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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.
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.
Urbana University is proud to announce The Knights Peace Award, in Memory of Alicia Titus, established to honor individuals who demonstrate the virtues necessary to persist in the quest for peace and unity. This expands on the University's Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund efforts that include the Urbana University Alicia Titus Memorial Scholarship and Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run 5K & 1 Mile Walk/Run for Peace (hosted on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at Urbana University).
This year's 2018 Knights' Peace Award recipient will be honored on Thursday, September 20, 2018 during the halftime celebration when the Urbana University Blue Knight football team takes on WV Wesleyan. Created in honor of the life and the spirit of former Urbana University student Alicia Titus, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, the award was created to recognize individuals actively involved in the promotion and support of peace. Through the recognition of its foundational characteristics of courage, justice, mercy, generosity, faith, nobility and hope, the award carries on the tradition of Urbana University and its valiant Blue Knights and helps support a culture of peace.
Click here to submit a nomination for the Knights' Peace Award.
Dear Friends of the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund,
This Sept. 11, we will commemorate the 17th year since the attack on our country that took nearly 3,000 lives, including our daughter Alicia. For anyone who has ever lost a child, you know what that is like! There isn't a day goes by that we don't think of her and grieve and yet, we've learned to live life to the fullest and make the best of each day. Through the grieving process of losing Alicia, we now have a greater compassion for all who have suffered painful losses. Along with greater compassion is a longing to make our world a better and safer place for our children and their children. The question that comes from that is, how? How do we make a difference in a world of 7.3 billion people? How can one person affect the outcome for the whole? And, even more specifically, what can I do to be the change I wish to see in the world? These questions continue to guide Bev and I in our quest to make the world a better place. It all starts with each one of us. What guides our lives and gives us purpose? How do we learn to forgive those who have trespassed against us and to love our enemy? From whence comes our strength and guidance and how do we continue to grow both? And, perhaps, the most important of all, how do we grow our love for one another (our neighbor) and act in accordance with that love? These questions will be answered differently by each of us, and that is part of the richness of our freedom and the variety of cultures that make up the beautiful tapestry of our world.
Each of us is unique and each of us has something worthy to contribute to the whole it is also a choice we make! One of the divine truths that I try to live by is that we are all deeply interconnected and come from the same source. And, like the ripple effect, everything we do affects the whole, in good ways and bad. The very purpose of our creation is to develop a heaven on earth; and as human beings, we can contribute to this divine plan or we can perpetuate hatred and violence, it is of our choosing which of these we promote. How do we find the common thread that binds us together as human beings? How do we create a community and world where love is the abiding force? These difficult questions need to be asked and demand our attention to ensure the safety of our children and the survival of our planet. This is our challenge as individuals, as communities, as a country, and as a world, to learn how to communicate better and to find common ground. This is the hope and the vision that came to us after Alicia was so violently killed by terrorists on 9/11. This is the power of love that will overcome the hatred, the fear, the distrust, the rage and contempt that fuels more of the same. If we are to heal as a nation, our country, our communities, and as individuals we must break the cycle of violence that exist in our world. It is with this in mind that Bev and I, along with Reverend Betsy Coffman and friends started the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund in 2002, after Alicia was killed on Sept. 11, 2001. The purpose of the fund is to carry out the legacy and spirit of Alicia's life by sponsoring programs for Urbana University and the community that promotes and supports a culture of peace.
We could not have done this journey without you and many other wonderful people who have graced our lives with your presence! It is with deep gratitude that we thank you for your continued love and support, for your hours of service volunteering, and for your heartfelt donations. We have raised nearly $100,000, which has allowed us to offer over 50 educational programs and sponsored events that encourage a culture of peace within our personal lives, on campus, within our communities, in our country, and around the world!
Please join us for the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at 9 a.m. This annual fund raising peace event starts and ends at the Student Center at Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University. This year's peace building family event provides refreshments, music, door prizes and Kids for Peace activities.
Register today at www.cantstoprunningco.com. Race registration and donations to support our ongoing efforts can also be provided by contacting Stephani Islam at Urbana University via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund page.
Heartfelt thanks to all who have supported our efforts in the past. We are deeply honored and grateful for your love and support.
John and Bev Titus, parents of Alicia
Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run/Walk
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
This annual fund raising peace event starts and ends at the Student Center at Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University. This year's peace building family event provides refreshments, music, door prizes and Kids for Peace activities.
Register today at www.cantstoprunningco.com. Race registration and donations to support our ongoing efforts can also be provided by contacting Stephani Islam at Urbana University via email at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run for Peace
See past race results:
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 www.urbana.edu. 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.