Celebrating AUP's inaugural class of 1964 - A “dream come true” 50th reunion weekend

Members of the inaugural class of The American College in Paris (now AUP) celebrated their 50th reunion in Washington, DC on November 7-10. 27 of the 103 pioneering students whose attendance launched the University gathered together for a long weekend of reminiscing and reacquainting – both with each other and with the University.

Organized by Maryland “Mimi” White Swensen and Chuck Ralston, the weekend included cocktails, dinners at some of Washington’s finest French restaurants, visits to the US capital city’s monuments, a fall foliage river cruise on the Potomac, and many informal opportunities to visit with classmates and their families. Photo albums, scrapbooks, autobiographies, and videos both examining the early years of the University’s history and elaborating on its present activities found captive audiences among the members of the class of 1964.

For some classmates, this milestone reunion represented the first opportunity to reconnect in 50 years. “What a three day reunion. For some of you who had already met during the past few years, it may not have been so dramatic. For me, I had not met any of you since 1964!!!! THANKS TO CHUCK WHO DID A YEOMAN'S JOB TO LOCATE THE LOST SOULS, I was able to attend this exceptional reunion. We certainly have aged a little, but our spirit, our enthusiasm, and our friendship for one another has not budged an iota.”

A common refrain over course of the weekend was the transformative nature of the ACP experience. As one alum put it, “looking back to that time, what I see is a fantastic set of ‘connections’ that can only be appreciated in retrospect. I don't think any scriptwriter could have imagined any of our lives as they played out over 50 years. Certainly, for me, the biggest connection was going to ACP in Paris.”

To look at photos from that weekend, please visit our website.



Sending a Little More Comfort to Liberia - Supporting Sean Casey and the IMC Ebola Response

As President Celeste Schenck discussed during the State of the University Address last month, alumnus Sean Casey '04 is the Director of two International Medical Corps Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia. We have watched Sean's efforts developing as one of the many heroes who are on the ground fighting the disease. In support of his efforts, fellow AUP alumni, students and other community members have organized a campaign with him in mind. Its aim is to provide the greater public with a transparent way to directly contribute to the Ebola relief efforts as they play out in Liberia.

If you would like to participate, a campaign page has been set up on IndieGoGo where you may learn more about the work of Sean and the IMC in Liberia as well as make a donation.






The American University of Paris goes mobile

This past fall, we introduced our new mobile application to incoming students at Orientation Fall 2014! The app was used as a tool to orient students to the various departments on campus through an interactive campus-wide treasure hunt.  As our new app is being developed to provide greater resources and content for all, we welcome those in our alumni community to download the app from Oohlala and keep abreast of AUP activities on your phone. If you have questions regarding the app, please feel free to contact us at alumni@aup.edu.






AUP Cares volunteers at Paris soup kitchen

AUP Cares volunteered to work in a soup kitchen on Saturday, October 18. The soup kitchen is run by La Chorba, a non-profit humanitarian organization based in Paris, whose purpose is "to work to promote humanitarian actions that contribute to universal ideas of sharing and solidarity with the most disadvantaged, and to offer a space to guide and support those in need. " In fact “Chorba” is an Arabic word for soup and the name can be found in national cuisines across the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. AUP Cares was welcomed by La Chorba’s director Mr. Yenbou, at its headquarters in the 12th arrondissement, with mint tea and cream-filled patisseries donated by a local baking school. To learn more about AUP Cares' day at La Chorba, visit our website.






Campus Events



Exposition Metanoia: Vernissage Party
Friday, 28 November 2014; 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
American Church of Paris, 65 quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris


METANOIA is a curated social performance, transforming a private space into an ephemeral public experience. The temporary art installation is directed by alumna Rieko Whitfield '14 and will take place in the evening of Friday November 28th at the American Church of Paris, in conjunction with the American University of Paris. Entrance is free, and wine will be served.






AUP Student Film Festival
Monday, 1 December 2014; 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Film Studies Department is pleased to host the Student Film Festival once again on December 1st in the Grand Salon at 6:30 pm - 9:00pm. Screening of student films will start promptly at 7:00pm. There is an interesting range of genres being presented. Come celebrate with us and meet the students behind the camera. In honor of this celebration, we encourage you to dress up and enjoy an elegant evening of student cinema. Catered food and drink will be provided during the event.



The Attentive Brain
Tuesday, 2 December 2014; 5:00 PM
Seminars will be held in an AUP building  - please see confirmation email for details of location

This lecture by Jean-Philippe Lachaux (INSERM, Lyon) is part of the seminar series on Communication in the era of attention scarcity.
For more information and registration please see the seminar pages.



