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

Spring commencement plans announced

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Planning for spring 2021 commencement ceremonies is underway. Current plans are to hold in-person ceremonies: George Williams College on Friday, April 30, in the Ferro Pavilion, and Aurora University on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2, on the Quad. Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, commencement dates and locations are subject to change. An email was sent last week to all candidates, which included information about applying for graduation and ordering regalia. For more information, visit or email

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall! 
You are now over halfway through the spring term and doesn’t it feel great! Spring is a time of renewal and fresh starts. As we approach the light at the end of the tunnel for the 2020–2021 academic year, I want to say that we are all proud of your perseverance and resilience. This has been a year unlike anything we have seen. Despite these hurdles, you and your peers have risen to the challenge and demonstrated the type of grit needed for success. Great work! 
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:   

Commencement 2021 
As mentioned at the top of this newsletter, plans for commencement are underway. This includes efforts to abide by public safety guidance. If you are a spring graduation candidate, it is very important that you complete the graduation application via WebAdvisor. Even those who do not intend to participate in the ceremony must still submit the application for graduation. Diplomas will not be released until the graduation application is completed. Please apply as soon as possible. It is also time to order your cap and gown. If you have questions, visit or email
Sundays @ 7 Career Conversations  
On Sunday, March 21, at 7 p.m., the Office of Alumni Relations in collaboration with the Center for Student Success will host a conversation with alumnus Stacy Roe-Weber ’09, Criminal Justice. Roe-Weber’s interest in criminal justice led her to transfer to AU. After graduation, she began her career in crisis and domestic violence, and then served in the Peace Corps (Guyana) where she was a health volunteer, working in vaccine clinics and as a midwife. Her advocacy experience and her work in the medical field led her to work with adults with disabilities. Today, she serves as the executive director of a 53-person assisted living facility where she manages overall operations and ensures the integrity of care provided. 
On Sunday, March 28, at 7 p.m., Professor Jacqueline Babb, director of graduate studies, will be hosting a panel of AU Plus One Program alumni for a conversation about the Plus One program. The conversation will focus on not only the specifics of the Plus One program but the role the program played in launching the careers of three recent Plus One alumni.   
For a complete list of upcoming Sundays @ 7 career conversations, please visit the Sundays @ 7 website
Spartan Summer 2021 
We are just a few months from the start of our all-new Spartan Summer experiences. As I mentioned in my prior newsletter, registration has begun for summer 2021 (along with all the next academic year). In most cases, summer 2021 classes will be offered in a hybrid format. This means you will have the option to attend class in person or remotely via Zoom, just like spring 2021. You can tell if a class is hybrid, fully face-to-face, or fully remote by searching for the class in WebAdvisor and referring to the comments section. There will be a class type designation that you can use to verify the planned delivery method. When in doubt, feel free to contact your student success advisor.
The Dunham School of Business and Public Policy will be offering a few specific courses designed to give you a jump start on your career. For example, the new Technology Immersion (BUS2811) course is being offered to help you connect in-demand technology competencies with the coursework in your field of study. If you are considering law school, we will be offering the Law School Preparation (PSC3813) course that is designed to guide you through the law school application and admissions process (including preparing for the LSAT). To learn more about these courses and more, please contact your student success advisor. 
We are about to enter our fourth year of the Plus One programs. This year, we are offering a new version of the MBA program that branches into four areas of specialization: (i) business management, (ii) digital marketing, (iii) public administration, and (iv) sport management. It is not too late to apply to the program. To apply or learn more, please visit the Plus One website or email Tyler Carlsongraduatadmission counselor.
To learn more about the full slate of The Spartan Summer program offerings, including general education and major courses, immersive experiences, professional preparation courses, and graduate and Plus One programs, check out The Spartan Summer website


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

March 17, 2021 Spartan Ambassador applications due

March 21, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Alumni Career Conversation: Stacy Roe-Weber '09, Criminal Justice, Assisted Living Facility Executive Director

March 28, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Plus One Panel Discussion

March 28, 2021 Virtual Job Search Workshop

March 31, 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium (watch for information via email)

April 1–4, 2021 Easter break (no classes)

April 6, 2021 Virtual Internship Workshop

April 6, 2021 Phillips Library Student Research Hour

What we're reading

Spartan Terrace of yesteryear had quite a different purpose
In 1947, Spartan Terrace began housing single and married student veterans. More than 80 people resided in the housing complex, including families with young children. The buildings were razed in 1969 to make room for Alumni Hall. Today we refer to the bricked patio on the west side of Alumni Hall as Spartan Terrace, which is used for outdoor catering, social events, celebrations, and performances.

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