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2019 Knights’ Peace Award Ceremony

Urbana, OH (October 1, 2019)

Urbana University is proud to announce the honoree of this year’s Knights' Peace Award, in Memory of Alicia Titus: Phil Shetler. A natural leader who generously gave of his time, Phil’s humanitarian efforts included being a member of the Lighthouse Mennonite Fellowship of Unionville Center, having served as treasurer for the Rosedale Bible College for 10 years and volunteering as the director of International Friendships, Inc. (IFI) at Urbana University. In addition, Phil also volunteered at the Country Closet Thrift Store and Food Pantry in Plain City. His focus on peaceful resolution, collaboration, and family values were reflected in his daily involvement and leadership within the community.

Phil set an example of faith and service that is worthy of recognition and honor of being named Knights' Peace Award in Memory of Alicia Titus award recipient. 

As part of the Sept. 28 half-time show, Urbana University posthumously honored Phil as the 2019 recipient of the Knight’s Peace Award, while also observing his passing on Sept. 18 by asking those in attendance to take a moment of silence to honor his life and service to others.

Phil’s wife, Janet Shetler and her three daughters, along with John, Bev, Bill Titus and friends at IFI joined Dr. Washington during the half-time show as they honored Phil.

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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