Press Release

Urbana University Announces Inaugural Knights’ Peace Award In Memory of Alicia Titus


Sherry Mercurio
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Urbana, OH (September 6, 2017)

Urbana University is proud to announce the inaugural 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.

Today’s announcement 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 Sept. 9, 2017 at Urbana University).

The inaugural award winner will be honored on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 during the half-time celebration when the Urbana University Blue Knights football team takes on Fairmont State.

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.

About Alicia Titus
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.

In honor of her memory, 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.

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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