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Abstract: This summer, spend your next rainy day playing board games with some friends! The AU Library has more than 80 games to choose from at the Reserves and Technology Borrowing Desk.
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Publication Date: 07/24/2015
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Here’s the Verdict (AUGAME 46): games are the best summer pastime! GO! (AUGAME 43/44) to the basement of the library and you’ll be transported to a Bazaar (AUGAME 48), or maybe Camelot (AUGAME 50), or even an Andean Abyss (AUGAME 34) by checking out one of the games in our sizable collection! Stop the War on Terror (AUGAME 27) or make some Easy Money (AUGAME 41.) The possibilities are endless. Check out some of our favorites below:

Timeline (AUGAME 39)—Which was invented first: eyeglasses or the light bulb? Test your knowledge of the recent past with Timeline, a fun and easy card game about inventions and historical accuracy.

Dixit (AUGAME 51)—A strikingly designed and easy to learn game, Dixit should be at the top of your list of games to play this summer. Grab a few friends and enter an abstract world, concocting clues based upon cards featuring beautiful drawings; see who can trick their opponents and guess their way to victory!

Pandemic (AUGAME 05)—In this board game, players work cooperatively instead of competitively. With each player in a randomly selected role, they must work together to stop the spread of four diseases in separate regions of the world. The Pandemic: On The Brink (AUGAME 06) and Pandemic: In The Lab (AUGAME 07) expansion sets are also available for checkout.

Settlers of Catan (AUGAME 08)—The game that arguably started the recent table top trend, Settlers of Catan pits you against your friends in a race to colonize the island of Catan. While creating roads, settlements, and cities with your collected resources, you must also effectively block your opponents from building across the board.

Tales of Arabian Nights (AUGAME 38)—If you’re a fan of “choose your own adventure” books, this game’s for you. In Tales of Arabian Nights, you’re the hero/heroine and you’ll choose your own destiny. There is a winner, but the game is less about who wins or loses and more about the story that gets told and events that unfold. Will you fulfil your destiny?

Agricola (AUGAME 24)—Consistently voted one of the best games by boardgamegeek.com; in Agricola you’re a farmer trying to expand your farm. You choose which plants/materials you want to harvest/collect and whether or not to expand your family to help with work on the farm. At the end of 14 rounds, the best and most stable farm wins.

Twilight Struggle (AUGAME 17)—The HIGHEST ranked board game on boardgamegeek.com, Twilight Struggle is a thematic card-driven game for two people. The game focuses around the tension of the Cold War, as one player represents the United States and the other represents the Soviet Union.

Labyrinth (AUGAME 30)—Labyrinth takes one or two players inside the Islamist Jihad and the global war on terror. Similar to Twilight Struggle, the two person version has one player representing Islamist Jihad and the other player representing the United States. Easy to play and with a broad scope, Labyrinth will leave you thinking about the ideological struggles at hand.

Remember: if you’re looking for some old classics, we’ve got those too. From Twister (AUGAME 13), to Scrabble (AUGAME 19), Risk (AUGAME 02), Chess (AUGAME 15) and, of course, Monopoly (AUGAME 11), our collection has so much to offer. Cool off in the MudBox Cafe with a few friends and spend the afternoon playing board games!

Check out the Board Games board on our Pinterest page to explore all current titles in our collection, as well as to see their availability. If you find a game you like, just drop by the desk on the Lower Level of the Library. Since the games are kept behind the Reserves and Technology Borrowing Desk, it is important to have not only your AU ID, but also the call number of the game. All games are available for a 3-day loan with no renewals. Games must be returned directly to the Course Reserves desk; if the desk is closed, they may also be returned to the Information Desk on the first floor. Games should not be returned to the front book drop or the Borrowing Desk. Overdue fines are $1 per day.

For more information on the Library’s games collection, you can go to the Course Reserves and Technology Borrowing desk. You can also contact us by calling 202-882-3231 or e-mailing elela@american.edu.

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Abstract: These steamy summer days may have you wilting, but they do make cooling off with a frozen treat even more satisfying. July is National Ice Cream Month, so curl up with one of these titles and a big sundae.
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Publication Date: 07/14/2015
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These steamy summer days may have you wilting, but they do make cooling off with a frozen treat even more satisfying. July is National Ice Cream Month, so curl up with one of these titles and a towering cone of sorbet, frozen yogurt, or ice cream.

Of Sugar and Snow: a History of Ice Cream Making by Jeri Quinzio (Ebook)
Frozen desserts have a longstanding history as popular confections. In this book, Quinzio starts with the partially frozen wine slushies that became popular in 16th century Italy and brings the reader along on an exploration of the social history of ice cream.

Sweet Carolina by Foy Allen Edelman (Ebook)
Even if you don’t own an ice cream maker, Edelman’s overview of North Carolina confections offers plenty of frozen treats that are easy to whip up on a hot summer day, like Coffee Ice Cream, Orange Icebox Cake, and Frozen Strawberry Pie.

Pure and Modern Milk: an Environmental History since 1900 by Kendra Smith-Howard
While most consumers know that ice cream, butter, and cheese are produced with milk, there are many other commercial uses for dairy by-products, like the milk proteins used in house paint and bath soap. Howard’s investigation of the historic use of dairy products is an illuminating look into this industry.

Perfect Scoop: Ice creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz
This cookbook is a Library employee favorite—and for good reason! While most of the recipes require an ice cream maker, many do not (like the Nectarine Granita and Watermelon Popsicles.) Lebovitz offers a mix of classic and unusual recipes (think Saffron-Pine Nut) with clear, easy to follow instructions.

Ice Cream Time by Nick Didkovsky (streaming music)
The record label categorizes this album as Classical/Electronic, but the weird, complex, discordant, and highly textured sound of these computer-meets-instrumental compositions make this difficult to fit neatly into any genre category.

Ice Cream Reporter (Ejournal)
As the CEO of a highly successful multinational ice cream corporation, you are no doubt wondering how to keep up with the latest industry news. Worry no more—AU Library subscribes to "The newsletter for ice cream executives."

Ice Cream Wars (streaming video)
When Häagen-Dazs was introduced to the UK, the dominant force in the ice cream market was Wall’s, a company that had been producing vegetable fat based ice cream since the days of dairy rationing during the World Wars. This BBC video explores the marketing strategy and struggles of the upstart brand.

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Title: Secret Lives: Christine Weidner
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Abstract: The seventh article in this profile series offers a ‘behind the scenes’ peek at Christine Weidner, a student worker turned Library Operations Specialist, who is about to depart for the next step in her academic career—an MA/PhD program!
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Publication Date: 07/07/2015
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Christine Weidner is about to make a major transition. She is leaving her job as Library Building Operations Specialist at American University, leaving the East Coast entirely, for an MA/PhD program in English at the University of California Santa Barbara. In this program, she will be specializing in affect theory with emphases in modernism and global studies.

As you might expect, she is excited and a bit nervous. A life-long East Coast resident, Christine grew up in Johnstown, PA, a small city about an hour and a half away from Pittsburgh. As a rising high school freshman, she visited DC as a part of the National Student Leadership Conference. During this conference, she and the other students stayed in the dormitories on the AU campus. When she returned home for the summer, Christine knew that she wanted to come to college at American University.

