News from the Aurora University community

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).

Faculty Speaker Series presenter addresses beliefs in children’s abilities

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As part of Aurora University’s ongoing Faculty Speakers Series, David Rudek will present a lecture that challenges the conventional notion that “practice makes perfect” when it comes to children’s success.

Baritone Robert Sims performs a program of spirituals during Aurora University’s “Let Freedom Ring” week

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As part of its weeklong “Let Freedom Ring” celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for civil rights, Aurora University will present lyric baritone Robert Sims in a performance and discussion of African-American spirituals.

Aurora University to host panel discussion on future of education in Illinois

Advance Illinois, an independent advocacy group for public education, released its fifth biennial report on the state’s public education system last November, stating that low-income students lag far behind academically than their wealthier peers in K-12 schools and are less likely to complete a postsecondary degree.

New Schingoethe exhibit explores modern approaches to art

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An old tradition becomes interlaced with a new take on art in the Schingoethe Center exhibit “WOVEN: The Art of Contemporary Native Weaving” opening Tuesday, October 4 from 5–6:30 p.m. The exhibit features the work of 18 renowned indigenous artists who expand concepts of Native American art through their use of nontraditional materials and motifs, putting interesting twists on baskets, rugs, photographs and sculpture.