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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

Quad 2014

September 2014

Dear AU Neighbors:

With the beginning of the fall semester, AU’s entire student body has now returned to the District. Some of them will be moving into private rental homes in your neighborhoods and we hope that you will welcome them.

To help ensure that our off-campus students get off to a positive start in their new neighborhoods, we are conducting an enhanced orientation program to remind them of their responsibilities under AU’s Student Conduct Code and District laws. Topics will include responsibilities for yard maintenance, trash and snow removal, as well as an overview of the District’s noise and alcohol laws. We also are informing them of their rights as tenants to a clean and safe living space, including the requirement that rental property owners obtain a Basic Business License (BBL) from the District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). The orientation messages are reinforced by a letter to all off-campus students from the associate dean of students, sent on August 18.

Occasionally, some of our students demonstrate poor judgment in their conduct and mode of living and become a cause for concern to their neighbors. We want you to know that we are here to help in those instances. We expect AU students to be responsible and considerate neighbors, whether they live on or off campus.

If you have concerns, we urge you to report incidents in progress to AU Public Safety at 202-885-2527. Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take appropriate action on your complaints.

If you believe that students are violating District laws, please do not hesitate to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 911.

If intervention by Campus Life staff seems to be the most appropriate response, you may call the Office of the Dean of Students at 202-885-3300 (M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or file a complaint online at (click on the complaint form on the right).

We are here if you need us. In the meantime, please welcome your new neighbors to the community.


Andrew Huff

Director of Community Relations

American University

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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

East Campus Construction Under Way

East Campus Construction

Over the past few months, crews have been preparing the Nebraska Avenue parking lot for construction activities that will commence this week as part of AU’s East Campus development at New Mexico and Nebraska Avenues, NW.

To date, the entire perimeter of the site has been secured with the installation of a protective fence, landscaping has been cleared within the work area, unsafe trees have been removed, and more than 22 mature specimens have been relocated to other parts on site. In addition, a field office has been built for the on-site project team, erosion control measures have been installed to mitigate the impact of storm water runoff outside the perimeter of the site, and the necessary permits have been acquired to begin construction.

With this enabling work completed, construction is now under way with the installation of a shoring system to retain soil, as crews excavate for foundations and below-grade spaces, including a 150-space parking garage, and de-watering systems to manage groundwater anticipated to be encountered during the construction process. Installation of the shoring system entails mechanically driving steel beams, or piles, into the ground and some noise should be expected. Both pile driving and de-watering installation operations will continue for several weeks and we anticipate beginning excavation in early October.

Regular updates will be provided as work progresses and you can read more about East Campus by visiting the Building AU East Campus web page.

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Mayoral Candidate Conversation September 18

DC Flag

American University, in collaboration with the Palisades Citizens Association, Ward 3 Vision, and the Kennedy Political Union, will host a conversation among candidates for Mayor on Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center’s Abramson Recital Hall.

The debate will be moderated by NBC4’s Tom Sherwood and feature WAMU’s Patrick Madden and Kavitha Cardoza and the The Washington Post’s Clinton Yates as panelists.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. outside of the Abramson Recital Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

For additional information, please contact AU’s Director of Community Relations, Andrew Huff.

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American University Recognized As One Of The Greenest And “Coolest” Schools

Solar Panels

American University's commitment to sustainability has garnered national accolades once again. The university's dedication to environmentally-friendly practices has earned it a place in The Princeton Review's seventh annual "Green Ratings" and in Sierra magazine's "Coolest Schools" list.

For the fourth consecutive year, AU attained the highest possible score on the "Green Rating's" scale of 60 to 99. Of the 861 institutions tallied for their environmental practices, policies, and academic offerings, only 24 received the highest possible score. In recognizing AU's efforts and achievements, The Princeton Review bestowed particular praise on the university's series of practical steps to equip its students in the pursuit of sustainability. AU also drew praise for being a signatory of both ACUPCC and the Talloires Declaration; its status as a STARS Charter member; the Green Teaching Certification Program; the LEED Volume Existing Building certification project; and for having the largest solar energy system in DC after the installation of more than 2,150 solar photovoltaic panels and more than 200 solar thermal panels on eleven buildings on campus.

"These honors serve as reminders that we need to continue doing what it takes to earn them," observed Chris O'Brien, AU's Director of Sustainability.

