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All-American Weekend

All-American Weekend 2016

Welcome to the AU Community!

If you have questions about your specific registration, please contact, including the name on the registration and your students' name.

AU alumni should visit the Alumni Programs web site to register for All-American Weekend. For more information on alumni events, please click here.

Making Plans for All-American Weekend

Program Dates
October 21-23, 2016
View this year's Save the Date for more details.

Registration for Parent & Family Members of Current Students will open shortly.

On-site registration can be completed starting on October 21st at 9:00 AM outside the Mary Graydon Center.

The registration deadline is Friday, October 14. If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please call the Dean of Students' Office at (202) 885-3303. All family tickets purchased through the All-American Weekend website will be distributed at the hospitality center (Friedham Quad) during registration hours on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22.

Registration Fee for Parents and Family Members of Current Students
A registration fee of $35 per family covers the cost of publications, postage, and registration materials. All families of current AU students participating in any All-American Weekend event must pay this fee. The registration fee includes weekend events and activities indicated by a star (*). Events not starred require the purchase of an additional ticket. Please see the fee waiver application by clicking here. *Fee waivers will only cover registration, not ticketed events.

October is a very busy month in Washington, D.C. We suggest that you make your hotel arrangements as soon as possible. Please visit our online list of local hotels.

Getting to AU
We encourage guests to use public transportation to get to campus, including the Metro and the AU Shuttle. Temporary parking passes are available for those who need to park on campus on Friday, October 21. Passes are complimentary and should be requested when you register for the weekend. You will receive your pass, parking location, and additional instructions via email the week prior to All-American Weekend. Parking will be open on Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23. For directions to campus, see

Refunds, Cancellations, and Changes to Your Registration
Cancellations must be made in advance, with requests for refunds submitted in writing by October 14. Please note that all refunds will be credited to your charge card after All-American Weekend.

If you wish to make any changes to an existing registration, please email your request to Changes cannot be made online.

If you have questions about access or need to request sign language interpreters, please contact the Academic Support and Access Center by email or by phone at 202-885-3360.

Registration & Check-in:
Friday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.|  Saturday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friedheim Quad in front of Mary Graydon Center (Rain site: Mary Graydon Center, Room 200)
Stop by the hospitality center to pick up your registration packet, name tags, preordered tickets, and final schedule of events.

**This is a sample schedule from 2015, an updated 2016 schedule will be available soon** 

8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Library *
Bender Library, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors
The Library showcases materials from the American University Archives and Special Collections year round. Visit the Library’s website to learn more about available exhibits. Contact: Susan McElrath at 202-885-3197.

11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Arboretum and Sustainability Tours *
Meets in Front of Bender Library
Join AU’s landscape architect, arborist, and sustainability staff for a 45-minute guided tour through our award-winning Arboretum and Gardens. Learn about the diverse collection of plants found on campus as well as the many sustainable features and initiatives underway.

11 a.m. - 4p.m. 
Exhibitions at the American University Museum *
Katzen Arts Center
Exhibiting the best of local and international art, the
museum has five engaging exhibitions on view.

11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Terrace Dining Room (TDR)
Mary Graydon Center
Join your student for lunch in TDR. Students can treat
family members using their meal plan, or guests can pay a discounted rate of $11 at the door.

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
AU Neighborhood Bus Tours
*Sign up at Registration and Check-in
Departs from Hughes Hall Discover the historical background of
popular sites in the neighborhood surrounding AU with representatives from the American University Library. Sites may include the former homes of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, and Civil War forts. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that tours fill up early. Sponsored by the American University Library.

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m., 1:10–2:25 p.m., and 2:35–3:50 p.m.
Open Classes *
Various Locations
Travel back in time to your own school days when you take a Friday afternoon class. A listing of the courses and their locations will be available in the hospitality center. If you would like to attend your student’s class, please have him or her ask the professor for permission beforehand.

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
All-American Showcase *
Friedheim Quad
Stop by the Friedheim Quad to visit selected offices featuring campus programs and services.This showcase will not be hosted in the event of inclement weather.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Historical Walking Tour of Campus
*Depart from Mary Graydon Center lobby
Explore AU’s past with this historical walking tour through campus with staff from University Archives.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
AU Fraternity & Sorority Life 101 *
Kay Spiritual Life Center
AU's fraternity and sorority community makes up almost 25% of the student body! Join a group of students, staff, and alumni in an interactive presentation to discover more about our growing community. The program will be tailored for parents of prospective students to learn more about procedures, policies, and benefits of joining a Greek letter organization.

