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Aurora University COVID-19 Experience

AU Covid-19 Stories


Earlier this semester, members of the University Chorale gathered outside of the Parolini Music Center to rehearse together with safety measures in place.









Aurora University's Colby Archives and Schingoethe Center wants to collect materials you are creating during this extraordinary time and tell the story of our community for future generations. Inspired by the Illinois State Museum's 'Illinois Stories COVID-19' project we are looking for members of the Aurora University community to tell their stories. 


Personal stories that reflect your experience during the pandemic, for the benefit of future generations. 

  • Writings
  • Photos
  • Drawings / artwork
  • Photographs of objects
  • Short Videos
  • Music


WHAT WE WILL DO WITH SUBMISSIONS: In the short term, we will display some projects on social media. In the long term we will preserve these items for future study. We may even request items to be displayed on campus. 

HOW TO SUBMIT: To submit, fill out the form and attach your file! We will ask for basic information about the creator and creation of the material and ask you to agree to a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-Share-Alike CC-BY-NC-SA license which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms (for details, go here:

For questions about the project please email Kathy Clark, Director of Phillips Library

Example Submissions

Laura Santoyo - Digital Image

I took this photo because it was odd to see a child's playground empty on a day when the sky was blue and the sun was shining. The sign in front of the empty park just added to the eeriness.​

When I took the photo, I thought about how I wanted to document this moment in history to look back on or to share with my future children.​

This image made me feel sad - but also made me more aware of just how serious this pandemic is.​

Bronwen Heneghan - Haiku Poem


Social distancing​
Avoiding the media​
While touching my face​