Welcoming the Renovated Combes Building to the AUP Campus


Over the holidays, the Combes building was under heavy renovation as staff and construction teams worked tirelessly to prepare the building for its opening to the AUP community in the new year. In her letter to students posted on January 16th, President Celeste Schenck stated, "I have exciting news for you. The new semester also heralds the opening of AUP’s first Student Life Center in our renovated Combes Building. AUP staff, movers, construction and maintenance crews worked through the holidays to move us out of the Bosquet building and into Combes . . ." Although the finishing touches are not yet complete, the freshly renovated Combes building is well on its way to becoming the shining centerpiece of our University campus. As President Schenck continues on to explain in her posting, "The Student Life Center in the Combes Building has been under renovation since late summer 2014, and I hope that you’ll be as excited about its new student-dedicated spaces as I am. It will be a jewel in the crown of our urban campus, but it will still need a little while longer to sparkle in full brilliance."

Alumni from the masters program in Global Communications, along with current students, were able to get a first look at the renovated building at an event held on Friday, January 23rd. Those in attendance were amazed at the changes and excited for the promise of future student and alumni activities in the new space. Echoing the feelings of many on campus Elizabeth Segre-Lawrence, the USC Communications Director, wrote to the student body earlier this month, "Change is unavoidable and with a new year, it is to be expected that we as a university will be facing quite a few changes. We’ve already started the year with quite a large change, saying “goodbye” to what has been considered the hub for AUP students for decades: Bosquet. What, to outsiders, was nothing more than a building, was truly an important fixture in AUP’s culture and history. Although we as a community are saddened to see it go, we feel as if we should accept this change with open arms, and continue to be the strong community that we have always been and always will be. We are excited to carry on our sense of community in the newly renovated Combes building and can’t wait to settle into our new student space this week."

The Amex Cafe, now housed in the Combes building, is up and running with a new menu offering tasty hot and cold dining options and daily refreshments, including coffee to rival any Parisian coffeehouse. Alumna Lacy Wood MIN '13, an expert in coffee who works to help growers in developing countries bring their blends to market, returned to Paris from the Philippines to put the Amex's coffee service together and ensure its quality. If you are in the area, stop by to take a look at the changes and enjoy a bite, coffee or a drink before you head off. We look forward to welcoming you back!




AUP Professors Comment on Charlie Hebdo Attacks

In the light of the tragic events that took place in Paris earlier this month, numerous professors from AUP have been asked to provide expert commentary since the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo offices.

Here at AUP we value the insights provided by professors on such issues and hope that the conversation will continue on campus this semester as students resume classes.

The opinions and views in this piece are the opinions of the designated authors and do not reflect the opinions or views of the American University of Paris.

If you would like to read the full article, please visit our website.





Alumna Havilah Zeller '03 in Recruiting for Global Health Corps Fellowship in Burundi

Havilah (Clarke) Zeller ’03 is currently working with Global Health Corps (GHC) to recruit the next generation of leaders in global health. Working as the organization’s communications consultant, she assists in attracting motivated young professionals to apply for the 2015-2016 GHC fellowship year and build momentum for the health equity movement.

With 150 positions open for the next fellowship year, GHC is getting ready to recruit its largest class ever. As true global citizens, AUP students are uniquely qualified for all positions, particularly those in Burundi which require a working level of French proficiency. Applications close February 3. If you are interested in learning more, please visit our website.




Au Courant call-out for the AUP Magazine - send us your news!

We are now collecting Au Courant entries for our next edition of the AUP Magazine due for release in May 2015. Au courant is a brief update on your personal and/or professional lives. Photos are also appreciated. Please send your entries to alumni@aup.edu. You may view previous examples of the Au Courant by viewing the last edition of the AUP Magazine. The deadline for entries is Monday, March 30th.

If you have not previously checked out our new Alumni Facebook page, take a peek and learn some of the exciting activities of those in our AUP community.




Campus Events


Lecture by Alumnus Eugenio Oskian '12 on Computational Finance
Wednesday, 28 January 2015; 5:00 PM
147 rue de Grenelle; Room G31, 75007 Paris

You are cordially invited to attend a short lecture by AUP alumnus Eugenio Oskian '12 on Computational Finance: from algorithmic trading to risk and asset allocation models. Following his lecture, Eugenio will gladly meet with current students and alumni to discuss his experience at AUP, graduate school and his work in Quantitative Finance. He will answer questions and talk about topics such as the importance of course selection in college, as well as the many career development opportunities with a quantitatively oriented degree.

Born and raised in Italy, Eugenio Carlo Oskian entered AUP as a freshman in the Fall of 2010 and graduated with a self-designed major composed of Computer Science and Mathematics courses in the Spring of 2012. Building on that foundation, he enrolled in MIT Sloan’s Master of Finance program, from which he earned a degree one year later. Since then he has worked as a quantitative researcher at first for BlackRock, where he developed risk and asset allocation models, then for RGM Advisors, developing high-frequency trading strategies for several asset classes. Upon his return to New York, Eugenio will be joining Goldman Sachs’ Electronic Trading division to conduct research on algorithmic trading and optimal execution in US equities and US equity options.



