Spartan Spotlight: David Aquino, AU ’13

David Aquino, 2013 Spartan Award recipient

Provost Andrew Manion (right) presented David Aquino, BS '13, with the Spartan Award during the Honors Convocation ceremony.

When David Aquino first came to Aurora University, he was shy and didn’t know anyone. In a short amount of time he changed that. He joined the Latin American Student Association during his freshman year and became inspired to lead and serve in other capacities. Every year, he made a goal to pursue new opportunities to contribute to the campus and the community and did so while maintaining an outstanding academic record. In recognition of his extensive contributions to university life, Aquino was recognized at this year’s Convocation ceremony with the 2013 Spartan Award, AU’s highest honor for graduating seniors.

“To me, the Spartan Award isn’t just about my accomplishments,” said Aquino. “It recognizes the relationships I’ve built during my time as a college student. It represents the people I’ve met and the faculty, staff and students I’ve had the opportunity to work with at AU.”

Aquino has been extensively involved as a scholar and volunteer on the AU campus and beyond. He has served as a senator for the Aurora University Students’ Association, treasurer for the Accounting Student Association and treasurer for Delta Mu Delta, the international business honor society. He also served as treasurer and president of the Latin American Student Organization and was active with the Dunham Scholars program. His service work includes volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children and the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action’s Morning of Service.“Getting involved with AU organizations really helped me become a leader,” said Aquino. “It also taught me life skills, such as how to be organized and how to prioritize responsibilities.”

Aquino plans to apply the skills he learned at AU to his job as an auditor at Baker Tilly Vichow Krause, LLP. He will be studying for the CPA exam while working at the firm.