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October 2015

All-American Weekend Slated for October 16 – 18

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American University’s annual All-American Weekend will take place October 16 – 18, with more than 50 events planned. Open to alumni, families, students, and community members, the weekend celebrates the memories, the fun, and the future of AU. The university anticipates increased activity in and around campus during the three days.

The weekend gives alumni and families the opportunity to explore the campus together. Alumni can re-connect with friends they haven't seen in years, and families will discover more about student life at AU.

The weekend is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of the Dean of Students.

For additional information on this year’s All-American Weekend, click here: All-American Weekend

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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

AU Basketball Season Tickets Now on Sale

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Season tickets for the 2015 – 16 American University men's and women's basketball teams are on sale now. Lock in the same great seat location for the entire regular season and postseason. The men's team will play 12 games in Bender Arena, while the women's squad will host 13 exciting home contests in defense of their 2015 Patriot League Championship.

To view the 2015 – 16 ticket brochure and order form, and to purchase season tickets, visit You also may call (202) 885-TIXX, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit the Bender Arena Box Office, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Individual game tickets to all men’s and women’s home games will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m.

The men’s team will tip off regular season home play on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and the women’s team will do the same on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Don't miss out – reserve your seats today!

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Fall Brings AU’s Farmers’ Market Back to Campus

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Rain or shine, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., the quad space around the Mary Graydon building buzzes with activity as students, faculty, staff, and neighbors browse goods ranging from farm-fresh vegetables to homemade breads and desserts at the AU Farmers’ Market. The market is a coordinated effort between AU and Pennsylvania-based Agora Farms, an intermediary for bringing Amish and Mennonite and “English” farm goods to American University’s campus, as well as to D.C.’s historic Eastern Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

Upper Crust Bakery also offers a variety of fresh breads, including raisin pecan, harvest grain, pain de campagne, jalapeno cheddar, sourdough, challah, whole wheat, focaccia, black Russian, NY rye, artisan baguettes, and tea breads, as well as chocolate chip cookies, mini pies, and cobblers.

In addition to supporting locally-grown food, the convenience of having fresh food right on campus makes it a great benefit not only to the university community but to the surrounding neighborhood as well. For additional information, please visit here.

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Books That Shaped America Community Discussion Series Continues

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Join us for Books That Shaped America, a discussion series that offers an opportunity for the American University and D.C. communities to converse about books that have helped to shape American society. From childhood classics to books you studied in high school, and those you continue to re-read in adulthood, the series explores familiar works that resonate with everyone. Each discussion will start with a focal text, but the conversations will stretch far beyond the pages of the books themselves. Discussions will be led by a faculty or staff member from AU. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text. Admission and parking are free for this series, and no RSVP is required to attend.

The Books That Shaped America series is co-sponsored by the American University Library and the Humanities Lab at American University. This month’s schedule includes:

Beloved (A Special All-American Weekend Event)

October 17, 2 – 3 p.m.

Bender Library, Mudbox Cafe, Lower Level

Department of Literature Associate Professor Keith Leonard will lead an engaging conversation about the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved by Toni Morrison. Hear more about this haunting and multi-layered story, including the power of memory and forgetting when confronting traumas such as slavery, murder, madness, and brutality.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

October 27, 12 – 1 p.m.

Bender Library, Training & Events Rm. 115

Daniel Whitman, Assistant Professor of Foreign Policy at the Washington Semester Program, will discuss the Zora Neale Hurston masterwork considered to have paved the way for younger black writers such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison.

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Off Campus Students Learn Good Neighbor Tips

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American University’s Office of Community Relations held its annual Off-Campus Living orientation recently, as students returned for the fall semester. This year’s orientation was attended by more than 60 students who now live off campus. University administrators at the orientation covered a wide range of topics including a review of students’ rights and responsibilities as good neighbors, the importance of maintaining appropriate noise levels, proper trash disposal, renters’ rights, and tips on how to be proactive members of the local community.

