Aurora University

Meet the Staff

We are located in Eckhart Hall, Room 105.
Phone: 630-844-7881
Email: reslife@aurora.edu

 

Chris Smith
Chris Smith, Director of Residence Life

Phone: 630-844-6143
Email: csmith@aurora.edu
Eckhart 105
Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/HisEducation:
BA, Communication, North Central College
MLD, Leadership Development specialized in Higher Education, North Central College
MBA, Leadership and Social Change, Concordia University Chicago
Areas of Specialization: I oversee the Office of Residence Life and am responsible for the safety and well-being of all residential students. In addition, I supervise professional staff members and indirectly supervise student staff in our journey to create meaningful and intentional interactions with our students at AU.

Bridget McDermott
Bridget McDermott

Phone: 630-844-6192
Email: bmcdermo@aurora.edu
Eckhart 105
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/HersEducation:
BS, Elementary Education and a minor in Math, Saint Joseph's College
Areas of Specialization: Centennial Residence Hall Director

Makayla Ostapa
Makayla Ostapa

Phone: 630-844-4629
Email: mostapa@aurora.edu
Eckhart 106
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/HersEducation:
BA, Political Science, Loyola University Chicago and John Felice Rome Center
Areas of Specialization: Watkins Residence Hall Director

Samantha Rowe
Samantha Rowe

Phone: 630-844-4627
Email: srowe@aurora.edu
Eckhart 106
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/HersEducation:
BA, Political Science and Criminal Justice, Aurora University
MS, College Student Personnel Administration, Illinois State University
Areas of Specialization: Jenks and Wilkinson Residence Hall Director

TJ Starman
TJ Starman

Phone: 630-844-4628
Email: tstarman@aurora.edu
Eckhart 106
Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/HisEducation:
BS, Business Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha
MBA, General Management, Wingate University
Areas of Specialization: Memorial/Davis Residence Hall Director