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Summer 2020 Virtual Sessions

Below is a schedule of our online orientation sessions. Click on the session name to register for the event. Sessions will be recorded and can be found at the Orientation YouTube Channel. Sessions will be posted on YouTube 24-48 hours after the session has ended to allow time for closed captioning transcription and uploading.

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Orientation Summer Sessions
Date Time Session Name Audience Presenter Information Session Description
June 1, 2:00 - 2:45 pm Taking Flight: Academic and Social Transition First-Year Students Joseph DuBose - AUx First-Year Instructor & Advisor
Jeffrey Brown - Dean of Students
Jessica Waters - Dean of Undergraduate Education
Learn strategies that will help you meet your academic goals and assist with your transition to AU.
June 1, 3:00 - 4:00 pm Parent and Family Transitions Families of First-Year students Fanta Aw, Vice President Campus Life Learn about the parent and family college transition and discover strategies for successfully navigating the experience.
June 2, 2:00 - 2:30pm Disability Support at AU All students and families Lindsay Northup-Moore, Director, Disability Support; Nicole Nowinski, Associate Director, Disability Support This session will describe how to request disability-related accommodations as well as describe some supports our students with disabilities typically benefit from using.
June 8, 2:00 - 2:45 pm Building Your Nest First-Year students Misty Denham-Barrett, Associate Director of Residence Life; Shawn Chatmon, Associate Director of Residence Life for Sophomore and Upper-class Experience This session is designed to highlight the experience students will have living on campus. Participants will learn about the Housing & Residence Life department as well as resources and support available to our residential students.
June 8, 3:00 - 4:00 pm Living on Campus Families of First-Year students Lisa Freeman, Director of Residence Life; Chris Silva, Director of Housing This session is designed to highlight the experience students will have living on campus. Participants will learn about residence life and housing, resources and support available to assist students making their transition to campus and living on campus.
June 8, 4:00 -5:00 pm Family Open Forum via Zoom Families of First-Year students Student Orientation Leaders Come learn about AU from some current student orientation leaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other family members and learn about AU from the student perspective. There will be mulitple sessions of this offered throughout the summer.
June 15, 2:00 - 2:45 pm Safety and Title IX First-Year and Transfer students Rima Sifri, Captain; Stephen Vaughan, Interim Title IX Program Officer AUPD will provide information on our department as well as programs we have implemented to keep our community safe.
June 15, 3:00 - 3:30 pm AU Central - Billing timeline and Payment Options All students and families Gene Logan, Associate Director, AU Central Learn about the billing process and payment options, including payment plans, prepaid college savings plans and tuition refund insurance
June 15, 3:45 - 4:30 pm Safety @ AU All families Philip Morse, Assistant Vice President University Police Services; Dan Nichols, Assistant Vice President Risk Management AUPD will provide information on our department as well as programs we have implemented to keep our community safe.
June 16, 2:00 - 2:30 pm Financial Aid First-Year students and families Shirleyne McDonald, Associate Director of Finanical Aid This session will provide an overview of options to finance your education
June 22, 2:00 - 2:45 pm Health at AU: Health Center and Counseling Center All students and families Dr. Jeffrey Volkmann, Executive Director of Counseling Center; Dr. David Reitman, Medical Director Student Health Center An overview of the physical health and mental health services at AU.
June 22, 3:00 - 3:45 pm Auxiliary at Work All students and families Ann Marie Powell, Director of Dining and Auxiliary Services; Keesha Ceran, Associate Director; Brent Fisher Auxiliary Services supports the University’s academic mission by providing high-quality services to students, the AU community and guests, in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner. The Auxiliary Services department is responsible for the following areas: One Card – Learn how all about your identification card Campus Store – Your one-stop shop for AU merchandise, textbooks, and course materials Dining – What are the meal plan options, where can I eat, and at what times Join us to learn how Auxiliary works. We look forward to meeting you!
June 23, 2:00-3:00 pm Jewish Life @ AU via Zoom All students and families Jason Benkendorf – AU Hillel Executive Director, Mollie Feldman – AU Hillel Assistant Director Stop by for a few minutes (or longer!) to learn about Jewish life on campus and to meet Hillel staff and student leaders. Additional sessions on June 30 at 1:00-2:00 pm and July 7 at 5:00-6:00 pm; access using same link.