As in previous years, the orientation was a collaborative effort between the Office of Community Relations, Greek and Sorority Life, Athletics, Public Safety, Housing and Dining, and the Dean’s Office.

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Mini-Park Benefits from Community Effort

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What happens when an aspiring Eagle Scout, American University, and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3F team up? Answer: The neighborhood benefits from a revitalized neighborhood mini-park.

As part of a requirement to become an Eagle Scout, Alex Ray, a senior at St. John’s College High School, was faced with the challenge of planning, developing, and leading a project that would be beneficial to the community. As a local resident, Ray decided to refurbish the WAMU mini-park located at Windom Place on the east side of Connecticut Ave.

However, Ray realized that to achieve his goal, he would have to do more than just pick up litter and remove brush. The project would have to involve others in the neighborhood as well as the city government, as the mini-park is owned by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), abuts National Park Service property, and sits between WAMU radio station studios and the Calvert-Woodley Wines & Spirits store.

Ray, whose mother is ANC 3F Commissioner Mary Beth Ray, introduced him to Andrew Huff, AU’s director of community relations and the university’s landscape architect Mike Mastrota to discuss all that would need to be done at the site and to provide assistance. First, they received the approval for the project from the National Park Service, DDOT, and the Rock Creek Conservancy. Ray then enlisted the help of his friends and classmates, members from his crew team, as well as other Boy Scouts. The Rock Creek Conservancy publicized the event and also brought volunteers to help with the project.

In total, 37 volunteers spent two days scrubbing and power-washing paint from the concrete pathways and light posts, trimming excess brush beneath the tree canopy, removing chunks of concrete, uprooting weeds and invasive vines, and clearing the adjoining entranceway to Soapstone Valley Trail.

Ray recalled, “We pruned and mulched the warrior oak on Connecticut Ave., as well as the redbud trees and others in the mini-park. We installed tree boxes, added new plants, and transplanted plants to make the boxes match. The boxes now contain fern – donated by one of the volunteers – cilesia, vinca, dusty miller, and yarrow.”

“We also picked up litter in the mini-park and along the trail. We were even going to paint the benches, but found out that AU was going to buy new benches. AU also agreed to remove a dead tree on the land and add a smoker’s disposal stand. Even the Calvert-Woodley store got involved by providing free sandwiches to the volunteers as we worked.”

When asked what the most important thing he learned from doing this project, Ray replied, “I learned the power of teamwork!”

Andrew Huff commended Ray and said, “Alex, we thank you for all your energy, the patience and tenacity to coordinate and get folks to pitch in, and the muscle to transform the mini-park. The community will benefit from your efforts for years to come.”

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Calendar of Events

Social Change Art Action Lab

October 1 – October 22

Katzen Arts Center

The second exhibition in the Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series features Transformer's E12: Social Practice artists Amy Hughes Braden, Margo Elsayd, Kunj, and Joseph Orzal; and Kenneth Bailey, Ayako Maruyama, and Lori Lobenstine of the Boston-based Design Studio for Social Intervention. Presented in collaboration with the AU Studio Art Program, they will explore different modes of social engagement. For more information, please visit:

Weekly Gallery Tours

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 12:30 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Explore the galleries each Friday afternoon with our knowledgeable volunteer docents. Guided tours highlight current exhibitions and cover a new subject every week. Free.

Volleyball vs. Army

October 2, 7 p.m.

Bender Arena

AU/GWU Graduate Art History Symposium

October 3, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

George Washington University, Smith Hall of Art, Room 114

801 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC

Graduate students from American and George Washington Universities will present scholarly papers in art history. Topics cover the global fields of art historical scholarship. Open to the public.

Men’s Soccer vs. Boston

October 3, 1 p.m.

Reeves Field

Volleyball vs. Holy Cross

October 3, 2 p.m.

Bender Arena

Women’s Soccer vs. Lafayette College

October 4, 1 p.m.

Reeves Field

Blood Mirror Public Program: Blood Illuminated

October 6, 7 – 9 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center

Join the artist Jordan Eagles and collaborators Leo Herrera and Jonny Cota for an evening reception and discussion of the FDA’s discriminatory ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. There will be a special performance by Rock Creek Singers of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC and a one-night installation by Jordan Eagles.

