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New Game from AU Alumni Highlights Filipino Culture

“In order to understand the destiny of a people, it is necessary to open the book of its past,” said Jose Rizal, a Philippine revolutionary. Two American University graduates are hoping to do just that through “The Girl Who Sees,” a Filipino fantasy adventure game. Against a backdrop of military occupation and Filipino lore, “The… continue reading New Game from AU Alumni Highlights Filipino Culture

Gaming Grabs Spotlight at Indie Arcade in Washington, DC

Getting a master’s degree in a cultural hotbed such as Washington, DC, has its perks, including many opportunities to take schoolwork into unexpected places. For American University’s MA in Game Design students, one of the most unique and hands-on events of the year is the annual Indie Arcade, hosted by the AU Game Lab and… continue reading Gaming Grabs Spotlight at Indie Arcade in Washington, DC

What Bob Hone is Playing This Summer

When it’s summertime in Washington, DC, great activities include visiting parks and outdoor monuments, experiencing a Washington Nationals baseball game, and attending the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. But when you want to beat the heat, summer is also a great time to catch up on some video games. This summer American University Assistant Professor and Game… continue reading What Bob Hone is Playing This Summer

The Game That Professor Mike Treanor is Playing

Gaming on the go has never been easier. With several handheld consoles to choose from, you can play while you’re traveling, including on your cellphone. There are several different games to choose from on your phone’s app store, from casual “Candy Crush” to cult classics like “Ghost Trick,” there’s a game for everyone. This summer,… continue reading The Game That Professor Mike Treanor is Playing

What Lindsay Grace is Playing This Summer

Some professors of video game design can dissect the mechanics of engagement, others can argue the strengths of specific design techniques, and others can tell you how to code these elements to make a game successful, but they all share one trait: they love to play video games. This summer, American University Professor Lindsay Grace’s… continue reading What Lindsay Grace is Playing This Summer

6 Reasons Why a Game Design Certificate Matters

There are many aspiring game designers seeking a specialized master’s degree as part of their career journey, but what about professionals who only recently have considered changing course? For these people, earning a game design certificate is a perfect first step. Here are six reasons why: Games Matter. Never in history have games been more… continue reading 6 Reasons Why a Game Design Certificate Matters

Student’s Video Game Puts Parkinson’s Patients in Driver’s Seat

When you design a video game for recreational purposes, understanding your audience is important. When creating a game to use in physical therapy, audience is beyond important. Lives and well-being are at stake. Alex Cha, who just completed American University’s Master of Arts in Game Design program, created “Cardio Copter” as part of a semester-long project… continue reading Student’s Video Game Puts Parkinson’s Patients in Driver’s Seat

Game Lab Helps Lead Persuasive Play Conversation at SXSW

From sharing their own stories to experiencing new projects that have the industry abuzz, JoLT Fellows from the American University (AU) Game Lab took full advantage of their recent trip to Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals. Members of the JoLT team—including a game designer, a clinical psychologist, a comic… continue reading Game Lab Helps Lead Persuasive Play Conversation at SXSW

Interactivity in Healthcare Turns Games into Treatment

The impact of gaming on health and education is far beyond theoretical for American University Professor Robert Hone. As the former creative director for Red Hill Studios, a boutique interactive design company, Hone used numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation to develop innovative software that not only entertains, but… continue reading Interactivity in Healthcare Turns Games into Treatment

D.C. Festival Shines Spotlight on Gaming for Civic Engagement in Cities

Pokémon Go was all the rage — but now what? Cities are increasingly asking how play might engage residents with open data, city services and each other — beyond mass media games. At DC Ideas Fest on May 6, game designer and civic media scholar Benjamin Stokes will present “Gaming for the City,” an exploration… continue reading D.C. Festival Shines Spotlight on Gaming for Civic Engagement in Cities

3 TV Shows with Misconceptions About Bureaucracy

By School of Public Affairs There are few genres America loves more than a good political drama. From the Manchurian Candidate to Frost/Nixon, society revels in the backroom dealings and power struggles inherent in political office. For years, TV shows pedaling these intriguing stories have kept viewers on edge and made the political profession appear… continue reading 3 TV Shows with Misconceptions About Bureaucracy

