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CTRL Faculty Summer Institute: Last Call for Registration
CTRL invites all AU faculty to the Second Annual Faculty Summer Institute – a series of seven half-, one- or two-day workshops between May 10th May 19th, 2016, on the topics inclusive classrooms; teaching with WordPress; Stata statistical software; faculty professional development; instructional technology; community-based learning; and quantitative research methods. Read descriptions of the seven institutes, and register at the website listed below.

Sponsor: Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning

Contact: Anna Olsson, aolsson@american.edu, 2028856077

Web: http://www.american.edu/ctrl/summerfacultyinstitute.cfm

Academics » Athletics & Recreation

Swim Laps, Earn Prizes
Stop in today and join the free Punch Card Program! Earn prizes for swimming laps. Pick up your card during open swim and begin right away!

Sponsor: Recreational Sports and Fitness

Contact: Richelle Harvey, richelle@american.edu, 2028853099

Web: http://www.american.edu/recfit/Aquatic-Programs.cfm

Academics » School of Communication

Dissertation Defense by Paula Orlando
SOC doctoral candidate Paula Orlando will defend her dissertation, “Our Dead Have a Voice": Communication and Resistance against Police Killings in Brazil on Monday, May 09 at 1:00 p.m. in McKinley 102. The public is invited to attend.

Sponsor: School of Communication

Contact: SOC Ph.D. Program, rlord@american.edu

Professor Chris Palmer book signing: Wednesday May 4, 1 - 2pm, Campus Store.
Professor Chris Palmer, Director of AU's Center for Environmental Filmmaking, will be signing his new book "Now What, Grad? Your Path to Success After College." The book is about what students need to do to thrive in the real world, including how to find a job, how to manage time effectively, how to network, and dozens of other life skills that are the keys to success and fulfillment, both professionally and personally. You can buy a copy of the book during the signing, or buy a copy ahead of time here: http://amzn.to/1SLSVxU. All proceeds from the book go to fund AU scholarships.

Sponsor: Center for Environmental Filmmaking

Contact: Christie Knight, 2028856322

Web: http://amzn.to/1SLSVxU

Academics » School of International Service

SIS Proposes New Peace Corps Prep Undergraduate Certificate
SIS proposes a new Peace Corps Prep Undergraduate Certificate. Comments should be addressed to Lee Schwentker at lschwent@american.edu. Please see the proposal at: https://goo.gl/3W81pv

Sponsor: SIS Office of the Dean

Contact: Lee Schwentker, lschwent@american.edu, 2025313420

Academics » School of Professional and Extended Studies

Summer Political Communication Program open to Rising Seniors and Graduate Students
The Graduate Professional Studies Summer Program in Political Communication is open to rising seniors, recent graduates, graduate students and working professionals. The 7-week program includes a 3-credit seminar in Applied Political Communication and professional development activities to grow your personal network in DC. Current AU students may enroll through Student Planning (SPEX-596-N02), all others should apply by May 1! For more information, visit http://www.american.edu/spexs/gps/summer.cfm

Sponsor: Graduate Gateway

Contact: Lana Knox, Assistant Director of Bridge Programs, knox@american.edu, 2028954859

Web: http://www.american.edu/spexs/gps/summer.cfm

Summer Sports Management Program open to Rising Seniors and Graduate Students
The Graduate Professional Studies Summer Program in Sports Management & Media is open to rising seniors, recent graduates, graduate students and working professionals. The 7-week program includes a 3-credit seminar in Sports Management & Media and professional development activities to grow your personal network in DC. This course will put you in front of sports-industry workers and executives and introduce you to the fast-paced, highly rewarding world of sports. AU students may enroll through Student Planning (SPEX-596-N01) all others should apply by May 1!

Sponsor: Graduate Gateway

Contact: Lana Knox, Assistant Director of Bridge Programs, gps@american.edu, 2028954859

Web: http://www.american.edu/spexs/gps/summer.cfm

Communications » News

Free Gallery Tour of the AU Museum on Fridays at 11:30AM
The AU Museum offers docent-led tours of the current Spring exhibitions on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. The tours are free and open to the public. Tours begin by the front desk on the first floor of the museum in the Katzen Arts Center and last approximately one hour.

