AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

AU in the Neighborhood Community Relations Newsletter September 2013

February 2013

AU Hosts Law Enforcement Officials for Swearing-In Ceremony

More than 2,000 law enforcement officials from around the country converged on Bender Arena last month to be sworn in as Deputy United States Marshals, and briefed to serve at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Officers came to the District from 80 different police jurisdictions nationwide.

“American University is honored to once again have this privilege,” said Dan Nichols, Executive Director of University Safety Program. “The inauguration marks an important time in our nation’s history and AU is now a part of this history.”

This marks the second occasion in which American University hosted the swearing-in ceremony.

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Students Elected to Local Advisory Neighborhood Commission

Two American University students recently were sworn in as members of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3D. Rory Slatko, a sophomore in the School of International Service, was elected to represent ANC 3D07, which includes students living in Anderson, Centennial, Letts, Leonard, Hughes, and McDowell Halls. Joe Wisniewski, a junior in the School of Public Affairs, was elected to represent ANC 3D10, which includes the Avalon, Berkshire and Greenbriar apartment buildings, as well as Nebraska Hall.

ANC Commissioners consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation, and trash collection. The ANCs present their positions and recommendations on issues to various District government agencies and the DC Council. They also present testimony to independent agencies, boards, and commissions, usually under the rules of procedure specific to those entities.

“Joe and Rory will make excellent additions to the ANC,” said Andrew Huff, American University’s Director of Community Relations. “Student involvement in neighborhood affairs is a great way to build bridges between students and residents and encourage creative problem solving.” Slatko and Wisniewski will serve two-year terms which began on January 9, 2013.

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New Dormitory Officially Dubbed Cassell Hall

AU announced recently that its newest residence hall would be named Cassell Hall, in honor of the Cassell family.

Cassell Hall is the first on-campus residence facility to be built since 1987 when Centennial Hall opened. The building, currently in construction behind the President’s Office Building, will stand eight stories and accommodate beds for 360 upperclassmen. Cassell Hall also will feature an 8,000-square-foot fitness facility which will double the amount of fitness space on the main campus.

“The new residence hall will allow more students to live on campus and provide more recreational, dining, and activity space,” said Thomas J. Minar, Vice President of Development. “Cassell Hall marks the first major building initiative of the university’s remarkable 2011 Campus Plan.”

In keeping with AU’s commitment to sustainability, Cassell Hall is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

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AU and Serve DC to Offer CERT Training to Neighbors

American University has partnered with Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, to offer free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to AU staff and neighbors around American University.

CERT training helps citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies occur, CERT members can provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims, and can help organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. Training topics include disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical operations and first aid, search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism.

Two training sessions have been scheduled.

• Session One – Saturday, Mar. 9 and Saturday, Mar. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Founders Room of the School of International Studies (SIS) on Nebraska Avenue, NW.

• Session Two – Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also in the SIS Founders Room.

Parking will available in the SIS garage and AU will provide a light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.

Community members interested in attending either session should email their name and contact information to ANC 3D Commissioner Kent Slowinski at wksla@aol.com. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who RSVP are expected to attend the entire training.

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Experience the Arts at AU

February promises to be a great month for the arts at American University. Please click here for additional information on the following events and others.

The Skin of Our Teeth

Written by Thornton Wilder

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., New York City

Thursday, Feb. 14 – Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m.

Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors

The 1942 Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows the saga of an American family's survival in the face of incredible obstacles: the ice age, fratricide, adultery, the great flood, and war. The story highlights the strength and endurance of the American family as they persevere through life's extraordinary challenges.

The play’s production will be supplemented by an outreach project, which will reinforce the universality of the play's themes. The face and make up of the modern American family has changed dramatically since 1942, and the Outreach Project strives to connect Wilder’s view of the American family to the reality of families today. The Outreach Project also will partner with local organizations that support families.

Produced in conjunction with the 75th anniversary celebration of Our Town at Ford's Theatre, the cast of The Skin of Our Teeth also will perform The Long Christmas Dinner, one of Wilder's short plays, at the Ford's Theatre on Monday, Feb. 11.

AU Symphony Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition

Preliminary Round on Saturday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

Final Round on Sunday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Admission is free

The annual American University Concerto and Aria Competition features undergraduate instrumentalists and vocalists performing concerto movements and arias in two rounds. The first round will take place on February 16. The finalists will perform again the next day. The winner of the competition will perform as a soloist with the American University Symphony Orchestra.

