News from the Aurora University community

AU tackling national challenge to improve STEM education

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more that 20 percent of eighth-grade students are not able to perform basic mathematical calculations, and U.S. high school seniors recently tested below the international average in mathematics and science. It is also becoming apparent that the number of American students graduating from college with a degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields has not been sufficient to fulfill the needs of high-tech companies.

Emma Lazarus exhibit at AU poses challenge for America today


Jonathan Dean, PhD, Assistant Professor of Religion, responds to the Phillips Library exhibition of “Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience” with his own thoughts on Lazarus’ conviction, experience and religion.

Spartan Spotlight: David Fink, University Chaplain

David Fink teaches religion at AU and leads Campus Ministries in the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action. As University Chaplain, he organizes and leads public worship on campus, offers pastoral care and counseling to students in need, and provides support and mentoring for student leaders in campus ministry.

Spartan Spotlight: Mary Tarling, Director of Servant Leadership

Mary Tarling directs the Servant Leadership Initiative at Aurora University and teaches courses on accounting, servant leadership and social entrepreneurship. In 2011, she received the Illinois CPA Society’s Outstanding Educator Award for her commitment to the profession. We asked her how AU students benefit from studying the principle of servant leadership.