The Anatomy of a Game Design Student

What makes up a game design student here at American University? Well, for starters, students pursuing an MA in Game Design here at the university come from all sorts of academic backgrounds: psychology, journalism, politics—you name it. They are compassionate, creative and passionate about the work that they pursue. Learn more about the MA in Game Design program… continue reading The Anatomy of a Game Design Student

Journalism, Games and Play Collide at SXSW

Some casual onlookers of South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals may think of this yearly showcase for the interactive, film and music industries as a haven for bands with odd names and people wearing intriguing shoes, but it’s much more than that. SXSW is a high-profile spotlight for some of the most creative people… continue reading Journalism, Games and Play Collide at SXSW

10 Jobs You Can Do with an MPA

By SPA Staff 1. Policy Analyst Determine what effects policy decisions will have on the population they govern. 2. Research Associate Use your research skills at a university or research institute. 3. CEO, COO, or CFO Apply your management and development skills for high-level management positions. AU MPA grad Gwen Sykes is currently the CFO of the… continue reading 10 Jobs You Can Do with an MPA

Game Lab Director Helps Translate ‘Persuasive Play’ into Social Action

Too many people allow their special talents to be underutilized or even unused — lying dormant and only ever emerging in mundane ways. Lindsay Grace, a social impact gaming pioneer, is not one of those people. Grace’s gift for creating art through video games and passion for social change led him to develop the American… continue reading Game Lab Director Helps Translate ‘Persuasive Play’ into Social Action

4 Ways to Build Your Gaming Network in Washington DC

Not only is Washington DC home to American University’s game design program, it has a ton of meet-ups and events for gamers outside of the classroom. If you are looking for a way to show off your creation or just hang out with fellow gamers, the Washington DC area’s vibrant gaming culture ensures that you… continue reading 4 Ways to Build Your Gaming Network in Washington DC

10 Jobs You Can Do with an MPP

Written by SPA Staff 1. Policy Analyst Analyze proposals in various fields including education policy, health policy, social welfare policy, environmental policy, or international development policy. 2. Human Resources Director As the head of an HR team, help create a fair and safe workplace. 3. Politician Lead the charge for change in your community and… continue reading 10 Jobs You Can Do with an MPP

Games+ Summit 2017

More than 120 professionals, educators and students gathered for the inaugural Games+ Summit hosted by American University Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The attendees represented a variety of industries, including federal agencies, non-profits, healthcare, technology and more. Individual sessions at Games+ Summit explored issues at the forefront of game theory and practice and how games intersect… continue reading Games+ Summit 2017

What the “Big Four” Want in an Accounting Graduate: Spotlight on Jacob Spector

Get the inside track from a Recent Graduate of the Masters of Accounting program at American University. Jacob Spector, a recent graduate of American University’s Master of Science in Accounting never dreamed he would become a staff auditor for Ernst & Young, one of the well-known “Big Four” accounting firms. But while earning his first… continue reading What the “Big Four” Want in an Accounting Graduate: Spotlight on Jacob Spector

Games Plus Cities: Play and Social Connections in Communities

Play can bridge divides, from chess in the park to major league sports teams. Now the digital side is raising new opportunities for cities. Digital games are everywhere — on phones, tablets, laptops, TVs and more. Growing mobility enables people to take games everywhere from living rooms to waiting rooms, and widespread connectivity makes it… continue reading Games Plus Cities: Play and Social Connections in Communities

New MS in Finance Course Prepares Students for Risk Management Certification

As the field of finance expands into sub-specialties such as asset management, risk management, structured finance, wealth management and advisory, students must rise to the challenge of marketing themselves to employers who are seeking specific skills. For employers, the change means more specific differentiation between finance capabilities. To minimize market confusion and develop global standards… continue reading New MS in Finance Course Prepares Students for Risk Management Certification

Why Study in DC? A Prime Location for Accounting and More

American University’s prime location in the nation’s capital means access to opportunities not found in other cities. For students in the Master’s in Accounting (MSA) program, this means gaining access to professional and alumni networks across the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. Our students, full-time and part-time alike, take full advantage of all the D.C.… continue reading Why Study in DC? A Prime Location for Accounting and More

Games by the Numbers

The Game Lab at American University leverages proximity to public and private sector leaders to bring games to traditionally non-game contexts for new levels of engagement. Interested in joining our community? Learn more about the MA in Game Design program at American University.

