Wednesday, October 20, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

AU Theatre to present Harry Potter parody 

Magical misfits and loads of laughs will fill Perry Theatre over the next two weeks. Join the AU Theatre Department as 30 students present "Puffs," a satire based on the Harry Potter series. The play will be staged October 22–23 and 27–30, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are not required for this free presentation.

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall:

As we enter the second half of the semester, now is the time to start planning to finish your fall term strong. Time will fly fast as the Thanksgiving break approaches. When we return, you will need to be ready to wrap up the semester during your last class sessions and prepare for your final projects, presentations, and exams. Please remember, faculty and staff are here to support you and your peers. Outside of the classroom, there are several opportunities you will want to consider as you plan ahead. I've noted some below.

Plus One Graduate Degrees Virtual Open House 
It's not too early to start thinking about your post-graduation plans. Explore AU's Plus One graduate degree programs, which allow you to earn a master's degree in just ONE year. Join us via Zoom on Thursday, October 21, from 5:50–8 p.m. for a Plus One Graduate Degree Programs Virtual Information Session and Student Panel to learn about the following programs: 
Master of Arts in Teaching 
Content Areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology 
Master of Business Administration
Tracks: Business Management, Digital Marketing, Healthcare, and Sport Management 
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Concentrations: Leadership and Administration and Psychology and the Law 
Master of Science in Exercise Science
Learn more about program options and the admission process, and hear from current students and alumni about their experiences. A live chat will be available for you to ask questions and engage with our faculty and staff. Zoom login information will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the event. Register online
Internships: Why to Have One and How to Secure One 
Join us Monday, November 1, at 7 p.m. for a conversation with your peers about the value of securing an internship. Panelists will discuss how to secure an internship. To secure a spot for this event, register online.
Speaking of internships, the spring 2022 Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Internship Application deadline is Monday, November 1. The Dunham School has a rich online repository of information about school-specific internships. To learn more, please contact Brianne Di Pasquantonio, the Dunham School’s business internship program manager, at, 630-844-7574, or Dunham Hall 239. The deadline for summer 2022 internships is March 1, 2022. 
Sundays @ 7 Career Conversations
Join us Sunday, November 7, at 7 p.m. for a career conversation with marketing and communication graduate Ashley Camillo ’07. Ashley has experience in strategic marketing and communication, planning, and execution, including content creation, new product launch and go-to-market strategy, messaging, marketing strategy, eCommerce strategy, partner and channel marketing, and lead generation. In her current position with Chamberlain Group International, a global enterprise company, Ashley spearheaded the 2020 30-second commercial for LiftMaster that spoofed an iconic scene from the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”; she also launched a garage delivery partnership with Amazon. To attend this sesssion, register online.  
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Club 
The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Club will hold its first meeting Thursday, October 21, at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Members will have an opportunity to meet each other and share their business ideas. The club will also discuss its upcoming logo contest, the opportunity to affiliate with the national organization, and themes for the upcoming year. If you are interested in attending the meeting, register here.

File Your 2022–2023 FAFSA
If you haven't done so already, file your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). If you need help filing your FAFSA, contact the Office of Financial Aid to schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor. As always, you can also have your questions answered by emailing or calling 630-844-6190. File your 2022-2023 FAFSA at and use AU school code 001634.

Be sure to have the following items when filing your FAFSA:

  • All students, parents, and borrowers are required to create an FSA ID. You can apply for an FSA ID at
  • 2020 federal tax return (all schedules) and W-2s.

Best wishes,

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

Key Dates

October 21, 2021 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Club Meeting

October 21, 2021 Black Student Union General Meeting, Noon, Institute for Collaboration 204

October 21, 2021 Plus One Graduate Degree Programs Virtual Information Session and Student Panel

October 22–23 and 27–30, 2021 AU Theatre Department's Fall Play: "Puffs"

October 24, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Career Conversation: Dezarae Brooks '03, Biology

October 25 and 26, 2021 Rock Your References: Citation Managers Workshops

October 26, 2021 Making Handshake Work for You Workshop: Discover How to Find Internships and Career Opportunities

October 27, 2021 Employer Conversation: Travelers Corporation

November 1, 2021 Spring 2022 Dunham School Internship Application due

November 7, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Career Conversation: Ashley Camillo ' 07, Marketing and Communication

November 7, 2021 Last day to drop fall semester classes with an automatic "W" (for 16-week fall term classes)

What we're reading

AU offers 200 computer working stations
Aurora University has five main computer labs and three mini labs throughout the campus, housing 200 computers available for student use. The main labs are open Monday–Saturday with the Phillips Library lab open on Sundays as well. All computers are equipped with essential software programs. For more information about lab locations and amenities, visit the ITS Computer Labs webpage.

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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