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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

AU Campus 2014

June 2014

East Campus Construction Set to Begin

East Campus

Construction of American University’s East Campus is slated to begin in mid-June, following the closure of the Nebraska Avenue parking lot in May (see related story below).

The new East Campus will be located on the 8.1-acre parcel of land that is located across from the main campus on the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues. Currently a 900-space parking lot, the East Campus will comprise four buildings, including three residence halls and two connected academic buildings that will accommodate administrative and instructional space. All buildings on East Campus will be designed for LEED certification. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.

Skanska, the project’s contractor, will install perimeter fencing and connect to the site’s existing power and water services as the site is prepared for construction. For public safety purposes, emergency telephones and existing site lighting will remain operational until the fence installation is complete.

Leading up to the start of construction, AU has held several community meetings and made presentations at Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D, the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, and a Pre-Construction meeting and follow-up session for neighbors in the surrounding community. Additional community meetings will be held on a regular basis as the project moves forward.

For regular updates on East Campus construction, please visit:

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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

Become a Volunteer at the AU Museum

Katzen Wall

Volunteers at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center have a unique window to learn the inner workings of this dynamic and vital on-campus treasure. Volunteers play an integral role in the museum's operation as an educational institution and an important community resource. They greet and provide information to museum visitors, guide tours, organize and assist with events and community outreach, and enjoy programs ranging from lectures to studio visits.

As a museum volunteer, you can explore your interests with a group of like-minded individuals by joining one of our committees and furthering your relationship with art, education, American University, and the community. Volunteers receive free parking at the Katzen Arts Center and reciprocal admission to several other institutions.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and will remain on file for up to one year. Volunteer applicants will be invited to an orientation held in both the spring and fall. Qualified candidates should possess a love and appreciation of art, a flexible attitude for dealing effectively with the public, and an understanding that reliability is critical.

For additional information, please email or call 202-885-3656.

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Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for June 3

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, June 3.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Abramson Family Founders Room in the School of International Service (SIS) building on the university’s main campus (4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Neighbors are invited to join AU staff at 6:30 p.m. for pre-meeting coffee and conversation. Parking for the meeting is available in the SIS garage.

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 ten-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

Additional information on the CLC, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

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Nebraska Parking Lot Closed for East Campus Construction

Nebraska Parking Lot

American University’s Nebraska parking lot, located at the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues closed on May 19 in preparation for construction of the new East Campus. Paid hourly or daily parking is available in the Katzen Arts Center garage on Massachusetts Avenue and the SIS garage at Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues.

ZipCars have been relocated to the Asbury parking lot and Letts parking area (lower level side of the building) and remain available for community use.

Parking on neighborhood streets by AU students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors remains prohibited as part of the university’s Good Neighbor Policy.

Please contact Andrew Huff, AU’s Director of Community Relations at 885-2167 or with any questions about the lot closure and parking.

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AU Launches "Stand with AU" Website

Stand with AU

American University recently launched the Stand with AU website to help spread the word that any act of violence, bullying, hate, abuse, rape, or harassment is one too many. The purpose of the site also is to stress that the community stands opposed and ready to take appropriate action when AU’s culture of integrity, respect, and support is threatened.

The Stand with AU website provides links to campus resources and signals the next phase of education and prevention designed to enhance the safety and civility of our university community. During the summer and early fall of 2014, AU will create opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to offer ideas to advance the university’s safety-related work. Monthly updates will be posted on the new website, identifying steps AU is taking and the progress that is made. A stronger and more respectful American University community is a goal shared across campus and throughout the community at large.

To learn more about Stand with AU, please visit the website.

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WAMU 88.5 Adds New General Manager

WAMU Building

WAMU 88.5, the public radio news and information station licensed to American University, has undergone exciting changes during the past year, while remaining a radio staple in the Washington, DC area, as well as nationally. The latest development at the station is the hiring of J.J. Yore as its new General Manager.

Yore, best known for helping to build the nationally syndicated Marketplace into one of public radio’s most popular and informative programs, will join WAMU 88.5 as General Manager in August. His programming insights, creativity, public broadcasting knowledge, and ability to attract top talent will help WAMU continue its success as one of the top stations in the Washington, DC region and one of the premiere public radio stations in the country.

The station also relocated recently to its state-of-the-art studios at 4401 Connecticut Avenue, NW, a renovated seven-story, 96,000-square-foot building that is designed to meet its current and future space needs.

WAMU ranks among the top five stations in the Washington, DC market and is among the top three public stations nationally. It features the locally-broadcast, award-winning Kojo Nnamdi Show, as well as the nationally-broadcast, Peabody Award-winning The Diane Rehm Show which reaches an audience of more than 2.3 million listeners weekly. The station also is renowned for Bluegrass Country, featuring bluegrass and American roots music.

Licensed to American University, WAMU began broadcasting in 1961 and now has a total audience of more than 838,000 listeners on air and online, and includes seven radio stations, seven websites, and four internet streams. WAMU began broadcasting from its new home at 4401 Connecticut Avenue, NW, last September.

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Calendar of Events


June 1, 2 – 5 p.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

A take on the Kids@Katzen program, BigKids@Katzen is a painting party for adults. The party will include snacks, drinks, and all the materials needed to create a poetry-inspired masterpiece with inspiration from the exhibition An Opening of the Field. RSVP required. $15 per person. Free for members.

Yoga in the Galleries

June 4, 18- 10 – 11 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 Wednesday with mental clarity, relaxation, and art. Blutinger has been a dedicated practitioner of yoga for more than 17 years. She loves sharing the gift of yoga and its profound healing effects for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Please bring a mat.

Reception: The Objects From Nature/The Nature of Objects: Flora Kanter and Pam Frederick

June 5, 6 – 8 p.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center - Katzen Rotunda Gallery Exhibition

The Objects from Nature/The Nature of Objects is a continuation of a shared series of paintings and mixed media work by Flora Kanter and Pam Frederick. It is the next installment of a narrative of work that explores the shared themes of the natural world and inanimate objects, uniquely created in the artists' abstract language.

Members-Only Tour

June 13, 5 – 7 p.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Members are invited to tour the summer exhibitions early with museum director Jack Rasmussen. Reception to follow.

Gallery Talk: The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund: Second Act

June 14, 5 – 6 p.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join members of the Bader Fund Committee for a discussion on the Fund’s first 13 years of grant giving and the extraordinary artist recipients.

Artist’s Reception

June 14, 6 – 9 p.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join the artists and curators for a preview of this season’s exhibits.

Gallery Talk: SYZYGY

June 21, 4 p.m.

AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join the artist Bill Newman for a discussion of his photographs, photorealist paintings, and sculptures.

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