She began her college career with a major in International Relations, but with each passing semester, she accrued more and more credits in Literature, until it clicked that she had found her passion. For Christine—“Literature is extremely interdisciplinary, providing an avenue of access to a variety of disciplines, including politics and international relations, while offering a methodology that intrigued me. Every day, we’re reading and accessing written information reflexively and this act is worth studying.”

Christine’s experience in a film class taught by Dr. Jeff Middents left her with a profound appreciation for the intersections between film and literature; an interest that influenced her choice in graduate programs. The program at Santa Barbara encompasses both literature and film studies, allowing Christine to further explore her fascination with the “shifting conversation between high and low forms of art, completely different genre expectations within both forms, and the emotional effect of consumed material. Both literature and film shape our definition of intimacyand our construction of beliefs.”

The AU Library has been a “huge part” of Christine’s academic life thus far. She began working at the Library as a student assistant during her sophomore year and accepted a full time position upon graduating in 2014. As a young professional, Christine describes some of the biggest challenges she faced as “extending my education beyond graduation and discovering my identity away from grades and class schedules.” Her job at the Library gave her a “chance to be around people who aren’t afraid to be passionate about their professional work and hobbies.” During her year off, Christine audited two courses, spent lots of time reading books and watching films, and realized along the way that she longed to return to academia.

Her time at the Library provided Christine with a greater familiarity with the academic resources available to her at AU, resources that she found invaluable in her search for an ideal graduate program. She researched the work of various scholars in her field, looking for work that inspired and excited her. As an undergraduate, Christine worked with faculty, particularly in the Literature Department, who nurtured her intellectual interests and left her with a strong desire to teach others. “I want to be the kind of professor that I had at AU—passionate, spreading a desire for knowledge, and sharing what I love with other people.” Recognizing the impact that these instructors had on her goals, she knew the importance of good mentors and focused on searching for a graduate program with advisers who could “help me to become my best self.”

As one of the pleasures of working in academia is watching the next generation of scholars grow and blossom within an intellectual environment, the Library takes great pride in seeing our student workers develop into young professionals and academics. In her time here, Christine has moved from student assistant to library professional to PhD candidate—and we are excited to watch her future unfold.

Christine's Recommendations:

NW by Zadie Smith. I wrote my thesis on Smith’s first novel, White Teeth, but NW is equally as enjoyable, while still being vastly different because of its experimental style. Smith uses the rich culture of her native northwest London to narrate the friendship of two girls whose lives both converge and diverge from their birthplace.

Interpreter of Maladie by Jumpha Lahiri. This collection of short stories rightly won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. While the stories vary in content, each confronts the pleasures and anxieties of intimacy. My favorite story is “Sexy” in which a child claims sexy “means loving someone who you don’t know.”

Kiss of the Spider Woman is a 1976 novel by Argentine writer Manuel Puig. This metafictional novel focuses on the conversations between two prison inmates and explores their burgeoning relationship as they recount films they’ve seen to each other.

Dil Se is Mani Ratnam's 1998 Hindi film depicting the supposedly discordant themes of love and terrorism. The film dramatizes the fraught attraction between two characters occupying central and peripheral political positions. Gorgeous cinematography (including a dance scene on top of a moving train filmed without any CGI) and astounding music by A.R. Rahman make this a transfixing film about deferred desires.

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Title: Fin-tastic Collection Highlights for Shark Week
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Abstract: Sink your teeth into our Shark Week collection highlights. AU Library has picture books, streaming videos, and scholarly works relating to everyone’s favorite apex predator.
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Publication Date: 07/02/2015
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Close to Shore: a True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence by Michael Capuzzo
During the summer of 1819, a series of fatal shark attacks along the Jersey Shore set off a public panic. These attacks changed the accepted scientific belief that sharks were not dangerous to humans and are often credited with inspiring the book Jaws by Peter Benchley.

In Harm’s Way: the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of its Survivors by Doug Stanton
When this Navy cruiser was torpedoed and sank in 1945, the survivors of the initial attack faced a number of dangers, including shark attacks. Out of a crew of almost 1,200, there were only 317 survivors This book connects the larger narrative with the stories of 3 survivors.

TEDTalks: Simon Berrow - How Do You Save a Shark You Know Nothing About? (streaming video)
Marine biologist Berrow speaks about near-extinct basking sharks, a non-aggressive and enormous filter feeding breed of shark. Although long hunted for their oil, little is known about basking sharks, something that Berrow is attempting to remedy by studying these creatures.

Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks by Jonathan Kathrein and Margaret Kathrein (ebook)
As a 16 year old, Kathrein was attacked by a great white shark while surfing at a popular Northern California beach. As an adult, he raises awareness of sharks, advocating for these threatened animals. His biographical account of these experiences is inspiring.

Sea of Sharks: a Sailor’s World War II Survival Story by Elmer Renner and Kenneth Birks
During WWII, a small Naval minesweeping ship was capsized by a typhoon in the waters of Okinawa, Japan. Stranded for days without food and water, the powerful story of the survivors is told through Renner’s first-hand account.

Saving the Oceans: Shark Reef (streaming video)
This PBS program takes a look at the threats faced by sharks, particularly the shark fin trade, and the research efforts underway by marine biologists to collect data that may be used to protect these increasingly endangered fish.

Blue Urbanism: Exploring Connections between Cities and Oceans by Timothy Beatley (ebook)
Dive into the complicated relationship between urban areas and the oceans in this engaging book. While the movement to ‘go green’ becomes increasingly visible, Beatley provides a look at what it means for cities to ‘go blue’ and build a more sustainable connection to the world’s oceans.

Framing the Ocean, 1700 to the Present: Envisaging the Sea as Social Space edited by Tricia Cusack
This collection of essays tracks the shift in the cultural perception of the ocean, from the widely held 18th century view that the sea was a dark and empty place, to present-day connections between marine science and art. This volume pulls together works on an array of topics, employing a broad range of approaches, such as post-colonial and feminist theory.

How Many Sharks in the Bath? by Bill Gillham
Toddlers can get in on the fun of Shark Week with this colorful counting book.

Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
Little ones will get a kick out of this story, in which two favorite toys go head-to-head in a series of competitions to see who comes out on top.

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy
This award-winning and beautifully illustrated book takes the reader to the Farallon Islands, only 30 miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge, to show a day in the life of great white sharks.

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Abstract: June 24th is International Fairy Day. Delight your inner child with some of the Library’s fairytale-related material.
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Publication Date: 06/23/2015
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June 24th is International Fairy Day. Delight your inner child with some of the Library’s fairytale-related material.

Cinderella, choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev
Filmed at the stunning Opéra national de Paris, this ballet interpretation of the beloved fairy tale will awe you with the dancer’s technical expertise, amuse you with hilarious depictions of the wicked stepsisters, and charm you with beautiful sets and costumes.

Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall
This star-studded musical fantasy film weaves together story lines from several Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales and gives them a dark twist. Meryl Streep took the Best Villain title at the MTV Movie Awards for her portrayal of the Witch in this movie.

Russian Fairy Tales, translated by Norbert Guterman & compiled by Aleksandr Afanasev
Explore the world of Russian folktales in this volume, which collects more than 175 works and enchanting illustrations. Discover the near-immortal Koshchei the Deathless, Baba Yaga, a powerful witch who lives in a hut supported by chicken legs, and a host of other intriguing supernatural figures.

