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AUGUST 23

Saturday

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  • Life@AU » New Students
    2014 Freshman Survey
    Are you an incoming freshman? Please tell us about you! Don't forget to help us by completing the Freshman Survey. Look for an email from Lindsay Whipple. Don't miss this chance to make your voice heard.
    Sponsor: Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
    Contact: David Kaib, dkaib@american.edu
  • Academics » Academic Support
    Academic Success 101
    Get off to a great start this semester! Learn tips for planning the semester, how to understand course syllabi and how to use your email, Google calendar, and reminders to stay on top of everything you have to do. Join us on Wednesday, August 27, from 1:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. in MGC 247.
    Sponsor: Academic Support and Access Center
    Contact: Academic Support and Access Center, asac@american.edu
  • Academics » Career Center
    Federal Work Study (FWS) Job Fair
    If you have been awarded federal work-study (FWS) and seek a part-time student job, attend the FWS Job Fair on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 1-4pm in Mary Graydon Center, rooms 2-5. Hiring managers from university departments, local nonprofit organizations, and government agencies are eager to meet you, and some may even offer you a job on the spot. Dress professionally and bring copies of your résumé.
    Sponsor: Career Center
    Contact: Tasha Daniels, daniels@american.edu, 202-885-1807
    Finding Part-Time Employment
    Learn where to find a part-time job on or off campus or earn your Federal Work Study award on August 27, 2014 at 2:30pm in Mary Graydon Center 200. Also learn more about the application process and how to become a stronger applicant by utilizing Career Center services and resources.
    Sponsor: Career Center
    Contact: Tasha Daniels, daniels@american.edu, 202-885-1807
    Finding Part-Time Employment Workshop
    Finding part-time work when you're in school can be a challenge. So speed up the process! Come to the Finding Part-Time Employment workshop, Wednesday, August 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m., in MGC 200 and learn where to look for both on and off campus jobs or where to fulfill your federal work study award. Learn how to become a stronger applicant and about all the resources the Career Center and AU Human Resources have to help you in your job search.
    Sponsor: Career Center
    Contact: Tasha Daniels, daniels@american.edu
  • Academics » College of Arts and Sciences
    AU Workshop Auditions for In C Concert
    The AU Workshop is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley's In C. This revolutionary piece began the minimalist movement in music and influenced jazz and rock. We are holding auditions to participate in the ensemble with a particular interest in advanced clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section players. Auditions will be held on Thursday, August 28 from 7:30-9:30 in Katzen Rm. 151. A sign up sheet is posted across from the music library. Contact Noah Getz for audition information and rehearsal schedule.
    Sponsor: Department of Performing Arts
    Contact: Noah Getz, getz@american.edu, 202-244-2525
    Auditions for AU Orchestra & Band
    The AU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band are having auditions during the first week of school in the Katzen Arts Center Abramson Recital Hall. Times and registration links below:
    Woodwinds - Monday, 8/25, 2-5pm http://doodle.com/kfxa73upvuqqf8hx
    Brass and Percussion - Tuesday, 8/26, 2-5pm http://doodle.com/mznrkeu8y6uvnchd
    Violas, Cellos and Basses - Thursday, 8/28, 3-5pm http://doodle.com/x3p7isz93vu7ds3i
    Violins - Friday, 8/29, 4:30-7:30pm http://doodle.com/hzr392ab72bk5f9g
    Come play with us! For more information, please email orchestra@american.edu
    Sponsor: Department of Performing Arts
    Contact: Yaniv Dinur, orchestra@american.edu
    PSYC PARTICIPATION-Get Research Credit, $, or Enter in a Drawing!
    Help us select stimuli for future studies by testing your knowledge for faces, names, and trivia! If you are between 18-30 years old and a native English speaker, you are eligible to participate. Participants will be compensated with their choice of:
    -0.5 PSYC credit
    -$5
    -1/20 drawing of winning $25
    EVERY HALF HOUR OF PARTICIPATION!

