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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

  1. Shana Blackman

    Shana Blackman

    Class of 2017, Public Relations & Strategic Communication

    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. 

  1. Lauren Clemence

    Lauren Clemence

    Class of 2018, Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Business Administration

    Mount Laurel, NJ

    Favorite SOC Courses: Visual Literacy 

    Internship Experience: Altruette Jewelry Ambassador 

    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 at SOC.  

  1. Lindsy Crutchfield

    Lindsy Crutchfield

    Class of 2018, Communication Studies  | Minor: Psychology

    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.
  1. Coby Eiss

    Coby Eiss

    Class of 2017, Public Communication and Political Science

    New City, NY

    Favorite SOC Courses: The Critical Media Consumer and Participant, Political Advertising

    Internship Experience: Glover Park Group, Precision Strategies, CLS Strategies

    Extracurricular Activities: SOC Ambassadors

    Study Abroad: American University of Rome

  1. Ellie Hartleb

    Ellie Hartleb

    Class of 2017, Journalism | Minor: Education Studies

    Erie, PA

    Favorite SOC Courses: Writing for Communication 

    Internship Experience: USA Today, NBC-4 Washington, Washington Parent magazine

    Extracurricular Activities: The Eagle 

    Best SOC Moments: The media release party for all the campus magazines at the end of the semester.
  1. Alison Jones

    Alison Jones

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

    Asheville, SC

    Favorite SOC Courses: Media Relations, Writing for Communication, Communication and Social Change

    Internship Experience: Hillary for America, Fenton, Vital Voices Global Partnership

    Extracurricular Activities: SOC Ambassadors, College Democrats

    Best SOC Moments: I love being an Ambassador, and being surrounded by such a motivated, creative community of students.

    Study Abroad: American University of Rome

  1. Megan Mileusnic

    Megan Mileusnic

    Class of 2017, Foreign Language and Communications Media | Minor: International Business

    Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL

    Favorite SOC Courses: Principles of Photography, European Cinema, Writing for Communication 

    Internship Experience: 
    • Risk Management Intern at Boca Raton City Hall in Florida
    • Communications Intern at CentroNía in DC
    • PR Intern at MassPublic in Madrid, Spain
    • Law Intern at the Reinsurance Association of America in DC
    • Marketing and Communications Intern at The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers in DC
    • Marketing and Communications Intern at JPA Health Communications in DC 
    Extracurricular Activities: Alpha Xi Delta sorority 

    Best SOC Moments: Meeting my best friends through SOC, working in the photo lab for Principles of Photography 

    Study Abroad: Madrid 

  1. Morgan Mitchell

    Morgan Mitchell

    Class of 2017, Public Relations & Strategic Communication | Minor: Marketing

    Sharon, MA

    Favorite SOC Courses: Writing for Communication, Understanding Media, PR Case Studies 

    Extracurricular Activities: Alpha Xi Delta Sorority 

    Best SOC Moments: Meeting awesome new friends and becoming an SOC Ambassador!

    Study Abroad: American University of Rome 

  1. Katie O'Gorman

    Katie O'Gorman

    Class of 2018, Film & Media Arts | Minors: Graphic Design & Anthropology

    Hillsborough, NJ

    Favorite SOC Courses: Visual Literacy, Digital Imaging, Photojournalism

    Internship Experience: JWM Productions 

    Extracurricular Activities: Club Lacrosse, Club Field Hockey, AmLit, Phi Mu

    Best SOC Moments: Getting the chance to see an advanced screening of AMC's TURN and meeting three of the cast members, hearing a National Geographic executive producer speak and show a teaser of Nat Geo's new shows in the Foreman Theater, and documenting Election Night 2016 in downtown DC with my photojournalism class!

    Study Abroad: Copenhagen, Denmark 

  1. Shannon Scovel

    Shannon Scovel

    Class of 2017, Journalism | Minor: Political Science

    Cary, NC

    Favorite SOC Courses: How the News Media Shaped History, Sports Writing and Reporting, Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Media

    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, covering a Washington Wizards game from the press box with Professor Don Markus, working with the staff at The Eagle to produce print editions each semester 

  1. Anagha (Ana) Srikanth

    Anagha (Ana) Srikanth

    Class of 2017, Print Journalism | Minor: Arabic

    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.