Sponsor: American University Museum

Contact: Lucy Crowley, museum@american.edu, 2028851300

Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/1582915235354116/

Finances » Budget/IRC

Will you have a change of address for summer?
Will you be changing your address at the end of the semester? Be sure to respond to the “summer Forwarding Request” form that will be sent to your AU email address on Wednesday, April 27. The deadline to respond is Thursday, May 5. Mail Services will continue to forward mail to the address on record if a response is not received. For more information, call 202-885-2552.

Sponsor: Office of Finance and Treasuer

Contact: Siraaj Abdullah, siraaj@american.edu, 2028852570

Life@AU » Athletics & Recreation

Faculty/Staff Summer Softball League
Registration for the Faculty/Staff Summer Softball is now open and will close May 13th! Register at www.imleagues.com/american
We have Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday leagues available and games will start at 5:00pm and 6:00pm.

Sponsor: Recreational Sports and Fitness

Contact: Ryan Tubbs, rmtubbs@american.edu, 2028853050

Web: http://www.imleagues.com/american

Toast to Graduates May 6, 2016 from 8-10 p.m.
Graduates of the Class of 2016, please join President Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71, and Ann Kerwin, CAS/BA '71, the American University Alumni Board, and the Office of Alumni Relations for Toast to Graduates, a celebration for graduates and their families. The evening will feature an appetizer and dessert buffet, coffee, a champagne toast, and a cash bar. The senior class will also present the 2016 Senior Class Gift.
Cost to attend is complimentary for graduating students and $20 per guest.

Sponsor: Alumni Programs

Contact: Victoria DeSimone, vd7962a@student.american.edu, 2028856613

Web: http://alumniassociation.american.edu/s/1395/index1colnonav.aspx?sid=1395&gid=1&pgid=6387&cid=10068&ecid=10068&crid=0&calpgid=338&calcid=1401

Life@AU » Housing & Dining

Donate to Project Move-Out 2016!
It’s move out time! If you have already tried packing everything up and storing or selling any excess items, donate them to Project-Move out! Collection will run from April 29 through May 4 for underclass and April 29 through May 9 for upperclass. Project Move-Out bins will be located in a designated lounge in each residence hall. Items accepted include: electronics, school supplies, small furniture items, and more. Items that will not be collected: residence hall violations, electronics with personal data, anything broken or in unusable condition, and any open or perishable items

Sponsor: Facilities Management

Contact: Helen Lee, auprojectmoveout@gmail.com

Web: http://www.american.edu/projectmoveout

Staff Council Presents Inaugural American University Personnel Conference: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
TEACH. LEARN. GROW. Creating the culture of learning

We believe that it is our responsibility to encourage and foster opportunities for peer engagement among staff throughout American University. We understand that professional development opportunities at national conferences within our respective fields and functional areas might not be feasible for all members of the American University personnel. As such we hope this conference will bring about new ideas across campus, highlight our talent within our campus community, and inspire new engagements and partnerships for our community.

Sponsor: Housing and Dining Programs

Contact: Keesha Ceran, ceran@american.edu, 2028852665

Web: http://www.american.edu/staffcouncil/conference.cfm

Life@AU » Religious Life

Final United Methodist-Protestant Services of the Semester
The United Methodist-Protestant Community has two final opportunities for worship this semester. Our final prayer and healing service will be Thursday, April 28, at 11 p.m. in Kay. Our final Sunday worship will be this Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Kay Chapel. It will be a service of farewell and thanksgiving for our graduates. We invite you to take a study break, refresh your spirit, say goodbye to those graduating, and worship with us. A free cookout will follow.

Sponsor: Kay Spiritual Life Center

Contact: Rev. Mark Schaefer, schaef@american.edu, 2028853304

Web: http://www.aumethodists.org

Work@AU » Human Resources

Enroll in Weight Watchers at Work | Complimentary Open House on Thursday, May 5 @ 12pm in MGC 245
Interested in finding out what goes on in a Weight Watchers meeting before enrolling? Join us at 12pm on May 5 in MGC 245 for a complimentary open house. The next series is tentatively scheduled to meet Thursdays at noon beginning May 12 (min. of 15 participants must be met for the series to start). Payroll deduction is available. For every 10 meetings you attend, AhealthyU will give you a $50 reward (taxes applicable). Members who can't make the AU meetings can attend in the community and still receive the AhealthyU benefits! Enroll in Weight Watchers through AhealthyU by COB on May 6.

