Wednesday, March 31, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

AU Theatre Department to present spring musical

Campus Shot

Rehearsals are underway for the spring musical, “Fugitive Songs: A Song Cycle” by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. The musical explores the human desire to grow and change and fight against enduring odds. The cast of 12 Aurora University students perform 17 thematically linked songs in a virtual performance set to stream April 14–18. The performers are joined by eight students who serve as camera crew, stage managers, set construction crew, and assistant directors. Register to watch the performance online at

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall and welcome to spring!  

In this installment of my biweekly newsletter, I would like to share some reminders and news of upcoming events. Please feel free to direct any academic questions to me or my colleagues:   

I want to encourage you to (re)join us on campus, in a safe and healthy way. Now that spring is upon us, there's a renewed energy on campus. As we return to a new normal, an important step you can take is to engage more with the campus community. Swing by Dunham Hall and see your professors. Gather safely with a small group friends for a study session in Dunham Atrium. Grab lunch or a snack from the Dining Hall or Spartan Spot. I look forward to seeing each of you in the coming days and weeks! 

Commencement 2021 

Undergraduate and graduate ceremonies on the Aurora University main campus are planned for Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2, 2021. Graduate candidates will receive more information, including their assigned ceremony, date, and time, soon. 

  • Spring 2021 undergraduate or graduate candidates from the Aurora campus participate only in the spring ceremony at the Aurora main campus. 
  • Spring 2021 undergraduate or graduate candidates from AU Online or Woodstock Center may participate in either the Aurora or GWC spring ceremony. 
  • Spring/summer/fall 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the spring 2021 ceremonies. Please monitor your email for more information.

March 28 was the deadline for graduation application. If you did not complete the application, please contact the Registrar's Office at with "Graduation" in the subject line or call 630-844-5462.   

April 2 is the deadline to order your cap and gown. If you have questions, please email You must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. 

To learn more about the spring 2021 graduation ceremonies, visit

Sundays @ 7 Career Conversations  

Join us on Sunday, April 11, at 7 p.m. for the next installment of the Sundays @ 7 Career Conversations. Our guest will be Emiliano Pance ’13, an AU computer science alumnus. Ponce, a senior systems engineer with Tada Cognitive Solutions, has software engineering experience at both a Fortune 500 company and a small start-up company. He has worked with a variety of different languages, libraries, and technology solutions such as Java, JavaScript, React, Express, MongoDB, and Azure. As an AU student, he served as a resident assistant, where he honed his skills as a team player. Ponce also was a team leader for the Communities In School program and a dispatcher for Campus Public Safety. Register for this event online

For a complete list of upcoming Sundays @ 7 Career Conversations, please see explore the Sundays @ 7 website

Spartan Summer 2021  

We are just two months from the start of our all new Spartan Summer experiences. As I mentioned in my prior newsletter, registration has begun for summer 2021. In most cases, undergraduate summer 2021 classes will be offered in a hybrid format.   

The Dunham School of Business and Public Policy will be offering specific courses designed to give you a jump start on your career. These classes are designed to go above and beyond your other coursework and give you a competitive edge in the job market or professional school. I would like to note two courses of particular interest, Technology Immersion BUS2811 and Law School Preparation PSC3813. To learn more about these courses and other classes, check out The Spartan Summer website.

Plus One Programs 

We are about to enter our fourth year of the Plus One programs. This year, we are offering a new version of the MBA program that branches into four areas of specialization:  

  • Business Management 
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Public Administration 
  • Sport Management 

As of this writing, with vaccinations accelerating and changes in CDC guidance regarding social distancing, we are planning on launching the Plus One MBA program in person…though this could change as we respond to external public health concerns. To apply or learn more, please visit the Plus One website or email Tyler Carlson, graduate admission counselor, at  

Complete Your FAFSA 

Are you interested in financial aid for the summer term? Follow the steps below to determine your summer financial aid eligibility. 

  1. Complete the Summer 2021 Aid Application as soon as possible. 
  2. Make sure your 2020–2021 FAFSA is completed. 
  3. Review your AU email account for notifications regarding your summer financial aid eligibility. Allow up to two weeks for notifications after completing steps 1 and 2. 
  4. Submit requested items in “My Documents” on your WebAdvisor account. 

Please be aware that students interested in receiving financial aid for the summer term must be admitted as a degree-seeking student during the summer term. 

The deadline to complete an initial 2020–2021 FAFSA is Wednesday, June 30. Complete your Summer Aid Application now. 


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

P.S. I would like to remind you of the 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference, taking place today, Wednesday, March 31. I hope you will support your peers’ work and their contributions to scholarship. Each presentation can be viewed virtually.
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April is "Level Up" month at AU
“Level Up” in April with Career Services. Throughout the month, AU will be hosting a series of free career service workshops and opportunities. The series includes a professional photo session where you can have a headshot photo taken to use for your LinkedIn or other social media profiles. Additional events include the Sundays @ 7 Career Conversations. You can also sign up for individual resume reviews, virtual mock interviews, and/or a conversation about your career goals. To register, visit

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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