  1. Ginell Turner

    Ginell Turner

    Class of 2017, Film & Media Arts and Psychology

    Chicago, IL

    Favorite SOC Courses: Film and Video I,  Visual Literacy 

    Extracurricular Activities:  
    Child Development Center part-time staff 
    Media Production Center staff 
    Delta Kappa Alpha, Documentarian and Social Co-Chair (Co-ed Cinema Fraternity) 
    SOC Ambassador
    Social Chair Schuler Scholar Ambassador 

  1. Martin Valderruten

    Martin Valderruten

    Class of 2017, Public Communication and Spanish Translation

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Favorite SOC Courses: Understanding Media, Writing for Communication

    Internship Experience: National Aquarium, Pennsylvania Family Institute 

    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 was actually interested in and having amazing opportunity to witness incredible speakers.
  1. Kelly Phares

    Kelly Phares

    Class of 2018, Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Studies

    Naperville, IL

    Favorite SOC Courses: Presidential Campaign: Inside the War Room and the Newsroom 

    Extracurricular Activities: Club soccer, honors program, orientation leader, Phi Sigma Sigma  

    Best SOC Moments: Getting to take classes at the NBC and CBS affiliated television stations in Washington, D.C. 

    Study Abroad: Madrid, Spain

  1. Mary Elder

    Mary Elder

    Class of 2017, Public Communication | Minor: International Studies

    Pleasant Gap, PA

    Favorite SOC Courses: Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, Senior Internship Class

    Internship Experience: 
    • PR Intern at Levick 
    • PR Intern at Seven Oaks Media Group
    • Communication Intern at Videon Inc.
    • Communication Intern at CB Communication
    • Sales and Marketing Intern at Videon Inc.
    • Communications Staff Assistant for AU's Office of Alumni Relations
    • Communications Intern for Pennsylvania State University's College of Communications
    • JumpStart DC 

    Extracurricular Activities: Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) 

    Best SOC Moments: Helping out with the 2015 SOC week because I got to meet so many different students in the School of Communication and going to events about all different aspects of communications. 

    Study Abroad: Dublin, Ireland 

  1. Alexandra Hrishenko

    Alexandra Hrishenko

    Class of 2019, Public Relations & Strategic Communication | Minor: Marketing

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Favorite SOC Courses: Visual Literacy, Understanding Media 

    Extracurriculars: Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA)

    Best SOC Moments: My first ambassador training session. 


  1. Pia Shah

    Pia Shah

    Class of 2017, Public Relations & Strategic Communication | Minor: Marketing

    Valsad, Gujarant, India

    Favorite SOC Courses: Visual Literacy, Understanding Media, Communication and Society 

    Internship Experience: Communications Intern at the National Low Income Housing Coalition 

    Best SOC Moments: The moment I declared my major as public relations and strategic communication and being accepted as an SOC Ambassador. 


  1. Stefani Sciametta

    Stefani Sciametta

    Class of 2019, Public Relations & Strategic Communication, Class of 2019 | Minor: Marketing

    Fair Haven, NJ

    Favorite SOC Courses: Communication and Society

    Extracurricular Activities: AU in Motion, Eagle Communications

    Best SOC Moments: Going to interesting panels that different SOC groups present in the Media Innovation Lab. 

  1. Theresa Maher

    Theresa Maher

    Class of 2019, Journalism and International Studies

    West Islip, NY

    Favorite SOC Courses: Writing for Communication

    Extracurricular Activities: SOC Ambassadors, Peer Wellness Educator

    Best SOC Moments: Seeing all of the events highlighting different SOC concentrations and experiencing different ways of living the SOC experience. 

  1. Allison Kraus

    Allison Kraus

    Class of 2019, Film and Media Arts | Minor: Music

    Nashua, NH

    Favorite SOC Courses: Film and Video I, Visual Literacy 

    Extracurricular Activities: Executive Producer of Rapid Fire at ATV, Delta Kappa Alpha, AU Chamber Singers, AU Players

    Best SOC Moments: Getting to work with Professor Russell Williams, an Oscar winner, has been a lot of fun! 


  1. Andrew Valcarcel

    Andrew Valcarcel

    Class of 2018, Public Relations & Strategic Communication and CLEG

    Pennington, NJ

    Favorite SOC Courses: Principles of Photography, Public Speaking

    Extracurricular Activities: College Democrats, Beta Theta Pi fraternity

    Best SOC Moments: SOC Week my freshman year. 

    Study Abroad: Rome, Italy

  1. Tiziana De Ferrari

    Tiziana De Ferrari

    Class of 2019, Public Relations & Strategic Communication | Minor: Marketing

    Lima, Peru

    Favorite SOC Courses: PR Research and International Communications

    Extracurricular Activities: SOC Ambassadors

    Best SOC Moments: Becoming an SOC Ambassador and honor mention in public speaking. 

