Update - 12 October 2021
A Letter from the President
Welcome to another edition of AU Family. Life on our campuses has settled into a familiar fall routine with a few extra precautions. We are pleased with the level of cooperation we are receiving from members of the AU community regarding COVID-19 precautions. Our low rates of positivity on tests continue to be encouraging. So too the small number of cases.
As we approach the mid-point in the 2021 fall semester, we are paying close attention to academic progress. We are here to help and hope that you will encourage your AU student to take the initiative in seeking any help that may be appropriate. Please take a few moments to review the information below and to remind your student about sources of support on campus.
Rebecca L. Sherrick, PhD
File the 2022–2023 FAFSA
It is important for your student to file the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, as some federal and state aid is first come, first served. If your student needs help filing, they can contact the Office of Financial Aid to schedule an appointment. Students and parents can also email email@example.com or call 630-844-6190 with questions.
When filing the FAFSA, use AU school code 001634. Those filing will need their 2020 federal tax return (all schedules) and W-2s. In addition, all students, parents, and borrowers are required to create a Federal Student Aid ID, which can be done at fsaid.ed.gov.
Study Spaces and Resources
As we look to the midterm, perhaps your student will need a paper proofread or help preparing for an exam. Please remember we have a wonderful Academic Support Center (ASC) to help with academic preparation. The center has both professional and peer tutors to help students in any course. Visit the ASC's webpage for more information.
If studying in the residence hall or at home has become routine for your student, AU has a variety of spaces on campus to utilize. Our two-story Phillips Library has plenty of areas for group and individual work. The Wackerlin Center offers quiet spaces, both inside and outside of the building. And at the new Hill Center for Student Success, students can even enjoy free snacks and refreshments while studying. Other areas, like Dunham Atrium, Tru Blu Coffee, Crimi Atrium, and the lounge in Alumni Hall, are also available.
Leadership Profile: Jeffrey King, EdD
Dr. King is AU’s chief operating officer. In his role, he oversees Campus Public Safety, emergency preparedness, facility operations and maintenance, and Information Technology Services. Dr. King joined the staff of AU in July 2021. He also graduated from AU with a doctorate in education in 2016.
How do you see yourself supporting the mission of the institution?
I strive to provide the best possible services and environment to our students and our staff.
What are your initial impressions of AU?
It’s been clear from the start that AU is a very student-centered, close-knit community.
Do you have advice on how family members can help their college student succeed at AU?
Stay engaged with your children, understand what their interests are, and guide them, but give them space to discover all the opportunities that are open to them.
The Aurora University Chorale, Chamber Choir, and soloists will present a concert on Wednesday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium. The performance will feature compositions by guest Dr. David Brunner, who will discuss his works during the concert.
Phillips Library is offering workshops to teach students how to save and organize references, create bibliographies and in-text citations, and keep track of research. The Citation Managers Workshops will take place Monday, October 25, and Tuesday, October 26, from 7–7:30 p.m. Participants can join via Zoom or in person. Students can register for the workshop here.
Students and family members are invited to attend the fall play, "Puffs," presented by the AU Theatre Department on October 22–23 and 27–30, 2021, at 7:30 p.m., in Perry Theatre.
Alumni continue to share stories about their career paths and provide insights into specific industries through the Sundays @ 7 program. The next virtual conversation, scheduled for October 24, will feature Dezarae Brooks ’03, a biology major who now works as a lead chemist at Ingredion.
The next presentation of “The Cultural Exchange: Conversations at the Intersections of Life,” will feature the topic of cultural appropriation. The conversation will take place Friday, October 29, at noon in the Wackerlin Center.