The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales, by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth
As the title suggests, these fairy tales were unknown until 2009, when von Schönwerth’s collection of folklore research was discovered by a Bavarian writer. This collection brings together 72 of these stories, featuring key fairy tale components, such as magical animals, royalty, and quests.

Grimm Legacies: The Magic Spell of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales, by Jack Zipes
If you are interested in a scholarly approach to fairy tales, this text provides an examination of the cultural influence of the Grimm Brothers’ work. Zipes also considers how adaptations of these stories have changed over time and how that reflects societal shifts.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Cathrynne Valente
Charming story, prose, and illustrations come together in this book, which tells the story of a 12 year old Midwestern girl, whisked away on an incredible adventure to Fairyland. Valente’s style calls to mind the whimsy and humor of Lewis Carroll.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, by Gregory Maguire
Fans of Wicked with enjoy this retelling of Cinderella through the eyes of one of the stepsisters. Set in 17th century Holland, this tale blends elements of reality, such as Dutch mercantile culture and portraiture, with fantastic elements drawn from the fable.

Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book One, by Bill Willingham
A collection of fairy tale and folklore figures come to inhabit New York City, after being pushed from their magical homeland by a powerful foe. This volume collects the first two graphic novels in the enormously popular Fables series, giving the new reader an ideal jumping-off point.

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Title: 10 Epic Summer Blockbusters Available at the AU Library
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Abstract: Summer is the season for big budget blockbuster releases and a great time to re-watch some of your favorites, or see some classics that are new to you. Stop by AU Library Media Services to borrow one of these titles.
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Publication Date: 06/11/2015
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1979—Alien DVD 885

It may be hot outside, but you’ll get the chills watching this classic sci-fi horror film, as the crew of the spacecraft Nostromo discover something dangerous on a seemingly empty planet. Sigourney Weaver takes on the ground-breaking role of a female action star as LT. Ripley.

1986—Top Gun DVD 2959

If you’re feeling the need… the need for speed, check out this action-packed movie about Navy pilots in training. Featuring Tom Cruise as “Maverick,” Val Kilmer as “Iceman,” and a soundtrack with some major 80s hits, this is an iconic summer blockbuster.

1987—RoboCop DVD 8164

A cyborg cop cleans up the streets and seeks revenge in this dystopian action sci-fi movie—sound over the top? It is. This summer blockbuster also has a subversive side, weaving in satire and dark humor alongside the explosions and one-dimensional villains.

1988—Who Framed Roger Rabbit? DVD 1096

When cartoon star Roger Rabbit is framed for murder, he hires a down and out private detective (Eddy Valiant, played by Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Winner of four Oscars, this film was the first of its kind to blend live action and animation.

1989—Batman DVD 4701

Directed by Tim Burton, this take on Batman is dramatically different than the more recent Dark Knight trilogy. The scene of Jack Nicholson’s Joker unleashing chaos on Gotham, set to the music of Prince, is reason enough to borrow this blockbuster.

1990—Die Hard 2: Die Harder DVD 446

Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, a tough and sarcastic New York cop, saving the day on Christmas Eve yet again. This movie brings all the action, explosions, and one-liners of the original to the Washington Dulles Airport. Yippee ki yay.

1991—Terminator 2: Judgment Day DVD 4989

This sequel pits robot against robot, as the T-800 Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, goes up against the more advanced T-1000 model. The stakes are high, as the Terminator attempts to protect the future leader of the human resistance movement from assassination.

1993—Jurassic Park DVD 4901

Refresh your memory before going to see this summer’s Jurassic World with the first film in the series. Directed by Stephen Spielberg, based on a book by Michael Crichton, and packed full of animatronic dinosaurs, this film actually premiered right here in DC—at the National Building Museum.

2001—Moulin Rouge! DVD 297

Romance, excitement, spectacle, and style all converge in this Baz Luhrmann film, set in Paris during La Belle Époque. This Oscar-winning musical features Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as star-crossed lovers and holds nothing back in terms of dazzling sets, costumes, and musical numbers.

2008 - Iron Man DVD 2763

Robert Downey Jr.’s wit and charisma make for an ideal Tony Stark in the movie that launched the Marvel Universe cinematic onslaught of recent years. Start at the beginning of this saga and watch genius playboy billionaire Stark become a superhero.

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Abstract: Bender Library currently supports four partner collections across campus, which are all housed and maintained by their respective departments, but incorporated into the library’s catalog so that their materials are easy for AU users to find and access.
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Publication Date: 06/02/2015
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Did you know that the American University Library partners with other on-campus library collections in order to make their content more accessible to the university community? These partnerships support research and learning at AU by expanding each collection's presence as an educational resource. Each of these micro-libraries are part of our Campus Partner Collections.

What are Campus Partner Collections?

The AU Library currently supports four partner collections across campus: the Career Center Resource Library, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) Gender and Sexuality Library, the Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition, and Research (CLEAR) Resource Collection, and the Visual Resource Center (VRC) Collection. These collections are all developed, housed and maintained by their respective departments, but incorporated into the library’s catalog so that their materials are easy for AU students, faculty, and staff to find and access.

How do I find resources held by Partner Collections?

Collectively, the Campus Partner Collections hold more than 6000 books, periodicals, and DVDs for exclusive use by the AU community, and finding them is easy! Partner collection items are included by default in WRLC Catalog and SearchBox results, but can also be searched separately:

To search a particular collection in the WRLC Catalog, select “advanced search,” and then “more limits.” Scroll down in the “location” field, select the desired collection:

  • AU Clear
  • AU: CDI Gender and Sexuality Library
  • AU: Career Center Butler Pavilion
  • AU: Visual Resources Center, Katzen Arts Center

Click “Set Limits,” and enter your search as usual.

Where are the Partner Collections located?

  • CDI—Center for Diversity and Inclusion Gender and Sexuality Library: Mary Graydon Rm 201-2.
  • CLEAR—Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition, and Research: Asbury Hall, North Wing, Basement.
  • Career Center Resource Library: Butler Pavilion, 5th floor.
  • VRC—Visual Resource Center Collection: Katzen Arts Center, Rm 142.

Can I borrow Campus Partner Collection materials?

Significant portions of the Career Center, CDI, and CLEAR collections all circulate. Loan policies and periods vary by collection, but the majority of circulating items can be borrowed for a week or more. Students, while you’re visiting partner collections for check-out, be sure to check out other incredible services, including interview preparation (Career Center), engaging workshops and events (CDI), and personalized language coaching (CLEAR). Although books in the VRC’s Kassalow Collection do not circulate, they are available for immediate research and general browsing.

How does the library support Campus Partner Collections?

The Library’s Technical Services unit works with partner collections to catalog and physically process materials. We can handle materials in foreign languages, unconventional formats (e.g. equipment) and classify materials according to custom organizational schemes to suit the needs of your learning community. If desired, materials can be set to circulate from these remote locations for a variety of loan periods. On a regular basis, the library generates inventories and circulation reports to share with collection managers to inform their decision-making and help them maintain dynamic collections for their primary users.

How do I partner with the library?

Does your department maintain an in-house collection that you’d like to make more discoverable to the AU community? If so, please contact Robert Kelshian, Director of Access Services, (202) 885-3282, to discuss a potential library partnership.

