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Honing math and science skills: Teachers become students in unique AU program

AURORA, Ill. — Lisa Pena, a sixth-grade teacher at C.F. Simmons Middle School in East Aurora School District 131, was among a group of 70 Aurora University graduates who have spent the past three years training to be mathematics and science education leaders in the community. Pena joined local elementary to high school teachers this […]

AU receives $165,000 state grant to hold engineering workshops for teachers

AURORA, Ill. — Aurora University has received a grant from the State of Illinois Board of Education to hold “Engineering Now,” a summer workshop for elementary math and science teachers, in partnership with local school districts. The funding of the 2011 grant, $165,000, has been provided through the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership program of […]

Professor named Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator

AURORA, Ill. — Mary Tarling, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Director of Servant Leadership at Aurora University, has been named the 2011 “Outstanding Educator” by the Illinois CPA Society. Tarling, a Naperville resident and CPA, was honored at a leadership recognition dinner June 1 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. Her achievements were recognized as […]

Education doctoral graduate wins award for dissertation

AURORA, Ill. — Judy Kmak, a 2010 Aurora University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, has won an award for her dissertation. Kmak, of Lemont, received the Winn Research Award for her Ed.D. research, “Kindergarten Reading Readiness Skills and Their Relationship to the Type of Preschool Attended.” She serves as principal of Highland Elementary School in […]

AU hosts workshop on new standards for teaching mathematics

AURORA, Ill. — Aurora University hosted a three-day workshop in May for teachers from three local school districts on new state standards for teaching mathematics. About 40 teachers from West Aurora, Oswego and Indian Prairie school districts joined AU faculty at the workshop in the University Banquet Hall. Educators from the three districts facilitated the […]

Students inducted into AU circle of national leadership honor society

AURORA, Ill. — Local residents were among Aurora University students initiated into the AU circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, administrators and alumni. The 19th annual initiation was held last month in Perry Theatre in the Aurora Foundation Center for Community Enrichment. Presiding with Brynn Landwehr, […]

Assistant professor named AU social work instructor of year

AURORA, Ill. — Henry Kronner of Bartlett has been named Aurora University School of Social Work Instructor of the Year. Kronner, an Assistant Professor of Social Work, was honored by the Social Work Association at a breakfast in Dunham Hall. Janell Griswold of Mendota, SWA president, presented Kronner with a recognition certificate and a gift […]

Psychology majors present award-winning research at conference

AURORA, Ill. — Yorkville residents Madeline Black and Emily Beck, Aurora University psychology majors, co-presented original research at the 2011 Midwestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago on May 7. Black and Beck, both psychology majors, presented “Family Planning Attitudes in College Students.” Their poster was presented during a session that included faculty and graduate-student posters, […]

Tree planting celebrates AU’s Tree Campus USA certification

AURORA, Ill. — Aurora University students and employees planted a tree on the lawn of Eckhart Hall  to celebrate AU’s inaugural certification as a Tree Campus USA program member on April 27. The program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizes college campuses for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in […]

Aurora College alumni couple awarded honorary degree at commencement

AURORA, Ill. — Don E. and Betty Parke Tucker of Kitty Hawk, N.C., were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees by Aurora University at commencement exercises on May 8. The couple was honored for of their love of the arts and commitment to servant leadership. Roger Tucker of Somonauk, Ill., Don’s brother and a […]

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