AU placed second in Sierra's eighth annual ranking of America's greenest colleges which spotlighted the university's deep commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues, and encouraging environmental responsibility. AU vaulted to the second-place ranking after placing ninth last year in a field of more than 150 competing schools. Echoing The Princeton Review, Sierra also cited AU's solar photovoltaic panels as well as the student-led Adopt-A-Tree program and divestment movement as reasons for its improved ranking.

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company. Additionally, it helps college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals by ranking schools on the basis of various criteria, including their green efforts.

Sierra is the official publication of the Sierra Club, America's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters nationwide. The Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of communities, protect wildlife, and preserve remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information, go to

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Celebrate the Arts at AU

Arts at AU

Have you ever wanted to join a band, perform in a Shakespeare play, or become a landscape photographer for a day? If so, you’ll have your chance at the College of Arts and Sciences’ annual Fall for the Arts celebration, held this year on September 20 at the Katzen Arts Center. Each year, Fall for the Arts brings together neighbors, students, faculty, and friends for a day devoted to the arts. The event features nearly 20 workshops and sessions on acting, music, writing, and visual art, as well as a behind-the-scene tour of the museum, and surprise performances throughout the day.

Workshops include Drawing in the Italian Renaissance, No-Fear Shakespeare, Fundamentals of Color, Writing the 4-Chord Song, and many more. Participants will learn how to age creatively, use acting methods to improve public speaking, and unlock their inner playwright. Children can build their very own “cabinets of curiosity,” learn how to interpret musical recipes, and experience the 13 movements of Schumann’s Scenes from a Childhood.

The day concludes with an early evening reception in the Katzen Arts Center and an art auction featuring 34 items from the estate of prominent art collector Marc Moyens. Auction works include paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces from artists including James Bumgardner, Alan Stone, Maureen McCabe, and Carlos Gomez Bal, among many others.

When H. Marc Moyens founded Gallery Marc in 1969, he quickly became a central figure in the Washington, DC, arts world. Gallery Marc was part of the District's first "gallery row" on P Street Northwest, establishing Moyens as a serious arts collector and one of the first major gallery owners in the city. He later opened Gallery K with his partner Komei Wachi in 1975, which bucked current trends by focusing on photorealism and surrealism at a time when the Washington Color School was favored. Upon his death in April 2003, Moyens' collection contained nearly 2,500 pieces, encompassing art from New York, California, and all around the world.

Paul Richard, in his Washington Post review of the H. Marc Moyens Collection at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1969, hit the nail on the head when he described the works as "realistic spooky things that have the originality of nightmares." Richard went on to note that "Moyens' taste is at its best when it is at its weirdest."

Fall for the Arts is a fundraiser for the arts at American University. All proceeds benefit the arts at AU. It is open to the public, local residents, patrons of the arts, parents of AU students, and the entire AU community. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students and those under 18. For workshop schedules, online tickets, and auction information, visit the Fall for the Arts website.

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Films on the Green: A Festival of French Films

Woods Amphitheater

Enjoy the last of summer with two French films in the Woods-Brown Amphitheater on AU’s beautiful campus. This year’s festival, the first of a partnership between AU and the Embassy of France, will explore the theme “Finding Your Identity.” The film All Is Forgiven (Thursday, September 4, 8 p.m.) tells the story of a 17-year-old Parisian who reunites with her father after eleven years. Tomboy (Friday, September 5, 8 p.m.) follows a young girl who decides to pass as a boy among the neighborhood kids.

All are welcome. Rain location is the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater in the McKinley Building.

Please click here for additional information.

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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.

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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"Books That Shaped America" Community Discussion Series Continues

Join us again for Books That Shaped America – conversations for the American University and metro-D.C. communities about books that have helped shape American society. Each discussion starts with a focal text, but the conversations stretch far beyond the pages of the books themselves. Each discussion is 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. Upcoming events include:


New Hampshire by Robert Frost

Tuesday, September 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Michael Manson, Director, University Honors Program


A Street In Bronzeville by Gwendolyn Brooks

Tuesday, October 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Timothy Staples, Assistant Director of Training and Leadership Development, Housing and Dining Programs


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Saturday, October 18, 2 – 3 p.m.