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Abstract: Dedicated to making information more accessible, Resource Description Librarian Alayne Mundt works through the codes and standards needed to make the Library catalog useful and useable.
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Publication Date: 05/21/2015
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Resource Description Librarian Alayne Mundt is driven to help others. In her work at AU, she strives to make information more accessible to researchers, but before settling down in the DC area, she explored a number of avenues for her interest in service. While working on her BA (as a double major in English and Religious Studies) at the University of Oregon, Alayne’s interest in Judaic Studies led her to study abroad in Israel for a year. Her time there was deeply “enriching,” allowing her to learn Hebrew and more about the architecture and history of Israel. Later on, Alayne joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Nepal. While there, she taught English to 4th and 5th graders and helped to train primary school teachers. The experience was eye-opening for this Oregon native: “the poverty was intense, child labor was common, and I wanted to help.” Although the culture shock was initially overwhelming, Alayne developed close ties to the friends she made in Nepal, including the members of her host family, “the warmest, most wonderful people on Earth.”

Upon her return to the U.S., Alayne moved to San Francisco and took a job making swords for an armory. As a part of this job, Alayne learned to fence, a hobby that she would love to pick up again. She spent some time making and repairing epees, foils, and sabers, before realizing that she wanted to become a librarian. Alayne switched coasts to attend Simmons College in Boston, where she received her M.S. in Library & Information Science and then relocated to the DC area. She “never expected to stay on the East Coast” but discovered that she likes “living in a place with such a rich history.”

Where can you find her?

When she isn’t speaking at conferences, working on committees, or researching her next article, Alayne can be found in the Technical Services unit within the Library. The behind-the-scenes work at libraries is a mystery to many. Books, films, databases, and journals are added to the AU Library collection all the time, but from the time an item is requested to when it arrives on the shelf, there is an unseen process that must take place. Part of that process is ensuring that our users are able to locate these new materials. Alayne strives to make all of our resources easier to find. Resource description work can encompass a variety of important tasks, such as creating entirely new catalog records for unusual resources such as board games and data sets, making library metadata (information about data) easier for researchers to find by employing web technologies to connect resources across institutions, and maintaining consistency between name changes using controlled vocabularies. Alayne uses this example “if someone is searching for information on Cary Grant, search results should also include materials associated with the actor’s birth name, Archibald Leach.” Conversely, this work allows users to better differentiate between people, places, and things with the same name. For example, if a researcher is looking for information about former president John Adams, it will be easier for her to separate that data from material concerning minimalist composer John Adams. Alayne’s attention to detail and thoroughness mean that the materials in our collection are easier to find through the catalog for anyone doing research at the AU Library.

Why she loves her job

While Alayne was drawn to librarianship initially because of her love of reading, she does not shy away from the increasingly digital aspect of the job. In fact, she finds it exhilarating to be in the profession during a time of great change and growth. The specialization of resource description is “changing very rapidly, which makes it an exciting time to be in the field.” Her attraction to helping others is evident in Alayne’s enthusiasm for improving access to information. She describes her work as “helping to provide broader, better access to Library services and making Library resources more easily searchable and discoverable.” In addition to the satisfaction of sharing information, Alayne “is so grateful for the collaborative nature of this Library; the openness about sharing ideas and working together to improve services. The people here are dedicated to making our Library the best we can for our students.” In addition to the joy she finds helping students, Alayne even finds the fun in her commute which she spends listening to Mötley Crüe, getting pumped up to start cataloging books!

In the community

Alayne serves on a number of committees, including the Senate Committee for Information Services, the WRLC Metadata Committee, the library’s Digital Strategies Group, and as the Vice Chair of the University Library Faculty Committee. She works with Acquisitions Librarian Stacey Marien to write a regular column for Against the Grain, a journal about libraries and publishers. Their column, "Let's Get Technical," addresses practical solutions to technical problems, and they presented together at the 2014 Charleston Conference. All of her work in the broader academic community helps to give Alayne a fresh perspective on solving the puzzles of resource description. The types of materials found in the modern library are changing, as are the methods that library patrons use to find information. Alayne’s expertise and capacity for inductive reasoning make her a perfect fit for the challenging field of resource description.

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Abstract: The seventh article in a series of profiles offering a ‘behind the scenes’ peek at our Library personnel. Meet Processing and Serials Specialist Dawn Fairbanks and learn about her secret life as an opera singer.
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Publication Date: 05/12/2015
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Dawn Fairbanks, Processing and Serials Specialist by day, opera singer by night, grew up in rural New Jersey, singing in school choruses. Her love of music drew her to the French horn, an instrument that she took up at the age of 9 and played through college. Dawn’s interest in artistic forms found other outlets during her time at Susquehanna University in central Pennsylvania. Since childhood, Dawn recalls that she was “always scribbling in notebooks and writing stories.” Her love of writing drew her to pursing a BA in Creative Writing and then attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, where she received her MA in English Literature.

After finishing her Master’s program, Dawn relocated to Vermont, attracted by the natural beauty of the state, the snow, and the bucolic setting that reminded her of the area where she was raised. While there, she began singing in a church choir, where she met the leader of the local Gilbert & Sullivan troupe, who invited her to perform in an upcoming production of Princess Ida. Dawn performed the role of Lady Psyche, Professor of Humanities, in this comic opera with a ‘war of the sexes’ theme. As Dawn recalls “it was the most fun I’d ever had.” After that, she was hooked. She continued to sing with the Gilbert & Sullivan troupe after this first performance, and also sang with the Green Mountain Opera Festival for the next four years, before moving to the DC area with her family.

Although Dawn had tapped into a newfound love of singing, her daughter Chloe gave her the push she needed to take this interest to the next level, encouraging her to sign up for formal instruction. Dawn began working in a vocal studio and taking lessons. She is now part of the American Center for Puccini Studies (ACPS), an organization that performs works by composer Giacomo Puccini, offers educational opportunities for singers, and provides community outreach and service. “There is always something in the works!” Dawn explains, as she mentions that she is wrapping up a 6 week aria workshop. In addition to gigs with ACPS, she continues to sing in her church choir, enjoys taking in local performances, works here in the Library, and finds time for her family.

Music is a big part of family life for Dawn. The whole family sang together with the Gilbert & Sullivan troupe their last year in Vermont, her husband has participated in local theater, her younger daughter helps broaden her musical tastes by making playlists for the car, and Chloe, who nudged Dawn into pursuing her passion for opera, is now a performer in her own right. Dawn proudly shares that the 21 year old AU student just sang lead in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society at Oxford University.

Dawn also has excellent advice for any AU students interested in seeing local performances or getting into opera. Aside from the “huge, huge CD collection and excellent opera selection” at the AU Music Library, she suggests looking for smaller regional venues, which often have reasonably priced tickets, such as the ‘Music at Redeemer Series’ at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda. She also recommends checking out local venues that offer special student pricing, like the Kennedy Center’s ‘Specially Priced Tickets,’ and DC area groups, like the Inscape Chamber Orchestra, made up of “local, young, insanely talented performers.” On a different note, Dawn’s younger daughter Mollie, whose passion has become human rights, highly recommends the Library’s free Exploring Social Justice series, which features speakers who have had personal and profound experiences with injustice and have demonstrated the capacity to forgive and to live the rest of their lives committed to witness and advocate within their spheres of influence.

