Student Elected to Local Advisory Neighborhood Commission
An American University student was recently sworn in as a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3D. Regina Monge, a sophomore in the School of International Service, was elected to represent ANC 3D07, which includes students living in Anderson, Centennial, Letts, Leonard, Hughes and McDowell Halls.
ANC Commissioners consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, and sanitation and trash collection. The ANCs present their positions and recommendations on issues to various District government agencies, the Executive Branch, and the Council. They also present testimony to independent agencies, boards, and commissions, usually under the rules of procedure specific to those entities.
“Regina will make an excellent addition to the ANC,” said Andrew Huff, American University’s Director of Community Relations. “Student involvement in neighborhood affairs is a great way to build bridges between students and residents and encourage creative problem solving.”
Ever wanted to take a class at American University? Registration for spring classes, as part of AU’s Community Audit program, is open now to neighbors.
Modeled after the Alumni Audit Program, the Community Audit program is coordinated by the Office of Alumni Relations in conjunction with the Office of Community Relations. The program offers adults ages 60 and older, who live in the 20016 zip code, the opportunity to attend university courses on a non-credit basis for a nominal fee. Auditors may listen to the same lectures and work from the same texts as enrolled students.
For just $100, $75 of which serves as a donation to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, neighbors are provided with a rewarding way to enhance professional skills, take classes with popular professors, or delve into a new hobby and pursue a commitment to lifelong learning.
For more details and to register online, visit here, or contact Kristena Wright at 202-885-5962. Registration for the spring semester closes on January 16.
“The community audit program is another great benefit for all those who live close to the university,” said Andrew Huff, AU’s Director of Community Relations. “Our neighbors have interesting experiences and life stories, and the audit program allows our students and professors to learn just as much from neighbors as our neighbors will learn from them.”
Books That Shaped America Community Discussion Series Continues
Join us again for Books That Shaped America, a series of conversations for the American University and metro-D.C. communities about books that have helped shape American society. Each discussion starts with a focal text, but the conversations stretch far beyond the pages of the books themselves. Led by a faculty or staff member from AU, attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text.
Upcoming events include:
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
Neighbors Invited to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Activities
The Center for Community Engagement and Service invites neighbors and community members on Monday, Jan. 19 to join them in the celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to service.
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.
The American University music program invites 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, please email the ensemble directors below. Auditions will be held the week of January 12.
AU Symphony Orchestra – Every Monday & Wednesday, 8:10 – 10:40 p.m.
SPExS Leadership, Empowerment and Development Program Announces Spring Offering
Become a better writer. Learn how to lead better. Acquire a mastery of digital and social media. Improve your self-esteem. Switch professions, or re-enter the work force.
Registration is open now for AU's School of Profession and Extended Studies’ (SPExS) LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment and Professional Development) certificate program. Designed especially for adult women in transitional stages of their lives, the Certificate is earned by taking the four courses listed below. Students also may opt to take individual courses. Courses will be taught both in Annapolis, Maryland and on AU’s D.C. campus beginning in mid-January. Courses include:
Voices of Women
An immersion in the study of women authors through the ages with the purpose of self-reflection and re-direction in personal and professional lives.
This course offers instruction in journalistic style, feature article writing, the art of the memoir, blogging – and how to get published.
Women and Leadership
This course will help women to lead more thoughtfully and effectively wherever they find an opportunity for leadership – in the workplace, in membership organizations, or in personal relationships. It also will help participants to better understand the distinct challenges and opportunities women face when assuming a leadership role, and provide them with choices for their leadership.
Mastering Digital and Social Media
In an increasingly digital world, leaders must master social media to spread their messages and enhance their clout. In this class, participants learn how to use different social and digital media tools most effectively for personal branding goals and organizational purposes; to demonstrate expertise; promote a cause, product, or organization; and to reach a wide spectrum of audiences.
AU Students’ Tutoring Efforts Promote Children’s Literacy
50,928 hours. That is the astonishing amount of time between 2013 and 2014 alone that 259 American University students spent tutoring DC public school students in pre-K through 8th grade. In fact, since 1997, when the university began a chapter of the DC Reads literacy program, AU students have demonstrated their commitment to social responsibility by helping more than 16,000 children improve their reading proficiency.
DC Reads began in response to President Bill Clinton’s America Reads Challenge which called on the nation to “ensure that every child can read by the conclusion of third grade.” DC Reads serves children throughout the Washington, DC area with the united vision of a city where all children will be proficient and strategic readers. To make this aspiration a reality, DC Reads provides quality tutoring to children in under-resourced, high-needs communities and neighborhoods in the District. In partnership with DC Public Schools and community-based organizations, the AU chapter of DC Reads is committed to delivering a superior educational experience to disadvantaged children, and to foster meaningful mentorships between AU tutors and local-area students. DC Reads also promotes awareness to its participants of the important social issues and various inequities that are present within DC communities.
