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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

AU Winter

January 2014

AU Athletics Hosts Local Elementary School Students & Plans Upcoming Events

More than 700 local elementary school students and family members cheered on AU's men's basketball team recently during a home game against Brown University. It was the seventh year that AU Athletics hosted its Elementary School Day, which this year provided free game tickets for students from CAPCS Butler, E.L. Haynes, Eaton, Hearst, Janney, Key, Mann, Murch and National Presbyterian Elementary Schools.

Continuing its tradition of outreach to local schools, AU Athletics will sponsor Girl Scout Day on January 11 at 2 p.m., Cub and Boy Scout Day on January 18 at 2 p.m., and National Girls and Women in Sports Day on January 25 at 1 p.m.

Each scout who attends Girl Scout Day and Cub and Boy Scout Day will take part in a post-game leadership talk from an AU basketball coach, get autographs from AU athletes, and receive a free commemorative AU Scout Day patch. Interested troops should call 202-885-TIXX to sign up for these events.

Following the game on National Girls and Women in Sports Day, each of AU's seven varsity women's teams – basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, women's swimming and diving, women's track and field, and volleyball – along with the cheer and dance squads will lead skills clinics and sign autographs for kids of all ages on the floor of Bender Arena. The clinic is free for all, and children are asked to wear athletic shoes for the clinic. Purchase discounted tickets in advance using the code “NGWSD” and register your child by calling (202) 885-TIXX.

Tickets for these special promotional dates, as well as all home basketball games can be purchased online at

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AU to Host Mayoral Debate February 12

American University, in collaboration with the Kennedy Political Union (KPU), will host a debate among candidates for Mayor of the District of Columbia on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center’s Abramson Recital Hall.

“We are excited to bring local candidates to campus for a debate on the many issues relevant to the future of the District of Columbia,” said KPU Director Chandler Thornton. “By hosting this debate, we hope to engage AU students in an important dialogue about our city and local community.”

The debate will be moderated by NBC4’s Tom Sherwood and feature ABC 7’s Sam Ford and Fox 5’s Matt Ackland as panelists.

The Kennedy Political Union, a part of the American University Student Government, is the non-partisan, student-run, student-funded, lecture series on campus. KPU is recognized as one of the premier college lecture series in the United States and works to bring the most politically relevant and interesting speakers to campus to engage the AU community and to focus on important topics that run the gamut of the political spectrum.

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How to Contact Us

Office of Community Relations
(202) 885-2167

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

Dean of Students
(202) 885-3300

Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111

Neighbors Invited to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Activities

MLK Day of Service

The Center for Community Engagement and Service celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to service on Monday, January 20, and invites neighbors and community members to join.

The MLK Day of Service provides participants the opportunity to engage directly with the local community to address issues related to education, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, hunger, seniors, women's health, and youth development. Last year more than 250 volunteers from both AU and the local community served at 12 area non-profit organizations in honor of Dr. King’s commitment to service.

For a complete listing of AU events and activities related to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, please visit here.

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AU Singers Bring A Cappella Holiday to DC

Evan Petrone had no singing experience his freshman year. Now a senior, he’s performing holiday carols for the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

That’s because he’s joined On A Sensual Note (OASN), AU’s only all-male a cappella group. As the last semester wrapped up, the troupe of 16 students brought its vocal talents to the Washington, D.C. community, and serenaded everyone from retired military veterans and their families to downtown passersby.

Despite the stresses of final exams and papers, Petrone and his bandmates belted out songs for for free – just to spread holiday cheer.

“The community stuff is really one of our favorite things to do,” Petrone, also the group’s business manager, said. “People really appreciate it…It’s fun for us to go out and perform. It’s just a positive thing that people enjoy.”

Aside from packing the Kay Spiritual Life Center for its end-of-year show, OASN volunteered their skills at Tenley WinterFest, as well as in the residential buildings of The Colonnade, The Greenbriar, and Knollwood Military Retirement Residence.

Student Activities’ coordinator for program initiatives, Katie Junot, has served as advisor for OASN. She believes one factor in their success, both on and off campus, has been their support of so many other student groups.

“They’re one of the most visually represented [groups] on campus…They’re always involved,” she said. “They exemplify what our performing arts groups are all about, which is building community around the arts.”

OASN also carry the AU spirit for community engagement wherever they go, especially when off campus grounds. In a way, they are AU’s most “vocal” ambassadors.

“We go out there and try to cast AU in the best light that we can through positive performances,” Petrone explained. “We have a lot of fun singing, and the audiences are great. It really is a collaborative effort with AU and the community.”

OASN’s most recent community performance, as part of the Tenleytown Winterfest, drew rave reviews from neighbors and organizers.

“OASN’s performance was amazing and absolutely a highlight of the afternoon. It was wonderful to have AU represented among our groups,” said Karen Garman, one of the event’s organizers.

For additional information about OASN, visit their website.

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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 will meet weekly from mid-January through April.

For more information, please email the ensemble directors below. Auditions will be held the week of January 13.

AU Symphony Orchestra – Every Monday and Wednesday, 8:10 – 10:40 p.m.

Contact: Yaniv Dinur

AU Symphonic Band – Every Tuesday, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Contact: Marc Decker

AU Chorus – Every Tuesday, 7:30 – 10 p.m. and select Mondays 8 – 10 p.m.


AU Jazz Orchestra – Wednesday, 5:30 – 8 p.m

Contact: Joshua Bayer

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WAMU to Host Neighborhood Open House

WAMU 88.5, the public radio news and information station licensed to American University, relocated recently to 4401 Connecticut Avenue, NW in Van Ness. WAMU’s new home is in a renovated seven-story, 96,000-square-foot building designed to meet the station’s current and future space needs.

To celebrate the renovation and the station’s move, WAMU invites neighbors to attend a special open house on Saturday, February 1 from 12 – 2 p.m. at the station. Take a tour of the newsroom, studios, and community space, meet WAMU hosts, reporters, and staff, and enjoy light refreshments.

For additional information, please call 202-885-1200.

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Calendar of Events

Members Only Tour

January 24, 5 p.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Tour the late winter exhibitions with curator/director Jack Rasmussen. Not yet a member of the museum?

Join now:

Gallery Talk: Agustin Fernandez

January 25, 5 p.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join curator Donald Kuspit as he discusses the exhibition Agustín Fernández: Ultimate Surrealist.

Artists’ Reception

January 25, 6 p.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join artists and curators for this season’s Artists’ Reception.

Yoga in the Galleries

January 29, 10 a.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class is a great opportunity to de-stress and start your day with mental clarity, relaxation, and art. Please bring a mat.

Athletics Schedule

Jan. 2, 7 - 9 p.m., Bender Arena

Women’s Basketball vs. Bucknell

Jan. 5, 2 – 4 p.m., Bender Arena

Women’s Basketball vs. Holy Cross

Jan. 8, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Bender Arena

Men’s Basketball vs. Loyola (MD)

Jan. 11, 2 – 4 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. Colgate

For more events, visit:

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