Music & Performance Recommendations from Dawn:

Inscape, Sprung Rhythm (CD 10397)

Le Comte Ory
From the Met website: "Jokes, misunderstandings, and gender-bending disguises—including knights dressed as nuns— abound in this hilarious tale of deception and seduction." There's a wonderful scene with the three stars all in bed together....perfect for anyone who thinks opera is stuffy!

Don Giovanni
Aaaaaand...more seduction! What is it with opera?! The themes are familiar to all - jealousy, attraction, and a boss who has all the fun while leaving you underpaid and unappreciated - all set to Mozart's sublime music.

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Abstract: Since the program’s inception in 2012, the Library has played a pivotal role in expanding the organic waste collection program across campus. Join the effort to reduce waste on campus by taking a look at our primer on composting.
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Since the program’s inception in 2012, the Library has played a pivotal role in expanding the organic waste collection program across campus. Library personnel participated in the pilot phase of compost collection. In spring 2013 the Library maintained its leadership by being the first academic building on campus to deploy the now ubiquitous orange bins on campus. Today, the Library’s organic waste stream is one of the least contaminated of those in campus buildings.

Unfortunately, due to the increased contamination of organic waste collection bins across campus, the University’s composting program is struggling. When non-organic materials such as glass or plastic bottles are tossed into compost bins, the organic waste cannot be composted safely and efficiently. As a result of the high level of waste contamination at AU, local waste processing facilities neither have the capacity nor desire to process the University’s organic waste. Helen Lee, the University’s Zero Waste Coordinator, has been working with other parties in the region to find an alternative compost facility. She has also been collaborating with other local universities in similar situations to find alternative solutions to this challenge of contamination. In the meantime, the AU community can improve waste sorting practices to ensure that organic waste collected on campus is not contaminated with other items. Organic waste, which should be tossed in the compost bins, includes materials such as:

  • paper coffee cups
  • food scraps
  • sandwich wrappers
  • napkins
  • dishes and utensils labeled ‘compostable’ or ‘biodegradable’
  • anything made from plant material can be composted

Things that never belong in a compost bin include:

  • glass
  • metal
  • plastic

Waste collection bins in the Library have been marked with diagrams to aid in sorting, so if you are unsure where to throw your Subway sandwich wrapper, check the signs above the collection bins. Separating waste now will enable AU to demonstrate to potential new compost facilities that we have a clean stream and will be a good source of organic waste. When all students, staff, faculty and visitors sort trash appropriately into the collection bins, we can achieve the University’s zero waste goals.

Green Team Recommendations:

Our fabulous eco films Pinterest page has a great mix of films and television series (including Captain Planet and the Planeteers, if you’re feeling nostalgic.)

Both of these resources can help you start composting at home, with details on how and where to set up a bin and the science behind how composting works:

Composting by Bob Flowerdew

Perfect Compost : A Master Class With Peter Proctor

If you’re interested in learning more about waste processing in general, and best practices for reducing landfill use, this is an excellent book on the subject:

Lean Waste Stream: Reducing Material Use and Garbage Using Lean Principles by Marc Jensen

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Title: Alumni Board Member Shares Passion for Giving Back
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Abstract: Amy Lampert is an AU Alumni Board member and active volunteer
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Publication Date: 05/19/2015
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 "I fell in love with the campus when I visited. What an exciting place to live and study," says Amy Lampert, SOC/BA '94, about her first visit to AU during her senior year of high school. "As soon as I saw the campus, I knew that I wanted to be there. There's nothing quite like Washington, DC," she adds. 

After arriving on campus, Amy was involved with the American University Resident Hall Association (serving as vice president during her junior year), worked at the Anderson/Centennial Hall front desk for three years and participated in many leadership development opportunities on campus. She also worked on the yearbook and The Eagle newspaper and was active with "AU Students for Choice."  

Her most memorable AU experience occurred during her junior year when President Bill Clinton came to campus. "I was able to sit in the second row and shake his hand," says Amy. Not long before that, she stood along the inaugural parade route while the Clintons walked past. "That's not something you get to do anywhere else in the world. It has to be one of the coolest things I've ever done," she adds.

During her time at AU, Amy secured internships at locations as varied as the House Majority Leader's office, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, US Weekly magazine in New York City, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "My internships gave me invaluable work experience that I know contributed to being able to get a job right out of college," Amy adds. 

Amy's first job was in the development office at Sidwell Friends School where she worked on publications. "I was able to immediately put my journalism degree to work," reports Amy. "My ability to write and edit as well as multi-task have been essential in everything I've done since graduation whether it's been professionally or in graduate school," says Amy. 

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Amy earned two masters of arts degrees since leaving AU. One degree is in writing and publishing from Emerson College and the other is a business management degree from Webster University. Amy is currently vice president at Time Square, Inc., a family business where she works in real estate and investment management. She manages investments as well as a wide-ranging portfolio of residential and commercial properties. Amy is pleased this position provides her with the flexibility to spend time with her 10-year-old son, describing herself as "a very hands-on mother." She continues to reside with her family in St. Louis and also spends time at a second home in Florida.

An active volunteer, Amy is enthusiastic about giving her time to AU as well as to her local community. She can be found volunteering at her temple, at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and in many other activities in her region. As an alumna, she enjoys giving back as a member of the AU Alumni Board and as an Alumni Admissions Volunteer. As an AAV member, Amy enjoys welcoming incoming freshmen and their families to the AU community by hosting summer send-off events at her homes in both Missouri and Florida. "I've really enjoyed meeting prospective students and their families over the years and sharing my passion for such an exciting place with people who are as excited about AU as I still am," she adds.

Amy observes that much has changed at AU since she attended in the 1990s. She finds herself wishing she could go back to AU and take advantage of all it has to offer. "As beautiful as I thought AU was back in the 1990s, it's even more beautiful now," she adds. She also remarks upon what she sees as an evolution of the student body. "Everyone was active and passionate when I was there, but today the students are more impressive than ever. They all are so driven, ambitious, devoted, and passionate about everything in life. They have lofty goals that I know they will achieve," she says.

Although she is undoubtedly busy with both work and family, it is clear that Amy is passionate about volunteering in both her hometown as well as for the alma mater with which she fell in love 25 years ago. "I want to do whatever I can to help AU continue to grow and thrive," she exclaims.

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Abstract: Cecilia Vega, SOC/BA ’99, discusses her career in journalism and shares advice with students.
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As anchor of "World News Tonight" Saturday and senior national correspondent for ABC News, Cecilia Vega's, SOC/BA '99, office is wherever the news takes her. Although she spends much of her time traveling back and forth from Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to New York, Cecilia says her time in Washington, DC and at American University gave her a start in the journalism field and provided the foundation for her success.

For Cecilia, there is no routine day in the office. Breaking news takes her all over the world. She could start her day in one city and be on her way to another continent by evening. Cecilia has reported from the bottom of the Arctic in a submarine and in London's Olympic Village. She has also covered midterm elections, interviewed Heads of State, and more recently reported on cases of Ebola in the United States. Regardless of where an assignment leads her, Cecilia says that her work gives her a sense of fulfillment as she shares information with the public to ensure they make better decisions as citizens.

