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Brescia Freezes Undergraduate BUonline Tuition Cost Until 2022

November 15, 2017

Brescia University has announced that the cost of undergraduate tuition for BUonline and online course fees will be frozen for the next 4 years. The current tuition rate of $425 per credit hour and online course fees of $50 will be in effect until Spring 2022.

BUonline is the alternative learning environment developed for distance learners by Brescia University that offers convenience, flexibility, and affordability to students who are looking to further their education. It seeks to empower students who want to learn, to do so in a format that fits their individual needs. Over 10 degree options at the Certificate, Associate, and Bachelor level are available for full completion in online format.

Brescia University’s BUonline has consistently ranked among the top online programs in the state of Kentucky, and the country. Rankings for BUonline for the 2017-2018 school year include:

Most Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work ( GetEducated.com )

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Program in 2017 ( Best Colleges.com )

#6 Affordable Online Graduate Certificates in Accounting ( AffordableColleges.com )

20 Best Online Colleges in Kentucky for 2017 ( College Choice )

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Program ( BestColleges.com )

America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners ( Washington Monthly )

30 Best Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Psychology ( bestdegreeprograms.org )

#5 Most Affordable Online Theology Degree ( affordablecollege.com )

100 Best Online Colleges for 2017-2018 ( thebestschools.org )

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Degrees ( College Choice )

10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Accounting Degree Programs ( online course report )

The cost of each program is specific to the student depending upon items such as transfer credits, financial aid, and other individualized elements. To receive an estimate of what each program may cost, prospective students can visit online.brescia.edu or contact Brescia University at BUonline@brescia.edu or 1-877-BRESCIA.

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2017-2018 Spirit of Angela Award Nominations

November 8, 2017

During Founder’s Week there is a tradition of recognizing one male and one female student who possesses in remarkable ways the spirit of Saint Angela Merici. Angela Merici was a leader in great and small ways and touched the lives of many. She is responsible for founding the Ursuline Sisters whom she named after Saint Ursula. It was Saint Angela’s humble wish that her company of followers not be named after herself.

The Ursuline Sisters founded Brescia University in the early 1900’s as first a junior college for women in Maple Mount, Kentucky, before it moved to Owensboro and became Brescia College in 1950. It received University status in 1998.

Saint Angela attracted people from all walks of life; rich and poor, nobility and common folk, learned and uneducated. She is often noted for her hospitality, her healthy sense of self in relationship to God and others, her contemplative spirit while being involved in the world, and her ability to be a reconciler and peacemaker. Any member of the Brescia family (Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators) may nominate a Brescia student to receive the “Spirit of Angela Award.”

Founder’s Day Convocation is on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:30 am in Taylor Lecture Hall. The two recipients for the Spirit of Angela awards will be recognized during this convocation. Nominations must be received by noon on December 1, 2017.

Please use the form below to submit your nominations. Spirit of Angela

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• Respects others
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Brescia Named to Washington Monthly College Guide Rankings

November 3, 2017

Brescia University has been named to multiple rankings by Washington Monthly in their 2017 College Guide, an annual publication. Brescia University was recognized on the “Best Bang for the Buck Southern Colleges” list, and, alongside Berea College, was the only college from Kentucky recognized in the top 25 of the list. Brescia University was also named one of the “Top 150 Baccalaureate Colleges” by the guide.

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine based in Washington, D.C. that has published an annual College Guide and rankings since 2005. The rankings rate schools in the United States based on their contribution to the public good in three categories; social mobility, research, and service. They also offer exclusive list of schools that help students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

“Instead of rewarding colleges for the number of applications they reject, we give them credit for enrolling unusually large numbers of low-income and first-generation students,” stated Kevin Carey, Director, Education Policy Program at New America Foundation and guest editor of the Washington Monthly College Guide issue in an article contained in the published guide. “Instead of assuming that the most expensive schools are also the best, we recognize universities that produce research, train the next generation of scientists and PhDs, and instill their graduates with an ethos of public service.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the Washington Monthly , and be named alongside so many other outstanding institutions,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “Particularly inspiring for us is to be recognized for our ability to instill the characteristics of a servant leader into each of our graduates. This is such an important part of who we are as a university, and our legacy that we were founded upon by the Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph. We are incredibly proud of the difference that our students, alumni, faculty and staff make in the lives of others, in their communities, and in our world.”

This ranking comes on the heels of a multitude of other awards and recognition for the university including:

25 Best Colleges in Kentucky (College Choice)

Most Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work (GetEducated.com)

A Best College in the Southeast (Princeton Review)

Best Value School (University Research and Review)

United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Junior Achievement)

#42 Best Private College (lendedu)

#71 Overall College for Lowest Student Loan Debt in the Nation (lendedu)

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Program in 2017 (Best Colleges.com)

#6 Affordable Online Graduate Certificates in Accounting (AffordableColleges.com)

20 Best Online Colleges in Kentucky for 2017 (College Choice)

Champions of Character Five-Star Institution (NAIA)

#4 Best College for Lowest Student Loan Debt in Kentucky (Lend Edu)

2018 Best Regional College (Princeton Review)

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Program (BestColleges.com)

America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners (Washington Monthly)

30 Best Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Psychology (bestdegreeprograms.org)

#5 Most Affordable Online Theology Degree (affordablecollege.com)

100 Best Online Colleges for 2017-2018 (thebestschools.org)

2018 Best Colleges and Universities (WalletHub)

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Degrees (College Choice)

For more information on the Washington Monthly College Guide and rankings, visit www.washingtonmonthly.com/2017-college-guide .