French Ciné-CLub
Tuesday, 2 December 2014; 7:15 PM
147 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris; Room 34

Join the French Ciné-CLub for a filming of Le Hérisson directed by Mona Achache and starring Josiane Balasko.








Wine Tasting Event for AUP Cares
Wednesday, 3 December 2014; 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

An evening of Wine Tasting; learn how to swirl, smell and taste wine properly while supporting AIDS research and awareness. All profits from the event will go to Keep a Child Alive. There will be a Wine Tasting lesson given by the Wine Society along with a guest speaker from the Gender and Sexuality club.
Purchase your ticket online. Advance tickets are €10 and tickets on the night are €15.



Art History & Fine Arts Annual Holiday Party!
Thursday, 4 December 2014; 7:00 PM
Art Studio, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Everyone is welcome to come for some home-made snacks and vin chaud and to celebrate the holiday season with the Art History & Fine Arts department up in the Art Studio in Bosquet!




Holiday Benefit for DIR India
Monday, 8 December 2014; 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

AUP is pleased to host this special event in support of Developing Indigenous Resources (DIR), an NGO that is changing lives in Indian slums.

Featuring Soloists from The Opera de Paris, including: Laura Agnoloni, Bernard Arrieta, John Bernard, Caroline Bibas, Constance Bradburn, Sylvie Delaunay, Laurent Laberdesque, and Nicolas Marie.

Guest speakers will include Marilyn Smith, Chair of DIR-US Board and AUP Professor Charles Talcott, who has been leading AUP’s Graduate Sustainable Development Practicum in southern India for the past seven years. Ballet by AUP student Quincy Childs and a photo exhibit.

To learn more details about the evening, please visit our website.



Chatelet Series - An American in Paris
Thursday, 11 December 2014; 8:00 PM
Théatre du Châtelet, 1 place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris

An American in Paris - €42 for Category 3

This winter sees the world premiere of the stage production of the famous film re-adapted by Christopher Wheeldon and featuring original music and choreography by Gershwin and Gene Kelly. Eager to begin his life anew after the brutality of WWII, Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as his home. With the assistance of a wealthy American ex-pat, Jerry sets out to make a name for himself as a painter. However, his life soon becomes complicated when he falls in love with a young Parisian shop girl. A classic American film about young souls in Paris has been reimagined for the stage of the 21st century.

Contact the Cultural Program for more information. Purchase your tickets online.



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




Alumni Events



AUP Alumni Holiday Bash
Friday, 5 December 2014
5:30 PM - Graduate Recognition Ceremony
7:00 PM - Alumni Holiday Bash
Grand Salon and Amex Cafe, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Join us for a festive evening to celebrate our mid-year graduating students as they enter the alumni community. The ceremony will be followed by our Annual Holiday Bash in the Grand Salon with an after party in the Amex Cafe! This will be the final holiday bash in the Bosquet building.

RSVP for you + guest(s) to alumni@aup.edu by December 3, 2014.




AUP Alumni Gathering in Houston
Thursday, 18 December 2014; 6:00 PM
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

Alumna Mary Einbinder '11, is inviting local alumni to gather for a drink at the MFAH Happy Hour event. Join Mary and fellow alumni from the Houston community for a glass of wine, music and a chat in the elegant Museum of Fine Arts. This is a cash bar event. To learn more details about MFAH Happy Hour event, visit the MFAH website.

RSVP for you + guest(s) at alumni@aup.edu is required.





Faculty and Research Update



Professor Claudia Roda, a senior AUP scholar and faculty member, has just become AUP’s first Dean of Assessment, Learning, and Institutional Research.

As a Professor of Computer Science, who formerly served as Division Director of Arts and Sciences, Professor Roda not only brings experience with Middle States assessment, but also expertise in quantitative research methods, computer modeling, data management and, above all, unparalleled devotion to student learning.

Anyone who has worked with Professor Roda recognizes immediately her exceptional organizational skills, her efficient use of time and resources, her capacity to foster a climate for collective work, and her commitment to the highest academic standards. Professor Roda will continue to teach two classes in order to keep one foot in the classroom, while she joins the Academic Affairs team and directs our efforts in assessment, student learning, and institutional research.

Professor Roda will be working on several projects with Provost Scott Sprenger, not only on writing the University's upcoming Periodic Review Report for Middle States Commission on Higher Education, but also on creating a simple but robust assessment platform as well. Both of them are passionate about developing effective ways to improve liberal arts learning and about understanding the added value of the international experience. With their help, AUP could easily be at the center of the highest standards in research and self-reflection on the benefits of “global learning."



November 28, 2014



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