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August 2023

Fall 2023 Student Move-In August 20 through August 27

Moving day at AU

It’s that time of year again, when new and continuing students return to American University’s campus for the start of a new academic year. Returning students and their families are expected to arrive throughout the week of Sunday, August 20 – Sunday, August 27. New students and their families are expected to arrive on campus Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23. All move-in times are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. unless there has been a specific request for an early move in. Cars will be directed to enter both Fletcher and Glover Gates for drop-offs.

On August 22 and August 23, rideshares will be directed to enter Fletcher Gate only. All other vehicles will enter campus at Glover Gate.

AU will have movers and volunteers ready to help students unload, provide directions and more. American University Police Department officers will be available at Fletcher and Glover gates to ensure traffic on campus is maintained and to ensure through traffic passage continues on Massachusetts and Rockwood.

For more information regarding student move-in days, visit the Fall Move-In Day webpage.

New Director of Community Relations Announced

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After a nationwide search, American University is thrilled to announce that Gwendolyn Coleman has rejoined AU as the Director for Community Relations. In this role, Gwen will assist in developing AU’s strategy for Community Relations, support and enhance the AU Neighborhood Partnership, and support AU’s initiative on Working with Washington DC as part of the Changemakers for a Changing World strategic plan.

Gwen joins AU from Georgetown University where she recently served as the Director for Neighborhood Life in the Government Relations and Community Engagement Office supporting the Georgetown Community Partnership, leading efforts to educate and support students living off-campus and leading GU’s response to community concerns.

Please join us in welcoming Gwen back to AU. You can reach Gwen at or (202) 885-2146. 

Join AU’s Airlie Berkshire Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program!

Airle CSA graphicWe're thrilled to introduce neighbors to the Airlie Berkshire Farm Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program! Fresh, local produce from AU’s Airlie Berkshire Farm in Warrenton, VA is now available for our neighbors! This past summer, we launched this program with Berkshire Farm’s first ever 9-week summer share. Thank you to those neighbors who joined us as subscribers!

The Berkshire Farm CSA program offers a unique opportunity for you to subscribe to the bounty of the farm, direct from the fields to your kitchen. By being a part of the Berkshire Farm CSA program, you not only receive fresh, seasonal produce, but also contribute to supporting sustainable agriculture and become a vital part of our growing Berkshire Farm community.

The 9-week fall share starts on September 13 and continues until early November. As a subscriber, you will receive a weekly subscription box brimming with eight to twelve pounds of seasonal herbs, fruits, and vegetables such as squash, berries, broccoli, potatoes, and more. Berkshire Farm will deliver these boxes every Wednesday for pickup at the AU Farmers Market on the Eric Friedheim Quandrangle between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

On pickup day, we’ll also have a variety of our premium beef, pork, and additional vegetables for sale. For those interested in occasional shares, Berkshire Farms will also have between 10-15 first come, first serve, subscription boxes available for sale each week.

To embark on this farm-to-table journey, subscribe and make your payment at You can also find more information on our website. Our fall registration deadline is September 8, 2023.

For any questions or additional assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to

Osher Lifelong Learning Courses at American University


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at AU offers highly affordable courses throughout the academic year on subjects ranging from politics to poetry including music, art, science, history, literature, philosophy and more. Designed for people “50 and better,” nearly 1,600 members are active participants who join for the joy of learning with no tests and no grades. OLLI’s fall semester runs from September 26 to December 8, with classes typically ranging from 6 to 10 weeks. Take up to four classes for $300 (AU alumni, faculty, etc. receive a 10% discount). Registration is open, and our Fall Lottery is Friday, September 8. Be a part of a community where curiosity never retires! For more information or to register, please visit or call 202-895-4860.

Summer Exhibitions at the American University Museum Close August 13!

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Summer's not over yet, but the AU Museum’s summer exhibitions are ending soon.  Just two weekends left before the exhibitions close for the season - don't miss these super-hot shows!

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 11am-4pm. Free parking on weekends.