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Brescia to Honor Outstanding Alumni During Homecoming

October 17, 2017

Brescia University will honor four Distinguished Alumni, as well as, four new Athletic Hall of Fame members during the 2017 Alumni Homecoming. “Live Like a Bearcat,” October 26 th – 29 th at their respective banquets. The Distinguished Alumni Banquet will take place on Friday at 6:00 pm at The Moore Center, with the Hall of Fame banquet following on Saturday at 6:00 pm. Advance tickets are required for both events and can be purchased by visiting www.brescia.weshareonline.org.

Since the inception of the prestigious Distinguished Alumni recognition, Brescia has awarded more than 50 alumni with the title. The award was created to honor graduates who exemplify the elements that encompass The Brescia Difference: Respect for the Sacred, Devotion to Learning, Commitment to Growth in Virtue, and Promotion of Servant Leadership.

Because of the breadth and scope of their life’s work, the magnitude of their impact on the regional, national and often international scene, and their examples of service and leadership, alumni who receive this esteemed honor have distinguished themselves among their peers.

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni who will be honored are Dr. Paul Coomes ’73, Eric ’92 and Jason Kyle ’96, and Sister Sharon Sullivan, ‘75.

Dr. Paul Coomes is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville. He is a graduate of Brescia College (BA), Indiana University (MS), and the University of Texas (Ph.D.). Professor Coomes came to the University of Louisville from Texas in 1985.

Coomes is past chair of the Economics department at Louisville, past president of the Kentucky Economic Association, and was the 2014 Distinguished Economist of that organization. He also recently served as Executive Director of the Office Health Policy for Kentucky state government.

Paul lives with his wife in eastern Jefferson County. He is descended from William and Jane Coomes, who arrived in 1774 at Fort Harrod, Kentucky – where Jane became the first school teacher in the state.

Eric Kyle , a 1992 alumnus, and Jason Kyle , a 1996 alumnus, are owners of Red Pixel Studios, a marketing design studio in Owensboro that partners with clients to develop sustainable brand identity, build effective websites, and deliver beautiful printed materials to drive successful campaigns whose work has been recognized on a national level.

Under their leadership, Red Pixel Studios is heavily involved in the community, donating time and talent to develop websites and other materials for several non-profit organizations. Jason serves on the boards of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation and Daniel Pitino Shelter. The Red Pixel Studios team, which includes two other Brescia alumni, have partnered with Brescia University on numerous campaigns and projects.

Sister Sharon Sullivan , a 1975 alumna in Special Education, taught in the Daviess County school system, then became an Ursuline Sister and returned to Brescia College in 1984, serving as Director of Residential Life, Education Faculty, and Academic Dean until 2010, when she became the Congregational Leader of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph.

She has been appointed to and served on Kentucky’s State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children and Daviess County’s Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Board. Sr. Sharon has also served on the national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, on Brescia University’s Board of Trustees, and the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Board of Directors.

The Brescia University Athletic Hall of Fame honors student-athletes, coaches, and other individuals who have contributed to the promotion, development, and success of Brescia University’s athletic program. Inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame exemplify excellence in the classroom, on and off the field of play, and in service to others. Through their personal and team successes, these individuals serve as a shining example of what it means to be a Brescia Bearcat.

The 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored are Graeme Abel ’03, Matthew Lowe ’12, John Reilly and Marty Rowe.

Graeme Abel , currently serves as the Goalkeeper Coach for the United States Women’s National Team. He was a vital part of the 2015 Women’s World Cup team staff that helped the United States win its first World Cup title in 16 years.

Abel has extensive coaching experience in youth and college programs, including stints with: USA FIFA U-20, USA’s youth National Teams, Oklahoma University, Washington State University, and the University of Nevada. In 2004, Graeme started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Brescia University.

Before attending Brescia University, Abel’s playing career has included time with: Everton FC, Stockport County FC, and Lindsey Wilson College, where he was named NAIA All American, 1999 NAIA National Tournament MVP, and led Lindsey Wilson to a national championship. While at Brescia, Abel was once again an NAIA All-American and two-time KIAC Conference Player of the Year.

He currently resides in Seattle with his wife Katie and two children, Kian and Lila. Graeme will also serve as the guest speaker for the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.

Matthew Lowe , currently serves as the Assistant Cross Country/Track & Field Coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College. While at Brescia, Lowe was a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

From 2008-2013, Lowe garnered numerous awards and set a number of school records in Cross Country/Track & Field. Over the course of his career, Lowe was a five-time all-conference selection, three-time conference champion, and two-time NAIA All-American. Lowe is the first Cross County and Track & Field athlete to be inducted into the Brescia University Athletic Hall of Fame.

John Reilly was the head coach of the Brescia Men’s Basketball program from 1993 to 2005. During his tenure, the Bearcats produced ten winning seasons, two NAIA Division 1 tournament appearances, and eleven NAIA All Americans.

Reilly is the all-leader in wins for Bearcat Basketball with a career record of 219-134 and a .609 career winning percentage. Reilly also won three consecutive conference Coach of Year awards from 1997-1999. During the final nine years of his tenure at Brescia, Reilly also served as the Director of Athletics.

Today, John Reilly is the Head Men’s basketball coach at NCAAA Div. II Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Marty Rowe was the Head Women’s Basketball coach for Brescia from 1998 to 2004. Over the course of just six seasons, Rowe led the Lady Bearcats to four NAIA national tournament appearances, including Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, Rowe’s Lady Bearcats reached the NAIA Final Four. Rowe coached a combined 16 athletic and academic NAIA All-Americans, was named NAIA Independent Coach of the Year each year from 2002-2004, and his Lady Bearcats won the 2004 NAIA Independent Tournament Championship.

