History

Founded more than a decade ago with a generous gift from an Aurora College alumna and lifelong AU benefactor, Helena Wackerlin, ’18, the center builds on the university’s faith-based roots while reflecting today’s diverse student body. The Wackerlin Center moved into its current location in 2011, and has taken advantage of the building’s unique design and natural setting to create a retreat-like space where members of the AU community can contemplate and discuss issues of faith, responsibility, and leadership.

In 2017, through a gift from the Class of 1967, a beautiful labyrinth was built at the Wackerlin Center to complement and support the center’s focus on vocational exploration, understanding one’s personal journey, and discovering what matters.