American University is located in Washington, D.C., at the top of Embassy Row. Chartered by Congress in 1893 to serve the public interest and build the nation, the university educates active citizens who apply knowledge to the most pressing concerns facing the nation and world. Students engage with leading faculty experts and world leaders, learning how to create change and address issues including the global economic crisis, health care, human rights and justice, diversity, the environment and sustainability, immigration, journalism’s transformation, corporate governance, and governmental reform.
PACKED INTO THE WORLD’S MOST BUSTLING ISLAND AND FOUR FELLOW BOROUGHS, the iconic harbor city that coined the “melting pot” idiom is home to more than 10,000 AU alumni—all chasing their dreams within New York’s majestic skyline. From Brooklyn to the Bronx to hundreds of blocks in between, these alums are on the map in a city admired by the world, tackling everything from finance and fashion to art preservation and breaking news. What besides a nonstop energy, bold sophistication, and a subway card do these Eagles share? The insider’s knowledge of Washington, D.C., gained while studying at AU. On April 3, President Neil Kerwin will host an alumni reception in the Big Apple. Will you be there? For more information, visit american.edu/alumni. GABRIELLE KUEY, KOGOD/BSBA ’10 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING ASSOCIATE, KATE SPADE SATURDAY In a city where window shopping is a sport, and millennials are influential style pioneers, it’s only natural to crowdsource a retail launch branded on “living colorfully.” Kate Spade Saturday—the new offshoot of the classic luxury brand Kate Spade New York—launched a line of clothing and accessories in 2013 through a series of interactive window displays that used the city as an advertising backdrop. Saturday partnered with Ebay to create a unique shopping experience, installing 24-hour pop-up shops in five prominent storefronts across New York City. Fashionistas had instant access to Saturday’s bright colors, graphic shapes, and bold prints. “Whatever the customer bought on screen would be delivered within an hour to a New York location of their choice,” says Kuey. Touch screens let the company showcase a variety of products within a small space (in true New York fashion) and tailor the experience. “Saturday is a lifestyle brand. We want our customers to come to us for everything. It’s innovative and functional— stuff you wouldn’t see anywhere else,” says Kuey. The 38-person staff, which includes an in-house print designer and creative team, is housed on 33rd and Park, just uptown from its first U.S. brick-and-mortar location in SoHo. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART BLOOMBERG WALL STREET JOURNAL MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Jennifer Mock, CAS/BA ‘97, assistant museum educator. With 6.2 million visitors per year, the Met’s 17 curatorial departments continue its mission to “serve the broadest audience.” Kyle Ashworth, CAS/BS ‘07, financial analyst. Occupying 33 floors of its postmodern Midtown tower, Bloomberg’s offices feature one of the world’s only curved escalators. Dana Mattioli, SOC/BA ’06, reporter and columnist. Mattioli’s up-to-theminute correspondence covers mergers and acquisitions around the globe. Sari Brandwine, CAS/BA ‘99, account executive. Originally located next to its namesake park, the legendary sports and entertainment venue sits atop rail hub Penn Station. 44 AMERICAN MAGAZINE APRIL 2014
where we are Francis Dougherty SOC/MA ’86 MOVING IMAGE PRESERVATION SPECIALIST NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BARBARA GOLDSMITH PRESERVATION DIVISION KUEY AND DOUGHERTY PHOTOS BY AMANDA STEVENSON LUPKE “Time travel is possible within the narrow bounds of my studio,” Francis Dougherty writes on his blog for the nation’s largest public library system (nypl.org/blog/ author/335). With 88 branches in three boroughs, there’s enough material for every New Yorker to check out six items without overlap. It’s also the only organization permitted to document Broadway plays, a research haven for theatre pros to study and prepare for roles. Dougherty is part of the team responsible for preserving and making accessible what will become digital stacks of some 800,000 items of sight and sound, including Metropolitan Opera recordings, early choreography from Jerome Robbins, and other pieces of New York in motion—most before video was portable. “I’ve seen a lot of formats come and go, obsolescence and deterioration are our greatest challenges,” he says. The daily jaunt from Dougherty’s home to the division’s apt location within Lincoln Center includes a ferry and a subway ride. “I treasure the commute as my reading time; it often seems difficult for me to read if I’m not on water or underground.” SAKS FIFTH AVENUE TED TALKS MERCURY/ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP DIANE VON FURSTENBURG Colleen Sherin, Kogod/BSBA ’91, senior fashion director. In style since 1898, the retail icon stays fresh with picks from up-and-coming designers thanks to Sherin’s expertise. Jamia Wilson, SOC/BA ‘02, prize storyteller. In the city that inspires big ideas, Wilson promotes the annual, $1 million grant that boasts names like Bono and tackles issues like obesity. Steve Yegelwel, SOC/BA ‘84, senior vice president of A&R. The Mercury label first relocated to New York in 1981 and has been rising in pop and rock fame since its 2007 revival. Amrita Ghosh, Kogod/BSBA ’02, senior manager, merchandising and planning. The luxury fashion brand reaches four continents and is rooted in the historic cobblestone streets of Lower Manhattan. AMERICAN.EDU/ALUMNI 45