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AmericaN American University magazine Vol. 64, No. 1 Vice President, Communications Teresa Flannery Assistant Vice President, creative services Kevin Grasty Senior Editor Adrienne Frank, SPA/MS ’08

Theme work

Associate Editors Suzanne Bechamps Mariel Davis

When we redesigned American magazine last fall, we decided to steer clear of theme issues. “Too restrictive,” we reasoned. So it was ironic that, as we began working on the summer issue, not one but two themes emerged: travel and entrepreneurship. After we discovered Hannah Lloyd’s globe illustration on—a hub for handmade arts and crafts—we decided to embrace both themes with gusto. It was serendipitous. On the travel front, we have a story about alumni Mike and Tara Shubbuck, who spent 420 days chasing an endless summer across Europe, Africa, and Asia. They traveled to 21 countries—15 of which are depicted in Hannah’s cover illustration—and blogged about their adventures. Writer Mike Unger hit the road himself this spring, traveling to Cuba with 15 students to chronicle the alternative breaks experience. We also unpack Fulbright Scholar Taylor Saia’s bag as he readies for 11 months in Indonesia, and we spotlight a program—the first of its kind—that helps AU’s international students transition back to their home countries. Lee Fleming’s story about six alumni startups hits on the issue’s other theme: creative commerce. We photographed AU’s business wonks in their element and were energized by their ingenuity and tenacity— not to mention their totally cool work spaces. (The guys at Friendly Design Co. even have a pair of pups roaming the office.) We also introduce you to four recent MFA grads so passionate about art that they started a gallery in the living room of their Columbia Heights row house. Whether you’re traveling this summer or staying close to home, I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. (See the cute porcupine pictured on this page? We got to feed him.) Turn to page 27 to find out how you can win Hannah’s cover illustration, or visit to purchase a print. And log on to to check in with us between issues (and discover, among other things, what porcupines like to eat).

Writers Lee Fleming Adrienne Frank Kerry O’Leary David Reich Mike Unger Art Director Maria Jackson Designer Jel Montoya-Reed Photographer Jeffrey Watts Class Notes Traci Crockett

Kenton Kerns CAS/BS ’07

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