Mud Box, Lower Level, Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Lewis Grossman, Professor, Washington College of Law, Affiliate Professor of History


Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred Kinsey

Tuesday, October 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Jonathan Tubman, Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies


Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

Wednesday, November 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Erik Dussere, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, College of Arts & Sciences


Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Tuesday, January 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Richard Wilson, Professor, Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, Washington College of Law


Beloved by Toni Morrison

Tuesday, February 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Keith Leonard, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, College of Arts & Sciences


The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill

Tuesday, March 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Karl Kippola, Assistant Professor, Department of Performing Arts, College of Arts & Sciences


Family Limitation by Margaret Sanger

Tuesday, March 31, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Mary Clark, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost, Professor, Washington College of Law


Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Tuesday, April 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Marianne Noble, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, College of Arts & Sciences


For additional information on the Books That Shaped America community discussion series, please visit

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SPExS Announces Fall Offerings

AU's School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS) presents a new certificate program for adult women in transitional stages of their lives, called LEAD - Leadership, Empowerment and Professional Development. The certificate is earned by taking four courses, yet students can opt to take individual courses as well.

Professor Iris Krasnow, a best-selling author of books on women's issues will teach two LEAD courses to be offered in September:

Women and Leadership

This course will help women to lead more thoughtfully and effectively wherever they find an opportunity for leadership: in the workplace, in membership organizations, or in personal relationships. Women and Leadership will help participants to better understand the distinct challenges and opportunities women face when assuming a leadership role, and provide them with choices for their leadership.

Mastering Digital Media

In an ever-increasing digital world, leaders must master social media to spread their messages and enhance their clout. In this class, participants learn about the appropriate use of different social and digital media tools for both personal branding goals and organizational purposes. This course teaches the use of several different digital and social media tools to demonstrate expertise, promote a cause, product or organization, or reach a wide spectrum of audiences.

Write Well (and Get Published)

This course offers instruction in journalistic style, feature article writing, the art of the memoir, blogging - and how to get published.

Voices of Women

This course offers an immersion in the study of women authors through the ages with the purpose of self-reflection and re-direction in personal and professional lives.

For enrollment and course information, please go to

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AU Museum Receives Gift to Support Washington Art

Katzen Museum Gift

Washington, DC, is fortunate to have a thriving arts community. Now, thanks to a major gift from AU alumna and art advocate Carolyn Alper, BA/CAS '68, to the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, more resources will be allocated to the study and exhibition of Washington art.

Alper's gift will establish the Alper Initiative for Washington Art at the American University Museum. The initiative will dedicate space for displaying the work of Washington artists, including more tightly-focused, historical shows; development of space for archives of Washington art (available for both members of the public and AU students); an endowment to support more programming of events, gatherings, lectures, and films; and digitization of AU's growing collection of Washington art.

"Carolyn's gift provides American University Museum the funds necessary to elevate Washington art to the place of prominence it deserves," said AU Museum Curator and Director Jack Rasmussen. "All of Washington should be grateful as Carolyn has put her contributions where her heart is."

Rasmussen has made Washington art a priority with two Washington Art Matters exhibits and opportunities for regular displays of works by Washington artists. A reviewer with Washington City Paper recently wrote: "For almost a decade, the de facto museum of DC art has been at American University…The case has been made: Washington art does matter. All we need is the wall space to display it."

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Calendar of Events

THE BICENTENARY OF ADOLPHE SAX: Belgian Illustrious Inventor of the Saxophone

September 1, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Katzen Rotunda Gallery Exhibition

An exhibit celebrating the life and creative process of Adolphe Sax, groundbreaking Belgian musician and inventor of the saxophone. Please also join us for a free saxophone quartet at the Sept. 6 early fall artists' reception at the AU Museum. Quartet led by Noah Getz, AU musician in residence in saxophone.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico

September 2, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Field Hockey vs. St. Joseph’s University

September 5, 2 – 4 p.m.

Reeves Field

Women’s Volleyball vs. Marquette University

September 5, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos

September 6 through Oct. 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition

This exhibition comprises prints, video, collage, and installations created by Cuban artist Sandra Ramos. The artist reflects on the conflicting experiences of living in her beloved homeland with all of its many challenges. Her work often takes a narrative form in which she depicts herself as a child-like explorer or modern day Alice in Wonderland. Ramos' prints and mixed media works feature exquisite craftsmanship and use of color and naivete, tempered by wit and irony.

