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Success Stories

  • PR Executive Sparks Connections Across Washington

    Jan Du Plain, SPA/BA ’66, is a connector who takes great pride and joy in being the “go-to” person, helping people make connections and experience Washington as “a world-class capital city” – a calling that sprung from her student days at AU.  

  • Kyrie Bannar

    Renewable Energy Visionary Provides Scholarship Support to School of Public Affairs

    The George and Lois Schaefer Scholarship, established by George Schaefer, SPA/BA ’72, and his wife, Lois, Kogod/BS ’72, provides scholarships for SPA students, including Kyrie E. Bannar, SPA/CAS '09, left, a recipient in the 2009-2010 academic year. 

  • Allison Silberberg.

    Making a Difference, One AU Alumnae at a Time

    Allison Silberberg, SIS/BA ’84, chose AU because it was close to the heart of public service, but it was the friendships she formed with fellow students and professors that had a profound influence on her career as a writer, photographer, and advocate.

  • AU Parents Jean and Tom Klein

    Past AU Parents Support Future AU Students

    “Megan got a great education from a parent’s perspective and from an educator’s perspective,” says Jean, “we couldn’t find any fault with AU throughout her 4 years there.”

  • Lynne Ganek, a professor in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health at the College of Arts and Sciences, with two awardees of the The Ganek Family Student Teacher Mini Grants for Innovation in Education.

    TV in Class? CAS Professor Supports Innovation in Teaching

    Lynne Brenner Ganek, a professor in American University’s School of Education, Teaching, and Health (SETH) program, believes in innovation and imagination. 

  • Jeff Franco, executive director of City Year Washington.

    Give a Year, Change the World

    As Executive Director of City Year Washington, D.C., Jeff Franco, SIS/MA ’97, Kogod/MBA’05, lives his community service values each day, uniting young people from all backgrounds for a year of service to their communities.