#11 Way Strategic Communication Impacts Organizational Performance
Wednesday, 28 January 2015; 7:00 PM
18 B ave de la Motte Picquet, 75007 Paris

Recent research into communication practices suggests that only half of communicators say all their work is aligned to corporate strategy and goals. This data is based on the “#11ways Benchmarking Database,” a report Stephen Welch and Michael Ambjorn developed last summer that covers 81 organizations, across 10 countries, with a total of approximately 390,000 employees.

Building on the success of this content shared in Toronto, Nicosia, Dublin, New Orleans and London, speakers Stephen and Michael will be conducting a seminar workshop for the first time, to benefit business communicators in Paris, at the invitation of IABC France and Revolution 9. They will draw on this research, practitioner experience and inputs from communications directors they have spoken with, to weave in case examples and practical insights for seminar participants.

Stephen Welch, a communication consultant with broad research experience, and past president of IABC UK, has a regular column in IABC’s publication, Communication World, and Michael Ambjorn is IABC’s global Vice Chair, based in London.

AUP students attend for free but must sign up in advance. Non-members pay 40 Euros for entry.



Chatelet Series - Le Petit Prince
Thursday, 12 February 2015; 8:00 PM
Théatre du Châtelet, 1 place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris

Le Petit Prince - €39 for Category 1

An opera for children and adults of all cultures which sings the text and message of the Little Prince, the mysterious child whom Antoine de Saint-Exupéry describes meeting in the desert and with whose voice he addresses adults. Since its publication in 1943, the story of the Little Prince has been perceived by many as a compelling tale of "loneliness, friendship, love, and loss, in the form of a young alien prince fallen to Earth".

Contact the Cultural Program to purchase a ticket.



Chatelet Series - Singin' In The Rain
Tuesday, 17 March 2015; 8:00 PM
Théatre du Châtelet, 1 place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris


Singin’ in the Rain - €42 for Category 3

All the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline: the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren’t always as they appear! Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. This extraordinary score is a downright downpour of magical music - “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Make ‘Em Laugh” and “Good Mornin’.”

Contact the Cultural Program to purchase a ticket.


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




Alumni Events 


AUP Alumni Gathering in London
Thursday, 29 January 2015; 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Aqua Spirit, 240 Regent Street, 5th Floor, London
(Entrance on 30 Argyll Street - opposite The London Palladium)

In thanks to the regular organizing efforts of Leonard Aquarone MSF '07, we would like to open the year with a drink. Please join alumni and friends for a gathering at Aqua Spirit as we raise a glass to a prosperous 2015!

RSVP for you + guest(s) to alumni@aup.edu is requested.



Alumni Soirée in Washington, DC
Monday, 2 February 2015; 6:00 PM
The home of former AUP Trustee Gretchen Handwerger

We cordially invite you to join AUP President Celeste Schenck at the home of former AUP Trustee Gretchen Handwerger for a soirée in Washington, DC!  Everyone in the alumni community is encouraged to attend and spouses are welcome.

RSVP for you + guest(s) to alumni@aup.edu.





A Night of MAGC in New York
Friday, 20 February 2015; 7:00 PM
Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

Join Professor Waddick Doyle, former AUP Professor Peter Barnet, MAGC students and alumni for an evening of cocktails in New York City. All MAGC alumni are encouraged to attend and partners are welcome! Registration for the evening is $30 per person. You may register online until February 16th.

Email alumni@aup.edu for further details.



AUP Alumni Soirée with Professor Dan Gunn in New York
Tuesday, 24 February 2015; 7:30 PM
The home of alumna Laura Kaiserman Dupouy '95

You are cordially invited to spend an evening with our gracious host Laura Kaiserman Dupouy '95 and Professor Dan Gunn as he travels through the East Coast. During the event, Professor Gunn will read excerpts from his recent works The Letters of Samuel Beckett Volume III 1957-1965 and The Emperor of Ice-Cream. Space for this evening is limited so please RSVP by February 13th. Location details will be provided upon confirmation.

If you have any questions, you may contact alumni@aup.edu.




AUP Alumni Reunions Weekend - Classes of 1965, 1985 - 1987, 2000 - 2002, 2005 - 2007, 2010 - 2011, 2014
June 12 - 14, 2015
The American University of Paris Campus

Calling all classes to Save the Date! The Alumni Affairs Office is organizing reunions for classes celebrating key milestone anniversaries. While the focus will be given to particular classes for this year's round of reunions, the weekend will consist of speakers, activities, excursions and parties open to all those in our alumni community.

Further details to follow in the coming weeks. In the meantime, mark your calendars for a weekend in Paris this June!




Faculty and Research Update


Professor Claudia Roda was invited to speak on Interruptions on BBC - World Service The Forum. Together with linguist Deborah Tannen and writer Gerard Russell she addresses presenter's Bridget Kendall questions on how we may have become more tolerant of interruptions in our lives and the impact of digital tools.





Many thanks to those in our community - alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends - who have generously supported AUP in 2014. If you would like to give a gift this year, please visit our Support Page. Wishing all a happy and healthy 2015!


January 28, 2015



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