New MS in Finance Course Prepares Students for Risk Management Certification

As the field of finance expands into sub-specialties such as asset management, risk management, structured finance, wealth management and advisory, students must rise to the challenge of marketing themselves to employers who are seeking specific skills. For employers, the change means more specific differentiation between finance capabilities. To minimize market confusion and develop global standards… continue reading New MS in Finance Course Prepares Students for Risk Management Certification

Kogod Leads the Way in Islamic Finance Education

The Islamic Finance market is estimated to range in size from $1.66 trillion to $2.1 trillion with anticipated growth to $3.4 trillion by the end of 2018. Islamic financial assets represent one percent of the entire global financial market, with major capitals leading the way, including London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Dubai, the United Arab Emirates,… continue reading Kogod Leads the Way in Islamic Finance Education

Five Financial Heroes and Villains: How a Master of Science in Accounting at American University Can Turn You into a Fiscal Superstar

Over the last 25 years, corporate accounting scandals have earned front-page headlines. These acts of malfeasance—from Ponzi schemes to income inflation—triggered sweeping corporate finance reforms; the Occupy Wall Street movement; and the controversial U.S. bank bailout following the financial crash of 2008. But for every financial villain there are accounting heroes – single whistleblowers or… continue reading Five Financial Heroes and Villains: How a Master of Science in Accounting at American University Can Turn You into a Fiscal Superstar

Capstone Finance Course Employs Theory to Prepare Students for Job Market

The Kogod School of Business’ graduate Finance program is introducing a Capstone Finance course in Spring 2017 that will be available to students who are part of the Fall 2016 cohort. Taught by Dr. Jeffrey Harris, the Gary D. Cohn Goldman Sachs Chair in Finance, the class will serve as an essential bridge between theory… continue reading Capstone Finance Course Employs Theory to Prepare Students for Job Market

Scholarship Options Make Earning a Master’s in Accounting Degree More Affordable

A graduate degree in accounting is a great way to advance your current career or help you enter a new profession. Paying for a master’s degree can be expensive, but its long-term benefits make it well worth the initial cost. You don’t have to pay for your graduate education by yourself, though. Many scholarships options… continue reading Scholarship Options Make Earning a Master’s in Accounting Degree More Affordable

Publish Your Work: Insights from Arielle Bernstein

Arielle Bernstein graduated from the AU MFA in Creative Writing in 2009 with a mixed-genre thesis, and she has now joined us as a professorial lecturer. Arielle’s career – with wide publication in both fiction and nonfiction – offers an example of where AU’s cross-genre focus can lead. Her cultural criticism, personal narrative and reviews… continue reading Publish Your Work: Insights from Arielle Bernstein

Public Health vs. Health Promotion Management

Advancements in science, technology and healthcare have made at least one thing crystal clear, it will take everyone’s best efforts to improve health in communities all over the world. This far-flung realization has led to a wealth of career opportunities for people who are passionate about health. There are many exciting professional paths that center… continue reading Public Health vs. Health Promotion Management

Healthy Schools Act in DC Gives Grad Students Hands-On Training

In some communities, 100 percent of a grad student’s research is done online. But in a metro area—especially Washington, DC—much of that research can be gathered, observed, and analyzed in the field, where firsthand experience with the “real world” can teach us valuable lessons. For five years, students in American University’s MS in health promotion… continue reading Healthy Schools Act in DC Gives Grad Students Hands-On Training

5 Accomplished Writers You’ll Connect with at AU

We are proud of our accomplished creative writing faculty, whose achievements include acclaimed publications, national awards and reputations for excellence. There has been a lot of great work published in recent months and years. If you are applying to, or just considering, our MFA in Creative Writing, we encourage you to check out the work… continue reading 5 Accomplished Writers You’ll Connect with at AU

