Thursday, November 5, 2020 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

Students scare up a good time for the community
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Members of the Aurora University Students’ Association, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and Circle K volunteered at the Trunk or Treat event sponsored by AU and the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry last week. Two hundred cars drove through Spartan Athletic Park during the event, where 20 organizations provided treats to more than 800 children. Thank you, Spartans, for helping make the holiday a safe and fun one for so many.

A Message from the Dean

I hope you had an enjoyable Halloween weekend. Despite my decades in higher education, I am always surprised by how fast the autumn holidays arrive, and with that the speed with which the semester passes! If I were teaching one of your classes, it would be at this point in the term that we would pause, take stock, and get a plan for the glide into December. As you prepare for the wrap-up of the fall term, be sure to review your syllabi and organize your calendars to ensure that you are keeping on top of all the moving parts in your academic and student life in the coming weeks. Good, advanced planning is over half the battle to your successful completion of the term.
Today, I would like to take a moment to follow up and remind you of President Sherrick's letter to the university community regarding preliminary plans for the spring term. While we all must function in a world of ever-changing and often imperfect information, at AU, we are always doing our best to make decisions guided by the institution’s mission and core values. It is from this premise that we are striving to strike the appropriate balance between public health and educational mission: 

  • Revisions to the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar – We understand that travel over longer breaks can be a source of potential virus spread. To minimize this risk, we took a hard look at the spring calendar and made a few changes. Most notable is that the term will start on Monday, January 11, and there will not be a spring break.
  • Modes of Instruction – For most courses offered in the Dunham School, we anticipate making classes available for face-to-face delivery (with appropriate safety measures and protocols in place). We also plan to continue to offer the opportunity for remote instruction. We are building a spring term around a “learn-from-anywhere” approach where you will have options when deciding on your learning. Look for more updates on this topic as we closely monitor the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As President Sherrick mentioned, you don’t need to do anything right now. The purpose of the letter and my summary is to provide an update only. Remember, that these plans are preliminary, and that Aurora University will always be subject to the authority of external elected and public health officials. Watch closely for the announcements posted from the university as the plans for spring crystallize in the coming weeks.
Finally, please be sure to read the message about housing options and the application process for spring 2021. The university will once again offer single rooms for those students who desire them. A limited number of double rooms also will be offered. The Office of Residence Life has started accepting spring contracts for current residential students as well as interest forms for those who do not currently live on campus. The priority deadline for students interested in housing for spring is Sunday, November 15. 
If you have specific questions that I or any of the faculty and staff in the Dunham School of Business and Public Policy can answer, please don’t hesitate to email or call me. We are here to support you and your success!


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

November 8, 2020 Sundays @ 7: alumni career conversation with James Edwards ’16, athletic trainer, South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs Class-A affiliate)

November 12, 2020 Virtual Graduate Programs Open House, 6–8 p.m.

November 17, 2020 Virtual Graduate and Plus One Information Session, 5–6 p.m.

November 18, 2020 Virtual Graduate and Plus One Information Session, 11 a.m.–noon

November 19, 2020 Virtual Graduate and Plus One Information Session, 4–5 p.m.

November 25, 2020 Campus-based instruction ends

November 26–29, 2020 Thanksgiving Break

November 30–December 5, 2020 Review Week

What we're reading

Each year, students are invited to nominate a deserving member of the AU faculty to receive the Marcus and Mark H. Trumbo Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s most prestigious faculty recognition. The announcement of the award is made during spring Commencement. Sadly, the extended Aurora University community was not able to gather on the Quad last spring as is the custom. In lieu of this, Dr. Sherrick recently announced the 2020 award recipient, Dave Dial, associate professor of criminal justice. Since arriving at AU in 2012, Dial has distinguished himself as an exceptional teacher, skilled department chair, powerful advocate for students, and enthusiastic campus citizen. As one student wrote, “You can tell he is dedicated to the work he does and that he enjoys it. You can tell he also cares about his students and wants them to succeed, not only during their time at AU, but in life in general.” Congratulations, Professor Dial!

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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