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Alumni Newsletter Volume

November 2016
In this issue:
1. Alumni Profile: Jean Lamore
2. Council of Academic Advisors Update
3. Alumni Reception in NYC
4. San Diego Alumni Happy Hour
5. Sortie with the French Honors Program
6. Mise en Pratique
7. IAU Degrees & Accreditation
8. IAU in Barcelona
9. 60th Anniversary Alumni Reunion in Aix
10. Alumni in Love
11. IAU College Dean Honored
12. Bryant University in Morocco
13. Alumni Discounts with IAU- Come back!
14. Position Announcement: Admissions Counselor

Alumni Profile

Jean Lamore: Writer, Painter, Sculptor
Spring 1973
Lamore is a pluridisciplinary and politically-engaged artist.  His body of work incorporates sculpture, painting, writing, film-making, and more.  IAU students walk past his sculpture daily in Aix at Place Jeanne d’Arc, next to the Rotonde (image below).  His wide-ranging work is on display at, along with press releases and articles focusing on his extensive outreach with other artists worldwide. He speaks regularly in debates and conferences, and has appeared on France 24, TV 5 Monde and BBC World News; in 2008, he was invited by film director Ken Loach to SOAS, London for the screening of his film Building Oblivion (world premiere on BBC World News with George Alhagia in 2007).

Curator Simon Njami and collaborators are preparing a 2017 retrospective of the ensemble of his work covering Fine Art, Writing, Film-making and Political Intervention, scheduled for 2017/2018 in Tokyo, London and Berlin. Born in 1952 in Washington DC, he moved to France in 1977. His work has also been shown at the 1986 Venice Biennale, Aperto section, Pictura Loquens at the Villa Arson, Nice and Arte in Francia, Twenty-five Years of French Art, at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. He co-founded Quatrième Parallèle, an artists’ residency in the Central African Republic and he participated from its inception in the collective project Necessità dei Volti presented at Image in the Aftermath at the Beirut Art Center (BAC) and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. He is co-founder and Editor of Mamba, a cultural review at the crossroads of politics.

Council of Academic Advisors Update

IAU’s Council of Academic Advisors (CAA), a board made up of experienced international educators from partner institutions and organizations, held their annual meetings in Aix in early October. This year’s meeting focused on how IAU can present itself as a campus community, with a solid foundation and the services necessary to foster an environment of intellectual curiosity and exploration. Members attending this year’s meeting included:

Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs
West Virginia University 

Harvey CHARLES, PhD 
Dean for International Education
University at Albany 

Alain-Philippe DURAND, PhD
Dean of the College of Humanities
University of Arizona 

Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
University of California - Davis

Director of Study Abroad
California Lutheran University

Patricia LOCKE, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
St. John’s College

Senior Scholar and Director of Civil Learning
and Democracy Initiatives 
Association of American Colleges and Universities 
Professor of French
Rice University 
Jose A. SAINZ, PhD
Director, Center for International Education
University of Mary Washington 
Associate Director, Education Abroad
The Pennsylvania State University 
Dean, Office of Global Education
Muhlenberg College

Alumni Reception in NYC 

We want to thank those who did attend the IAU College New York City reception on October 26 for making the evening so memorable! It was wonderful to hear your stories and memories of your time at IAU. The energy in the room was electric and it was heartening to see so many of you connecting and re-connecting with your fellow IAU alumni.  We appreciate you making the time to be there and hope you enjoyed the evening.

Our thanks again to longtime IAU Trustee and alumna Donna Manning for hosting such a special evening and to IAU Trustee and Sculptor Greg Wyatt for securing the beautiful venue. What a joy it was to have our beloved Yamina as part of such a special occasion.

To see more photos of the evening, please visit our Flickr Album
Max Hambuger '92 and Sebastian de Lemps '92 with Professor Charles Potter (center)
IAU College President Carl Jubran '92 with Trustee Joseph Herlihy '73-'74 and IAU Dean of Alumni Affairs Kurt Schick
Mariette Del Vecchio, Samantha Ramsden, Klevisa Kovaci and Brilliant Akakpo
(class of '92) reunite after 4 years.
Host and IAU Trustee Donna Manning '61-'62 with Doug Yeager '66-'67 and Alice Freed '66-'67
San Diego Alumni Happy Hour

On Thursday, November 3rd, several IAU College alumni gathered at IAU's U.S. Office of Admissions & Alumni Affairs to share memories of  their experiences with IAU and to enjoy French cheese and wine. Our very own Yamina Boudellal joined the party all the way from Aix. Thank you to those who could make it, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

(Left) Erin Borgeson Wallen ('88), IAU President Carl Jubran ('92), and Rhonda Morris Epstein ('76-'77) (Center) Rhonda Morris Epstein ('76-'77), IAU's Yamina Boudellal, and Joanie Anderson Volle ('85-'86) (Right) Emma Angold ('15), Stephanie Chang ('07), and Fiorella Morales ('15)
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Sortie avec French Honors Program

Vendredi 7 Octobre dans le parcours d’Art et d’Architecture de Château Lacoste : une expérience directe avec la campagne provençale aixoise et, simultanément,  des œuvres d’art contemporain « in situ ».

