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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

AU in the Neighborhood Community Relations Newsletter September 2013

September 2013

AU Joins Ranks of Tobacco-Free Universities

AU Tobacco and Smoke Free

American University officially has become a tobacco- and smoke-free campus. AU joins almost 1,200 schools around the country that already are smoke-free, and almost 800 that are also tobacco-free. The policy has been implemented after years of discussion and months of planning and is an effort to support the health of our community as well as the university’s sustainability commitments.

The new policy, effective August 15, is another step that AU has taken towards promoting healthy lifestyles. With tobacco use being the leading cause of preventable death and disease, the goal of the new tobacco- and smoke-free policy is to create a healthier and safer environment for students, staff, faculty, and visitors.

With the new policy, the use of tobacco products – including cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic/e-cigarettes, cigars and cigarellos, hookah-smoked products, and oral tobacco (spit and spit-less, smokeless, chew, and snuff) – will be prohibited on all AU property, including buildings, structures, parking lots, campus grounds, and both university and private vehicles on university property.

“Many universities have implemented this policy, or have plans to do so soon, including our peers in the Washington-Metro area. Becoming a tobacco-free campus is becoming the norm,” said Robert Hradsky, dean of students.

The policy applies to faculty, staff, students, as well as contractors, visitors, and other non-employees who are on property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled or operated by AU.

For more information on AU’s tobacco-free policy, visit the Tobacco-Free at AU website.

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New Residence Halls Welcome Students

Building Openings 2013

When students returned to campus in August for the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester, many moved into one of two new residence halls. Construction of Cassell Hall and an addition on Nebraska Hall, completed in August, were both part of AU’s 2011 campus plan.

Cassell Hall, an eight-story, L-shaped building is located at the northwest corner of the main campus along AU's border with the Wesley Theological Seminary. The building, formerly a surface parking lot near the President's Office Building, now accommodates 360 upper classmen. The building also features an 8,000-square foot fitness facility and a bicycle parking area. This is the first AU residence hall to be built on campus since 1987 when Centennial Hall opened. In keeping with AU’s commitment to sustainability, Cassell Hall is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

The three-story addition to Nebraska Hall, located along Nebraska Avenue, was constructed on the north end of the existing building on the site of a surface parking lot. Its first floor features a multi-function space intended to be used by residents of Nebraska Hall and the Ft. Gaines Citizens Association, offices for the residential life staff, residential units for advisors and students, and a faculty apartment. The addition's second and third floors accommodate the majority of the building's 150 new beds and residential units.

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AU Student Elected to Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commission

Kathryn ANC

Kathryn Tinker, an AU senior in the School of International Service, recently became the third AU student elected to a local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Tinker, sworn in on June 28 as a Commisioner in ANC 3E, joins Joe Wisniewski and Rory Slatko, who currently serve on ANC 3D. Tinker is a past president and communications director of the AU College Democrats.

ANC Commissioners consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation, and trash collection. The ANCs present their positions and recommendations on issues to various District government agencies, the Executive Branch, and the Council. They also present testimony to independent agencies, boards, and commissions, usually under the rules of procedure specific to those entities.

“Kathryn will surely make an excellent addition to the ANC,” said Andrew Huff, American University’s director of Community Relations. “Student involvement in neighborhood affairs is a great way to build bridges between students and residents and encourage creative problem solving.”

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Demolition Begins at New Washington College of Law

Tenley Update

Demolition is currently under way at the future home of American University’s new Washington College of Law (WCL) at the historic Tenley Campus. When construction is complete in fall 2015, WCL will be among the most technically advanced law schools in the country and the only one with a courthouse.

The project will embrace and incorporate fully the historic Capital Hall and its chapel, as well as Dunblane House. It also will retain and reinforce the central quadrangle as an open and accessible green public space, and improve the front lawn and perimeter of the site to increase opportunities for public access and enjoyment. To accommodate the new plans, Congressional Hall, Federal Hall, and Constitution Building will be demolished.