In addition to leading the Women’s Basketball Program, Rowe also served as Brescia’s Head Men’s Golf Coach. His teams made six consecutive appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including a Tenth place finish in 2002 and a Fifth place finish in 2001. Rowe began his coaching career at Brescia University as an assistant coach with Men’s Basketball.

Marty Rowe currently serves as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Various other homecoming activities will be held throughout the weekend to celebrate the tradition of Brescia:

Thursday, October 26 th

7:00 pm “Return to the Arch” Alumni Speaker Series featuring Sister Michele Morek, OSU ’66 (Taylor Lecture Hall)

Friday, October 27th

6:00 PM Distinguished Alumni Cocktail Hour – The Moore Center

6:30 PM Distinguished Alumni Banquet – The Moore Center (Advance tickets required, $40.)

Saturday, October 28th

10:00 AM Chariot Races Tailgating – Brescia University Alumni Hall (7 th street)

11:00 AM Chariot Races (Crowning of the Homecoming Court immediately following the race)

12:00 PM Lunch (O’Bryan’s Dining Hall)

12:30 PM Annual Alumni Association Meeting (O’Bryan’s Dinning Hall)

6:00 PM Athletic Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception

6:30 PM Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet featuring guest speaker Graeme Abel ’03 (The Moore Center)

Sunday, October 29th

10:00 AM Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (Brunch immediately following in O’Bryan’s Dinning Hall)

For more information regarding Homecoming festivities or to purchased tickets for select events, contact Jake Davis, Director of Alumni Relations, at 270-686-2111 or jake.davis@brescia.edu .

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Brescia Welcomes Author William Kamkwamba

October 17, 2017

Brescia University is proud to welcome author William Kamkwamba to campus to speak on Thursday, October 19 th at 7 pm. The event, to be held in Taylor Lecture Hall, is free and open to the public. Kamkwamba is the co-author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, how he achieved his dream of bringing electricity, light, and the promise of a better life to his family and his Malawi village. The book was a New York Times best-seller, and Kamkwamba’s story was featured early in the Wall Street Journal.

The book, an inspiring and remarkable success story about the power of human ingenuity in the face of crippling odds, was selected as the common read for Brescia University’s incoming freshman class as part of the First Year Experience program, an academic program designed to assist new students with their transition to college. It recalls the story of Kamkwamba’s childhood in Africa and how he used a bicycle dynamo, a pedal-powered wheel that generates light, to bring electricity and light to his family and village.

Beyond the inspirational story of one determined, courageous, and ingenious teenager, Kamkwamba’s story calls attention to the plight of Malawi, a country caught in the grip of AIDS and poverty. He shares his vision for “a new kind of Africa, a place of leaders instead of victims, a home of innovation rather than charity.” By accomplishing a remarkable feat against formidable odds, Kamkwamba serves as a leading light and beacon of hope for the young, poor, and disadvantaged in every continent. ”

Kamkwamba graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014, and was awarded a fellowship at IDEO, the global design firm based in San Francisco. With IDEO, he worked on several life changing projects, including designing an anonymous abuse reporting system that was easily accessible in public spaces by both genders and low-cost sensors for farmers that reads moisture and pH levels in soil.

After finishing his fellowship, Kamkwamba joined the Widernet Project, where he helps to make and distribute digital libraries. He is currently designing modules and instruction manuals that can be used by anyone to create low-cost, high-impact projects in communities around the world. Kamkwamba is working on multiple projects to bridge the gap between knowledge and doing with easy to follow instruction modules that range from sustainable energy production to household water sanitation.

Kamkwamba has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CSPAN Book-TV, and NPR. A 2007 TED Global Fellow, he was a student in the inaugural class of the Pan-African Leadership Academy in South Africa. He and Mealer also co-authored The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition.

An accomplished speaker, Kamkwamba has addressed audiences at the 2008 World Economic Forum, multiple times at TED, and at schools and universities across the globe.

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Brescia Selected as 2016-2017 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

September 13, 2017

Brescia University has once again been selected by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Committee and the National Office as a 2016-2017 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution . Brescia University has received these honor, which highlights the pursuit of character-driven athletics, a total of six times with the most recent being 2016.

The Champions of Character Committee uses a scorecard to measure each institution’s commitment to the Champions of Character and points are earned in five key areas; character training, academic focus, character recognition, character promotion and conduct in competition. An institution must score 60% or above on the scorecard to be named a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution .

Brescia University received the silver medallion, which is awarded to institutions that score above 75 percent.

In addition to the school designation, Brescia University also had more than ten student athletes from various sports who received the individual Champion of Character accolade for the 2016-2017 school year for exemplifying the NAIA’s five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

“To be named a 2016-2017 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution is one of the greatest accolades we can receive because of how it speaks to the character and integrity of our students,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “As a Catholic higher education provider, we strive to help our students become the best versions of themselves, and to develop into servant leaders who are not only receiving an education to help them accomplish their dreams, but who are becoming good citizens who are making a difference in the lives of others. This award highlights the Brescia Difference in the goodness of our students and in their exemplary coaches.”

For more information on the 2016-2017 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution honor, visit www.naia.org .

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Brescia to Celebrate Grand Opening of the Moore Center

September 13, 2017

Brescia University will celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Moore Center on September 8, 2017. The day will kick off with a Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and a dedication by Bishop William Medley at 11:30 am. Guests will then be invited to partake in lunch in O’Bryan’s Dining Hall. Tours will also be available throughout the afternoon. The day of celebration will conclude with a picnic style dinner at 6:00 pm. The evening festivities will include live bluegrass music, a performance by local artist and speed painter Aaron Kizer, and other commemorative activities.

The renovation of The Moore Center completes the first of a two phase building project. Brescia University launched a $10 million capital campaign in October 2014; The Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century. The campaign and building projects are part of a vision to meet the evolving needs of students in a growing competitive landscape of higher education.

