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The Campaign for SOC

Dear SOC Alumni:

Happy New Year! On behalf of all of us here at the School of Communication, we hope your 2015 is off to a great start. Returning to campus for the spring semester has brought a renewed sense of excitement and energy to our students, faculty, and staff.

Thanks to the unwavering commitment from the SOC alumni community, our School has been able to provide students with exceptional out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities such as internships, guest lecturers, and alumni mentorship. This January, 25 of our students attended the annual New York City site visit where they met with several alumni partners working at some of the most respected communication organizations in the country.

This two-day program included six site visits to organizations such as CNN, SiriusXM, United Entertainment Group, and Nickelodeon, and a student alumni networking dinner with a panel discussion about "How to make it in the Big Apple." This trip showcased the strength of the SOC community in NYC and provided a compelling opportunity for our students to connect with fellow SOC alumni.

The School of Communication's alumni network is strong (and getting stronger), and it continues to be an important and appreciated part of the student experience here. Your involvement with SOC allows us to continue to thrive. This year, we hope that you might be able to expand your involvement with your Alma mater. There are number of opportunities to volunteer, attend events, speak to classes, and give philanthropically. Below are just a few examples:

  • Participate in an Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance chapter in your city! Chapters in Los Angeles and New York are recruiting new members and the Washington, DC chapter is set to launch in May 2015!

  • Submit your story of how you met your AU Sweetheart in honor of Valentine's Day.

  • Become a Social Media Ambassador and join the AU Founder's Day celebration.

  • Attend the Media That Matters Conference at American University February 19-20, 2015.

  • Visit campus to hear from alumnus, Jason Gold, BA/SOC ?05 as he discusses, "The Renaissance of Television."

  • Support the ongoing building campaign by giving in honor or memory of a favorite faculty member, student, or loved one.

We truly value our alumni and your participation with the School of Communication and American University. If you want to be involved, or if you have questions, please be in touch. We are always open to new ideas and opportunities for collaboration among our alumni, students, faculty, and staff!


Jeff Rutenbeck
Dean, School of Communication

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Contact Us 

SOC Alumni Relations and Development Team
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8143 

Nada Maalouf, CFRE
Director of Development

Megan Olson
Senior Advancement Officer