AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

AU in the Neighborhood Community Relations Newsletter September 2013

January 2013

Special Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for January 29

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29 to discuss the future uses of 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, a university-owned property that currently houses the Washington College of Law.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. (with refreshments and light snacks at 6:30 p.m.) in Room 603 of the Washington College of Law (4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Attendees who wish to park in the building’s garage should email communityrelations@american.edu no later than Friday, Jan. 25.

The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the D.C. Zoning Commission Order for AU’s new 10- year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

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American University to Launch "Street Smart" Campaign

American University’s Office of Public Safety recently announced a pedestrian safety plan to be launched in January in an effort to educate students and improve their safety on and around campus. The Street Smart campaign uses media, public awareness efforts, and increased law enforcement to respond to the challenges of pedestrian and bicyclist safety and emphasizes the education of motorists and pedestrians alike.

The campaign, developed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, will focus largely on Ward Circle and other locations with great potential for pedestrian and automobile interaction.

Beginning this month (and continuing through May), information will be posted on billboards, shuttle buses, websites, and other locations educating students on how to be a safe and responsible pedestrian.

In February, pedestrians will be targeted on Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues, NW and Ward Circle. Those who cross illegally or display dangerous behavior will be approached by an AU student, public safety officer, or staff person, and presented with information on the safe and proper way to cross. A media release also will accompany this portion of the campaign to generate awareness on and around campus.

Pedestrian safety also will be incorporated into student orientation and throughout the year in various AU-sponsored crime prevention events and activities.

For additional information on the Street Smart campaign, visit www.bestreetsmart.net.

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AU Athletics Hosts Local Elementary School Students at Basketball & Celebrates “National Girls and Women in Sports” Day

Recently, more than 1,100 local District elementary school students and family members cheered on AU's men's basketball team during a home game against St. Francis. It was the sixth year that AU Athletics hosted its Northwest DC Elementary School Day, which this year provided free game tickets for students from Eaton, Hearst, Janney, Key, Mann, and Murch Elementary Schools. Leading up to the game, AU basketball team members and mascot Clawed the Eagle visited several of the schools. Prior to tip-off of the Eagles 61-51 victory, members of the Janney Elementary School 4th and 5th grade classes sang the National Anthem on the Bender Arena court.

"We continue to get great feedback from this annual event, which grows larger year after year,” said Robert Sherman, AU's Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Corporate Partnerships. “It's great to see so many kids and families who live near AU become Eagles fans."

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On Saturday, Jan. 26, the American University Department of Athletics and Recreation is proud to celebrate the annual “National Girls and Women in Sports” Day during the women's basketball game versus Army. More than 1,000 fans have attended each of the last three “National Girls and Women in Sports Day” games.

Following the game, each of American's seven varsity women's teams – basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, and volleyball – along with the cheer and dance squads will lead skills clinics and sign autographs for kids of all ages in attendance on the floor of Bender Arena. The clinic is free for all and children are asked to wear athletic shoes for the clinic. Tip time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets online, click here or call (202) 885-TIXX.

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AU Celebrates Inauguration Day 2013

Enjoy a wine-and-cheese networking reception, followed by faculty, staff, and student reflections on President Obama's second-term agenda. Following the program, enjoy more food, drink, and networking. All events will take place on Saturday, January 19, in the Katzen Arts Center.

2 - 3 p.m.: Wine-and-cheese networking reception

3 - 4:10 p.m.: Faculty, alumni, and student-led panels

•The Future of Obamacare, featuring panelists John Boyer, SPA/PhD '89, former president and general manager of MAXIMUS Federal Services, Inc.; and Gary Jacobs, SPA/MPA '76, managing director of the Health Industries Advisory Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

•The Challenge of Tax Reform, featuring Don Williamson, professor in the Kogod School of Business and executive director of the Kogod Tax Center; and Dave Kautter, executive in residence at the Kogod School of Business and managing director of the Kogod Tax Center.

•The Future of Foreign Policy, featuring panelists Jordan Tama, professor in the School of International Service; and Stephen Tankel, professor in the School of Public Affairs.

•Student-led panel (details coming soon)

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.: Keynote Panel: How Congress Will Work with the President

•Moderated by Jim Thurber, SPA Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies; featuring AU President Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71; and Former Ambassador and Congresswoman Connie Morella, CAS/MA '67.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.: Cocktail reception and book signing

Cost to attend is $15 for alumni, parents, and friends and $10 for young alumni. There is no charge for current AU students, faculty, and staff.

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Follow American University On Twitter

Are you on Twitter? Then follow American University’s Office of Community Relations. We tweet about the university and the exciting happenings both on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Follow us here.

Not on Twitter? You can join here.

Don't know what Twitter is? It's a micro-blog. You use it to tell everybody what you're doing, as you're doing it – even from your cell phone – in posts no longer than 140 characters.

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AU Music Ensembles Welcome Community Participants

The American University music program is pleased to invite community members to audition for the university’s orchestra, bands, and choirs. Each group meets weekly starting in mid-January and continues through April.

For more information about how to join, email the ensemble directors below. Auditions will be held the week of January 14.

Spring 2013 Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule

AU Symphony Orchestra – Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:10 p.m. - 10:40 p.m.

Contact: Yaniv Dinur (orchestra@american.edu)

AU Symphonic Band – Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Contact: Marc Decker (decker@american.edu)

AU Chorus – Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Contact: Laura Petravage (choir@american.edu)

AU Chamber Singers – Mondays & Thursdays, 2:35p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Contact: Daniel Abraham (choir@american.edu)

AU Jazz Ensemble – Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Contact: Joshua Bayer (joshuabayerjazz@gmail.com)

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How to Contact Us

Office of Community Relations
(202) 885-2167
communityrelations@american.edu

Public Safety
non-emergency: (202) 885-2527
emergency: (202) 885-3636
Community Incident Reporting Form

Dean of Students
(202) 885-3300
www.american.edu/ocl/dos

Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111

 

 

"Voices of Women": Seminar on Intimacy, Family & Economic Power

American University Professor Iris Krasnow teaches Voices of Women, a six-week seminar on intimacy, family, and economic power. The non-credit explores the most important issues women face during their lives, both at home and in the workplace. Krasnow will share her research on intimate relationships that was the basis of her best-selling books, and feature discussions on readings by other influential female writers on the ascent of women in business and in family structures.

Seminar dates/time: Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; January 14 and 28; and February 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Learn more and register now: www.american.edu/spexs/women

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, Jan. 3, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. University of Maryland – Eastern Shore at Bender Arena.

Friday, Jan. 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Fordham University at Bender Arena.

Sunday, Jan. 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Cornell University at Bender Arena.

Sunday, Jan. 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Hampton University at Bender Arena.

Saturday, Jan. 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Colgate University at Bender Arena.

Saturday, Jan. 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Diving vs. Georgetown and JMU at Large Pool.

Sunday, Jan. 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wrestling vs. Stanford University at Bender Arena.

Sunday, Jan. 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wrestling vs. Lehigh University at Bender Arena.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Lehigh University at Bender Arena.

Saturday, Jan. 19 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a wine-and-cheese networking reception, followed by faculty, staff, and student reflections on President Obama's second-term agenda. Following the program, enjoy more food, drink, and networking. Register to attend at https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1395/event.aspx?sid=1395&gid=1&pgid=1823&cid=3488. $15 for alumni, parents, and friends and $10 for young alumni. There is no charge for current AU students, faculty, and staff.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. United States Naval Academy at Bender Arena.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Bucknell University at Bender Arena.

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

For a listing of upcoming events for AU alumni, please visit the Alumni Events Calendar.

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