Q&A with Game Design Student Rae Heitkamp

Rae Heitkamp is one of American University’s innovative Game Design students. In our interview, she shares what drew her to the program and imparts her wisdom to future applicants. Her student perspective provides a crucial window into the burgeoning field of Game Design.   Your background is in biomedical research. What prompted the switch to… continue reading Q&A with Game Design Student Rae Heitkamp

Master’s Students Unify Around Art, Science, and Passion to Promote Health

No university program should use long history and rich tradition as an excuse to settle for the status quo. American University has the oldest master’s in health promotion management program in the U.S. — but also some of the most advantageous, hands-on education activities anywhere. Some students have been able to dive into data collection… continue reading Master’s Students Unify Around Art, Science, and Passion to Promote Health

Master’s Class Focuses on Connections Between Health Equity and Social Justice

It was during her graduate studies at American University that Jessica Young discovered the depth of her interest in the different ways that populations experience health. “I knew that I wanted to use my career to improve the public’s health and that working with policy would be a way to impact the health of thousands… continue reading Master’s Class Focuses on Connections Between Health Equity and Social Justice

An Interview with Valzhyna Mort, Poet & AU Graduate

When poet Valzhyna Mort arrived at AU as a student, she already had several accomplishments behind her. She had published a collection of poetry, Factory of Tears, in the United States and in Belarus, and been the youngest person ever featured on the cover of Poets & Writers magazine. Valzhyna has since published another collection, Collected Body (Copper… continue reading An Interview with Valzhyna Mort, Poet & AU Graduate

A Look Inside the District’s Only Creative Writing MFA

The multi-genre focus. The vibrant location. The engaged community of writers with diverse backgrounds and rigorous insights. For more than 30 years, the District’s only creative writing MFA program has fostered the talents and ambitions of writers who have gone on to make their mark in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—and to make their mark on their communities. In… continue reading A Look Inside the District’s Only Creative Writing MFA

AhealthyU: How Health and Wellness Programs Make a Positive Impact on Campus

AhealthyU, American University’s faculty and staff wellness program, is celebrating its 10th year. While its scope and goals have grown, the program’s inception was driven by both necessity and a deep desire to see its team flourish. “We discovered that many of our faculty and staff were being treated for health conditions that could lead to heart disease… continue reading AhealthyU: How Health and Wellness Programs Make a Positive Impact on Campus

The FSIT Lab Brings Wall Street Directly to You

One peek into the Financial Services and Information Technology (FSIT) Lab at the Kogod School of Business is all you need to get a sense that this is a nexus of learning and real-world experience. Students and faculty are busy modeling and analyzing data, conducting financial market research or participating in any number of other… continue reading The FSIT Lab Brings Wall Street Directly to You

MSA Courses Rooted in Real-World Business Issues

Accounting is projected to grow 22 percent over the next decade. With rigorous core classes that underscore real-world experience, the Master of Science in Accounting program will prepare you to work in international consulting firms, major corporations, law enforcement agencies and more. Faculty with vast industry experience will guide you in developing and honing the… continue reading MSA Courses Rooted in Real-World Business Issues

AU Study Finds Racial Bias in School

Do teacher expectations vary depending on the race of their students? A new study conducted by economists at American University’s School of Public Affairs in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins University Department of Economics found the answer, and it might surprise you. In order to understand the importance of the study, recently published in The… continue reading AU Study Finds Racial Bias in School

Experience the Art of Investing with the Student Managed Investment Fund

Imagine pitching an investment idea to real partners and a real board before you hit the job market. The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), offered to graduate and undergraduate students at the Kogod School of Business, is a truly unique opportunity to gain real-world experience in securities analysis and portfolio management. Each semester, approximately 24… continue reading Experience the Art of Investing with the Student Managed Investment Fund

Hit the Ground Running This Fall With Our New Finance Intensive Course

Beginning this summer with the Fall 2016 cohort, the American University Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program will offer a new, weeklong Finance Intensive course. The course will provide an overview of concepts covered in the first semester and introduce students to all that the Kogod School of Business has to offer. Get on… continue reading Hit the Ground Running This Fall With Our New Finance Intensive Course

