All-American Welcome 2020

August 18 - August 30

What is All-American Welcome?

All-American Welcome is the kick-off to your experience at AU. It's a time to meet new friends, build community, explore involvement opportunities, and enjoy events and activities as you are welcomed to American University. The days of All-American Welcome are packed with events - from convocation, to bingo, to free movies and meet & greets. There's something for everyone! 

For more information about All-American Welcome events and for events throughout the year, visit Engage. Simply sign in to Engage using your myAU Portal username and password, and explore what American University's student organizations are up to! 

Below is the schedule for all the All-American Welcome events for fall 2020. Click on the event name to access the event session or register for the event. Please note that some event partners will email students directly with the meeting information. All event times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST), unless otherwise noted. 

Have Questions?

All-American Welcome is a busy time - but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at orientation@american.edu.

Schedule of Events
Date Time Event Event Sponsor Event Description
August 17, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. AU PRIDE Virtual Speed Friendship AU PRIDE A Zoom event structured similarly to speed-dating, except the goal is to meet other folks within the community and make some friends! Sign up to participate in this event and more using the Google Form.
August 18, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Meet and Greet AU Librarians AU Library Come meet the AU Librarians, ask questions and learn about their role in supporting students during their college career during this Virtual Q&A Session. Register for this event by clicking on the event name.
August 18, 12:00 p.m. Ongoing event Campus Sustainability Chat Office of Sustainability Welcome to AU, Green Eagles! Meet Office of Sustainability staff members and learn about how you can get involved in AU's sustainability efforts this fall. This pre-recorded video can be watched whenever when it's convenient for you.
August 18, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT /August 19, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. JST Ritsumeikan Sakura Scholars Orientation Invitations will be shared with students through email. School of International Service The SIS Office of International Programs welcomes the cohort of Sakura Scholars from Ritsumeikan University to begin their studies at AU. This orientation will cover an introduction to AU and key contacts for students during their two years studying at AU. This meeting is only open to students in the AU-Ritsumeikan Joint Degree Program. A link to the virtual meeting will be sent to participants at their AU student email address.
August 19, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Sakura Parents and Families Information Session Invitations will be shared with students through email. School of International Service As AU welcomes our newest cohort of Sakura Scholars, the SIS Office of International Programs invites parents and guardians to attend an information session to learn more about the program. Topics will include an overview of the program, a timeline of transitions between American University and Ritsumeikan University, and information on financial and logistical considerations. This meeting is only open to families of students currently in the AU-Ritsumeikan Joint Degree Program. An invitation to the virtual meeting will be sent via their student’s AU email address.
August 19, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. AU Sakura Scholars Orientation Invitations will be shared with students through email. School of International Service The SIS Office of International Programs welcomes the new cohort of Sakura Scholars to begin their studies at AU. This orientation will cover information about the program, a roadmap to the year ahead, and an introduction to key contacts at both AU and Ritsumeikan. This meeting is only open to students in the AU-Ritsumeikan Joint Degree Program. A link to the virtual meeting will be sent to participants at their AU student email address.
August 19, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. AU PRIDE Discord Chat AU PRIDE We'll have discord open and active for peole to chat during this time. Pop in and meet AU PRIDE's Eboard, ask questions and get to meet other queer students! Sign up to participate in this event and more using the Google Form.
August 19, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST Regional Student Mixer: Central U.S. Eagles Office of Orientation, Transition & Retention Calling all Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, N. Dakota, Ohio, S. Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming Eagles. Come meet other AU Eagles from your region! Please pre-register via Zoom.
August 19, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST Regional Student Mixer: Southern U.S. Eagles Office of Orientation, Transition & Retention Calling all Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas Eagles. Come meet other AU Eagles from your region! Please pre-register via Zoom.
August 19, 7:00 p.m. Dance at AU! AU Dance Program Looking for ways to dance at AU? Come learn about Dance Program performance opportunities, dance technique classes, a brief introduction to the Dance Major and Dance Minor, and other events happening in the Dance Program this fall!
August 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST Regional Student Mixer: West & Non-Contiguous U.S. Eagles Office of Orientation, Transition & Retention Calling all Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Utah, Virgin Islands, and Washington Eagles. Come meet other AU Eagles from your region! Please pre-register via Zoom.
August 19, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Virtual Trivia with AUCatholic AUCatholics Join us to meet other freshmen and have fun doing a trivia night on Zoom! Register by texting WELCOMEWEEK20 to 84576
August 20, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. EST Regional Student Mixer: International Eagles Office of Orientation, Transition & Retention Calling all International students, come meet other International AU Eagles. If you are unable to attend this session due to your time zone feel free to register for another region. Please pre-register via Zoom.
