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Almost 500 Certified Green AU Professors – join the list this spring!
Did you know that AU’s Green Teaching Program has certified almost 500 AU faculty in the last eight years? If you are looking for ways to be green in your classroom and teaching, consider applying for a Green Teaching Certificate. It’s not hard – all you have to do is answer a number of questions about what you do to make your courses more sustainable, by saving paper, saving energy, reducing pollution, and being a role model to your students. To submit your application, please visit the website below.

Sponsor: Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning

Contact: Anna Olsson, aolsson@american.edu, 2028856077

Web: http://www.american.edu/ctrl/green.cfm

Life@AU » Housing & Dining

Notification of the Passing of Ms. Nancy Bryant
Auxiliary Services and Housing & Dining Programs learned this week of the passing of Nancy Bryant, a former staff member and supervisor in dining services until 2014. In over 30 years of service at AU, Ms. Bryant served roles in residential and retail dining programs. Her relationships in our community extended beyond the Mary Graydon Center, where she worked. On behalf of the university, our thoughts and condolences are with her family, particularly her daughter Rasheda Clark (also former dining services staff), friends, and AU community members who valued her presence in their lives.

Sponsor: Housing and Dining Programs

Contact: Chris Moody, moody@american.edu, 202-885-3370

Academics » Academic Support

Drop-In Tutoring Day on Sunday, December 11, 10 AM-5 PM in MGC 3, 4, & 5
The ASAC is hosting the Drop-In Tutoring Day on Sunday, December 11th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM in MGC 3, 4, & 5. This is open to all students and no appointment is needed. Drop-in tutoring is available for the following subjects: ACCT 240, ACCT 241, BIO 110, CHEM 110, CHEM 310, ECON 100, ECON 200, FIN 365, MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 170, MATH 221, SISU 300, STAT 202. Writing counselors will also be available for all courses. Bring your questions, study guides, sample quizzes, and past homework problems. Coffee and snacks will be available!

Sponsor: Academic Support and Access Center

Contact: Academic Support and Access Center, asac@american.edu, 2028853360

Web: http://www.american.edu

Academics » Career Center

Class to Career Conference - deadline extended to 12/8!
**Fewer than 15 spots remain! Register by 11:59 pm on 12/8.** Students, sign up now for the AU Career Center's NEW Class to Career Conference, Jan. 9-12, 2017! Learn how to market yourself in your job search through workshops, employer site visits, mock interviews, an alumni panel, and an etiquette dinner. Come away with a polished resume, strengthened interview skills, and a deeper understanding of different employment sectors. Eligibility: sophomores, juniors and seniors with min 2.5 GPA AND May/December 2016 graduates!

Sponsor: Career Center

Contact: Samantha Mitchell, smitc@american.edu

Web: http://www.american.edu/careercenter/c2c.cfm

Academics » College of Arts and Sciences

CAS Proposes New Course in Education
CAS proposes a new course: EDU 061. The proposal for this new course is available for public review and we welcome your comments or questions. Please visit the link below to read the full details. This proposal will be available for review until December 11, 2016.

Sponsor: CAS Office of the Dean

Contact: Kelsi Schagunn, schagunn@american.edu, 2028852447

Web: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9Wx_6nUDmJYQnZUOVFuTVpnWXc

CAS Proposes New Course in Psychology
CAS proposes a new course: PSYC 640. The proposal for this new course is available for public review and we welcome your comments or questions. Please visit the link below to read the full details. This proposal will be available for review until December 11, 2016.

Sponsor: CAS Office of the Dean

Contact: Kelsi Schagunn, schagunn@american.edu, 2028852447

Web: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9Wx_6nUDmJYQ3pXSnJUNjlLSlk

CAS Proposes New Major in African American and African Diaspora Studies
CAS proposes a new major: African American and African Diaspora Studies. The proposal for this new major is available for public review and we welcome your comments or questions. Please visit the link below to read the full details. This proposal will be available for review until December 14th.