Three Soft Skills Every Accountant Needs: Master them at American University

Managing client expectations. Successfully pitching a new idea. Meeting with team members. These are just some of the everyday accounting practices that go beyond technical know-how. “Soft skills” may not always come naturally, but they are of equal importance in the business world – arguably more. Presenting a financial analysis or managing a client requires… continue reading Three Soft Skills Every Accountant Needs: Master them at American University

4 Northern Virginia Writers’ Colonies & Conferences to Explore

We’re lucky to be within close proximity to a number of great writers’ colonies and conferences in the Washington, DC, metro area. Writers’ colonies offer quiet space and solitude to support the creation of new work, and to remove daily distractions like friends and families and routines from the writing process. Workshops and conferences offer… continue reading 4 Northern Virginia Writers’ Colonies & Conferences to Explore

Global Healthy Workplace Summit Brings Program Innovation to Washington, DC

By Wolf Kirsten Regardless of country, historical background, local government, or cultural trends, workplace health promotion is vital. It’s easier than ever to fall into sedentary behaviors and poor eating habits, which is why we need more professionals throughout the world who have the talents, passion, and work ethic to help people, organizations and communities… continue reading Global Healthy Workplace Summit Brings Program Innovation to Washington, DC

Jumpstarting Change: Game Lab Students Showcase Findings on Community Engagement at GDC 2016

The JoLT initiative started in 2015 with the question, “Do the worlds of game design and journalism have anything to learn from each other?” The answer is yes, and three students from the American University Game Design program got to present the initiative’s findings this year at the Game Developers’ Conference. The conference, known as… continue reading Jumpstarting Change: Game Lab Students Showcase Findings on Community Engagement at GDC 2016

New Course on Alternative Asset Management Helps Prepare Students for CAIA License

By MSF Faculty & Staff Hedge funds, private equity, renewable energy, real estate. These are just some of the alternative investment areas that are generating buzz and opportunity. In our era of market turmoil where investors are looking beyond traditional stock and bonds, training in alternative investment vehicles is essential for finance professionals. Beginning this… continue reading New Course on Alternative Asset Management Helps Prepare Students for CAIA License

7 Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Blogs You Should Follow

The rapid expansion of health-related content available on the Internet has its pros and cons. The most notable drawback is that consumers often feel overwhelmed and confused by hundreds of conflicting opinions, which can lead to poor decisions that hinder or at least stagnate health progress. With all of the fitness and nutrition blogs out… continue reading 7 Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Blogs You Should Follow

American University Paves the Way: How Public Affairs Graduates Know Success

One of the true measures of a great academic institution is how its graduates change the world. The School of Public Affairs has an 80-year history of graduating professionals into serving society at the highest levels – from The White House and the Secret Service, to members of U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and national nonprofit… continue reading American University Paves the Way: How Public Affairs Graduates Know Success

AU Researcher Suggests Avoiding Certain Food Additives Can Alleviate Neurological Symptoms

Often it’s the hot-button, trendy, social-media-friendly health topics that get the general populace buzzing about health and well-being. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, there’s a wealth of research, strategy, and passion converging in efforts to truly improve the state of health—and not just spur a new crop of popular diet books. In the work of Dr.… continue reading AU Researcher Suggests Avoiding Certain Food Additives Can Alleviate Neurological Symptoms

Why Exploring Multiple Genres Matters and Other Insights from Rachel Louise Snyder

A distinguishing feature of AU’s MFA in creative writing program is the opportunity to explore multiple genres, discovering how poetry, fiction, and nonfiction can feed one another and lead to expansive career opportunities. AU Associate Professor Rachel Louise Snyder has a body of work that embodies our cross-genre values, with achievements in both fiction and… continue reading Why Exploring Multiple Genres Matters and Other Insights from Rachel Louise Snyder

Fight Fraud with Specialized Forensic Accounting Classes

You’ve seen the big names in the headlines. From Worldcom and Enron to AIG and Bernie Madoff, financial fraud has become a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, it’s hard to scan a newspaper these days without coming across a story involving a corporate scandal or individual target. To combat financial wrongdoing, companies must now turn… continue reading Fight Fraud with Specialized Forensic Accounting Classes

