Wednesday, November 3, 2021 — For School of Education Students

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Campus Shot

The fall 2021 issue of Aurora University Magazine is now online. The magazine, published twice a year, highlights how AU students, faculty, staff, and alumni are discovering what matters and building their lives around it. The magazine also features general news about the university. In this issue, readers can explore lessons learned from the pandemic, the AU summer camp for college-bound high school students on the autism spectrum, an overview of the women’s lacrosse and men’s golf championship seasons, and more. The print version of the magazine is also mailed to the family homes of students.

A Message from the Dean

Dear Students:

November is here! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is three weeks away, which also means that there are only five weeks until final exams! Below are some things to consider as we near the end of the semester.  

  1. Conduct a self-assessment. What do YOU personally need to finish strong? Would you benefit from meeting with one of your faculty members? Would you benefit by attending a virtual self-care event (e.g., yoga, meditation)? You can view a list of free self-care events when you sign in to
  2. Make time in your schedule to study. If you are needing a place on campus to study with a group or by yourself, visit the Hill Center for Student Success, Phillips Library, or the Wackerlin Center. You are always welcome in these spaces. (Some even have free snacks!)
  3. Schedule an appointment with the Academic Support Center. If you are challenged by your coursework, the Academic Support Center staff can provide assistance with academic coaching, study support, and writing assistance. Use the Okta platform to schedule an appointment.
  4. Attend one of the Career Service Events. November is National Career Month. Each day in November, the Hill Center for Student Success is highlighting important career topics. Follow along on Instagram (@auspartancareer) for valuable information and giveaways. 
  5. File the FAFSA. If you haven't done so already, file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you need help filing your FAFSA, contact the Office of Financial Aid to schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor. As always, you can also have your questions answered by emailing or calling 630-844-6190. File your 2022-2023 FAFSA at and use AU school code 001634.
Be sure to have the following items when filing your FAFSA:
  • All students, parents, and borrowers are required to create an FSA ID. You can apply for an FSA ID at
  • 2020 federal tax return (all schedules) and W-2s.

My hope is that these tips will help you finish strong and help you prepare for your future. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Be well and stay safe, Spartans!


Jennifer L. Buckley, EdD
Dean, School of Education

Key Dates

November 3, 2021 Wednesday Writing Workshop – “APA Topics: How to Write with APA Style and APA Language Sensitivity,” 7 p.m., Zoom (register via Okta, Academic SupportNet)

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

November 12, 2021 The Cultural Exchange: Native American History of Aurora, Noon, Wackerlin Center (no registration required)

November 15, 2021 Complimentary Professional Headshots, Center for Student Success,
3–5:30 p.m. (no registration required)

November 16, 2021 Complimentary Professional Headshots, Center for Student Success,
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (no registration required)

November 16, 2021 Virtual Social Media Workshop: "Present Your Best Self to Employers"

November 17, 2021 Graduate Education Drop-in Session

What we're reading

The Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action is celebrating 20 years
The Wackerlin Center was established 20 years ago, thanks to a generous bequest from Helena Zentmyer Wackerlin, a 1918 alumna of what was then Aurora College. The center is the hub for campus ministries and community service, providing a sanctuary where students can explore questions of faith and meaning, celebrate diversity, and gather together to improve the world. The center sponsors programming throughout the year that builds on the university’s faith-based roots while reflecting today’s diverse student body. For more information about the Wackerlin Center, visit

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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