News from the Aurora University community

Celebrate Arts and Ideas with the AU community

With the arrival of fall semester, the excitement is building for another year of the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series at Aurora University. More than 25 free events will be presented on the Aurora campus during 2014–2015, featuring well-known actors, accomplished musicians and expert guests and faculty speaking on a variety of topics.

Academic year brings new students and exciting campus improvements

This week approximately 600 new freshmen from 29 different states are joining the AU family as well as nearly 400 transfer students. To meet the needs of new and returning students, the university is undergoing a series of enhancements that are sure to have a positive effect on academics and campus life this year. Watch the summer project work in action as the magic of time lapse condenses three months into less than three minutes.

Aurora University to expand offerings through new Orchard Center

Aurora University announced today that it will open a new center for learning near the main campus. Classes will begin this summer at the Aurora University Orchard Center, a facility that includes nine classrooms, a computer lab, a lounge, and both faculty and administrative offices. The building is conveniently located less than five miles from the main Aurora campus at 2245 Sequoia Drive in Aurora, near the interchange of I-88 and Orchard Road.

Spartan Spotlight: Darelyn Chambers, AU ’14

Aurora University Darelyn Chambers

Darelyn Chambers, AU ’14, is an excellent example of the “service before self” mantra. And when she enrolled at Aurora University, she knew exactly what she wanted to do, but was not sure how to bring those dreams to reality.

Spartan Spotlight: Laura Russman, ’14

Carmella Moran, Dean of Undergraduate Studies presents Laura Russman, '14, (left) with the Ethel Tapper Humanities Award during Honors Convocation.

New and returning students to Aurora University this fall will most likely become familiar with the work of recent graduate Laura Russman. A history major with minors in museum studies, sociology, and American culture and ethics, Russman worked in the AU Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures and the Doris K. Colby Memorial Archives.