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Breaking Bread

Building Community, One Meal at a Time

Breaking Bread

The Breaking Bread program, launched in spring 2017, is the result of a faculty-staff collaboration between Assistant Vice President of University Budget, Nana An, and SOC Associate Professor, Larry Engel. To date, the Office of Finance and Treasurer has sponsored nearly 900 University Club lunches bringing together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti. 

Since its inception, the program has expanded to include a Faculty Staff Collaboration Award as well as a portfolio of sophomore student experience engagements.   

Lunch Passes

A breaking bread lunch session

Would you like to enjoy a free lunch with your fellow faculty, staff, students, faculty emeriti, and alumni?  An allotment of passes are available for complimentary lunch in the University Club. This is what past attendees are saying:

“It was so great to get to know individuals who I likely would never have contact with outside of my standard job duties. It helped me better understand some of the programs and courses that I support indirectly and see more value in my work.” – Spring 2018 staff attendee

“You brought four strangers with AU in common and we had a ball! It’s such a great program – I wish every organization and university did this. Thank you!” – Fall 2017 graduate student attendee

“I really liked it. I got out of my comfort zone and learned about campus resources and events I would have otherwise not considered. I’ll be recommending it to my colleagues.” – Spring 2017 attendee

Pull up a seat and join us!

Watch this space for a sign up link.

Sophomore Experience Dinner

Calling all second-year students! You’re invited to a Breaking Bread Sophomore Experience Dinner.

As part of a collaboration between the Offices of Finance and Campus Life, themed dinners will be hosted throughout the academic year, bringing second-year students together with senior administration, faculty, staff, and alumni.  

Save the date:

October 7 | 5:30 p.m. | Don Myers Collaboration Lab – Room 111

Registration details coming soon. Please note that dinners are ticketed and require advance registration.

Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award

2017 Faculty and Staff Collaboration Award Winners

The Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award promotes and rewards outstanding collaborative efforts between faculty and staff at the university.

This award was launched in 2017 in addition to the existing staff awards sponsored by Human Resources, all of which serve to recognize faculty and staff whose collaborative efforts break down barriers and make American University an exceptional place to live and work.


  • Nominations must include a minimum of one faculty and one staff member.
  • Collaborative efforts must exhibit a positive impact towards strengthening faculty/staff relationships.

Award Winners Will Receive

  • Award certificate
  • Invitation to a special luncheon during Faculty Staff Appreciation Week
  • Day off from work
  • $750 per person monetary award, not to exceed $5,000 for a group award (the monetary awards are considered taxable compensation to the recipient in accordance with the IRS code)
  • Photograph with the university president, provost, and their division vice president

Nomination Instructions

Please visit the University Awards website for more information.

Halfway to Graduation Celebration

Students at Halfway to Graduation event

Congratulations! You made it halfway to graduation. You are cordially invited to mark the milestone of completing your sophomore year.   

Save the date:

April 28 |10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Constitution Hall 1-3

Casual attire. Join us for brunch and photo with Clawed Z. Eagle.

AU Breaking Bread Initiative

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Free food! Break bread! Students, faculty, staff! Come together at the table for lunch at the new University Dining Club. Break bread, break barriers

Illustration of smiling slice of bread