    Email BRAIN@AMERICAN.EDU with the subject "Norming" to schedule a session!
    Sponsor: Department of Psychology
    Contact: Christine So, BRAIN@AMERICAN.EDU
  • Communications » Call for Participants
    Faculty/Staff Portrait Session
    The bimonthly portrait session on main campus will take place on Tuesday, August 26th, from 11am to 1pm in MGC 245. Please go to www.timecenter.com/auphotography and click on the Main Campus Faculty/Staff tab to make an appointment. These are the standard AU portrait for use in your work duties and on your web profile page. If you can't make the on-campus sessions, you can also make an individual appointment to come to our studio at 4401 Connecticut Ave. at a more convenient time.
    Sponsor: University Publications
    Contact: Nadia Trowers, photography@american.edu, 202-885-5970
  • Life@AU » Alternative Breaks
    Lead a summer Alternative Break on Dalit Rights or Tibetan Rights
    Seeking undergraduate or graduate students with experience in social justice and human rights work in India. Must still be an AU student in May 2015 (not graduating). If interested, contact the Center for Community Engagement & Service for application details.
    Sponsor: Center for Community Engagement and Service
    Contact: Shoshanna Sumka, sumka@american.edu, 202-885-2684
  • Life@AU » Athletics & Recreation
    8th Annual Volleyball Bender Blue Out - $3 Ticket Offer
    The 8th Annual Volleyball Bender Blue Out is scheduled for next Friday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. Join the 2013 Patriot League Champion volleyball team in Bender and help lead them to victory against the Georgetown Hoyas! Tickets are regularly $7 for adults and $5 for youth, but faculty and staff can take advantage of a special $3 ticket offer. Call (202) 885-TIXX to purchase your discounted tickets today, or purchase them online using the discount code VOLLEY.
    Sponsor: Athletics
    Contact: Malinda Morawetz, morawetz@american.edu, 202-885-2617
    8th Annual Volleyball Bender Blue Out - August 29
    This year's Volleyball Bender Blue Out is scheduled for Friday, August 29. The Eagles will take on Georgetown with first serve at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to arrive at 7 p.m. for the FREE pre-game fan fest, which will include Robeks smoothies, Coca-Cola products, and other giveaways. If you haven't signed up for the Blue Crew yet, click the link below! Blue Crew members will be able to pick up their 2014-15 Blue Crew t-shirt and membership ID card for the first time this year. Students can also register for the Domino's Hot Zone seat upgrade contest before the game.
    Sponsor: Athletics
    Contact: Malinda Morawetz, morawetz@american.edu, 202-885-2617
    Men's Club Ice Hockey
    The Men's Club Ice Hockey team will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 3, at 8:00 p.m. in Letts Formal Lounge. Everyone is welcome, and all those interested in playing should attend. Please email cjamann16@gmail.com with any questions.
    Sponsor: Athletics
    Contact: Corey Amann, cjamann16@gmail.com, 908-295-2561
    Recreational Sports & Fitness Fall 2014 Instructional Programs
    Recreational Sports & Fitness is excited to announce our Fall 2014 instructional program offerings! This fall we will be offering Karate, Water Fitness and Meditation. Our programs are open to members and non-members (AU F/S only) for an additional fee. For more information and program fees see the web link attached. Questions? Contact chantry@american.edu
    Sponsor: Recreational Sports and Fitness
    Contact: Jacquelyne Chantry, chantry@american.edu, 202-885-2759
    U-JAM Fitness Instructor Workshop
    Are you interested in becoming a group exercise instructor to teach a dance based class? U-JAM Fitness might be for you! U-JAM is an addictive cardio workout that fuses the hottest world beats with unique and fun choreography that will make you move, sweat and smile. The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 27 - Sunday, September 28. The cost is only $199 for students! For more information and to register see the web link attached. Questions? Contact chantry@american.edu.
    Sponsor: Recreational Sports and Fitness
    Contact: Jacquelyne Chantry, chantry@american.edu, 202-885-2759
  • Life@AU » Clubs and Organizations
    Choral Opportunities at AU
    Do you love to Sing? Then consider auditioning for AU Chorus and AU Chamber Singers! This year we will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of choral music at AU with a reunion concert during All-American Weekend that will mix past and present members of AU's choral program! AU Chorus is welcoming a new director, Dr. Casey Cook, and the Chamber Singers will be preparing for a tour of the Balkans in May! To become a part of the choral program at AU, sign up for an audition outside Katzen 146. All auditions take place during the first week of classes. E-mail chorus@american.edu for more info.
