AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

President Kerwin giving a convocation speech to AU students in the Brown-Woods Atrium

April 2011

Spring is here and we’re loving every minute of it, from the breathtaking blossoms to the non-stop activities and visitors in DC. It’s also an exciting time on campus to celebrate the honors and awards our students are winning and the LEED Gold Certification for the green design and construction of our new School of International Service. Our commitment to sustainability continues as we install more roof gardens and the largest solar panel installation in the DC area. Campus Beautification Day on April 5 will find us planting trees and sprucing up the campus grounds. 

“Green Campus, Green Communities” highlights a jam-packed Earth Week (April 18-22) that includes our popular plant and flower sale open to the public on Wednesday, April 20, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., while you shop at our Farmers’ Market that’s on the quad every Wednesday. Visit http://www.american.edu/finance/sustainability/Earth-Week.cfm for a schedule of Earth Week events on campus.

A new art exhibition opens at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. April’s schedule at the Katzen features an array of jazz, symphony concerts, and dance and theater performances.

We’ll slow our pace at the end of April as students study for exams and we prepare for graduation festivities in early May. As students move out of their residence halls, we’re doing something new – a Project Move-Out Community Sale for lightly used and unwanted items collected from across the campus. We invite our neighbors to shop at the sale on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Tavern in Mary Graydon Center. Everything will be priced under $10. Early bird specials for $5 from 8 a.m. –  9 a.m.  All proceeds and remaining items will go to these charities: the Capital Area Food Bank, MOMIES TLC, Damien Ministries, and A Wider Circle.

Looking ahead, we hope you will mark your calendars for 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20, and join us on the quad for a very special garden party and wine tasting sponsored by the Friends of the AU Library and the Arboretum and Gardens. For more information on this event, visit http://www.american.edu/library/friends/events.cfm.

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American University Files 10-Year Plan for Campus Facilities

Nebraska Parking lot

American University has filed its 2011 Campus Plan with the District of Columbia Zoning Commission. The plan reflects AU’s desire to strengthen its impressive growth in academic prestige, be an asset to Washington, DC, and an educational, cultural, and aesthetic amenity to the surrounding community. 

“AU is academically stronger and more selective than ever before,” said university President Neil Kerwin. “The 2011 Campus Plan will allow us to improve facilities and keep AU competitive in the realm of higher education.”

To support its academic objectives, AU plans to:

  • enhance undergraduate housing to remain competitive;
  • provide more recreation, dining, and activity space;
  • create a new Washington College of Law (WCL) at Tenleytown, close to public transportation and retail;
  • build additional offices to attract and keep top faculty;
  • improve science and research facilities;
  • add athletic facilities for fitness and campus wellness;
  • establish an admissions welcome center for new students and their parents; and
  • create an alumni center to serve graduates.

Key plan projects to fulfill these exciting objectives include the development of an East Campus and a new home for WCL on the Tenley campus. The East Campus development will transform the eight-acre Nebraska Avenue parking lot into a new living and learning community on our campus consisting of six buildings with underground parking. The East Campus is designed to accommodate 765 students in contemporary residence halls, recreation and activity space for students, instructional spaces, the Admissions Welcome Center, Alumni Center, and administrative offices. Small-scale retail spaces also are planned along New Mexico Avenue. The proposed WCL facilities at the Tenley Campus will reside within the current campus building footprint, as Capital Hall will be renovated and integrated with a new facility designed to complement its architecture. Moving the law school to the Tenley Campus, already situated on a major urban corridor with adjacent Metro and bus lines, also would support AU’s ongoing commitment to sustainability by encouraging the use of mass transit.

The proposals for the next decade are expected to result in a minimal (1.3 percent) growth in the undergraduate population and moderate growth in graduate and law school programs.

The Campus Plan is filed in compliance with the District of Columbia Zoning Commision’s requirement that all local colleges and universities submit a plan every 10 years that outlines projected facilities growth and campus enhancements for the coming decade. 

For more information, or to read the Executive Summary and view the 2011 Campus Plan in its entirety, visit http://www.american.edu/finance/fas/2011-Campus-Plan.cfm. Reference copies also are available at the Bender Library (Archives room, 3rd floor), AU Law Library (Circulation Desk, 1st floor), and Tenley-Friendship Public library (Reference Desk, 2nd floor).

To find out how you can show your support for the 2011 Campus Plan, visit www.american.edu/finance/fas/SupportCP.cfm. Also, be sure to visit the site from time to time for all the latest information and updates.

