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Rain Wilson directing
February 16, 2024

Artist-in-Residence Rain Wilson is directing a play featuring Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in dialogue. She hopes it will galvanize its audience. As Aurora University’s first artist-in-residence, Wilson has been working to bring a theme to the forefront: voice. So...

Ric Larsen building a guitar.
December 2, 2022

What makes an instrument more than just the sum of its parts? Richard Larsen, an instructor of classical guitar, is continuously exploring that question. Larsen has hand-built more than 40 classical guitars since 2018, each taking about 150 hours to create. “I put on some music in the...

Brandon Kooi
December 6, 2021

Brandon Kooi, professor of criminal justice at Aurora University, hopes that his new book “Seven Highly Effective Police Leaders: 1895–Modern Times” will provide new insight into what makes a great leader in law enforcement. Kooi wrote the 448-page book for a wide...

Jan Strom
March 4, 2020

Jan Strom, dean of Aurora University’s School of Nursing, has been elected to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors. Strom will serve a two-year term as a board member at large. She begins her term on March 23. The votes for board members were cast by more...

Sarah Radtke
April 25, 2019

Sarah Radtke, Professor and Chair of Athletic Training, is one of 41 administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2019–2020 Senior Leadership Academy. Individuals chosen for the yearlong program have been...