    Sponsor: Department of Performing Arts
    Contact: Natasha Maskaly, chorus@american.edu, 202-885-3425
    Get Out of Northwest DC
    Beware of Tenley Town! Stay out of Georgetown at night! Think of how silly this sounds. We often hear these statements used when referring to other neighborhoods. It is dangerous to take these statements seriously because it perpetuates and creates a culture of fear rooted in racism. Join CASJ on Aug 25 at 6pm at the Butler Board Room.
    Sponsor: Community Action and Social Justice Coalition
    Contact: Aya Folk, casj@american.edu
    Get Out of Northwest DC
    Beware of Tenley Town! Stay out of Georgetown at night! Think of how silly this sounds. We often hear these statements used when referring to other neighborhoods. It is dangerous to take these statements seriously because it perpetuates and creates a culture of fear rooted in racism. Join CASJ on Aug 25 at 6pm at the Butler Board Room.
    Sponsor: Community Action and Social Justice Coalition
    Contact: Aya Folk, casj@american.edu
    Join the AU Pep Band!
    Are you an experienced woodwind, brass, drum set, or electric bass player? Want to join a band that performs regularly on campus, plays for tens of thousands of people, was nationally televised several times last year, performs with a quality sound, and knows how to have fun? Then the AU Pep Band is right for you! Attend the first informational meeting Thursday, August 28, 5:30 PM, Katzen Arts Center, Room #151. Be sure to bring your instrument - no audition required. Visit our website or email us with any questions at pepband@american.edu. GO EAGLES!
    Sponsor: Pep Band Boosters
    Contact: Alexandra Shults, pepband@american.edu
    Join the AU Symphonic Band!
    Interested in making new friends, having fun, and performing the highest quality music for winds and percussion? Look no further! Join the AU Symphonic Band! Students, staff, faculty, and community members alike are invited to audition. The band rehearses on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 PM. 95% of the bands members are non-music majors achieving musical excellence in their free time. Auditions are the first week of school. Email decker@american.edu with questions or to schedule an audition!
    Sponsor: Department of Performing Arts
    Contact: Dr. Marc Decker, decker@american.edu
    Play Big Band Jazz at AU!!!!!
    The American University Jazz Orchestra is looking for brass, woodwind, and rhythm players for the 2014-15 school year! The AUJO is a full jazz big band that plays concerts and festivals in the Metro DC area. Auditions will be during our first meeting on Wed August 27th at 5:30 in Katzen 151. If you are interested, contact Joshua Bayer at jbayer@american.edu. It's a fun hang and a great experience playing jazz at AU!
    Sponsor: Department of Performing Arts
    Contact: Joshua Bayer, jbayer@american.edu, 301-943-9144
    Saturday Night Outing to U Street with the AU Methodists
    Explore the historic U Street Corridor this Saturday, August 23, with the AU Methodists! Known for its historic cultural significance, today the area is full of options for late-night dining and entertainment. Try a half-smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl, shoot some pool at the 18+ friendly Black Cat, or be the first on your floor to discover the wonders of Busboys & Poets! Interested? We'll meet in front of the Kay Spiritual Life Center at 8:45, then leave for the Metro at 9. Plan to bring spending money, but there's no need to worry about your Metro fare -- we'll be providing the SmarTrip cards!
    Sponsor: Kay Spiritual Life Center
    Contact: Rebekah Smith, programming@aumethodists.org, 202-885-3211
    United Methodist-Protestant Sunday Services
    Join the United Methodist-Protestant Community for our first Sunday worship service of the semester, this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Kay Chapel. A free pizza dinner will follow the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.
    Sponsor: Kay Spiritual Life Center
    Contact: Rev. Mark Schaefer, schaef@american.edu, 202-885-3304
  • Life@AU » Community Service
    BLOOD DRIVE - August 28
    On Thursday, August 28, 2014, Recreational Sports and Fitness will host a blood drive in the Kettler Palmer Lounge from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will be honored first. Please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code #05312215 to make an appointment. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free medium iced coffee and donut from Dunkin Donuts!
    Sponsor: Recreational Sports and Fitness
    Contact: Annessa Bontrager, Annessa@american.edu
  • Life@AU » Housing & Dining
    Housing & Dining Programs Extended Hours during Move in!
    During opening, we have extended hours in our office!

