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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

AU in the Neighborhood Nov 2009

November 2009

Take advantage of all that's going on at American University in November.

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Eagles Basketball Game

AU's fall athletics season is under way and there are lots of choices for sports fans and spectators: women's and men's soccer, field hockey, women's volleyball, cross country, and swimming and diving. Join us to cheer on these outstanding college athletics. Our popular men's basketball season (16 home games) kicks off this month with the first home game on Nov. 16 in Bender Arena at 7:30 p.m. against Albany. Our women's basketball team (14 home games) plays its opening home game on Nov. 22 in Bender Arena at 2 p.m. against East Carolina. For sports information and schedules, go to and click on "Athletics" on the blue banner at the top of the page. Tickets for men's and women's home basketball games can be purchased online at, by calling (202) 885-TIXX 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., or at the Bender Arena Box Office, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon-Fri. Go Eagles!

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Freshmen Service Continues

Student volunteers

AU students are known for their public and community service. Here’s one example: a record 650 incoming freshmen participated in three days of public and community service last summer at locations across the city. The Freshman Service Experience (FSE) is organized each year by AU’s Community Service Center. For many of these students, service didn’t stop when classes started. Seven freshmen groups recently received $500 grants from the Eagle Endowment to continue their service work. These projects include creating butterfly and vegetable gardens at Bancroft Elementary School; volunteering with the Latino Federation of Greater Washington in Columbia Heights on gentrification issues in the neighborhood; helping Life Pieces to Masterpieces in Fairmont Heights to set up field trips in DC; mentoring students at City Gate School in the Trinidad area; working with Damien Ministries in Brookland to create a garden and self-sustainable food bank; working with the Emergence Community Arts Collective in Pleasant Plains to revitalize their property; and creating a dance studio in Barry Farms in Congress Heights to create a positive, enriching environment for the youth who live there.

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Farmers' Market and Community Supported Agriculture


Farmers’ Market Ends this Month

While you’re reading recipes for fall veggies, fruits, and Thanksgiving, remember that our farmers’ market on the quad in front of the Ward Building is here on Wednesdays through Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Agora Farms for vegetables, fruits, and cider, and be sure to get their recipe to make your next pie with Honey Crisp apples. Stop by Upper Crust Bakery for great hearth-baked breads. Think holiday gifts as you browse Kalinka Malinka’s jewelry/gift stand.

Think Ahead for Farm-Fresh Food

Would you like fresh fruits and vegetables delivered weekly from a local farm during next year’s growing season? Neighbors can join AU faculty and staff to buy local, seasonal food directly from local farmers by purchasing a “share” in a farm’s harvest. Each week throughout the growing season, shareholders receive a box of produce from Farmer Allan’s Fresh and Local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The CSA Web site is Sign-ups for a share in Farmer Allan’s Fresh and Local CSA will begin in April 2010 for 18-week deliveries that run from July 2010 through the end of October 2010. Participants pick up their shares on Tuesdays between 4-5 p.m. on the median in the tunnel across from the UPS store. If you are unable to pick up your delivery, you can collect it the following day from McKinley 153, or contact AU’s Health Promotion Manager Amy Farr. We’ll also have all of the information on our Web site at

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Raise your Paws for WAMU’s 88.5 Animal House program

Animal House Logo

If you're a pet owner or just love animals, tune in to The Animal House, a new addition to WAMU's program lineup. The Saturday program (7 a.m. on WAMU 88.5 and 7 p.m. on WAMU 88.5 HD Channel 3) features the latest in animal science, pet behavior, and wildlife conservation with host Sam Litzinger.  Launched in June, the show's topics have ranged from coyotes in the city and suburbs to wild cats of Washington to local dog parks to the healing power of horses. Dr. Gary Weitzman, a veterinarian with more than 20 years experience who has served as executive director of the Washington Animal Rescue League, takes on-air calls to answer questions about your own pet.

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Environmental Film Series

Filming of a place to land

AU's Center for Environmental Filmmaking in the School of Communication (SOC) trains students to use film and new media as essential educational and policy tools in the effort to protect the environment. Come see their work as the 5th Annual Fall Film Series continues in November, presented by the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation. Professor Chris Palmer, the Center's Director and the Distinguished Film Producer in Residence at AU, joins SOC faculty and students for the screenings and discussion. Admission is free at Wechsler Theatre, 3rd floor, Mary Graydon Center.  The following films will be shown:

Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.: Ocean for Life: A Cross-Cultural Experience in our National Marine Sanctuaries. Jonathan Shannon from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries joins student filmmakers to show their film projects and describe their amazing experiences working with Middle Eastern and Western high school students last summer.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Their Film and New Media Program. Michelle Williams, NASA Film Producer and AU alum, joins her NASA colleagues to show film clips from their many productions and discuss their exciting work at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.: Galapagos, Florida, Alaska and Costa Rica. Professors Chris Palmer, Larry Engel, Bill Gentile, Kiho Kim, Simon Nicholson, and Sarah Menke-Fish discuss the goals and expectations for these courses and students present their films and share their experiences and challenges in this exciting filmmaking environment.


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Retail Shops on Campus

Campus Store Book Signing

Need office supplies? Looking for a birthday card for a friend? The AU bookstore has everything from best-selling books to flash drives to art supplies. It is located on campus in Butler Pavilion between Mary Graydon Center and Battelle.  Also on campus: full-service banking at Chevy Chase Bank; UPS store for photocopies, packaging/shipping supplies, and services; Outtakes convenience store in the Eagle's Nest; and Tigi Boutique for haircuts, nails, and tanning.



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At the AU Museum

Biggers Exhibit in AU Museum

If you missed seeing Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, you still have time. The exhibition showcasing contemporary indigenous art – the first to travel from Australia - is here until Dec. 6.  Join us at the museum on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. for a free artists' reception for the opening of two late fall exhibitions: Cole Sternberg: and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music, and Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. For information on the exhibits and museum hours, go to

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November Calendar of Events


AU's November campus calendar is brimming with activities and events including symphony and wind ensemble concerts, gospel choirs and jazz, plays, lectures, recitals, and our ever-popular Kids at the Katzen event.

Holiday Reception for AU Neighbors Save the Date

Monday, Dec. 7 – for AU's holiday reception for our neighbors at the Katzen Arts Center. Stay tuned for more details.

Click here to view the November calendar.


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