Sponsor: CAS Office of the Dean

Contact: Kelsi Schagunn, schagunn@american.edu, 2028852446

Web: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9Wx_6nUDmJYbjdOd3I3LTNDQzA

Dissertation Proposal Defense by Ariane Volk
Economics doctoral candidate Ariane Volk will defend her dissertation proposal, "Three Essays on Poverty, Inequality, and Health” on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 2:30PM in MGC 323. The public is invited to attend.

Sponsor: Department of Economics

Contact: Ashley Noe, noe@american.edu, 2028853770

Academics » School of Professional and Extended Studies

AU’s English Language Program is Still Accepting Applications for Spring Semester
Are you interested in improving your English skills? If so, there is still time to apply for AU's English Language & Training Academy's (ELTA) intensive spring program. Classes begin January 17 and end May 1. Applicants do not have to be currently attending AU to apply. ELTA offers 18 hours of instruction per week, access to all AU facilities, academic & career advising, conversation partners, and site visits in D.C. Visit our website in the link below to learn more about the program and to start an application!

Sponsor: School of Professional and Extended Studies

Contact: Mindy Corriher, elta@american.edu, 2028954932

Web: http://www.american.edu/spexs/elta/

Academics » School of Public Affairs

New course section added to PUAD-617-003 "Project Management" Spring 2017 Course
Project Management is taught on Thursdays from 8:20pm-10:50pm by Patrick Barker. This course covers fundamental concepts of project management for carrying out discrete operations in government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private sector organizations providing public services. Open to graduate students.

Sponsor: Department of Public Administration and Policy

Contact: Jessica Townsend, Jessicat@american.edu, 2028852136

Web: http://www.american.edu/provost/registrar/schedule/course-descriptions.cfm?subj=PUAD&crs=617

Register Now for PUAD-396-001 " Urban Policy and Politics" Spring 2017 Course
This Spring 2017 course is taught on Thursday from 5:30pm – 8:00pm by Dr. Derek Hyra. This course examines the sources of, and potential policy and political solutions to concentrated crime and poverty, housing and economic segregation, failing schools, political corruption, social isolation, and a lack of vitality and innovation. Available to all interested undergraduate students.

Sponsor: Department of Public Administration and Policy

Contact: Jessica Townsend, Jessicat@american.edu, 2028852316

Academics » University Library

Take a study break with Fresh and Fly Final Perk
Flash back to the 90’s at this semester's Final Perk—AU’s largest all-campus study break! Enjoy FREE coffee, soft drinks, and cookies. Pose for pictures with 90’s celebrities and characters, grab some giveaways, and more!

All the fun will take place in the Mud Box, located on the lower level of the Library on Wednesday, December 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

More info here: bit.ly/2fEFRv5

Sponsor: University Library

Contact: Library Events, LibEvents@american.edu

Communications » Call for Participants

Call for Proposals: Sustainability Student Summit
The Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conferences Student Summit is on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at UMD College Park. The summit will provide a forum for undergraduate and graduate students interested in sustainability to share practices and collaborate with their peers. It will feature presentations and workshops led by students about their work and experience in the field, with the goal of developing skills and brainstorming solutions that students can bring back to their own campuses.

Registration and call for proposals is now open.

Sponsor: Office of Sustainability

Contact: Hannah Debelius, debelius@american.edu, 2028856262

Web: http://smartandsustainable.umd.edu/sessions/student-summit

Communications » University-Sponsored Campus-Wide Events

Stories of Strength: First Person Short Digital Films on Wednesday, Dec. 14
First-person short digital films by Washingtonians in partnership with OneDC, working for racial and economic equity in DC neighborhoods, and DC Doors, providing comprehensive services for Latino families and single women facing a housing crisis. In collaboration with the students of Prof. Nina Shapiro-Perl's Community Documentary Course. Co-sponsored with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Media and Social Impact.

