Registration for the 25th Ann Ferren Conference is Now Open
The Center for Teaching, Research and Learning invites all faculty to the 25th Anniversary Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning on Friday, January 10th, 2014, in the Mary Graydon Center. Graduate students and staff are also welcome to attend. This year’s conference features a cohort and group discussion breakfast followed by 32 pedagogical, research, and technology sessions with a plenary luncheon, and a dessert reception. To learn more and to register, please visit http://www.american.edu/ctrl/conference.cfm or call x3926.
Sponsor: Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning
The Economics department is proposing two new courses: ECON-450 and ECON-650. These proposals are available for public review and we welcome your comments or questions. Please visit http://www.american.edu/cas/about/policies/curricular-proposals.cfm to read the full details of these courses. These proposals will be available for review until December 11.
Curriculum proposals from CAS/Department of Literature
The Department of Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences announces proposals for the termination of three Gen Ed courses and their replacement with three new course proposals for Fall 2014. Comments should be emailed to Curriculum Coordinator Matthew Lantry.
Participate in a Psychology Study for 1.5 Credits!
Did your parent suffer from an illness while you were growing up? Are you an 18 or older, English-speaking college student? This study is looking at individual differences in emotional reactivity in the children of parents with an illness. To see if you are eligible, you will answer two questions from your home computer. If eligible, you will be asked to set up a 60 minute appointment, during which you will complete questionnaires and watch a series of film clips. Compensation is 1.5 research credits and entrance into a raffle for a $50 gift card.
Take a short (7-10 min) memory test for faces online and receive your accuracy score plus a chance to win a $50 gift card. This experiment is open to females ages 18-22. Email email@example.com and mention the online experiment for information on how to participate.
The proposals for two new SIS graduate courses to be offered as part of the MA in International Relations are available for faculty review. We welcome your comments or questions. Please visit http://goo.gl/qsNlCl to review the proposal, which will be available for comment until December 10.
Academics » School of Professional and Extended Studies
LSAT Prep Course starting Spring 2014
American University is pleased to announce an LSAT Prep Course has joined the university's test prep offerings starting in the spring semester. The LSAT Prep Course offers 24 Instructional hours on the Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Essay sections of the LSAT. Classes are open to the public and are located on American University’s campus. The spring 2014 session runs Tuesdays, Feb 25-April 22 from 6:00-9:00pm. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.american.edu/spexs/TestPrep/Courses.cfm
Sponsor: School of Professional and Extended Studies
Proposed New Degree: Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP)
The School of Public Affairs has proposed a new online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) degree. Details are available here: http://www.american.edu/spa/dpap/degrees/upload/ompapprop.pdf.
Faculty are asked to please send comments to Senior Associate Dean Jan Leighley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the world becomes increasingly digital, ownership of scholarly works is a major issue in higher education. The debate between individuals, publishers, and institutions over ownership is both high-stakes and complex.
Geneva Henry, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries at the George Washington University, will shed light on this issue, drawing from her previous experience as Executive Director of Digital Scholarship Services at Rice University.
Friday, December 6, 2013 10:30–11:30am Bender Library, Training & Events Room (115) Please RSVP to LibEvents@american.edu
Domino's Hot Zone Seat Upgrade Contest - Men's Basketball vs. Brown on Dec. 7
The Domino’s Hot Zone Seat Upgrade Contest is BACK!!! Students are encouraged to enter the Domino's Hot Zone seat upgrade contest to win courtside seats to the men's basketball game versus Brown on Saturday, December 7, at 2 p.m.! Enter the raffle at the Blue Crew table prior to tip-off. One lucky winner and a friend will be selected to sit courtside on special chairs and enjoy Domino's and Coca-Cola during the game from the best seats in the house! Admission to this game is free with your AU Student ID.
Recreational Sports and Fitness has gift certificates available for purchase.
Gift Certificate Options include Recreational Sports and Fitness Memberships (annual membership fees vary), Personal Training Holiday Special Package (3 Personal Training Sessions + 1 Fitness Assessment for $150), and/or a Spring 2014 Unlimited Group Exercise Pass for $65.
