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One Man’s Passion Leads to A Wider Circle

Founded in 2001, A Wider Circle began with six interns from AU and was, as Dr. Bergel says, "built on the backs of AU students who choose to use their time to help those in need". 

Richard Hocker.

Alumnus Support Helps Business Students Succeed

Richard Hocker, KSB/BS ’68, KSB/MBA ’70, believes in the power of education to transform lives. The founder and chief investment officer of PENN Capital Management has made generous donations to two educational institutions that helped shape his life

Mark and Terri Laks

Alumni Couple Makes AU a Family Tradition

On weekends, you can always find season ticket holders Mark CAS/BA ’76 and Terri Laks CAS/BS ’81 in the bleachers at Bender for home games, cheering on the Eagles; Mark and Terri are generous AU supporters.

Lydia Albanesius

Heading Back to Kindergarten to Teach for America

Lydia Albanesius, SPA/BA ’07, a recipient of the Lura Bradfield Foundation Scholarship, thought she wanted to go to law school. Then she realized she didn't want to be a lawyer - she just wanted to do social justice work.