    Sat 8/16: 8 am-7 pm
    Sun 8/17: 9 am-5 pm
    Mon 8/18 - Thurs 8/21: 9 am-7 pm
    Fri 8/22 - Sun 8/24: 9 am-5 pm
    Mon 8/25 - Thurs 8/28: 9 am-7 pm
    Fri 8/29: 9 am-5 pm
    Sponsor: Housing and Dining Programs
    Contact: Housing & Dining Programs, housing@american.edu, 202-885-3370
  • Life@AU » New Students
    American Friends Welcome Party
    American Friends is a program for International Students. It aims to partner international students with American friends in Washington, D.C. We believe that through these relationships, international students will be given the opportunity to experience parts of American culture that aren't available at college.

    We will have a Welcome Party on Monday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. in McDowell Formal Lounge. At the party you will be provided dinner and information about the program. You will also have a lot of opportunity to meet American partners who are looking to befriend you!

    It is all for free!
    Sponsor: Kay Spiritual Life Center
    Contact: Kevin Kusunoki, kevin.kusunoki@gmail.com, 202-421-0335
  • Life@AU » Religious Life
    Graduate Christian Fellowship's Opening Meeting - August 25
    Looking for a Christian family of grad students? The AU InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, one of six university chapters in the DC Metro Fellowship, is a group of American University graduate and professional students dedicated to living the courageous calling of Christ in a welcoming community of spiritual growth, scholarship, and service. We meet Mondays from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kay Spiritual Life Center’s main downstairs lounge for fellowship, study, and prayer. Our first meeting will be Monday, August 25. Graduate and professional students in any AU program are welcome.
    Sponsor: Intervarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship
    Contact: Andy Marshall, augradfellowship@gmail.com, 715-820-2446
  • Services » Auxiliary Services
    International Students Discussion Group: Toward a Global Self
    This discussion group is for international students (undergraduate and graduate) who wish to share and discuss their personal and academic experiences with other international students. The group is geared to developing better understanding about living in another culture and building self-awareness as a member of the global world. Group meets for 10 weeks on Tuesdays from 10 - 11:15 a.m. at the Counseling Center (MGC 214) and discusses a wide range of topics relevant to international students' experiences. For more information or to join, please contact Dr. Keum Choi at choi@american.edu.
    Sponsor: Counseling Center
    Contact: Keum Choi, Ph.D., choi@american.edu, 202-885-3500
  • Work@AU » Federal Work Study
    Become a DC Reads Tutor!
    Looking for a Federal Work Study or Volunteer opportunity?
    Looking for a way to get involved in campus and in the DC community? Make a difference in a child’s life one page at a time. Become a DC Reads tutor!

    Attend a DC READS Information Session on Thursday, September 4 in MGC 205 at 5 p.m.

