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Aurora University’s Mike McKenzie became the Spartans’ winningest softball coach with twin wins over Edgewood College at Madison, Wis. last month.

McKenzie improved his record to 385-105-2 in 11 seasons. The late Sam Bedrosian formerly held the softball coaching mark with 383 wins in 18 seasons.

Aurora beat Edgewood 3-0 and 11-1.

McKenzie was named head AU head softball coach in 2004. Under his tutelage, AU has won three NIIC conference championships, five Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championships and three NACC Tournament Championships.

McKenzie was named NIIC Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and NACC Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014. McKenzie’s Spartans have made five trips to the NCAA Division III Championships in 11 seasons and compiled a 209-25 conference record.

He came to Aurora from Marian College in Indianapolis where he served as the head women’s softball coach, assistant men’s basketball coach, and director of intramurals.

DNA creates ‘Day in Life of Downtown Elgin’ video

The Downtown Neighborhood Association has created a video celebrating “A Year in the Life…of Downtown Elgin.”
The video was created in collaboration with Elgin Academy Media Arts Department
For more information contact the Downtown Neighborhood Association at (847) 488-1456, or visit them on Facebook ( or at
Guide hike through LeRoy
Oakes preserve offered

Join naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County for a guided hike through LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve on Tuesday, April 22.

Naturalists will help you explore the woods and prairie and look for wildlife and wildflowers during this special walk. There will be hands-on activities and stories along the trail. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to all ages.

Register in advance for this free nature program. Call Creek Bend Nature Center at 630-444-3190 or e-mail for information or to register.

WCC invites prospective students to campus tours

Students interested in attending Waubonsee Community College are invited to experience its campuses this spring, with tour options to choose from.

“Fully Caffeinated Campus Tours” begin at 2 p.m. on select Fridays throughout the spring, including April 17, May 8 and May 22. Tour attendees will enjoy a free drink from the Sugar Grove Campus’ Café and Starbucks Coffee Bar before exploring the college’s main campus and learning what it takes to get started.

For those who want more detailed information about the overall college process at Waubonsee and beyond, the college offers its Experience Waubonsee events. Running from 6 to 8:30 p.m., these events combine in-depth college information, including financial aid details, with a campus tour. The April 15 event will be held at the Sugar Grove Campus.

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events, go to or call the Admissions Department at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.