AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

AU in the Neighborhood Community Relations Newsletter September 2013

March 2013

Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for March 19

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, March 19.

A meet and greet will be held at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Rooms 3 & 4 of the Mary Graydon Center on the university’s main campus (4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Parking for the event will be available in the Nebraska Avenue lot or the Mary Graydon Center parking 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 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

Additional information on the CLC can be found here.

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"Street Smart" Campaign Under Way Across Campus

Street Smart

American University’s Office of Public Safety officially has launched a pedestrian safety plan in an effort to educate students and improve their safety on and around campus. The Street Smart campaign uses media, public awareness efforts, and added law enforcement to respond to the challenges of pedestrian and bicyclist safety and emphasizes the education of motorists and pedestrians alike. The AU campaign, developed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, focuses largely on Ward Circle and other locations with the greatest potential for pedestrian and automobile interaction.

The program's current focus is on pedestrians 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.

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, please click here.

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Bender Library Establishes Peace Corps Community Archive

Peace Corps

The Bender Library is pleased to announce the newly established Peace Corps Community Archive (PCCA) – an exciting new joint initiative with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of International Service.

The PCCA will collect and exhibit materials documenting the experiences and impact of individuals who have served in the Peace Corps. The archive will serve as a research level collection for use by students and scholars studying peace diplomacy. The archive also aims to increase awareness of the history of the Peace Corps and interest in serving today.

Bender Library is reaching out to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in the DC area to donate their personal memorabilia. For more information about this exciting new archive or to make donation inquiries, please contact University Archivist Susan McElrath at archives@american.edu or 202-885-3197.

American University recently ranked second in the country for medium-sized colleges and universities for the number of Peace Corps volunteers produced.

“Waging Peace Through a Lifetime of Service” features:

  • An interactive symposium consisting of several short presentations from AU community members whose lives have been enriched by the Peace Corps as well as tables displaying Peace Corps archive pieces the University has collected thus far, and
  • A reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, where attendees and symposium participants may discuss the significance of the Peace Corps Community Archive and celebrate American University’s strong partnership with the Peace Corps.

For more information or to register for this event, please click here.

 

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Center for Environmental Filmmaking Presents Free Screenings

AmericanWomen

American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking, in partnership with Filmmakers for Conservation, is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Spring 2013 Film Series. The series is hosted by Distinguished Film Producer in Residence at AU’s School of Communication, Chris Palmer.

Screenings will take place in the Wechsler Theater, on the 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center, and are free and open to the public.

An Evening with Chris Palmer and World Premiere of Shooting in the Wild

Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m.

Veteran wildlife film producer Chris Palmer’s controversial book, Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom, has been praised widely. Now it has been turned into a film for public television. Hosted by National Geographic emerging explorer and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau, the film takes a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of natural history filmmaking and shows the reality behind the lens. Chris will introduce the film and answer questions. He also will screen the winners of this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition sponsored by the AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Sierra Club.

Student Environmental Short Film Festival

Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.

A number of short student films will be shown followed by a discussion with the filmmakers on the opportunities and challenges in environmental filmmaking. The panel, moderated by Sandy Cannon-Brown, will include Sarah Gulick, Sylvia Johnson, Erin Finicane, Ana Sotelo, Brian Kelley, and Jenny Stratton.

“OK, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?”

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m.

Clips and discussion moderated by Chris Palmer, featuring Stephanie Flack, Potomac River Project Director, The Nature Conservancy; Angelica Das, Associate Director, Center for Social Media; and Vanessa Serrao, Director of Digital Media and Communications, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. How do we produce films that make a difference? This panel, by showing clips from inspiring films, explores ways to turn films into action at both the policy and personal levels.

The Life and Times of Adrian Cowell

Friday, March 22, 7 p.m.

This is a memorial tribute to the award-winning documentary filmmaker of the Amazon. Following a screening of Adrian Cowell’s Decade of Destruction film series, which revealed the pressures that led to the greatest destruction of tropical forest ever, Barbara Bramble, Senior Advisor for International Climate and Energy, National Wildlife Federation, will discuss Adrian’s life and work with Steve Schwartzman, Director of Forest Policy, Environmental Defense Fund, and Adrian’s daughter Boojie Cowell.

True Wolf: The Amazing Story of a Wolf called Koani

Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m.

This is the story of a wolf called Koani, who, with the help of her human companions, became an ambassador for her species, traveling the country to help raise awareness about wolves and challenge both the age-old perception of the Big Bad Wolf and the New Age portrayal of the wolf as a noble savage. Directed by Rob Whitehair; produced by Pam Voth; executive producers Chris Palmer and Bruce Weide. Discussion with filmmakers Chris Palmer and Bruce Weide follows screening.

For more information, contact Chris Palmer at (202) 885-3408 / palmer@american.edu or visit www.environmentalfilm.org or www.filmmakersforconservation.org.

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"American Women" Series Highlights Inspirational Women of AU

Environmental Film Festival

American Women, a special lecture series highlighting the inspirational and accomplished women of American University, continues through March with stories of success that will empower you to tackle new goals in your own professional pursuits and personal lives.

Each event is moderated by award-winning journalist and School of Communication Professor Iris Krasnow. Cost to attend is $20 for alumni, parents, and friends.

Women in Broadcasting

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30–9 p.m., Battelle-Tompkins Atrium

Betsy Fischer, SPA/BA '92, SOC/MA '96, presents backstage insights from her tenure as executive producer of Meet the Press, NBC's number one-rated Sunday morning public affairs program. She has produced interviews with U.S. Presidents, key Cabinet officials, and heads of state. She will share stories and discuss her extraordinary career ascent from intern to producer of the longest running television program in the world.

