News from the Aurora University community

Construction crews busy with campus improvements

Posted by on August 19, 2013

Aurora University is advancing learning, hospitality and infrastructure through a series of construction projects this year. This is an exciting and historic time for AU as we transform the south side and other parts of campus.

Institute Parking LotNew Parking Spaces
AU has initiated a multi-year plan to increase parking on campus, beginning with a significant expansion of the parking lot south of the Institute for Collaboration.

More computer labs on campus
The lower level of Dunham Hall has been renovated to accommodate an additional computer lab with 45 work stations. The lab will open this Monday. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. The Eckhart Hall computer lab, located in Room 320, will open on Tuesday, September 3 and feature 20 work stations, with four computers dedicated to helping students in the Crouse Center and Career Services. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and 8:00-5:00 p.m. on Fridays.Eckhart Lab

The completion of the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action additionWackerlin Center Addition
The center’s addition was developed to accommodate our growing campus ministry and volunteer programs.

As the hub for campus ministries, community service and leadership studies, the center offers a refuge where students can explore their convictions, celebrate diversity and join forces to improve the world around them. Students are encouraged to find meaning for their lives and careers through serving, leading and believing. A growing number of students are embracing that vision as the Wackerlin Center offers an increasing number of opportunities for them to make a difference.

Alumni Hall

Revitalizations in Alumni Hall and Watkins Hall

There are upgrades galore throughout all three floors of the Athletics areas in Alumni Hall, and new flooring, lighting and common area in Watkins Hall.

Alumni Hall includes the primary dining hall, the University Banquet Hall, Thornton Gymnasium, athletic offices and a weight room. Watkins Hall houses freshmen in air-conditioned double rooms and suites and has community-style bathrooms located on each floor. Residents also enjoy the additional amenities of a centralized laundry room, study room and vending machines.

Campus Public Safety, Counseling Center, Wellness CenterNew locations for Campus Public Safety, the Counseling Center and the Wellness Center
Upgraded facilities will make these services better than ever. The Campus Public Safety Department exists to provide a quality service derived from the expectations of our community and our own dedication to excellence. The officers apply specialized knowledge and skills in providing a caring response to the security and safety needs of our community.

The Counseling Center is here to help you cope with emotional, social or psychological concerns that you may experience during your college years, and the Wellness Center offers college-specific nursing care, whiles also promoting health, wellness and preventive care for the Aurora University community. Both centers are still unpacking their bags from the move, but they are looking forward to working with students at their new location.

All three offices are now southwest of the Institute building, on Southlawn Place.

Campus Public Safety
1408 Southlawn Place

Counseling Center and Wellness Center
1400 Southlawn Place

New Dining Menus
New dining menus have been developed that include a higher level of customization and lower prices! Nutritional information also is now available for all food offered by the dining service. This information is posted in all dining locations and available on, in brochures at each cash register or within the MyFitnessPal mobile app.

Sodexo’s new healthy eating platform, which rolls out this year, will highlight a healthy meal package at the Student Dining  Hall during each meal period. In addition, most of the snacks available at each of the retail registers are certified organic and the vegan, vegetarian and mindful options are noted on all menus with appropriate icons to make the options easier for you to identify.

Future site of John C. Dunham STEM Partnership SchoolJohn C. Dunham STEM Partnership School and Welcome Center
One of the major projects is the creation of a mathematics and science partnership school to address the deficiencies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) in the United States. The construction of The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University, adjacent to the south side of Stephens Hall, will begin early this fall. Anticipated to open in time for the 2014–2015 school year, the partnership school will serve approximately 200 students in third through eighth grades from the Aurora East, Aurora West, Indian Prairie and Oswego school districts.

Site preparations also will be underway this fall for the new Welcome Center on Calumet Avenue. The center will house a reception center a state-of-the-art recital hall and the Schingoethe Museum, which will feature collections and exhibits oriented around a large central art gallery. The center is scheduled to open in fall 2014.

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