The Moore Center, previously known as the Campus Center, was originally constructed in 1988. Brescia University broke ground on the renovations project in March 2016. The building was completed in July 2017. The Moore Center boasts an open concept living and dining area, including the remodeled O’Bryan’s Dining Hall, named in memory of William M. O’Bryan, one of the founding members of the then Brescia College Board of Trustees. The main floor’s open air atrium also features Barney’s Café, a new downtown coffee shop destination, open to the public from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday evenings. Bearcat Corner, the University’s spirit shop, and the Office of Admissions, sponsored by Old National Bank, are also located inside the atrium.

The most notable addition is an expanded gymnasium that will accommodate 750 fans and features two full-size practice courts in conjunction with the primary playing court. The second floor now features the expanded Owensboro Health Walking Track, open to the public from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Friday, a new health and wellness center for students, faculty, and staff, and updated Student Development office space that includes a new Counseling and Campus Ministry Center.

The Moore Center is named in recognition of the Parvin and Mildred Moore Family. The Moore’s son, Joe, graduated cum laude from then Brescia College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He is a CPA with more than 30 years of experience in hospital management and operations and recently retired from his position as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vanguard Health Systems. He now spends his time as a semi-retiree lending his expertise with Martin Ventures, a Nashville based venture capital firm. Joe is currently serving his third term as a member of the Brescia University Board of Trustees and also serves as the chair of the Campaign Cabinet for the Gateway to Our Second Century Capital Campaign. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2005.

In 2014, Joe and his wife Jeanne pledged a $1 million dollar gift to the campaign, and in November 2015 was responsible for securing an additional $1 million gift from The Martin foundation, a gift given in Joe’s honor. Joe and Jeanne chose to give tribute to his parents with a scripture from Proverbs 16:30, “Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans will succeed,” a life lesson among many they taught him through their upbringing.

The second phase of the building projects will be the construction of a new academic building located on the corner of 9 th and Frederica Street. Ground breaking will take place in the spring of 2018 with completion slated for late 2019. The “Signature Building,” as it is being called at this time, will house Brescia University’s School of Education, the Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work, and the Charles A. Reid School of Business. Total construction costs for both projects will likely surpass $14million. The University has raised over $12million. Naming opportunities are still available for interested donors.

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Homecoming Date for 2017 Announced, Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed

July 31, 2017

Brescia University will welcome back alumni and friends to campus for the 2017 Alumni Homecoming, “Live Like a Bearcat,” October 26 th – 29 th . The event will feature a host of activities for students, alumni, faculty and staff, as they celebrate the rich tradition and return of treasured alumni. As a part of that celebration, Brescia will honor four Distinguished Alumni, as well as, four new Athletic Hall of Fame members.

Since the inception of the prestigious Distinguished Alumni recognition, Brescia has awarded more than 50 alumni with the title. The award was created to honor graduates who exemplify the elements that encompass The Brescia Difference: Respect for the Sacred, Devotion to Learning, Commitment to Growth in Virtue, and Promotion of Servant Leadership.

Because of the breadth and scope of their life’s work, the magnitude of their impact on the regional, national and often international scene, and their examples of service and leadership, alumni who receive this esteemed honor have distinguished themselves among their peers.

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni who will be honored at the banquet on Friday, October 27 th at 6:00 pm at The Moore Center are Dr. Paul Coomes ’73, Eric ’92 and Jason Kyle ’96, and Sister Sharon Sullivan, ‘75.

Dr. Paul Coomes is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville. He is a graduate of Brescia College (BA), Indiana University (MS), and the University of Texas (Ph.D.). Professor Coomes came to the University of Louisville from Texas in 1985.

Coomes is past chair of the Economics department at Louisville, past president of the Kentucky Economic Association, and was the 2014 Distinguished Economist of that organization. He also recently served as Executive Director of the Office Health Policy for Kentucky state government.

Paul lives with his wife in eastern Jefferson County. He is descended from William and Jane Coomes, who arrived in 1774 at Fort Harrod, Kentucky – where Jane became the first school teacher in the state.

Eric Kyle , a 1992 alumnus, and Jason Kyle , a 1996 alumnus, are owners of Red Pixel Studios, a marketing design group in Owensboro. Under their leadership, Red Pixel Studios is heavily involved in the community, donating time and talent to develop websites and other materials for several non-profit organizations. Jason serves on the boards of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation and Daniel Pitino Shelter. The Red Pixel Studios team, which includes two other Brescia alumni, have partnered with Brescia on numerous campaigns and projects.

Sister Sharon Sullivan , a 1975 alumna in Special Education, taught in the Daviess County school system, then became an Ursuline Sister and returned to Brescia College in 1984, serving as Director of Residential Life, Education Faculty, and Academic Dean until 2010, when she became the Congregational Leader of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph.

She has been appointed to and served on Kentucky’s State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children and Daviess County’s Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Board. Sr. Sharon has also served on the national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, on Brescia University’s Board of Trustees, and the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Board of Directors.

The Brescia University Athletic Hall of Fame honors student-athletes, coaches, and other individuals who have contributed to the promotion, development, and success of Brescia University’s athletic program. Inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame exemplify excellence in the classroom, on and off the field of play, and in service to others. Through their personal and team successes, these individuals serve as a shining example of what it means to be a Brescia Bearcat.

The 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, October 28 th at 6:30 pm at the Moore Center are Graeme Abel ’04, Matthew Lowe ’12, John Reilly and Marty Rowe.

Graeme Abel , currently serves as the Goalkeeper Coach for the United States Women’s National Team. He was a vital part of the 2015 Women’s World Cup team staff that helped the United States win its first World Cup title in 16 years.

