Recommended Events


You can RSVP to our workshops by emailing or filling out the RSVP form below!

Time Management: Tips and Tools
Presented by Julianne Winn, Associate Director, Learning Resources
Time management is the foundation to one’s success in graduate school. Juggling classes, schoolwork, work, and life’s demands is difficult and can lead to undue stress that affects your performance and productivity. Attend our workshop to learn about planning and study apps, prioritized to-do list-making, strategic studying, and multi-tasking to help you stay on top of your work, hopefully with time to spare. It’s sure to be a good use of your time!
September 7, 2016
4:30-5:30 PM
MGC 203-205

Reading Strategies
September 19, 2016
4:30-5:30 PM
MGC 247

Speed Reading
October 11, 2016
4:30-5:30 PM
Library Room 115

Preparing for Graduate Comprehensive Exams workshop
This workshop will help graduate students to prepare for traditional, closed-book, timed essay exams. We will cover ways to organize materials and prepare study tools, as well as techniques for aiding memorization and easing test anxiety.
October 4, 2016
4:30-5:30 PM
Library Room 115

Theses and Dissertation: Electronic Submission Process
Presented by:
Christopher Lewis, Associate & Media Librarian, University Library
Lauren Tabbara, Director, Graduate Academic Programs, CAS
Becca Reeves, Manager, Resource Description, University Library
Alayne Mundt, Resource Description Librarian, American University Library

This session will provide critical information about the thesis and dissertation completion process, including: formatting requirements, the online submission system, your publishing options, and copyright considerations. Whether you are just beginning your thesis or dissertation, or plan to submit it this semester, come learn about the resources available to help you.
October 6, 2016
5:30-6:30 PM
Library Room 115

Grant Writing for Graduate Students
Presented by Ashley Alexander, Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
This interactive workshop will look at the fundamentals of proposal writing in the context of a successful funding strategy. It will examine the process of matching a project to a potential funder’s interests and presenting it in the most effective way.
October 10, 2016
4:30-5:30 PM
Library Room 115

Fulfilling (and Excelling at) your Foreign Language Requirement Examination: Resources and Strategies
Presented by Gorki Cruz, Director, Center for Language Learning, World Languages and Cultures
We will start by looking at the current format of the exam and look at some samples. We’ll continue with a discussion about what is entailed by the exam and tailoring your prep efforts to address the exam’s demands. We will then utilize a standardized instrument so you can determine your foreign language experience and have a clear idea of where you stand in regard to the required proficiency. For those starting a new language or brushing up on a language, we will discuss strategies specific to language study as well as the resources here at AU.
October 12, 2016
4:30-5:30 PM
Library Room 115

Making the Most of Mentoring for Graduate Students
Presented by Marshay Hall, Project Assistant, Office of Graduate Studies
Are you a grad student looking to build a productive and professionally rewarding relationship with a faculty mentor? Then join us September 7 to discuss: what to look for in a Mentor, the importance of communication and expectations, discussing and handling differences. We’ll share worksheets, resources, and tools that will help make a mentoring relationship successful!
October 19, 2016
Library Room 115

Graduate Students and Sexual Assault: What You Need to Know
Presented by The Wellness Center and OASIS (Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence)
This hour-long presentation will cover how to maintain your health holistically and with balance as a graduate student and our services and resources available to you. The workshop will also cover our advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking; advocacy from OASIS is survivor-driven and intended to empower survivors to make informed decisions about their health, emotional well-being, and the adjudication process. Please join us for this informative and interactive presentation!
October 17, 2016
5:00-6:00 PM
Library Room 115

Enriching the Policy Ecosystem: Broadening the Talent Base

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Show Me the Money 2.0: A Seminar on Financial Planning for DC Young Alumni
RSVP here!
Are you a recent AU graduate who has questions about paying off student loans? Do you wonder how to save for your big financial goals like going to graduate school or buying a house? Need help creating a budget for your everyday expenses while also saving for the future?

