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Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund

Creating Peace

Alicia Nicole Titus

June 11, 1973 – Sept. 11, 2001

On Sept. 11, 2001, Alicia lost her life along with so many other Americans in the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks. She was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. 

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund was established in August 2002, by the Titus family and their church friends, all of whom have ties to Urbana University. It was created to carry out the legacy and spirit of Alicia’s life by sponsoring programs that promote and support a culture of peace at the University and within the community.

After losing their beloved daughter, John (Class of ’77) and Beverly (Class of '90) have advocated for peace education in the community and at Urbana, along with the UU Student Peace Alliance. It’s John and Bev’s mission to mend that concern and create a culture of peace.

About Alicia


Alicia lived her life in peace and harmony, longing for a world in which people would get along with one another. After her violent death, her parents, John and Bev Titus, began speaking out for peace and justice issues. They joined September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, whose unifying principle is to turn our grief into action for peace.

It is Alicia’s family’s, church’s, community’s and friends’ hope that she is remembered as an exuberant and vital young woman. Her life was dedicated to the pursuit of peaceful living among human beings and loving one another. According to her father, she opposed violence, hate, prejudice, killing and any unkind act against another living thing. Her true nature and human existence were the complete opposite of the evil forces that took her life.

Previous Events

Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund Volunteers Clean up Railroad Street in Urbana

On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund sponsored a “Day of Service” to give back to the community. Over 30 volunteers came together to serve in memory of Alicia and others who lost their lives or have been impacted by the attacks of 9/11. The group spent several hours cleaning up Railroad Street in Urbana. 

John Titus, Alicia’s father, sincerely thanked the city of Urbana and the Urbana University students, faculty, friends, family and community members. It was a wonderful experience.

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund sponsors programs for the community and Urbana University that promote and support a culture of peace. Service opportunities are available throughout the year. To learn more about these initiatives or to volunteer, contact Bev Titus at


Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run for Peace

See past race results:

Alicia Titus 5K Results 2017 >
Alicia Titus 5K Age Group Results 2017 >

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund Programs and Events sponsored 2017/2018

  • The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund “Run for Peace” was 9/09/17 with over 200 participants and volunteers. The Urbana Police Department won back the special traveling trophy from the Urbana Sherriff’s Department.
  • The inaugural Knight’s Peace Award in memory of Alicia Titus was given to Logan Cole. Please visit the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund page to submit names for this year’s Knight’s Peace Award..
  • The Alicia Titus Peace Fund, UU Athletes and Students along with community members collected food, clothing, toiletries and water to aid a UU student and fellow Americans in Puerto Rico in a hurricane relief effort with over 50 families in the most devastated area being helped. Special thanks to the Bundy Corporation, the Champaign County Chamber Of Commerce, the Champaign County Library and Urbana University for their efforts.
  • Alicia’s Peace Fund, Urbana University, Urbana City and Champaign County participated in our fourth “Season for Nonviolence” January 30th  – April 4th , a 64 day educational, media and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower lives and communities. This event is a commemoration of the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.
  • As a part of the Season for Nonviolence, local schools including Mechanicsburg, West Liberty, Graham and Urbana City participated in the “Great Kindness Challenge” January 22-26.  This “bully prevention” program encourages children to perform random acts of kindness throughout the week. West Liberty’s Key Club celebrated Kindness Month by dedicating an entire month to performing acts of kindness within the school, home and their communities. There were 1600 family and community members that participated in performing random acts of kindness within our community, and (4500) Champaign County students joined over 10.5 million students from nearly 20,000 schools around the world for this event. Over 500 million “acts of kindness” were performed in over 100 countries for this event!
  • The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund sponsored two 6-week Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Workshops for Urbana University students, faculty and staff along with community members free of charge. Thirty four people participated. NVC was developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, clinical psychologist and mediator and has been taught around for over 50 years in 65 countries and has been used by thousands of people. Diane Diller, NVC trainer certified by the Global Center of Nonviolent Communication led the workshops.
  • The Season for Nonviolence wrapped up with a month of service in April. The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund “Cooperative Service Volunteer Program” links UU students with service volunteer opportunities within the Urbana Community. Sixteen local businesses and organizations provided opportunities for nearly 100 Urbana University Students, Faculty and Staff to serve in our Urbana City of Peace Community.
  • The fourth annual endowed scholarship was awarded through the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace fund to an entering freshman woman who has demonstrated a desire to make a difference in our world.

Titus Peace Fund Hosts Speaker

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund, in partnership with Urbana University and the Dayton International Peace Museum, hosted Paul K. Chappell on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at the Urbana University Student Center. Paul is a former Army Captain, Iraq War Veteran, noted author and international speaker. This event was open to the public and was an eye-opening experience from someone with a unique and refreshing perspective on waging peace in the midst of war. 

Paul is a West Point graduate who serves as Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Part African-American, part Asian and part Caucasian, Paul grew up in a violent household in Alabama with a father who fought in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He has spoken at over 50 colleges and universities, several international events, numerous community groups, and has appeared on The Travis Smiley Show, C-SPAN/Book TV and PBS.

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