    For general information about the program,
    visit www.american.edu/volunteer or contact us at (202) 885-7378 (SERV) or
    Email dcreads@american.edu
    Sponsor: Center for Community Engagement and Service
    Contact: Diana Williams, dcreads@american.edu, 202-885-7378
  • Work@AU » Human Resources
    AU Farmers' Market Returns
    The AU Farmers’ Market will return to campus beginning on Wednesday, August 27. The market will be on the quad between MGC and the library every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t miss out on the fresh fruits and vegetables and Amish cheese and yogurt from Agora Farms as well as the hearth-baked breads, pastries, and cookies from Upper Crust Bakery.
    Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program
    Contact: Leah Tasman, ltasman@american.edu, 202-885-3742
    Fidelity Investments Representative on Campus for One-on-One Consultations August 26 & 27
    American University offers faculty and staff a great opportunity to save for retirement through the AU retirement plan. AU matches the first five percent of eligible employee contributions to the retirement plan on a two-to-one basis. A representative from Fidelity Investments, one of the plan providers, will be on campus to meet one-on-one with faculty and staff about their retirement savings plans. To schedule an appointment, please call 800-642-7131.
    Manager and Leadership Development Opportunity: Leading Change
    Learn how to introduce change in your workplace effectively by leading discussions with employees, and encouraging resistant staff to make the transition. Look at how you can minimize negative effects of change on morale and productivity. Please join us on September 9 from 1 - 5 p.m. in MGC 200. Log in to AsuccessfulU via the portal; go to the Home drop down menu and select “Learning” to register now!
    Sponsor: Human Resources
    Contact: Jennifer Taylor, AsuccessfulU@american.edu, 202-885-1172
    Manager and Leadership Development Opportunity: People Management Basics
    Learn American University’s managerial policies and procedures that you will carry out daily. Topics covered include: employment policies and employment law, compensation policies, recruiting, e-actions, timesheet management, directing a flexible workforce, employee probation, and the basics of FMLA, short- and long-term disability. Please join us on September 11 from 9 a.m. - 5 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!
    Sponsor: Human Resources
    Contact: Jennifer Taylor, AsuccessfulU@american.edu, 202-885-1172
    Revised Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy Available Now
    The university’s revised Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy is available now at the link below. Effective August 1, revisions to the policy reflect the inclusion of the Campus SaVE Act which refers to recent Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act. VAWA’s SaVE Act provision adds domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to the categories that must be reported under the Clery Act. The same VAWA SaVE Act terms and definitions also were added to the Student Conduct Code.
    Sponsor: Human Resources
    Contact: Deadre Johnson, deadrej@american.edu, 202-885-2721

Events

      • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
      • THE BICENTENARY OF ADOLPHE SAX: Belgian Illustrious Inventor of the Saxophone
      • Katzen Rotunda Gallery Exhibition
      • An exhibit celebrating the life and creative process of Adolphe Sax, groundbreaking Belgian musician and inventor of the saxophone.

        Please also join us for a free saxophone quartet at the Sept. 6 early fall artists' reception at the AU Museum. Quartet led by Noah Getz, AU musician in residence in saxophone.

        Type: Exhibit
        Host: Katzen Arts Center

        Full Event Information

Must See Events

      • August 26 to 27
      • Student Debt: The Current State of the Crisis and Steps Forward
      • VSPACER
      • This will be an open group discussion event on the current crisis of Student Debt with a number of experts participating. The discussion will be centered around the current state of the student debt crisis - a crisis currently over $1 trillion of debt - with a discussion on various solutions.

        Type: Panel Discussion
        Host: Community Action and Social Justice Coalition

        Full Event Information

      • Wednesday, August 27
      • Race and Environmentalism
      • Thursday, August 28
      • The Alienation of the Student: Disempowerment in Modern Education
      • VSPACER
      • Students have been alienated from meaningful decision making within the university. We have no real voice in university governance and no control over any decision or policies. There was no democratic input on recent campus expansion plans, student debt increases, etc. The most democratic student initiative of recent years, Fossil Free AU, has met with strong resistance from the University ...more

        Type: Panel Discussion
        Host: Community Action and Social Justice Coalition

        Full Event Information

      • August 29 to 30
      • Women's Volleyball at DC Challenge
      • Saturday, September 6
      • The Shrouded Narrative: Revealing an Obscured History of US Foreign Policy
      • VSPACER
      • "The Shrouded Narrative" will feature a list of eminent historians, authors, and investigators who have dedicated their lives to exploring explanations of world events that supplement, revise, or debunk commonly held beliefs about US Foreign Policy. Some story lines are better known then others. Topics will range from the contemporary crises in Ukraine, Venezuela, and Iraq, to obscure historical ...more

        Type: Lecture/Speaker
        Host: Nuclear Studies Institute

        Full Event Information

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