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AU in the Neighborhood Community Relations Newsletter September 2013

November 2012

American University Appoints New Director of Community Relations

Dear Neighbors,

I am pleased to announce that Andrew Huff will be the new Director of Community Relations, a position vacated by Penny Pagano when she retired earlier this year. Andrew comes to AU from the Office of DC's Ward 2 where he was Councilmember Jack Evans’ Director of Communications. He directed communications strategy and media relations, served as spokesperson, provided constituent services and neighborhood outreach, and also represented Councilmember Evans at community meetings and events.

At AU, Andrew will be the primary contact at the Office of Community Relations for local community organizations and you, our individual neighbors. He will work to develop and maintain the long-standing relationships the university has with the community. He will serve as the liaison between our neighbors and the university to address your questions, complaints, and gather your input. Andrew also will represent the university at all meetings of neighborhood associations, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, as well as other community and neighborhood organizations.

I look forward to introducing him to you.

Linda Argo

Assistant VP of External Relations & Strategic Initiatives

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Community Liaison Committee To Hold Town Hall With AU President And Holiday Social

Save Monday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. on your calendars, and be sure to attend the Community Liaison Committee’s (CLC) next meeting. The last meeting for 2012 will be in a Town Hall format and will allow neighbors to meet with American University’s President Neil Kerwin. The CLC meeting also will serve as our annual Holiday Social. The meeting will be held in the Abramson Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Work in Progress Towards Building a Better American University - See Video

Work on the various facilities projects continues at a steady pace, as significant progress is made in the renovation of the McKinley building; the three-story addition to Nebraska Hall; and the construction of the eight-story North Hall. For descriptions of the different construction projects as well as the latest news and information on their progress, be sure to visit the Building AU website. Recently, the university’s videographer completed a brief video about the North Hall and McKinley projects. To view the video, click here.

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American University To Go Smoke-Free in August 2013

No Smoking

After years of campus discussion, and in the face of increasing and convincing public health evidence documenting the risks associated with the use of tobacco products and exposure to secondhand smoke, American University will go smoke- and tobacco-free on August 1, 2013. AU will join more than 600 other colleges and universities nationwide that also have taken similar measures.

The university’s strong and increasing commitments to wellness, public health, and sustainability were taken into account as we determined our future on this issue. LEED building certifications also lend support for a smoke-free campus, as well as standards for campus cleanliness and less litter. For years, AU has prohibited smoking inside of our buildings and confined it to outside areas at least 25 feet from building entrances. However, this has not proved to be satisfactory, as the effects of secondhand smoke are a proven health risk for nonsmokers.

The 2013 start date for the ban allows ample time for the university to define the full scope of this policy, make the provisions necessary for effective implementation, give smokers a reasonable transition period, and provide lead time for university publications and marketing materials.

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AU Brings Sustainability to the Community


American University’s commitment to an active pursuit of sustainability extends past the borders of campus into the local community. One such example of this is AU’s partnership with the Center for Green Schools and neighboring Horace Mann Elementary School and the recent Green Apple Day of Service. The day’s events were part of a national effort to bring attention to improve health, sustainability, and access to nature in K-12 schools. Nearly seventy volunteers, including many AU students and staff, helped lead an array of events including:

•Creation of trail maps for off-campus nature walks

•Helping Horace Mann rebuild and breathe new life into its rain garden

•Conducting a waste audit with students to create a better recycling and composting plan

•Relocation of gardens to improve their maintenance

•Planting trees and learning about the urban tree canopy

“This was a great example of AU students and staff coming together with Horace Mann students, teachers, parents, and other community members,” said AU Sustainability Coordinator Emily Curley, who helped to plan the events of the day, “When we lend our time and our knowledge to make our neighbors more sustainable the whole community wins.”


AU’s engagement extended far past Tenleytown during the last weekend of September, as the Office of Sustainability and Kogod School of Business partnered to represent AU’s sustainability programs and initiatives at the DC Green Festival. More than 20,000 visitors, including many AU students, alumni, neighbors, and friends, attended the two-day showcase of the very best in sustainability in our nation’s capital. Hundreds sported distinctive Green WONK buttons, as visitors to AU’s booth enjoyed selecting from a range of buttons to declare their sustainability credentials, including “Local WONK,” “Climate WONK,” and “Green Biz WONK.” After selecting their button, visitors learned about AU’s array of sustainability-focused academic programs, campus climate goals, and sustainability initiatives, policies, and commitments, and received an open invitation to visit our award-winning campus arboretum. Students, faculty, and staff showed their AU spirit while volunteering throughout the weekend, including the Green Eagles (see pictured).

