News from the Aurora University community

Local foundation establishes scholarships for Aurora University STEM program

AURORA, Ill. ‚ÄĒ The Schmidgall Family Foundation has awarded $39,600 to Aurora University to provide scholarships so that financially vulnerable high school students can attend the university‚Äôs new Michael J. Birck Innovation Engineering Program. Announced earlier this month, the Michael J. Birck Innovation Engineering Program is a collaborative effort between the university, local school districts, […]

Historian to discuss impact of the country’s participation in World War I


Frank Buscher, a historian and vice president of academic affairs at Aurora University, will explore the consequences of that decision in ‚ÄúLaying the Foundations for the ‚ÄėAmerican Century‚Äô: The U.S. Entry into the First World War‚ÄĚ on the evening of April 6 as part of the university‚Äôs ongoing Faculty Speaker Series.

Aurora University senior to join Peace Corps in Botswana


The ink will barely be dry on Alexandrea ‚ÄúAlex‚ÄĚ Wilson‚Äôs diploma this May before she embarks on what most people would consider the challenge of a lifetime ‚Äď 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

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

AURORA, Ill. ‚Äď 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. The Michael J. Birck Innovation Engineering Program, which will offer the first two of a series of four courses beginning this summer, is […]

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).

Nonprofit fundraising workshop scheduled for March 23

Aurora University Woodstock Center and the McHenry County Community Foundation are pleased to announce the first in a series of full-day workshops designed specifically to address contemporary issues in nonprofit leadership.

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


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.

It’s all in the details: Students showcase digital photographs


The Aurora University community is seeing what 12 students have spotted with their digital cameras in the exhibition ‚ÄúThe Art of Observation,‚ÄĚ currently on display in Phillips Library. The images, taken in the Introduction to Digital Photography course, explore a range of subject matter and approaches to picture making.

How educators can help students develop purpose and meaning in life

AU to host public discussion on vocation and higher education Feb. 16 AURORA, Ill. ‚ÄĒ Aurora University will host a public discussion Thursday evening about the role vocation plays in higher education today and the responsibility educators have in helping students find meaning and purpose for their lives after graduation. ‚ÄúDiscover What Matters: Exploring Meaning, […]

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