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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

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October 2009

Welcome to the premier issue of our E-newsletter for our community and neighbors.


Neighbors on an arboretum tour

The Arboretum offers free guided tours, or you can download their audio tour and explore at your own pace.

We often hear neighbors say, "I'd like to attend more events on campus, but how do I find out what's going on?"

We've heard you, and we're launching a monthly electronic newsletter highlighting:

  • Campus news
  • Upcoming activities and cultural events
  • Community access to AU facilities

We've established a new Community Relations page on our award-winning Web site ( where you'll be able to access information on what's happening on campus, a calendar of events, community meetings, and Campus Plan task force meetings that are open to the public. Just click on

For comments, concerns, or questions – or ideas on what you'd like us to include – contact Penny Pagano, Director of Community and Local Government Relations office at (202) 885-2167 or send an e-mail to

AU Good Neighbor Policy

A.U. Patrol Officers

Have you visited campus lately? If so, you know it's buzzing with activity. This fall, AU welcomed 1,537 new full-time freshmen in the class of 2013. AU has a "good neighbor policy" that asks our students to be respectful and responsible on and off campus, especially in the residential neighborhoods adjacent the main campus, the Tenleytown campus, and the Washington College of Law in Spring Valley. AU policy requires students, faculty, and staff to park on campus in designated areas or in university parking lots. We patrol nearby neighborhood streets to enforce this policy and issue tickets to violators.  Call our Public Safety Office at 202-885-2527 (non-emergency) and 202-885-3636 (emergency) if you have any related questions or issues. For more detailed information about AU's Public Safety Office, click on

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Campus Plan

Computer animated image of the new School of Communication

AU is beginning work on a new, 10-year master facilities plan called a Campus Plan. Universities in the District of Columbia are required to submit a Campus Plan that is approved by the city's Zoning Commission. AU's current Campus Plan was approved in 2000 and expires in mid-2011. A Campus Plan task force that includes neighbors who live near the main campus, the Tenley campus, and the Washington College of Law began meeting with the university officials in July. For more information on this project, click on Campus Plan meetings are open to the public.

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AU Museum and Store

Katzen plaza at night

The AU Museum, located in the Katzen Arts Center, has several exciting new fall exhibitions. Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors is winning rave reviews and is the largest exhibition of contemporary indigenous art to travel to the U.S. Organized by the National Gallery of Australia, the exhibition features 30 artists – one from each state and territory in Australia -- and reflects a culture that has existed for the past 60,000 years. The show runs through December 6, 2009. Other new fall shows: Another Washington features photographic prose portraits spanning 35 years in Washington by photographer Paul Feinberg. Playing with Light features paintings by Ron Haynie, representing the culmination of a painting tradition encouraged at AU. And six large-scale works by Washington sculptor John Dreyfuss that focus on the wonder of invention are in the sculpture garden. Upcoming free gallery talks are scheduled with Paul Feinberg on Saturday, September 26 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and with John Dreyfuss on Saturday, October 3 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the AU Museum.(The museum is located in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building). To add your name to museum’s mailing list for future events, send an e-mail to

Looking for some interesting gifts? The AU Museum store offers one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, and other crafts by local DC-Metro area artists. Located adjacent the museum entrance, store hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ann Miller-Lee, shop manager, will be happy to help you with your selections. You can reach her at 202-885-3656 or send an e-mail to

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Farmer's Market

Wooden crates filled with peaches and apples

Join your neighbors and the AU community for the farmers’ market on the AU quad (in front of Ward Building) on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Agora Farms has lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and yummy banana breads. The hearth-baked goods from Upper Crust Bakery have lots of fans.  And Kalinka Malinka has lots of fun sterling silver jewelry and gifts. The AU farmers’ market plans to operate on Wednesdays until November.



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Arboretum Tour

View of amphitheater.

Fall is a beautiful time to visit campus. AU grounds and gardens were officially designated a local arboretum in 2004. AU offers free tours to neighbors and local garden groups. To arrange an arboretum tour, call Community Relations at 202-885-2167 or send an e-mail to





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Osher Lifelong Learning Center

Attendees at an Osher Lifelong learning event

Learning never stops at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – fondly known as OLLI. The independent, nonprofit organization located at AU offers a unique opportunity to continue learning at the university level. OLLI's fall 2009 semester has 570 members, including 93 new members, who participate in 64 study groups on subjects ranging from politics and current events to art and music and computer skills. There are no tests or grades – just the joy of learning with other like-minded people. In addition to classes, OLLI offers a free Tuesday lecture series open to the public.  OLLI members enjoy additional AU benefits including access to the AU Library, use of the AU shuttle buses to the Tenleytown Metro (Red Line), and membership discounts at the Jacobs Fitness Center. For more information about OLLI and class schedules, go to or send an e-mail to And remember the OLLI motto: Curiosity Never Retires!

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Center for Environmental Filmmaking

Student filming on a boat

AU's Center for Environmental Filmmaking, headed by Professor Chris Palmer, Distinguished Film Producer in Residence, and Filmmakers for Conservation are hosting their 5th annual fall film series. The film/discussion programs are held in the Wechsler Theater in Mary Graydon Center on the main campus at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Upcoming films include: October 13 - Animal Planet Takes on New Challenges; October 20 – The Smithsonian Network's Mission and Programs; November 3 – Ocean Life: A Cross-Cultural Experience in our National Marine Sanctuaries; November 10 – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Their Film and New Media Program; November 17 – Galapagos, Florida, Alaska and Costa Rica.    

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AU's Music Library

A gift of music.  AU's Music Library – located in the Katzen Arts Center and open to the public – has received its largest, most comprehensive sound recording donation of approximately 4,000 CDs, including many significant opera, vocal, and instrumental recordings. The donation was made by Bil Shaw in memory of music/opera enthusiast Robert M. Sasmor, who collected the music. The Sasmor collection will be available to the public by January 2010.  The Music Library's current collection includes 15,000 scores, 5,000 CDs (excluding the Sasmor collection) and approximately 30,000 LPs. The Music Library also provides access to major research databases in the field of music, including streaming audio to support the curriculum of the entire AU community. For more information about the AU Music Library collection, click on

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