AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

Staff playing Basketball on the Quad

June 2012

New "Building AU" Website Launched

Be sure to visit our new website “Building AU” for news and information about the university’s ongoing capital projects. AU has obtained D.C. Zoning Commission approval to proceed with an ambitious construction schedule of major projects that will bring exciting, transformative changes to our campus. These include a new North Residence Hall facility (expected to be completed by August 2013), an addition to Nebraska Residence Hall (expected to be completed by August 2013), a new home for the Washington College of Law on the Tenley Campus (construction is expected to begin in July 2013 and finish in August 2015), and a new East Campus on what is now the Nebraska Ave. parking lot (groundbreaking is scheduled for summer 2014, with completion targeted for summer 2016). Other projects include renovation of McKinley Hall on campus, and design-build work for a new home for WAMU 88.5 at 4401 Connecticut Ave., NW. 

The “Building AU” website will serve as a window to the changes in the campus landscape as they unfold. It will provide up-to-date information about specific projects, and include timelines, construction phases, architect’s renderings, and construction manager contact information. The website also will provide notice to our neighbors of any possible, temporary impact that construction may have on the community. This summer, webcams will be installed at several construction sites to view project progress in real time. Bookmark www.american.edu/buildingAU as an easy way to get the latest information about the new building projects.

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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

 

 

AU Community Liaison Committee Meeting

AU’s Vice President of Campus Life, Gail Hanson, will chair the CLC meetings.

AU has formed a new Community Liaison Committee (CLC) to maintain communication, dialogue, and an exchange of information with our neighbors. The CLC comprises representatives from 14 neighborhood organizations, including three ANCs, and university representatives responsible for implementing and monitoring major elements of the 2012 Campus Plan. Neighborhood groups will select a designated representative and alternate. The CLC will meet at least quarterly, and one meeting will be a town hall with AU President Neil Kerwin. AU’s Vice President of Campus Life, Gail Hanson, will chair the CLC meetings. The first meeting will be Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. (refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.) in Mary Graydon Center, Rooms 4 & 5. 

More information about the CLC, its mission, and its members, is available online at http://www.american.edu/communityrelations/clc/index.cfm.

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DC Public Schools Art on Display at Katzen Arts Center

Artwork by Jalen Ciagne, Grade 5, Lafayette Elementary

Is your child’s art hanging at AU’s Katzen Arts Center? Bring your family and friends and see more than 1,000 art works by students from DC public schools across the city on display at AU’s Katzen Arts Center from June 1 – 17. The theme of this year’s 12th Annual District of Columbia Public Schools Citywide Student Visual Arts Exposition is How We See – How We Express. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Join us on Friday, June 1, at 5 p.m. in the Katzen Center Rotunda for the opening reception and awards ceremony. DCPS will award more than 25 scholarships and prizes to exceptional students from across all grade levels.  You won’t want to miss seeing this wonderful art show. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. You also can take the free AU shuttle bus from the AU-Tenleytown Metro stop (Red Line).

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Supporting Neighborhood Initiatives

AU staff, students, and friends manned the face painting table at the May Fair.

The AU face painting tables at the popular neighborhood May Fair event at Turtle Park (Friendship Recreation Center) were manned again this year by AU staff, students, and friends who painted myriad butterflies, flowers, tigers, puppies, and pirates. It’s our third year supporting May Fair and we wouldn’t miss it. On Saturday, June 2, the Northwest Neighbors Village will hold a fundraising concert at the Katzen Arts Center. AU helped to make the concert venue available for this event. Coming up on Monday, June 4, is the Horace Mann Elementary School’s 2012 Summer Bash celebrating the school year that’s ending. AU will again help sponsor the popular Polar Plunge ride. We are grateful for all of the community members who work so hard – and with us at AU – to make the community a better place for all of us.

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Reception and Gallery Talks for Summer Art Exhibits

Ana Mendieta, Ánima, Silueta de Cohetes, 1976. Film still. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong, New York, and the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection.

Join us at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center on Saturday, June 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a reception to celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions: Mexico: Expected/Unexpected, selected works from the Isabel and Agustin Coppel collection of contemporary art; Patrick Graham: Thirty Years – The Silence Becomes the Painting; and The Constant Artist featuring Paul Feinberg’s photographs and interviews. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information about these shows, visit http://www.american.edu/cas/museum/index.cfm. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. Take the free AU shuttle bus from the AU-Tenleytown Metro stop (Red Line). You also can follow the AU Museum on Twitter@AUArtsDC and become a fan of American University Arts on Facebook.

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Jobs Fair for DC Area Alumni

Are you an AU alumnus in search of a new job? Here’s an opportunity exclusively for AU alumni in the D.C. area to participate in Recruit D.C., a multi-school consortium career fair on Wednesday, June 13, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street, N.W. The fair will be co-hosted with other top universities and MyWorkster, and will cost $10. Alumni job-seekers will meet face-to-face with employers from a variety of industries, and network with alumni from AU and other area schools. For more information, or to register online, visit the Alumni Association's web page for the event. For more information, contact Pat Oltmann at 202-885-1801 or by email at poltman@american.edu.

