News from the Aurora University community

Aurora University names new dean for Woodstock Center campus; Former Lakewood village manager to start Sept. 12

Aurora University (AU) has named Catherine J. Peterson as dean of its Woodstock Center campus. Previously, Peterson was the village manager of Lakewood, a position she held since 2002. She will begin her new role with AU on Sept. 12.

Aurora University names new vice president of academic affairs

Aurora University has named Frank M. Buscher, Ph.D., as its new vice president for academic affairs. Buscher comes to AU from Christian Brothers University (Memphis), where he served as vice president of academics and student life from 2008 to 2015.

Aurora University receives Tree Campus USA recognition from Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation has selected Aurora University as a 2015 Tree Campus USA award winner.

Aurora University announces March and April Celebrating Arts and Ideas events

Aurora University continues its 2015–2016 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series in March and April, featuring free music, film, lecture, theatre and art events open to the public.

Thought leaders to discuss the state of immigration reform at Aurora University

Aurora University will host “Immigration Reform in the Land of Opportunity,” part of its ongoing Town Square Series, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 7:30–9:00 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration.

Aurora University Online receives NC-SARA approval

In January, Aurora University Online was welcomed as a participant by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) in the SARA initiative following the university’s approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

Former legislator, department head to discuss blueprint for solving state’s problems

Aurora University will host a public policy discussion highlighting recommendations to solve and lessen problems in Illinois, featuring former State Representative James D. Nowlan and former director of the Illinois Department of Revenue J. Thomas Johnson in conjunction with Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune.

Aurora University announces November and December Celebrating Arts and Ideas events

Aurora University continues its 2015–2016 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series in November and December, featuring theatre, film, lecture, concert and art events. Press photos for events are available at For the complete 2015–2016 season schedule or to register for events, visit, email or call 630-844-4924.

Aurora University announces its 2015–2016 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series

Upcoming events feature a lecture on Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.; Academy Award-nominated film showing by the movie’s director; and Wendell Minor’s America exhibition opening the new home of the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University. Aurora University is pleased to announce the 2015–2016 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series, featuring 29 cultural events that are […]

Arin Carter named new director of John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University

Aurora University announced today that Arin Carter has been named the director of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. In this role, she will build on the successes of the school’s inaugural year and grow its groundbreaking teaching, curriculum and partnership model.

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