After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cecilia moved to the nation's capital to attend American University's School of Communication, where she earned a degree in French and print journalism. Her busy schedule today is reflective of her experience as a student. Cecilia remembers balancing studying, working, and interning during her time on campus. Though all of these commitments were hectic at times, Cecilia says that her hard work at AU paid off.

Cecilia's job in broadcast journalism came as a total accident. She started her career as a newspaper reporter and worked for publications including the San Francisco Chronicle. When the opportunity to move from print to broadcast at KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco presented itself, Cecilia jumped at the chance. Though she had no formal broadcast journalism training, she quickly learned the ropes. Six years later, Cecilia is an Emmy-winning broadcaster and has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," "Nightline," and "20/20."

Reminiscing about her time at American University, Cecilia shared advice for students today saying, "Utilize what you have at your disposal. Being in Washington, DC, you have so much at your fingertips. Your professors are in the newsroom in the morning and teaching classes at night –it is an invaluable education. The ability to capitalize on these opportunities separates AU students from other students."

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Author: Megan Patterson, SIS/BA '11
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"I love American University. I wanted to stay and get my degree. No matter what I was doing, I always arranged it so I would have time to go to AU." 

Even from the way Ronald H. Nessen, CAS/BA '59, speaks as we sit in an alcove of SOC's McKinley Building, it is evident that he loves his alma mater. Ron has had a distinguished career in broadcasting and journalism –going from a radio journalist in Arlington, Va. to television news correspondent in Vietnam, to Press Secretary for President Gerald Ford. 

Ron put himself through American University by working part time and going to school in the evenings. He knew more than anything that he wanted to get a degree from AU. He graduated in 1959 with a bachelor's in history.

After a several years of news, writing, and reporting, Ron became a television news correspondent for NBC News. He served as the White House correspondent from 1962 to 1965, and then spent time as foreign news correspondent, including five tours covering the Vietnam War. "In war," he says, "you see terrible things that you will never forget." 

After getting seriously wounded by a grenade in July 1966, Ron recuperated and chose to go back to Vietnam and finish his assignment. In 1974, White House Press Secretary Jerald terHorst resigned after President Gerald Ford gave Richard Nixon a presidential pardon. President Ford asked Ron to join the administration as Press Secretary. Ron served as White House Press Secretary until the end of the Ford Administration in 1977. He went on to be a writer, lecturer, and public affairs specialist in Washington. His book, It Sure Looks Different on the Inside, speaks of his time in the White House. 

Reflecting on his career path, Ron says, "Nobody really knows where they are going to go in life. Things have unfolded in a way that I never expected." In one of many interesting twists in his career, Ron was Larry King's boss at Mutual Radio Broadcasting Network, where ran the news department for many years. 

Throughout his career, Ron always had a special place in his heart for AU. He currently gives back as a volunteer for the SOC Mentoring Program, and he enjoys seeing his old stomping grounds. His favorite memory of his time in college, though, is uniquely AU: "When Willard [Scott, NBC News's "Today" weather-person], Eddie [Walker, radio personality and first blind student at American University] and I worked at WAMU. We all wanted to go into broadcasting, and we all ended up in broadcasting."

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Abstract: Friedman is wrapping up work on a film called “Shout Gladi Gladi,” which Streep narrates.
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"I like to say it was like painting the Mona Lisa without the smile." That's how producer-director Adam Friedman, SOC/BA '79, describes his latest film –before Meryl Streep signed on. "For four months, I had a movie I couldn't proceed on too much because I didn't have my narrator in place," Friedman says. 

In February, Friedman says, he got very lucky when his sister, a New York newscaster, somehow got a rough cut of the movie in front of Streep. "I got an email from Meryl's assistant saying 'hey, Meryl would love to do your movie. She thinks it's great,'" he says. And, the rest, as they say, is history.  

Friedman, owner of production company Vertical Ascent, is wrapping up work on the documentary called "Shout Gladi Gladi." It's a film about one woman's drive to help save African mothers suffering from fistula. That woman, Scottish philanthropist Ann Gloag, a former nurse turned businesswoman, now runs medical facilities in three African countries.

"We recorded her at nine o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the day before the Oscars," Friedman says of Streep. "That's how cool she was." Having booked a studio for six hours to do the voiceover, Friedman says, "she was in and out of there in 56 minutes…She was amazing." 

Not everything went so quickly, of course. The project began with a visit to Scotland to discuss it with Gloag. Then came trips to Malawi, Kenya, and Sierra Leone, where Friedman and his crews filmed what he calls an "immense" amount of footage. Friedman says they visited some "horrific" slums during their time in Sierra Leone, and he believes his was the last crew filming in the country before the Ebola outbreak. 

A lot of time was spent working on the film before the first cut was finished in September. Still, one key piece was missing. Enter Meryl Streep. "Obviously she changes the movie completely because of the way she reads. We were all just blown away," Friedman says. "Before we had a movie about fistula…a subject that most people will turn away from." But, he says, with Streep on board, he thinks the movie will reach "an incredibly large and wide swath of humanity." 

Friedman says he wouldn't be where he is today without AU. "I'm in this business because of AU and particularly because of my mentor, Larry Kirkman…I think differently than most producer-directors, and it's all because of what I learned at AU," he says.

Friedman tells a story about "lying his way into ABC" during his time as a student and working on an Emmy-nominated documentary. "But I didn't want to do documentaries then," he says. "There was a new thing happening at the time called music videos." Music video interested Friedman, so he wrote one for Darryl Hall and John Oates. They liked it and hired him to do more. He continued working in the industry, producing videos for the Rolling Stones and other musical acts. 

Since then, Friedman has gone on to do lots of different kinds of work, including a recent television show about the CIA for National Geographic. "AU gave me a lot of opportunities to play with a lot of toys, and you need that," he says. 

Friedman remains involved with AU, serving as a mentor for the School of Communication and as a volunteer leader with the Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance. "What AU taught me was a really strong notion that there's nothing you can't do if you really want to," he says. "I met the best people in the world there." 

Friedman says he thinks what's happening with film online is going to change everything about his business so that's where he will turn his focus next. 

And, he says, "Obviously we're aiming for the Oscars next year."

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“There is something primal about a hand-drawn image that goes back to people painting on caves. We’ve always had cartoons, and editorial cartooning has a very rich history in the United States. It’s a powerful way to have a voice in the national conversation,” says Nate Beeler, SOC/BA ’02, an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Columbus Dispatch.

By now, Beeler’s cartoons are certainly part of the national dialogue. His depiction of the Statue of Liberty and Lady Justice embracing following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) won the 2014 John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition.

When the news of DOMA broke, Nate says he struggled for inspiration at first, but once he knew what he wanted to portray: the joy of same-sex couples as well as the scope and historical significance of the ruling, he says, “It seemed a natural fit to put Lady Justice and Lady Liberty together because this decision affirmed freedom and also righted an injustice.”

Nate draws five editorial cartoons each week for the Columbus Dispatch and his cartoons are also syndicated internationally to more than 800 other publications. “When you’re an editorial cartoonist, your work is basically a visual column, and you fall into the natural rhythm of the news,” he says.

