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2014 Faculty Retreat | Updates


Office of the Provost
Fax: 202-885-2173
Leonard, Room Lower Level

Bass, Scott A.

Office of the Provost
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8061

This retreat update contains important information on the following topics:

  • Friday evening dinner and social
  • Research Proposal Competition
  • Concurrent Sessions and Assignments
  • Transportation
  • Child care
  • Spouses/partners information
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge bird watching
  • River Marsh golf outing
  • Kayaking at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge


The Friday evening dinner will provide the opportunity for faculty, spouses, and partners to network and unwind. A faculty social will follow in Michener’s Library, the Hyatt Lounge. The Artifacts, a rock bank featuring our own Peter Starr and Jack Rasmussen, will play.

Using the link below, please select one of the following dinner entrées for you and, if applicable, your spouse/partner BY NOON ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7.

If a selection is not made by this date, then an entrée will be chosen for you.


The Faculty Retreat will close on Saturday, October 11 with a Research Proposal Competition. The winning proposal will receive a $5000 grant from the Office of the Provost to apply to the proposed project. The details are posted at

The submission deadline is October 7, 2014, 11:59 PM. Proposals should be submitted to


The schedule of concurrent sessions has been posted to the Faculty Retreat Web site at

Descriptions for each session are available on the Concurrent Workshops page.

Please note that there have been minor changes to session titles. Also, the sessions on first-year students, Greek life, and mental health issues have been incorporated into one session entitled “Who are our Undergraduate Students?”

Upon check-in, each participant will receive a retreat packet and schedule of the sessions in which they are scheduled to attend.


For those who indicated that they need transportation to the retreat, the charter bus will depart from Bender Arena at 7:00 AM on Friday, October 10. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure. The bus will depart from the Hyatt at 1:30 PM on Saturday afternoon.

Please note that if you plan to participate in the post-retreat recreational activities, you will need to arrange other transportation for the return trip to AU.


An exciting kids program that includes arts, crafts, S’more making, swimming, movies, and more has been planned! The Camp Hyatt Children’s Party schedule is available at and will also be sent to parents in a separate email.

Here are a few important notes:

  • If you intend to bring children, you must reserve child care and submit a signed waiver to
  • Bring a swimsuit! On Friday evening, the hotel will host a “Dive-in Movie” for kids ages four and up in its indoor, heated pool. There will be two life guards at the pool in addition to one Hyatt Children’s Party staff member for every five kids. If you do not wish for your child(ren) to participate, please let us know. Children are welcome to view the movie from the pool deck or participate in an alternate activity planned by the Hyatt.
  • Children should eat breakfast with their parents on Saturday morning before going to child care. Lunch, dinner, and snacks will be provided in both Camp Hyatt and Nanny Poppinz child care.

The schedule for child care is as follows:

Friday, October 12
9:00 AM Nanny Poppinz and Camp Hyatt Kid’s Party opens
5:15 PM Nanny Poppinz and Camp Hyatt Closes
7:00 PM Nanny Poppinz and Camp Hyatt Kid’s Party re-opens
9:15 PM Nanny Poppinz Nursery and Camp Hyatt closes

Saturday, October 13
9:00 AM Nanny Poppinz and Camp Hyatt Kid’s Party opens
1:30 PM Nanny Poppinz Nursery and Camp Hyatt closes

A $25 late fee will be assessed is for late pick-ups.


An agenda of activities for spouses and partners has been developed. The retreat will open with a meet and greet for guests to meet one another. At that time, guests may sign up for group activities such as tennis, mini-golf, Ping-Pong, billiards, swimming, walking tours, and more. Or they can participate in these and other activities individually.


Please note that the charter bus will depart the Hyatt for AU at 1:30 PM and thus participants in post-retreat activities will need to provide their own transportation from the retreat.


The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a stop for waterfowl migrating along the Atlantic seaboard and a haven for troubled species such as the bald eagle and peregrine falcon. Faculty member Chris Tudge and his family will lead a bird watching trip on Saturday afternoon and, if there is interest, a Sunday morning trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Participants should meet at 3 PM at the Hyatt Lobby on Saturday and bring binoculars. Carpooling is encouraged as the refuge entry fee is $3 per vehicle. Those interested in going to the refuge on Sunday morning, please contact Professor Tudge at

Go to to learn more about the refuge and its wildlife.


Several colleagues plan to golf 9 and 18 holes following the retreat. The fee is $69 per person for 18 holes with a cart or $49 for 9 holes. A virtual visit is available at .


Following the retreat, Provost Scott A. Bass, his wife Elyse Jacob, and Dean Peter Starr will lead cycling enthusiasts on a bike excursion in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The main ride is a very flat 25 mile loop. Families with children or cyclists looking for a short, equally flat ride can do an 8 miles out-and-back along Wildlife Drive. A map of the routes is available at

You are welcome to bring your own bikes and helmets or rent bikes using the Hyatt’s on-site bike provider, Blackwater Paddle and Pedal (410.901.9255). The excursion will begin at 2:30 PM at the intersection of Egypt Road and Key Wallace Drive.


A two-hour guided kayak excursion through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge has been scheduled. The cost is $70 per person and includes bottled water and equipment. Participants will need to meet at the wildlife refuge, which is 12 minutes from the hotel. Children will be able to participate. Those 10 and under will be charged half price. IF YOU PLAN TO KAYAK, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014.