Joe Traver


What grade are you/What is your major? 

I am a 22-year-old sophomore double majoring in Biochemistry and Health Science. I took 3 gap years after high school to volunteer with NET Ministries, a Catholic youth ministry organization, traveling the country doing over 350 retreats for high school and middle school youth. 


Are you planning on working in the new coffee shop in the library? Are you excited about it opening? 

Actually, I’m managing the new coffee shop! I’m incredibly excited for it to open- I’ve put tons of hours into planning and product researching, and it’s great to finally see everything coming together. The room will still be a 24-hour room, with the coffee shop staffed at certain intervals throughout the day. The vision, which is becoming a reality quite nicely, is that the coffee shop will be entirely student staffed. I’m working closely with a local roastery in Fort  Meyers to create a custom coffee roast exclusively sold at our Ave coffee shop, and I’m excited to put some new twists on our blend. Our final step for permitting with Collier County is this coming week, so hopefully we will be open in the next two weeks! 


What is your favorite aspect of Ave Maria? 

Honestly, I had never thought that I could be happy going to school at Ave.  I traveled the country for three years and saw countless cities and met incredible people, but I never found a place that felt like a home. I left Ave to find a home, and it wasn’t until I came back that I realized that it was here all along. My favorite thing about Ave is the authenticity amongst the student body. People are real here. They are vulnerable, honest, and ultimately loving. This campus culture has allowed me to blossom where I’ve been planted, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.