By Melissa Beneke
Ted Parge, Executive Vice President for Advancement, is working with the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action. Parge has worked with Aurora University for 11 years.
Parge decided to come to AU when he read an article about Dr. Rebecca Sherick, AU’s President. Sherrick had great plans to move AU forward. Her plans were to “continue to build an undergraduate program at Aurora and George Williams College”, said Parge.
Once here, he started working on program development and fundraising for not only AU but GWC. Nine years later, Parge started to work with programs as he was needed. The Wackerlin Center started advancing on campus and Parge was excited to help out.
Parge’s vision for the Wackerlin Center is to make it a destination for students and faculty to come together. He also wants the Wackerlin Center to be a place for a new type of learning outside of classrooms where service and student leadership is key.
Student leadership is also a priority for Parge. He wants to see students rise up as leaders in their faith.
“I can take the time as a leader to help others develop” Parge said. He sees the Center as a place to increase student’s desire for service and to rise up leaders. The Wackerlin Center is offering students to go deeper in service by academic means.
Parge hopes to see the Wackerlin Center continue to grow as AU grows. On Oct. 15 at 11 a.m., the Wackerlin Center is having a formal dedication ceremony. A plaque will be dedicated to Mrs. Helena Wackerlin to honor the woman whose bequest helped the Wackerlin Center to become what it is today.
He also has plans for the Wackerlin Center to expand. In two years, Parge would like to see the Wackerlin Center to become more spacious with additional rooms for classrooms, meeting and office space. He wants to see continuous learning and contribution to education stressed. Parge also hopes to see many more Faculty members become “Fellows of the Wackerlin Center” as Parge calls them.
Parge is helping out the current Wackerlin Staff: David Fink, Barbara Cavert and Jonathan Dean to advance learning, organization and service on AU’s campus.
The Wackerlin Center has a number of great service opportunities this semester for students and faculty alike:
- The “Sleep Out on the Quad” takes place Friday, Oct. 28. It starts at roughly 5 p.m. and goes through 6 a.m. on Satruday, Oct. 29. The event strives to raise awareness about the homeless, providing food donations for the Interfaith Food Pantry, and building community among the faculty, staff and students.
- The “Morning of Service” takes place Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This opportunity will strive towards serving the Aurora community as well as building community among the faculty, staff and students.
For more information on any of the Wackerlin Center’s events, contact the Wackerlin Center on Facebook, by email, or stop by the Wackerlin Center at 430 S. Evanslawn Ave.