Mise en pratique

Allons au salon de thé pour découvrir "l'ambiance feutrée" (cosy!), commander un thé ou un café, mais lesquels? Café allongé, déca, léger, torréfié, noisette (avec une goutte de lait), crème, cappuccino, au lait ou avec de la crème chantilly... Et pour le thé? Plutôt en vrac ou sachet, avec une rondelle d'agrumes... ? Si on choisissait un chocolat chaud fait maison avec du vrai chocolat broyé devant nous... La classe FRE 202 était ravie de profiter du cadre d'un salon de thé aixois pour son cours.

IAU Degrees & Accreditation

Last year IAU College took a big step in our evolution as an educational institution when we introduced our first IAU College degree program, a 2-year MFA program at the Marchutz School.  We took the next step this Fall, when we enrolled our first students in two additional Master’s degree programs – a Master of Arts in French Studies and a Master of Arts in International Relations.  Our first ever IAU College graduates will receive their diplomas in May 2017.

After 60 years of excellence in overseas study programs, offering our own degrees is a natural and needed step forward for IAU College.  It requires that we seek additional accreditation in the U.S. and we have begun that process.  Dr. Bruce Hitchner of Tufts University, who knows IAU College well, has been advising us on preparing our application.  Once we have our first crop of graduates, we can begin the formal application process.  This will take time – measured in years, not months - and will demand a lot of effort by IAU College staff and faculty.    It is an opportunity to think about our goals, hone our skills, clarify our methods, and improve the quality of our educational offer.  We are committed to ensuring that IAU College emerges from this process a stronger organization.

IAU in Barcelona

Since 2012 IAU has been offering a six-week summer program in Barcelona, Spain; for Summer 2016 we had an unprecedented enrollment of over 80 students.  In addition to (or perhaps because of) this success, we have been approached by partner institutions such as University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Lincoln-Nebraska, Muhlenberg College, and Albion College to develop a semester and year-long program in Barcelona.  As a result, we will be launching the new semester program in January of 2017 and begin promoting and recruiting students for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The IAU College - Barcelona Campus will be located in the prestigious and vibrant area of Plaça de Catalunya in a 250-square meter building with classrooms, student services and support staff able to accommodate up to 100 students per semester. IAU College has also established partnerships with the University of Barcelona and the Seminari of Catalunya who will provide faculty and additional space for our academic programs. 


60th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion

May 17-21, 2017 marks the date for alumni to return to Aix to celebrate IAU College’s 60th anniversary. Over several days alumni will have the opportunity to stroll along the Cours Mirabeau, revisit the Institute’s buildings, the Marchutz School of Art, attend receptions, seminars, an evening gala, as well as time to explore the markets or Mont Sainte-Victoire.

Prior to the 60th Anniversary Alumni Reunion, IAU is looking for class representatives to volunteer to serve as class reunion ambassadors to help bring together your classmates for this wonderful week and the chance to remember the Institute: ‘IAU, Je m'en souviens!’. Please contact Rose Guth in our U.S. Office of Alumni Affairs at with any questions or if you are interested in becoming a class reunion ambassador.

Register for the
60th Anniversary Reunion

Click here for an itinerary of the weekend
(please note: itinerary is subject to change)

Alumni in Love

IAU Alumni Leslie Reardon (né
e Newman) and John Reardon in Aix, 1987 share their love story as their daughter prepares to study in Aix this coming spring.

“Leslie and I attended Aix in the spring of 1987. She was an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, and I was at Boston University. After meeting in Aix we stayed together through the completion of our studies and lived in Paris and  New York before settling down in Washington, DC. Sophie is our oldest daughter and is a junior at Boston College. She will be studying in Aix this spring semester: exactly 30 years from when Leslie and I first met!” -John Reardon '87
John, Sophie and Leslie Reardon, a family of IAU Alumni
IAU College Dean Honored

As we go to press, word comes that our very own Professor Aboubakr Jamai will be honored by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) at their 10th Anniversary Awards Dinner on November 30, 2016 in Washington DC for his work on independent journalism in Morocco.  He will join other champions of democracy and a free press such as editor Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post, journalist Lina Atallah of Egypt, and Ambassador William Burns, ret., former Deputy Secretary of State and President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Project on Middle East Democracy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East and how the U.S. can best support that process.
Bryant University in Morocco 

Last August marked the fourth consecutive year that business students from Bryant University have participated in a unique early start program at IAU College. Accompanied this year by Bryant professor, Dr. Andres Ramirez, and IAU Dean of the School of Business & International Relations, Professor Aboubakr Jamai, 15 students spent two weeks comparing international business strategies and entrepreneurship in France and Morocco. The program, based at IAU’s Aix-en-Provence campus, included a visit to Morocco to speak with local business professionals and visit industries in the Mediterranean Region. The students then went on to study at IAU in Aix for the fall semester. 
Come back to IAU!
IAU College welcomes and encourages alumni to return to IAU, either to enroll in programs that drew them to IAU in the first place or to experience IAU through one of the many new offerings. Alumni who enroll in IAU’s 6-credit summer program are eligible to receive a $500 grant. Alumni who enroll in a J-term program are eligible to receive a $250 grant, and alumni who enroll in a semester program are eligible to receive a $1,000 grant.
Photo from La Cigale - 1973

Position Announcement: Admissions Counselor

Due to unprecedented enrollment growth, IAU College is seeking an admissions counselor to join its U.S. Office of Admissions and Alumni Affairs team based in its San Diego, California office. Click here for more information.

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