Wednesday, October 21, 2020 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

Explore "Art in the Time of Coronavirus"Campus Shot

The Schingoethe Center of Aurora University is inviting students to virtually visit its latest exhibit, “Art in the Time of Coronavirus.” The online experience features artwork by more than 30 professional and amateur artists from the Fox River Valley and the greater Chicagoland area, including several AU alumni. The exhibit includes photographs, ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture, and paper art made in the spring and early summer of 2020. The pieces illustrate a range of responses during the shelter-in-place order.

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall:

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and the seasonal décor is going up everywhere! As it is for many of you, this is my favorite time of the year. It is a time for celebration and reflection as we prepare for a season of family and friends (even if it's seeing them via Zoom!). The year 2020 has been a challenging one to say the least, but I know we can look back on it with a sense of pride as we know we made it through together.
In this newsletter installment, I want to draw your attention to two items: (i) campus resources for your success and (ii) how you can prepare for graduate school. 
Campus Resources for Student Success
As we cross the midpoint for the fall semester, now is the time to take stock of all the resources Aurora University makes available to you for your success. In my many years of teaching, one resource that stands out as particularly useful at this time of the semester is AU’s Academic Support Center located in Phillips Library. The ASC offers a wide range of tutoring and academic support resources, including regular writing workshops, along with one-on-one appointments to assist you in completing homework and other assignments. In addition to the ASC, AU offers the Center for Student Success (academic advising, vocational exploration, and career services), Counseling and Psychological Services, the Disability Resource OfficeHealth Services, and Information Technology Services to meet your needs.
Whether you are on campus or at home, AU can help you achieve success during the second half of the semester. Learn how the university can support you from this Spartans Together video message
Preparing for Graduate School
You may be wondering why am I writing about graduate school in October. Many colleges and universities, AU included, begin accepting and reviewing applications for graduate school around this time for the next year. For those seniors considering graduate school, whether at AU or another institution, now is the time to act.
At AU, we offer a wide variety of graduate school programs, both in person and online. Three years ago, we launched the Plus One Graduate Degree Programs, which include Criminal JusticeDigital Marketing and Design, and Exercise Science for early career professionals. Aurora University’s Plus One graduate programs allow you to complete your master’s degree in one year. The program begins in June and finishes the following May. Through AU's Plus One programs, you will:

  • Gain professional growth opportunities. You’ll participate in a premier internship, portfolio project, or high-impact learning experience, along with networking opportunities with area businesses and organizations.
  • Increase your earning and management potential. U.S. workers holding a master’s degree earn 20% more in average annual salary than those with only a bachelor’s degree (source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Develop the skills that employers seek. You’ll learn advanced concepts, along with critical-thinking and decision-making skills, from top-notch faculty with real-world experience.
To learn more about AU’s graduate programs, I encourage seniors (and juniors who are thinking ahead) to attend one of our upcoming Virtual Graduate and Plus One Information Sessions or the Virtual Graduate Athletic Training and Exercise Science Open House. See the “Key dates” section below for specific dates and times. 

I would also like to relay a reminder for freshmen. It is time to register for spring 2021 classes. A few notes:

  • Watch the advising workshop tutorial videos.
  • Make sure your account is in good standing to avoid a registration hold.
  • Follow the directions in the tutorial videos for planning your courses and scheduling an appointment.
And for everyone, be sure you are registered to vote, and make a plan to vote. Visit for voter registration information for all states and territories. Then learn about the candidates and issues on the ballot. The League of Women Voters in each state provides a non-partisan analysis. The Illinois voter guide is available here. Please make a plan to vote early by mail or on the day of the election, November 3. Your vote is vital!

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

October 21, 2020 Virtual Graduate and Plus One Information Session, 6–7 p.m.
October 22, 2020 Virtual Graduate and Plus One Information Session, 4–5 p.m.
October 23, 2020 Elysian AU Literacy Magazine submissions due

October 25, 2020 Sundays @ 7: alumni career conversation with Amir Kirkwood ’94, chief lending and investment officer, Opportunity Finance Network

October 29, 2020 Virtual Graduate Athletic Training and Exercise Science Open House, 6–7:30 p.m.

November 1, 2020 Sundays @ 7: alumni career conversation with Spencer Morrissey ’13, officer, Byron Police Department
November 3, 2020 Virtual Graduate and Plus One Information Session, 5–6 p.m.
November 8, 2020 Sundays @ 7: alumni career conversation with James Edwards ’16, athletic trainer, South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs Class-A affiliate)

What we're reading

Aurora University is comprised of five distinctive settings dedicated to the transformative power of learning. There is the main campus, where a majority of students are enrolled. The 137-acre lakeside campus of George Williams College of Aurora University in Wisconsin serves students in business administration, nursing, psychology, and social work undergraduate programs, as well as the Master of Social Work. Aurora University Woodstock Center in McHenry County offers adult students degree programs in business, education, public policy, and social work. Approximately five miles from the main campus, Aurora University Orchard Center is home to the Center for Graduate Studies, AU Online, and the School of Social Work. Social work and business graduate students meet for class at this facility. Distance learners can take advantage of an Aurora University education through AU Online, which offers a wide variety of undergraduate transfer, graduate, and endorsement programs.

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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