News from the Aurora University community

Aurora University senior to join Peace Corps in Botswana

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The ink will barely be dry on Alexandrea “Alex” Wilson’s diploma this May before she embarks on what most people would consider the challenge of a lifetime – a two-year stint with the Peace Corp in Botswana, where she will work in an HIV/AIDS education and prevention program for school kids.

Aurora University scores 97 percent pass rate on national nursing exam

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Graduates of the Aurora University School of Nursing achieved a 97 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for 2016. The university’s pass rate surpasses the state and national average pass rates, both of which stand at 85 percent for the year. Ninety-six Aurora University nursing graduates took the exam.

Tellabs Foundation awards $1 million to Aurora University to fund facilities and scholarships for high school STEM initiative

The Tellabs Foundation recently awarded $1 million to develop, house and provide scholarships for a new STEM education program at Aurora University that is targeted at high school students.

Aurora University alumna named Social Worker of the Year

Mary Abbott, who completed her master’s degree in social work at Aurora University in 1997 and now teaches in the university’s social work program, was named Statewide Social Worker of the Year by the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Simms Family Foundation makes lead gift to George Williams College of Aurora University’s new nursing center

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The Simms Family Foundation, represented by John and Michelle Simms of Lake Geneva, have made the lead gift to the George Williams College of Aurora University (GWC) nursing center, which will now be called the Simms Family Nursing Center.