6:30 pm Reception; 7:00 pm Program in the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsor: School of Communication

Contact: Lydia Schindler, LydiaS@american.edu, 2028852220

Web: http://www.american.edu/soc/partnerships/movies-that-matter.cfm

Life@AU » Clubs and Organizations

Graduate Worker Appreciation December 9
AU Graduate Student Union will be in SIS atrium from 11am to 1pm . They will be offering free coffee and bagels as well as answering questions.

Sponsor: Graduate Leadership Council

Contact: Danielle Blocket, danielle.blocker@seiu.org

Mission: Improv-able Holiday Show
Join AU's premier improv troupe for the last long-form improv show of the semester. Free --as always-- bring friends and your suggestions to watch and laugh with the university troupe that has been causing ruckus for the past 20 years!

Sponsor: Mission: Improv-able

Contact: Mission: Improv-able, improv.able007@gmail.com

Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/1253627794676601/

USPWC: "Working in the Public Sector in Post-Election America"
Join the U.S. Pakistan Women's Council Student Chapter on December 8th in SIS 300 from 6-8 pm for "Working in the Public Sector in Post-Election America: A Conversation with Muslim Women from the Hill to the State Department"

Panelists will speak on their experience working as a Muslim woman working in the public sector as well as share their hopes and concerns about being Muslim under the new administration. The panel will be followed by a Q&A discussion.

Please message us on Facebook or email at uspwcau@gmail.com with any questions/concerns or accommodation for disabilities.

Sponsor: US-Pakistan Women's Council: Student Chapter

Contact: Mahnoor Hussain, mh5295a@student.american.edu

Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/1684728355170710/

Life@AU » Community Service

Donations Drive Benefiting the Women's Collective
Donate body lotion, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner to the Women’s Collective! Boxes decorated in gift wrap are set up across campus for you to drop donations in! Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement & Service, the Department of Health Studies, and the Wellness Center. This collection drive is in conjunction with MLK Day of Service 2017.




Sponsor: Center for Community Engagement and Service

Contact: Center for Community Engagement & Service, volunteer@american.edu, 202-885-7378

Register for MLK Day of Service 2017
MLK Day of Service will take place on Wednesday, January 25 2017! This year’s theme is Healthy Futures. Demonstrate your commitment to countering the inequities of our city by engaging in service at local DC non-profits.. While the actual service project will run from 11am-2pm, you will arrive at McDowell Formal Lounge for registration at 9am. There will be a brief welcome and breakfast. You will then meet with your group and head out for service at 10am either by metro or bus (depending on location). Lunch will be provided.Here is the link to register https://goo.gl/forms/o1GCN3o626cVLV8p2

Sponsor: Center for Community Engagement and Service

Contact: CCES, volunteer@american.edu, 2028857378

Life@AU » Religious Life

Catholic Community Dinner
Please join the Catholic Student Association for the next Catholic Community Dinner on Saturday, December 10, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, in the Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge. Come enjoy our Christmas Party, Dinner and Cookie Decorating! Start the Christmas season with the Catholic Community! All are welcome!!

Sponsor: Kay Spiritual Life Center

Contact: Fr. Carlos Quijano, OP, chaplain@aucatholic.net

Web: http://www.aucatholic.net

Work@AU » AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Points to AhealthyU Game (Fall) Ends on 12/23 - Submit Your Game Sheet and Redeem Your Prize
The Fall Points to AhealthyU Game ends on Friday, December 23. Collect your stamps and complete your game sheet(s) by December 23. Prizes can be redeemed at the 10, 20, or 30-point level, while supplies last. Prizes are subject to tax and must be redeemed by January 31, 2017. Submit your stamped game sheet to the AhealthyU office in Gray Hall, Room 111. Please contact the AhealthyU office at x3742 prior to visiting. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Spring Points to AhealthyU Game!