August 20, 11:00 a.m. Everyday Biking Seminar Office of Sustainability Interested in using a bike to get around campus? Nervous about navigating traffic and busy roadways in DC? Learn the basics of how to safely and easily incorporate biking into your daily life from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). You'll leave this session equipped with the resources and information you need to take advantage of AU's bicycle benefits and ride like a pro.
August 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Remote Finding Student Employment Workshop AU Career Center and HR Do you think you'll want or need a job while you're a student? Not sure where to start or what application materials you'll need? Curious about the kinds of student jobs available and how they might benefit your studies? Do you have a Federal Work Study Award and you're not sure how to use it? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then this event is for you! After a brief presentation representatives from the Career Center and Human Resources will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. This event will be remotely hosted on Zoom. Please register in Handshake for the link.
August 20, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Regional Student Mixer: New Jersey and Pennsylvania Eagles Office of Orientation, Transition & Retention Calling all New Jersey and Pennsylvania Eagles. Come meet other AU Eagles from your region! Please pre-register via Zoom.
August 20, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Regional Student Mixer: Mid-Atlantic Eagles Office of Orientation, Transition & Retention Calling all DC, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia Eagles. Come meet other AU Eagles from your region! Please pre-register via Zoom.
August 20, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (login by 3:45 p.m.) Dance Level Placement AU Dance Program Interested in taking a dance technique class this fall? Register for Level Placement to take part in a faculty assessment of your level -- this will help to place you in the class where you can do your best work! Please register before 8/19/20 at 11:00 PM using the link provided.
August 20, 5:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m. Premedical/Prehealth Info Session Premedical Programs, College of Arts & Sciences We will discuss how the Premedical Programs can help students prepare for health professional programs in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine and to be physician assistants. Recommended classes and extracurricular activities will be discussed, as well as when to engage in different experiences. The event will be held remotely over Zoom. Meeting ID: 996 2008 8269 Passcode: 189353
August 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Regional Student Mixer: Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Eagles Office of Orientation, Transition & Retention Calling all Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Eagles. Come meet other AU Eagles from your region! Please pre-register via Zoom.
August 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Regional Student Mixer: New York, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont Eagles Office of Orientation, Transition & Retention Calling all New York, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont Eagles. Come meet other AU Eagles from your region! Please pre-register via Zoom.
August 20, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Jazz in the Gardens Center for Student Involvement Enjoy good music by joining us on Zoom for the CSI Jazz in the Gardens for All-American Welcome.
August 20, 8:30 p.m. Chi Alpha's Freshmen Worship Gathering - Online Chi Alpha Campus Ministries Regardless of your background or beliefs, we invite you to explore Jesus, Purpose & Community with us. This ONLINE gathering is designed for new students (freshmen), and will be an abbreviated example of our normal times together as a community with teaching, discussion and worship music.
August 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Kogod Academic Welcome Kogod School of Business A welcome for new undergraduate students starting their studies in the Kogod School of Business. Hear from Kogod's dean, John Delaney, and an alumni who will share advice and tips for making the most of your time at AU and in Kogod.
August 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SPA Academic Welcome School of Public Affairs Please join Dean Vicky Wilkins, the faculty, and staff of SPA as we welcome all the new students. Get some advice and learn about opportunities within the school! Information for this event will be shared with students through their American University email account.
August 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CAS Academic Welcome for the Class of 2024 College of Arts & Sciences A welcome to CAS event for first-year students by Dean Friedman and the CAS Advising team.
August 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SIS Academic Welcome School of International Service SIS Dean Christine Chin, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education Rose Shinko, and other members of the SIS community will give a warm welcome to our incoming and returning students. The password for this event will be provided to students through their American University email.
August 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SOC Academic Welcome: Connecting Media Makers School of Communication Please join us for a welcome for new undergraduate students starting their studies in the School of Communication. You will learn more about student media organizations and hear from SOC Ambassadors and the Office of Undergraduate Student and Academic Affairs who will share advice and tips for making the most of your time at AU and in SOC. Please register by clicking on the title of the event or with the information provided through your email.
August 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. School of Education Academic Welcome School of Education The faculty and staff of the School of Education (SOE) invite you to attend our All-American Academic Welcome session to introduce you to our SOE community. This session will give you the opportunity to meet other SOE students, current faculty, and recent School of Education alumni. We hope you will join us! Information to participate in this event will be provided to students through their American University student email.
