Graduate and Professional Student Engagement Opportunities (8-6-20)

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 make sure 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 well-being and educational success. Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Make class contributions in the large group, in Zoom break-out rooms, as well as in other asynchronous settings.Your ideas matter.
  • Participate in departmental and degree program mixers. For more information, contact your department about Fall offerings.
  • The International Student Fellowship will meet virtually, providing an opportunity to make friends with students from other cultures. Contact ISS at
  • 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
  • Participate in peer mentoring programs, monthly virtual workshops, support groups, clubs and organizations for grad and professional students, spiritual support, regional campus specific resources, and much more.
  • Together APU is a designated hub where you can find weekly campus life connections, spiritual formation opportunities, and wellness support.
  • The Graduate and Professional Student Engagement office communicates with all graduate and professional students regularly. Watch for the monthly Grad and Professional newsletter that highlights many engagement opportunities. For more information, contact

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