Nate uses the newspaper and Twitter to track the national news conversation and search for topics that will resonate with his audience. Once he chooses a topic, he does extensive reading to determine how he feels about the topic, which guides his editorial approach.

His first foray into creating a cartoon tied to a national news story was for the edition of The Eagle published after September 11, 2001. Nate drew an image of the Twin Towers with angel wings, and the original drawing still hangs in The Eagle offices today. In fact, the The Eagle was Nate’s first stop when he arrived on campus, and he still stays in touch with his former Eagle colleagues and fellow alumni, including Brett Zongker, Scott Rosenberg, and Andrew Noyes.

American University’s strong journalism program and location in Washington, D.C. motivated Nate, a Columbus native, to attend AU. During his time in college, he was an editorial cartoonist for The Eagle and created two comic strips: Undergrad and Lawn Darts from God. His work with The Eagle earned him the prestigious Charles M. Schulz Award for best college cartoonist as well as the John Locher Award.

Since then, he has won more recognition, including the 2009 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and the 2008 Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation.

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Publication Date: 12/09/2014
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Nicole Howard, SOC/BA '10, who works as the communications coordinator for AU's School of Professional and Extended Studies, says she came to AU to study sports communication and journalism.

"I'm not sure what is was, but I knew I had to come to D.C. for the exposure I wanted. After taking a few classes, public communication became my major," says Nicole. Writing became an integral part of her life, but she wanted to think of ways of make it match up with her career aspirations. Little did she know she would develop the details and skills to one day work for Oprah Winfrey.

After graduation, Nicole began contributing to forcoloredgurls.com, a blog inspiring and empowering women readers to reach their dreams, as a writer. Her first piece, "Blessing in the Storm," was about dealing with being laid off. Her other contributions included a series titled "My Almost Quarter-Life Crisis" and a story covering a National Council for Negro Women event. The founder of forcoloredgurls.com asked Nicole to write a book review for the site, but Nicole knew she needed her own blog in order to really get her writing where it could be noticed.

In December 2013 Nicole started her blog, shininlight.com, using Wordpress. The blog led to writing for adult fiction novelist Danielle Allen's Back to Reality book tour hosted by Carter's Books, and Nicole began reviewing memoirs and books about relationships. This led her to meet Mandy Hale, author of Single Woman. In Hale's book, she talks about her experience traveling as blogger as a part of Oprah's Lifeclass series on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), and it stuck with Howard.

Not long after reading Single Woman, Nicole discovered Oprah was coming to D.C. for her "The Life You Want" tour and needed media personnel. Nicole reached out to Hale for advice and was inspired to apply to be part of the Oprah Tour team. One week before the tour came to town, Nicole received word that she had been chosen to work on the team. She immediately started a page on her blog, as well as a Pinterest page, specifically devoted to the Oprah tour.  

"The Oprah tour taught me to not be afraid to go big, to turn an experience into usable, share-able content" she says. She also explains how the tour really helped her with branding and credibility. "The tour was a leap of faith, the live tweeting and taking pictures for the tour gave me the confidence and skills I needed to expand my blog," she says. Although it has concluded, Nicole continues to interact with the tour through social media. It helps her gain followers, and she now has contacts at OWN. 

In her spare time, Nicole works as an advocate for mental health issues and awareness. She also volunteers at American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Keeping her writing in the forefront, she writes self-love posts on her blog, and also writes for Mind of a Diva, a blog featuring real life experiences as told through the thoughts of a women in her twenties. 

During her time at AU, Nicole was a part of the Summer Transition Enrichment Program, the gospel choir, and the Federal Work Study program. Nicole's advice to aspiring writers is very direct: "Get as much experience writing as you can. Get published if you can. Write for the school or local newspaper. Learn your voice. Pay attention to little grammar details. Stay in the writing center. Try different areas to find your niche, and then focus on your niche."

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Title: Alisyn Camerota, SOC/BA ’88, joins CNN
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Abstract: After 16 years at FOX News Channel, Alisyn Camerota recently began as an anchor at CNN.
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Alisyn Camerota, SOC/BA '88, says she arrived on American University's campus "with a vision of someday, somehow becoming a TV news reporter." And, that's just what she's done. After 16 years at FOX News Channel, she recently began work at CNN, anchoring both morning and primetime programs and covering special stories for the cable news giant.  

"I am loving my new job," Alisyn says. "There's been breaking news on a global scale for months now." In her short time at CNN, she's worked with a variety of co-anchors and producers on both New Day and CNN Tonight. "It's been pretty thrilling. It's been a whirlwind getting to know my new colleagues and getting to know how CNN operates," she says. 

Alisyn is settling in to a new routine –on some level. "Regular hours are not synonymous with news casting," she says with a laugh. She went from being on-air regularly in the early morning hours to anchoring the 10 p.m. newscast along with Don Lemon throughout the month of September. "I feel really fortunate to have this new opportunity," she says. 

Alisyn credits internships and hands-on experience while a student with launching her career. "Because of AU, I was able to achieve what I set out to do," she says. "I got a great internship and it connected me to all sorts of power players in the news business, and that was my launching pad." 

Because of her own experience as a student, Alisyn has remained actively involved with the School of Communication as an alumni mentor, a member of the SOC Dean's Council, and a host for students on site visits in New York. "I'm so grateful that I had a great academic and pre-professional experience at AU that I want to make sure other students have the same," she says. "I know of the goldmine of graduates that American has…And, I just know that if the current students can tap into that resource, then their future is that much easier." 

Alisyn has also made a lasting mark on McKinley, the new home of the School of Communication. Thanks to her generosity, it is also home to the brand new Alisyn Camerota Inspiration Lounge, which Alisyn describes as a one-of-a-kind space where the historic portion of the building meets the with the newly constructed areas –a vantage point showcasing both the past and the present. She's proud to say that the lounge bearing her name is "the bridge between the past American University building and the new School of Communication and all that will be accomplished there in the future."

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Title: Keosha Varela: Journey Through Digital Space
Author: Kristena Wright
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Abstract: Alumni Board Member Koesha Varela makes her mark in the digital world.
Topic: Alumni
Publication Date: 08/15/2014
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Keosha Varela, SOC/BA '07, SOC/MA '08, currently serves as the digital producer at The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. But working in digital production was not originally her career aspiration. "I knew I was going to be a lawyer and later on a politician," Keosha says. "AU was always my first choice school and I couldn't wait to get there. Early on, I realized that rather than campaign to spend a short amount of time on the issue of the day, I could raise more awareness by telling the story and following its development," she explains. Keosha decided to go into journalism, saying that she loves reading and writing. "I still wanted to contribute to society in a meaningful way so I decided to tell people's stories. I wanted to be someone who alerted the world on unjust stories so that we could make a change."

Keosha says she was determined to get as much experience as possible to be able to land a job after graduation. "I used the AU career center and Google religiously" she exclaims, which landed her internships with WAMU 88.5, BBC News, and AARP. Her persistence paid off and led her to the highly competitive NBC Universal News Associates Program in New York City. There she helped to produce segments for the The Today Show, MSNBC, and Dateline. She also worked on the launch team of the African American NBC News website theGrio.com. She went on to become an online news editor for WAMU, an editor and producer for WBUR.org, and the social media strategist for the American Clean Skies Foundation. 