The new law school will support a student population of 2,000 and a faculty and staff of 500, provide 50 percent more space than its current location, and feature 312,000 square feet of facilities and underground parking for 400 vehicles.

The Tenley Campus also is located one block from the Metro, giving the legal community, business leaders, government officials, and alumni better access to the law school while providing students with a direct line to the heart of Washington, D.C.

For additional information and regular updates on construction, please visit here.

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Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for September 24

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, September 24.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Founders Room of the School for International Service (SIS) building on the university’s main campus (4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Parking for the event will be available in the SIS garage as well as in the Nebraska Avenue parking lot.

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 new 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

Additional information can be found on the CLC website.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Announces Fall Offerings


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), an association of, by, and for people in the D.C. area who wish to continue to study and learn, has announced its offerings for the fall semester. OLLI is an independent, nonprofit organization located at American University and is part of the OLLI Network and the Elderhostel Institute Network (RoadScholar).

OLLI operates very much like a small liberal arts college. Members come from varied backgrounds, but what they have in common is genuine interest in continuing their learning experiences and intellectual stimulation in an organization of like-minded people. Members participate fully in study groups, either by leading or attending them. There are no tests and no grades. Members participate purely for the joy of learning. The goal is a high quality learning experience accessible to all.

Semesters run from eight to ten weeks and for a membership fee, participants may take up to three study groups that run during the day for just under two hours a week.

In addition to study groups, OLLI has a Tuesday lecture series during the semester, and an extended lecture series in January and June. Membership in OLLI provides an opportunity for social interaction, new friendships, and collegiality.

For a complete listing of OLLI’s fall offerings and additional information, please visit here.

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Plan a Trip to AU's Farmers' Market This Fall


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 campus community but to the surrounding neighborhood as well. Click here for additional information.

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Save the Date for AU's "Fall for the Arts" Event


Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 5 as the Katzen Arts Center hosts Fall for the Arts, a unique celebration of the arts at American University, featuring an afternoon of dynamic classes and hands-on workshops capped off with an elegant reception and art auction.

The afternoon classes, which begin at 4 p.m., will span a wide range of activities including orchestral conducting, composing a melody, collage making, the hidden life of museums, drawing in the Italian Renaissance, and stage combat. The day will conclude with an elegant reception and a live auction of art by renowned artists. Artwork to be auctioned off will be on exhibit in the museum beginning September 7. Proceeds from the event will benefit the arts at American University.

Click here for additional information or to register.

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Voices of Women: 6-Week Seminar on Intimacy, Family & Economic Power

SPEX Krasnow

Recharge yourself by taking a journey of self-discovery with Professor Krasnow. This award-winning journalist has created Voices of Women, a non-credit, six-week course that explores the most important issues a woman faces during her life cycle, at home, and in the work place.

Discussions of Krasnow’s best-selling books on intimate relationships (see and readings from other female writers on the ascent of women in business and in family structures are blended together in this life changing course.

Mondays from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

September 9, 16, 23, 30

October 7 & 14

Learn more and register now.

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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



Calendar of Events

Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots and Patrick McDonough

Tuesday, September 3 – Sunday, October 20 

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center 

This major exhibition of contemporary art addresses ecological issues in the Washington region from the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show is in collaboration with the Arlington Arts Center, which is presenting its half of Green Acres June 28 – October 13. The exhibition is curated by Sue Spaid. Patrick McDonough's exhibition examines the relationship between sustainability and aesthetics, a timely and important topic in the face of climate change and increased interest in alternative energy and technologies. Utilizing our interior gallery space and outdoor sculpture garden, McDonough presents discrete objects, performance documentation, and solar-powered appliance sculptures that blend wit and insight, playfulness, and provocation.