Yoga in the Galleries

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 10 a.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides mental clarity and relaxation in the peaceful surroundings of our art galleries. Please bring a mat. Cost is $10 for non-members and free for museum members. aumtickets

Concert Series: Connected: Music In The Museum

October 8, 7:30 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Attend a new music collective on select Thursday evenings this fall to hear performances organized by Washington-based composer and AU’s curator for New Music-in-Residence Steve Antosca. Concerts are free and open to the public.

Elements – Five Transfigurations for Cello and Computer

October 8, 7:30 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

The premier concert of the Connected series features composer Steve Antosca, music technology by William Brent and Tobias Werner on cello.

Do The Loop

October 10, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Don’t miss the second annual Do The Loop, an art-filled afternoon tour in Northwest Washington and Upper Georgetown of nine galleries and three museums.

Men’s Soccer vs. Lafayette

October 10, 1 p.m.

Reeves Field

The Gorenman Russian Project

October 10, 8 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

Internationally-acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman explores masterpieces of great Russian composers. Selections for this concert include works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff. Tickets: $25 general admission/$10 AU students; call 202-885-ARTS or visit

The Threepenny Opera

October 15-16, 23, 8 p.m.

October 17, 24, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

The Threepenny Opera, a revolutionary masterpiece by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, offers a biting critique of social and political life in the 20th century. This production features burlesque acts and comic interludes, as well as the play’s original gritty characters, haunting jazz score (including The Ballad of Mack the Knife and Pirate Jenny), and sinister lyrics that inspired Newsweek to christen it “the greatest musical of all time,” and remind us that corruption’s reach runs deep and wide. This performance contains graphic language and adult themes. Tickets: $15 regular admission/$10 AU community and seniors; call 202-885-ARTS or visit

Volleyball vs. Bethune-Cookman

October 16, 7 p.m.

Bender Arena

Field Hockey vs. Lafayette

October 17, 12 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Women’s Soccer vs. Bucknell

October 17, 1 p.m.

Reeves Field

Field Hockey vs. Kent State

October 18, 1 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Fall For The Arts

October 18, 1 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center

Fall For The Arts features an afternoon of dynamic courses and workshops showcasing the arts at AU. Try your hand at draw¬ing, playwriting, dancing, acting, and more. Free to attend. Registration is required. Visit for more information.

Women’s Soccer vs. Navy

October 21, 3:30 p.m.

Reeves Field

Field Hockey vs. Rutgers

October 23, 3 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Volleyball vs. Bucknell

October 23, 7 p.m.

Bender Arena

Men’s Soccer vs. Bucknell

October 24, 1 p.m.

Reeves Field

Volleyball vs. Lafayette

October 24, 2 p.m.

Bender Arena

Field Hockey vs. Indiana

October 25, 12 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Volleyball vs. Navy

October 27, 7 p.m.

Bender Arena

Men’s Soccer vs. Navy

October 28, 3 p.m.

Reeves Field

Women’s Soccer vs. Lehigh

October 30, 3 p.m.

Reeves Field

Modern Times

October 30, 8 p.m.

October 31, 7 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

The music world celebrates the 150th birthday of Jean Sibelius this year. The American University Symphony Orchestra joins the celebration by performing Sibelius' unique and beautiful Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Jess Bauer, winner of the 2015 AU Concerto & Aria Competition. Director of Orchestral Activities Yaniv Dinur and the AUSO also will perform Beethoven’s beloved 7th Symphony. Tickets: $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors; call 202-885-ARTS or visit

Field Hockey vs. Bucknell

October 31, 12 pm.

Jacobs Field

Halloween Spooktacular

October 31, 3 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

The American University Symphony Orchestra and music director Yaniv Dinur will perform under the spell of witches and ghosts in this frightfully fun family concert. Don't forget to wear your spookiest costume! Tickets: $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors; call 202-885-ARTS or visit

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