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SOC Student Ambassadors

SOC Ambassadors pose for a photo during the SOC Academic Welcome (ice cream social) during Welcome Week. The SOC Ambassadors share their personal stories and insights about the School and what it is like to be a student at AU.

Who are the SOC Ambassadors?

The SOC Student Ambassadors are a select group of current undergraduate students in the School of Communication who work toward the recruitment of new students, assisting new students in the transition to AU and SOC, and creating community for current students. They support and promote SOC by serving on student panels to highlight the strengths of SOC, sitting in on prospective student meetings, and giving tours of SOC facilities to prospective students and families. SOC Ambassadors also plan and manage events and activities to help SOC students build community.

Mission

(1) To serve as a recruitment team, sharing personal experiences and insights with prospective SOC students;

(2) To serve as Peer Mentors for new SOC first year and transfer students, aiding in the successful transition to AU and SOC; 

(3) To serve as a community building team, bringing together current students in the School of Communication.

Apply to be a SOC Ambassador

Recruitment for the SOC Ambassador team takes place once per year, during the fall semester. To apply during the next application cycle, print the application at the link below, and submit along with your resume and the names of two references to SOCambassadors@american.edu with the subject line "SOC Ambassador Application".

Deadline: Monday, October 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

SOC Ambassador Application: 2016-2017

SOC Week

SOC Ambassadors plan SOC Week, an annual tradition celebrating the people, ideas, and rituals of the School of Communication.

Learn More

Meet the SOC Ambassadors

SOC Shana Blackman
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Shana Blackman

Class of 2017

Major: Undeclared

Hometown: Haddonfield, NJ
Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Visual Literacy
Internship Experience:
  • Did promotional work for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s National Youth Summit
Extracurricular Activities:
  • UC Ambassador
  • SOC Ambassador
Best SOC Moments:
  • Attending the DC Shorts Film Festival with my Visual Literacy class.
Personal Blog or Website

shanablackman.wixsite.com/shanablackman

SOC Lauren Clemence
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Lauren Clemence

Class of 2018
Majors: Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Business Administration
Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ
Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Visual Literacy
Internship Experience:
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Her Campus
  • News2Share
  • ATV News
  • Toastmasters International
  • PRSSA
Best SOC Moments:
  • Attending all of the awesome SOC events and speakers, and getting to meet everybody on the school of communication.
Personal Blog or Website:
http://www.hercampus.com/author/lauren-elizabeth
SOC Lindsy Crutchfield
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Lindsy Crutchfield

Class of 2018

Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Sociology

Hometown: Carthage, ME

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Understanding Media
  • Visual Literacy
Extracurricular Activities:
  • SOC Ambassadors
  • Amnesty International
Best SOC Moments:
  • Working with a local nonprofit organization as part of Visual Literacy
Personal Blog or Website:
http://ponderinglifee.blogspot.com/
SOC Christopher Diamond
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Christopher Diamond

Class of 2016

Major: Public Relations & Strategic Communication
Minor: Political Science

Hometown: Los Gatos, CA

Study Abroad: Vietnam

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Writing for Communication
  • Visual Literacy
  • Speech Writing
Internship Experience:
Best SOC Moments:
  • Meeting the President of the National Geographic Wild Channel
  • Seeing my Writing for Communication professor make national news as a reporter
Personal Blog or Website:
https://chrisrdiamond.wordpress.com/
SOC Coby Eiss 2015
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Coby Eiss

Class of 2017
Majors: Public Communication and Political Science

Hometown: New City, NY

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • The Critical Media Consumer and Participant
  • Public Relations
Internship Experience:
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Democratic Governors Association
  • New Blue Interactive
Extracurricular Activities:
  • College Democrats
  • Kennedy Political Union
  • SOC Ambassadors

SOC Ellie Hartleb
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Ellie Hartleb

Class of 2018
Major: Journalism

Hometown: Erie, PA

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Writing for Communication
Internship Experience:
  • USA Today
  • NBC-4 Washington
Extracurricular Activities:
  • The Eagle
Best SOC Moments:
  • The media release party for all the campus magazines at the end of the semester
SOC Alison Jones
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Alison Jones

Class of 2017
Major: Public Relations & Strategic Communication 
Minor: Political Science

Hometown: Asheville, NC

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Understanding Media
  • Writing for Communication
  • Public Relations
Internship Experience:
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Public Relations for React to Film
  • Press Secretary for College Democrats
  • Recruitment Chair for Student Historical Society
Best SOC Moments:
  • Writing for Communication is my favorite class that I have taken at AU.
  • I love being an Ambassador, and being surrounded by such a motivated, creative community of students.
SOC Megan Mileusnic
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Megan Mileusnic

Class of 2017

Majors: Spanish and Communication
Minor: International Business

Hometown: Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL

Study Abroad: Madrid!

