Wednesday, September 22, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

All students are welcome to participate in music at AU

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The Aurora University Music Department welcomes all students regardless of major to be part of the vibrant tradition of music making at AU. Students are invited to participate in the AU Choirs, Band, Flute Ensemble, String Ensemble, or the newly formed AU Drumline. Rehearsals take place in the Parolini Music Center, which now includes 1,095 square feet of new space in the form of an ensemble room with a 25-foot ceiling. The room is specially designed to maximize acoustics for both band and vocal performance. The building also includes acoustically controlled, sound-isolated practice rooms. For more information about music opportunities at AU, visit

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall:

As I look out my window, I have begun to see the signs of autumn; the leaves are changing, and there is a hint of a chill in the air. Having grown up and spent most of my life in the Midwest, I have always loved the changing of the seasons (even winter). With each new season comes new opportunity! It is in this vein that I invite you to embrace the coming weeks as a renewed opportunity to double-down on your fall learning experience and embrace all that AU has to offer. In today’s newsletter, let me highlight a few opportunities designed for you.

New Entrepreneurship Club

Do you have a potential business idea? Want to build a business in a team setting? Interested in learning more about idea generation and development? Would you like to consult with other students on their business start-up? Consider joining AU’s new Entrepreneurship Club.

Entrepreneurship and innovation are applicable to a wide range of industries and happen to be two topics that Kelly Kellen, assistant professor of marketing, is deeply passionate about. She helped start up three companies, worked for an innovation firm, and launched new products for a large technology company. As a new member of the AU community, Professor Kellen is working with several students to jumpstart a new Entrepreneurship Club. To learn more, please contact Professor Kellen at

Delta Mu Delta

Delta Mu Delta (DMD) is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages the academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities by creating local DMD communities (including the Iota Phi Chapter at AU) that foster the well-being of its individual members and the business community through lifetime membership. AU extends invitations to join DMD and our local chapter to academically eligible junior and senior business-related majors who have completed enough courses at AU to be in the top 20% of their respective classes (minimum GPA of 3.75 for juniors and 3.833 for seniors). Elbert Hearon, assistant professor of business analytics, is the faculty advisor for AU’s chapter of DMD. For questions about joining DMD, please contact Professor Hearon at

Sundays @ 7

Join us Sunday, September 26, for a conversation with 2009 AU alumnus Ray Kosmicki (health science major with minors in biology, chemistry, and physiology). Kosmicki, who was a member of AU’s baseball team, is the vice president of food safety, quality, and regulatory affairs at Prinova USA. He enrolled at AU with plans to become an attorney. Instead, he majored in health science and was accepted into pharmacy school. He decided to defer this decision to work for a year. Hear how this decision led to his current position at a $1 billion global company where he oversees 85 employees across the globe. Kosmicki earned an MBA from Loyola University earlier this year. Register online for this event.

Graduate and Plus One Programs Information Tables

Aurora University’s Plus One graduate programs allow you to complete your master’s degree in one year. The program begins in June and finishes the following May. Through AU's Plus One programs, you will:

  • Gain professional growth opportunities. You’ll participate in a premier internship, portfolio project, student teaching, or high-impact learning experience, along with networking opportunities with area businesses, schools, and organizations.
  • Increase your earning and management potential. U.S. workers holding a master’s degree earn 20% more in average annual salary than those with a bachelor’s degree. 
  • Develop the skills that employers seek. You’ll learn advanced concepts, along with critical-thinking and decision-making skills, from top-notch faculty with real-world experience. 
To learn more about AU’s Graduate and Plus One programs, the Center for Graduate Studies will be available at information tables across campus on the following dates/times and at these locations:
  • Wednesday, September 22 | 9 a.m.–2 p.m. | Dunham Atrium
  • Thursday, September 30 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Spartan Spot
  • Monday, October 4 | 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Crimi Atrium

Commencement Ceremonies for Fall Graduation Candidates 

Plans are underway for an in-person commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, December 11, in Thornton Gymnasium for summer and fall 2021 graduation candidates from Aurora, AU Online, and AU Woodstock Center. The ceremony for fall 2021 GWC graduation candidates and spring and summer 2022 graduation candidates from GWC and AU Woodstock Center will take place Friday, May 6, 2022, in the Ferro Pavilion on the GWC campus.

If you are a fall graduate, you must file the WebAdvisor Graduation Application before the deadline of Monday, October 11. If you have any questions regarding your degree completion date, you may contact your Crouse Center academic advisor. All graduates must submit the Graduation Application regardless of participation in a ceremony. Please be aware that ceremony details have not been finalized. Continue monitoring the commencement website and your AU email for more information.

COVID-19 Update

AU has been conducting surveillance testing on the Aurora and GWC campuses since the beginning of the fall semester. I am pleased to report that this surveillance testing has identified very few cases on the Aurora University campuses. 

You are asked to cooperate and promptly schedule testing when you receive your surveillance testing "invitation." If you have questions about testing, please email for assistance.

Please call AU's COVID line at 630-844-7500 if you have any COVID-like symptoms (regardless of vaccination status) or if you are unvaccinated and had close contact with a positive case. Working together, we can take the most appropriate steps to ensure the safety of those in our campus communities. Should you be instructed to isolate or quarantine, faculty members will treat those absences as they would any medical absence and will extend reasonable support to get you up to speed in your coursework upon your return.

Best wishes,

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

Key Dates

September 23, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., University Banquet Hall

September 26, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Alumni Panel: Ray Kosmicki '09, Health Science

October 1, 2021 The Cultural Exchange: Conversations at the Intersection of Life – “What’s the “x” in Latinx?,” Noon, Wackerlin Center, No registration needed.

October 3, 2021 Last day to drop class with automatic “W” (fall semester, Module I)

October 5, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Thornton Gymnasium

October 5, 2021 Conversations with Employers: U.S. Army, Noon

October 9, 2021 Fall Morning of Service

November 1, 2021 Spring 2022 Dunham School Internship Application due

What we're reading

University Parkway is the official entryway to campus

Completed in 2015, the campus entrance of University Parkway features 149 birch trees in two sections along Prairie Street and 30 Greenspire linden trees leading toward the Quadrangle. The design was inspired by AU students who suggested that the university should forego the traditional wrought iron gates of academia, and instead create a “living entryway” to welcome guests and students to campus.

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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