Abel has extensive coaching experience in youth and college programs, including stints with: USA FIFA U-20, USA’s youth National Teams, Oklahoma University, Washington State University, and the University of Nevada. In 2004, Graeme started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Brescia University.

Before attending Brescia University, Abel’s playing career has included time with: Everton FC, Stockport County FC, and Lindsey Wilson College, where he was named NAIA All American, 1999 NAIA National Tournament MVP, and led Lindsey Wilson to a national championship. While at Brescia, Abel was once again an NAIA All-American and two-time KIAC Conference Player of the Year.

He currently resides in Seattle with his wife Katie and two children, Kian and Lila. Graeme will also serve as the guest speaker for the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.

Matthew Lowe , currently serves as the Assistant Cross Country/Track & Field Coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College. While at Brescia, Lowe was a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

From 2008-2013, Lowe garnered numerous awards and set a number of school records in Cross Country/Track & Field. Over the course of his career, Lowe was a five-time all-conference selection, three-time conference champion, and two-time NAIA All-American. Lowe is the first Cross County and Track & Field athlete to be inducted into the Brescia University Athletic Hall of Fame.

John Reilly was the head coach of the Brescia Men’s Basketball program from 1993 to 2005. During his tenure, the Bearcats produced ten winning seasons, two NAIA Division 1 tournament appearances, and eleven NAIA All Americans.

Reilly is the all-leader in wins for Bearcat Basketball with a career record of 219-134 and a .609 career winning percentage. Reilly also won three consecutive conference Coach of Year awards from 1997-1999. During the final nine years of his tenure at Brescia, Reilly also served as the Director of Athletics.

Today, John Reilly is the Head Men’s basketball coach at NCAAA Div. II Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Marty Rowe was the Head Women’s Basketball coach for Brescia from 1998 to 2004. Over the course of just six seasons, Rowe led the Lady Bearcats to four NAIA national tournament appearances, including Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, Rowe’s Lady Bearcats reached the NAIA Final Four. Rowe coached a combined 16 athletic and academic NAIA All-Americans, was named NAIA Independent Coach of the Year each year from 2002-2004, and his Lady Bearcats won the 2004 NAIA Independent Tournament Championship.

In addition to leading the Women’s Basketball Program, Rowe also served as Brescia’s Head Men’s Golf Coach. His teams made six consecutive appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including a Tenth place finish in 2002 and a Fifth place finish in 2001. Rowe began his coaching career at Brescia University as an assistant coach with Men’s Basketball.

Marty Rowe currently serves as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Various other homecoming activities will be held throughout the weekend to celebrate the tradition of Brescia:

Thursday, October 26 th

7:00 pm – “Return to the Arch” Alumni Speaker Series featuring Sister Michele Morek, OSU ’66 (Taylor Lecture Hall)

Friday, October 27th

6:00 PM Distinguished Alumni Cocktail Hour – The Moore Center

6:30 PM Distinguished Alumni Banquet – The Moore Center (Advance tickets required, $40.)

Saturday, October 28th

10:00 AM Chariot Races Tailgating – Brescia University Alumni Hall (7 th street)

11:00 AM Chariot Races (Crowning of the Homecoming Court immediately following the race)

12:00 PM Lunch (O’Bryan’s Dining Hall)

12:30 PM Annual Alumni Association Meeting (O’Bryan’s Dinning Hall)

6:00 PM Athletic Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception

6:30 PM Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet featuring guest speaker Graeme Abel ’03 (The Moore Center)

Sunday, October 29th

10:00 AM Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (Brunch immediately following in O’Bryan’s Dinning Hall)

For more information regarding Homecoming festivities or to purchased tickets for select events, contact Jake Davis, Director of Alumni Relations, at 270-686-2111 or jake.davis@brescia.edu .

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Brescia 2017 Spring Academic Dean’s List

June 1, 2017

The following students from Brescia University were named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List for completing 12 credit hours with a 3.5 GPA.

Kentucky

Bardstown: Daniel Steele , Sophomore, Accounting;

Beaver Dam: Andrea Flores , Senior, Social Work; Rylan Smith , Junior, Political Science; Katrina Vincent , Senior, Psychology;

Beverly: Meredith Asher , Junior, Social Work;

Bowling Green: Leah Armstrong , Senior, English; Allison Holeman , Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in HRM; Courtney Reels , Senior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Brandon Stacker , Sophomore, Special EduMid;

Campbellsville: Amber Flinchum , Senior, Psychology;

Caneyville: Alanna Mudd , Junior, Elementary Education;

Central City: April Gilbert , Junior, Psychology; Haley Hopper , Senior, Social Work; Kelsey Whitaker , Senior, Special EduMid;

Clarkson: Brent Crawford , Senior, Biology; Amber Estes , Senior, Medical Technology; Nolan White , Senior, Business;

Cloverport: Hallie Popham , Senior, Medical Technology;

Corydon: Charlotte Hoge , Junior, Social Work;

Crestwood: Robert Caudill , Senior, Social Work; Benjamin Sammet , Junior, Psychology, Theatre;

Crofton: Haley Cook , Junior, Psychology;

Eddyville: Courtney Klueppel , Sophomore, Biology;

Elkton: Jayde Robinson , Sophomore, Health Sciences; Alicia Salazar , Freshman, Elementary Education;

Flemingsburg: Tiffany Teegarden , Senior, Social Work;

Fordsville: Lauren Reynolds , Senior, Art, Music;

Fort Campbell : Renea Williams , Senior, Social Work;

Franklin: Shelby Franklin , Senior, Special EduElem;

Greenville : Andrew Hall , Sophomore, Psychology;

