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Greetings from LaTanya Sothern

Fellow Eagles,

We have breaking alumni news: Our AU alumni family has grown to 150,000 strong! This number really showcases for me the great power and impact that we can have together. And, as we enter the final months of the Change Can’t Wait campaign, I want to encourage you again to participate in this historic moment for American University.

Through this campaign, our alma mater has put more than $463 million to work for our students, our community. Through scholarships, endowed faculty chair positions, and support for the renovation of our beloved Mary Graydon Center, we are making HUGE strides for AU.

It’s also Black History Month, and while we celebrate Black history and the impact of cultural contributions year-round, we also look forward to focusing on it even more each February. This year, the Black Alumni Alliance is hosting a Black History Month OASATAU Legacy Empowerment Summit on Saturday, February 24. Learn more and register to attend here.

This issue of Alumni Update also includes our traditional #AUSweethearts feature. Many alumni found love at AU, and I hope you’ll enjoy some of their stories, including this one about Virginia Severi, SOC/BA ’80, and Robert Severi, SPA/BS ’79. (Isn’t that photo amazing?!)

Finally, please join me in supporting AU Giving Day 2024 on February 26 and 27 when our community comes together for 36-hours with one goal: to make a difference.

Since 2015, AU Giving Day has raised over $2.75 MIILLION to provide critical support to students, staff, and faculty. From providing student scholarships, financial aid, and emergency support to advancing groundbreaking innovations with real-world impact in sustainability, health, security, and social equity, alumni like you have made a real impact on our university.

Will you join me in supporting AU today? All early gifts made through Alumni Update will be counted towards the 3,000 donors needed unlock a special AU Giving Day Challenge gift. By giving a gift today of any size, to anywhere you love at AU, you’ll multiply your gift’s impact.

Best wishes,

LaTanya Sothern, SOC/BA ’92