With the beginning of the fall semester, AU’s students have returned to the District. Some of them have moved into private rental homes in your neighborhoods and we hope that you welcome them.
To help ensure that our off-campus students get off to a positive start in their new neighborhoods, once again we will conduct an enhanced orientation program to remind them of their responsibilities under AU’s Student Conduct Code and District law. 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 will inform 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.
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.
We urge you to report incidents in progress to AU Public Safety at 202-885-2527. Public Safety is available 24/7 to take appropriate action on your complaints.
If you believe that students are violating District law, please 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 www.american.edu/ocl/dos (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.
Director of Community Relations
American University First to Pilot Unlimited Bus and Rail University Pass
This fall, American University will be first in the DC region to use Washington Metropolitan Area’s (WMATA) University Pass (U•Pass). Adopted by an overwhelming student vote last year, the pilot program will provide all full-time undergraduate, graduate, and law students with unlimited riding privileges throughout the semester on Metrobus and Metrorail (including express and airport shuttle buses) at a substantially discounted price. By allowing unlimited student use of DC’s public transportation options, U•Pass will enable them to experience the larger Washington, DC community with few constraints. U•Pass may be used for trips to school, work, internships, cultural events, and entertainment.
Students will receive a U•Pass SmarTrip card specially designed with the AU logo. The pass will be administered by the university as part of their student benefits and will be financial aid eligible. Student cards will be issued at the beginning of the academic year, fully loaded and ready to tap and go anywhere in the Metro system.
“This important partnership between WMATA and AU enables Metro to better serve the region’s universities, build ridership in the near term, and encourage the next generation to become public transit users,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld. “I appreciate AU’s leadership, students, and administrative teams for pioneering this program with us.”
AU President Neil Kerwin noted, " U•Pass makes it easy for students to engage with the DC community and promotes American University's mission to use our nation's capital as a powerful laboratory for learning. It also helps fulfill our commitment to help ease the region's traffic congestion by encouraging the use of public transit and removing vehicles from our roadways."
The pilot will be evaluated at the end of the first year, at which time any changes to the program may be made based on actual customer experience. Metro expects the pilot to attract other colleges and universities in the region that have expressed interest. The program is expected to generate about $2.7 million for the current fiscal year for the District at a cost of about $1 a day for each student during the semester.
American University’s Washington College of Law will serve as one of the sites for DC’s Art Night: Made in DC, a celebration of contemporary art in all its forms. On Saturday, September 24, local Tenleytown businesses, community institutions, and public spaces will transform into pop-up galleries and performance spaces for an evening of art. Art Night events also will take place in Dupont Circle, Shaw, North Capitol Street, Congress Heights, H Street, and Van Ness.
Formerly called Art All Night, the annual arts festival focuses on homegrown artists. The Tenleytown Main Street organization has recruited nearly 30 artists and performers who live and work in the greater Tenleytown area to showcase its diverse and talented artistic community.
Art displays will include paintings, photography, collages, sculpture, jewelry, and more. Performances will include live music, dance, literature readings, and even yoga. Art Night attendees can interact with local artists and celebrate their inner artists through interactive arts and crafts projects, and open dance and yoga mini-classes.
Tenleytown Main Street needs your help to make Art Night: Made in DC a success. Sign up today for one of our volunteer opportunities and help put Tenleytown on the map as an arts destination. All volunteers will receive free Art Night: Made in DC limited-edition T-shirts. Visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aadab28aaf49-artnight to learn about all the opportunities.
Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for September 21
American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Wednesday, September 21.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Abramson Family Founders Room in the School of International Service (SIS) building on the university’s main campus (4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Neighbors are invited to join AU staff at 6:30 p.m. for pre-meeting coffee and conversation. Parking for the meeting is available in the SIS garage.
The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the DC Zoning Commission Order for AU’s 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.
AU Freshmen Explore and Experience Their New DC Neighborhood
This August, incoming freshmen learned about the DC community beyond the American University campus by participating in the Explore DC program.
Through Explore DC, students navigated and learned about Washington, DC through a targeted lens. Students selected from a variety of topics, all of which shared the common theme of understanding the nation's capital from an insider's perspective.
As part of the program, AU Director of Community Relations Andrew Huff led 15 students on a two-day tour of the surrounding neighborhoods and introduced them to neighbors and local Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. Students visited the John A. Wilson Building where they met elected officials and learned more about District government, and heard from Neighbors for Statehood about the District’s statehood movement. They also went on a tour of WAMU 88.5 studios.
“Special thanks to the neighbors and ANC Commissioners who helped welcome our students to the neighborhood. This was a great opportunity to bring students and community members together,” said Huff.
American University’s Office of Community Relations and the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church invite neighbors and students to attend a back-to-school picnic to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.
The picnic will take place on Sunday, September 11 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church located at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, across the street from AU’s main campus.
All are invited to attend. Lunch and kids’ activities will be provided. Come out and meet your neighbors and students from American University as we kick off the 2016 school year.
For additional information, please contact AU’s Director of Community Relations, Andrew Huff, at 885-2167.
