Wednesday, November 17, 2021 — For School of Education Students

Here's to a season of thanksgiving 

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Thank you, Spartans, for your remarkable resilience and dedication to the transformative power of learning this semester.

A Message from the Dean

Dear Students:

With the holiday season fast approaching, I’d like to keep this newsletter brief as I know this is a busy time of year for everyone. I’m so grateful to be at Aurora University with you, and I would like to share why I’m so appreciative of AU this Thanksgiving season.
Top 10 Reasons I’m Thankful 

  1. Phillips Library is expanding its Sunday hours; now open 1 p.m. to midnight.
  2. AU's low COVID-19 case numbers.
  3. The return of the annual Christmas concert in person this year. 
  4. Our December graduates.
  5. The building of the new residence hall on the west side of campus.
  6. Holiday drinks at Tru Blu Coffee.
  7. Thanksgiving break and the extra time to spend with family and friends.
  8. Free snacks at the Hill Center for Student Success.
  9. The new facility at Spartan Athletic Park.
  10. The return of Pancake Night on Thursday, December 2, from 9–10:30 p.m., in the Dining Hall!

Be well and stay safe, Spartans!


Jennifer L. Buckley, EdD
Dean, School of Education

Key Dates

November 17, 2021 Cap and Gown Day for December graduation candidates, 10. a.m.–6 p.m., Crimi Atrium in the Institute for Collaboration 

November 17, 2021 Graduate Education Drop-in Session

November 18, 2021 Graduate Education Virtual Drop-in Session

November 19–20, 2021 AU Theatre Department presents "Cendrillon" ("Cinderella") – Opera, 7:30 p.m., Perry Theatre (Registration is not required.)

November 21, 2021 AU Theatre Department presents "Cendrillon" ("Cinderella") – Opera, 3 p.m., Perry Theatre (Registration is not required.)

November 21, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Career Conversation: Kim Harner '08, Psychology

November 24–28, 2021 Thanksgiving Holiday

November 28, 2021 Last day to drop with automatic "W" (Module II)

December 3, 2021 The Cultural Exchange: "Religions and Traditions," Noon, Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action (Registration is not required.)

December 3, 2021 Band Concert presented by the AU Music Department, 7:30 p.m., Crimi Auditorium (Registration is not required.)

December 5, 2021 AU Music Department presents the Annual Christmas Concert

December 6–11, 2021 Final Examinations

December 11, 2021 Commencement

What we're reading

New Spirit Bell Tower rings at Spartan Athletic Park
The Spirit Bell Tower, a 50th reunion gift from the Class of 1969, was installed at Spartan Athletic Park this past summer. The bell will be rung at the start of athletic competitions, after a Spartan victory, and for special events. Go, Spartans!

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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