Woodstock Center students giving back to community

Two years ago, Aurora University answered the call in McHenry County to offer a convenient location for community members to further their education. Since that time, students have been challenged to think critically about issues, develop professional skills and judgment, and meet and become involved with community and regional leaders.

“Woodstock Center students typically are seeking to expand their leadership skills and move up in their organizations,” said David Frost, Associate Professor, Dunham School  of Business. “During classroom discussions, they share their professional experiences and typically challenge one another to do more and better.”

Some recent examples of students being involved in the community, include:

Jack Bechaud, a business administration student in the adult-degree completion program, was recently named the Volunteer of the Year and appointed to the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Bechaud brings perspective on social media, advertising and business planning to class discussions.

William McNerney, DDS, an MBA student, was named to the McHenry County Board of Health. McNerney brings a perspective on health care, small business ownership and a great sense of humor and perspective to class discussions.

Kurt Begalka, a student-at-large taking MBA classes, was editor of the Northwest Herald and has been appointed executive director of the McHenry Historical Society. In the classroom, Begalka brings broad perspective on the issues and people behind a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Aurora University Woodstock Center is located in downtown Woodstock, Ill. Graduate programs include the MBA in Leadership and MS in Nursing, education cohorts, and  certifications in business leadership and graduate addictions (CADC). Adult degree completion programs in business administration and RN to BSN also are offered.