Wednesday, October 6, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

Campus Public Safety moves to centralized location

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Campus Public Safety (CPS) has moved into a new space on the ground floor of the parking garage at 1405 Prairie St. The new location will allow for convenient access to police officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All of the Aurora University CPS officers are highly trained with many years of law enforcement experience. The mission of CPS is to provide outstanding police services and promote a safe and secure living and working environment through community education and preparedness.

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall:

As we approach the midpoint in the semester, now is a great time to take stock of your academic progress this term. Have you reviewed your class schedule and assignment due dates? Checked your grades on Moodle? Met with your professors to discuss your classes and performance? There is no reason you should be surprised about how you are doing in your classes. Take the initiative and reach out to your professors and just ask. By acting now, you are setting yourself up for a strong and successful end of the fall semester.

File Your 2022–2023 FAFSA
If you haven't done so already, file your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). If you need help filing your FAFSA, contact the Office of Financial Aid to schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor. As always, you can also have your questions answered by emailing or calling 630-844-6190. File your 2022-2023 FAFSA at and use AU school code 001634.

Be sure to have the following items when filing your FAFSA:

  • All students, parents, and borrowers are required to create an FSA ID. You can apply for an FSA ID at
  • 2020 federal tax return (all schedules) and W-2s.

Morning of Service
Join your classmates in a morning of giving back to the community this Saturday, October 9. AU’s annual Morning of Service is open to all members of the AU community. Check-in is at the Hill Center for Student Success (just south of the parking garage) at 8:45 a.m. Volunteers will depart to local agencies at 9 a.m. and return to campus by noon. All sites will follow CDC COVID-19 safety measures; you will need to wear a mask as a volunteer. You can sign up online here.

Sundays @ 7 Law School Panel Discussion
Join us Sunday, October 10, for the virtual panel discussion, "Demystifying Law School," which will feature AU alumni Bryce Wallard ’19 (Pepperdine Law School), Leah Rachow ’19 (University of Iowa Law School), and Analy Ayala Blanco ’20 (University of Illinois College of Law). The panel will be moderated by Dr. Matt Dabros, pre-law advisor and associate professor of political science. Register online for this event.

Fall 2021 Graduation
Plans are underway for an in-person commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, December 11, in Thornton Gymnasium. If you are a fall graduate, you must apply for graduation through WebAdvisor before the deadline of Monday, October 11. If you have any questions regarding your degree completion date, you may contact your  Crouse Center academic advisor. All graduates must submit the Graduation Application regardless of participation in the ceremony. Please be aware that ceremony details have not been finalized. Continue monitoring the commencement website and your AU email for more information.

Best wishes,

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

Key Dates

October 6, 2021 Virtual Writing Workshop: "How Do I Write This? Avoiding Plagiarism by Quoting and Paraphrasing" 

October 9, 2021 Morning of Service 

October 10, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Career Conversation: Law School Panel 

October 11, 2021 December Graduation Application due 

October 12, 2021 Center for Student Success Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m.

October 13, 2021 Aurora University Chorale and Chamber Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m., Crimi Auditorium (no registration required)

October 15–17, 2021 Fall Weekend (no traditional day classes)

October 16, 2021 8-week Fall Module I ends

October 18, 2021 8-week Fall Module II begins

October 19, 2021 Conversations with Employers: FBI

November 1, 2021 Spring 2022 Dunham School Internship Application due

What we're reading

Alumni Hall and Stephens Hall continue to serve students four decades after expansions

There have been many enhancements and additions to the Aurora campus since its founding in 1912. Forty years ago, two buildings were expanded. The dining hall was added to Alumni Hall and a new laboratory wing was built in Stephens Hall (known then as Stephens Hall of Science). In recent years, the dining hall has been renovated and expanded, providing students with additional spaces to socialize and dine. The main portion of Stephens Hall continues to house science labs as well as a theatre studio, art studio, and greenhouse.

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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