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Understanding Media
  • Visual Literacy
  • Writing for Communication
Internship Experience:
  • Interned at the Risk Management Department of Boca Raton City Hall
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Founding member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority
Best SOC Moments:
  • Meeting my best friends through SOC!, going to the Newseum with my Understanding Media class
SOC Morgan Mitchell
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Morgan Mitchell

Class of 2017

Major: Public Relations & Strategic Communication
Minor: Marketing

Hometown: Sharon, MA

Study Abroad: Planning to participate in the London Internship Program or American University of Rome next semester

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Writing for Communication
  • Understanding Media (UC)
  • Communication and Society
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Alpha Xi Delta Sorority
Best SOC Moments:
  • Meeting awesome new friends and becoming an SOC Ambassador!
SOC Katie O'Goreman
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Katie O'Gorman

Class of 2018
Major: Film & Media Arts
Minors: Graphic Design and French

Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Visual Literacy
  • Understanding Media
  • Digital Imaging
Internship Experience:
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Club Lacrosse
  • Club Field Hockey
  • AmLit
  • Phi Mu
Best SOC Moments:
  • Taking one class and a research seminar with professors who have worked for National Geographic!
Personal Blog or Website:
kathrynclaireogorman.wordpress.com
SOC Melanie Salemno 2015
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Melanie Salemno

Class of 2017

Major: Public Communication
Minors: Marketing and Psychology

Hometown: Douglassville, Pennsylvania

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Visual Literacy
Extracurricular Activities:
  • AU Outdoors Club
  • Visual Display Assistant in SOC Dean’s Office
  • Relay for Life
Best SOC Moments:
  • Media by Metro Welcome Week Program
  • Town Hall with Dean Rutenbeck about McKinley!
  • Opening of McKinley
Personal Website or Blog
LinkedIn
SOC Shannon Scovel
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Shannon Scovel

Class of 2017
Major: Journalism
Minor: Political Science

Hometown: Cary, NC

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • How the News Media Shaped History
  • Sports Writing and Reporting
Internship Experience:
  • Correspondent for the Raleigh News and Observer
  • USA Today Collegiate Correspondent
Extracurricular Activities:
  • American University Varsity Swim Team
  • SOC Ambassadors
  • The Eagle
Best SOC Moments:
  • Becoming an SOC Ambassador!
  • SOC Ice Cream Social
  • Watching the McKinely Building come to life as the new home for SOC was incredible.
  • Covering a Washington Wizards game from the press box with Professor Don Markus
Personal Website or Blog
SOC Anagha Srikanth
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Anagha (Ana) Srikanth

Class of 2017

Major: Print Journalism
Minor: Arabic

Hometown:
Fairfax, VA

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Writing for Communication
Internship Experience:
  • The Connection Newspapers in Alexandria, VA
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Design Assistant for AmWord
  • Writer for the Eagle
  • Volunteer at the Playtime Project
Best SOC Moments:
  • Working late into the night on designing pages for AmWord just before send-off
Personal Blog or Website
anasrikanth.wordpress.com
SOC Ginell Turner
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Ginell Turner

Class of 2017
Majors: Film & Media Arts and Psychology

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Film and Video I 
  • Visual Literacy
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Part Time Staff, Child Development Center
  • Part Time Staff, Media Production Center
  • Delta Kappa Alpha, Documentarian and Social Co-Chair (Co-ed Cinema Fraternity)
  • SOC Ambassador, Social Chair
  • Schuler Scholar Ambassador
Personal Website or Blog
http://ginellturner.wix.com/ginellturner
SOC Martin Valderruten
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Martin Valderruten

Class of 2017

Major: Public Communication

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Understanding Media
  • Writing for Communication
Internship Experience:
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Student Government
  • REACT TO FILM
  • AU Social Media Club
Best SOC Moments:
  • Being elected as a Senator for School of Communication
  • Transitioning into the Executive Cabinet as Director of Outreach and Recruitment in Student Government.
  • Being able to take communication courses in topics I actually was interested in and having amazing opportunity to witness incredible speakers.

SOC Kelly Phares
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Kelly Phares

Class of 2018
Majors: Broadcast Journalism and Spanish

Hometown: Naperville, IL
Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Understanding Media with Professor Christine Lawrence 
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Club soccer 
  • Honors program 
  • Student staff assistant and graphic designer for the honors office 
Best SOC Moments:
  • Getting to know Professor Lawrence, my first class SOC professor, during the fall 2014 semester was very rewarding. She was so helpful and really reassured me that I am in the right place. Since then she has become a mentor for me in both SOC and at the university as a whole.

Claire Gallo

Class of 2017
Majors: Public Relations & Strategic Communications and Sociology

Hometown:
Glen Rock, NJ

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • PR Presidency
  • Communication and Society
  • Writing for Communication
Internship Experience:
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Feature Writer for Her Campus
Best SOC Moments:
  • My best moment in SOC was when I officially declared my major. It was so exciting to officially join such an incredible community and know that I am studying my passion!

Mary Elder

Class of 2017
Major: Public Communication
Minor: International Studies

Hometown: Pleasant Gap, PA

Favorite SOC Courses:
  • Understanding Media
  • Writing for Communications
  • Communication and Society
Internship Experience:
  • Communications Intern for Pennsylvania State University's College of Communications
  • Communications Staff Assistant for American University's Office of Alumni Relations
  • Jumpstart DC
Extracurricular Activities:
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Best SOC Moments:
  • Becoming an SOC Ambassador is my favorite SOC moment so far!