Wednesday, August 4, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

A vibrant opening for the Hill Center for Student Success 

Campus Shot

The Hill Center for Student Success, home to the offices of career services and alumni relations, is designed to inspire students as they build a purposeful professional and personal life after graduation. So, it is only fitting that the art in the lobby features a translation of charts and paths, offering a colorful and unique way to help people understand information. The 24-foot-long sculpture, titled “Changing Waters,” references data from buoys of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System as well as from coastal weather stations to show relationships between weather patterns and changes in marine life. Aurora University first displayed “Changing Waters” in a 2017 exhibit at the Schingoethe Center. 

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall:

It has been a very busy summer here at AU as we prepare to welcome you and your classmates back to campus in a few weeks! Now that we are into August, it is time to start getting ready for the start of classes on Monday, August 23, 2021. Are you registered yet? If not, you can secure a seat in fall 2021 or spring 2022 courses by registering via WebAdvisor or scheduling an appointment with your academic advisor via Handshake for assistance.

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend is your orientation to life at Aurora University. For incoming first-year students it is a mandatory part of the First Year Experience (FYE) course in which you are enrolled. Welcome Weekend 2021 will be August 19–22. Watch your AU email for more details. You can also email with any questions.

Transfer students are welcome to attend a portion of Welcome Weekend on Friday, August 20. Click here to register and for a schedule of transfer student activities that day.

"First Friday" Events

We know that the last year and half has been difficult for all. The university is taking steps to jumpstart your fall semester by modifying our Friday, August 27, class schedule to focus on academic and social activities for you and your peers. In the Dunham School, we will not hold formal undergraduate classes on Friday, August 27. Instead, you and your peers are expected to attend a mandatory school-wide ALL MAJORS meeting that day. We are calling this "First Friday."

While more details on the day’s agenda will be coming soon, if you are a sophomore, junior, or senior with a major in the Dunham School of Business and Public Policy, you should plan to attend the ALL MAJORS event from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium.

NOTE: Freshmen are not required to attend this event; we have other activities planned for you.

We plan to (re)connect you with faculty and staff while hosting exciting and informative sessions to help you make the most of your major and plan for your career. Student speakers will also offer reflections on their AU experiences.

The day will also include some fun games, giveaways, and activities at different locations across campus.

Please SAVE THE DATE and plan to attend this campus-wide, ALL MAJORS event on August 27.

Forward Together

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation remains fluid. As a reminder from my last newsletter, I’d like to draw your attention to the 2021–2022 Forward Together plan and the FAQs relating to the upcoming academic year. Dr. Amy Gray, vice president for student life, emailed everyone noting that AU is instituting a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, faculty, and staff for the 2021–2022 academic year. This applies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to anyone who intends to be physically at any of the university campus locations for any period. Students and faculty who participate in fully online programs, and who have no plan to be on campus, are exempt from this requirement, but are still highly encouraged to get vaccinated.

To encourage you to submit this documentation, AU is offering an extra incentive. Students who submit completed documentation (copy of vaccination card or exemption form) will be included in a drawing for one $1,000 and three $500 prizes. There are three drawings in total, with two drawings left! To be eligible for the second drawing, submit documentation by Friday, August 13, at noon. To be eligible for the third drawing, submit documentation by Friday, August 20, at noon. Documentation should be sent to For those requesting an exemption, the exemption form can be found here.

All students who have submitted documentation to date will be included in each drawing — the sooner you submit, the more chances you have to win!

More information about the vaccination requirement, including the process for submitting proof of vaccination, or for requesting an exemption, can be found at You can also email with any additional questions.

Peer Tutors

Aurora University’s Academic Support Center (ASC) is encouraging juniors and seniors to consider applying for peer tutoring roles. The position is highly flexible, and tutors work by appointment only; this allows athletes and students with other jobs or limited schedules to participate in campus life and help their peers succeed. The ASC is looking for peer tutors in virtually every major to cover the diverse requests and schedules of students seeking assistance. Applicants should have a 3.35 cumulative GPA or higher and have earned an A or B in the course they plan to tutor. For the Dunham School, we have high need for students with strong accounting, finance, and other quantitative skills. Students can apply directly by contacting Julie Hall, director of the Academic Support Center, or applying online via Handshake.

Everyone on campus is looking forward to welcoming new and returning students back to campus. As you prepare for fall semester, please let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy the last few of weeks of summer, Spartans!

Best wishes,

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

Key Dates

August 7, 2021 Summer Term ends (10-week)

August 13, 2021 Graduation application deadline for summer graduates (via WebAdvisor)

August 19–22, 2021 Welcome Weekend

August 21, 2021 Summer Module II ends (8-week)

August 21, 2021 Summer Term ends (16-week)
August 23, 2021 Fall semester classes begin

August 27, 2021 "First Friday" events

November 1, 2021 Spring 2022 Dunham School internship application due
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Dr. Butters is the recipient of the 2021 Trumbo Award for Excellence in Teaching

During spring commencement, the university awarded its most prestigious faculty recognition to Professor of History Gerald Butters. The Marcus and Mark H. Trumbo Award for Excellence in Teaching acknowledges the finest work of full-time Aurora University faculty as teachers, mentors, and scholars. Butters has been an engaged citizen of the AU community for over 20 years. He has been active in the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series and has worked to extend student learning beyond campus borders by hosting field trips near and far. Last fall, in order to help AU students make sense of the events of the summer, he hosted a forum on race issues; in the spring, he chaired a discussion on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Congratulations and thank you, Dr. Butters, for instilling the love of lifelong learning in your students.

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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