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SOC Building Celebration: September 19

Dean Jeff Rutenbeck cordially invites you to celebrate the major milestone of the School of Communication's new facility in the historic McKinley Building.

SOC is proud to showcase our cutting edge technology and services available to the AU community. Experience the signature spaces such as the Media Innovation Lab, the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, the Alisyn Camerota Inspiration Lounge, and the elegant rooftop patio.

Join us for an exciting evening which includes hors d'oeuvres, mocktails, tours of the building, exciting updates from faculty and staff about SOC's newest initiatives and fun-filled activities. Register Now!


Meet McKinley

McKinley is now a reality on campus! SOC is physically larger than ever in this new building. Slowly but surely all of the little details are coming together, but it was clear from the first day of classes this January that this building is going to mean big things for SOC! None of this would be possible without the philanthropic support from alumni, friends and people like you. The fundraising efforts continue and students, faculty, and staff are so grateful for the continued financial support from the larger AU community.

As a senior it is bittersweet that I will only get to help break in this new building as it is completed in my last semester here at American, but the underclassmen are itching to use this building to its full potential. I am so very excited to be involved in the planning of SOC Week 2014 as the SOC Ambassador Coordinator. We are a group focused on working with prospective SOC students as well as helping foster community among current SOC Students. This Spring’s SOC Week will be the best yet, in large part because of McKinley. All of the new spaces will allow us to hold the wide range of events that we used to have to spread around campus. We’ve settled on the theme "Meet McKinley" #MeetMcKinley to further celebrate SOC’s new home!

The chatter around the new building is also very new and inviting. This building has so much more communal space that the third floor of Mary Graydon Center could offer students – places to sit, chat, work, and collaborate with our peers. Little clusters of tables and chairs might sound trivial, but those are the places where we make the memories and relationships that define a significant part of our college experience. Those opportunities will only grow come Spring, when the rooftop patio space opens.
In just a few short months I will be an alumna of SOC, and I can’t wait to watch how future classes of students embrace the opportunities that McKinley holds for them. I hope to be fortunate enough to contribute to the success of those students much like the alumni and friends of AU contributed to making McKinley possible. SOC has shaped and educated me so much in the last three and a half years that I can only imagine how valuable McKinley will be to SOC’s future students who will become leaders in the communication field.


Nicole Cusick
Class of 2014

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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

Debra Saylor
Development Coordinator