According to Robin Adams, the assistant director for the Center of Community Engagement & Service and director of DC Reads, “Our program’s ultimate goal is to eradicate illiteracy, which will go a long way towards eliminating many other social injustices.”
Seventeen years into the program, volunteer participation at AU has increased consistently between 20 and 40 percent each year, with a 90-percent tutor retention from fall to spring semesters. AU volunteers’ level of engagement and enthusiasm in DC Reads has shown dividends, as students who lag in their reading skills usually move up one grade per year or improve their reading proficiency by 40 percent.
In addition to promoting literacy, DC Reads also stresses the importance of a college education to children from underserved communities through campus visits and “Kids on Campus Day,” an event that gives children a glimpse of college life. During the annual event, AU tutors conduct a campus tour, children meet a local children’s author, attend an interactive book reading, participate in literacy activities, and receive new books to take home to build their home library and support book ownership. In 2014, the event involved 303 DC students, 30 site staff, 26 parents and 75 tutors.
Tutors benefit as much as their students, as the program engages college students at a critical time in their professional and personal growth, and nurtures the next generation of leaders in the field of education. DC Reads’ robust training program empowers tutors to analyze educational inequalities and advocate for a more fair and effective education system. Intensive team leader training also deepens tutors’ knowledge of education and social justice issues and prepares them to lead and support the tutor pool.
Adams noted, “The success of the DC Reads program is attributable to three factors: (1) an institutional investment in strengthening education in DC; (2) high quality, researched-based training for team leaders and tutors; and (3) longstanding community partnerships. I hope to see that commitment continue.”
Artist Lauren Frances Adams has created American Catastrophe Report, an installation that acts as both homage and critique of the decorative frescoes in the United States Capitol Building, originally painted in the 19th century by Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. The site-specific artwork by Adams is installed in both the upper and lower rotunda in the center of the Katzen, less than six miles from where Brumidi's paintings are located. The prints forming American Catastrophe Report have the appearance of paintings due to the unique process Adams uses, where hand-painted originals are scanned digitally, then printed for long-term public display.
Sam Noto: Steel Sculpture, Anxiety, and Hope
January 2 – March 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Sculpture Garden
Sam Noto allows his materials to generate form and occupy space in a dynamic way. These large steel constructions, largely made of found materials, are both serious and playful and express the artist's improvisational technique.
Men’s Basketball vs. College of the Holy Cross
January 3, 1 – 3 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Loyola University
January 7, 7 – 9 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Oklahoma
January 8, 7 – 9 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Colgate University
January 10, 4 – 6 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Harvard & VMI
January 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Lehigh University
January 14, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Lafayette College
January 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Old Dominion University
January 18, 2 – 4 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Boston University
January 21, 7 – 9 p.m.
Members Only Tour and Discussion with Dean Byington
January 23, 5 – 7 p.m.
Katzen members and their guests are invited to tour the winter exhibitions early with Director Jack Rasmussen. Artist Dean Byington will be present to discuss the works in his solo exhibition Building Without Shadows. Not yet a member? Join now for more special events: (202) 885-3656.
Gallery Talk: Silvia Levenson
January 24, 5 p.m.
Join the Argentinian artist Silvia Levenson for a discussion on the glassworks in her solo exhibition, Identidad, which pays homage to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, the organization that has reunited 115 children missing from the Argentinian Dirty War with their families.
Winter Artists’ Reception
January 24, 6 – 9 p.m.
Join artists and curators for a reception to view their works, including Photoworks: Presence of Place, Identidad by Silvia Levenson, Phyllis Plattner: Gods of War!, Locally Sourced, and Dean Byington: Buildings Without Shadows. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. All featured works will be exhibited through March 15, 2015.
Men’s Basketball vs. United States Military Academy
January 26, 7 – 9 p.m.
Books That Shaped America: Common Sense
January 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Bender Library Training and Events Room
Books that Shaped America is a series of conversations for the local community and American University students, faculty, and staff about books that have helped shape American society. Each discussion is led by a faculty or staff member from AU. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text. Admission is free and no reservation is required. For more information, visit: http://www.american.edu/library/events/BTSA.cfm
Women’s Basketball vs. United States Naval Academy
January 27, 8 – 10 p.m.
Yoga in the Galleries
January 28, 10 a.m.
Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides mental clarity and relaxation in the peaceful surroundings of art. Participants are required to bring mats. Winter sessions run every Wednesday from January 28 through April 29. $5 per class and free for museum members. Cash, credit, or check accepted: http://auyoga.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=700908
Women’s Basketball vs. College of the Holy Cross
January 31, 2 – 5 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Photoworks: Presence of Place
January 31, 4 p.m.
Join Katzen Museum Director and Photoworks: Presence of Place curator, Jack Rasmussen, for a discussion on the juried exhibition and the collaboration, creative dialogue, and informal mentoring that led Photoworks artists to successful careers as fine art and commercial photographers.