Certificates are available for purchase via Credit, Cash, Eagle Bucks and Check at both the Jacobs and Cassell Fitness Center front desks. Parents can also purchase for their students over the phone.
Make plans to be in Bender Arena Saturday afternoon, Dec. 7, to cheer on the AU Eagles Men's Basketball team vs. Brown. Admission is free for all undergraduate, graduate, and law school students with valid AU ID. Tickets for faculty/staff, alumni, and fans start at just $7. Purchase online at AUeagles.com/tickets or call 202-885-TIXX (8499). WEAR BLUE & GO EAGLES
The American Word Magazine is expanding its number of opportunities in editing, writing, designing and web for the spring semester. Our five sections are Around DC, Lifestyle, On the Quad, Politics and Sports; experience is preferred but not required. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Blends with Benefits final concert feat. The Magic of Danny Dubin
Come out to Kay Spiritual Life Center as a break from finals on Saturday Dec. 7th at 8 pm to see mind boggling magic from DC based magician and American University's own, Danny Dubin. Then get ready to hear 10 amazing songs by American University's ONLY co-ed competitive a capella group, Blends with Benefits!
Folio, American University's MFA lit mag, Issue 2013 on sale Dec 9! One Day Only!
Here's a thoughtful and easily transported Holiday gift for the bookworm(s) in your life: a fresh-cut copy (or three) of our Issue 2013 for a mere $6! Issue 2013 features smart and sassy work from Roxane Gay, D. Gilson, Carolyn Moore, Ishion Hutchinson and others. This beautiful beast also contains the first graphic fiction-- the ethereal 'Thinner than Blood' by Yumi Sakugawa-- and also the first full page comic strip-- yes, it's about zombies-- ever published by Folio.
WHERE: Cubicle A-1 in the Adjuncts Den, Battelle Tompkins basement. WHEN: Monday, December 9, 11am-5:30pm
Join the AU College Dems on Friday, December 6 at 8 PM in the SIS Founders Room for our annual Jefferson Jackson Banquet. The banquet will feature Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry as the keynote speaker. The attire for the banquet is formal. Admission is free, but tickets must be claimed in advance at the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jeffersonjackson-banquet-tickets-9504743945. See you Friday for our final event of the semester!
Winter Study Break with The Center For Diversity and Inclusion!
Join the CDI for their annual Winter Study Break! There will be food, fun and games! The Study Break will be held on Wednesday, December 11, in MGC 200 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you need accommodations, please contact the Center For Diversity and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:20-11:35 a.m., Spring 2014
The course (HFIT 260.10) will provide both classroom and hands-on experience to prepare you to become certified to teach fitness classes here at AU or any other fitness facility nationwide. The course will lay the groundwork for teaching any type of fitness class (Yoga, Kettlebell, Circuit, Kickboxing, Pilates, Step, Cycling, Strength Training, etc).
For more information about the course visit the web link below.
Join the United Methodist-Protestant Community this Sunday, December 8, at 7 p.m. in the Kay Chapel for our weekly Sunday services. For this Sunday, the second Sunday in Advent, our choir and guest musicians will be performing Bach's Cantata #147 (from which "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" comes) throughout the service. A free dinner in the Kay Lounge follows the service. Everyone is welcome to attend as we celebrate the season through music.
Humanists' Year-End Dinner Party 12/6: Author Jen Hancock on How Life's Highs Help with Its Lows
*RSVP* by noon Friday to join us for our free dinner party running 5-7 p.m. in MGC 203-205. Satay Club is cooking up dee-lish veg & omnivore fare. At 5:30 visiting author Jen Hancock starts her talk on "Applying Humanism to Life's Ups & Downs." An educator & entrepreneur, she has four books out exploring Humanist approaches to happiness & loss, to school & work. Check out jen-hancock.com. She'll share & discuss her insights as part of our year-end “Humanist HanuKwanzaDiwaliYuleStice Festivus for the Rest of Us Party!" Sponsored by AU Rationalists & Atheists + the Humanist Chaplaincy at AU.
Statistical Consulting Center service offered in the Library
The Statistical Consulting Center opened this fall in the Research Commons Area in the AU Library. The Center provides assistance with statistics-related problems in the clients' research areas. It is a free service for American University students, faculty, and staff. The Center is also open to alumni and non-AU clients.
