AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

AU Men's Soccer Team Celebrates a Win

November 2010

Making a Difference

Introduction

AU faculty, staff, and students connect with the city in many ways throughout the year. Here is one example that we’d like to share: In summer 2008, some 50 students from the Congress Heights neighborhood in Northeast DC attended a summer program at AU’s School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH). Some of these students were about to enter Kelly-Miller Middle School whose new principal was Cathy Crocker, a former SETH faculty member. At the same time, Stacey Snelling, a nutrition educator and associate professor at SETH, who taught a course on urban health for DC teachers, was looking for practical ways to expand her work. Stacey and Cathy teamed up to start a health literacy education program to promote good nutrition and physical activity at Kelly-Miller where there was one physical education teacher for 400 students.  With their help, the students got involved, produced videos about nutrition, and started advocating for better food, a community garden, and regular physical education.  Today, the school menu has more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and DC Central Kitchen does some cooking for the school. The students also now do lots of fun, physical activities including yoga.  A site also has been proposed for their community garden. Stacey continues her work at Kelly-Miller. 

On Oct. 26, 2010, Kelly-Miller Middle School became the first DC school to receive the Silver Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their participation in the HealthierUS School Challenge, a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. Kelly-Miller is also the first middle school in the country area to receive the award. “This achievement recognizes Kelly-Miller as a national leader in the effort to advance school nutrition,” said Audrey Rowe, Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. “It’s very exciting for us,” SETH Dean Sarah Irvine Belson said.  “This project demonstrates that in order to make real and lasting change in children’s lives, we need to offer a full deployment of academic and social programs – soup to nuts.”

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Artist's Reception at the AU Museum

The Last Washington Painting, by Alan Sonneman

Alan Sonneman
The Last Washington Painting (Premonitions of the Corporate Wars), 1980
Oil on canvas
54 x 102 inches

Join us at the AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center on Saturday, November 13, from 6 – 9 p.m. as we celebrate three new late fall exhibitions, including Catalyst: 35 Years of the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) that showcases more than 150 artists reflecting WPA’s legacy and contributions to contemporary art in DC. Two other exhibits also open this month.  Claudia DeMonte: Everyday Matters examines the roles of women around the world and the everyday life of modern women.  Ed McGowin: Name Change (One Artist, Twelve Personas, Thirty Five Years) features works of the different personas of Ed McGowin as he changed his name legally and repeatedly.

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Jazz and More Music at the Katzen

AU Jazz ensemble in performance

Enjoy an evening of jazz at AU’s Katzen Center on Thursday, November 11 at 8 p.m. Alto saxophonist Marty Nau will join the AU Jazz Ensemble for Not Nau-When?, a presentation of straight-ahead and classic jazz tunes that feature music by Phil Woods, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. The AU Jazz Workshop also will offer a selection of jazz from the 1960s, a decade of social and political change. Also, be sure to check out the newsletter calendar for lots of other musical performances this month at AU, including the AU Chamber Singers (Nov. 5 & 6), the AU Wind Ensemble (Nov. 12), and the AU Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing Mozart’s Requiem (Nov. 19-21).  For tickets, go to www.american.tix.com or contact the Katzen box office at (202) 885-3634. Free parking is available under the Katzen building.

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It's Hoop Time at Bender Arena

Men's Basketball Team

It’s time for the 2010-2011 fall season for men’s and women’s basketball to get under way. The men’s home opener against St. Francis (PA.) is scheduled for Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Bender Arena. The women’s home opener against George Mason is on Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m. 

For the full schedule of games, check out the Athletic Department Web site. Tickets for men’s home games are $15 for sideline reserved seats, $10 for end zone reserved seats, and $7 for youth end zone reserved seats. Tickets to women’s games are all general admission at $6 for adults, and $3 for youth. Season ticket and mini-plan packages can be purchased by phone at (202) 885-TIXX or in person at the Bender Arena Box Office. GO EAGLES!

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Improving Urban Schools

Kojo Nnamdi at his radio show.

Photo credit: Jeff Watts.

Join WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi on Thursday, November 4 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. for a discussion on Re-Imagining Urban Education: How Do We Improve Our Schools?, and the launch of our new Collaborative for Urban Education, Research and Development. The Collaborative is a university-wide initiative of AU’s School of Education, Teaching and Health. Scholar in Residence Dennis O. Campbell, Director of the Collaborative, says the initiative will focus on the development of programs and projects that advance the study and understanding of urban education through research, teaching, and development. “There is growing acknowledgement that public schools, by themselves, lack the capacity to address a range of critical issues that influence learning and development,” he says. Discussion panelists include Sara Mead, Senior Associate Partner, Bellwether Education Partners; Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Professor of Teaching and Learning, New York University; Dr. Charles A. Tesconi, Professor of Education, American University; and, Dr. Amber M. Winkler, Research Director, Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The event will be held in the Butler Board Room, Mary Graydon Center, Sixth Floor. It is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested at (202) 885-3720.

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Greening our Roofs

Green Roof Installation at Kogod School of Business

Community members, students, faculty, and staff joined together to install the new green roof on the Kogod School of Business. Two additional buildings are slated to be retrofitted with energy-saving green roofs.

