Cornerstones of Success
The past year has been notable for achievements rising from cornerstones both literal and figurative, as American University continues to build on already strong foundations of intellectual exploration and innovation, service to the surrounding Washington community, and commitment to sustainability.
In June the university broke ground on the historic Tenley Campus for the Washington College of Law—a facility that will expand and strengthen our outreach to the D.C. community and make WCL even more accessible to students, faculty, visitors, and residents.
August saw the completion of Cassell Hall, designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Accommodating 360 upperclassmen and a fitness facility that doubles the amount of on-campus fitness space, the new residence hall has transformed the northwest corner of campus.
The 10th anniversary of AU’s arboretum, whose gardens, specimen trees, and shrubs create a green oasis in the middle of the nation’s capital, is a flourishing reminder of AU’s commitment to the environment and the quality of life for all those who live, work, or visit here.
We continue to expand and refocus academic programs to ensure the greatest possible relevance to the needs of today’s students and tomorrow’s world, ranging from the rebirth of AU’s Russian studies program to the arrival of the inaugural dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies.
We also revisited and honored profound events from AU’s past, as activities on and off campus marked the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s iconic speech, delivered at the 1963 commencement, which opened the door to nuclear disarmament and a vision of a world without fear of “the bomb.”
A similar far-seeing, far-reaching vision has shaped the development of our campus, our curriculum, and our ties to the immediate community and to the Washington that stretches beyond our physical boundaries. It is the true cornerstone of our success—and will continue to be.