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ltasman@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/Weight-Watchers.cfm

LAST WEEK of AhealthyU Spring Fitness Classes
Spring Fitness Classes end on April 29 and will resume on May 23 for the summer. No cost for AU Rec Sports Members and $5 drop-in fee for non-members. Monday: Pilates | 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. @Cassell; Tai Chi | 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. @3201 New Mexico Ave, Suite 350; Tuesday: Total Body | 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. @Jacobs; Yoga | 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. @WCL, Tenley Campus Library Rm 100G; Zumba | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @Cassell; Wednesday: Yoga | 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. @Cassell; Thursday: Light Spin | 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. @Jacobs; Yoga | 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. @4401 Connecticut Ave, Room 611; Cardio Strength | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @Cassell; Friday: Yoga | 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. @Cassell

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/fitness.cfm

Manager and Leadership Development Opportunity: People Management Basics
This program provides supervisors and managers with a comprehensive overview of American University’s policies and procedures needed to perform your managerial duties in compliance with university policy and local and federal regulations. Please join us on Thursday, May 12 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in MGC 200. Log in to AsuccessfulU via the portal; go to the Home drop down menu and select “Learning” to register now!

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Gina Arevalo, AsuccessfulU@american.edu, 2028851172

Web: https://myau.american.edu/Work/Pages/AsuccessfulU.aspx

Manager and Leadership Development Opportunity: Situational Leadership
Managers support a diverse group of individuals with different skill levels and abilities. This course uses a successful model to enable managers to explore different leadership styles – directing, guiding, participating, and delegating – and know how and when to use them to address individual performance and development issues. Please join us on Wednesday, May 11 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in MGC 200. Log in to AsuccessfulU via the portal; go to the Home drop down menu and select “Learning” to register now!

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Gina Arevalo, AsuccessfulU@american.edu, 2028851172

Web: https://myau.american.edu/Work/Pages/AsuccessfulU.aspx

Next AhealthyU Work-Life Integration Recharge: Spiritual Exploration – Yoga and Meditation
Goals often are cast aside because we are ssaddled with other responsibilities.  The Work-Life Integration Recharge is a series that taps into the physical, mental, and spiritual areas of your life that may be unfulfilled.  In our next monthly session Tom Nassif, yoga and mindfulness instructor and professorial lecturer in the Department of Health Studies, will explore the spiritual side through yoga and meditation practices that will help us manage stress, stay alert, and be more productive throughout the day.  This session will be on Monday, May 2 from 3 - 4 p.m. in MGC 4 and 5.  Please follow the link below to RSVP.

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/pedometer-challenge.cfm

Office of Sustainability Hiring Students for 2016/17
Student Sustainability Educators serve a critical role in the Office of Sustainability by working with students across campus to expand sustainability awareness and increase engagement. The part-time, paid interns connect students with institutional sustainability initiatives, create connections with the Office of Sustainability, and inspire personal behavior change in the AU community. Students work 5-10 hours per week, including mandatory weekly meetings and at least two hours in the Office of Sustainability. Apply through myAU portal student jobs section.

Sponsor: Office of Sustainability

Contact: Hannah Debelius, debelius@american.edu, 2028856262

Web: http://www.american.edu/finance/sustainability/Student-Sustainability-Educators.cfm

Register for the AhealthyU Pedometer Challenge By Monday, May 9
The AhealthyU Pedometer Challenge is back! Gather your team of four and register by May 9. Competitive and non-competitive team options are available. New for 2016: Cash prizes for the top TEN teams (subject to tax), and easy tracking with a new online platform. This means no more manual step entry. Multiple tracking devices are compatible, visit the link below for a full list. Registration is $5 for those with a compatible device, and $15 for those wishing to purchase a device through AhealthyU. The Pedometer Challenge runs from May 23 - July 1. For more information visit the link below.

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/pedometer-challenge.cfm

Register for the AhealthyU Pedometer Challenge By Monday, May 9
The AhealthyU Pedometer Challenge is back! Gather your team of four and register by May 9. Competitive and non-competitive team options are available. New for 2016: Cash prizes for the top TEN teams (subject to tax), and easy tracking with a new online platform. This means no more manual step entry! Multiple tracking devices are compatible, visit the link below for a full list. Registration is $5 for those with a compatible device, and $15 for those wishing to purchase a device through AhealthyU. The Pedometer Challenge runs from May 23- July 1. For more information visit the link below.

