Wednesday, March 3, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

Spartan Summer registration now open

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Have you explored AU’s convenient summer course offerings yet? Registration for The Spartan Summer is now open. AU’s summer courses will cover a variety of topics and be offered at a dramatically reduced rate of $425 per credit hour to make it easier for you to advance your education. You will be able to choose from courses that are taught face-to-face, remotely, and in a hybrid format (please see the notations in WebAdvisor). Hybrid gives you the option to attend in person or remotely depending on your preference. If you live out of state, courses marked as "remote" or "hybrid" make the most sense for you. If you are a local student, you may prefer to come to campus for a face-to-face experience.

A Message from the Dean

Dear Students:

You’ve made it! You are now about to cross the midpoint of the term. I hope you are looking forward to a long weekend starting this Friday, March 5. Take a little time for yourself to pause, catch your breath, and enjoy the moment...You deserve it! 
In today’s newsletter, I am excited to share with you some important reminders and announcements. Please feel free to direct any academic questions to me or my colleagues:  

 Spartan Summer 2021 
Now that registration has begun for summer 2021 (along with all of the next academic year), I want to highlight a few items. 
First, in most cases, summer 2021 classes will be offered in a hybrid format. This means you will have the option to attend class in person or remotely via Zoom, just like spring 2021. You can tell if a class is hybrid, fully face-to-face, or fully remote by searching for the class in WebAdvisor and looking in the comments section. There will be a class type designation that you can use to verify the planned delivery method. When in doubt, feel free to contact your student success advisor.
Second, we are offering some excellent undergraduate courses designed to boost your career. These classes go above and beyond your other coursework and give you a competitive edge in the job market or professional school: 
BUS2811 Technology Immersion (4 credits)
This course will prepare you for the interconnected world of big data, information technology, and artificial intelligence. You will apply data to business decisions, coming away with actionable insights about how businesses operate using evidence-based models. Employers seek graduates who can integrate their education with the technology that continues to shape our world. Build your resume this summer by gaining experience in this marketable field. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Jacqueline Babb
PSC3813 Law School Preparation (4 credits)
This course guides you through the admission process and helps prepare you for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), required for entrance into many law schools. You will prepare yourself to build a quality law school application by developing a personal plan for admission, learning test preparation strategies, and completing several practice exams, working with a faculty mentor to polish your admissions essay, and completing mock admissions interviews. For more information, contact Dr. Matt Dabros.
Finally, we are in the midst of admitting and registering our 2021–2022 MBA Plus One class. Remember this year, we have retooled the program to focus on an integrated MBA core curriculum that branches into areas of specialization for careers in business management, digital marketing, public administration, and sport management. It is not too late to apply to the program. To apply or learn more, please visit the Plus One webpage or email Tyler Carlson, graduate admission counselor. 
To learn more about the full slate of Spartan Summer program offerings, including general education and major courses, immersive experiences, professional preparation courses, and graduate and Plus One programs, check out The Spartan Summer webpage.
Sundays @ 7 Career Conversation  
Thinking of going to medical school? Want to learn more? Join AU alumni for a 45-minute Zoom conversation about their career path. The Medical School Panel discussion will take place on Sunday, March 7. This panel will feature experts in the field of medicine and will be moderated by Dr. Sarah Radtke, dean of the School of Health Science. Students will gain insight on how to prepare for medical school at the undergraduate level, how to be a successful medical school applicant, and how to succeed in medical school. 
On Sunday, March 14, join us for a career conversation with AU alumna Karli Simmons-Ayers ’13, business major with a marketing minor. Simmons-Ayers is an HR professional who currently serves as the manager, program reporting and analytics, with HCA Healthcare, a global company with 280,000 employees, in Nashville, Tennessee. She previously worked at PepsiCo as a global talent acquisition reporting analyst and at ComEd, where she began her career as an intern. She is working on her Master of Science in Data Analytics from Western Governors University.
For a complete list of upcoming Sundays @ 7 Career Conversations, please explore the Sundays @ 7 webpage.
Announcements about commencement are coming soon. Like other colleges and universities, AU has posed questions again and again to state and county public health authorities on this subject. We continue to wait for final guidance here too and so are planning for several different scenarios. We want to be ready to share news with you and your family quickly once we understand what is possible.  


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