Director of University Outreach and Advancement, Kristina Ver Foley, “graduates” from AUP this month

After four years of dedicated service to AUP, Kristina Ver Foley, AUP’s Director of University Outreach and Advancement, will be “graduating” from the University at the end of June. She is returning to the United States as Vice President of Development and Communications for, a San Francisco Bay Area-based national non-profit that uses entrepreneurship-based experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and to equip them for high school, college and career success. She will lead all national fund-raising activities and communications efforts in the midst of an exciting period of growth for the organization as BUILD expands from the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, DC and Boston, MA into New York City in 2015, and to ten further regions across the country in the coming years.

Kristina has led the Office of University Outreach and Advancement since 2011, crafting a cohesive, integrated advancement unit for AUP out of previously disparate functions at the University.  Her work has helped AUP to better understand and to communicate the unique attributes of our community and to galvanize a culture of philanthropy on campus and beyond, aligning the University’s mission and vision with our fundraising priorities. In her announcement of Kristina’s departure to Faculty and Staff, President Schenck wrote:

“To pay real tribute to her many contributions, I would need to list much more than I have room for here, but I salute foremost her expert orchestration of the University’s year-long 50th Anniversary celebration, her oversight of the redesign of our public Web site, her leadership of the past year’s work of branding and messaging and communicating AUP,  her engagement of the alumni community through the launch of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council and the class reunions in June, her public relations role as an advocate for AUP and for entering students’ families, and her efforts to guide us through the crucial “silent” phase of AUP’s first comprehensive campaign. Kristina has been an impassioned supporter of AUP in everything she does and tireless in her efforts to advance the University.  She has also been a committed member of the leadership team, sharing her insights and strategic thinking with all of us as we worked together to take AUP ever higher.  Kristina will be sorely missed, on both personal and professional fronts, and we will always consider her a friend and an honorary alum.”

The University has launched two searches for Kristina’s successors – one for a Director of University Outreach and Advancement to oversee alumni and family relations and development; another for a Director of Communications and Marketing (job to be posted on AUP’s employment pages shortly). Your help in spreading the word about these unique opportunities to join AUP’s leadership at an important moment of growth for the University would be much appreciated.



Farewell Note from Kristina Ver Foley

Dear AUP alumni, families and friends,

The bittersweet moment of my departure from AUP is upon me today as you receive this edition of the AUP News. It has been an extraordinary pleasure and privilege to get to know so many of you over the past four years and to share in building an ever stronger community of engaged AUP supporters. Your contributions of time, treasure and talent are directly effecting the exciting changes afoot at the University, and I, in particular, have been grateful for your volunteerism and generosity. 

I embrace my status as an honorary AUP alum and will continue to proactively support AUP in every way I can. Thankfully, I know there’s both a great community of AUPers in the San Francisco Bay Area and that it’s also always a stop on the University’s travel itinerary, so I will not be a stranger.

To get a sense of what I’ll be up to in my next adventure at, please enjoy the below videos. I will be hiring interns and development staff, and would love to bolster the team with the AUP students and graduates I so much enjoy and respect!

So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, adieu!


AUP Alumni Reunion Weekend 2015 Highlights

Earlier this month, alumni and friends from various pockets of the world gathered on campus for the AUP Alumni Reunion Weekend 2015. The weekend consisted of a number of events including dinners, receptions, presentations, a boat party and networking brunch. We would like to send out a special thanks to all our speakers who shared their stories and insights: Poupak Sepehri ’99, Peter Barnet, Serge Tiroche ’92, Pushan Chawla-Bhowmick ’09, Boris Falatar ’00 and Jay J.M. M’bei ’95. In honor of the weekend, we have prepared a brief video highlighting moments from the weekend, along with our Facebook photo album.  We hope to see all those in our community at the next one!






Former AUP student combats indoor air quality through Kickstarter campaign

Douglas Booker, former student from 2013 and Managing Director of NAQTS, has currently started a Kickstarter campaign to develop user-friendly technologies that will improve air quality in homes. According to the group's Kickstarter page, "Indoor air quality can be ten times worse than outdoor air. The first step in improving our indoor air, is understanding it."  To learn more about Douglas' Kickstarter campaign, you may visit their campaign page.






