Back to School

With a completely revamped orientation system in place and another year of record-breaking enrollments, AUP welcomed its new crop of students without a hitch! Students breezed through the modernized orientation system that places much of the administrative work online incorporating a newly developed pre-arrival process. Students landed on French soil with many of the essentials complete and ready to focus on the next big step of making friends and settling into university life in our beautiful city of Paris.

The University also celebrated its second annual photo contest for the best images from Orientation Week. Students entered the competition by posting their images to Instagram under the hashtag #BonjourAUP. Congratulations to winner Keta Archaia for her contribution! Visit our website to learn more about the competition and view all the fantastic submissions. 




AUP's Administration moves to Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg

This past summer, a new site was added to our campus in the 7ème housing key executive and outward-facing functions – the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, Finance and Administration, Admissions, Communications, and Outreach and Advancement – in renovated quarters on Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg, a block from the Student Life Center on rue du Colonel Combes.

Set in a beautiful hotel particulier at 5, Avenue de la Tour Maubourg, these offices will be the welcome center for prospective students and their parents, as well as the base of operations for our global alumni community.

If in the neighborhood, we welcome you to stop by to see our new space!


AUP Welcomes Kent State University Study Abroad Group

In May, International Business Administration Professor Gail Hamilton and a team of AUP staff and faculty members welcomed a study abroad group from Kent State University. Dr. Michael Mayo, Director of the Global Management Center and Dr. Shawn Rohlin, Assistant Professor of Economics, accompanied by 20 undergraduate and graduate business students from Kent State, participated in sessions at the signature Combes building and enjoyed lunch in the new AMEX.

Professor Hamilton lead a field retail exercise, Professor Alice Craven followed with a session on semiotic analysis for marketing and branding, and ITS staff member Emy Ritt contributed a presentation on the Cleveland 2014 and Paris 2018 Gay Games, for which she is a volunteer and board member.  As the world is very small, just before the start of the program, the group discovered that Dr. Rohlin had actually performed the economic impact study for the Cleveland 2014 Gay Games organization.  Any students, staff or faculty members interested in volunteering for the Paris Gay Games or participating in a Paris-based economic impact study can contact Gail Hamilton at or Emy Ritt at



Warhol's Shadows

One of Warhol’s often overlooked works is the Shadows - 102 paintings from 1979, that were commissioned by the DIA foundation. The silkscreened paintings feature two compositions based on a picture of a shadow from Warhol’s studio. They range in color from aqua green to bright yellow to blood red. Warhol was always particular how the Shadows were exhibited. He specified the paintings hung edge to edge forming a long strip running along the walls of the gallery.

This fall, a landmark exhibit of Warhol’s work featuring the Shadows is opening at the Musée d’Art Moderne (Museum of Modern Art), curated by art history Professor Hervé Vanel. Professor Vanel kindly agreed to discuss the upcoming exhibit with us. Please visit our website to read the full interview.



A Lesson from Cheese

Along with a range of course offerings available through the MA program in Global Communications, students have the opportunity to take a course in Food, Culture and Communications taught by Professor Christy Shields. In a feature article found on our website, the author explains that, "[Professor] Shields strives to help students understand the ways in which our food beliefs and habits are culturally situated, as well as politically and economically shaped.  Because many AUP students are visitors to France, Shields incorporates a variety of fieldtrips and asks students to draw from a range of research methods to engage with these experiences in a critical manner." Following a trip to the region of Jura earlier this year, recent alumna Tracey Ip MAGC '15, directed a short film documenting her experiences and those of her fellow classmates. Take time to enjoy it until the very end!





Campus Events


Effrontées - Vernissage in the Fine Arts Gallery
Thursday, September 17, 2015; 6:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, Paris, 75007; Fine Arts Gallery

Join the Fine Arts Gallery and the AUP community for a vernissage and exhibition entitled "Effrontées" by American artist Moe Delaitre. The vernissage on Thursday is followed by an exhbition that lasts through October 12th and displays works of art including paintings and mixed media collages.

To learn more about the artist, Moe Delaitre, visit our website.



Learn to Love the GMAT
Thursday, October 1, 2015; 7:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, Paris, 75007; Room C-102

...with James Barker of the Graduate Management Admission Council®

AUP students don’t necessarily love standardized tests. But many of our graduates do want to go on to business school at some point after AUP.  With more than 6,000 programs offered by 2,000 + universities in 114 countries using the GMAT as part of their selection criteria, the exam is often the decisive factor in a B-school application.  So it’s time to get to know this mysterious yet powerful assessment.

James Barker, Market Development Manager for Europe & the Middle East at the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) and former Admissions Coordinator at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University will present the latest version of the GMAT to members of the AUP community. Mr. Barker will take us through the different parts of the exam, tips on how best to prepare for the exam and what to expect on the day itself. There will be an overview of recent candidate-friendly enhancements to the testing experience.  He will also discuss general admissions tips for graduate management education and how GMAT may play a part in that process.There will be plenty of time for questions.



AIESEC Presentation: Build Your Leadership Skills Through Internships and Volunteer Work
Thursday, October 8, 2015; 6:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris;
Room C-102

AIESEC is the global youth network impacting the world through leadership development experiences. Since 1948 AIESEC has been facilitating youth leadership activities as well as international internships & volunteer experiences, developing a global learning environment across 124 countries & territories. Come learn about international summer opportunities from the AIESEC student leadership team. View AIESEC's video, "It's Time to Travel."



To keep abreast of upcoming campus events, please visit the events page of our website



Alumni Events   


AUP Event in Houston
Thursday, September 17 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Home of Rex and Daniela Koontz

Join AUP President Celeste Schenck and Board of Trustee Member, Elliott Burdette '70, for a soirée in Houston. Alumnus Rex Koontz '85, and his wife, Daniela Koontz will be our gracious hosts for the evening. Everyone in the AUP community is encouraged to attend and guests are welcome.

As space is limited, RSVP for you + guest(s) to is required. Address details will be provided upon confirmation.


An Evening of MAGC in Paris
Friday, September 25, 2015 from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris; Room C-104

Join Professor Waddick Doyle, Professor Robert Payne, fellow faculty, MAGC students and alumni for an evening of drinks and nibbles in the Combes building. All MAGC alumni are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome!

RSVP for you + guest(s) to is requested.





Faculty and Research Update



Professor Claudio Piani has been invited to take part in the United Nations workshop on climate change and risk analysis this week in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

The IPCC Workshop on projected impacts from climate change and associated risks is taking place at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) from 15 to 18 September 2015. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess the scientific, technical, and socio-economic information relevant to the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

The workshop brings together a select group of scientists from the climate modelling community, the regional modelling and downscaling community, and the climate impacts and risk communities to establish closer links and collaborations.

At AUP, Claudio Piani teaches classes on the science of climate and climate change, contemporary environmental issues and the ocean environment.



Provost Scott Sprenger recently published his blog, Global Liberal Arts and Careers, about the merits of a liberal art education and the transition to a global career.

Provost Sprenger has written articles on topics such as What Employers Want in College Grads, Why Study Abroad Matters and on That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket.




September 17, 2015



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