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A Letter from the President
The 2022 spring semester is underway at Aurora University, and I write with important updates for the family members of our students. My hope is that your son or daughter participated in our intensive January Jumpstart program, designed to prepare students for success in the weeks ahead. AU invested over $1 million in this effort and benefitted from the counsel of students and faculty in designing the various programs offered via Zoom. We will continue to look for ways to help students reclaim the academic progress interrupted for so many by the pandemic. Watch for news about special educational options coming during the May Term that follows graduation.
Over the past 18 months, all of us on campus collaborated to develop additional new programs for students. We were impressed that many seemed to prefer having some services available online. This is what prompted our investment in TimelyCare, a 24/7/365 medical and mental health service for AU students. We told you about this important innovation last fall, but offer another reminder in this newsletter. Please encourage your AU student to take full advantage of this important new opportunity to gain professional counsel at literally any hour of the day or night free of charge. Initial reactions are quite positive. Remember too that we do have in-person staff in both the health and counseling centers.
Each week even when the university is in session, we provide career development opportunities through the Sundays @ 7 program. We rely upon Zoom to connect current students with successful recent graduates in their fields of study. Often it helps an undergraduate to learn directly from someone who walked the same path a few years earlier. These programs also are free and open to all. In fact, you might want to consider attending one or two to learn more about options available to your student. And remember also to remind them that the Hill Center for Student Success is a great resource for in-person appointments . . . as well as a plentiful source of free popcorn and cozy study space.
I am optimistic about the weeks that lie ahead. Our campus communities have done an excellent job of preventing the spread of the virus. With masks in place (at least through spring break) and high vaccination rates, we are confident that this will be a truly excellent semester. Thanks for reading and for encouraging your Aurora University student to take full advantage of all that is available on campus or via Zoom.
Rebecca L. Sherrick, PhD
Sundays @ 7 Career Conversations
AU students have several opportunities to prepare for their future career through programming at the Center for Student Success. In addition to career and internship workshops and campus visits from employers, the Center hosts the Sundays @ 7 series. These free 45-minute virtual career conversations with alumni allow students to learn about specific career paths, gain insights into employment fields, and build a professional network before graduation. Conversations for the next two months include:
Sunday, January 23
Tom Garza ’13, Technical Recruiter, Meta (Parent of Facebook)
Sunday, January 30
Lorelei Ritzert ’16, Lead Graphic Designer, Dallas Wings, WNBA
Sunday, February 6
Chapin Wehde ’11, Director of Athletic Training Services, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Sunday, February 20
Damian Lewis ’11, ’21, Business Manager, XBOX Gaming Ecosystem for Microsoft
Sunday, February 27
Tim Mackey ’12, Senior Project Specialist, Equifax
For the complete spring schedule, click here.
Free telehealth available to students 24/7/365
TimelyCare, a telehealth program for AU students, provides access to medical and mental virtual healthcare from anywhere in the United States 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost.
If your student is feeling under the weather, anxious, or overwhelmed, he or she will be able to talk to a licensed provider from a smartphone or any web-enabled device. There are six services available:
- Medical: 24/7, on-demand access to a medical provider that can treat a wide range of common illnesses like cold and flu, sinus infection, and allergies.
- Scheduled Medical: Scheduled options to speak to a medical provider.
- TalkNow: 24/7, on-demand access to a mental health professional to talk about anything at anytime.
- Scheduled Counseling: Scheduled options to speak to a licensed counselor.
- Health Coaching: Access to a nutritional specialist to help students adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors related to sleep issues, weight management, and more.
- Psychiatry: Services provided by campus counseling referral.
Students can register for this free service at timelycare.com/AU.