AUP Alumni Reunion Weekend 2015

The AUP Alumni Reunion Weekend is just around the corner and everyone is invited to join in the fun! Here is the complete list of events for the weekend. To register your attendance, including for the free events, please visit the registration page or our website.


Friday, June 12th

Culturefish! Tour
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Meeting Point: In front of metro Cite

Rediscover the sites of Paris by taking a walking tour co-created by AUP alumnus, Joël Issa ’04. Culturefish! Tours highlight many of the French “quirky” cultural differences not found in standard walking tours while enjoying the beauties of Paris.



2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Meeting Point: Entrance to the Musée Louvre, 75001 Paris

An AUP alumni treasure hunt at the Louvre Museum with THATLou – experience the artistic treasures of the Louvre in a whole new way. As treasure hunts go, THATLou is quite simple: teams consisting of 2 to 4 people compete, following a list of clues that lead them to works of art – or “treasures” – in the museum. Team members photograph themselves in front of as many works of art on the list as possible, earning varied points per treasure. Sometimes bonus questions are embedded in the accompanying texts – either requiring silly poses for photos, drawing on articles from our blog or from the Louvre’s own information sheets.


Alumni Drinks in the Amex
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

Have a drink on us and come see the new Amex with fellow alumni and friends!



Dine Around Paris
8:00 PM
Location to be confirmed after registering

We invite attending alumni to dine with select professors in a few of Paris' local chic restaurants throughout the city.  





Saturday, June 13th

University for a Day with Lunch in the Amex
9:30 PM – 3:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

A campus event with fellow alumni and speakers from the AUP community. The day will consist of a group of TED-like talks throughout the morning and afternoon with a lunch at noon accompanied by AUP faculty.

List of speakers includes:

Poupak Sepehri ’99, Founder of Poupak Productions
Serge Tiroche ’92, Co-founder of the Tiroche DeLeon Collection
Peter Barnet, Professor Emeritus of The American University of Paris
Pushan Chawla-Bhowmick ’09 & MAI ’11, Founder of PUXANBC.COM
Boris Falatar ’00, Coordinator of Crisis Response for UNESCO


Reunion Cocktail
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room C-102

Before heading off to the class dinners, alumni will celebrate with a champagne toast and special address by AUP President Celeste Schenck. All those in the AUP community are welcome to attend.



Class Dinners
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Restaurants in the 7th Arrondissement – locations to be provided after registering

Alumni are invited to join their classmates for dinners around Paris, celebrating their particular anniversary year.



AUP Boat Party
9:00 PM – 2 AM
Le Nix Nox, 6 Port de la Gare, 75013 Paris

The entire AUP community – alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends – are invited for this classic AUP party. The boat will remain stationary for total access throughout the evening. This is included in the weekend package price. Individual tickets are 30 Euros per person and will be sold at the boat.


Sunday, June 14th


Careerology and Networking Brunch in the Amex
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

In bringing our weekend to a close, we are holding a Careerology with alumnus Jay J.M. M’bei ’95. Over the past 20 years, Jay has been mentoring professionals on how to achieve their professional dreams by incorporating a powerful strategy presented in his workshop. This spring, Jay has been sharing his knowledge with current AUP students to rave reviews. This workshop will be tailored specifically to the alumni community looking to give their career a kick!

AUP Commencement 2015

On Tuesday, May 26th, we welcomed a new crop of alumni into our AUP community with our 2015 Commencement Ceremony. One of the largest groups to graduate from AUP in our history with 278 students eligible to cross the stage. The day attracted a large number of families, friends and alumni to the beautiful Théâtre du Châtelet.

As has been a tradition since 1984, AUP awarded three honorary degree recipients into our fold: Benjamin Millepied, Director, Paris Opera Ballet; Lisa Anderson, President, American University in Cairo; Margee Ensign, President, American University of Nigeria. An honorary degree is very often awarded to distinguished individuals whose accomplishments are consistent with the mission and core values of AUP.

This year, we further awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award to Sean Casey '04, for his amazing work fighting the Ebola epidemic on the frontlines and immediate response in organizing assistance to communities in Nepal following the recent earthquake that devastated the region. Receiving his award, Sean gave a riveting speech and received a standing ovation from the packed theater. An outstanding example of global leadership, we are grateful to call Sean one of our own.

To all the graduates and honorees, congratulations!






AUP Alumni Texas Community now on Facebook

With the assistance of alumna Mary Einbinder '11, the AUP Alumni Texas Chapter has created a new Facebook page. If you are living in the area or planning on passing through, visit their page to learn about upcoming events or simply to reach out. They would love to see you in Texas!






