Wednesday, February 17, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

More than a century of presidential leadership

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Earlier this week, the nation observed Presidents Day, a federal holiday to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. So it seems timely to also recognize the seven presidents who have served Aurora University since 1911. The portraits and biographies of the six past presidents are on display in the Class of 1965 Living Room in the Hill Welcome Center. The university's longest-serving president was Theodore P. Stephens, who held the position from 1933–1962. AU's current president, Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick, has served in this capacity since 2000.

A Message from the Dean

Dear Students:

Now that we are coming up on the midpoint in the term, I hope you are staying warm while settling into a regular pattern of school, work, and home. In today’s newsletter, I am excited to share with you some important reminders and announcements. Please feel free to direct any academic questions to me or my colleagues:  

Course Registration 
As of February 8, the 2021–2022 course schedule (summer 2021–spring 2022) is available for viewing with the following registration dates: 
  • Monday, February 22, noon – Registration opens for ADC/AU Online/graduate students
  • Tuesday, February 23, noon – Registration opens for students who have earned 90+ credits 
  • Thursday, February 25, noon – Registration opens for students who have earned 60–89 credits 
  • Tuesday, March 2, noon – Registration opens for students who have earned 30–59 credits 
  • Thursday, March 4, noon – Registration opens for students who have earned <30 credits (who have completed advisor appointments) 
  • Thursday, March 4 – Registration appointments start for incoming transfer students beginning at AU in the summer or fall of 2021 and spring 2022 
For assistance with registration questions, please contact your student success advisor or graduate program advisor
General Education Course Search 
The General Education program for AU undergraduate students was revised this year. Please use the new distribution requirement headings when searching for general education courses in WebAdvisor: 

"Creative and Artistic Expression" is now "Artistic Literacy"
"Cultures and Civilizations" is now "Cultural Literacy"
"Individual and Society" is now "Human Inquiry"
"Scientific Reasoning" is now "Scientific Inquiry"

If you have any questions, please contact your student success advisor.

Undergraduate Programs News 
No matter where you are in your undergraduate program, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you are positioning yourself for the job market. What skills do you currently have, and will they help you land your dream job? Does your chosen profession look favorably upon applicants with double majors or require a graduate degree as well? These are important questions, and I encourage you to continually think about how the knowledge and skills you’re learning in your classes connect to your future careers.

You’ll also want to begin making professional connections. Networking with experienced professionals can help you answer questions about the job market, alert you to trends in your field, and make you aware of career opportunities.  
To help you make these sorts of connections, why not check out the Sundays @7 conversations, described more fully below? And while you’re at it, why not explore one of our exciting graduate programs
Speaking of graduate programs, registration for the summer MBA Plus One cohort with tracks in business management, digital marketing, public administration, and sport management begins on Monday, March 1. If you plan to earn your MBA in the Plus One program and have not applied, please visit the program webpage today.
Graduate Programs News 
Graduate cohorts have long been hailed as the beginning of a professional’s network. Your classmates, professors, and guest speakers can be a valuable network as you advance your career.  
According to a LinkedIn study, more than 80% of professionals consider networking to be essential to their career success. If you’re wondering how to build your network in the classroom, consider these tips: 
  • Arrive early to class to chat with your classmates and professors.
  • Ask questions and encourage others to talk about themselves. 
  • Send article, podcast, video, or book recommendations that are helpful and relevant to people in your network. 
  • Remember to congratulate others for their successes and share yours as well. 
  • Devote 15 minutes a week to reaching out to someone in your network with a note of appreciation. 

Think of networking as an essential part of your career development and devote time to strengthening your skills. 
Internship and Professional Development News 
It was great to see 125+ of our students registered for CareerFest last week. Many of you practiced and prepared to meet with employers for interviews, and the feedback we are receiving from students and employers alike is excellent. Whether you are looking for an internship or a full-time career, events like CareerFest are a great way to continue your search. Keep the momentum going by attending virtual networking opportunities shared by Aurora University or in your professional networks.  
Our Sundays @ 7 program is a networking opportunity featuring alumni who provide information about their fields and networking and offer advice about the next steps in your career. The next event, Law School Panel, is Sunday, February 21, at 7 p.m. This panel will feature three AU alumni and will be moderated by Dr. Matt Dabros, associate professor of political science and public policy and pre-law advisor. Students will gain insight into how to prepare for law school at the undergraduate level, be a successful law school applicant, and succeed in law school.  
For those planning on completing a summer internship for credit, the internship application priority deadline is in two weeks: Monday, March 1. If you are interested in learning more about completing an internship for credit during any semester, plan to join us via Zoom on Tuesday, February 23, at noon for the Applying for Internship Credit Workshop. This workshop will cover the requirements and recommendations on how to complete a competitive application for credit. There will also be an open Q&A session for general internship and professional development questions. No RSVP is required. If you are a Junior Mentoring student, this event will satisfy your Professional Development Event requirement. 

Finally, I hope you are finding time to enjoy this semester’s Celebrating Arts and Ideas series. While the programming is being presented virtually this year, it also offers an opportunity to “attend” events at your convenience. Presentations available for replay online include "From Chaos to Community – A Message of Hope: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." and a behind-the-scenes look at the AU winter play, "Sonnets for an Old Century."


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

P.S. Did you know that February is Financial Aid Awareness Month? This is a great time of year to complete the process of applying for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The Office of Financial Aid has Zoom, phone, and walk-in appointments available to answer all of your financial aid questions. 
Key Dates

February 21, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Alumni Career Conversation: Law School Panel

February 21, 2021 Module I – Last day to drop with automatic "W"

February 22, 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium application due (contact Stacy Searle-Gulli, associate professor and chair of theatre)

February 28, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Alumni Career Conversation: Kyle Newman '14, Health Science, with Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, and Spanish minors, Senior Research Technologist with the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

March 1, 2021 Plus One registration begins

March 1, 2021 Summer 2021 Dunham School Internship application deadline. For more information, contact Brianne DiPasquantonio, business internship program manager.

March 5, 2021 Mid-semester vacation day

March 7, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Alumni Career Conversation: Medical School Panel
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Schingoethe Center to host exhibit representing 42 countries
View art in a unique way during the virtual spring exhibit, “The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality,” presented by the Schingoethe Center, beginning Tuesday, February 23. The exhibit will feature 89 hats and headdresses from 42 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. “The Global Language of Headwear” colorfully demonstrates that each distinct society can be viewed through a similar lens of rites of passage, heritage, and identity. A series of Zoom @ Noon webinar events will accompany this exhibit.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and 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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