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Chicago's "The Second City" Performs at Katzen Arts Center

Proceeds from the Second City performances benefit the non-profit organization dreamMakerS.

Enjoy an evening with Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre’s The Second City’s Laugh Out Loud Tour at AU’s Katzen Arts Center on Sunday, June 3 at Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, First Floor. The 5 p.m. show features 45 minutes of family-friendly entertainment (Tickets: $35). The 7:30 performance is 90 minutes of hilarity with adult content (Tickets: $75). To purchase tickets, visit http://msdreamakers.org/night-of-laughs. Proceeds from both performances will support the non-profit organization dreamMakersS which provides fun, education, and supportive programs to meet the needs of children of parents with multiple sclerosis.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at AU Celebrates 30 Years

A luncheon to celebrate OLLI's 30th anniversary was held in the Katzen Arts center and featured speeches by President Kerwin and NPR's Susan Stamberg.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) recently commemorated 30 years at AU with a luncheon celebration at the Katzen Arts Center. AU President Neil Kerwin welcomed guests to the event which featured NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg. OLLI is an association of, by, and for people in the Washington, DC area who wish to continue to study and learn. OLLI is dedicated to the proposition that learning is a lifelong process and that curiosity never dies. You can learn more about OLLI and its schedule of courses at www.OLLI-DC.org or email OLLI@american.edu.

OLLI’s June Speaker Series, free and open to the public, features a dozen speakers including Susan Bennett, senior vice president of the Newseum; former Washington Post writer Milton Viorst; Marvin Kalb and daughter Deborah Kalb; and local filmmaker Aviva Kempner.  Programs are held on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center and at Temple Baptist Church (Room 6), 3850 Nebraska Ave., NW.  For a complete schedule of lectures, visit http://olli-dc.org/lectures/lectures.html. Parking is available under the Katzen building for $2/hr. 

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NW Neighbors Village Hosts Concert at Katzen Arts Center

Local celebrity jazz pianist John Eaton

The Northwest Neighbors Village (NWV) presents a Sounds of Summer Concert featuring local celebrity jazz pianist John Eaton on Saturday, June 2, at 4 p.m. at AU’s Katzen Arts Center. Eaton’s work interprets American composers including Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Fats Waller. A reception follows the concert. The concert is a fundraiser for Northwest Neighbors Village, a community-based non-profit volunteer organization that helps residents of northwest DC to live independently in their homes. Tickets: $35 for NWV members; $45 for non-members. For more information and tickets visit www.nwnv.org or call 202 237-1895. AU Community Relations helped to make the concert venue available.

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Calendar of Events

Friday, June 1 at 5 p.m. Opening ceremony for an exhibition of more than 1,000 works of art by students in 123 DC public schools which will be on display from June 1 – 17 at the Katzen Arts Center. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. Free AU shuttle from AU-Tenleytown Metro station.

Saturday, June 2 at 4 p.m. Sounds of Summer concert featuring local celebrity jazz pianist John Eaton. Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center. Sponsored by The Northwest Neighbors Village. Tickets are $35 for Northwest Village members; $45 for non-members. Free parking is available under the Katzen Arts building. Free AU shuttle from the AU-Tenleytown Metro station.

Sunday, June 3, 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Chicago’s The Second City’s Laugh Out Loud tour performs a benefit for dreamMakerS. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. 5 p.m. show is family-friendly entertainment (Tickets: $35). 7:30 show features adult content (Tickets: $75). Free parking is available under the Katzen building. Free AU shuttle from Tenleytown AU-Metro station.

Saturday, June 9, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Join AU Museum director and curator Jack Rasmussen and exhibition curators Carlos Basualdo and Monica Amor for a discussion of the current exhibition Mexico: Expected/Unexpected. Free and open to the public. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, First Floor. Free parking under the Katzen building. Free AU shuttle from AU-Tenleytown Metro station.

Saturday, June 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The AU Museum hosts an artists’ reception to celebrate the opening of the summer exhibitions including Mexico: Expected/Unexpected, Patrick Graham – The Silence Becomes the Painting, and The Constant Artist. Free and open to the public. AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, First Floor. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. Free AU shuttle from the AU-Tenleytown Metro station.

Monday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. 22nd Annual Eagles Club Golf Classic. A day of golf at 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Va., for AU alumni, family, and friends. Play in support of AU Athletics. Event schedule: 10:30 a.m. registration; 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. lunch; Shotgun start at noon. Cocktails, silent auction, dinner, and awards to follow the round. To register, contact Brian Brantley at 202-885-3104, or by email at brianb@american.edu.

Tuesday, June 19 at 7:05 p.m. Night OUT at the Nationals: Washington Nationals vs. Tampa Bay Rays. Join AU alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of AU as we partner with the Washington Gay Sports Connection for the 8th annual Night OUT at the Nationals. Limited tickets for $20 include happy hour at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Isaac Thweatt at 202-885-5930 or by email at thweatt@american.edu.

Saturday, June 23, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. A discussion with AU Museum director and curator Jack Rasmussen and guest speakers on the exhibition of Patrick Graham – The Silence Becomes the Painting. American University Museum in the Katzen Arts Center, First Floor. Free and open to the public. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. Free AU shuttle from the Tenleytown Metro.

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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.