Press Release

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


Sherry Mercurio
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Urbana, OH (September 9, 2017)

Urbana University is proud to announce the inaugural honoree of the Knights’ Peace Award, in Memory of Alicia Titus: Logan Cole.  Logan, a student at West Liberty-Salem High School, was critically wounded during a Jan. 2017 shooting incident. His courage in the face of danger and capacity to forgive set an example that makes Logan the perfect recipient of the inaugural award.

As a student at West Liberty-Salem High School, Logan started his school day on Jan. 20, 2017, prepared to attend a mock trial courtroom competition. Only moments away from boarding his bus to the competition, Logan was shot and critically wounded. It was on the day of the incident and in the months afterwards that Logan would demonstrate incredible courage, mercy, and faith in the face of adversity.

Logan’s first act of courage occurred while still laying injured on the floor of the school bathroom. Despite being injured, he called upon the lessons of his faith and forgiveness to talk his assailant out of taking his own life or shooting anyone else. Months later, Logan would again demonstrate a level of mercy and generosity rarely seen in someone twice his age.  In a real-world manifestation of the virtues that make up the Knights’ Peace Award, Logan donated $22,000 of the funds raised in support of his recovery to instead help build a field house for athletic teams in his school district.

Logan set an example of grace and forgiveness that is worthy of recognition and the honor of being named the inaugural Knights’ Peace Award in Memory of Alicia Titus award recipient.

About the Knights’ Peace Award, in Memory of Alicia Titus
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 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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