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What Will You Do with Your AU Benefits this Year?

New Year Brings New AU Benefits

By Dan Beardslee '07

Alumni Kenneth Walsh, SOC/MA '70, and Dan Lothian, SOC/MA '88, will be featured panelists during "An Evening with White House Correspondents" on April 27 at American University.

Photo Credit: Smithsonian/Charlie Orchambault.

Who ever thought that you could “walk into” Bender Library from off campus or open the door to the Smithsonian at the Katzen Arts Center? With expanded benefits and newly cultivated partnerships, the AU Alumni Association can ensure that no matter where you are, the perks of being an Eagle will help you reach new heights.

With an expanded number of computer terminals and a streamlined appearance, Bender Library continues to offer D.C.-based alumni easy access to AU’s network of academic tools, including four-week borrowing privileges for books as well as on-site use of videos, periodicals, and the entire MyALADIN database. If the resources are overwhelming, feel free to tap into the knowledge of the on-duty Reference Librarians or subject specialists who can easily assist you in navigating the landscape of a variety of topics.

You don’t need to be in or around the library to take advantage of the many AU resources available to you. In addition to providing access to EBSCO’s Academic Search Alumni edition through inCircle, AU’s online community, Bender Library has also partnered with Journal Storage’s (JSTOR) Jason Phillips, KSB/MBA ’99 to participate in a nation-wide alumni access pilot program that brings JSTOR’s very popular resources to AU alumni. AU has also added access to Project MUSE, a database for the humanities and social sciences. Thanks to partnerships like these, no matter if you’re stuck across town or across an ocean, you’re never out of touch with top-notch online access. 

“Alumni are absolutely vital to our future”, says University Librarian Bill Mayer. “I’m very pleased to be able to offer wider resources, more opportunities to connect with current campus culture, and of course a multitude of projects to support. I look forward to doing more with our alums in the coming year”.

While offering broader avenues of accessibility off-campus, AU has also drawn in a number of opportunities from Washington’s expansive network. AU is partnering with the Smithsonian to hold several upcoming Smithsonian Associates programs on campus at AU from April 15 to April 29 at the Katzen Arts Center and Greenberg Theatre. 

Programs include an evening with noted White House correspondents; an interview with renowned biologist E.O. Wilson; a discussion and reception with distinguished museum directors; a performance by pianist John Eaton with Rob Bamberger, host of WAMU’s popular radio show Hot Jazz Saturday night; an evening of jazz with Paris-born saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh and his group Jerome Sabbagh Trio; and a compelling evening of insights from wildlife filmmaker and AU professor Chris Palmer, as he discusses his new book Shooting in the Wild (Sierra Club Books, 2010.)

The Smithsonian partnership seemed a natural fit, says Jacqueline Corbett, SPA/MSOD ’09, director of communication for the School of Public Affairs and former Smithsonian staffer. “ I know both institutions share a commitment to life-long learning,” says Corbett, who coordinated the match between AU and the Smithsonian.

To reserve tickets for any of the programs described here, visit The Smithsonian Associates Web site and enter the code: 182304 to get the special AU rate. 

Your AU benefits don’t stop with special access to information and cool programs. AU has a partnership with GEICO to provide alumni with deals on car insurance - a benefit that more than 5,000 alumni look into every year. And if you’re on the road, the AU Alumni Association maintains partnerships with Alamo and National car rental companies for your convenience.

To push your AU alumni status to the limit, make a donation of any amount and receive 20% off AU merchandise at the campus store, a discount on your alumni membership at the Jacobs Fitness Center, and countless other on-campus amenities. There is no telling what we will be able to offer next.