you would like me to go or come back to Ave next semester”. And then finally “God pleeeeaaaaaaassssseeeee let me go to Disney World! I really WANT to go!” Inbox: Disney World: Congratulations! You have been accepted to the Disney College Program Fall 2012!

Sometimes I think God lets us know His will by changing our own.

Disney Castle photo by Andrej Blagojević


Ave Maria University fights HHS Mandate!

Successful shopping day on campus.

Divine Mercy Novena booklet, and a Padre Pio Novena booklet for Matt.
A Saint Helena prayer card.
A magnet for my mini-fridge of Jesus.
A small picture to put next to my desk when I’m studying of Mary and Jesus.
Measuring spoons for my hot chocolate! So cute. They say (from teaspoon to tablespoon), “…and a dash of joy,” “…and a dash of hope,” “…and a dash of love,” “…and a dash of faith.”


Why Classics as an undergraduate?

Once while talking with one of our students he shared with me his thinking about his decision to major in Classics. I can’t quote him exactly, but he spoke succinctly and to this effect: “I enjoy Literature, History, Philosophy, and Theology. So I decided to major in Classics.” Well said! Our department has faculty with strengths in literature, history, philosophy, and theology, and only in the Classics Department will a student receive an introduction to the important texts of those fields in the original languages of Latin and Greek.