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January 2023

Message from Maria Barry, Director of Community Relations

Maria Barry

Dear Neighbors, Happy New Year!

I hope you and your families enjoyed the holidays. We are kicking 2023 off with many opportunities for you to engage with American University. We value your participation and hope you join us this month for an Information Forum on January 26th at 6:00 pm at Constitution Hall on the East Campus to learn more about the Alan and Amy Meltzer Center and the Sports Center Annex, two of the proposed projects in the approved 2021 Campus Plan. Your participation is critical to our success. In addition, we welcome you to join one of the AU Neighborhood Partnership Working Groups.

I am always available to meet one on one, or with your community group to discuss the upcoming projects or any other community-related issues. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 202-885-2146.

I look forward to working with you this year!

Best wishes,Maria Barry signatureMaria Barry
Director of Community Relations
American University


Following the approval of AU’s 2021 Campus Plan, American University is excited to work together with campus and neighborhood stakeholders to to develop new spaces and opportunities that actively support all students’ well-being.  The American University Student Thriving Complex (STC) will create new and renovated spaces that enhance resources for all students success both in and out of the classroom. The STC will include a renovation of areas in the existing Mary Graydon Center (MGC), the newly built Alan and Amy Meltzer Center for Athletic Performance (Meltzer Center), and the Well-Being Commons, which will be in renovated areas in the existing Sports Center (SPRT) and the newly built Sports Center Annex (SCAN). This project represents AU’s values and furthers our commitment to Inclusive Excellence, belonging, and student success. Student thriving is based on a comprehensive approach that meets the needs of our students in innovative ways. 

AU looks forward to sharing its vision for the two new building projects planned as part of the Student Thriving Complex–the Alan and Amy Meltzer Center for Athletic Performance (Meltzer Center), and the Sports Center Annex (SCAN).  

The Meltzer Center and SCAN (which will house the Well-Being Commons) projects, are identified as development sites 3 and 5 in AU’s approved Campus Plan, and are located near Reeves Field and Bender Arena. 

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The proposed Meltzer Center will be the first newly constructed athletics and recreational facility on campus in more than 30 years. This state-of-the-art competition, practice, and training facility will enhance the development of our student-athletes, ensure their success in and out of competition, and bolster the overall athletic and recreational experience for the entire AU community. The Meltzer Center will feature a competition gymnasium for the wrestling and volleyball programs, and new strength and conditioning, sports medicine, and locker room areas.  

The new SCAN will primarily house Well-Being Commons and will prioritize and expand the critical student support services that promote and foster overall well-being. The Well-Being Commons will include the Center for Well-Being Programs and Psychological Services alongside the relocation of the Student Health Center. Co-locating these programs in an accessible and central place on campus, and incorporating academic wellness services, will positively impact the way students engage with key services that are designed to actively enhance and bolster their overall experience at American University. 

AU is actively collaborating with the AU Neighborhood Partnership (AUNP), the AUNP Facilities Planning Working Group, neighbors along University Avenue, ANC 3E and ANC 3D, and the Community Liaison Committee (CLC) regarding these important efforts.  

Project information, including concept renderings and planning considerations that reflect the input of perspectives of nearby neighbors, will be presented at an information forum on January 26, which will be held in Constitution Hall at 6:00 pm. AU will also share information about the projects at the February 7 CLC meeting and the February and March ANC meetings. Neighbors are encouraged to participate in these opportunities to learn more and share their feedback directly with the project team. For additional information regarding the proposed Meltzer Center and SCAN projects, and to share any comments or questions, please visit: 

If you are interested in joining the AU Neighborhood Partnership or have any questions about neighborhood engagement opportunities, please contact Maria Barry, Director of Community Relations at or 202-885-2146. or 202-885-2146. 

AU Information Forum January 26, 2023


Members of the campus and neighborhood community are invited to attend an Information Forum to discuss AU’s proposed Alan and Amy Meltzer Center for Athletic Performance Meltzer Center (Meltzer Center) and SCAN projects on Thursday, January 26th at 6:00 pm at Constitution Hall on the East Campus. The Meltzer Center, the first new athletics and recreational facility proposed on campus in more than 30 years, will enhance the development of our student-athletes, ensure their success in and out of competition, and bolster the overall athletic and recreational experience for the entire AU community. The new SCAN will house Well-Being Commons and will prioritize and expand the critical student support services that promote and foster overall well-being. These projects are the first part of the Student Thriving Complex. 

This Information Forum is designed to provide campus and neighborhood stakeholders with an opportunity to review preliminary concept renderings for the projects and to ask questions or voice comments to American University staff on the proposals. Light refreshments will be served.  

Please use this link to RSVP for the event: .  

Please visit: to learn more about the Meltzer Center and SCAN projects or to leave comments in the online Community Input Portal. 

Parking ALERT

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The Katzen Arts Center will be hosting the annual Washington Winter Show. The event will begin on the evening of Thursday, January 12, 2023 through Sunday, January 15, 2023. 

The Katzen Arts Center garage will be reserved for show attendees beginning at 5:00 PM on Thursday, January 12th through 8:00 PM on Friday, January 13th. Hourly, Pay-As-You-Go parking will be available in the SIS garage and East Campus surface lot. Permit parking will remain available under normal enforcement for the remainder of campus. 

Please plan accordingly, allow yourself extra time, and exercise caution while driving on campus during these events as there will likely be an increase in pedestrian traffic. 

Contact the Office of Parking & Commuter Services or follow @ParkingatAU on Twitter for real-time updates on parking availability. 

AU Community Audit Program: Applications Close January 16th

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Happy New Year from AU Alumni Relations! Applications for the Alumni & Community Audit Program are closing soon. Don't miss your chance to get engaged in a unique and meaningful way this new year. Classes begin January 17. Apply now!

More information can be found here: 

Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for February 7, 2023


American University's Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, February 7. Please RSVP HERE. In addition to regular reports this meeting will include a presentation and opportunity for feedback on the proposed Meltzer Center and SCAN projects. 

The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in rooms 1 and 2 of Constitution Hall on AU’s East Campus. Neighbors are invited to join AU staff at 6:30 p.m. for pre-meeting refreshments and conversation. Parking for the meeting is available on the East Campus surface parking lot.  

The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the D.C. Zoning Commission Order for AU's 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.  

Additional information on the CLC, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found at  

Join AU Neighborhood Partnership

Be Part of It

Please consider joining the AU Neighborhood Partnership which works to provide a consensus-based forum to resolve issues affecting the communities near American University. Interested members of the community may join one of the Partnership’s five standing working groups, comprising community stakeholders and AU leadership. 

If you would like to become a member of a working group, please email As always, visit for more information.

American University Events


Katzen Arts Center

The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is getting ready for our Spring lineup of exhibitions. The museum will be closed for installations until February 4, 2023. Please make plans to join us for our opening reception!
Here is a sneak peek of what is coming up 

AU Athletics

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