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/pedometer-challenge.cfm

Staff Council Presents Inaugural American University Personnel Conference
TEACH. LEARN. GROW. Creating the culture of learning

We believe that it is our responsibility to encourage and foster opportunities for peer engagement among staff throughout American University. We understand that professional development opportunities at national conferences within our respective fields and functional areas might not be feasible for all members of the American University personnel. As such, we hope this conference will bring about new ideas across campus, highlight talent within our campus community, and inspire new engagements and partnerships.

Sponsor: Housing and Dining Programs

Contact: Keesha Ceran, ceran@american.edu, 2028852665

Web: http://www.american.edu/staffcouncil/conference.cfm

Work@AU » Payroll

URGENT - April Leave Reports Due By May 2
Due to the close of the Fiscal Year, the Payroll Office urges that ALL April Leave Reports be submitted by Monday, May 2. This is essential to complete accurate Fiscal Year statements on time. Employees and supervisors should coordinate to meet this deadline.

Sponsor: Payroll Office

Contact: Payroll Office, payroll@american.edu

Events

Weekly prayer and communion service of the AU United Methodist-Protestant Community

Type: Ceremonies. Receptions. Banquets

Host: Kay Spiritual Life Center

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Full day conference/ panels with breakfast reception, lunch, and dinner/reception

Type: Conferences. Panels. Speakers

Host: Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

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An empty booth at a diner. The façade of a suburban cottage. Factory chimneys outlined against a gray sky. These are just a few of the images rendered in color pencil, pastel, or oil paint by the artist Kevin MacDonald. For more than 30 years, MacDonald’s artwork found critical praise and popular acclaim in the Washington region and beyond. When MacDonald died of kidney cancer in 2006, he was at …more

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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Southern Constellations is the 3rd exhibition in Transformer’s four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series presented over two years in the AU Museum. Curated by Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer, in collaboration with Tim Doud, Associate Professor of Art and coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at AU, this exhibition highlights the work of Elsewhere, a …more

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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Coinciding with a retrospective of Kevin MacDonald, the Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents Twisted Teenage Plot. Besides being an excellent artist, MacDonald also played in bands, most notably Twisted Teenage Plot. The Alper Initiative exhibition will showcase visual artists who played in bands in Washington in the late 70s and early 80s, Dick Bangham, Michael Barron, Jay Burch, Kim …more

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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"Narrative is tricky business. Yet the telling of universal stories through art can bind us together and bring new, enhanced areas of self-understanding. William Dunlap’s assemblages of elements taken from his life, our lives, and the world around us reflect his sensuous and infectiously energetic view of life."
-Jack Cowart, former Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Corcoran Gallery of Art.
On …more

Type: Arts and Entertainment

Host: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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AU faculty and staff participating in the 403(b) Retirement Plan are encouraged to attend the HR 403(b) Plan Changes Education Workshops. These workshops are facilitated by TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, or AU Human Resources representatives and will address changes to the 403(b) Retirement Plan.

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Host: Human Resources

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This course will help you to recognize the games and power plays that members of teams and organizations often utilize to obtain information, influence relationships, and gain power and authority. Learn strategic influencing approaches to counteract these often destructive actions.  Faculty and staff are invited log in to AsuccessfulU via the portal; go to the Home drop down menu and select …more

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Host: Human Resources

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Practicum Client Meeting

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Host: SIS: International Peace & Conflict Resolution

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Baccalaureate Service for the Graduating Class of 2016

Type: Ceremonies. Receptions. Banquets

Host: Kay Spiritual Life Center

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Kogod School of Business Commencement Ceremony

Type: Ceremonies. Receptions. Banquets

Host: Office of the President

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School of Communication Commencement Ceremony

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Host: Office of the President

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School of International Service Commencement Ceremony

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Host: Office of the President

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College of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony

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Host: Office of the President

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School of Public Affairs Commencement Ceremony

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Host: Office of the President

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Important Dates

  • 04/29/2016 - 05/03/2016: Spring final examinations 
  • 04/30/2016 - 05/05/2016: Spring final grades due 
  • 05/01/2016: Financial aid application deadline for fall 2016 continuing undergraduate students 
  • 05/01/2016: Undergraduate transfer fall 2016 semester admission application deadline for students living outside the United States 
  • 05/01/2016: Candidates' reply date for Regular Decision freshmen 
  • 05/01/2016: Payment due for summer sessions 2016 
  • 05/02/2016: WCL: Examinations begin