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July 2012

European-Style Market and Eatery to Open in the Neighborhood

We are pleased to announce that we have secured a tenant for the remaining vacant space at 3201 New Mexico Ave, NW. Wagshal’s Family of Fine Foods will open Wagshal’s On New Mexico in early 2013. Wagshal’s On New Mexico will offer local and organic produce, fresh seafood, prepared foods, sandwiches, salads, artisanal breads, and handmade pastries. Patrons will have indoor and outdoor casual dining options, as well as take-out menu choices.

According to Bill Fuchs, president of Wagshal’s and a neighborhood resident, the new market and eatery will have a decidedly European flavor. “Initially, my inspiration came from the mercados (markets) I found in Barcelona. In Spain and other parts of Europe, food shopping is an experience, not a means to an end. The way food is displayed, the atmosphere, and range of products combine to be a feast for the senses. We have plans that are very exciting.”

A family-run business since 1925, Wagshal’s is a perennial favorite in Washingtonian Magazine for Best Butcher and Best Carry Out Food, and was recognized recently by the National Association Specialty Food Trade as a finalist for the 2012 National “Retailer of the Year” Award. For more information, read Wagshal’s press release.

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Construction Begins on Capital Projects

As you walk around the AU campus this summer, you will notice that construction work has begun on a number of capital projects including the new North Hall adjacent to the President’s Office Building, expansion of Nebraska Hall, renovation of the McKinley Building on the quad, modernization of student housing facilities at Letts North, and installation of chilled water piping to connect the university’s air conditioning system with the planned North Hall.

Be sure to visit our new website “Building AU” for news and information about the university’s ongoing capital projects. Visit the site frequently to get all the most up-to-date information about specific projects, timelines, construction phases, architect’s renderings, and construction manager contact information. The website also provides notice to our neighbors of any possible, temporary impact that construction may have on the community.

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Community Liaison Committee Meetings and Website

Community Liaison Committee (CLC)

The CLC website contains materials from past meetings and the dates of upcoming meetings.

The newly formed American University Community Liaison Committee (CLC) met recently on June 5th. The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the D.C. Zoning Commission Order for AU’s new 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university. The CLC will meet at least quarterly, and is chaired by the AU Vice President of Campus Life. Minutes and documents presented at the June 5th meeting are available on the new CLC website. The CLC meetings are open to the public, and the next one is scheduled for September 18th, 2012.

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AU Alumnus Named DC “Officer of the Year”

Phil McHugh

Phil McHugh, SPA/BA '08, SPA/MS '09

AU alumnus Phil McHugh, recently was named “Officer of the Year” by DC Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and Mayor Vincent Gray. He credits his two degrees from AU with giving him the unique, humanistic perspective that makes him one of DC’s finest police officers. McHugh believes that his more relational approach to policing, much of which he learned through courses and internships at AU, contributes greatly to his success.

Majoring in justice, law, and society at AU, McHugh took a wide range of classes, and some of his favorites were not police-related. He read books written by inmates and watched documentaries about prison life, gaining a better understanding of what it's like to be incarcerated. "It helped me see the human element of what we do. It's a human business. I never take arrests lightly – I am forever changing this person's life."

A patrol officer for the evening shift, McHugh works the proverbial "third watch," from 3 – 11 p.m. In 2011, McHugh made 105 arrests, and notes the importance of being proactive in his work. "We're able to prevent a lot of crime by being proactive, knowing the neighborhoods and the people in them," he says.

When asked what's next, this already accomplished young officer notes that he would like to be promoted and be able to influence other officers to think about policing the way he does. "I think I have a good view about our role in society, which is to help people," he says. "I'd like to instill that in others."

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And the Emmy goes to…

Producer-editor David Stone (left) and director-producer Matt Fredericks (right)

AU took home a number of Emmys at the recent 54th Annual National Chesapeake Bay Chapter Emmy Awards held by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Newseum. The university’s All the Wonks Are Talking television advertisement won in the Best Commercial – Single Spot category. Director/producer Matt Fredericks, producer/editor David G. Stone, and producer Deborah Wiltrout – all from AU’s University Communications and Marketing department – accepted the award and thanked the Academy, AU, and all the talented people who helped develop the campaign and TV spot. You can watch the winning commercial here. AU students from the Center For Environmental Filmmaking also won top honors in the Outstanding Achievement in Student Production for Documentary, Photography, and Editing categories. Outstanding Documentary winners Gillian Ray, Sarah Gulick, Helenah Swedberg, Ali Ogden, Jennifer Stratton, Brian Kelley, Tony Azios, and Jordan Brown premiered their winning film Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay on Maryland Public Television in April as part of Chesapeake Bay Week.

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An AU Student at Rio+20

Josey Schwartz, a summer intern with the AU Office of Sustainability and student at the Kogod School of Business, got a front-row view to discussions on the current state of global sustainability when he attended the Rio+20 World Summit on Sustainability last month in Brazil. As a representative of AU, Schwartz was granted an official United Nations conference badge, and participated in both official and unofficial events.

Rio+20 received its name because it was held twenty years after the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The summit 20 years ago set the stage for a handful of international environmental treaties that would be signed in the years to follow. However, according to Nature, the international journal of science, the various environmental treaties fell short of their goals in areas such as climate change, biological diversity, and combating desertification.

Faced with such daunting challenges, the main purpose of Rio+20 was to bring together civil society, business leaders, heads of state, and other government officials to evaluate current global sustainability goals, the progress being made, and areas in which to make appropriate recommendations for improvement. According to Schwartz, “As a result of the shortcomings of past treaties and the current state of global sustainability, Rio+20 conference goers felt a great deal of pressure to set meaningful goals and find ways to accomplish them.”

Rio+20 participants held Sustainable Development Dialogues which ran the gamut from global unemployment to the economics of sustainable development to deforestation to sustainable energy for all. Following the Sustainable Development Dialogues, heads of state convened for three days to discuss how to implement The Future We Want, a document that encapsulates a plan for how to achieve the desired global strides in sustainability.

AU’s status as an official nongovernmental organization of Rio+20 allowed Schwartz to interact with a wide spectrum of participants from all over the world. Of his self-financed trip to Rio+20, Schwartz noted, “The knowledge and lessons I learned from the conference have not only helped me to grow personally, but also have renewed my sense of purpose and duty towards sustainability. I return to AU with a more comprehensive understanding of the ‘big picture’ in relationship to the environment and civil society. I hope to incorporate this new insight both in my contributions to sustainability at AU and in my future endeavors.”

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DC-Area Photographer and Artists the Focus of New Exhibit

Sam Gilliam-Remebering Gifts Ajar-2009-Courtesy of Marsha Mateyka Gallery

Come inside from the summer heat to the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center where you can browse their latest exhibit, The Constant Artist, now through August 12. The exhibit features early and late works of art by nine artists from the Washington, DC area, together with DC-based Paul Feinberg’s photographs of the artists early and late in their careers. Artists featured in the exhibition include Lisa Montag Brotman, Manon Cleary, Rebecca Davenport, Fred Folsom, Clark V. Fox, Sam Gilliam, Tom Green, Margarida Kendall Hull, and Joseph White. Feinberg’s photographs and interviews, or “word portraits,” have enlivened magazine articles, books, and exhibitions both locally and nationally for decades.

Join Feinberg and American University Museum director and curator Jack Rasmussen gallery talk about The Constant Artist exhibition on Saturday, July 7 from 4 – 5 p.m at the museum. For more information about the exhibit and the gallery talk, visit

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