Wednesday, October 20, 2021 — For School of Education Students

AU Theatre to present Harry Potter parody 

Campus Shot

Magical misfits and loads of laughs will fill Perry Theatre over the next two weeks. Join the AU Theatre Department as 30 students present "Puffs," a satire based on the Harry Potter series. The play will be staged October 22–23 and 27–30, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are not required for this free presentation.

A Message from the Dean

Dear Students:

The end of fall break marks the midpoint of the fall semester. As a former basketball coach, I often view this time similar to halftime of a game. It’s a good opportunity to take stock of where you are. What has been working for you during the first half of the semester, what hasn’t, and what do you need to be successful for the second half of the semester? Here are some tips:  

  • Make appointments to talk one-on-one with faculty members teaching your classes. Remember…your faculty members are here to help you. They are your best resource.
  • Learn more about academic support services offered across campus. The Academic Support Center, located in Phillips Library, offers a number of services from academic coaching to tutoring services to writing support. 
  • Form a study group in a class that seems challenging. There are group study spaces located around campus, including in Phillips Library, the Hill Center for Student Success, and the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action. Some spots even have free snacks! 
  • Mange your time differently by refocusing on completing your courses with a strong showing.

You can also take a break from your studies on Wednesday, October 27, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for “Fall Fest on the Quad. Join the AU community for an afternoon of food trucks, music, and activities. It’s sure to be lots of fun! Of course, the fall season is also an opportunity to gather for athletic games, including watching our student-athletes in action. Check out the athletic events calendar and cheer on your favorite Spartan team! 

Finally, a reminder: The last day to drop fall semester classes with an automatic “W” is Sunday, November 7. If you have questions about this, feel free to reach out to your academic advisor. 

Be well and stay safe, Spartans!


Jennifer L. Buckley, EdD
Dean, School of Education

Key Dates

October 21, 2021 Black Student Union General Meeting, Noon, Institute for Collaboration 204

October 21, 2021 Plus One Graduate Degree Programs Virtual Information Session and Student Panel

October 22–23 and 27–30, 2021 AU Theatre Department's Fall Play: "Puffs"

October 24, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Career Conversation: Dezarae Brooks '03, Biology

October 25 and 26, 2021 Rock Your References: Citation Managers Workshops

November 7, 2021 Last day to drop fall semester classes with an automatic "W" (for 16-week fall term classes)

What we're reading

AU offers 200 computer working stations
Aurora University has five main computer labs and three mini labs throughout the campus, housing 200 computers available for student use. The main labs are open Monday–Saturday with the Phillips Library lab open on Sundays as well. All computers are equipped with essential software programs. For more information about lab locations and amenities, visit the ITS Computer Labs webpage.

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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