Datatel and myAU.american.edu Portal Service Interruption
The weekly maintenance period for the Ellucian Colleague systems will be extended on Sunday, December 8, from 2:00 a.m. until noon in order to perform critical system maintenance. All Colleague and some myAU.american.edu applications will be unavailable during this time. The Office of Information Technology regrets the inconvenience and appreciates your understanding of the need to perform this system maintenance. Please contact the OIT Help Desk at x2550, email@example.com, or AskAmericanUHelp, if you have any questions about the altered schedule.
Collaborating with SharePoint- Brown Bag Lunch Session
Learn some of the features of SharePoint 2010 that make it easy to share information. Learn how to work on documents simultaneously with other people. Join us on Tuesday, January 28 from 12 - 2 p.m. in MGC 247. Log in to AsuccessfulU via the portal; go to the Home drop down menu and select “Learning” to register now!
Leading Effective Meetings - Brown Bag Lunch Session
Do you dread running meetings? Want some tips to help your AU meetings run smoothly, and stay on time and on topic? This is a hands-on workshop where you will bring with you details about one meeting that you lead currently and would like to enhance. You will learn the three steps to a successful meeting that you will be able to implement immediately at the next meeting you run! Join us on Wednesday, January 15 from 12 - 2 p.m. in MGC 245. Log in to AsuccessfulU via the portal; go to the Home drop down menu and select “Learning” to register now!
Managing Email Effectively- Brown Bag Lunch Session
Unhealthy stress in the office? Want to eliminate those time-robbing habits? In this workshop, you'll learn to more effectively use Lotus Notes to master calendar tasks, prioritize assignments, find more free time in each day and focus on departmental goals by filing and finding emails efficiently. Also see how WIIFM works to help you better plan your day; explore three approaches to setting priorities to meet your goals/avoid missed deadlines; and why incorporating a SMART plan can help you accomplish your objectives. Join us January 23 from 12 - 2 p.m. Register via AsuccessfulU today!
Managing Multiple Projects: Brown Bag Lunch Session
Do you have too much to do? Too many tasks, too many projects, not enough time in a day to get it all done? Here’s a methodology for planning out your time to make sure you get the most important things in your life. This is a workshop to which you will bring your list of what’s on your plate and you will have a chance to plan it out according to this methodology. Learn how to plan out big items first so that you don’t allow the little things to pile up and take over your time! Take control! Live better! Join us on January 9 from 12 - 2 p.m., register via AsuccessfuLU.
Professional Development Opportunity: Exploring Intercultural Communications
Explore the impact of culture in our professional daily communications. Learn fundamental concepts related to intercultural communications, discuss examples of how these concepts demonstrate themselves in the workplace, and identify barriers to communication and ways to overcome them. Participants will be introduced to culture scales of communication, time, power, obligations, and work dynamics. The next available session will be Thursday December 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in MGC 245. Log in to AsuccessfulU via the portal; go to the Home drop down menu and select “Learning” to register now!
December 5-6, 2013, the School of International Service will host Rural Coalition's annual Winter Forum. Rural Coalition is a grassroots alliance of farmers, farmworkers, indigenous, migrant, and immigrants working to bring justice and equity to food and farm policy. During the Winter Forum, all 60+ of their community based organization member groups will come to DC to strategize agricultural ...more
As the world becomes increasingly digital, ownership of scholarly works is a major issue in higher education. The debate between individuals, publishers, and institutions over ownership is both high-stakes and complex. Speaker Geneva Henry draws on her previous experience to shed some light on this issue.
Ms. Henry is the University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries at The George ...more
Humanist Chaplaincy at AU & AU Rationalists & Atheists weekly Friday mtgs feature topical presentations & discussions, group sharing, visiting speakers, occasional dinner parties, etc. All friendly humans welcome!
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.
Fall classes end
Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for fall degree candidates
Spring 2014 priority registration ends. Payment due December 18, 2013
Undergraduate freshman payments are due January 4, 2014
President's Receptions for August 2013 graduates and December 2013 applicants (rsvp required)