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How to Contact Us

Office of Community Relations
(202) 885-2167

Public Safety
non-emergency: (202) 885-2527
emergency: (202) 885-3636
Community Incident Reporting Form

Dean of Students
(202) 885-3300

Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111



Discounted tickets for Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games

Men's Basketball Team

American University invites you to enjoy an upcoming Eagles basketball game at the newly refurbished Bender Arena. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we are offering tickets at a 50 percent discount. You may take advantage of the offer by vising and entering the code AUNEIGHBOR at the point of checkout. We hope to see all of you at our action-packed basketball games.




Men’s Basketball

Monday, Nov. 19 – AU vs. University of San Francisco

Thursday, Jan. 3 – AU vs. Maryland Eastern-Shore

Sunday, Jan. 6 – AU vs. Cornell

Women’s Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 27 – AU vs. UMBC

Saturday, Dec. 8 – AU vs. The George Washington University

Friday, Jan. 4 – AU vs. Fordham

Purchase tickets now. For questions or details, call 202-885-TIXX.

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, Nov. 8 through Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Glengarry Glen Ross. Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by David Mamet and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., NYC, and directed by Javier Rivera. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit:, or contact Katzen Arts Center box office at 202-885-ARTS.

Friday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patriot League Men’s Soccer Tournament at Reeves Field.

Friday, Nov. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Colgate University at Bender Arena.

Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Patriot League Men’s Soccer Tournament at Reeves Field.

Saturday, Nov. 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Bucknell University at Bender Arena.

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. AU Chamber Singers: The Art of Tradition, Choral Music of Russia and the United States. In preparation for a spring 2013 performance with orchestras in Russia, the AU Chamber Singers explore various choral art music and traditions featuring works by Georgy Sviridov; contemporary American choral music; Russian and Bulgarian traditional songs; American folk arrangements; and spirituals. Abramson Family Recital Hall. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 AU community and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit:, or contact Katzen Arts Center box office at 202-885-ARTS.

Sunday, Nov. 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Patriot League Men’s Soccer Tournament at Reeves Field.

Monday, Nov. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Women in Documentary Filmmaking. Increasingly, women such as Barbara Kopple (Shut Up and Sing), Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles), and Joan Churchill (Sarah Palin? You Betcha!) have taken center stage as directors and directors-producers of documentaries. You’ll get the backstory to the role of women in this rising art form. Butler Board Room. For more information and to register for the series, visit

Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.

Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Mount St. Mary’s University at Bender Arena.

Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. AU Symphony Orchestra in Concert: Encounters. Conducted by Yaniv Dinur, the program brings together music from different countries, styles, and times. The first half of the concert includes music from the two Americas, opening with the intoxicating rhythms and sounds of Latin America in Arturo Márquez's Danzón no. 2. It will be followed by the touching and virtuosic violin concerto of the Pennsylvania born Samuel Barber. Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony will conclude the concert. It is a stirring piece divided between secular and religious colors. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit:, or contact Katzen Arts Center box office at 202-885-ARTS.

Monday, Nov. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. University of San Francisco at Bender Arena.

Monday, Nov. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Women in Defense and Security Policy. During the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign, School of International Service Professor Celeste Wallander was a member of the small team of advisors who wrote the administration’s strategy for U.S. relations with Russia and Eurasia. When she joined the Pentagon in May 2009, she became part of the team that developed and implemented the policy. Dr. Wallander will share her experiences on the campaign, in government, and as one of the women shaping defense and security relations in U.S. national security policy. SIS Founders Room. For more information and to register for the series, visit

Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. UMBC at Bender Arena.

Friday, Nov. 30 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. AU Chorus: Sing a New Song. Join the American University Chorus in a program celebrating the joy of music. Conducted by Laura M. Petravage, the program will feature lively settings of traditional American songs by Alice Parker, Marc Wilberg, Aaron Copland, as well as contemporary songs by Ronald Staheli and David Dickau, praising the world of music. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit:, or contact Katzen Arts Center box office at 202-885-ARTS.

For event details and a full list of all upcoming events, see the University Events Calendar.

For a listing of upcoming events for AU alumni, please visit the Alumni Events Calendar.

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