Admission is free for both exhibitions. For more information, visit

Donald Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art 

Tuesday, September 3 – Sunday, October 20, 2013

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center 

This is the first exhibition of Donald Rothfeld's extraordinary gift of Israeli art to the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in honor of H.E. Ambassador Michael B. Oren. The 161-piece collection chronicles Israel’s history and includes the work of numerous prominent and emerging Israeli artists, including Uri Aran, Yael Bartana, Tsibi Geva, Moshe Kupferman, Siglat Landau, Elad Lassry, and Michal Rovner. The exhibition is sponsored by American University's Center for Israel Studies. Admission is free. For more information, visit

2013 Early Fall Artists' Reception 

Saturday, September 7, 6 – 9 p.m. 

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center 

Join artists and curators for the 2013 early fall Artists' Reception. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Gallery Talk: Donald Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art 

Sunday, September 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center Join the AU Museum and the American University Center for Israeli Studies for a discussion about the Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art, on display through October 20.

Men’s Soccer vs. University of Denver

Sunday, September 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

Reeves Field

Theodor Herzl: Charisma and Leadership

Monday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

The lecture is given by Derek Penslar, the Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto, and the Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies at Oxford University. This event is part of the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair Inaugural Lecture Series: The Founders of Israel and Their Relevance Today. It is co-sponsored by Center for Israel Studies and the Departments of History and Jewish Studies. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Kreeger lobby. Free with RSVP at

Sustainability Tour 

Thursday, September 19, 11 a.m., October 17, 11 a.m. 

Accompany Office of Sustainability staff on a guided campus tour of American University's green buildings, vegetated roofs, green energy systems, and more. The tour begins at the AU Museum. Tours are offered in conjunction with the exhibitions, Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots and Patrick McDonough: brightveridiansentinelevents, and last approximately one hour. Admission is free. For more information, visit


Thursday, September 19, 7 – 9 p.m., October 24, 7 – 9 p.m. 

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Unleash your inner artist with ArtJamz®. We supply everything you need to create an original work of art, including art materials, paints, canvas, and tips, along with guidance and encouragement from roving art-trained Creative Enablers. Inspiration provided via great music and refreshments. $35 general admission, $15 for students with valid ID. For more information, visit

New Student Showcase

Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21, 8 p.m.

Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

Follow the lives of incoming freshman students as they face the trials and tribulations of their first year in a higher education institution. Experience the “drama” that happens on and off stage as a group of freshman theatre and music theatre majors not only get acclimated to their new surroundings but prepare for the season’s big musical. Tickets: $5 general admission. Purchase tickets online at or call 202-885-ARTS.

TREAM (Tactics, Research, Energy, Aesthetics, Material) Presentations 

Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m. 

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center 

Guest presenters share their views on topics related to the physical and psychological implications of sustainable form. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Field Hockey vs. College of the Holy Cross

Saturday, September 21, 12 – 2 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Alon Goldstein in Recital

Sunday, September 22,5 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Renowned Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein performs works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Ravel. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Donald Rothfeld Collection in honor of Michael Oren by the Center for Israel Studies and the Museum, with support from the Department of Performing Arts and America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Admission is free. Space for the recital is limited, so reservations are required by visiting

kids@katzen: Build a Greener World 

Sunday, September 22, 1 p.m. 

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Expand your child's imagination by engaging them in a fun, creative art class. Inspired by the AU Museum's Green Acres exhibition, children will build their own terrariums. Registration one week in advance is suggested. $15 for the first child ($10 for AU Museum members), $10 for each additional child per family. For more information, visit

Gorenman Piano Project: Schumann Edition

Saturday, September 28, 8 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist and AU musician in residence, Yuliya Gorenman, continues to explore masterworks of Schumann. Tickets: $25 regular admission, $10 AU students. Purchase tickets online at or call 202-885-ARTS.

Men’s Soccer vs. Lehigh University

Saturday, September 28, 1 – 3 p.m.

Reeves Field

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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