Hardinsburg: Helen Coyle, Senior , Middle School Education; Tonya Tivitt , Sophomore, Computer Science;

Hartford: Taylor Love , Junior, Art Education;

Hawesville: Jessica Burk , Senior, Social Work; Megan Kurz , Junior, English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing;

Hazel: Ryan Oates , Junior, Biochemistry, Mathematics;

Henderson: Amy Bassett , Senior, Social Work; Kaylee Buckman-Nelson , Senior, English; Kyle Robinson , Junior, Secondary English; Mason Roland , Sophomore, Biology;

Hickory: Barbara Stephens , Senior, Social Work;

Hopkinsville: Debra Pitts , Junior, Social Work;

Knottsville: Kelly Cecil , Senior, Communication Sciences and Disorders;

LaGrange: Whitney Anderson , Sophomore, Social Work; Byron Williamson , Senior, Biology, Business;

Lebanon Junction: Kassi Gilbert , Junior, Secondary Biology, Chemistry;

Lewisport: Sara Lewis , Senior, Theology, Philosophy; Taylor Noble , Sophomore, Biology; Yasmani Ochoa , Senior, Biology, Chemistry;

Louisville: Jamie Chowning , Senior, Social Work; Shannon Cleary , Sophomore, Social Work; Abigail Leanhart , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Abigail Munger , Senior, Art; Julie Ringham , Senior, Integrated Studies;

Lowes: Nicole Burks , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology;

Maceo: Adam Hayden , Junior, Biology;

Madisonville: Katilyn Hamilton , Senior, Secondary English;

Maple Mount: Mai Pham , Junior, Social Work;

Marion: Brenden Phillips , Senior, History;

Mayfield: Justin Roberts , Senior, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;

Millwood: Jessica Robinson , Sophomore, Accounting;

Milton: Heather Garcia , Senior, Social Work;

Morganfield: John Davis , Sophomore, Biology;

Owensboro: Preye Agbana , Senior, Chemistry ; Katelynn Arnold , Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in Management; Jamison Bowlds , Sophomore, Elementary Education; Brooklyn Bowman , Junior, Middle School Education; Londa Boyd , Senior, Accounting; Kristen Boyens , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Leigh Chapman , Junior, PsycAdd; Emily Cissell , Senior, Accounting; Nicole Cooke-Frost , Senior, Social Work; Haley Coons , Junior, Accounting, Pre-Law Studies; Larry Douglas , Junior, Social Work; Tammy Duncan , Senior, Accounting; Matthew Eaggleston , Freshman; Kristin Emmick , Senior, Social Work; Mary Frey , Junior, Business; Hunter Gaddis , Sophomore, Computer Science; Whitney Galloway , Senior, Business; Donna Goodwin , Senior, Business; Gena Gray , Senior, Accounting; Danielle Hancock , Senior, Biology; Chad Harl , Junior, Accounting; Briscoe Horrell , Junior, Spanish Edu; Kirstin Horsley , Senior, Psychology; Makenzie Jackson , Junior, Special EduElem; Jeanna James , Sophomore, History, Pre-Law Studies; Natalie Jones , Freshman, Health Sciences; Kathleen Jurkiewicz , Senior, Accounting; Benjamin Keller , Junior, English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing; Ashley Kruta , Senior, Psychology; Angela Kurz , Senior, Accounting; Bryan Lanham , Senior, Accounting; Katelyn McCarthy , Junior, Psychology; Emily Miller , Sophomore, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Jennifer Minton , Senior, Biochemistry; Deborah Ogulu , Senior, Chemistry; Kelsey Postiglione , Sophomore, Elementary Education; Christy Probus , Senior, Social Work; Natalie Renfrow , Junior, Business; Jennie Satterfield , Junior, Psychology, Pre-Law Studies; Victoria Shaffer , Senior, Political Science, Spanish; Jonathan Speed , Sophomore, Health Sciences; Micah Swift , Sophomore, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Rachel Tanner , Senior, Social Work; Morgan Thomas , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Stephanie Wall , Senior, English; Teresa Whitten , Junior, Political Science; Icces Wilcox , Junior, Social Studies Secondary; Adam Wilkinson , Junior, Special EduElem; Megan Young , Sophomore, Human Services;

Philpot: Olivia Conder , Senior, Art; Emily Ditto , Senior, English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing; Devin Ford , Junior, Biology; Nathan Huff , Senior, Graphic Design, Business;

Pikeville: Natasha Tackett , Senior, Social Work;

Robards: Jonathan Harris , Senior, Integrated Studies;

Robinson Creek: Devin Thacker , Junior, Social Work;

Shelbyville: Steven Standafer , Junior, Business; Melissa Wise , Sophomore, Human Services;

Somerset: Tyler Hail , Senior, Biology;

Spottsville: Robert Mitchell , Sophomore, Accounting;

Sturgis: Katlyn Mendoza , Junior, Social Work;

Summer Shade: Kolton Myatt , Senior, Biology;

Tompkinsville : Dillon Geralds , Junior, Elementary Education; Kelsey Kirkpatrick , Senior, Integrated Studies;

Union: Daniel Lageman , Senior, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies; Mason Sturdivant , Sophomore, Engineering Studies;

Utica: Amber Boarman , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Andrea Boarman , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Tristan Haight , Junior, Biochemistry, Biology; Mallorie Polston , Junior, Elementary Education; Andrew Roberts , Senior, Accounting;

White Plains: Cameron Robinson , Senior, Political Science;

Whitesville: Hannah Bland , Junior, Theology, Philosophy; Reagan Calloway , Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in Management; Carrie Howard , Sophomore, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;

Alabama

Huntsville: Christina Kirkland , Senior, Social Work;

