Meet the Staff

At Aurora University, you will work closely with your Admission representative throughout the admission process. We are here to answer questions, share with you the benefits of an AU education and be your resource until the time you step foot on campus to begin classes.

Your Admission representative will coordinate completion of your application to the university, inform you of important deadlines and explain various ways to finance your education. Take a few minutes to learn more about our freshman Admission staff.

lancaster.jpgJames Lancaster
Dean of Freshman Admission

630-844-5144 | jlancast@aurora.edu

Educational background: Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Aurora University; Master's Degree in Physical Education from Chicago State University

How long have you been at AU? Since 1984. I started here as an Aurora University student and I never left!

What advice would you give a first-year or prospective student?
Enjoy the experience and get involved.

Words you would use to describe AU:
Inspiring, challenging and supportive

Something interesting or unique about me: I have four daughters.

What was your favorite thing about AU when you were an undergraduate student? The personal interaction with faculty and staff.

bures.jpg Jill Diaz
Assistant Director of Freshman Admission

630-844-3849 | jdiaz@aurora.edu

Favorite quote: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way you are right."

What is playing on your iPod? A little bit of everything, but I love Country.

What advice would you give to a first year or prospective student? Ask a lot of questions and make as many relationships with staff and faculty as possible.

What activities are you involved in outside of AU? Playing Soccer, Running, Triathlons

Favorite book: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Joel Ortega Joel Ortega
Freshman Admission Counselor

630-844-3853 | jortega01@aurora.edu

Education Background: Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing from Aurora University in May 2013.

What advice would you give to a first-year or prospective student? Make sure to give it your all starting your freshman year. There are so many opportunities to make great connections both socially and professionally. Take advantage of your resources.

Words you would use to describe AU: Encouraging, Demanding, Relationships

What are some of your hobbies? I love the Outdoors! Things like camping, rock climbing, hiking, and taking road trips.

What was your favorite thing about AU when you were an undergraduate student? All the different student organizations that AU offered. I was able to build a great network and make some amazing friends.

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Athletic Recruiting Liaison

630-844-5468 | sarmstro@aurora.edu

Education Background: Bachelor’s degree in sports management from North Central College in 2009; Master’s in Sports Leadership/Administration in 2012.

What advice would you give to a first-year or prospective student? There are so many different opportunities to get involved on campus, take advantage of that. You never know what new activity you find that you love, what new friends you will meet and how much of an impact it can make on yourself and others!

What movie is in your DVD player: The Avengers!

Favorite quote: “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

What activities are you involved in outside of AU? Enjoying being a newlywed with my college sweetheart, Ryan, golfing, lifting, hanging with our rescue mutt, Marley and reading. 

Allison BaileyAlison Bailey
Freshman Admission Counselor

630-844-5298 | abailey@aurora.edu

Education Background: I have a BS in Fitness and Health Promotion and a minor in Business from Aurora University.

What advice would you give to a first-year or prospective student? To be open-minded and to take advantage of all of the resources and activities AU has to offer.

Words you would use to describe AU: Personal, supportive, inclusive, competitive.

What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy doing anything active! Such as participating in races, playing sports, going for bike rides, or running around the park with my dog Zoe.

What was your favorite thing about AU when you were an undergraduate student? The personal academic experience I had in my classes throughout all four years and the lasting relationships I made and continue to hold with some of my closest friends.

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Freshman Admission Counselor

630-844-5418 | jbinder@aurora.edu

Education Background: Bachelor degree in Education/Kinesiology from St. Ambrose University; Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Ashford University

What advice would you give to a first-year or prospective student? Be active, get involved, and enjoy your experience. The close-knit family atmosphere at AU makes the transition to college easy and fun.

Favorite quote: "The richest person in the world is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.”

-Rev Run

What activities are you involved in outside of AU? Playing/coaching or watching sports, preferably basketball, football, and golf.

stacy.jpg Stacy Hubacek
Freshman Admission Counselor

630-844-5145 | shubacek@aurora.edu

Educational Background: Aurora University 2007, B.A. Communication

What advice would you give to a first-year or prospective student? Stay organized! While currently being in high school and going through the admission process, you are wearing two large hats. As long as you stay organized and manage your time wisely, you will be fine. Make sure to ask any questions you don't know and visit as many times as you can. During your first year make sure to enjoy all the new experiences and get involved as much as possible! 

What is your favorite thing about AU: Location, beautiful campus and dedicated faculty. Aurora offers smaller classes where you will get to know your professors and they take the extra time to make sure you are successful in everything you do. 

What are some of your hobbies? I love being creative, decorating, spending time with family and friends, taking my golden retriever on walks and traveling as much as I can.

Luke Kerber Luke Kerber
Freshman Admission Counselor

630-844-5293 | lkerber@aurora.edu

Favorite quote:  "I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen." - Frank Lloyd Wright

Favorite book: Anything about American and local history

What movie is in your DVD player: "The Dark Knight"

What advice would you give to a first-year or prospective student? Relax! Apply and visit campus, but at the same time enjoy your final years of high school. When you start college, the hardest thing to learn is not the course work or where the eating places are on campus, but time management. Get involved, but at the same time manage your time efficiently. Don't put too much on your plate, if you can't eat it!

Andrew Mullins
Athletic Recruiting Liaison

630-844-6853 | amullins@aurora.edu

Open House and Visit Days
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Contact us

Office of Admission and Financial Aid

Eckhart Hall 201
347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5533
800-742-5281
630-844-6191 (fax)
admission@aurora.edu