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/ahealthyu/points.cfm

Register Cooking Demo: Passage to India - Keep Warm with Curry this Winter
As the days get shorter and cooler, curl up inside with a bowl of delicious Indian curry! Join AhealthyU on Friday, December 9th from 12 – 1 pm in MGC 3 – 4 (first floor) to learn how to cook Indian curry. Chefs from AU Dining will share some of their favorite recipes and cooking techniques. Light lunch and food samples will be provided. Registration is required. To RSVP click the link below and follow the instructions on how to register through AsuccessfulU. Points Game players ask for your 1 pt stamp!

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/workshops.cfm

Register for AhealthyU Recharge | Meditation for Mental Clarity and Insight
Is your mind flooded with the chaos of this holiday season? Meditation can help develop a greater sense of calm, concentration and emotional balance. Dr. Celine-Marie Pascale, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, has over 20 years of meditation training and will provide a practical everyday guide to increase mental sharpness and quality of life so we can be joyful this holiday season! Join us for this session on Monday, December 12 in MGC 5. To RSVP click the link below and follow the instructions on how to register through AsuccessfulU. Points Game players ask for your 1 pt stamp!

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/ahealthyu/recharge.cfm

Seated Massage Available for Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff, relieve stress and tension with a 15- or 30-minute seated massage. All services provided by a licensed massage therapist. Available by appointment Wednesday, December 14th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm, in MGC 203-205. Cost is $15 for 15 minutes or $30 for 30 minutes. Book your appointment online today at www.infinitemassage.com. Be sure to register using your @american.edu e-mail address. Points game players, ask for your 1 pt stamp!

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://american.edu/hr/Massage.cfm

Sign Up for Seated Massage Available for Faculty and Staff Wednesday, Dec. 14
Faculty and staff, relieve stress and tension with a 15- or 30-minute seated massage. All services are provided by a licensed massage therapist. Available by appointment Wednesday, December 14th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm, in MGC 203-205. Cost is $15 for 15 minutes or $30 for 30 minutes. Book your appointment online today at www.infinitemassage.com. Be sure to register using your @american.edu e-mail address. Points to AhealthyU Game players, ask for your 1 pt stamp!

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://american.edu/hr/Massage.cfm

Work@AU » Payroll

Action Required for Prompt Biweekly Payment on Dec. 30
Note: The message is only for bi-weekly employees and supervisors who oversee them.

December has compressed pay cycles to accommodate the university’s annual holiday shutdown. Please be aware of the following changes to the normal payroll schedule:

1. Sign and approve all timesheets for Pay Period 12/16 by Tuesday, 12/13.
2. All hiring and adjustment paperwork effective for the Pay Period 12/30 must be submitted to HR before the winter break.

Sponsor: Payroll Office

Contact: Payroll Office, payroll@american.edu

Events

A meeting with the OMA advisors and the Udall nominees.

Type: Meetings. Workshops. Trainings. Info Sessions

Host: Office of Merit Awards

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 A new photographic mural The Studio: a place of uncertainty, ambiguity, where harmony emerges out of disorder, by Carol Brown Goldberg will be on view in the Kreeger Lobby by the museum beginning November 12.
Photo by Lee Stalsworth.

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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Alex Katz: Black and White explores the artist's lifelong interest in stripping color out of his prints, and his attempt to replace sensual pleasure with intellectual design. Design versus color has been an artistic debate that goes back to the Renaissance. Similar to the art of Renaissance Florence, Katz's prints are all about design, and are based on drawing, ideas, and the structure of things.

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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This exhibition explores the artistic career of pioneering feminist artist Martha Wilson and her work as Founder and Director of Franklin Furnace, a New York based non-profit arts organization that has been supporting avant-garde art since 1976. 
It is the 4th and final exhibition in Transformer's four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series, presented at AU over the past two years, a …more

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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The next exhibition by the Alper Initiative for Washington art features Melissa Ichiuji.
By its role and emotional density, the doll reminds us of the first objects that comforted us in childhood. For Melissa Ichiuji, it helped to renew the creative energies within the family space. The doll, with its suggestive and "rudimentary" shape, gives free rein to everyone’s imagination. Anthropomorphism …more