Memorial Modeling: Peter Belyi and Petr Shvetsov

September 6 through Oct. 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

The installations created by Peter Belyi and Petr Shvetsov refer to a specific doctrine of so-called "monumental propaganda" that the artists have been developing in recent years. This exhibition is influenced heavily by the artists' shared experience of the collapse of the Soviet Union during their youth. The work comments on the unifying characteristics.


September 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

Curated by art theorist, Corcoran College of Art and Design professor and artist, Mark Cameron Boyd, Readymade@100, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's readymade concept. This juried exhibition includes contemporary artists' submissions of "new" readymades that significantly expand on Duchamp's originary idea to celebrate his vision and allow the concept to evolve.

Sam Noto: Steel Sculpture, Anxiety and Hope

September 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Sculpture Garden

Sam Noto allows his materials to generate form and occupy space in a dynamic way. These large steel constructions, largely made of found materials, are both serious and playful and expressthe artist's improvisational technique.

Field Hockey - Michigan State vs. St. Joseph’s University

September 6, 1 – 3 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Women’s volleyball - Marquette University vs. Florida State University

September 6, 1 – 3 p.m.

Bender Arena

Gallery Talk: Memorial Modeling: Peter Belyi and Peter Shvetsov

September 6, 5 – 6 p.m.

Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

Meet artists Peter Belyi and Petr Shvetsov, and join them for a discussion of their exhibition, Memorial Modeling.

Early Fall Artists' Reception

September 6, 6 – 9 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Join artists and curators from 6-9p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Field Hockey vs. Michigan State

September 7, 12 – 2 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Women’s Soccer vs. Fairfield University

September 7, 1 – 3 p.m.

Reeves Field

Yoga in the Galleries

September 10, 10 – 11 a.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class is a great opportunity to de-stress and start your Wednesday with mental clarity, relaxation, and art. Please bring a mat. Blutinger is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher dedicated to the practice of yoga for more than 17 years. She loves sharing the gift of yoga and its profound healing effects for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. She does "trauma-sensitive yoga" for wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, teaches adults in the Wesley Heights community, and faculty/staff at American University and Sheridan School with a focus on stress management. Cost is $5. Free for AU museum members. Pay online in advance or cash or check prior to class.

RSVP Required:

AU Farmers' Market

September 10, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


The AU Farmers' Market will be on campus every Wednesday from 11a.m. - 4p.m. on the Quad. Don't miss out on the fresh fruits and vegetables and Amish cheese and yogurt from Agora Farms as well as the hearth-baked breads, pastries, and cookies from Upper Crust Bakery.

Women’s Soccer vs. Howard University

September 10, 4 – 6 p.m.

Reeves Field

Women’s Volleyball vs. Coppin State University

September 10, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Men’s Soccer vs. Hartwick College

September 12, 4 – 6 p.m.

Reeves Field

Men’s Soccer vs. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

September 14, 1 – 3 p.m.

Reeves Field


September 14, 1 – 3 p.m.

Katzen Museum

Expand your children's imagination by engaging them in a fun, creative art class inspired by one of the current exhibitions. One week advanced registration suggested. The cost is $10 per child.

RSVP Required. Fee: $10.00

Farmers’ Market

September 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


The AU Farmers' Market will be on campus every Wednesday from 11a.m. - 4p.m on the Quad. Don't miss out on the fresh fruits and vegetables and Amish cheese and yogurt from Agora Farms as well as the hearth-baked breads, pastries, and cookies from Upper Crust Bakery.

Field Hockey vs. Lehigh University

September 20, 12 – 2 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Field Hockey vs. Princeton University

September 21, 2 – 4 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Men’s Soccer vs. Hartford

September 23, 3 – 5 p.m.

Reeves Field

Farmers’ Market

September 24, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


The AU Farmers' Market will be on campus every Wednesday from 11a.m. - 4p.m on the Quad. Don't miss out on the fresh fruits and vegetables and Amish cheese and yogurt from Agora Farms as well as the hearth-baked breads, pastries, and cookies from Upper Crust Bakery.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Bucknell University

September 26, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Women’s Soccer vs. Holy Cross

September 27, 12 – 2 p.m.

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Reeves Field

Women’s Volleyball vs. Lafayette College

September 27, 4 – 6 p.m.

Bender Arena