3–4 p.m.
Transitioning to AU for Students with Disabilities *
Letts Hall, Formal Lounge
Get the facts from students and staff from the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) about transitioning to college with a disability, and learn strategies for success from both student and university perspectives. If you have questions, please contact ASAC at 202-885-3360 or

4:00–5:30 p.m.
All-American Weekend Welcome Reception *
Mary Graydon Center, University Club
Chat over refreshments with parent volunteers and staff from the Parents Leadership Council and the Office of Campus Life as you get ready for the weekend’s events.

6 p.m.
Shabbat Services and Dinner
Kay Spiritual Life Center and McDowell Hall, Formal Lounge (registration required for dinner)
Join the AU Hillel community for student-led Reform or Conservative services at the Kay Center, followed by a delicious kosher Shabbat dinner in McDowell Formal Lounge. Services are open to all; those planning to attend dinner are asked to register in advance (free for AU students and guests under 18; $25 for each guest over 18). To register, please contact AU Hillel at 202-885-3324 or Sponsored by AU Hillel.

6–8 p.m.
Discover the Sciences at AU!
*Battelle-Tompkins Building Atrium
Join Peter Starr, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at a special reception featuring the sciences at AU. The reception will include poster displays of student research and a panel discussion highlighting select faculty in the sciences. We hope that alumni from the fields of science, mathematics, and psychology, as well as parents and families with students who have an interest in the sciences (or just wish their students did!), will join us for a fun and informative overview of what makes AU a great place for the sciences.

Women's Volleyball vs. Bethune-Cookman
Bender Arena
Come out and support the women's volleyball team as they take on Bethune-Cookman. Tickets are $5 for youth and $8 for adults. Students get in free!

8 p.m.
The Threepenny Opera
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Mackie's back! The Threepenny Opera, a revolutionary masterpiece by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill offers a biting critique of social and political life in the 20th century. This production features burlesque acts and comic interludes, as well as the play's original gritty characters, haunting jazz score (including "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" and "Pirate Jenny"), and sinister lyrics that inspired Newsweek to christen it "the greatest musical of all time" and remind us that corruption's reach runs deep and wide. This performance contains graphic language and adult themes.

Tickets: $15 regular admission | $10 AU community and seniors
202-885-ARTS |

Saturday, October 17

9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Library
*Bender Library, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors
See Friday, 8 a.m., for description.

10–11 a.m.
The President’s Welcome
*Ward Circle Building, Room 1
American University’s president, Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA ’71, discusses his more than 40 years at AU as astudent, teacher, parent, alumnus, and administrator and his vision for the future of the university.

11 a.m.–Noon
Receptions with the Deans*
A listing of the receptions and their locations will be included on the final schedule of events.

11 a.m.
Men's Basketball Chalk Talk and Open Practice
*Bender Arena
Come meet the men's basketball team and Head Coach Mike Brennan as he shares his thoughts on this year’s squad, answers your questions and talks about the upcoming college basketball season. All alumni, families, students and friends are welcome.

11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Museum
*Katzen Arts Center
See Friday, 11 a.m., for description.

Noon–1 p.m. and 1–2 p.m.
All-American Fall Festival
Woods-Brown Amphitheater (Tickets required; Rain Site: Mary Graydon Center, 1st Floor)
Head to the amphitheater to listen to live music provided by the old-time bluegrass band, The Knuckle Dusters; feast on German potato salad, bratwurst, potato pancakes, sauerbraten, soft pretzels, iced gingerbread, and more. Tickets must be purchased through online registration ($17 per person). Student meal plans will not be accepted.

12 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Lafayette College*
Jacobs Field
Come out and support the women’s field hockey team as they take on Lafayette College at Jacobs Field. Tickets are free for all fans!

1–2 p.m.
Internationalizing an AU Education*
Ward Circle Building, Room 2
Gaining international experience is an essential component of educational and professional development and a rewarding personal experience. Learn about global opportunities for students from AU Abroad.