Then, this event is perfect for you! Join the DC Young Alumni Chapter for this evening seminar on financial planning and management at Raffa Consulting just a few short blocks from both DuPont Circle and Farragut North metro stops.

Professor Don Williamson, Executive Director of the Kogod School of Business Tax Center; Alicia Marsh, Assistant Director of the AU Central (formerly known as the Financial Aid Office); and Joseph Pessetto, Vice President and Investment Officer at Wells Fargo Advisors, have agreed to be a part of a panel discussion on financial planning and money management. With a combined multiple decades worth of experience in financial matters, these three individuals can provide the advice you need and want.

The event will consist of an hour-long moderated question-and-answer session as well as plenty of time to mingle one-on-one with the panelists. The panelists will be on hand to answer all of your questions and provide a few tricks and tips to help you make better use of and even grow your money!

The event is free and light refreshments will be available. RSVP is strongly encouraged. We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event.

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Raffa Consulting
1899 L Street NW
Suite 850
Washington, DC 20036

Closest metro stations: DuPont Circle, Farragut North, and Farragut West

Join Us for Founders Day!

A big day for the American University community is coming up! Founders Day is quickly approaching and every year, we come together as a community to celebrate the persistence and vision of our university’s intellectual architects. And each year that includes enjoying cake!

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 8.31.35 PMJoin us on Wednesday, February 24 from 1-2 p.m. in Mary Graydon Center for free cake, a celebration of AU, and maybe even a few surprises! Founders Day is also our annual Giving Day. This years exciting theme for Giving Day 2016 is “Get Clawed to the Ball.”

To participate now:

1. Sign up for a reminder on our campaign website.
2. Share the website from our pages on social media, send it via e-mail, and talk about it with your friends!

And don’t forget to join us in MGC for cake!
Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 11.28.36 AM2016 Multicultural Student-Alumni Career Connection
Thursday, February 18
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Butler Boardroom, Butler Pavilion 6th Floor
American University


Join the Office of Alumni Relations, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Career Center, Black Alumni Alliance, and Latino Alumni Alliance at this highly anticipated event. Alumni will share insights and advice on career planning and job searching from a multicultural perspective. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while networking with students, alumni, professionals, faculty, and staff. There is no charge to attend.

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 11.29.55 AMBeing LGBTQ in the Workplace
Tuesday, February 23
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Butler Boardroom, Butler Pavilion 6th Floor
American University


Join us for a panel discussion on being LGBTQ in the workplace. Explore how identities are expressed, received, and restrained in the pursuit of living and working as your authentic self. Following the panel presentation, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while networking with students, alumni, professionals, faculty, and staff. There is no charge to attend. REGISTER ONLINE

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 11.30.43 AMAlumni in the KNOW: Women in Leadership
Tuesday, March 1
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Butler Boardroom, Butler Pavilion 6th Floor
American University


Join the AU Alumni Association, Women’s Network, the Career Center, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion as a panel of distinguished alumnae discuss and share their experiences as women in leadership. Following the panel presentation, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while networking with students, alumni, professionals, faculty, and staff. There is no charge to attend.

Sustainable Development Week, January 25-30, 2016
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Follow along at #AUSDW16

MONDAY / 3:00 – 5:30 pm / SIS Atrium
Stop by and enjoy free, organic, fair trade coffee from the Davenport and learn more about sustainable development.

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY TOUR / 4:00 – 5:00 pm / SIS Atrium
Join the Office of Sustainability to tour features of the AU campus, from green roofs to rain gardens, and everything in
between. *Starting point of tour will be in the SIS Atrium outside of the Davenport.
This 2014 documentary “…reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast
food and supermarkets.”

WEDNESDAY / 6:00 – 7:00 pm / Library GRC, B60
Development practitioners will discuss the aims, approaches and implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.

