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+ ACI’s Winter Work and Life Skills Boot Camp is Feb. 8 at Illinois Wesleyan University
+ Now Available: ACI’s 2018-2019 Annual Report 
+ Aurora University Rejoins, Becomes 27th ACI Member

ACI’s Winter Work and Life Skills Boot Camp is Feb. 8 at Illinois Wesleyan University
Jan. 8, 2020

ACI’s winter Work and Life Skills Boot Camp, “The Right Image, The Right Information,” is set for Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois. The winter boot camp, the second of three planned for 2019-20, will focus on how students should apply for and “package” themselves for that critical first job, including interviewing skills and dressing for success. It will also include a financial literacy component.

ACI’s Work and Life Skills Boot Camps are funded through a First Opportunity Partners grant from the Council of Independent Colleges with support from the UPS Foundation, along with matching funds raised by ACI.

The boot camps are exclusive to ACI member colleges and universities and are targeted specifically to low-income, first-generation and students of color. The winter boot camp can accommodate up to 50 students. Registration is first-come, first-served and closes Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Now Available: ACI’s 2018-2019 Annual Report 
Jan. 2, 2020

ACI’s 2018-2019 Annual Report is now available.

This new report is filled with information about ACI, including ACI highlights, facts and figures, member colleges and universities, leadership, program descriptions, plus financial information, donors, and corporate partners and sponsors.

Highlighting our report are 13 student profiles featuring ACI scholarship recipients and Peer Mentoring Program leaders. Profiled are students from Concordia University Chicago, Dominican University, Elmhurst College, Eureka College, Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lewis University, Monmouth College, North Central College, North Park University, Olivet Nazarene University, Quincy University and Saint Xavier University.

A limited number of printed copies of the report available. Please contact the ACI office at or 312-263-2391, ext. 0.

Aurora University Rejoins, Becomes 27th ACI Member
Jan. 8, 2020 

The ACI Board of Trustees approved Aurora University’s application to rejoin ACI, effective Dec. 1, 2019. With the addition of Aurora, ACI’s membership grew to 27 colleges and universities statewide.

Aurora and its George Williams College campus were instrumental in the formation of ACI in 1952 and are both charter members.

Aurora University traces its origin to the 1893 founding of a seminary in Mendota, Illinois. Today, the university operates two primary campuses: a 37-acre campus in Aurora, Illinois and the 137-acre George Williams College on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. Aurora offers more than 50 academic majors and enrolls 5,800 students, with a 17-1 student/faculty ratio.

Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick has served as Aurora’s president since 2000. She earned an undergraduate degree from ACI-member Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, and a doctorate from Northwestern University, Evanston.

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