Capital Projects

To mark the 100th anniversary of its move to Aurora from Mendota, Aurora University embarked on three projects on the AU campus. Each of these projects extend the university's commitment to educate students and the spirit of hospitality for which the institution is known.

Welcome CenterWelcome Center

Construction on the Ellsworth and Virginia Hill Welcome Center and the Schingoethe Museum began in October 2013, and is expected to continue through Fall 2014. When completed, the Hill Welcome Center will serve as the central gathering place for prospective students, alumni and current students. The building will house space for classes, meetings, dinners and receptions, and will extend the university's long tradition of hospitality.

The 75-seat recital hall will be named in honor of Ethel Tapper, alumna from the class of 1937 and longtime professor and librarian at the university. Learn more about supporting the naming of the Tapper Recital Hall.

The Schingoethe Museum wing in the Hill Welcome Center will showcase the collections of the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures, provide opportunities for cultural exhibitions and display the rich history of the university and the Fox Valley community in large gallery spaces.

In addition to Ron and Worth Hill naming the building for their parents, other donors to the building include the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, which continued its generosity to the university by naming the main entry gallery, Aurora University’s Class of 1965, the Furnas Hansen Foundation, and several members of the university's Board of Trustees.

Centennial Gateway

For decades, members of the Aurora University community have envisioned construction of a distinctive entrance to the campus off of Prairie Street. Now, as a result of the institution’s successful effort to purchase properties south of the existing campus, the time is right to build such an entry at the intersection of Calumet Avenue and Prairie Street. The gateway structure will feature AU’s signature red brick and red tile and will serve as the main entrance to campus, directly leading to the Hill Welcome Center and Crimi Auditorium.

The total cost of the campus gateway will be $220,000. The individual monuments that delineate the corners of the campus will each cost $32,000 to erect. The existing brick and stone column that sits at the corner of Gladstone Avenue and Marseillaise Place will be preserved in keeping with our commitment to cherishing the past.

John C. Dunham Partnership School

The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School will be an innovative multi-district partnership school on the Aurora University campus opening in fall 2014. The school will serve elementary and middle school students in the Aurora East, Aurora West and Indian Prairie school districts and train teachers who will return to their home school districts as leaders in mathematics and science education. The STEM Partnership School will prepare the community’s talented young learners in ways that will ignite their interest in mathematics and science.

Equally important is the opportunity to develop the school as a model center for teacher preparation, faculty development and educational research.

The 31,000-square-foot flexible facility will include classrooms, laboratories and a multipurpose room, which will provide a multigenerational learning environment to both STEM Partnership School classes during the day and AU classes in the evening and during the summer.

The seminar room will be named for Homer Easley, '59, and will be used for a variety of purposes, including showcasing student-faculty research projects, lectures and symposium. Learn more about supporting the Easley Seminar Room.

To find out more information or to make a gift, contact the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations at 630-844-5481 or You also can make your gift online.

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