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AAW Video and Essay Contest

AAW 2013

All-American Weekend

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and New Student Programs, All-American Weekend is a celebration of AU alumni, families, students, and friends. Register NOW for this fun-filled, event-packed weekend.

To celebrate this special weekend and the distinct mission of SIS, I invite you to submit a 30-second video saying hello and answering the question, "What does service mean to me?" Select videos will be shown at this year's All-American Weekend and featured through SIS's social media accounts. For some examples, please see below.

Submit Your Video or Essay!

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Please include in your video introduction: your name, employer (if permitted), title (if permitted), SIS degree and year, and location. Please upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or other video sites (see complete rules for information). To read the full rules, please see below.*

If easier, submit a short essay answering the same question. Select essays will be featured on easels around the atrium during All-American Weekend and excerpts will be posted on social media.

Two SIS alumni who submit videos or essays chosen at random will win an AU All-American Weekend 2013 Prize Pack. The deadline for video and essay submissions is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Have fun and we look forward to viewing your videos and reading your essays.

Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.


Stephanie Block
Associate Director, Alumni Relations, SIS

If you have questions, please e-mail



How to enter: To be eligible to win, entries must include a video link or an uploaded essay detailing the contestant’s response to the prompt “What Service Means to Me.” To enter, contestants must complete the online form found on this page:

The submitted video or essay may not contain vulgar, suggestive or offensive language. Videos and essays should be creative in concept, but tasteful and appropriate. Any videos or essays must be positive in nature. Any vulgar gestures, sexually explicit language or gestures or anything deemed to be offensive by American University will be immediately removed and the entry will be disqualified.

Contest Timeline: Contest begins September 1, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. and ends on October 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Entries must be submitted between August 23 – September 4, 2013. Late or early entries will not be accepted. The contest will be comprised of two (2) drawings with a prize of free American University Alumni merchandise, up to $50 value. Entries are limited to one entry per contestant within the aforementioned timelines. Any person submitting more than one entry or duplicate entries will only be entered once into the drawing.

Winner notification and prize claim: Weekly winners will win American University Alumni merchandise, up to a $50 value. American University will order the merchandise. Merchandise, tax (if applicable) and shipping must total $50 or less. Merchandise with a total cost greater than $50 will be revised to bring the total costs to $50 or less.

No purchase necessary. All entries become the property of American University and may be published in any format. By submitting your video or essay to American University, you hereby grant American University an irrevocable non-exclusive license to display, copy, and distribute copies (in print, electronic, and/or any digital format) of my videos or essays which I submitted for the contest, and to incorporate any submitted materials, in whole or in part, into derivative works for educational, research, archival, marketing, promotional, and other purposes consistent with the mission of American University. You also agree that no compensation shall be due to me. You hereby release American University, its officers, directors, agents, and employees from all liability or legal responsibility that may arise from the acts that you granted herein.

Winners will be notified via e-mail and must provide name, address, phone number, and email in order to claim the prizes. Prizes will be mailed to him or her and may not be transferred or sold.

Contestants under the age of 18 must have parental consent. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Winners are responsible for any tax implications as a result of their winning a prize. Contest is open to the American University community. Employees within the American University are ineligible. American University reserves the right to change the dates and/or terms of the contest without prior notice.