August 21, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Opening Convocation Office of the President Join President Sylvia Burwell for Opening Convocation as we open the academic year and formally welcome the Class of 2024 and incoming transfer students. Highlights of the event include remarks by President Burwell, Student Government Vice President Schanelle Saldanha, Scholar-Teacher of the Year Amitav Acharya, and AU Alumni Association President Rob Johnson. Incoming students should look out for a Zoom invite from their advisor to view the online event with their advising group.
August 21, 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. AUx Welcome Meetings First Year Advising This is the first meeting for AUx1. Invitation for this event will be shared with students through their American University email account.
August 21, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Neuroscience Meet & Greet Department of Neuroscience Come meet the Neuroscience Faculty and Staff as we welcome you to AU!
August 21, 7:00 p.m. Virtual Movie Night AU PRIDE Join us as we watch a movie together featuring queer characters and themes! Sign up to participate in this event and more using the Google Form.
August 21, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Virtual Night Monumenting AUCatholics Join us to see the DC monuments at night. Some AUCatholic members will be calling in from each of the monuments as we do this virtual tour: they'll be telling you about each monument and showing you with their own camera. See you there! Register by texting WELCOMEWEEK20 to 84576
August 21, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Physics Movie Night (Zoom) AU Society of Physics Students
AU Women in Science club
AU Physics Department
Meet the AU physics community while watching (and criticizing) a provocative science fiction movie. Jointly sponsored by the AU Society of Physics Students, the AU Women in Science club, and the AU Physics Department. Meeting ID: 910 1441 0511
August 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CultureFest Center for Student Involvement The Center for Student Involvement and Student Organizations invite you to celebrate our culture with us on Saturday, August 22, 2020. This virtual event is a chance for you to experience the different cultures at AU whether that be by participating in a virtual craft, activity, recipe, dance or talk.
August 22, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Data Science M.S. Boot Camp School of Public Affairs Mandatory math boot camp for all new students admitted to the M.S. in Data Science program. Will be held via Zoom.
August 22, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Honors Orientation AU Honors Program This is the orientation for all incoming AU Honors Program students. Meeting ID: 865 0157 5351 Passcode: GpyGQ7
August 23, 8:00 p.m. Virtual Game Night with Agape AU Agapé Campus Christian Fellowship Question: What's an awesome way to spend an evening? Answer: Join Agapé AU for a fun time of games and trivia! Meeting ID: 558 415 8499
August 25, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Virtual Catholic Praise & Worship and Ice Cream AUCatholics Join us to sing and pray together praising God followed by hanging out with some ice cream! Register by texting WELCOMEWEEK20 to 84576
August 25, 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Drag Bingo Center for Student Involvement Students will have the opportunity to win awesome prizes as they play online BINGO hosted by our fabulous drag queens.
August 26, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Virtual Federal Work-Study Job Fair - Part 1 AU Career Center and HR Have you received a Federal Work Study (FWS) award letter and are you residing in the DMV for the Fall? If so, attend part 1 of the annual FWS Job Fair and talk with representatives from more than 20 local nonprofit organizations and government agencies who are hiring FWS students. You can even apply on the spot for a part-time student job. Employers range from off-campus organizations such as the Kid Power and Human Rights Watch to Freshfarm and Peace Corps. Only students with FWS awards may attend. There will be video chatting available so dress professionally, and prepare a digital copy of your resume in order to be prepared for on-the-spot interviewing and hiring. This event will be in Handshake.
August 26, 11:59 p.m. (Registration closes) DMV Collegiate Gaming E-sports Tournament: Rocket League Recreational Sports & Fitness Join the DMV Collegiate Gaming E-sports Rocket League Tournament on August 28th. Registration for this tournament closes on August 26th; register for this tournament and more this fall on IMLeagues and Geex.gg (search 'DMV Collegiate Gaming'). Learn more about the E-sports tournaments and how to register by clicking the link in the event title.
August 27, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Virtual Federal Work-Study Job Fair - Part 2 AU Career Center and HR Have you received a Federal Work Study (FWS) award letter and are you residing in the DMV for the Fall? If so, plan to virtually attend the annual FWS job fair and talk with representatives from more than 20 university offices. You can even apply on the spot for a part-time FWS student job. Employers range from AU Athletics to Public Safety and the library. Only students with FWS awards may attend. Have digital copies of your resume and be prepared for on-the-spot interviewing and hiring. This event will take place in Zoom but please register in Handshake.
August 27, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Virtual Student Involvement Fair Center for Student Involvement Meet AU's student organizations at the Virtual Student Involvement Fair. Here about who they are, what they do and how you can join!
August 27, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Transfer Student Virtual Welcome Social Orientation, Transition & Retention Join us on Zoom to meet other new transfer students and get connected at AU
August 27, 8:30 Chi Alpha's Weekly Workship Gathering - Online Chi Alpha Campus Ministries Join students from American University and Georgetown University in an interdenominational online worship service. Regardless of your background or beliefs, we invite you to explore Jesus, Purpose & Community with us. This is happening online on Thursday, August 27th and Thursday, September 3rd.
August 30, 8:00 p.m. - 9 :00 p.m. A Pint of Ice Cream with Pastors || Chi Alpha Campus Ministries Chi Alpha Campus Ministries Be one of the first 20 to register for this event, and we'll make sure you get an egift card for free ice cream (via DoorDash or GrubHub) on us. You'll also get a chance to meet our Chi Alpha Campus Pastors through our interactive website while eating free ice cream. We consider it a win-win.