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Sarah Menke-Fish

McKinley, Room 237

Discover the World of Communication 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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Group shot of discover the world of communication students in front of the Washington monument

After Hours and Weekend Activities

Activities will be updated when additional special events or opportunities become available. All listed activities are included in the housing and dining fee for two-week and four-week sessions.

Session I Schedule

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students fly into DCA or train into Union Station

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Students living on campus check in and tour AU's campus

6 p.m. - Ice breakers, Pizza Welcome Dinner, Orientation to AU

Welcome to American University! Students living on campus arrive today. Those in need of a ride from Reagan National Airport or Union Station should arrive between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. After arrival, check into Letts Hall. Then tour the campus and participate in our pizza welcome dinner.

8:30 a.m. - Welcome Reception in McKinley for morning classes

12:30 p.m. - Welcome opening in McKinley for afternoon classes

Dinner - Dinner at Z-Burger then stroll over to tour the National Cathedral

Students and parents are welcome to join us for the welcome reception on the first day of classes to meet their professors and teaching assistants. After classes are over, students will visit the beautiful National Cathedral, which is located in Northwest Washington and just a short walk from the American University campus.

Meals will be served in the Terrace Dining Room (TDR). Then: Monuments at Night! Visit the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and other can't-miss monuments.

Smithsonian Folklife Fesitival

4:30 On campus acivities kickball/tennis/volleyball

6:30: Meet Prof. Maggie Farley, a teaching fellow for Google News initative. Learn how to identify Fake News and other compelling topics of our time. Commuter students and familes welcome.


Visit the Arlington National Cemetery and see the Changing of the Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, John F. Kennedy Gravesite and Memorial Amphitheater.

Have an EagleBucks Dinner.


B/L TDR  Eagle Bucks dinner

We’re going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo… how about You, You, You? Visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and see the pandas and other favorite exhibits.

or Smithsonian Museums

Eagle Bucks Dinner

Fabulous 4 Hour Film Festival: students draw genre, object and line of dialogue to create an on-campus film.
or Rain Date for Monuments at Sunset
5-9:30 PM 

Cruise along the Potomac River and enjoy the waterside view of famous D.C. landmarks. Depart AU 5:30 set sail at 7 p.m.


Washington Nationals Baseball game vs Tampa Bay Rays.

Eagle Bucks Dinner

Swimming Pool and Activities on Campus! 



Play a game of kickball and show off your skills at our very own DWC Talent Show!

9 - 11:30 a.m. Presentations & Screenings
12 p.m. Session 1 students check out and depart
Students staying for 4 weeks: have lunch at TDR and an EagleBucks Dinner.

Concert in the park.

4 Wk Students Only
Eagle Bucks Dinner

Take a trip to the National Building Museum. Explore the exhibits and enjoy a concert from 2-3 PM

Paddle boat around the Tidal Basin and see the Jefferson Memorial from the water.

Session II Schedule

(4 wk students only)


July 4 Festivities!

Games on Campus late morning

3 pm Eagle Bucks Picnic Dinner. 4th of July in Washington, D.C. Enjoy the Smithsonian Museums, the Folklife Festival and Fireworks from the Washington Monument.

4 wk students only


Cupcake Tour! Explore DC to figure out the best place for sweet treats. Lunch on location--bring money


Board games, play games on campus

12-4 pm Students fly into DCA or train into Union Station.

1-4 pm Students living on campus check in and tour AU’s campus,
photo scavenger hunt and games on the quad.

6 pm Icebreakers, Pizza Welcome Dinner, orientation to AU


Meet and Greet Games etc with 2nd Session Students!


8:30 am Welcome Opening in MGC for morning classes

12:30 pm Welcome Opening in MGC for afternoon classes

Enjoy dinner in Tenleytown with the PAs and walk to National Cathedral.


Monuments at Sunsent metro to Farragut North Lafayette Park. Photo opportunities the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monunment and all of DC's can't miss monuments.



6:30-8:30 pm Felix the Chewy Pet Star and Christina his trainer will be joining us in McKinley 201! Learn all about the ins and outs of dog acting. Do you and your pet have the right “bite” to make it in the dog eat dog world of pet acting?  Commuter students and families welcome.


11 am Depart for the Smithsonian Museums! Air and Space, Natural History, American History and numerous other Smithsonian Museums!

Lunch on location — bring $

B TDR, Eagle Bucks Dinner 
Early AM Smithsonian National Zoological Park See the pandas and other favorite exhibits.

or another option TBA


B/L TDR, Eagle Bucks Dinner

7:00-8:30 PM Speical Presentation TBA


Cruise along the Potomac River and enjoy the waterside view of famous D.C. landmarks. Depart AU 5:30 set sail at 7pm; or

Move Night- popcorn and treats. Choose your flick! Double feature happening in Letts South and North Lounges!


Play games, swim at the pool and board games on campus! 7:00-8:30 PM Relax with a Mindfulness Workshop with Pleasance Silicki, Adjunct Professor of Stress Management at AU.

B/L TDR, Eagle Bucks Dinner

4:30 PM Visit AU Admissions for an Info Session.

Begin to prep for Friday's talent show!


Play Kickball and show off your skills at DWC’s very own talent show!


9-11:30 am Final Presentations and screenings. Family and friends welcome!

12-2 pm Checkout and departure