Friday, April 1, 2022 — For College of Education and Social Work Students

Spring into the season's final choral concert

Campus Shot

The Aurora University Chorale and Chamber Choir are busy preparing for the annual spring concert on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium. The Chorale will perform Jake Runestad’s “Let My Love Be Heard” and “Proud Music of the Storm,” two pieces perfectly suited for the times, among several other pieces by living composers. The ensemble will also explore the historic music of Schubert and Brahms. The Chamber Choir will present sacred and secular music across the ages. The concert will also serve as the conducting debut of music major Eric Poe '22. To reserve a seat for this varied program of styles and texts, visit

A Message from the Dean

Did you know that the College of Education and Social Work consists of undergraduate and graduate programs? Autism studies, education, parks and recreation leadership, social work, and therapeutic recreation comprise our undergraduate programs. In addition, both education and social work have graduate programs.

Your program of study comes with specific coursework, an internship or student teaching, and professional identity. Even with these clear expectations, you will add your interpretation and personalized touch. Your sense of self will be one of many factors that will lead to your professional self.

Professional planning and preparation are in order as the spring semester heads into the final stretch. Here are a few tips for you to follow:

1. Gather and maintain electronic versions of your syllabi. The licensure organization may request a copy of your syllabi. Keep these documents until you have completed the process of licensure or certification within your field of study.

2. Ask your professors for tips related to licensure, certification, endorsement, etc. If an organization outside of Aurora University oversees your credentials, follow their directives explicitly. Provide the credentialing body with required paperwork in a timely fashion.

3. Seek mentoring connections with those employed in agencies, governmental facilities, schools, hospitals, and community organizations while considering your career goals.

4. Accept responsibility for your choices, mistakes, and assets. Own your position and role. Embrace your professional identity fully, the strengths, and growth opportunities.

Options that pave a path for becoming a professional should include professional identity and professional achievement considerations. Our roles and behaviors create a persona. Even our professions of choice come with expected temperaments. The goodness of fit between your personal and professional behaviors will influence your sense of wholeness or fragmentation.

Challenging aspects of creating a professional identity are asking yourself tough questions and taking risks. Challenge yourself to be intentionally vulnerable enough to use your resources effectively. Although it may be tough to ask for support, this step is crucial for your development. Successful students and professionals do not give up; they pursue information and seek assistance.

Your identity is an amalgamation of many facets. Identity formation is ongoing and enduring throughout each age and stage of life. You will discover changes in your self-perception as changes occur. Be open to redefining your identity as you continue to grow.


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

Key Dates

April 1–3, 2022 AU Theatre Department presents "The SpongeBob Musical"

April 2, 2022 Graduate Social Work Virtual Open House

April 3, 2022 Last Day to Drop Spring Semester (16-week) Classes with Automatic "W"

April 5, 2022 Employer Conversation: VNA Health Care

April 6, 2022 Workshop: Creating an Effective Resume

April 6–7, 2022 Cap and Gown Days, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Crimi Atrium

April 7, 2022 Graduate Education Virtual Information Session 

April 7, 2022 Virtual Job Fair (Register via Handshake.)

April 7, 2022 Schingoethe Center Faculty/Artist Gallery Talk: "Alice Hargrave: Sea Change"

April 9, 2022 Morning of Service

April 10, 2022 AU4U Plus One Orientation, 10 a.m.–Noon, Crimi Auditorium

April 12, 2022 Schingoethe Center Exhibitions Reception: "Alice Hargrave: Sea Change" and "eARTh tones"

April 13, 2022 Employer Conversation: Rush Copley Medical Center

April 14, 2022 Employer on Campus: Northwestern Medicine, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Dunham Atrium

April 15–17, 2022 Easter Break

April 18, 2022 Free Professional Headshots, 3–5:30 p.m., Hill Center for Student Success (Registration is not required.)

April 19, 2022 Free Professional Headshots, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Hill Center for Student Success (Registration is not required.)

April 20, 2022 Financial Literacy Workshop: Making and Managing Your Money

April 22, 2022 Honors Convocation (no traditional day classes after 1:05 p.m.)

April 24, 2022 Last Day to Drop with Automatic "W" (Module II – second 8 weeks)

April 26, 2022 AU Music Department Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Crimi Auditorium (Registration is not required.)

May 2–7, 2022 Final Exams

May 6, 2022 George Williams College Commencement, 5 p.m., Ferro Pavilion

May 7, 2022 AU Undergraduate Commencement, Noon, Quadrangle

May 8, 2022 AU Graduate Commencement, Noon, Quadrangle

May 9–August 27, 2022 Summer Term
What we're reading

The Aurora University campus was established 110 years ago 
What we know as Aurora University today was once Mendota College located in Mendota, Illinois. Nearly 20 years after its founding, the college moved 50 miles northeast to Aurora. President Orrin Roe Jenks led the parade from Mendota to Aurora on April 3, 1912; classes began the next day. At that time, the new campus consisted of Eckhart Hall, Wilkinson Hall, and Davis Hall.

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