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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

AU in the Neighborhood Community Relations Newsletter September 2013

September 2012

Student Volunteers Help DC Live up to "America's Greenest Town" Title

A group of students in the woods

During this year’s Welcome Week at AU, twenty freshmen experienced first-hand just what DC Mayor Vincent Gray meant earlier this year when he declared DC “America’s Greenest College Town.” The students participated in the Office of Sustainability’s brand new Sustainable Campus, Sustainable City program. During the course of two days, students were introduced to nationally recognized sustainability efforts on AU’s campus and heard from faculty experts in the field. They applied their newfound knowledge outside the borders of AU’s campus by participating in citywide, hands-on service projects, and met with professionals in sustainability fields – many of whom are proud AU alumni.

A central theme of the first day of the program was the importance of managing run-off from rainfall to help keep pollution out of local waterways. After touring AU’s “green,” or vegetated roofs and rain gardens, both of which help to absorb rainfall cleanly, the group enjoyed a hike on local northwest DC trails where they saw the pipes through which excess storm water drains directly into local streams and creeks.

On the second day, they met AU alumnus Andy Oetman, now an environmental protection specialist with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). Andy helped the students label more than 75 storm drain catchments in the Brookland neighborhood to inform people not to dump anything into the drains, as they lead directly into the Anacostia River.

The students visited the urban forestry nonprofit, Casey Trees, where they met with staff – some of whom also are AU alumni – to learn about the significance of DC’s historic tree canopy and set the stage for future volunteer opportunities. The students went on a guided tree tour of Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery and Gardens, led by Casey Trees staff.

When the students returned to campus, each of them also had the opportunity to get crafty and build their own solar battery charger inside of an Altoids tin, allowing them to take a small piece of sustainability as a souvenir with them as they begin their journeys at American University.

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How to Contact Us

Office of Community Relations
(202) 885-2167

Public Safety
non-emergency: (202) 885-2527
emergency: (202) 885-3636
Community Incident Reporting Form

Dean of Students
(202) 885-3300

Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111



Work Continues on "Building a Better American" Construction Projects

Construction on AU’s capital projects has been ongoing all summer. Work is expected to continue through the fall for the construction of North Hall adjacent to the President’s Office Building, expansion of Nebraska Hall, and the renovation of the McKinley Building. Modernization of student housing facilities at Letts North was completed successfully and in time for students’ return for the Fall 2012 semester. The installation of chilled water piping to connect the university’s air conditioning system with the planned North Hall, initially planned for this summer, now has been rescheduled to begin during winter break 2012-2013.

To view the construction in progress at each site via webcam, visit the projects’ Media Gallery pages:

McKinley Building

Nebraska Hall

North Hall

To get all the most up-to-date information about specific projects, timelines, construction phases, architect’s renderings, and construction manager contact information, be sure to visit the “Building AU” website. The website also provides notice to our neighbors of any possible, temporary impact that construction may have on the community.

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AU Community Liaison Committee to Meet on September 18th at 6:30 p.m.

The quarterly meeting of the AU Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will be held on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 5-5 of Mary Graydon Center. The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. All are invited to attend the CLC meeting.

Topics scheduled to be covered in the upcoming meeting include:

I. Preliminary Report on Fall 2012 Enrollment - Sharon Alston, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment

II. Construction Update - Jorge Abud, Assistant VP for Facility Development & Real Estate

III. Jacobs Field Sound Update - David Taylor, President's Chief of Staff

IV. Traffic & Parking: Review of 2011-2012 Performance - Dan Nichols, Executive Director of University Safety Programs

Other Proposed Agenda Items:

I. Recap of Incident Reports and Resolutions since the June Meeting

II. Revisit CLC Operating Document and Mediation Program Guidelines (See attached documents with edits responding to suggestions made at June 5, 2012 meeting)

III. Request for Mediator Recommendations

IV. Planning status of 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (Washington College of Law Building)

V. Additions to the proposed agenda are invited from community members.

For more information, visit the Community Liaison Committee website.

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John Cage's "STEPS: A Composition for a Painting, Selected Watercolors, and Ephemera" at the Katzen

Don’t miss John Cage’s STEPS: A Composition for a Painting, Selected Watercolors, and Ephemera from September 1 to October 21 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Cage stands as a uniquely productive and influential figure in American art from the second half of the Twentieth Century. Known primarily as a composer, his idiosyncratic diversity and daring as an artist led him into theater, writing, and visual arts. STEPS: A Composition for a Painting, Selected Watercolors, and Ephemera includes five enormous watercolor works from Cage's STEPS project and a room showing the progression of graphically inventive musical scores – from original manuscripts through publication, including never-before-exhibited items from the archives of Cage's publisher, C.F. Peters Corporation, New York. This exhibition is presented as part of the citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

For more information, visit the Katzen Museum website.

