AU's 20 places to visit in 2020
By Christina Young | January 23, 2020
It’s the start of a new decade. And we love lists! So what better time to take a look at all the places to visit at Aurora University. Whether you’re new to campus or looking to discover more, there are plenty of sights to see. Here are 20 that we recommend checking out this year:
- The Quad
- Spartan Spot
If you’re looking for a place to meet friends and unwind between classes, the Spot is the place for you. You can play air hockey, foosball, or pool, use the computer stations, watch the large flat screen TV, and grab a quick bite to eat.
- Office of Student Activities
Do you want to get involved on campus? While you’re at the Spot, stop by the Office of Student Activities to learn about the more than 60 student clubs and organizations you can join. From professional organizations and service clubs to hobbies and Greek life, there's something for everyone. And if you don’t find what you are looking for, Student Activities can help you start your own club!
- Eckhart Hall
- Center for Student Success
Need help registering for classes, choosing a major, searching for jobs, or figuring out how to apply for graduate school? The Center for Student Success has advisors dedicated to helping you with academic advising, vocational exploration, and career development. The Center for Student Success has four offices around campus in Dunham Hall 103, Eckhart Hall 310, and Institute for Collaboration 106 and 118 where you can make an appointment or visit during drop-in hours.
- Phillips Library
On the Northeast corner of the campus, you’ll find Phillips Library, a popular place for studying on your own or with classmates. Research librarians can help you navigate AU’s 40,000 unique journal titles, 160,000 ebooks, and an interlibrary loan network of hundreds of libraries. You will also find AU’s historical archives, a computer lab, the Academic Support Center, and the Disability Resource Office.
- Academic Support Center
Did you know there are free tutoring services at AU? The Academic Support Center in Phillips Library offers content-specific tutoring, including a drop-in math lab four days a week to assist you with completing homework and preparing for exams. There are also writing specialists who can work with you in-person or online to help you through the entire writing process. Learn more and schedule an appointment at aurora.mywconline.com.
- Dining Hall and Upper Terrace Patio
- Thornton Gymnasium
Want to cheer on the Spartans? Check out a game in Thornton Gymnasium, located next to the Dining Hall. Not only can you find student-athletes from our 22 NCAA Division III sports practicing and competing, but you can also catch an intramurals game or join a team yourself.
- Vago Field
Across the Spartan Terrace from the gym is Vago Field. The artificial turf facility is used by student-athletes for competitive games, individual or team practice, and performance work with our strength and conditioning coaches.
- Spartan Athletic Park
- Fitness Spaces
Are you into fitness but not a student-athlete? Don’t worry, you can workout on campus, too! The weight room in Alumni Hall and the cardio fitness center in Jenks Hall are open to all AU students. You can participate in a free group exercise class, like yoga or Zumba, in the Activity Room in Alumni Hall, and you can even register to take a variety of classes for credit!
- Wellness Center
The Wellness Center houses Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services. Here you’ll find a variety of resources and services to help you be the healthiest version of you. Check out the stress relief stations stocked with materials for meditative coloring or origami, or the instructional software on relaxation techniques. You will also find individual counseling, group therapy, and mental health and well-being workshops.
- Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action
Nestled near the trees in the yard of the Wackerlin Center, you will find a 40-foot labyrinth made of thousands of brown and red concrete bricks. The labyrinth was built at AU in 2017—a gift from the Class of 1967—and is modeled on the classical pattern of seven circles. It is a place for the AU community to come for meditation, reflection, and vocational exploration. You can walk the labyrinth at any point throughout your AU journey as you discover what matters and build your life around it. Each fall, the Wackerlin Center also hosts “Labyrinth-palooza,” an event designed for students to learn more about this ancient form of meditation.
- Libby's Place and Spartan Attic
The Wackerlin Center is also home to Libby’s Place and Spartan Attic, the on-campus food pantry and professional clothing closet. Both of these resources are free and available to students.
- Perry Theatre
- Crimi Auditorium
Through the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series, you can also attend events in Crimi Auditorium. This beautiful venue is used for cultural events, musical performances, guest lectures, and convocations, and can accommodate approximately 500 guests, making it the largest auditorium on campus. In 2010, an Opus 119 pipe organ was installed to embody the importance of the arts at AU. It’s played to provide music for silent films and for students to learn how to play for academic credit.
- Spartan Hideaway
Need a quick pick-me-up before one of your classes? Stop by the coffee shop and lounge in Spartan Hideaway! While you grab a drink, you can watch the large screen TV, use the computer stations, or find a spot to study or chat with your friends.
- Schingoethe Center