Undergraduate Student Engagement Opportunities (8-6-2020)

Dear Students,

Building community and fostering communication are key to a successful educational experience. This fall, connect with faculty, staff, and other students, as we participate in virtual life together.

Engage in Your Remote-Hybrid Learning Environment

  • Being on time and fully present in all synchronous meetings is key. Your faculty are developing a combination of real-time activities (synchronous) and independent work (asynchronous) that are carefully blended. Regular and timely attendance will ensure you understand course expectations.
  • Link your Google and Canvas Course Calendars to stay on top of assignments and course commitments.
  • Make use of the Canvas Student App (iOS | Android). Canvas includes all essential course materials, including syllabi, assignments, and readings, and the Gradebook is regularly updated to reflect your course progress. If your Canvas notifications are set to receive immediate updates you will also be notified of any changes to materials.
  • Ask faculty questions! Take advantage of virtual office hours for your courses. Faculty dedicate time to answer your questions and want to get to know you better.
  • Sign up for Tutoring or Writing/Speaking Center sessions as soon as you receive your first assignments. Get free help and make new friends at the same time.
  • Check out additional services highlighted in last week’s communication.

Community Connections Enrich Education

Make an effort to connect with classmates and friends inside and outside of class. In a virtual environment, sharing life throughout and beyond the classroom is vital to your overall wellbeing and educational success. Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Make class contributions in the large group, Zoom break-out rooms, and other asynchronous settings. Your ideas matter.
  • Personalize your Canvas profile settings. Access your user preferences by clicking the Account icon in the global navigation menu, then choosing Settings. On your Settings page, you can add email addresses or mobile numbers as Ways to Contact, connect other web services, or add a profile picture/avatar.
  • Campus Life provides resources to help you build connections and community through engaging virtual campus activities throughout the semester. Contact campuslife@apu.edu for more information.
  • The International Student Fellowship will meet virtually, providing an opportunity to make friends with students from other cultures. Contact ISS at iss@apu.edu.
  • Commuter students will continue to receive support, resources, and opportunities to connect with other commuters. Students can contact the office at commuters@apu.edu.
  • Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity (SCRD) is committed to sponsoring workshops, programming, and services that promote racial/ethnic identity development, active allyship, antiracist content and practices, and other faith-informed principles that promote cultural diversity and racial equity. For more information, students can email scrd@apu.edu.
  • Find opportunities for student-led conversations and experiences that foster cultural engagement, learning, and community within our Ethnic Organizations.
  • Participate in clubs and organizations and honor society meetings. Be on the lookout for the Fall Club and ORG Fair.
  • Follow @APUCampusLife on Instagram for updates on campus events.
  • Together APU is a designated hub where you can find weekly campus life connections, spiritual formation opportunities, and wellness support.

We Want to Hear from You!

Please take this short Campus Engagement Survey and let us know your ideas for the fall semester. We’d love to hear your feedback and implement those ideas into our planning.

We are excited to continue to build our campus community virtually with you.


Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D., Provost

Shino Simons, Ph.D., Vice President, Student Affairs

Keith Hall, Ed.D., Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion