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. 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.