Plan Your Visit by visiting the museum online

The Child Development Center has Openings for Fall Enrollment

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AU's Child Development Center provides high-quality education and care for children 2-1/2 to 6 years of age. The Center uses a research-based system that offers a comprehensive, evolving set of resources that emphasizes the developmental uniqueness of each child. The Child Development Center has openings for fall enrollment. You can learn more about the Child Development Center online. For questions, please contact Beth Root, Director for the Child Development Center at

Birthday Parties with the Eagles

Interested in hosting your child's birthday at an AU home game? Birthday packages include party space near the court/field, reserved seating/tickets, goodie bags, pizza, juice boxes, your child's name on the scoreboard, PLUS, a visit from AU’s mascot Clawed Z. Eagle.

Birthday party packages are priced at $11 per person for Field Hockey and Women’s Soccer, and $15 for Volleyball and Men’s Soccer.

Check for complete sporting events schedule and ticket information, and click here to fill out a birthday party request form.

Join the AU Neighborhood Partnership

Be Part of It

Please consider joining the AU Neighborhood Partnership which works to provide a consensus-based forum to resolve issues affecting the communities near American University. Interested members of the community may join one of the Partnership’s five standing working groups, comprising community stakeholders and AU leadership. An orientation to the AU Neighborhood Partnership will begin in September. 

If you would like to become a member of a working group, please email You can also find more information about the AU Neighborhood Partnership and the Office of Community and Government Relations at


American University Events

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Performing Arts

AU Museum

Check American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center for information on summer exhibitions and review Katzens health and safety protocols before visiting!

AU Athletics

AU Volleyball Hosts Two Matches vs. DC Rivals George Washington and Georgetown This Month in Bender Arena
AU vs. George Washington - Home Opener
Fri. August 25th at 6pm
AU vs. Georgetown – 15th Annual “BENDER BLUE OUT” Pack-the-Place Match
Sun. August 27th at 4pm
First Year Head Coach Ahem Kim and the Eagles volleyball team welcome district rival Georgetown to Bender Arena for the team's 15th annual "Bender Blue Out" match. Wear blue and help break AU's all-time Washington, D.C. NCAA women's volleyball attendance record of 2,837 fans!
For the latest on American University Volleyball, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter (@AU_Volleyball), Instagram (@AU_Volleyball), FULL SCHEDULE
Ticket Information Season Tickets: Show your support for the team with a Season Ticket Package to all 13 home games. Season tickets are only $30 for adults and $20 for youth (3-14)/senior (65+).
Single Game: Adults: $8, Youth (3-14)/ Senior (65+): $5
Group Tickets: Start at $2 each when purchased in advance. Call (202) 885-2617 to purchase.
Click here to purchase volleyball season and individual tickets
Bender Arena Sky Box Single Game Rentals at AU VolleyballThis luxury space at an affordable price seats 30 guests and includes snacks and soft drinks. Single match rentals are priced at $350. Additional catering is also available. Call (202) 885-2617 or email to check skybox availability.
AU Men’s Soccer Hosts Two Tough Non-Conference Matches to Start the Season vs. VCU and West Virginia at Reeves Field
Fri. September 1st at 4pm
AU vs. West Virginia
Tues. September 4th at 4pm
Ticket InformationSeason Tickets: Show your support for the team with a Season Ticket Package to all 7 home games. Season tickets are only $30 for adults and $20 for youth (3-14)/senior (65+).
Single Game: Adults: $8, Youth (3-14)/ Senior (65+): $5
Group Tickets: Start at $2 each when purchased in advance. Call (202) 885-2617 to purchase.
Click here to purchase men’s soccer season and individual tickets
For the latest on American University Men’s Soccer, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter (@AU_MSoccer), Instagram (@AU.MSoccer), FULL SCHEDULE
AU Women’s Soccer Home Opener Tuesday, August 29th at 2pm vs. Longwood at Reeves Field
For the latest on American University Field Hockey, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter (@AU_WSoccer), Instagram (@AU_WSoccer), FULL SCHEDULE
AU Field Hockey Hosts Two Games This August at Jacobs Complex 
AU vs. Ohio University
Fri. August 25th at 2pm
AU vs. Penn State
Sun. August 27th at 1pm
For the latest on American University Field Hockey, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter (@AU_FieldHockey), Instagram (@AUFieldHockey), FULL SCHEDULE
Check for complete sporting events schedule and ticket information!

Performing Arts

Summer Exhibits at the AU MuseumThrough August 13 | Wednesday–Sunday, 11:00–4:00

Learn more about the Summer 2023 Exhibitions.


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