Many of our neighbors who walk through the campus know that AU is an officially designated local arboretum. However, we’re doing more than just planting flowers and shrubs these days as part of our campus-wide sustainability efforts. We have installed five green roofs on campus buildings – the highest density of green roofs of any university in DC. Green roofs are covered partially or completely with vegetation. In addition to being low-maintenance, they help manage storm water, provide added insulation, and reduce air temperatures. Some of our green roofs, like those at Kogod School of Business, are visible, so be sure to check them out. Recently, green roofs also were added to the Katzen Arts Center, the new School of International Service garage, and the Media Production Center. In the next few months, two more green roofs will be installed at Mary Graydon Center and the Ward building.

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November Events

Tuesday, November 2, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Tuesday Lecture Series of AU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) features cultural historian Virginia Newmyer as she explores how Agatha Christie’s works interpret the Britain of her time. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, N.W. Room 6/Lecture Hall.

Tuesday, November 2. Late Fall 2010 Exhibitions open at the AU Museum.

Wednesday, November 3, 6 – 7 p.m. AU Library presentation with Dr. Mark Ozer and Associate University Librarian Diana Vogelsong on landscape architect and city planner Frederick Law Olmsted, in conjunction with AU Library’s current exhibit, Century of Design: The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 1910 - 2010. Bender Library, Training and Events Room, First Floor. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 4, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Address by His Excellency Dr. Klaus Scharioth, German Ambassador to the United States, titled The German Perspective on a Post-2012 Climate Regime on Energy & Climate Day. Founders’ Room in the School of International Service. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 4, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Launch of AU’s Collaborative for Urban Education, Research, and Development. Moderator Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU, leads discussion about Re-Imagining Urban Education: How Do We Improve Our Schools? Butler Board Room, Mary Graydon Center, Sixth Floor. Free and open to the public. RSVP to educate@american.edu. Free parking is available in the Sports Center parking garage adjacent to Butler Pavilion.

Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6. First Annual Feminist Art History ConferenceContinuing the Legacy: Honoring the Work of Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard, pioneering art historians in AU’s Art Department. Free and open to the public. Katzen Arts Center.  

Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 at 8 p.m. AU Chamber Singers. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. For information and tickets, contact the Katzen box office: (202) 885-3634.

Saturday, November 6 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m Harvest of Harmony, The Singing Capital Chorus. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre. 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Order tickets online or through the Greenberg Box Office, (202) 885-2587.

Monday, November 8, 12:45 p.m. AU’s Center for Israeli Studies book talk with historian and author Tom Segev on Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends. Mary Graydon Center, Room 5. Free and open to the public. RSVP to cutler@american.edu.

Tuesday, November 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Washington College of Law hosts Reverend Mpho Tutu, Episcopal priest and founder/Executive Director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer & Pilgrimage, for a luncheon discussion and book signing of her new book, Made for Goodness, co-authored with her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Room 603. Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Sign up online or call (202) 274-4075.

Tuesday, November 9, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Tuesday Lecture Series of AU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) features Natalie Wexler, historian and award-winning author of A More Obedient Wife, for a discussion on the lives of Hannah Iredell and Hannah Wilson who were married to Supreme Court justices. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, N.W. Room 6/Lecture Hall.

Tuesday, November 9. Opening of Catalyst: 35 Years of Washington Project for the Arts Exhibition at the AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building.

Thursday, November 11 at 8 p.m. Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop features alto saxophonist Marty Nau for program Not Nau-When?, and Jazz Workshop selection of jazz from the 1960s. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. For tickets, contact the Katzen box office at (202) 885-3634.

Friday, November 12, 7:30 – 9 p.m., and Saturday, November 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Children’s Show: I Never Saw Another Butterfly. (Targeted for students in the fifth through eighth grades.) A musical based on the poems, diaries, letters, journals, drawings, and pictures by Jewish children who lived in the ghetto of Terezin in World War II. Directed by Gail Humphries Mardirosian. Jonathan Tuzman, music director. Studio Theatre in the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $10. For information and tickets, contact the Katzen box office at (202) 885-3634. 

Saturday, November 13 from 6 – 9 p.m. Artists’ reception for new exhibits opening at the AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building.

Tuesday, November 16 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Tuesday Lecture Series of AU’s Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) features Sally Shelburne, a senior staff lecturer, National Gallery of Art’s education division, for a talk about the history of the National Gallery’s popular Sculpture Garden. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, N.W. Room 6/Lecture Hall.

Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. AU’s Center for Israeli Studies’ lecture on The Jewish Influence in American Politics:1930s to the Present by Dr. Fred Lazin, Abensohn Visiting Professor of Israel Studies. Free and open to the public. Mary Graydon Center, Room 2.

Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, November 21 at 3 p.m. AU Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Mozart’s Requiem. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. For tickets, contact the Katzen box office at (202) 885-3634.

Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20 at 8 p.m. AU in Motion Dance Performance. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre. 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. For information and tickets, contact the Greenberg box office at (202) 885-2587.

Tuesday, November 30 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Tuesday Lecture Series of AU’s Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) features author Dr. Mark Ozer for a talk on Massachusetts Avenue in the Gilded Age, where the Gilded Age mansions, of what is now Embassy Row, still exude a faded elegance. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave., N.W. Room 6/Lecture Hall.

A Preview of Next Month's Notable Events.................

Wednesday, December 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Save space on your December schedule for AU's Community Holiday Reception featuring holiday music from AU's musical groups. More details about this popular event will be in next month's newsletter.

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For event details and a full list of all upcoming events, see the University Events Calendar.