STRANGER LIVES EXHIBITION Now through September 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Katzen Rotunda Gallery Stranger Lives is a photographic typology of sunbathing New Yorkers on the stretch of sand between Coney Island and Brighton Beach. The 40 life-sized portraits encourage you to stare, wonder, and fantasize about the lives of strangers. The scars, veins, and wrinkles on the skin, the pattern on the blanket, the style, and placement of shoes and accessories, all can be read as signifiers of identity, class, and desire within a life beyond the frame. Yet without an offered horizon, our eyes remain hovered above the flat, splayed out sunbathers, in specimen-like observation.
FIELD HOCKEY VS. COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY September 2, 4 – 6 p.m. Jacobs Field
FIELD HOCKEY VS. JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY September 4, 1 – 3 p.m. Jacobs Field
WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE September 4, 1 – 3 p.m. Reeves Field
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. COPPIN STATE UNIVERSITY September 6, 7 – 9 p.m. Bender Arena
WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY September 8, 4 – 6 p.m. Reeves Field
MEN’S SOCCER VS. GONZAGA UNIVERSITY September 9, 5 – 7 p.m. Reeves Field
WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. VCU September 11, 12 – 2 p.m. Reeves Field
MEN’S SOCCER VS. CORNELL UNIVERSITY September 11, 3 – 5 p.m. Reeves Field
AU FARMERS’ MARKET September 14, 21, 28 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Every Wednesday, 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. 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.
MEDIA THAT MATTER – THANK YOU FOR PLAYING September 14, 6 p.m. Malsi Doyle/Michael Forman Theater Thank You for Playing, which premiered at the 2015 Tribecca Film Festival, goes inside the lives of Ryan and Amy Green as they build "That Dragon, Cancer," a video game about their journey raising their son Joel who was diagnosed with brain cancer. No cost to attend. For more information, contact visit: http://www.american.edu/soc/partnerships/movies-that-matter.cfm.
STORY MOVEMENTS September 15, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
September 16,9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Washington College of Law
The two-day program examines platforms and genres of civic media storytelling through the lens of contemporary struggles for social justice. From documentary film to investigative journalism to virtual reality to participatory storytelling to persuasive gaming to photography, the program examines and captures the current and future-looking moment in story-led demands for social change. Created and hosted by the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI). For more information, contact Caty Borum Chattoo firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPEAKING YOUR MIND: THE POLITICS OF DISAGREEMENT IN A CAMPUS COMMUNITY September 15, 7 p.m. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Professor Jamie Raskin, a renowned scholar of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at AU’s Washington College of Law and a Maryland State Senator representing District 20 (Silver Spring and Takoma Park) will speak with AU students. He will address how we can address the tensions between safe space and free speech at AU effectively. The evening will include a discussion with AU students and an audience “talk back” with Professor Raskin. For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speaking-your-mind-the-politics-of-disagreement-in-a-campus-community-tickets-27006274494
WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. COLGATE UNIVERSITY September 17, 2 – 4 p.m. Reeves Field
WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND September 20, 4 – 6 p.m. Reeves Field
MEDIA THAT MATTER -- FRONTLINE INVESTIGATION: THE BUSINESS OF DISASTER September 21, 6:30 p.m., Reception; 7 p.m. Malsi Doyle/Michael Forman Theater http://www.american.edu/soc/partnerships/movies-that-matter.cfm
IRW producers and investigative reporters Rick Young, Emma Schwartz, and Fritz Kramer discuss the FRONTLINE documentary Business of Disaster, which examines why thousands of residents of New Jersey and New York are still struggling three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated their communities. The investigative team did a deep dive into the nation's disaster recovery system, revealing major problems with the flood insurance program and efforts to build more resilient communities.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY September 23, 7 – 9 p.m. Bender Arena
OVERTURE September 23, 24, 8 – 10 p.m. Greenberg Theatre
This new student showcase welcomes the dynamic incoming class of 2020 to the American University performing arts community. Through monologues, scenes, and song, students reveal their passions, ambitions, and insecurities. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at http://american.tix.com.
FIELD HOCKEY VS. LEHIGH UNIVERSITY September 24, 12 – 2 p.m. Jacobs Field
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. LAFAYETTE COLLEGE September 24, 2 – 4 p.m. Bender Arena
MEN’S SOCCER VS. COLGATE UNIVERSITY September 24, 4 – 6 p.m. Reeves Field
FIELD HOCKEY VS. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY September 25, 2 – 4 p.m. Jacobs Field
WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. LOYOLA UNIVERSITY September 28, 4 – 6 p.m. Reeves Field
FIRST GEN: RUN THE WORLD ON SEPTEMBER 29 September 29, 7 p.m. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
How can “first gens” relate to and with the campus experience? In this TED-style talk, Melissa Scholes Young, first generation student turned first generation faculty, will share her experience navigating the new territory. Young teaches in the College Writing Program in the Department of Literature at American University. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Ploughshares, Narrative, Poets & Writers, and other literary journals. For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-gen-run-the-world-tickets-26904461970
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