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Spring 2011 Art Exhibition and Reception

Gail S. Rebhan, Albermarle Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW (detail), 1949/2009. Photo collage. Image courtesy of the artist.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Spring 2011 exhibition at our artists’ reception on Saturday, April 2 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Free and open to the public, the opening will showcase:

  • 21 of the most talented and successful young Spanish designers in BRAVOS Goundbreaking Spanish Design, accompanied by a series of programs this spring and summer co-hosted by the AU Museum and SPAIN arts & culture 2011 (for a full schedule visit www.spainculture.us). 
  • Washington, DC’s acclaimed artist Sam Gilliam who will transform the 8,000 sq. ft. on the museum’s third floor into an exciting and colorful work of art titled Viper in Paradise.
  • works by the late artist Robert D’Arista, who left a large and lasting influence on his many students and admirers, shows his brilliance as a draftsman, painter, and sculptor in Exceptional Glimpses of an Original.
  • the photo-collages of Gail S. Rebhan captured in A Cultural History of My Neighborhood which examine the cultural history of the Tenleytown area. Her larger photo-collages can be seen in the windows of the vacant building at the intersection of Brandywine Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Free parking for this event is available under the Katzen building. 

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AU Orchestra Performance

Student Orchestra

You’ve filed your taxes, so now relax and enjoy a Spring concert by the AU Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15 or Saturday, April 16 at the Katzen Arts Center. Led by conductor Jesus Manuel Berard, the program will include the Annual Concerto and Aria Competition winner(s) and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D. Op. 43. The performance is in the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen. Tickets for the performance are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors. Free parking is available under the Katzen Arts Center. For tickets and information, call (202) 885-ARTS or visit http://www.american.edu/auarts.

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Campus Beautification Day

On April 5, you’ll notice lots of AU faculty, students, and staff – and neighbors – working together on AU’s main quad and Tenley campus for our 18th annual Campus Beautification Day. We’ll work in teams from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 15 sites around the campus, planting new trees, tending gardens, as well as working on a green roof in-fill planting at our new School of International Service. It’s a great community effort that underscores AU’s commitment to sustainability and to the “greening” of our campus. At noon, we’ll all gather for a barbecue in the amphitheater. If you’d like to join us, contact Mark Feist, Assistant Director of Grounds & Vehicles at mfeist@american.edu. Just wear comfortable clothes, and we’ll supply to gloves, water, and our Campus Beautification Day t-shirt. Rain date is April 6.

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Reel Journalism at the Newseum

AU’s School of Journalism and the Newseum team up again for two exciting events this month. On Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Reel Journalism with Nick Clooney hosts ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer at the Newseum’s Annenberg Theater for a screening of The China Syndrome (made in 1979 starring Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas) followed by Q&A. On Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m., The Philadelphia Story (made in 1940 starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart) will be screened with guests Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, and Alan Greenspan, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Moderator Nick Clooney is the distinguished journalist-in-residence for AU’s journalism school and the Newseum. The AU community (including our neighbors) can purchase tickets for these events online for $10 using the AU discount code 80050206 at http://www.newseum.org/programs/reel-journalism/2010---2011-season/index.html. The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

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AU Alums Offer Tours of the Baltimore Museum and the National Zoo

Kenton Kerns, CAS/BS '07, works with the golden lion tamarins at the National Zoo. Photo Credit: Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Spring is great inspiration to get moving and see new things. Join AU alumna Kristen Hileman (SIS/BA ’95), Curator of Contemporary Art at the Baltimore Museum on Saturday, April 9, at 4 p.m. for a guided tour of the museum’s exhibition Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960, followed by a stop at Gertrude’s for refreshments. Family and guests are welcome. Please RSVP by April 7 as space is limited for this free event. For more information and to RSVP, contact Melissa Bevins at bevins@american.edu or (202) 885-5933. 

 

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., AU alumnus Kenton Kerns (CAS/BS ’07) will take alums and guests on a guided tour of the National Zoo, with some special appearances by one or two zoo residents. An a la carte lunch will follow the tour.  For more information and to join the tour, contact Rebecca Vander Linde at vanderli@american.edu or (202) 885-5968.

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April Events

Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. AU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Workshop Presents Some Spring Swing. The Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joshua Bayer, waves goodbye to winter through the music of Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Ernie Wilkins, Tommy Newsom, and Thad Jones. The Jazz Workshop, directed by Noah Getz, follows with a performance of pieces focused on the compositional legacy of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, influenced by their 1962 recordings. Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 seniors. For tickets call (202) 885-ARTS or visit american.edu/auarts.

Saturday, April 2 at 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Artists’ reception to celebrate the opening of the Spring 2011 Exhibitions at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. Free parking is available for this event under the Katzen Building. For more information on the new exhibitions, visit www.american.edu/museum.

Sunday, April 3 at 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium. Join the Arts Management Graduate Students at the Katzen Arts Center for the annual conference for young professionals who work in the arts to discuss the issues that affect today’s arts organizations. The symposium will include keynote address, networking receptions, and multiple professional development sessions. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. Conference fee: $35. For more information, visit american.edu/cas/performing-arts/eals/index.cfm.