Idan Cohen Dance Company

Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Admission is free

RSVP to cutler@american.edu

Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen brings his dance company to American University to perform excerpts of his latest work, Mad Siren, set to the sound of W.A. Mozart's solo piano sonatas. Called "one of the more talented representatives of today's young, independent choreographers" by the Jerusalem Post, Idan will discuss the influences in this latest work, which raises questions about "immigration, personal, and collective history and the nature of fear and lack of understanding towards what is different." Co-sponsored by AU Center for Israel Studies, AU Performing Arts Department Dance Program, and Embassy of Israel.

Wecycling

Feb. 21–23 and Mar. 1–2, 8 p.m.

Feb. 23 and Mar. 2, 2 p.m.

Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center

Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors

Caleen Jennings and an ensemble will present scenes, monologues, stories, poetry, original music, movement, and visual media to examine life's cycles. They will use found objects, popular media, dreamscapes, music, movement, memory, and myth to stimulate the imagination.

Spring Arts Management Colloquium: Beauty and the Brain

Friday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Admission is free

How does the brain experience art? Why does it move us? Do aesthetics evolve biologically? The American University Arts Management Spring Colloquium explores the connections between arts and neuroscience with an emphasis on how the arts contribute to scientific discourse.

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Farmers' Market Returns to Campus

The AU Farmers' Market has returned to campus. Find fresh produce and baked goods on the Quad between Mary Graydon Center and the library every Wednesday this semester from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don't miss out on the tasty fruits, vegetables, Amish cheeses, and yogurt from Agora Farms, as well as delicious hearth-baked breads, pastries, and cookies from Upper Crust Bakery. Click here for additional information.

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How to Contact Us

Office of Community Relations
(202) 885-2167
communityrelations@american.edu

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

Dean of Students
(202) 885-3300
www.american.edu/ocl/dos

Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111

 

 

Calendar of Events

Saturday, Feb. 9, 3–5 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Colgate University at Bender Arena.

Thursday, February 14–Saturday, February 16, 8 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m.

The Skin of Our Teeth,Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, follows the saga of an American family's survival in the face of incredible obstacles: the ice age, fratricide, adultery, the great flood, and war. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors. For more information, visit http://www.american.edu/cas/auarts/.

February 16, 7 p.m. Preliminary Round; February 17, 3 p.m. Final Round

The annual AU Symphony Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competitionfeatures American University’s undergraduate instrumentalists and vocalists performing concerto movements and arias in two rounds. The winner of the competition will perform as a soloist with the American University Symphony Orchestra. Katzen Arts Center. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.american.edu/cas/auarts/.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 12–2 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. UMBC at Jacob’s Field.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 7–9 p.m. Wrestling vs. Bucknell University at Bender Arena.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 12–2 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. College of the Holy Cross at Bender Arena.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. United States Naval Academy at Bender Arena.

Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.

Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen brings his dance company to perform excerpts of his latest work, Mad Siren, set to the sound of W.A. Mozart's solo piano sonatas. Called "one of the more talented representatives of today's young, independent choreographers," Idan will discuss the influences in this latest work, which raises questions about "immigration, personal, and collective history and the nature of fear and lack of understanding towards what is different." Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center. Admission is free. RSVP to cutler@american.edu.

February 21–23 and March 1–2, 8 p.m., February 23 and March 2, 2 p.m.

Caleen Jennings and an ensemble will present Wecycling, featuring scenes, monologues, stories, poetry, original music, movement, and visual media to examine life's cycles. They will use found objects, popular media, dreamscapes, music, movement, memory, and myth to stimulate the imagination. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors. For more information, visit http://www.american.edu/cas/auarts/.

Friday, February 22, 4 p.m.

How does the brain experience art? Why does it move us? Do aesthetics evolve biologically? The Spring Arts Management Colloquium: Beauty and the Brain explores the connections between arts and neuroscience with an emphasis on how the arts contribute to scientific discourse. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.american.edu/cas/auarts/.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2–4 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. United States Military Academy at Bender Arena.

Sunday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. High Point University at Jacobs Field.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7–9 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Bucknell University at Bender Arena.

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.

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