Click here to register for Women in Broadcasting.

Women in Leadership

Wednesday, March 20, 7:30–9 p.m., Battelle-Tompkins Atrium

Gina Adams, SPA/BA '80, corporate vice president for government affairs at FedEx and AU Trustee, discusses her views on leadership and experiences promoting FedEx interests with government officials, members of Congress, and the diplomatic community. She is recognized not only for her work as FedEx's top government affairs officer, but for leadership contributions to a range of organizations across the country. She will share highlights and lessons learned from her path to the boardroom of one of the world's most successful corporations.

Click here to register for Women in Leadership.

The American Women series is sponsored by the School of Professional and Extended Studies and the Office of Alumni Relations.

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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

 

 

Calendar of Events

Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m.

The American University Symphony Orchestra celebrates the bicentennial of Richard Wagner by performing his Prelude to Die Meistersinger. The piece is paired with Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. The American University Chamber Orchestra will make its debut in the first half of the concert with Mozart's Symphony no. 29. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors. For more information, visit http://www.american.edu/cas.auarts/.

Wednesday, March 6, 10 a.m.

Yoga in the Galleries. Drawn to the notion of being mindful, open, and alert, yoga inspires artist Andrea Way's own practice as an artist. Join instructor Shannon Ramirez for a series of Vinyasa yoga classes, combining breath and movement, in the galleries. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.american.edu/cas.auarts/.

Wednesday, March 6, 3 – 5 p.m., Jacobs Field

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Towson University

Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m.

Katzen Cinema Series: ! Women Art Revolution. Through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage, this film reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times. Selected by MoMA New York as one of the top three documentary films of 2011. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.american.edu/cas.auarts/.

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Women in Broadcasting features Betsy Fischer, SPA/BA '92, SOC/MA '96, as he presents backstage insights from her tenure as executive producer of Meet the Press, NBC's number one-rated Sunday morning public affairs program. She has produced interviews with U.S. Presidents, key Cabinet officials, and heads of state. She will share stories and discuss her extraordinary career ascent from intern to producer of the longest running television program in the world. Battelle-Tompkins Atrium. Visit http://goo.gl/pvw6K to register.

Wednesday, March 13, 12 – 2 p.m., Jacobs Field

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Coastal Carolina University

Saturday, March 16, 12 – 2 p.m., Jacobs Field

Women’s Lacrosse vs. College of the Holy Cross

Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m. Veteran wildlife film producer Chris Palmer premieres the film adaptation of his controversial book, Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom. Hosted by National Geographic emerging explorer and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau, the film takes a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of natural history filmmaking and shows the reality behind the lens. Chris will introduce the film and answer questions. He also will screen the winners of this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition sponsored by the AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Sierra Club. Wechsler Theater, 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris Palmer at (202) 885-3408 / palmer@american.edu or visit www.environmentalfilm.org or www.filmmakersforconservation.org.

Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m. The Student Environmental Short Film Festival will screen a number of short student films followed by a discussion with the filmmakers on the opportunities and challenges in environmental filmmaking. The panel, moderated by Sandy Cannon-Brown, will include Sarah Gulick, Sylvia Johnson, Erin Finicane, Ana Sotelo, Brian Kelley, and Jenny Stratton. Wechsler Theater, 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris Palmer at (202) 885-3408 / palmer@american.edu or visit www.environmentalfilm.org or www.filmmakersforconservation.org.

Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Women in Leadership program features Gina Adams, SPA/BA '80, corporate vice president for government affairs at FedEx and AU Trustee, discusses her views on leadership and experiences promoting FedEx interests with government officials, members of Congress, and the diplomatic community. She will share highlights and lessons learned from her path to the boardroom of one of the world's most successful corporations. Battelle-Tompkins Atrium. Visit http://goo.gl/vn27g to register.

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m. “OK, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?” How do we produce films that make a difference? A panel moderated by Chris Palmer, featuring Stephanie Flack, Potomac River Project Director, The Nature Conservancy; Angelica Das, Associate Director, Center for Social Media; and Vanessa Serrao, Director of Digital Media and Communications, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will show clips from inspiring films and explore ways to turn them into action at policy and personal levels. Wechsler Theater, 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris Palmer at (202) 885-3408 / palmer@american.edu or visit www.environmentalfilm.org or www.filmmakersforconservation.org.

Friday, March 22, 7 p.m. The Life and Times of Adrian Cowell is a tribute to the award-winning documentary filmmaker of the Amazon. Following a screening of Cowell’s Decade of Destruction film series, which revealed the pressures that led to the greatest destruction of tropical forest ever, Barbara Bramble, Senior Advisor for International Climate and Energy, National Wildlife Federation, will discuss Adrian’s life and work with Steve Schwartzman, Director of Forest Policy, Environmental Defense Fund, and Adrian’s daughter Boojie Cowell. Wechsler Theater, 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris Palmer at (202) 885-3408 / palmer@american.edu or visit www.environmentalfilm.org or www.filmmakersforconservation.org.

Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m. True Wolf: The Amazing Story of a Wolf called Koani is the story of a wolf called Koani, who, with the help of her human companions, became an ambassador for her species, traveling the country to help raise awareness about wolves and challenge both the age-old perception of the Big Bad Wolf and the New Age portrayal of the wolf as a noble savage. Directed by Rob Whitehair; produced by Pam Voth; executive producers Chris Palmer and Bruce Weide. Discussion with filmmakers Chris Palmer and Bruce Weide follows screening. Wechsler Theater, 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris Palmer at (202) 885-3408 / palmer@american.edu or visit www.environmentalfilm.org or www.filmmakersforconservation.org.

Sunday, March 30, 2 – 4 p.m., Jacobs Field

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Bucknell University

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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