Aurora University

Meet the Spartan Ambassadors

Alexandra Bergin
Alexandra Bergin

Year: Senior Majors: Sport Management, Marketing, Spanish Hometown: Alton, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, American Marketing Association, AU Human Performance, Spanish Language Association, Women’s Bowling Why did you choose AU? I chose AU for the bowling team and the ability to double major. The proximity to Chicago was also a huge factor in my decision because there are a lot of major sports teams a short drive away.

Christie Cedeno
Christie Cedeno

Year: Junior Major: Health Science Hometown: Aurora, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Sigma Delta Gamma, Delight Ministries, Pinky Swear Pack Why did you choose AU? I chose AU because I knew I would be provided with the necessary resources to ensure my success in my desired field, such as small class sizes, personal connections to my peers and professors, and a plethora of ways to be involved on campus.

Quinn Callahan
Quinn Callahan

Year: Senior Major: Business Administration

Minors: Spanish, Psychology

Hometown: Elburn, IL

Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador Why did you choose AU? I knew AU was the right fit for me right after I took the campus tour. It felt like home and somewhere I was able to successfully strive as a student. The size of the school is perfect for me because you don't blend in with thousands of other students. I admire the small class sizes and the personal connections that students are able to make with their classmates as well as faculty. 

Christopher Cedeño
Christopher Cedeño

Year: Freshman Majors: Criminal Justice, Psychology Hometown: Aurora, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Aurora Criminal Justice Association, Latin American Student Organization Why did you choose AU? I chose AU because it offered the resources I need to become the person I want to become, in my personal and professional life. AU has countless helpful resources that are readily available for all students, and I appreciated that. AU also allowed me to affordably and comfortably enjoy my college experience!

Kristyn Daigger
Kristopher Daigger

Year: Senior Major: Disability Studies Hometown: Coal City, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador Why did you choose AU? AU provided me with a chance to pick the major that really spoke to me, and it allowed me to be close to my sister who is a big role model in my life.

Karli Fischbach
Karli Fischbach

Year: Freshman Major: Nursing Hometown: Rock Falls, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Delight Ministries, Women’s Basketball

Jada Golden
Jada Golden

Year: Senior Major: Early Childhood Special Education with an English as a Second Language Endorsement Hometown: Temperance, MI Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Music, Theatre, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society of Education, Sigma Delta Gamma Why did you choose AU? I chose AU for two main reasons. First, my wonderful admission counselor had a helpful and bubbly personality that made me feel comfortable. And second, I was able to find a sense of home here at AU. It was important to me to make sure I felt at home while being away from home, and AU provided that for me.

Emily Hughes
Emily Hughes

Year: Junior Major: Early Childhood Special Education with an English as a Second Language Endorsement Hometown: Romeoville, IL Campus Involvement: Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Apple Scholar, Spartan Ambassador Why did you choose AU? I chose AU because it was clear that I am valued as a student and individual. I greatly appreciated the personal outreach from the school and the support provided to students throughout their years at AU and even after they graduate. I felt and continue to feel that there is a team of people at AU who want to see me succeed and will work to provide the support necessary for me to do so.

Hannah Hively
Hannah Hively

Year: Junior Major: Nursing Hometown: Oswego, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Student Nurses Association, Sigma Delta Gamma, Greek Council Why did you choose AU? When I visited AU, I felt as though I would be joining a welcoming community, and I would be supported throughout my academic career whether it be from peers or professors.

Kate Jensen
Kate Jensen

Year: Freshman Major: Social Work Hometown: New Lenox, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador Why did you choose AU? AU not only offers advanced standing for the Master of Social Work, but also an outstanding social work program to learn from. I also liked the size of the school and the friendly staff I met before choosing AU.

Jenna Mandrelle
Jenna Mandrelle

Year: Sophomore Majors: Criminal Justice, Business Administration Hometown: Romeoville, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Aurora Criminal Justice Association Why did you choose AU? AU felt like home to me. I also did not feel pressured to pick a major right away, I felt like I was on my own path and that I was supported by everyone. My admission counselor played a big role in me choosing AU as well. It just felt right.

