Friday, February 1, 2013
Jim Hamad said his priorities are improving athletic facilities, enhancing recruiting efforts and increasing conference and NCAA crowns.
Jim Hamad, new Aurora University athletic director, made his first public appearance at AU's Hall of Fame Day Jan. 26. Hamad helped present Hall of Fame awards and then spoke at a dinner honoring the inductees. Hamad said his priorities are improving athletic facilities, enhancing recruiting efforts and increasing conference and NCAA crowns.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Chelsea Chandler, an Aurora University sophomore, participated in the AU Sleep Out on the Quad to raise awareness for homelessness. Her experience prompted her to collect over 700 items for Hesed House and more.
One night of sleeping outside in freezing temperatures motivated Chelsea Chandler to take action and help the homeless. Her efforts resulted in the donation of nearly 700 items. Chandler, 20, is a sophomore studying Special Education at Aurora University (AU). Last October, Chandler joined fellow AU students and staff in Sleep Out on the Quad to raise awareness for homelessness. Chandler said that more than 100 students participated in the Sleep Out, with a low temperature that night of 36 degrees. The night included talks led by homeless individuals and a simulated experience of begging for food. “The next day I had a heavy heart and so much compassion. I kept thinking that I really wanted to help,” Chandler recalled. Chandler said her …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Aurora University Spartans held a fundraiser for Kyle Moser, an injured Oswego Marine.
Oswegoan Natalie Zander, center, flipped a Wounded Warrior commemorative coin at midfield to open the Aurora University-Alma College football game at Vago Field in Aurora Sept. 15. Flanking her were Mark Walsh of Oswego, left, AU head football coach; and referee Ralph Carey. The AU football Spartans held a fundraiser at the game for Natalie's brother, Kyle, a 20-year-old Oswego soldier who lost both legs while serving with U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The fundraiser was sponsored by AU veterans and Military Service Association. AU won the game 24-21. Special thanks to Al Benson for the release and photo.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
About 35 boys and girls ages 7 to 14 attended Aurora University's annual Spartan basketball camp.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
About 35 boys and girls ages 7 to 14 attended Aurora University's annual Spartan basketball camp at Thornton Gymnasium June 18-21. The camp was led by James Lancaster, AU head men's basketball coach and Mark Lindo, assistant coach.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Substantial grants from the Dunham Fund and the Tellabs Foundation will put the school, which will serve kids from four area districts, closer to becoming a reality.
Support for the proposed partnership school at Aurora University continues to grow. On Thursday, two more substantial donations – these totaling $2.55 million – were given to the school, which, when built, will serve students in the Oswego, East Aurora, West Aurora and Indian Prairie school districts. Thursday’s grants came from the Tellabs Foundation, a new donor, and the Aurora-based Dunham Fund, which has supported the project from the beginning. The Dunham Fund presented AU with a $2.35 million capital grant, according to Aurora University officials. That grant joins the $500,000 the fund has already given to the project, partially through its Challenge for Change program. AU officials announced that the new school, when constructed (…
Friday, March 30, 2012
On Wednesday, the university will host several events commemorating the April 4, 1912 opening of Aurora College, which became Aurora University.
1912 was a momentous year. It started with the formation of the Republic of China, and ended with a temporary armistice in the First Balkan War. Along the way, Paramount and Universal Pictures were founded, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sank into the Atlantic Ocean, and legendary Chicago radio personality Studs Terkel was born. And on April 4—just 10 days before the Titanic hit that iceberg—the small community college that would become Aurora University opened its doors in the City of Lights for the first time. It’s been 100 years since the members of the tiny Mendota College picked up and moved to their new home in Aurora, opening a school that would one day grow to serve more than 4,300 students, and the university is celebrating a …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Along with Aurora's Dunham Fund, Exelon is the first major donor to the proposal, which would bring students and teachers from four school districts together at Aurora University, focusing on science and math.
Thanks to gifts from the Exelon Foundation and the Dunham Fund, Aurora University is now $650,000 closer to realizing the dream of a new partnership school. At a press conference on Tuesday, university officials announced the grants, which will be put towards the creation of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) school that will bring together students and teachers from four districts: Oswego, Indian Prairie, and East and West Aurora. The new donations—$500,000 from the Exelon Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded by the Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, and a matching $150,000 from Aurora’s Dunham Fund—bring the total cash on hand to $1 million. The Dunham Fund had previously provided $350,000 in seed money for …
Monday, January 16, 2012
Aurora University presented a service in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King on Friday, Jan. 13. Here are some photos from the event, courtesy of Al Benson, the university's media relations director.
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Monday, January 16, 2012
On Friday, Jan. 13, students and staff of Aurora University came together in the school's chapel to remember Dr. Martin Luther King. The service featured music from the AU Chorale and piano instructor Christian Pastorello, and included scripture readings from students. Rev. Julian Spencer of Main Baptist Church in Aurora preached a sermon entitled "Remember to Dream." AU's director of media relations, Al Benson, was there with his camera. Here are some of his pictures of the event.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Lauren Lawson of Oswego is ‘The Girl With the White Board.’
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Monday, December 12, 2011
How can a small white board and a black marker change the world? One person at a time, that's how. And that's what Lauren Lawson of Oswego has set out to do as she makes her way to Chicago's Michigan Avenue every weekend to stand from noon to 4 p.m. with a whiteboard bearing words of encouragement for thousands of passersby like Do something meaningful, Remember your worth, and Inspiration is contagious. “My hope is to inspire people walking by to become their own biggest fan and to be able to champion any cause they come across,” Lawson, 22, said. “And for those who don’t have a lot of optimism, I hope to help them gain some or if they forgot where they left it, hopefully they can find it.” If approached, the Aurora University student …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Magda Brown, of Skokie, lost most of her family in the Holocaust before coming to the United States, penniless and alone. But she says she's forgiven the Germans for what they did to her. Brown spoke at AU to kick off the college's Emma Lazarus exhibit.
Magda Brown is a living lesson in forgiveness. Brown was born in Hungary in 1927. When she was 16, German troops marched into Budapest and began taking Hungarian Jews to the concentration camps. On her 17th birthday, Brown and her family were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, where she was separated from her relatives. They all went to the gas chambers. Brown was a prisoner for nine months, forced to work in an ammunitions factory in Germany, handling poisonous materials. The Allied forces liberated her in March 1945, but she was alone. She was only able to find six of her cousins still alive, out of an extended family of 70, before moving to the United States in 1946, to start over. Despite all this, she is not angry, and she …