Be involved! Clubs and organizations at Kogod are a great way to apply your organizational and management skills, meet other business students, and start to build a lifelong network.
New Student Programs and Orientation
Kogod encourages its undergraduate students to take advantage of all American University has to offer, from an extensive offering of classes to an array of clubs that enhance classroom learning and celebrate the diversity of our community. We sponsor a number of programs to welcome new students to the Kogod community and help them find their way around.
AU's New Student Orientation program hosts five summer sessions prior to the start of freshman year. The orientation is offered by the University Orientation Project Team in partnership with the K-LAB, which sponsors a series of programs and activities to help business students refine their leadership ability and works with incoming students to help get them involved.
All first-year Kogod students also participate in the Kogod Academic Welcome and the Kogod Kickoff during Welcome Weeks. The Kogod Kickoff is a four-hour program that introduces students to undergraduate clubs, teaching assistants, and academic advisors and hosts teambuilding activities and a mini-case competition. The Academic Welcome is our formal welcome to the academic community, where students receive a first-year gift. Finally, each first-year student is assigned a Peer Mentor who will initiate contact over the summer and maintain contact during the fall semester. Visit the new students section of the website for more information.
The annual Kogod Case Competition is one of the premier events hosted by the Kogod School of Business, offering graduate and undergraduate students the valuable experience of creating a solution to a business challenge, which is based on a real world company. Case competitions are held at business schools around the country, and are an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their communication skills, presentation style, and problem-solving techniques. View Case Competition website for more information.
The Road Scholars Program is a spring break study tour that provides students with the opportunity to experience business in the real world. Each year, Road Scholars travel to a major city and visit some of the nation's best known companies. Past destinations have included San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta and Los Angeles and introduced students to executives from top companies such as Coca-Cola, UPS, Nordstrom, Delta Airlines, TV Guide, Smashbox Cosmetics, Wells Fargo, Intel, Starbucks, Microsoft and Boeing. Program participants also have the opportunity to network with AU alumni from the local region and visit local attractions.
Washington Initiative (WI) is a course that lets Kogod students apply their business knowledge and skills in a non-profit setting. The course encourages students to examine their beliefs about business, ethics and civic responsibility while applying business practices to a local charitable or non-profit organization. WI has a different focus each semester, offering students a variety of opportunities to serve. Some of the groups it has worked with in the past include Bread for the City, a local nonprofit that provides food, medical care and other services to the needy; the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, which helps send senior high school students to college; and the mentoring program Facilitating Leadership in Youth.
Clubs and Organizations
Providing comprehensive and streamlined services for student organizations enhances the club experience and allows them to be more effective. The K-LAB is a liaison to the AU Student Activities Center and provides targeted advising for Kogod student organizations in officer training, event planning, goal-setting, organizational behavior and more. Club leaders apply the professional skills learned in the classroom to club administration functions such as writing professional memos to promote events. To view undergraduate clubs and organizations, click here.
The 1955 Club provides meaningful opportunities to develop leadership skills for student ambassadors through an annual retreat as well as workshops and readings. The organization also emphasizes personal responsibility, integrity, and professional development. The 1955 Club has two purpose-driven groups: Kogod Envoys serve as program ambassadors and Peer Mentors provide support for first-year students.
Student Leadership Retreat
Each spring, Kogod student leaders are invited to join K-LAB staff for a student leadership retreat. The retreat takes place at Hemlock Overlook in Virginia, where students attend workshops and seminars on leadership development theory. The event concludes with a Total Team Challenge low and high ropes course, which encourages trust and team work. View more information about the retreat.
The K-LAB strives to create a commencement event that leaves a lasting impression for our graduates and guests. The K-LAB staff represents Kogod on the AU Commencement Committee, coordinates the Student Speaker selection process and organizes other logistics. In addition, the K-LAB co-coordinates the Graduate Reception with the Graduate Business Association and orders undergraduate commencement gifts. View more information about commencement.
Support for Student Initiatives and Ideas
Kogod's efforts to supplement classroom learning with real-life experience includes supporting students as they explore ideas that may be innovative or unconventional. To that end, K-LAB staff supports students in attending events outside of AU, such as LeaderShape conferences, the Global Business Summit at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Georgetown University's Case Competition. In addition, the K-LAB encourages students to follow through on their original ideas and in the past has helped students launch the Kogod Golf Tournament and organize a class trip to a Maryland high school to teach entrepreneurship.
Event Communication Tools
The K-LAB staff produces the weekly BizUndergrad newsletter for undergraduate students to inform the entire Kogod community about upcoming events, opportunities and student activities. To add a posting to the calendar, please email Allison Holcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific information about the event.