News from the Aurora University community

STEM skills, education getting a boost in Illinois

Linda Chapa LaVia

Nationwide, STEM education — the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is a major focus among educators, legislators and employers, who stress the importance of these subjects to prepare students for thriving careers in the global workforce. However, American public school students have fallen behind their international peers in crucial science and mathematics disciplines. Moreover, fewer U.S. students are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM fields.

Alumnus welcomes Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to STEM school

Lazaro Lopez, Ed.D. ’10, led a STEM-focused curriculum overhaul in 2010 as the new principal of Wheeling High School.

An Aurora University alumnus who received statewide recognition earlier this year, was recently the focus of national attention for an innovative program that is further exposing students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

AU graduate named Illinois State Teacher of the Year

Pam Reilly

Pam Reilly, AU ’ 95, a second grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary in Sandwich, Ill., has been named the 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Aurora University Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools Designation

Aurora University has been named to the coved Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Governor Quinn announces $3.5 million investment for STEM school at AU

Governor Pat Quinn

Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3.5 million capital investment to help build the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University. The investment will allow construction of the school to begin immediately and open for the 2014-2015 school year.