Presenting the Thamer Salman Student Media Center

With the new Thamer Salman Student Media Center in the recently renovated Combes building, students are better equipped than ever to produce high quality content. This center is named in memory of alumnus Thamer Salman '98, who passed away unexpectedly in 2013.

Students work in a state-of-the-art newsroom and video production studio creating content for digital, print, and broadcast media. Overseen by a faculty of knowledgeable professionals, students take on leadership roles and gain real world newsroom experience, building their careers as future journalists. The publications are produced in three separate workshops that focus on each form of media, and are open to all students regardless of experience.






Campus Events


Orientation Fall 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015; 9:00 AM to Wednesday, September 2, 2015; 5:30 PM
The American University of Paris

Orientation at The American University of Paris is mandatory and takes place the week before the start of classes. It is an essential part of the academic journey at the University and vital to each student's integration, both academically and socially.

During Orientation, students will:

Work with Academic Advising and finalize their registration for classes.
Take part in obligatory testing for English, French and Mathematics (for undergraduate students only).
Meet with Student Advisors and learn about student life at AUP.
Learn more about academic expectations, policies, and resources.
Discover and join student clubs, student government and student media
Learn how to connect with others on campus outside of the classroom.
Initiate the process of formalizing your legal status in France with AUP’s Student Immigration Services office (not required for European Union nationals).
Enroll in French Social Security with the Health Plan Coordinator.
Finalize the opening of their French bank account and receive their French ATM card.
Choose their French phone plan.
Get to know other students from around the world!



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



Alumni Events   


LondonAUP Alumni Gathering in London
Wednesday, July 1 from 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), join alumni and friends for a gathering at the Loop Bar! The group will meet on the terrace at the entrance of the bar - beers are 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.


American Festival in Milan
Friday, July 3 - Sunday, July 5
J4 American Festival, Stadio Vigorelli, Via Arona, 19, 20149 Milano, Italia

Join alumnus Aaron Pugliesi '95, in Milan, for a three day festival to celebrate US Independence with authentic American food, sport, music and culture. The event will include the Italian Superbowl with the final games of the national American Football Federation, held in Milan on July 3rd, 4th and 5th 2015.

If you would like to learn more about this event, visist the website for the City of Milan.




Faculty and Research Update


Hall GardnerProfessor Hall Gardner spoke in London on the Russia-Ukraine conflict at the Foreign Policy Forum on Wednesday June 24, amongst other distinguished speakers. This conference enabled government representatives and diplomats to convene and discuss the key foreign policy challenges of our time.

The 2015 conference focused on the Islamic State and the Middle East; multilateralism and the United Nations; Ukraine and the tensions between Russia and the West; and a new narrative for the West.

Professor Gardner teaches a course on the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict and the Rise of China and on World Politics and a senior seminar on IR theory and the Roots of War in the Fall.



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.

Gail 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.  And the world is very small:  just before the start of the program, the group discovered that Dr. Rohlin had 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



David Pike, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Contemporary History and Politics, was invited to give an oration on May 5 at Père Lachaise cemetery on the Spanish dead in World War II; the speech has since been published. His work "Paris brûle-t-il?"appears in the January-March 2015 issue (nº 257) of the Paris review Guerres mondiales et conflits contemporains. Its purpose is to demolish the popular myth that Hitler wanted Paris to be destroyed; he intended to return. The April-June 2015 issue (nº 258) of the same quarterly carries a compendium of 26 reviews of books and trial proceedings on the subject of the Nazi Occupation of the Channel Islands (1940-1945). This was compiled in collaboration with his former AUP student Anne Farache, whose French father was sent as a slave worker to an SS camp in Alderney. David Pike has also published, with Penguin/Random House in Barcelona, a 4th edition, revised and enlarged, of his 2003 book Españoles en el Holocausto.


June 26, 2015



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