June 29, 4:00 - 4:45 pm EST Family Open Forum via Zoom
Mid-Atlantic/New England (Group 1)
See description for breakdown
Families of First-Year students Student Orientation Leaders Come learn about AU from some current student orientation leaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other family members and learn about AU from the student perspective. There will multiple sessions of this offered throughout the summer.
Mid-Atlantic/New England (Group 1)
New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine
June 29, 5:00 - 5:45 pm EST Family Open Forum via Zoom
Mid-Atlantic/New England (Group 2)
See description for breakdown
Families of First-Year students Student Orientation Leaders Come learn about AU from some current student orientation leaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other family members and learn about AU from the student perspective. There will multiple sessions of this offered throughout the summer.
Mid-Atlantic/New England (Group 2)
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey
June 29, 6:00 - 6:45 pm EST Family Open Forum via Zoom
Mid-Atlantic
See description for breakdown
Families of First-Year students Student Orientation Leaders Come learn about AU from some current student orientation leaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other family members and learn about AU from the student perspective. There will multiple sessions of this offered throughout the summer.
Mid-Atlantic
D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania
June 29, 7:00 - 7:45 pm EST Family Open Forum via Zoom
Central and South
See description for breakdown
Families of First-Year students Student Orientation Leaders Come learn about AU from some current student orientation leaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other family members and learn about AU from the student perspective. There will multiple sessions of this offered throughout the summer.
Central and South
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, N. Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, S. Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming
June 29, 8:00 - 8:45 pm EST Family Open Forum via Zoom
West, non-contiguous US, international
See description for breakdown
Families of First-Year students Student Orientation Leaders Come learn about AU from some current student orientation leaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other family members and learn about AU from the student perspective. There will multiple sessions of this offered throughout the summer.
West, non-contiguous US, international
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Utah, Virgin Islands, Washington
June 30, 2:00 - 3:00 pm Welcome to University College! (via zoom) First-Year students Richard Duncan, Program Manager, University College; Rebecca Comfort, Senior Program Coordinator, University College; Chuck Cox,Faculty Director, Complex Problems This session serves as a welcome and overview for the University College (UC) living-learning community. Students will get the opportunity to meet the staff working with UC and hear an introduction of what they can expect out of their UC experience. This is a general conversation between staff and the full UC community. There will be additional cohort-based conversations throughout the remainder of the summer.
July 6, 2:00 - 2:45 pm Tips and Tricks for a Successful Summer and First Semester at AU All students and families Office of Orientation, Transition and Retention The Office of Orientation Transition and Retention (OTR) is here to provide their top tips to be successful this summer as you get ready for your first semester. We will also talk about resources for you to remember for the fall semester. Bring you questions related to any of the previous webinars as well as anything about the transition to AU.
July 13, 2:00 - 2:45 pm Taking Flight: Your Academic and Social Transition to AU Transfer students Ashley Rozendaal, Director, Student Success and Student Athlete Support;
Jeffrey Brown - Dean of Students
Jessica Waters - Dean of Undergraduate Education
Learn strategies that will help you meet your academic goals and assist you in your transition to AU as a transfer student.
July 13, 3:00 - 3:30 pm Career Services at AU All students and families Andrea Carpenter, Director of Career and Professional Development Office of Career Engagement, Kogod School of Business; Brian Rowe,Director of Experiential Education,American University Career Center Speak with career services staff and learn how they work with students from their first year onward- coaching students on developing their professional path and career skills - topics include internships, networking, job search strategies, and career events and programming that bring students, alumni, and employers together.
July 13, 4:00 - 5:00 pm Parent and Family Transitions for Transfer student families Families of Transfer students Fanta Aw, Vice President Campus Life Learn about the parent and family transition to AU and discover strategies for successfully navigating the experience.
July 20, 2:00 - 2:45 pm Creating Community with the Center for Diversity & Inclusion First-Year and Transfer students Robin Adams, Director of Educational & Training Programs; Consuelo Grier, Director of Multicultural Student Support; Shannon Smith, Assistant Director of Student Success & Transition; Anna Morrison, Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Support & Diversity Programs; Michelle Strange, Coordinator of Dialogue & Diversity Programs Explore the supportive resources, programs, and advocacy the Center for Diversity Inclusion provides. Connect with the staff and enjoy the panel of engaging students answering your pressing questions related to diversity & inclusion at AU.
