Wednesday, March 2, 2022 — For School of Education and Social Work Students

Dive into the Spartan Summer!

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Have you explored AU’s convenient summer course offerings yet? Registration for the Spartan Summer is now open via WebAdvisor. Once again, AU is offering a wonderful lineup of general education/major courses, immersive experiences, and professional preparation courses this summer. Be sure also to check out select courses that will be offered for free in the month of May. Search "FREE TUITION" in WebAdvisor to see the list of included courses.

A Message from the Dean

Let's Eliminate Educational Stigma

The topic of stigma is undoubtedly a hot one. We can experience stigma under various circumstances, including within the system of education. As education and social work students, we all work to reduce others' experiences. Defined as a noun meaning "a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person," stigma implies that judgment has been passed. Stigma may be present when you view others or yourself negatively because of a specific condition or decision.

Attitudes and actions may surface when we judge others. Words that may be well-meaning may contribute to others perceiving stigma despite your good intentions. Let's work together to reduce educational stigma.

One way to reduce educational stigma is to seek support when facing a tough time in classes or at your internship or student teaching. Use the supports that are readily available to you. Your academic advisors and other support staff are here to answer questions. Ask your instructors for support. You may want to explore your options related to academic achievement. If you struggle in a class, withdrawing from the course before the final drop date is better for your grade point average. Worries about failing a class can be lifted when you modify the plan by considering your options.

An academic warning may serve as a prompt to have a conversation with your instructor and your academic advisor. Hiding from the reality of such a warning may delay your success. Again, modifying the plan will promote your overall success.

Work toward your educator or social work identity by becoming a good writer, successful test-taker, and determined career planner by creating a professional portfolio that is sharable with future employers.

Eradicate educational stigma by being honest with yourself.

1. Use your resources wisely.
2. Problem-solve with the professionals who are trained to support you.
3. Modify the academic plan when needed.
4. Be aware of drop dates.


Brenda J. Barnwell, DSW, LCSW, CADC, CODP I
Dean, School of Education and Social Work

P.S. It's time to register for summer 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023. Registration is now open on WebAdvisor for all students; however, students with fewer than 30 credits completed need to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration. If you need to meet with an advisor, please call the Crouse Center for Academic Advising at 630-844-6870 or utilize the Handshake app in Okta to schedule an appointment.

Key Dates

March 2, 2022 "March Into Spring": Free Ice Cream, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., and Free Professional Headshots, 12:30–2 p.m., Hill Center for Student Success

March 5, 2022 8-week Spring Module I Courses End

March 7–13, 2022 Spring Break (The Hill Center for Student Success will be open during Spring Break; meet with Career Services staff, enjoy quiet study space, or visit Spartan Attic)

March 14, 2022 8-week Spring Module II Courses Begin

March 14, 2022 Elysian Magazine Spring 2022 Submission Deadline (email

March 16, 2022 Plus One Graduate Degree Programs Virtual Information Session and Student Panel

March 16, 2022 Wednesday Writing Workshop: “Writing with Research: Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources” (Register via Academic SupportNet)

April 3, 2022 Last Day to Drop Spring Semester Classes with Automatic "W"

May 6, 2022 George Williams College Commencement, 5 p.m., Ferro Pavilion

May 7, 2022 AU Undergraduate Commencement, Noon, Quadrangle

May 8, 2022 AU Graduate Commencement, Noon, Quadrangle
What we're reading

The 1982 AU softball team was the first to advance to a national tournament 
Forty years ago, the Spartan softball team became the first to represent AU in an NCAA Division III Tournament. The 1982 team finished fourth with a 24-10 overall record and 10-2 in conference play. To date, the AU softball program has captured 24 conference championships, including last year, and made 17 NCAA appearances.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

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