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January 2012

We would like to wish our neighbors a joyful holiday season shared with family and friends, and a happy and healthy new year. As the year draws to a close, our campus will settle briefly into a less active time with final exams for fall semester finished and students away for the holidays. This year, our university offices will be closed from December 23 through January 1, 2012. The spring semester Welcome Week begins on Monday, January 9, 2012 and classes begin on Monday, January 16. 

Happy holidays from all of us at AU, and we hope you enjoy this year’s electronic greeting card.

If you have not been here recently, we invite you to enjoy some of our theater and music performances, along with art exhibits and openings, lectures, and athletic events. There are lots of spots around the campus for a cup of coffee and something to eat. Many of our neighbors walk regularly around the campus.  

In January, the popular Washington Winter Antiques Show returns to the American Museum at the Katzen Arts Center on January 6 – 8. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the White House” and the show’s honorary chair is Caroline Kennedy. It is a wonderful show and you will be amazed how the AU Museum is transformed to host more than 40 premier antiques dealers. For more information and tickets, visit

Please join AU staff, faculty, and students as we participate in a variety of activities celebrating Martin Luther King Day. As our spring semester begins January 16, our MLK Day of Service activities are scheduled for Saturday, January 21. A majority of projects are off campus and involve areas including education, homelessness, hunger, and senior citizens. In the afternoon, we will partner with Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church on a new Campus Kitchen Project to prepare and serve dinner to residents of Regency House on Connecticut Avenue, NW. If you would like to join us on one of these projects, please contact Penny Pagano at 202-885-2167 or by email at

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Happy Holidays from AU

We had such a great response to our first electronic card last year that we’re doing it again. This year, the design team at University Communications and Marketing created a huge 24-foot by 8-foot card for students, staff, and faculty to sign on the quad. Adding some props, AU videographers captured nine hours of footage of wishes for the holiday season, edited down to a three-minute video card which will be sent to 150,000 AU friends across the globe.


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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 5 from 10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at AU features former White House press secretary for President Gerald Ford, Ron Nessen, at its free Speaker Series. He will discuss and read from his personal memoir which covers the 15 years from his time as an NBC correspondent, to White House press secretary, to the aftermath of Watergate. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave, NW. First floor, Room 6. Parking is available at the Katzen Arts Center. For a full listing of OLLI’s January 2012 Speaker Series, visit

Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January 8. The Washington Winter Show features more than 40 premier antiques dealers from across the U.S. and Europe. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the White House.” AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Parking is available under the building or ride the free AU shuttle to campus from the AU-Tenleytown Metro stop (Red Line). Information and tickets at

Saturday, January 7 at 2 p.m. It is “AU Friends Day” for the AU men’s basketball team’s Patriot League opener against Colgate University. Bender Arena end zone tickets will be $5 (regular $10) for neighbors and their families. Reserve your tickets using the code “AU Friends” at checkout at 202-885-TIXX. For a fill listing of men’s and women’s basketball games in January, visit

Saturday, January 21. Join AU students, faculty, and staff to participate in a variety of activities in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. For more information, visit

If you would like to participate with us, call Penny Pagano at 202-885-2167 or email

Saturday, January 28 at 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Gallery talk with artist Anil Revri whose paintings are in the new Winter Exhibitions. Free and open to the public. AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center.

Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Artists' reception and opening of the Winter 2012 Exhibitions at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The new show features paintings by Anil Revri, sculptures and paintings of Christobal Gabarron, citiscapes by Raoul Middleman, and works by AU faculty members Zoe Charlton, Tim Doud, Deborah Kahn, and Luis Manuel Cravo Silva. Also, on display are photographs by Kids@Katzen participants inspired by an earlier exhibition.

Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Panel discussion on "Artists Residencies and Retreats: Making It Work for You" with the AU Department of Art and the Washington Project for the Arts. Learn how to pick a residency to further your work as an artist. Free and open to the public. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building.

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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.