1 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Bucknell University*
Reeves Field
Come out and support the men’s soccer team as they take on Bucknell University. Tickets are free for all fans!

1–2:30 p.m.
The State of Multicultural Students at American University*
McKinley Building
Learn more about the recruitment, retention, and transition efforts of current multicultural students. Hear from student organization leaders and some of your favorite faculty and staff members on how AU is preparing the next generation of Eagles.

1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Historical Walking Tour of Campus*
Depart from Mary Graydon Center lobby
Explore AU’s past with this historical walking tour through campus with staff from University Archives.

2–3 p.m.
Classes without Quizzes*
Various Campus Locations
Join some of our top faculty for an authentic AU classroom experience. The “classes” and their locations will be listed in the final schedule of events available at the hospitality center. 

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Books That Shaped America: Beloved
*Bender Library, Mud Box Café (Lower Level)
Department of Literature Associate Professor Keith Leonard will lead an engaging conversation about the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved by Toni Morrison. Come and hear more about this haunting and multi-layered story, including the power of memory and forgetting when confronting traumas such as slavery, murder, madness, and brutality. This event is adapted from the Library’s on-going “Books That Shaped America” series, and was such a thought-provoking discussion, we asked Professor Leonard to offer it again! Light refreshments will be served.

2 p.m.
The Threepenny Opera
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre (tickets required)
See Friday, 8 p.m., listing.

3-4 p.m.
Managing Your Career Development
*Butler Board Room
Whether you are alumni thinking about career transition, parents looking to support your student's career search, or current students about to embark on your first internship or job, come learn about how AU's career resources and services can help guide your career development. Light refreshments will be served.

3–5 p.m.
Celebrate! Multicultural Student-Alumni Reception
*Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda
Reconnect with your classmates and learn about the passions of current students at this fourth annual reception. Hosted by President Kerwin and presented by AU’s Black Alumni Alliance and Latino Alumni Alliance.

5 p.m.
A Gospel Extravaganza
*Kay Spiritual Life Center
Enjoy the vocal talents of our students with a performance by the AU Gospel Choir. 

8 p.m.
The Threepenny Opera
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre (tickets required)
See Friday, 8 p.m., listing.

8:15 p.m.
Kennedy Political Union Speaker
Bender Arena (tickets required)
KPU is proud to host former Secretary of State Madeline Albright as our distinguished speaker for All-American Weekend. Born in 1937, Madeline Albright made history when she was named the first female Secretary of State and one of the highest-ranking women in U.S. government to hold office at that time. Mrs. Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events in our generation - from America's troubled relations with Iran to NATO's intervention in the Balkans. Mrs. Albright will be discussing her experiences as Secretary of State during the Clinton Administration and will offer her throughts on some of the most controversial topics of our time. ($12.00)

Sunday, October 18

8:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Library
*Bender Library, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors
See Friday, 8 a.m., for description.

10 a.m.–3 p.m.
TDR Brunch
Mary Graydon Center, Terrace Dining Room
Experience brunch the student way in TDR. Students can treat family members using their meal plan, or families can pay cash ($12) at the door.  

Seatings at 10 a.m., 10:30a.m., 11:30 a.m., and Noon
Jazz Brunch
Mary Graydon Center, University Club (reservations and tickets required)
Enjoy a sumptuous brunch created by AU Dining Services. Indulge in crawfish Eggs Benedict, jalapeno cheddar grits, smoked chicken gumbo, Creole-style potatoes, and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance through online registration ($25 per person). Student meal plans will not be accepted.

11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Museum
*Katzen Arts Center
See Friday, 11 a.m., for description. 

1 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Kent State University
*Jacobs Field
Come out and support the women’s field hockey team as they take on Kent State at Jacobs Field. Tickets are free for all fans!

1:30 p.m.
A Cappella Showcase
*Kay Spiritual Life Center
Enjoy the sounds of AU’s student a cappella singing groups—Dime a Dozen, On a Sensual Note, Pitches be Trippin’, and Treble in Paradise. 

Fall for the Arts

Fall for the Arts brings neighbors, students, faculty and friends together through art. The day will feature an afternoon of dynamic courses and workshops including Drawing in the Italian Renaissance, Unlocking Your Inner Playwright, and The Secret Life of Museums, to name just a few. Admission is free but registration is required and will open in September. Tickets and more information will be posted here