Institute for Collaboration honors two local corporations for involvement in STEM Partnership School
The Institute for Collaboration of Aurora University and its partners recently honored two corporations who have provided donations to support the construction of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the AU campus. The school will serve third through eighth grade students from the Aurora East, Aurora West, Indian Prairie and Oswego school districts. The two corporations honored were the Dart Container Corporation and V V F LLC. Recently, both companies were presented with a plaque in appreciation of their contributions.
The Dart Container Corporation, a private family foundation that supports youth programs, primarily in STEM fields, was honored on February 21, 2013. The company, which has a facility in North Aurora, facilitated the awarding of the Foundation’s gift. Pictured left to right in the photo above are Sherry Eagle, Executive Director of the Institute for Collaboration; Karri Taylor, Employment Specialist with Dart Container Corporation; Jennifer Pesch, Human Resources Manager with Dart Container Corporation; and Christine Crouch, Assistant Director of the Institute for Collaboration.
V V F LLC, a multinational oleochemical and personal care products company, was honored on March 21, 2013. They have a local facility in Montgomery where Dial Soap products are manufactured, packaged and distributed. Montgomery Village President Marilyn Michelini and Trustee Matthew Brolley originally introduced the STEM initiative to V V F. Pictured left to right in the photo above are Matt Brolley; Kurt Konrardy, Vice President of Operations for North America, V V F; Christine Crouch; and Sherry Eagle. At the presentation, Konrardy spoke to the importance of STEM education from V V F’s perspective. Rather than looking for employees they can hire at relatively low salaries, they recruit individuals with strong backgrounds in science, mathematics and engineering. They believe a highly-educated workforce serves their company well.
The University is continuing fundraising efforts for the construction of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. We are grateful to our partners for both their fiscal and programmatic support of the STEM Partnership School.