3 Tips from Health Promotion Management Alumni

By Stephanie George, MS, CHES Without question, one of the best parts of my career in health promotion management is the opportunity to meet and encourage my future colleagues in this field—a field defined by true passion for better health and well-being. Recently I returned to my alma mater for American University’s Annual Alumni Panel… continue reading 3 Tips from Health Promotion Management Alumni

Gun, Fire, and Car Safety Practices in Homes with Small Children Linked to Rates of Parental Depression

Taryn Morrissey’s work has been published in numerous national journals, such as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and The Journal of Marriage and Family. But her work doesn’t stop with the written word. An Assistant Professor in School of Public Affairs at AU, she takes the lessons she’s learned from her research and puts it to… continue reading Gun, Fire, and Car Safety Practices in Homes with Small Children Linked to Rates of Parental Depression

How an MFA Professor’s Challenge Led to a Student’s First Book

Written by Glen Finland American University Professor Denise Orenstein was adamant—“Write about the one thing you don’t want to write about.” It wasn’t easy, but she was right. Once I got up the courage to try it, the truth popped out. Ten years later, Putnam published my book Next Stop. In 2002, at age 50, I… continue reading How an MFA Professor’s Challenge Led to a Student’s First Book

An Interview with Jenny Molberg, Poet and English Professor

Many graduates of the creative writing MFA program pursue rewarding teaching opportunities to accompany their writing careers. A 2009 American University graduate, Jenny Molberg is a poet, serves as poetry editor for Pleiades, and works as assistant professor of English at the University of Central Missouri. Jenny’s debut collection, Marvels of the Invisible, won the 2014 Berkshire… continue reading An Interview with Jenny Molberg, Poet and English Professor

5 Reasons to Study Health in DC

No city features a more diverse convergence of richly beneficial internship and service opportunities than Washington, DC. Our graduate students discover many perks while living and studying in the District. So we asked for their thoughts, and they answered. Here are the five most exciting advantages of studying health in DC: 1. Social Justice Opportunities… continue reading 5 Reasons to Study Health in DC

Notes from Rome: An Interview with MFA Student Nancy Kidder

Last summer, the AU creative writing MFA program launched an annual study abroad program in Rome, through a partnership with John Cabot University’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. The program allows our students to spend five weeks with a writer in residence and take literature and writing classes—all while exploring Rome and nearby areas. Nancy Kidder… continue reading Notes from Rome: An Interview with MFA Student Nancy Kidder

Five-Year Report on the Healthy School Act

For the past five years, American University has worked with the Kaiser Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic States to assess the success of the 2010 Healthy Schools Act (HSA) in Washington, DC. The District Council enacted the HSA to help make schools healthier environments in which to learn and work. It’s essential to ensure students’ well-being… continue reading Five-Year Report on the Healthy School Act

5 Reasons to Get Your MFA in Creative Writing

Looking to connect with a community of writers? American University offers the only MFA in creative writing in the District. You’ll find lawyers, journalists, poets and authors collaborating in workshops on our campus.     The priority deadline for fall 2016 enrollment is just around the corner. Get started on your application today.

Earn Your Degree in Health Promotion Management

Health promotion students are passionate about health and fitness. They’re on campus brainstorming marketing plans and strategies for health promotion. They’re out in the District community impacting corporate health and wellness for local companies.     Ready to join our community? The priority deadline for Fall 2016 enrollment is just around the corner. Get started… continue reading Earn Your Degree in Health Promotion Management

2016 Health Trends from American University

This time of year, many people invest a great deal of time, thought, money, and effort into ways to improve their health and well-being. This pervasive openness to new health ideas draws people to a wide variety of health-related trends—from weight-loss programs and diet fads to exciting exercise routines. Research in our Department of Health… continue reading 2016 Health Trends from American University

4 Tips for Writing a Successful Personal Statement

A promising creative manuscript is the key to a successful MFA program application. But, as the admissions committee reads applications, they know they are selecting more than good writers: they are also selecting members of the program community. Your personal statement plays a critical role in showing the admissions committee who you are and how… continue reading 4 Tips for Writing a Successful Personal Statement