When asked what she enjoys most about her career today, she says, "It's such a multi-faceted position. I'm not doing the same thing every day. I enjoy a little bit of everything versus sticking to one task on a daily basis." Keosha's experience has also opened doors for her to delve into her love of writing and interviewing people. As a freelance writer, her work has been published in Sister 2 Sister magazine, The Grio, AARP's The Bulletin newspaper, msnbc.com, and other media outlets. 

Through her success, Keosha admits she had to adjust to a few things that come with the job. "There's a good chance of getting good paying job, but you quickly learn digital news is 24-7. Jobs are typically 9-5 but if breaking information needs to be released, you're expected to do so no matter what time it is." She sums up her advice to students into three points. 

  1. Get as many internships as you can.
  2. Take initiative during internships. A degree doesn't automatically mean a job. Be sure to suggest positive changes at your internship
  3. Never give up. It's not as easy as it may seem. But those who are successful never gave up.

While at AU, Keosha was involved in a multitude of groups and organizations. She was a proud member of the alto section of the gospel choir and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Lambda Zeta Chapter. She also served as a resident assistant on the second floor of Letts Hall and in the summers, she was an RA on Tenley campus. 

Keosha moved back to the area from New York with a goal of reigniting school spirit in friends and the AU community. Her first step toward this goal begins with her service as a current Alumni Board member. Keosha hopes to continue in digital space and eventually wants to oversee digital and editorial content and strategy. She has loved AU since her freshman year of high school and has her sights set on someday teaching at the college level.

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Title: Building Upon a Family History
Author: Mike Rowan
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Abstract: After her valuable AU experience—and now her daughter’s—Mary McCarthy Hayford and her family are helping lay the groundwork for the university’s next generation.
Topic: Alumni
Publication Date: 03/27/2014
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Stroll along the west side of the quad, passing Frisbees floating across the grass and cheerful student organizations camped outside of Mary Graydon, and at either end of campus you will find a building that has been transformed within the last five years. Across the street from the Katzen Arts Center, the Kogod School of Business opened a 20,000-square-foot expansion in 2008. A few hundred yards down, next to Bender Library, stands the newly reopened McKinley building, the state-of-the-art new home of the School of Communication. Though housing separate schools, and situated on opposite ends of campus, there’s a strong thread connecting the two of them—the Hayford family.

Mary McCarthy Hayford, Kogod/MBA ’78, did her graduate work at AU’s business school, but when she attended, it did not yet bear the Kogod name. It was simply called the School of Business Administration. Classes were housed in the Ward Circle Building, and offices were in the cozy quarters of the Hamilton Building (known then as Hamilton Hall).

“I remember picking AU based on my perception that the administrators and faculty were more accessible,” McCarthy Hayford shares as she recalls her AU experience. “I look back not only on the great full-time professors in subjects which appeal to me, but also on several adjunct professors who imparted real world experiences. For me, that exposure to professionals working in industry was essential to seeing how the theoretical was applied in the real world, and to envisioning the type of career I would want to pursue.”

When the Kogod School of Business announced plans for its expansion campaign, Mary and her husband, Warren, signed on to help by making a major contribution to the building. Their generosity is marked by a plaque adorning one of the new classrooms inside, which displays their names.

Then, three years later, when the effort to renovate McKinley began, the Hayfords were there again, eager to give back once more, naming the facility’s new audio editing suite.

Why jump in to support another major project, especially when the family had so significantly dedicated themselves to an effort close to their hearts just a few years earlier? One reason is that their daughter, Margaret, SOC/BA ’13, just finished a very positive undergraduate career in the School of Communication.

“We feel strongly that SOC and AU provided Margaret with the experience she needs to pursue her career goals,” McCarthy Hayford articulates. “AU was one of few schools where she could study film and graphic design while still broadening her education in history, science and social science. She capped off her SOC experience with a semester in the film school in Prague where she worked with a small group to create a professional-quality film.”

In addition to Margaret, the Hayfords are parents to Amanda, a 2006 alumna of Oberlin College, and Warren, who graduated from George Washington University in 2012. Ms. McCarthy Hayford’s husband, Warren John Hayford, is the president and managing director of the software company RatioServices, and is a director of the Warren J. and Marylou Hayford Family Foundation, which his parents founded. The foundation has been instrumental in the Hayfords’ gifts to American University.

Though she has graduated—as have her children—McCarthy Hayford remains an avid learner. While embarking on a path toward starting a new career, she has been steadily auditing courses at the university. “Wherever that takes me, I hope to keep close ties to AU.”

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Title: Alumnus Michael O'Brien's Book Details Symbolic Civil Rights Movement
Author: Ann Royse
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Abstract: Alumnus Michael O'Brien writes an enthralling and historic account of the famous sit-in protest at Woolworth's in Jackson, Mississippi during the height of the civil rights era.
Topic: Alumni
Publication Date: 02/17/2014
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If, during this Black History month, you find yourself searching for a new and enriching story of the civil rights era, look no further than a book by AU alumnus and successful author, Michael (M.J.) O’Brien, SOC/BA ’84. He is the writer of a new and highly popular book titled We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired, a story accounting the infamous and nonviolent protest in Jackson, Mississippi, during the turbulent American civil rights era. The book has received multiple accolades, and, according to Julian Bond, distinguished adjunct professor at AU and former NAACP Chairman, “Michael O’Brien has written a detailed history and fascinating study of one of the iconic moments of the modern civil rights movement and the powerful effect it had.”

The spark that ignited the passion and growth of this book begins with a single photograph found in the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia. While Michael was visiting the center, he came upon the photograph, which features three young people conducting a “sit-in” protest at the counter of Woolworth’s, surrounded by a violent and angry mob of Mississippi citizens. Shockingly, one of the iconic faces staring back at him was that of an old and very dear friend named Joan (Trumpauer) Mulholland. Joan had humbly omitted ever mentioning her historic involvement with the civil rights movement in Jackson to Michael.

With this new knowledge, he set out on a mission to uncover and tell the story behind the faces in this photograph and the grassroots civil rights movement surrounding the iconic protest. In essence, he used this image as the central organizing feature to tell a much larger story regarding one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

When discussing his book, Michael is quick to recognize American University as a major contributor to his success in writing. He specifically attributes his own growth in confidence to the education he received at AU in the School of Communication, saying it was “the best training I’ve ever had.” Michael fondly recalls former faculty member Joe Tinkelman as a primary guide and mentor during his time at AU. Professor Tinkelman encouraged and nurtured Michael’s passion for writing and telling stories about social change and justice, a passion he continues to embrace today.

Michael first met Joan while he was a working as a camp counselor with Joan’s five boys, and the friendship grew from there. Then, on the day he discovered her photograph, he decided to dedicate his work to telling her story and the larger social movement of that time. Indeed, Michael O’Brien’s life and career took an unexpected yet valuable turn after befriending Joan. In fact, AU students should heed this insightful advice of Michael: “Keep your eyes open. You never know who will have a significant impact on your life.” Whether it is a confidant and inspiring professor or a lifelong friend and civil rights activist you meet in the park, Michael says it is clear that certain people and events have the ability to change the course of one’s life and career.

Currently, Michael lives in Virginia with his wife and three adopted children and looks forward to continuing a career of writing about his various passions. He reflects fondly on time at AU, saying, “my education [there] essentially launched my career.”



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