AUP Celebrates Student Media

During this academic year, student media at AUP has seen an incredible transformation. While it has always been one of the university's largest student-run organizations, AUP Student Media (ASM) took a leap in its development by uniting its 3 pillars under the well-known Peacock brand. What is now called Peacock Media, consists of three distinct forms of media, notably print, digital and video production. Students continue to create the glossy print Peacock Magazine once a year, but significant changes were made to AUP TV, which is now known as Peacock TV and the student platform, which has become the Peacock Post, an online newspaper for AUP campus and world news. The more traditional Paris/Atlantic will still be produced in the spring semester and remains an important creative piece to the otherwise often news-driven Peacock Media products.

A curriculum that complements student media

The administration at AUP recently realized that an increased involvement of faculty and staff could facilitate and help students with the production of student-driven media. In an initiative mainly led by Kevin Fore, Assistant Dean of Student Services and Matthew Fraser, Associate Professor, Department of Global Communications, AUP created three student media workshops to offer students an opportunity to get involved in dynamic teams, overseen by knowledgeable and professional faculty/staff, producing multi-platform journalism.

To celebrate this development and the success that it has yielded, ASM organized this year's Student Media Launch Party in the recently renovated AMEX Cafe in the Combes building. The event turned out to be just as successful as the publications, videos and news stories that students had produced all year long. To read the full article on the exciting developments in student media on campus, please visit our website.







Campus Events


Come Meet Prepa Studies
Wednesday, June 3, 2015; 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris; C-102 

Hosted by Celeste Schenk, President of AUP and Sonia Montejano, Program Director of Prepa Studies.

Why study abroad?
The specificities of the anglo-saxon model
The different programs at Prepa Studies
Discussion with the pedagogical team and the students

You dream of studying at an English or American university but are missing some key information?

What university should you choose? What diplomas are offered? What are the diploma equivalences? How do universities select students?

To prepare you for an international study path, Acadomia Prepa, a higher education preparation specialist, and the American University of Paris (AUP) have created Prepa Studies, two preparatory courses in English to integrate English and American universities (Gap Year and Fast Track).

Find out more on Prepa Studies' website.



Fête de la musique: Jazz in the Garden
Sunday, 21 June 2015; 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
147 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris; Room G-11

Chicago native saxophonist Fred Jackson and American drummer Frank Rosaly team up with Frenchmen Stephane Payen, on sax, and drummer Edward Perraud for an al fresco session of jazz and improvisation in the Mona Bismarck American Center garden. Open exceptionally for Fête de la Musique, this extraordinary musical exchange is organized in collaboration with The Bridge.

Bring your picnic and stay a while. Family friendly concert to start at 5 PM, with a second set as the sun goes down. Entry is free.



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



Alumni Events   


LondonAUP Alumni Gathering in London
Wednesday, June 3, 2015; 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Loop Bar, 19 Dering Street, London, W1S 1A

In thanks to the regular organizing efforts of Leonard Aquarone MSF '07, we would like to welcome you to open the summer with a drink. Join alumni and friends for a gathering at the Loop Bar and enjoy incredible happy hour drinks - beers only 3 pounds! RSVP for you + guest(s) to is requested.

Due to construction to the establishment next to the bar, the street is available for pedestrian use only. For location assistance, you may contact Leonard at or call +44 7552 021 072.

AUP Alumni Reunion Weekend
Friday, June 12 - Sunday, June 14, 2015
The American University of Paris Campus

We invite you to join the AUP community in celebrating the anniversaries of the classes of 1965, 1985-1987, 1995-1997, 2000-2002, 2005-2007, 2010-2011, 2014.

The weekend will take place from June 12 to June 14, 2015. The schedule includes a cocktail event, brunch, dinners, speakers, a boat party, cultural activities and reunions in our beloved city of Paris. If you are unable to attend the entire weekend, registration for individual activities is also available. Tickets will be available on-site during the weekend.

Please visit our website to learn further details about the event schedule and register online.





Faculty and Research Update


Not long ago, Music & Literature, a journal edited by AUP professor Daniel Medin with the help of alumnae Madeleine LaRue (Associate Editor) and Chloe Elder (Editorial Assistant), celebrated the publication of issue 5 at Shakespeare & Company in the shadow of Notre Dame here in Paris. Here is AUP student Ariel Starling's write up of the launch event:


May 29, 2015



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