Wednesday, June 3, 2020 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

Our Campus, Our Community

Dr. Sherrick

It’s been a while since we’ve been on campus together, so we’re sharing some special memories to help us feel connected again. Now more than ever #weareoneAU.

A Message from the Dean: A Peek Into Summer as a Graduate Plus One Student

Today the Dunham School of Business and Public Policy is welcoming its third class of graduate students for the highly anticipated Plus One program. A mix of graduate studies and rapid professionalization, the Plus One Business (MBA), Public Administration (MPA), and Digital Marketing and Design (MSDMD) programs are the way that many of AU’s newest graduate students are choosing to launch their careers.
Here is a sneak peek into what the Plus One Class of 2021 will be up to this summer:

  • Cohorts in MBA, MPA, and MSDMD will spend the first week of graduate school learning about themselves. To contribute effectively, our graduate students will study their strengths and how they fit into a team. This first lesson in critical evaluation is just the beginning of their professional brands.
  • As they move through the summer, students will take classes such as Communication Management, Consumer Insight, Data Analysis and Visualization, and Public Policy and Analysis. These courses are the foundation on which students will build their body of knowledge. Students from previous cohorts have provided feedback on how critical the summer foundational courses were to their internship success.
  • The last week of the semester is an immersive learning experience. The MSDMD and MBA students are tacking some hard skills in preparation for fall interviewing and the launch of their careers in spring 2021. Students will become experts in software such as Microsoft 365, Google Analytics, HubSpot, and Python to make them competitive candidates in a tough job market.

If you would like to consider the Plus One program in your future, you may apply as an incoming senior at As always, if you have any questions about the program or the Dunham School of Business and Public Policy, please feel free to email me at

In closing, I would like to update you on plans for Commencement and fall semester. The Aurora University community is looking forward to celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2020 during special virtual Commencement ceremonies on Friday, July 24, for GWC, and Sunday, August 2, for AU. For additional information regarding Commencement, visit Also, due to the continuing uncertainty around COVID-19, AU has made adjustments to the 2020–2021 academic calendar. These changes will allow us to maximize flexibility during the year. You will find those changes in the "Key dates" section below. 


Toby J. Arquette, PhD
Dean, Dunham School of Business and Public Policy

Key Dates

Revised Fall 2020 Semester Schedule

The continued spread of the novel coronavirus is forcing the Aurora University community to be highly flexible and cautious, which includes making adjustments to the academic calendar. Calendar changes to fall semester will help AU reduce the health risks associated with travel in the age of COVID-19.
There are three major changes to the fall 2020 semester schedule:
» There will be no Labor Day holiday (Sept. 7 will be a regular class day).
» There will be no Fall Weekend (Oct. 16–17 will be regular class days).
» Campus-based instruction will end at noon on Nov. 25.
Please note the following dates:

Aug. 24, 2020 Fall Semester Classes Begin

Sept. 7, 2020 Classes Will be Held on Labor Day

Oct. 16–17, 2020 Fall Weekend is Cancelled; Classes Will be Held on These Days

Nov. 25, 2020 Campus-Based Instruction Ends at Noon

Nov. 26–29, 2020 Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 30–Dec. 5, 2020 Review Week 

Dec. 7–12, 2020 Final Exams

Summer Dates of Note

July 24, 2020 George Williams College of Aurora University Virtual Commencement Ceremony

August 2, 2020 Aurora University Virtual Commencement Ceremony

What we're reading

"Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah, recommended by Christina Bruhn, associate professor of social work and co-director of assessment
I was interested in reading this book because I wanted to learn more about apartheid in South Africa as well as about Trevor Noah's life. He experienced significant stigma, discrimination, and trauma at times. Understanding what that was like for him and how he made sense of those experiences was valuable for me.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The university continues to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) updates online. The webpage also includes links to FAQs, additional resources, and CARES Act Reporting information.

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