Tuesday, April 5 at 8 a.m. – Campus Beautification Day. (Rain date is April 6.) Free and open to the public. Join AU faculty, staff, and students for this annual event, as we work together to beautify our campus. Learn more at http://cms.american.edu/finance/fas/Campus-Beautification-Day.cfm To volunteer, contact Mark Feist at mfeist@american.edu.

Tuesday, April 5 at 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Speaker Series features China’s History Through 1976. George Ramick, who produces a history series for Open Access cable television in the DC area, discusses the episode that highlights China’s culture up until the death of Mao in 1976. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at AU, the event is free and open to the public. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave., NW, Room 6/Lecture Hall.

Tuesday, April 5 at 6:45 p.m. East Meets West – Sheshbesh in Concert with the Arab-Jewish Ensemble of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. This unique ensemble brings together members of the orchestra with musicians from the Arab community in northern Israel. Reception follows the concert. Free and open to the public. RSVP is required to Laura Cutler at cutler@american.edu. Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building.

Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. AU Chorus, with conductor Laura Petravage, presents Americana, a concert of American sound that features music from the American Revolution era and the early/mid 20th century. Performance includes selected works by William Billings; John Corigliano: Fern Hill (a Dylan Thomas trilogy); and Randall Thompson: Americana (text from the American Mercury). Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 seniors. For tickets, call (202) 885-ARTS or visit american.edu/auarts. Free parking for this event is available under the Katzen building.

Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m.  Film screening of Duck! (a duckumentary) and presentation by AU alum Danny Ledonne about these extraordinary and often humorous birds.  Part of the 6th Annual Spring 2011 Film Series presented by AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation. Free and open to the public. No reservation required. Weschler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, 3rd Floor on AU’s main campus. Free parking in the Nebraska parking lot. For more information, visit www.environmentalfilm.org

Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. AU Dance Presents: VHF: Very High Frequency. Contemporary dance directed by Melanie George features choreography by guest artists Christopher K. Morgan and Kimberly Karpanty. Post-concert discussion follows the April 8 performance. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre at 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Tickets: $15 regular admission; $10 seniors. For tickets, call (202) 855-ARTS or visit american.edu/auarts.

Tuesday, April 12 at 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Speaker Series features writer Judith Viorst on Life Lessons From Under Eight till Unexpectedly Eighty. She will discuss the books she has written from the late 1960s through her latest book Unexpectedly Eighty. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at AU. Free and open to the public. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave., NW, Room 6/Lecture Hall.

Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. AU’s women’s lacrosse team plays a home game against Navy on the AU field.

Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Senior Docudrama: See Something, Say Something. AU’s theatre, musical theatre, technical theatre, and theatre arts graduating classes explore what makes DC such a contradiction in the brand new docudrama directed by Javier Rivera. Studio Theatre at the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 seniors. For tickets, call (202) 885-ARTS or visit american.edu/auarts.

Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. AU Symphony Orchestra performs Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D. Op. 43 with conductor Jesus Manuel Berard. Program also includes the Annual Concerto and Aria Competition winner(s). Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking for this event is available under the Katzen building. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 seniors. For tickets, call (202) 885-ARTS or visit american.edu/auarts

Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Kids @ Katzen presents Back to Basics Workshop. Children ages 7-12 will experience a traditional art class setting that explores the basics of shadow and light, gesture, still life, and models inspired by the Spring 2011 exhibition at the AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center. A $7 cash fee will be charged for materials at the workshop. Art-friendly clothes are highly recommended. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. RSVP required at (202) 885-ARTS.

Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. The AU Dance Department presents its Spring Dance Informal Showcase. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. Tickets: $5. For tickets call (202) 885-ARTS or visit american.edu/auarts

Tuesday, April 19 at 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Speaker Series features Carroll Muffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law, talking about Climate Change and Human Rights. He will review ongoing efforts to ensure that human rights are considered fully in climate policy at the global and national levels. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at AU. Free and open to the public. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Hall, NW. Room 6/Lecture Hall. 

Tuesday, April 19 at 4 p.m. AU’s women’s lacrosse team plays a home game against Liberty on the AU field.

Tuesday, April 26 at 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Ten members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) perform a staged reading of an abridged version of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer prize-winning play Skin of Our Teeth about a family living simultaneously in present-day New Jersey, and in three different scenes, during the Ice Age, Noah’s Flood, and a great war. Free and open to the public. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave., NW. Room 6/Lecture Hall.

Friday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. AU faculty, staff, alumni, and guests join AU’s School of International Service for an evening of baseball at Nationals Park to honor Dean Louis W. Goodman's 25 years of service to the university. Reception at Nationals Park at 5:30 p.m., game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets: $25. RSVP by April 15 as tickets are limited. Call (202) 885-5968 or visit american.edu/alumni.

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For event details and a full list of all upcoming events, see the University Events Calendar.