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Fall for the Arts: A Unique Celebration of the Arts at American University

Fall for the Arts

Fall for the Arts on September 15, a unique celebration that will feature an afternoon of dynamic classes and hands-on workshops. The day will conclude with an elegant reception in the Katzen Arts Center and a live auction of works by renowned artists. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Arts at AU.

Highlights of classes and workshops include:

Stage Combat for Dummies – Experience firsthand the basic techniques of stage combat with visiting professor Robert Hunter Williams.

So Think You Can't (Understand Modern) Dance? –Through learning and creating movement, and discussing and watching live performance, AU dance program Artist in Residence Christopher K. Morgan will help remove the cloud of mystery that sometimes surrounds modern dance.

Discover the Magic of a Hollywood Sound Stage – Audio Technology faculty, Paul Oehlers and Matt Boerum, show you how to create the sounds that make the movie. Learn how celery sticks break bones, how thunderstorms exist in a sheet of metal, and how a gut-wrenching psychopath makes silence the scariest sound of all.

Big Kids@Katzen Studio Art Class – Experience the grown-up version of American University's Kids @ the Katzen, a unique art program for children which distinguishes itself by featuring an artist whose work is on display currently in the Art Museum. No experience is necessary and we will provide you with all supplies and an apron.

Schedule of the Day

12 p.m. Registration (open until end of event)

2 - 5 p.m. Course sessions

  • 2 - 2:45 p.m. Course Session 1
  • 3 - 3:45 p.m. Course Session 2
  • 4 - 4:45 p.m. Course Session 3

5 p.m. Cocktail Reception Begins

6:30 p.m. Art Auction Begins

The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Mimi Fittig at 202-885-2436.

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"Voices of Women": Seminar on Intimacy, Family & Economic Power

American University professor Iris Krasnow's latest book is being made into a pilot by Lifetime television.

American University journalism professor Iris Krasnow's latest book is being made into a pilot by Lifetime television.

This fall, American University Professor Iris Krasnow teaches Voices of Women, a seminar described as a six-week journey of self-discovery. The multi-dimensional, non-credit course is designed for women of all ages, and explores the most important issues women face during their lives, both at home and in the workplace. Krasnow will share her research on intimate relationships that was the basis of her best-selling books, and feature discussions on readings by other influential female writers on the ascent of women in business and in family structures. Course topics include:

• The Changing Rules of Marriage?

• Balancing Work and Motherhood

• Navigating The Midlife Career Switch

• Discovering Your True Passion

• Understanding Men Today

• Getting What You Want In Work And In Life

Seminar dates/time: September 10th and 24th, and October 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

To learn more and register, visit

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Shop the AU Farmers' Market on Campus

AU’s farmers’ market is back on the quad next to Bender Library every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring your shopping basket and your list to find some of the freshest fruits and vegetables in season, along with cheese, honey, and lots more that Agora Farms brings directly from the farmers who produce them. You’ll also find a mouth-watering selection of hearth-baked breads and fresh coffee from Upper Crust Bakery.

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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.

Friday, September 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Virginia Commonwealth University at Reeves Field.

Friday, September 7 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The John Cage Centennial Festival at the Katzen Studio Theatre.

Friday, September 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. St. Francis College (NY) at Reeves Field.

Sunday, September 9 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Loyola University (MD) at Reeves Field.

Sunday, September 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. St. Peter’s College at Reeves Field.

Wednesday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.

Friday, September 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Howard University at Reeves Field.

Saturday, September 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fall for the Arts at the Katzen Arts Center.

Saturday, September 15 Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski. Widely regarded as one of America’s last classic modern painters, Olitski created brilliant color harmonies and chromatic shifts that became one of the hallmarks of Color Field painting. Exhibition runs through October 21 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Museum hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, September 17 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Gallery Talk: Occupy This! at the Katzen AU Museum.

Wednesday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.

Wednesday, September 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Coppin State University at Bender Arena.

Thursday, September 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Early fall 2012 Artists’ Reception. AU Museum reception for the early fall 2012 exhibitions at the Katzen AU Museum.

Friday, September 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Army at Bender Arena.

Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 at 8 p.m. New Student Showcase: Almost Me and Outta Here. Follow the lives of incoming freshman students as they face the trials and tribulations of their first year in a higher education institution. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre; tickets $5. Contact box office at 202-885-ARTS.

Saturday, September 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. College of the Holy Cross at Bender Arena.

Wednesday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.

Friday, September 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Lafayette College at Bender Arena.

Saturday, September 29 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Lafayette College at Jacobs Field.

Saturday, September 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Bucknell University at Reeves Field.

Saturday, September 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Lehigh University at Bender Arena.

Sunday, September 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Monmouth University at Jacobs Field.

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For event details and a full list of all upcoming events, see the University Events Calendar.

For a listing of upcoming events for AU alumni, please visit the Alumni Events Calendar.