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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While Squeak Carnwath is primarily known as a painter, she has worked across many media. This exhibition highlights the unique surfaces and textures that each medium affords, while sharing the artist’s distinct visual language of symbols, phrases, and colors. Works on view in Crazy Paper and Sister Objects span over 30 years of the artist’s exploration in painting, drawing, …more

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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Several years ago, the government of the Republic of Macedonia embarked on a highly controversial and hugely expensive "urban renewal" of the capital city, Skopje. Most of this renewal consisted of large monuments of "historic figures" and new, quasi-classical facades over old buildings. This year, these monuments and buildings came under attack by various groups of citizens of this multi-ethnic …more

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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IPCR program meeting

Type: Meetings. Workshops. Trainings. Info Sessions

Host: SIS: International Peace & Conflict Resolution

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This course will help you to recognize the games and power plays that members of teams and organizations often utilize to obtain information, influence relationships, and gain power and authority. Learn strategic influencing approaches to counteract these often destructive actions. Faculty and staff are invited to join us. Log in to AsuccessfulU via the portal; go to the Home drop down menu and …more

Type: Meetings. Workshops. Trainings. Info Sessions

Host: Human Resources

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IPCR Program Meeting (extended)

Type: Meetings. Workshops. Trainings. Info Sessions

Host: SIS: International Peace & Conflict Resolution

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TESOL Holiday Party

Type: Ceremonies. Receptions. Banquets

Host: TESOL

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Catholic 5 PM Mass

Type: Ceremonies. Receptions. Banquets

Host: Kay Spiritual Life Center

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Catholic Men's and Women's Group Meetings

Type: Meetings. Workshops. Trainings. Info Sessions

Host: Kay Spiritual Life Center

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CONNECTED: MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM returns for its second season with an opening concert from the ensemble-in-residence INTERFERENCE/new music collective.
In celebration of the 80th birthday of American composer Steve Reich INTERFERENCE presents Different Trains. Composed in 1988 for string quartet, the emotionally powerful Different Trains utilizes electronic voice samples of recorded speech as …more

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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This is the weekly worship service (religious event) for Chi Alpha Campus Ministries and is called Thursday Night Worship (TNW). It is attended by 80-100 students and the service features worship through songs, occasional testimonies, a sermon and an extended time of prayer. 

Type: Conferences. Panels. Speakers

Host: Kay Spiritual Life Center

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Join Cru for our weekly meeting as we hear from a speaker, discuss a topic from the Bible, ask questions about faith, and build community!

Type: Meetings. Workshops. Trainings. Info Sessions

Host: CRU

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Bible Study led by Jon Paramore.

Type: Meetings. Workshops. Trainings. Info Sessions

Host: Kay Spiritual Life Center

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Weekly prayer and communion service sponsored by the United Methodist-Protestant Community

Type: Ceremonies. Receptions. Banquets

Host: Kay Spiritual Life Center

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Must See Events

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a holiday reception hosted by President and Mrs. Kerwin on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in Bender Arena. Please join the American University community as we support the D.C. Central Kitchen and Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program with your donation of a new, unwrapped toy or canned goods at this holiday gathering.

Type: Advanced Scheduling

Host: Office of the President

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Fall Commencement will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Bender Arena. Students who receive degrees in August 2016 and eligible degree candidates for December 2016 are invited to participate. American University’s 132nd commencement ceremony will feature the conferral of undergraduate and graduate degrees, the commencement address, and remarks by President Neil Kerwin.

Type: Advanced Scheduling

Host: Office of the President

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About Today@AU

To learn more about Today@AU or to submit an announcement, please visit the myAU portal. Today@AU lists events from the Master Calendar. To learn how to schedule and advertise an event see the Resource 25 informational site.

Important Dates

  • 12/09/2016: Fall classes end 
  • 12/09/2016: Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for fall degree candidates 
  • 12/12/2016 - 12/14/2016: Fall final examinations; grades are due 72 hours following the exam 
  • 12/14/2016: Fall study day