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Authentically AU: News and Views from the President

Pen and journal.
December 21, 2021

You may not expect to receive solstice greetings from me. But please take a few moments to read on. This morning, as I woke on the shortest day of the year, I opened my email messages to find a greeting from one of my favorite garden supply companies. Embedded in a tranquil winter landscape was...

December 6, 2021

Are you already singing the song? You know. The one that begins with these words, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”? Last night I watched this cartoon favorite again, which is something I do several times each holiday season. I even have a green Grinch mug for coffee this time of...

Laptop and clock
November 10, 2021

When I was in college, I was fascinated by the stories of those who lived in planned or intentional communities — often set apart from the world with a goal of changing it. Now I am revisiting some of the texts that meant so much to me as an undergraduate to see what I might...

First responders
November 3, 2021

It’s not New Years, but I have a resolution. After taking a long COVID hiatus, I am ready to blog again. Like colleges across the country, Aurora University sent students, faculty, and staff home in March of 2020. Within months, we began the process of reassembling the AU family on campus...

Veteran holding trumpet.
May 27, 2021

I am thinking about summer today. Memorial Day weekend is only hours away. For many of us, this holiday marks the beginning of summer — at least symbolically. In my small hometown, Memorial Day began with a parade to the cemetery, where the high school band played their final notes of the...