Wetumpka: Cynthia Ann Foote , Senior, Social Work;

Alaska

Chugiak: April Beardslee , Sophomore, Social Work;

Arizona

Coolidge: Eric Cole , Sophomore, Human Services;

Arkansas

Benton: Te’Marco Boykins , Junior, Social Work;

Harrison: Elizabeth Wolfe , Junior, Social Work;

California

Chula Vista: Perlita Ortiz , Senior, Social Work;

Fresno: Dawn Batten , Senior, Social Work;

Hesperia: Regina Romo , Junior, Social Work;

Inglewood: Zedrixaviel Santos , Freshman, Human Services;

Oceanside: Elissa Duggan , Senior, Social Work;

Olivehurst: Erin Ticarat , Senior, Social Work;

Panorama City: Hamaspyur Arakelyan , Senior, Accounting;

Rancho Cucamonga: Sal Arredondo , Senior, Social Work;

Rancho Palos Verdes: Jessica Doria , Junior, Social Work;

Susanville: Natasha Gilstrap-Cote , Junior, Social Work;

Colorado

Denver: Lauren Pleva , Junior, Social Work;

Delaware

Seaford: Jessica Morgan , Freshman, Human Services;

Florida

Coconut Creek: Michelle Edwards , Junior, Social Work;

Gainesville: Marnie Shaeffer , Sophomore, Human Services;

Punta Gorda: Haley Mandeville , Sophomore, Human Services;

Trinity: Renee LaSala , Junior, Psychology;

Vero Beach: Sandhal Guggeri , Sophomore, Human Services;

Georgia

Fort Benning: Stasha Fowler , Sophomore, Human Services;

Jonesboro: Sophnielle Santana , Freshman, Human Services;

McDonough: Jaleel Parris , Sophomore, Graphic Design;

Monroe: Keeley Kooken , Senior, Social Work;

Stone Mountain: Kelly Hooper , Senior, Social Work;

Hawaii

Honolulu: Angela Stover , Sophomore, Human Services;

Wahiawa: Kayla Draughn , Sophomore, Human Services; Megan Miller , Sophomore, Human Services;

Illinois

Hoyleton: Sophia Marick , Junior, Social Work;

Mascoutah: Nickole Durbin , Senior, Political Science;

Metropolis: Joshua Wetzel , Senior, Accounting;

Midlothian: Katie Clifford , Junior, Social Work;

Normal: Nicholle Resac , Senior, Social Work;

Scott AFB: Caleb Tisher , Junior, History;

Indiana

Corydon: Nola Hudson-Paschal , Senior, Psychology;

Evansville: William Maxwell , Junior, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies; Bertha Melendres , Freshman, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies; Andrea Pearce , Senior, Social Work;

Haubstadt: Mariah Kramer , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders;

Huntingburg: Audrey Mehling , Senior, Elementary Education; Megan Stapleton , Junior, Special EduElem;

Leopold: Samantha Steckler , Senior, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;

Medora: Brookelyn Hattabaugh , Junior, Accounting;

Oakland City: Jordan Blemker , Sophomore, Middle School Education;

St Meinrad: Antonio Marchi , Senior, Theology;

Iowa

Burlington: Tiffany Siefken , Junior, Social Work;

Kansas

Manhattan: Dakota Barron , Senior, Computer Science with Emphasis in Quantative Theory;

Louisiana

Joyce: DeAnna Moller , Freshman, Human Services;

Shreveport: Tiffany Lewis , Senior, Social Work;

Maryland

Glen Burnie: Taryn Meyer , Sophomore, Social Work;

Owings Mills: Tynisha Thornes , Junior, Social Work;

Massachusetts

Forestdale: Courtney Onwuzuruigbo , Senior, Social Work;

Southbridge: Alexa Manso , Junior, Social Work;

Michigan

Battle Creek: Rachel Gorlitz , Senior, Social Work;

Charlotte: Leticia Stone , Senior, Social Work;

Midland: Betsy Morey , Senior, Social Work;

Minnesota

Akeley: Amanda Semmler , Senior, Social Work;

Alpha: Krystal Preuss , Senior, Social Work;

Eden Prairie: Laura Jo Rodriguez , Senior, Social Work;

Kasson: Sara Tear , Junior, Social Work;

Ortonville: Kirstin Scoblic , Senior, Social Work;

Sauk Centre: Alyssa Herbaugh , Senior, Social Work;

Mississippi

Brandon: Amber Taylor , Senior, Social Work;

Missouri

Belton: Jennifer Cochran , Junior, Social Work;

Branson: Christina Hull , Senior, Social Work;

Butler: Catherine Clowers , Sophomore, Social Work;

Saint Louis: Lanh Hoang , Freshman, Theology; Thoa Phan , Freshman, English; Toni Watson , Junior, Social Work;

Troy: Alexa Nicholas , Sophomore, Health Sciences;

Warrenton: Hattie Teal , Junior, Business;

Montana

Big Timber: Kay McDonnell , Senior, Social Work;

Nevada

Panaca: Janie Rippetoe , Junior, Social Work;

New Hampshire

Nashua: Barbara Bevins , Senior, Social Work; Candace Wilson , Sophomore, Human Services;

New Jersey

Atlantic City: Helen Cheatham , Senior, Social Work;

Berkeley Heights: Jenna Wodash , Sophomore, Human Services;

Blackwood: Kelley McHutchison , Senior, Social Work;

East Brunswick: Jessica Seaboldt , Senior, Social Work;

Monroe Township: Michele Herrington , Senior, Social Work;

New Egypt: Elaina LoAlbo , Sophomore, Human Services;

Somerset: Nancy Mount , Junior, Social Work;

New York

Brewster: Marcella Occhicone , Sophomore, Human Services;

