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AU Celebrates Centennial

By Melissa Beneke

From it’s Mendota roots to what it is today, Aurora University has worked to educate, enhance and transform its students, faculty and staff.

According to the Aurora University website, AU believes in the “power of transformative learning”. For 100 years, AU has dedicated itself to this mission.

Starting in April, AU is celebrating 100 years of transformative learning.

AU’s Centennial is important to the AU community.

“It gives our generation a chance to reflect on the history that grew AU to be what it is and makes us think about what mark we are leaving in our history.” Said Megan Webster, AU sophomore and Watkins Hall RA.

Students can participate in the events as AU makes history. The centennial is also important to see where AU is going.

“Major anniversaries provide opportunities for taking stock, reflecting on the way the present is both continuous with and different from the past [and] planning for the future.” Said Richard Westphal, English professor and one of several members on the planning committee.

Westphal also commented that many anniversaries, such as AU’s centennial, is spent looking back on the progress and growth since their founding.

For this reason, events will take place in accordance with AU’s centennial to highlight the progress and growth of the University as well as to celebrate together 100 years.

Events to look forward to:

April 4, 2012

  • There will be a Lecture, “Journey of a Lifetime: The Rocky Road from Mendota    to Aurora” from 4 to 5 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium.
  • A Centennial Dinner, “Cooking with Class” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the      University Banquet Hall. Limited seating is available.
  • A Music and Theatre Program, “From Mendota to Aurora: A   College on the Move” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium.

April 4 – 15
An exhibit will be held in the Institute for Collaboration called, “A Centennial Celebration Historical Exhibit”.

There will also be another exhibit of charts from the Jenks Collection in the Shingoethe Museum.

Come celebrate a century of memories and history with Aurora University.
For more information visit the AU calendar.