The tenth annual Aurora University Undergraduate Research Conference gave undergraduate students across the university the opportunity to present the results of their individual and group research to the AU and surrounding community. Senior mathematics and secondary education major Megan Webster investigated the impact of finances in school districts and the mathematical achievement of students in those districts.
An Aurora University instructor has become somewhat of a local celebrity after being named a Top 3 finalist in the 2014 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). Rick Polad, Pro Rata Instructor of Natural Sciences, was nominated by the Phillips Library at Aurora University for his book “Change of Address.”
Similar to the subject he teaches, Brian Vander Schee, Associate Professor of Marketing, determines the needs and wants of his students and strives to deliver lessons that meet those principles. His effective teaching and innovative approach to the classroom were recently recognized with the Hormel Foods Master Teacher Award presented by the Marketing Management Association (MMA).
Two Aurora University professors will be taking advantage of a unique opportunity this summer to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies. Gerald Butters, Professor of History, and Mark Plummer, Associate Professor of Music, have received joint fellowships to participate in the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP): Infusing Chinese and Japanese Religion, Art and Politics into the Undergraduate Curriculum.
Local taxpayers are finding relief from the stress of Tax Day thanks to Aurora University students. For the 13th year, the AU Dunham School of Business sponsored the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program over two weekends in March.