Wednesday, January 19, 2022 — For School of Education and Social Work Students

Schingoethe Center exhibit to open next week

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Explore captivating art through the Schingoethe Center’s upcoming exhibit, "Alice Hargrave: Sea Change" and "eARTh tones," beginning Tuesday, January 25, at 5 p.m. “Alice Hargrave: Sea Change” is inspired by ornithologist and artist John James Audubon’s trip to the Florida Keys and Dry Torugas, and addresses the loss of living coral. Hargrave’s large-scale installations include audio recordings, photographic prints on fabric, and framed photos. “eARTh tones” features photographs, painting, sculpture, prints, and installation pieces focusing on some of the most pressing environmental concerns facing our planet. The exhibit is free and runs through April.

A Message from the Dean

Our Merger with YOU! Come on, 2022!
The School of Education and the School of Social Work have merged! The schools, along with the parks and recreation leadership and therapeutic recreation majors, will join the newly formed School of Education and Social Work (SESW). 
This merger will not change your diploma, transcripts, or courses as a student. Truly, your day-to-day experience may not seem to change much either. What will change then? The opportunity for faculty and staff to collaborate across disciplines will be tremendous. This semester is an exciting time to be creative. Ideally, we will have many occasions to share teaching tips, technology pointers, assessment strategies, and, most of all, student engagement ideas. Over time, the collaboration will enrich your experiences.  
Of course, the primary goal of the SESW right now is for everyone to be well. Your health is vital to all of us on each campus and in both modalities. You have so much to do, and being healthy makes all the difference. As we continue to teach and learn in this time of COVID-19, we rely on campus resources to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy. Please call upon Health Services for any questions or concerns you may have about the virus and procedures to follow. AU’s COVID line (630-844-7500) will continue to operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to assist students who need guidance regarding a positive COVID test, COVID-like symptoms, or a COVID exposure. Leave a message if you do not connect immediately. The staff will return your call; there is no need to leave multiple messages. This support is available to all AU students on all three campuses (Aurora, GWC, and Woodstock) and in either of our instructional modalities.

Two Quick Tips

  1. If you are not feeling well, do not come to campus. Contact your instructor to create a plan for learning.
  2. Contact Health Services to discuss your symptoms; then you can discuss isolation/quarantine protocols, if needed.

Our health statistics are strong in the SESW. Please bolster our health and safety by taking care of yourself! The connections among therapeutic recreation, parks and recreation leadership, education, and social work are very fitting. Keeping one another healthy is a part of our plan. We are exceptionally excited that YOU, the most important person in this merger, will be a part of the newly formed school. 
Be well. We are better together in SESW!


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

January 19, 2022 Resident Assistant Information Session, 3 p.m., Institute for Collaboration Room 120 (Registration is not required)

January 25, 2022 Schingoethe Center Exhibit Opening: "Alice Hargrave: Sea Change" and "eARTth tones," 5 p.m.

January 25, 2022 Resident Assistant Information Session, 5 p.m., Institute for Collaboration Room 120 (Registration is not required)

January 28, 2022 The Cultural Exchange: "The Role of Faith in Advocacy," Noon, Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action (Registration is not required)

February 3, 2022 Resident Assistant Information Session, Noon, Institute for Collaboration Room 120 (Registration is not required)

February 20, 2022 Last day to drop with automatic "W" (Module I)

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