Wednesday, August 25, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

Welcome home, Spartans! 

Campus Shot

Whether you are new to the university or are a returning student, it is wonderful to have all of us together on campus. Last week, we welcomed 809 freshmen to the AU family. Members of the Class of 2025 represent 36 states and three countries and come from 310 high schools. Enjoy the first week of classes, Spartans. It’s going to be a great year!

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall:

I am so excited to have you and your peers back on campus this fall semester. It has been a busy summer and will be an even busier fall as AU returns to full, regular operations while navigating the unknowns regarding COVID-19. Today, I not only welcome you but write with some news and updates. 

August 27: "First Friday" Campuswide Events 

We know that the last year and half has been difficult for all. The university is taking steps to jumpstart your fall semester by modifying our Friday, August 27, class schedule to focus on academic and social activities for you and your peers.   

In the Dunham School, we will not hold formal undergraduate classes on Friday, August 27. Instead, all Dunham School sophomores, juniors, and seniors are expected to attend a mandatory schoolwide ALL-MAJORS meeting that day. 

If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior with a major in the Dunham School of Business and Public Policy, you should plan to attend this ALL-MAJORS event, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium. Note: Freshmen are not required to attend this event; we have other activities planned for you. 

We will open the day's events with both light refreshments and a meet-and-greet networking event, where you and your peers will have a chance to connect with each other and the faculty and staff of the Dunham School. We will follow this opening session with three panels of invited guests. The panel discussions are opportunities for you to listen to and ask questions of faculty, staff, and current/recently graduated students and alumni.   

We will be serving lunch for attendees. 

Forward Together 

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation remains fluid. Your best source for updates is the Forward Together page on the AU website. Dr. Amy Gray, vice president for student life, emailed everyone noting that AU is instituting a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, faculty, and staff for the 2021–2022 academic year. This applies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to anyone who intends to be physically at any of the university campus locations for any period. Students and faculty who participate in fully online programs, and who have no plan to be on campus, are exempt from this requirement, but are still highly encouraged to get vaccinated. 

Our website remains the best single source for current COVID-19 information, though periodic newsletters, postings, and emailed messages also are provided. These additional resources are available: 


Aurora University is excited to offer TimelyCare, a new telehealth program for students. The service provides access to medical and mental virtual healthcare from anywhere in the United States 24 hours a day seven days a week, with no cost to visit!  

Whether you're feeling under the weather, anxious, or overwhelmed, you will be able to talk to a licensed provider from your smartphone or any web-enabled device. Licensed providers are available to offer medical and mental health support via phone or secure video visits. There are six services available:  

  • Medical: 24/7, on-demand access to a medical provider that can treat a wide range of common illnesses like cold and flu, sinus infection, and allergies.
  • Scheduled Medical: Scheduled options to speak to a medical provider.  
  • TalkNow: 24/7, on-demand access to a mental health professional to talk about anything at anytime.  
  • Scheduled Counseling: Scheduled options to speak to a licensed counselor.  
  • Health Coaching: Access to a nutritional specialist to help students adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors related to sleep issues, weight management, and more.  
  • Psychiatry: Services provided by campus counseling referral.   

How can you access TimelyCare? Visit to register with your preferred name and AU email address. 

Best wishes,

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

P.S. In addition to the Dunham's School's First Friday activities on August 27, you are invited to join the AU community for "Seven Steps to Success." Free food, refreshments, and chances to win some AMAZING prizes will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when you visit Phillips Library, Eckhart Hall (third floor), Campus Public Safety, Tru Blu Coffee, the Wackerlin Center, the Center for Student Success, and the Wellness Center. 

Key Dates

August 27, 2021 "First Friday," an all-majors event for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Dunham School of Business and Public Policy, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Crimi Auditorium

August 30, 2021 Last day to add day classes; evening classes may be added prior to second class meeting; end of 100% refund for fall semester 

September 6, 2021 Labor Day (no classes) 

September 24, 2021 Founders Convocation (no day classes after 1:05 p.m.)

September 24–26, 2021 Homecoming Weekend 

October 11, 2021 Last day to drop class with automatic “W” 

October 15, 2021 Fall Break (no classes) 

November 1, 2021 Spring 2022 Dunham School Internship Application due 

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The Schingoethe Center of Aurora University will host an opening reception for “Curious by Nature” on Tuesday, September 7, from 5–6:30 p.m. “Curious by Nature” showcases more than 80 prints and paintings by Charley and Edie Harper, providing a comprehensive look into the quirky, whimsical world of the artists. The Harpers are world famous for their signature style of “minimal realism,” capturing the spirit of their subjects with elegantly spare visual elements. The exhibit will run through Friday, December 10. The Schingoethe Center, located in the Hill Welcome Center on the southwest corner of campus along University Parkway, is a free museum and art gallery available for all AU students to explore.

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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