Clayton: Dymphna Roman-Loring , Senior, Social Work;

Poughkeepsie: Peyton Hutson , Senior, Social Work;

North Carolina

Arden: Joanna Earls , Senior, Social Work;

Charlotte: Chloe Dabrowski , Senior, Social Work; Tynan Ipaye , Senior, Social Work;

Columbus: Madison Cantrell , Senior, Social Work;

Moravian Falls: Kendra Farris , Freshman, Human Services;

Ohio

Bidwell: Bethany Corbin , Senior, Social Work, Psychology;

Canton: Lisa Cranston , Senior, Social Work;

Cleveland: Rhonda Janey , Junior, Social Work;

Columbus Grove: Alyssa Plontz , Senior, Social Work;

Luckey: Melisa Konesni , Sophomore, Human Services;

Norwood: Kathryn Long , Senior, Social Work;

Windham: Kaytlin O’Bryan , Sophomore, Human Services;

Oklahoma

McAlester: Geri Ward , Senior, Social Work;

Oregon

Hillsboro: Colette Klein , Senior, Social Work;

Springfield: Tamara Johnson , Junior, Social Work;

Pennsylvania

Havertown: Ashleigh Farrell , Senior, Social Work;

Tennessee

Atwood: Annie Emert , Junior, Psychology;

Clarksville: Brenden Williams , Junior, Computer Science with Emphasis in Business & Management Sys;

Cross Plains: Bonnie Jones , Junior, Biology;

Fayetteville: Julie Miller , Senior, Social Work;

Lebanon: Justin Maloney , Senior, Political Science;

Madison: Kristen Small , Junior, Social Work;

Nolensville: Shelby Nelson , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology;

Waverly: Sigrid Igartua , Senior, Social Work;

Texas

Alvin: William Mortley , Senior, Social Work;

Amarillo: Jennifer Quintero , Senior, Social Work;

Burkburnett: Jessica Whitney , Junior, Social Work;

Burleson: Rhonda Perkins , Freshman, Human Services;

Cibolo: Alisha Jentz , Senior, Social Work;

El Paso: Alana Heitzer , Senior, Social Work;

Friendswood: Marissa Meader , Senior, Social Work;

Killeen: Cheyenne Tonkin , Sophomore, Human Services;

Mineola: Erin Boyd , Senior, Integrated Studies;

San Antonio: Diane Milner , Junior, Social Work;

Savoy: Matthew Stone , Senior, Business;

Utah

Washington Terrace: Kirsten Reinhard , Junior, Social Work;

Virginia

Linden: Sandra Davis , Senior, Social Work;

Vinton: Ana Zuniga Arana , Senior, Social Work;

Williamsburg: Deanna Pepper-Balanta , Junior, Social Work;

Woodbridge: Madison Miller , Junior, Social Work;

Washington

Bellingham: Lila Ruiz , Senior, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;

Kennewick: Brittney Roske , Senior, Social Work;

Wisconsin

Frederic: Jeanne Daniels , Sophomore, Psychology;

Kenosha: Alisha Pournaras , Senior, Social Work;

Luck: Sarah Funk , Senior, Social Work;

Madison: Erica Johnson , Senior, Social Work;

Marinette: Tiffany Lindbom , Senior, Social Work;

Menasha: Jenny Davis , Senior, Social Work;

Milwaukee: Kimberly Anderson , Sophomore, Human Services;

Brazil

Mateo Jurado Ruales , Senior, Business;

Luan Cordeiro Yoshida , Sophomore, Engineering Studies;

Canada

Kyran Weemaels , Sophomore, Engineering Studies;

Costa Rica

Diego Saborio , Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Management;

Germany

Max Wolf , Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;

Nigeria

Millicent Akere , Senior, Mathematics, Chemistry;

Spain

Jose Alcazar Camargo , Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Management, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;

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Brescia University Receives $1 Million Gift to Establish the Charles Albert Reid School of Business

May 24, 2017

Brescia University has received a $1 Million gift from the family of the late Charles Albert Reid, founder of Independence Bank, to name the Brescia University School of Business in his memory. The Charles Albert Reid School of Business will be located in Brescia University’s new academic center for professional studies to be constructed on the corner of 9 th and Frederica Streets.

In 1971, Mr. Reid and his brother-in-law, Maurice E. Reisz, purchased Farmers & Merchants Bank in McLean County as well as Providence State Bank in Webster County. In 1997, the two small banks were incorporated under one name, Independence Bank. After his passing in October 2001, his son Chris, also a Brescia graduate, took over his father’s role as President that same year.

Today, the third generation of the Reid family, Jacob Reid and Lauren Patton, also third generation Brescia graduates, have assumed leadership roles within Independence Bank. Jacob serves as the Executive Vice President and Lauren as the Executive Director of the Independence Bank Foundation, the charitable arm of the bank.

“The Reid family has a long tradition of service to the Owensboro region and we are incredibly proud of this family of alumni. I am humbled and thankful for their generosity and investment in the future of our students. They are not only models of philanthropy but also great examples of applying Christian principles to business practices, especially in their commitment to servant leadership,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University.

The center for professional studies, currently being called the Signature Building, will also house the Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work, which recently received a $500,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation, as well as, the School of Education and The William Thompson Center for Business Graduate Studies.

Ground will be broken on the project in early 2018 as part of the second phase of The Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century, following the completion of the first phase, the renovation of The Moore Center in mid-June. The construction of the building will cost approximately $8 million, with a total campaign cost of $15 million. The University has raised nearly $12.1 million to date.

The Reid family will join members of the Brescia University community on July 12 th, which would have been Mr. Reid’s 84 th birthday, for a luncheon and check presentation.

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