THURSDAY / 6:30 – 8:00 pm / SIS 300
Sustainable Development in 2016: where do we go from here? Join us for a dynamic and interactive discussion of the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

FRIDAY / 5:30 – 6:30 pm / SIS Abramson Family Founders Room
This keynote event will feature Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., co-founder and president of the Amazon Conservation Team and a renowned ethnobotanist, who has spent almost three decades studying traditional plant use with traditional healers of tropical America.

SATURDAY / 12:00 – 2:00 pm / Center for Community Service, Silver Spring
A Wider Circle is an anti-poverty initiative focusing on the redistribution of furniture and home goods to disadvantaged communities. Volunteers will organize, sort, and distribute these items at the Silver Spring location.


Iowa Caucus Watch Party
Hosted with Young Alumni Association
Monday, February 1 @ Meridian Pint

SIS Alumni Networking Event
Hosted by Career Center and Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Wednesday, January 27
Time: 6:45-8:45pm

SOC Alumni Networking Event
Hosted by Career Center and Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Thursday, February 25
Time: 7:00-8:30pm

CAS Alumni Networking Event
Hosted by Career Center and Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Tuesday, March 1
Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Academic Support and Access Center
Graduate Workshop Series
Spring 2016
All sessions will be held in the Library at the Graduate Research Center Classroom (Library B60)

Time Management
Saturday, January 23 11am-12pm

Reading Strategies
Saturday, February 6, 11am-12pm

Saturday, February 20
Preparing for Comprehensive Exams
Saturday, February 27
Speed Reading

Information about other ASAC services and workshops can be found online at Can’t make the workshop? Call us at 202-885-3360 to schedule a meeting to review the material covered in the session.

Take a study break with #FinalPerk


Face to the finals finish line at Final Perk—AU’s largest all-campus study break! Enjoy FREE coffee, soft drinks, and cookies. Pose for pictures in the winner’s circle photo booth, catch your breath at rest stops to collect giveaways, and more!

All the fun will take place at the Library in the Mud Box Cafe (lower level) on Wednesday, December 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Get more info here.

Events Sponsored by the Career Center and Office of Alumni and Development
#ineedajob: Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search
Date: Wednesday, 11/4/15
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Career Center Library

Alumni in the KNOW: Sue McCollum, SOC/BA ’83, Kogod/MBA’87
Date: 11/10/2015
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: McDowell Formal
American University

The AU Alumni Association’s distinguished alumni speaker series, Alumni in the KNOW, incorporates a unique opportunity to explore the professional paths of AU’s decorated and accomplished alumni, stimulates career development interest in future alumni, and connects prominent alumni with the AU community. Join alumna Susan McCollum for an engaging discussion on civic engagement and what it’s like being a women in a predominately male field. Sue has employed all facets of her AU degrees throughout her diverse and storied career.

Register here:

SPA Alumni/Student Networking Reception
Date: Thursday, 11/12/15
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Mary Graydon Conference Center
Students MUST Register

AU Women’s Network and Eagles Nest Coffee Chat
Date: Wednesday, 11/11/15
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Location: MGC 200
Students MUST register

DC Young Alumni Trivia Night
Date: 11/18/15
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Acre 121

2015 Holiday Open House Party at the President’s House
Date: 12/10/15
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Presidents House
Students MUST register by December 8th

Toast to Graduates December 2015
Date: 12/15/15
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Katzen Arts Center
Students MUST register by December 9th

Event: School of Public Affairs Alumni-Student Networking Reception
Thursday, November 12th from 7:00-8:30 PM in MGC rooms 3-5.
Join the Career Center, Office of Alumni Relations, and the School of Public Affairs at this highly anticipated annual event. Students and alumni seeking jobs or internships may easily connect with alumni and employers offering opportunities and advice. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while mingling with students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff.  Students: Register Here

For additional information contact:

Patricia Oltmann
Alumni Career Programs Coordinator
American University