News from the Aurora University community

Revamped Spartan Club connecting past and present AU student-athletes

AU cheerleaders

Developing and maintaining a strong connection between past and present players has always been a big part of Aurora University athletics. Now the new motto for the revamped Spartan Club — Once a Spartan, Always a Spartan — makes it clear how much current student-athletes depend on the support of alumni who still bleed blue and white.

Energetic alum vies for Illinois Teacher of the Year Award

Melissa Byrne

Energetic. That word paints an understated picture of Melissa Bryne. The 28-year-old St. Charles resident, Aurora University graduate and current AU doctoral student is a virtual teaching tornado at Haines Middle School in St. Charles. Byrne’s professional talents earned the six-year employee of Community Unit School District 303 her school’s first-ever nomination for the Illinois Teacher of the Year Award.