Press Release

UU To Recognize 2018 Knights’ Peace Award Recipient Bill Bean at 9/20 Football game


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
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Urbana, OH (September 17, 2018)

Urbana University is proud to announce it will recognize the 2018 Knights’ Peace Award recipient, Mayor Bill Bean during its Sept. 20 football game against West Virginia Wesleyan.

In the tradition of Urbana University and its valiant Blue Knights, The Knights’ Peace Award recognizes individuals actively involved in the promotion and support of peace by honoring the life and the spirit of Urbana University graduate Alicia Titus, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001. The award honors individuals who demonstrate the following virtues necessary to persist in the quest for peace and unity: compassion, understanding, courage, justice, mercy, generosity, faith, nobility and hope.

A natural leader who generously gives of his time, Mayor Bean’s humanitarian efforts include supporting children, young adults and the elderly through his involvement with Urbana City Schools, local scouting and 4H groups, the Area Agency on Aging, and the Caring Kitchen Emergency Shelter. His focus on peaceful resolution, collaboration, and family values are reflected in his daily involvement and leadership within the community.

Serving as the Mayor of the City of Urbana since 2012, Mayor Bean developed his devotion to the committee growing up in Urbana, Ohio, and his devotion to his faith and understanding earning his bachelor’s degree of science, majoring in philosophy and religion from Urbana University. Helping to establish a community focused on peace, Mayor Bean and his family helped to establish the City of Urbana’s membership with the International Cities of Peace Organization, and shares “It is an honor that encircles everything we touch.”

Bill and his wife Audra Bean, are the proud parents of daughter Teresa Matteson (husband Casey) and proud grandparents of Lilly and Landon. Bill served as a trustee of Urbana University for 20 years and proudly sat as the President of the Urbana University Alumni Association.

The inaugural Knights’ Peace Award was awarded to Logan Cole, a student at West Liberty Salem High School, who was critically wounded during a Jan. 2017 shooting incident. His courage in the face of danger and capacity to forgive set an example that made Logan the perfect recipient of the inaugural award.

About the Knights Peace Award
Now in its second year, the Knights’ Peace Award was created in honor of the life and the spirit of former Urbana University student Alicia Titus, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, to recognize individuals actively involved in the promotion and support of peace and unity.

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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