July 20, 3:00 - 3:20 pm Student Involvement with the Center for Student Involvement All students and families Calvin Haney, Associate Director Provide an overview of the involvement and event information for the Center for Student Involvement
July 20, 3:30-3:50pm Local, National, and Global Community Involvement: Connect with the Center for Community Engagement & Service All students and families Marcy Campos, Director; Evert Justice Finger, Program Coordinator; Feruz Kidane, Coordinator of Programs and Operations for CCES CCES aims to create opportunities for AU students, staff, and faculty to engage responsibly with communities by cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships that deepen learning and promote social change. We do this through a variety of programs: Explore DC, MLK Day of Service and other one day service projects, DC READS, Community-Based Learning and Research, Alternative Breaks (domestic and international), and the Eagle Endowment for Public and Community Service. During this session, we will go over each of these programs and share how new students can get involved in them or create their own service initiatives.
July 20, 4:00 - 5:15 pm Critical Conversations All families Dr. Jeffrey Volkmann, Executive Director Counseling Center; Katie Porras, Director Student Conduct and Conflict Resoulution; Stephen Vaughan, Interim Title IX Program Officer; Jeffrey Brown, Dean of Students Staff from the Office of Campus Life will identify strategies for talking with your student about issues related to alcohol and other drugs, sexual misconduct/Title IX, and challenges students experience with their personal/mental health and wellness as they adjust to their college experience.
July 21, 1:00 - 3:00 pm Black, Blue and You: A Dialogue on Anti-Blackness and Police Brutality All incoming first-year and transfer students Center for Diversity and Inclusion with peer and staff facilitators from across the AU Community This session is an interactive opportunity for you to learn and talk about anti-Black racism and police brutality in peer-facilitated small groups. The dialogue will begin with an overview of the nation’s racial climate to ground everyone in the significance of the conversation. Then, most of the session will be in small group breakouts, where you will have the opportunity to talk about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences and explore ways to move forward to impact personal and systemic change. The session will end with an overview of resources and ways to get involved in continued learning and action. You must register in advance to participate in the session. To ensure constructive small group engagement, each small group’s capacity is set to 15 on a first come, first served basis.
July 21, 2:00 - 2:30 pm Building Your Nest Transfer Students and families Housing and Residence Life Learn about the housing and residence life experience at AU as well as some details about the off campus housing experience.
July 21, 2:45 - 3:15 pm Living Off Campus Transfer Students and families Housing and Residence Life Learn about off campus living including tips, resources, and staying connected to the campus community.
July 27, 2:00 - 2:30 pm Student Well-Being at AU First-Year and Transfer students Pritma (Mickey) Irizarry, Director of the Health Promotion & Advocacy Center; Valerie Tovar, Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator at the Health Promotion & Advocacy Center. Students will receive an overview of the plethora of services and programs available at AU to support their well-being, learn about common health issues that college students face and how to mitigate them, as well as find out more information about some required wellness related programs that must be completed in their 1st few weeks as new students.
July 27, 4:00 - 5:00 pm Engagement & AU Experience All families Student Orientation Leaders Learn about the AU student experience through a panel discussion with the Orientation Leaders.
July 28, 2:00 - 2:30 pm Financial Aid Transfer students Shirleyne McDonald, Associate Director of Finanical Aid This session will provide an overview of options to finance your education
July 28, 2:45 - 3:15 pm AU Central: Veteran Students Veteran students and families Alicia Marsh Associate Director, Veteran Services and Special Programs; Tony Hollinger Director, Military-Affiliated Student Support & Special Initiatives This session is for all military-affiliated students at AU. We will provide an overview of using your VA Education benefits or other military funding as well as discuss opportunities to join military-affiliated student groups on campus.
August 3, 2:00 - 2:45 pm Building Your Nest: Part 2 All students and families Misty Denham-Barrett, Associate Director of Residence Life This session is designed to highlight the experience students will have living on campus. Participants will learn about the Housing & Residence Life department as well as resources and support available to our residential students.
August 3, 3:00 - 4:00 pm Engagement & AU Experience First-Year and Transfer students Student Orientation Leaders Learn about the AU student experience through a panel discussion with the Orientation Leaders.
August 3, Time TBD Family Open Forum via Zoom Families of First-Year students Student Orientation Leaders Come learn about AU from some current student orientation leaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other family members and learn about AU from the student perspective. There will multiple sessions of this offered throughout the summer.
August 3, Time TBD Family Open Forum via Zoom Families of Transfer students Student Orientation Leaders Come learn about AU from some current student orientation leaders. This is a great opportunity to meet other family members and learn about AU from the student perspective. There will multiple sessions of this offered throughout the summer.