Coaching 101: time, effort, passion are absolute musts
(American Today - February 7, 2008 ) -- Four successful AU coaches opened a window into their demanding and rewarding profession Thursday during a seminar entitled "Coaching 101," an inauguration week event. "It’s kind of nutty to have a job like this," said volleyball coach Barry Goldberg, the dean of AU coaches. "It’s an incredible gift to be able to do this as a profession."
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Panel explores Super Tuesday results
(American Today - February 6, 2008 ) -- A day after Super Tuesday added little clarity to the delightfully competitive presidential race, a panel of bleary-eyed AU faculty and alums gathered to dissect the results and cast an eye toward the future of the unprecedented campaign for the White House. “It’s amazing how three months ago we all knew how Super Tuesday would define the candidates,” moderator James Thurber said, tongue firmly in cheek.
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D.C. chancellor Rhee speaks at AU
(American Today - February 6, 2008 ) -- Poverty is a reality in Washington, D.C., but it can no longer be an excuse for failing schools, said D.C. public school chancellor Michelle Rhee. Rhee spoke at an event highlighting AU’s service to the schools, which includes tutoring and teacher training programs of the type that benefited one teacher Rhee described as “phenomenal.”
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Skits and songs highlight reception for D.C. Public Schools volunteers
(American Today - February 6, 2008 ) -- Wearing colorful T-shirts and giant grins, six third graders from J.C. Nalle Elementary School in southeast Washington treated a crowd of more than 50 to a song from the Native American tale, The Rough Face Girl, last Wednesday, during a dessert reception hosted by Ann Kerwin, BA ’71. The event, part of the inauguration week festivities, honored members of the AU community who serve the D.C. Public Schools.
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Professors: scholarship and teaching are inseparable
(American Today - February 6, 2008 ) -- Does teaching overshadow research? Is research a distraction for faculty who'd rather teach? Not to professors Pat Aufderheide, Caleen Jennings, John Richardson, and James Thurber, who see teaching and scholarship as inseparable. And not to AU President Neil Kerwin, who taught at AU for more than 30 years before being named to the university's top post.
Fanfare of K-E-R-W-I-N – an original brass composition – Highlights First Day of American University’s Inaugural Week Events
The discussion, Sound Investments: How Music Shapes Our Lives, explored the role music plays in our lives and why we need to address the whole person in order to have a healthy and productive society. Fanfare of K-E-R-W-I-N, an original brass composition was performed at the event and Barron John Weyerhaeuser, an AU School of Communication student offered his comments on the connection between music, the arts and learning.
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Faculty discuss their role as public intellectuals
(American Today - February 5, 2008 ) -- Kicking off a series of events during his inauguration week, AU President Neil Kerwin yesterday hosted a panel of distinguished faculty that explored the role of academics as public intellectuals. Washington College of Law (WCL) dean Claudio Grossman, WCL professor Jamin Raskin, mathematics and statistics professor Robert Jernigan, and performing arts professor Caleen Jennings shared their experiences and discussed the value of their work both outside and inside the classroom.
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A Conversation with Neil Kerwin: 14th President of American University
(American Magazine - Fall 2007) -- On September 1, Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA ’71, became the 14th president of the university that changed his life. He is the first person in AU’s history to know what it means to be at AU as a freshman, professor, dean, provost, interim president—and now president. He met his wife, Ann, CAS/BA ’71, at AU. He gained a national reputation as a scholar at AU. And the thunder of three standing ovations from students and colleagues who know him well rang through the packed hall when his selection as AU’s president was announced.
A Man of Influence
(American Magazine - Winter 2005) -- Kerwin has spent more than half his life on this campus. In its classrooms he’s both attended lectures and delivered them. For more than 30 winters, springs, summers, and falls, he’s admired the natural beauty of its quad. Monumental personal and professional milestones have been accomplished here. In 1970, he met his wife, Ann, here during their junior years. They’ve been married 32 years. For Kerwin, AU is home.