Sebastian Martinez
Sebastian Martinez

Year: Freshman Majors: Social Work, Psychology Hometown: Aurora, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Psychology Club, Latin American Student Organization Why did you choose AU? I chose AU because I wanted to stay in state at an affordable university that offered small class sizes, a high-quality education, and a place I could create connections with my professors and classmates. AU also offers an advanced standing program for social work, which is my field of interest in becoming a mental health and substance abuse counselor.

Alisha Miller
Alisha Miller

Year: Freshman Major: Social Work Hometown: Naperville, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Social Work Association, Delight Ministries Why did you choose AU? I chose AU for a few different reasons. AU is about 25 minutes away from home, so that distance was a key factor in choosing the perfect college. AU also has one of the best social work programs in the state. With the advanced standing program, I will be able to get my Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees in five years instead of the traditional six years of schooling.

Nadine Munyansanga
Nadine Munyansanga

Year: Senior Major: Nursing Minor: Physiology Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Mu Sigma Pi, Student Nurses’ Association Why did you choose AU? I chose AU after coming to an open house for the School of Nursing. This open house showcased that the faculty yearned to nourish and develop each individual student. Each professor I spoke to was dedicated to the profession and passionate about the journey that the prospective students were about to embark on. I still hold this experience close to me because without even touring the entirety of campus, I enrolled. The size of this campus and number of students has created a unique environment for my continuous growth and equal opportunity for students to continue flourishing after their time at Aurora University.

Dulce Olivar Lopez
Dulce Olivar Lopez

Year: Sophomore Major: Nursing Minors: Spanish, Physiology Hometown: Woodstock, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Resident Assistant, Spanish Language Association Why did you choose AU? I chose AU because my admission counselor was there for me every step of the way maintaining communication with me in regards to on-campus resources as well as outside scholarships. I truly felt supported and could see myself taking advantage of all that AU has to offer to their students even once they graduate.

Jack Schramme
Jack Schramme

Year: Senior Majors: Accounting, Finance Minor: Spanish Hometown: St. Charles, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Spanish Language Association, Student Accounting Society Why did you choose AU? I came to AU because I wanted to stay in this area and attend a university with smaller class sizes. AU is an affordable, high-quality university where you can easily connect with classmates and professors. During my college decision process, I enjoyed getting to know my admission counselor and some professors in my field of study. Both of my parents are AU alumni as well.

Emily Stoner
Emily Stoner

Year: Freshman Major: Political Science Hometown: St. Charles, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador Why did you choose AU? AU was my very first college visit. I went to one of the open houses and I looked at my dad after and said, “This is where I’m going.” Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I knew this was going to be the best environment for me to succeed in. It felt like home, and it made me so excited to see where I could go from here.

Fran Ventura
Fran Ventura

Year: Graduate student Major: Master of Business Administration Plus One Track: Sport Management Hometown: Wonder Lake, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Peer Advisor Why did you choose AU? I chose AU because of how it felt like home the first time I came to campus and the great faculty.

Lia Villalobos
Lia Villalobos

Year: Sophomore Major: Nursing Hometown: Plainfield, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Resident Assistant Why did you choose AU? The small campus feel and intimate classroom was the right style of learning for me, along with the advanced nursing labs and curriculum that drove me to follow nursing.

Olivia Weeks
Olivia Weeks

Year: Freshman Majors: Criminal Justice, Spanish Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Aurora Criminal Justice Association Why did you choose AU? I wanted to be at a small school where I felt connected and welcomed by professors and peers. I liked the idea of being in an environment that was a close community, where I could know people on a more personal level. I also wanted to be at a school that was somewhat close to home.

Gavin Withaeger
Gavin Withaeger

Year: Senior Major: Nursing Hometown: Plainfield, IL Campus Involvement: Spartan Ambassador, Resident Assistant, Student Nurses’ Association, Aurora University Men in Nursing, Mu Sigma Pi Why did you choose AU? I knew AU would be my choice for school after my first visit to campus as a high school junior. On this visit, I was able to meet with the head of the nursing department and visit the labs for a walkthrough of the university's nursing facilities. This stood out to me since the faculty took time out of their day to make a personal connection with me. AU is not just a school, but a community of people dedicated to developing its students into strong leaders and well-rounded professionals in their chosen field.