An Interview with Sandra Beasley, MFA Graduate & DC Writer

Poet and nonfiction writer Sandra Beasley graduated from the AU creative writing MFA program in 2004, and she has continued to make her home in Washington, DC, in the years since. In addition to her three collections of poetry—Theories of Falling (2008), I Was the Jukebox (2010), and Count the Waves (2015)—Sandra’s memoir, Don’t Kill… continue reading An Interview with Sandra Beasley, MFA Graduate & DC Writer

AU Students Do Their Part to Build Healthy Communities and Give Back in DC

Written by Dr. Anastasia Snelling Each year the students, faculty, and staff in the Health Promotion Management Program select a holiday community service project. In the past, we have adopted families from a local maternal and childcare clinic and surprised them on Christmas morning with gifts for children and/or their homes. In 2014, we donated… continue reading AU Students Do Their Part to Build Healthy Communities and Give Back in DC

5 Nutrition and Health Tips for the Holidays

Even the most ardent nutrition advocate is susceptible to treat-induced slip-ups and skipped workout sessions during the holiday season. From sugary beverages and baked goods, to high-fat savory dishes, there’s a bevy of food-related obstacles to avoid. Plus, with all that eating, who has the time and willpower to stay active? You do! With firm… continue reading 5 Nutrition and Health Tips for the Holidays

5 Podcasts All Writers Should Know About

Podcasts carry value for writers that goes well beyond entertainment. They highlight poetry readings. Author interviews. Vivid narratives. Not just a writer’s goldmine, podcasts are also a platform for showcasing a writer’s work. Most narrative podcasts accept story pitches, and as you publish, podcasters may be interested in interviewing you for a show. The five… continue reading 5 Podcasts All Writers Should Know About

Finding Community in Your Grad Program

  People find their passion and purpose at different stages of life. For students like Jen Fields, those points intersect amid the art and science of the Health Promotion Management Program at American University. Jen already had a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology when she arrived at AU, but it’s her postgraduate education that is giving… continue reading Finding Community in Your Grad Program

Film by Best-selling Author Validates Art and Science of Health Promotion

With the presence of several hot-button, controversial health issues at the forefront in our country and world, it’s easy to lose sight of the depth and breadth of factors affecting health and well-being. It’s about much more than insurance coverage and calorie counting. As best-selling author Tom Rath addresses in his book and documentary Are… continue reading Film by Best-selling Author Validates Art and Science of Health Promotion

These Health Promotion Alumni Are Making A Difference With Their Degrees

The students in our health promotion management master’s program go on to do incredible things in areas including corporate health, exercise physiology, health communication, health policy, global health, and nutrition. Here are a few examples of American University alumni who are applying their knowledge and passion to truly benefit the communities around them:   Kristen… continue reading These Health Promotion Alumni Are Making A Difference With Their Degrees

Students Learn From Health Promotion Leaders at HERO Forum

Conferences come and go. There are thousands of them every year. However, for our students who are attending the annual Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Forum on Employee Health Management Solutions on Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, it’s not “just another conference.” For the American University students who are pursuing an MS in Health Promotion… continue reading Students Learn From Health Promotion Leaders at HERO Forum

Research Shows Link Between Health and Successful Learning

From preschoolers picking out colored pencils to graduate students upgrading their old laptops, back-to-school shopping remains in full swing. Written by Dr. Anastasia Snelling It’s an exciting time of year, with plenty of fun items to purchase. It’s also a great opportunity for parents—and students of all ages—to place healthy lunch items and a comfortable… continue reading Research Shows Link Between Health and Successful Learning

6 Cool Health Promotion Organizations You Should Know About

Our students in American University’s master’s degree in health promotion management have a unique opportunity. While learning about the art and science of health promotion from esteemed experts in the field, students also can reap all the resume-building benefits of living in the nation’s capital. Washington, DC, is awash in meaningful, effective nonprofits that choose… continue reading 6 Cool Health Promotion Organizations You Should Know About

Health Promotion Managers Change the World

For many, the components are all there. Deep devotion to health and well-being. Innovative ideas for improving the system. Clear goals rooted in firm ideals. For people who pursue careers in health promotion management, it takes all these factors together, working in unison, to make a significant difference in the world. Health promotion management is… continue reading Health Promotion Managers Change the World