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December 2016  
Newsletter Overview
On behalf of President Celeste Schenck and all those at The American University of Paris, we send greetings from our community to yours.
We would like to invite you to join the AUP community in celebrating the University's 55th Anniversary – Global Alumni Weekend. The weekend will be held from May 19 - May 22, 2017, and includes an extraordinary line-up of events!
Online registration is now available until April 30th, with an Early Bird rate that closes on February 19th! If you would like to review the full schedule of events, you may visit our website or contact alumni@aup,edu.
Register now
Latest edition of the Peacock Magazine available for Winter 2016 - 2017

At the launch party earlier this month, the Peacock Plume, AUP's student media source, released their recent edition of the Peacock Magazine for Winter 2016-17. This issue covers a number of compelling subjects including the first year anniversary of the November attacks in Paris and the recent U.S elections. If you have not yet had the opportunity, read the new edition online or visit their website.
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Requesting submissions for the Au Courant for Spring 2017!

We are collecting Au Courant entries for our next edition of the AUP Magazine due for release in Spring 2017. The Au Courant is a brief update, about 100 characters, on your personal and/or professional lives. Photos are also requested. Please send your entries to You may view previous examples of the Au Courant by viewing the last edition of the AUP magazine. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 1st.
Submit here
Looking back at 2016...
As we look back on 2016, there are many moments that could be drawn upon to define what has been, unarguably, an exceptional year. From the horrific events in cities such as Aleppo, as well as others around the world, to the surprising democratic twists witnessed in Europe and the United States. This has truly been a remarkable period in history. As President Celeste Schenck stated in her previous posting of The View from AUP, "I believe that AUP's mission has never been so urgent to uphold, so important to disseminate."

Therefore, we are proud that this year has been quite exceptional for AUP as well with a number of positive advances on campus and within our community. We saw the opening of our five new research centers and the completion of our newly renovated Grenelle building as part of our Campus Redevelopment Plan. Further, we have held events across the globe and inaugurated our President's Alumni Advisory Council in the Middle East, continuously striving to elevate the role of our alumni leadership both near and far. 

As we prepare to celebrate the University's 55th Anniversary in May 2017, we look back on a few of our successes over the past twelve months as we head into a new year.     
The inauguration of the George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention
The inauguration of the Thamer Salman Student Media Center.
Held a number of incredible AUP events, on both coasts, in conjunction with President Celeste Schenck's travels through the states.
Founded the President's Alumni Advisory Council in the Middle East.
The Grenelle Teaching and Mentoring Center was completed over the summer months and the transformation is remarkable!
The MAGC 10-Year Anniversary, held last spring, was indeed quite MAGiCal!
Organized regular alumni events across the channel thanks to our London hosts Michael McNeilly '09 and Amr Al-Yafeai '04!
Held alumni receptions in Hong Kong and Singapore. Great to see so many engaged alumni!
Alumni Updates
Alumna Margot Borden '86 has published her third book Psychology in the Light of the East. This book presents a theoretical and therapeutic approach to Integral Psychology incorporating the reason of Western psychology and the holistic outlook of Eastern wisdom. Weaving together mystical, philosophical and psychological threads, her work seeks to help professionals and individuals on their journey of self-knowledge, self-mastery and the realization of their psycho-spiritual potential.
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Chantana Ward '08 has recently been named a "Top 100" Fund Manager by L'agefi. Working for Comgest, Chantana focuses on the Asia-Pacific region, co-leading on multiple funds.

Working for Comgest since 1998, Chantana's road to success is one of determination, hard work and growth. In 2006, Chantana took the opportunity to return to school and completed her Masters' in Finance in 2008. Her drive would later be rewarded, as Citywire, a London-based financial publishing and information group, named Chantana the top four female fund managers in Asia for the last three years. 
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Recent AUP alumnus, Adrien Lee ’16 is our featured artist in the AUP Fine Arts Gallery. His compelling work has been receiving rave reviews from students, faculty, staff and friends alike. In describing the process that inspired his work, Adrien's bio states:
I grew up listening to punk rock music and going to punk rock shows: the pace of the music was something I could connect to. The raw aggression and brutality of punk rock became my form of lifestyle. In 2005, I joined the Marine Corps and was sent off to war a few times. The chaos of combat melded with the aggressive rhythm of punk music. In 2009, I was once again a student. The slow methodical rhythm of student life brought new genres of music into my life. Punk music became a struggle; it didn’t sound the same: it became painful noise. In 2014, I came to France with adventure on my mind, the pace began to change, music began to quicken: all music became good. In 2017, I will no longer be a student in the education system, but music will still be with me as I set sail across oceans.
Congratulations to Adrien on his recent accomplishments. We warmly welcome you to the alumni community!

Alumna Jennifer Friar '02 has been featured in Style Weekly's "40 under 40" list. Jennifer is currently the Director of Development for St. Joseph's Villa in Richmond, VA. The tireless efforts of Jennifer and her team has assisted St. Joseph's in exceeding their recent campaign goals. Outside of her professional endeavors, Jennifer also volunteers in registering voters in Richmond's public housing projects and assists with a community bike shop. In reflecting on her work, Jennifer explains, "If you're good at what you do, it is a powerful agent for the things you believe in." Congratulations to Jennifer, and the St. Joseph's team, on their success!
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Alumni Events
Many thanks to all those who attended the Alumni Holiday Party! It was a wonderful evening and we look forward to celebrating with you again in the new year!
AUPDC Chapter New Year’s Event in Washington, DC
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Location to be confirmed
Save the date for the AUPDC Chapter’s New Year’s Event! Welcome the new year with fellow alumni and friends as they raise support for student scholarships and Coup de Pouce. Further details will soon follow. Visit their Facebook Page for current updates. 
AUP Alumni Event in London

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 18:00

36 Gloucester Road
London SW7 4Q
In thanks to the hosting effort of alumni Amr Al-Yafeai '04 and Michael McNeilly '09, we would like to begin the new year with a soiree in London. Everyone in the alumni community is encouraged to attend - spouses and guests are welcome. Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. RSVP to
The American University of Paris West Coast Reunion for Classes '62 - '69
Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

From the Quai d’Orsay to the city by the bay, alumni from the classes of 1962 to 1969 are invited to celebrate the early years of ACP in San Francisco. Join alumni organizers Tessa Wardle Kohn '63, David Boyle '63, Grant Plemons '64 and Mimi White Swensen '63 for a memorable weekend in Union Square.

If you are interested in receiving further details, please contact the Alumni Affairs team at
Faculty and Research Updates
On December 7, 2016, AUP’s Faculty Senate honored Professor Dan Gunn with the Distinguished Faculty award. As Professor Roy Rosenstein declared in his letter of recommendation, “Quid plura? Need I say more? I may have tired my two readers with this long enumeration of Dan’s accomplishments on the world stage (as Shakespeare’s Jacques would say), but I have not yet exhausted our colleague's generous, even extravagant, contributions to our university.”

When Dan Gunn left Edinburgh to pursue his studies at the University of Sussex, it was, as he recently recounted to Lydia Davis in their conversation for Music & Literature, “not least because I had read a book by Gabriel Josipovici entitled The World and the Book. What I admired (and still admire) about this wonderful critical work was that it dealt openly and freely with different periods and authors, from different cultures and languages, from Dante to Proust to Saul Bellow.” This appreciation would later be coupled with his realization that, with diversity of pursuit, came greater fulfillment, at least for him. “The Sussex of those days confirmed for me that one did not have to be (only) a specialist, that one could draw inspiration from many sources, refusing to be boxed into a single discipline or period or language.”
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