Aurora University celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the college’s move from Mendota to Aurora with several centennial events on April 4, including a lecture on the decision to move and an evening program featuring music and theatre performances.
Shortly after I moved to Aurora in 2000, a local resident approached me in the aisle of a grocery store near the Aurora University campus. Apparently he recognized me from photos in recent publications and so felt comfortable introducing himself. He told me about his own experiences as a student at Aurora College. As our conversation drew to a close, he paused. And then he said something that has remained with me these last 12 years. “You may think of it as Aurora University,” my new friend observed. “But I think of it as Aurora’s University.”
Aurora University plans to commemorate the centennial anniversary of its move to Aurora by looking back on the history of the institution and celebrating a century of progress. On April 4, 2012, the university will mark a century of service, leadership and community collaboration with several centennial events for the AU community.
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