    Study Abroad: Rome, Italy

  1. Shira Stein

    Shira Stein

    Class of 2019, Journalism and Biology

    San Francisco, CA

    Favorite SOC Courses: How the News Media Shape History, Politics, Campaigns and the Media

    Internship Experience: Web Manager for Pay Our Interns Organization, Marketing Intern for Road Warrior, LLC, Former National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker-winning Editor-in-Chief

    Extracurricular Activities: ReJEWvenate, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, SOC Ambassadors

    Best SOC Moments: Getting to see Marty Baron speak at AU, speaking to a prospective SOC student and her mom for an hour, getting to know the amazing SOC professors

  1. Sandra Akufo

    Sandra Akufo

    Class of 2019, Public Relations & Strategic Communication | Minor: Marketing and Psychology

    Charlotte, NC

  1. Rosalie Black

    Rosalie Black

    Class of 2018, Public Relations & Strategic Communication | Minor: Marketing

    Amherst, MA

    Favorite SOC Courses: Visual Literacy, Communication and Society, Public Relations

    Extracurricular Activities: PRSSA, Women's Club Soccer, Panhellenic Community, Orientation Leader (OL), SOC Ambassadors

    Best SOC Moments: I love it when professors bring speakers into the class to talk about their experiences in communications and give personal/professional advice about post-college. 
  1. Andy Lalwani

    Andrew Lalwani

    Class of 2018, Film and Media Arts | Minor: Business and Entertainment

    Youngsville, PA

  1. Ashley Oviedo

    Ashley Oviedo

    Class of 2018, Broadcast Journalism | Minor: Spanish

    Bronx, NY

    Favorite SOC Courses: Understanding Media and Writing for Communication 

    Internship Experience: Intern at RobinHood Foundation 

    Extracurricular Activities: Latino American Student Organization (LASO)

    Best SOC Moments: Walking into McKinley for the very first time as a prospective student. 

    Study Abroad: Madrid, Spain

  1.  Carol Wright

    Carol Wright

    Class of 2020, Journalism | Minor: Business Entertainment

    Mount Laurel, NJ

    Favorite SOC Courses: Understanding Media

    Extracurricular Activities: Her Campus AU, Photo Collective, PRSSA

    Best SOC Moments: AU Living Legends Event, SOC Halloween Event, studying on the 3rd floor of McKinley


  1. Bryan White

    Bryan White

    Class of 2019, Journalism and CLEG

    Stratford, NJ

  1. Emily Hall

    Emily Hall

    Class of 2019, Film and Media Arts | Minor: Studio Art

    Washington, DC

  1. Hadley Van Der Bosch

    Hadley Van Der Bosch

    Class of 2020, Journalism and Political Science

    Libertyville, IL

    Favorite SOC Courses: Understanding Media

    Extracurricular Activities: College Democrats, AU Zero Waste

    Best SOC Moments: Watching the first presidential debate with College Democrats and SOC Ambassadors in McKinley. 


  1. Kree McCants

    Kree McCants

    Class of 2019, Broadcast Journalism | Minor: Marketing

    Jersey City, NJ

    Favorite SOC Courses: Writing for Communication 

    Extracurricular Activities: DC Reads, NAACP at AU

    Best SOC Moments: SOC Ice Cream/Trivia Socials and becoming an ambassador! 


  1. Matt Pedretti

    Matt Pedretti

    Class of 2019, Public Relations & Strategic Communication | Minor: Political science

    Yorktown Heights, NY

    Favorite SOC Courses: Public Relations, Communication and Society

    Extracurricular Activities: Eagle Endowment Advisory Council, PRSSA

    Best SOC Moments: The awesome events and speakers that come to SOC, like Anita Hill, who came during my freshman year. Having all of my incredible professors that have made me realize my love and passion for what I'm studying. 

  1. Nicole DeFeo

    Nicole DeFeo

    Class of 2019, Public Relations and Strategic Communication

    Boca Raton, FL

    Favorite SOC Courses: Writing for Communication 

    Internship Experience: Staff assistant in the SOC Office of Student and Academic Affairs 

    Extracurricular Activities: Delta Gamma 

    Best SOC Moments: Working on a social media revamp for a non-profit organization in my visual literacy class 

  1. Morgan Antonez

    Morgan Antonez

    Class of 2019, Journalism and SIS

    Nantucket, MA

    Favorite SOC Courses: Understanding Media

    Extracurricular Activities: AU Sailing Team, AU Photo Collective

    Best SOC Moments: The ice cream social and the presidential debate viewing party, going to NPR with my Understanding Media class 

  1. Molly Greenstone

    Molly Greenstone

    Class of 2020, Film and Media Arts

    Livingston, NJ

    Favorite SOC Courses: Understanding Media and Visual Literacy

    Extracurricular Activities: 2016 DNC Volunteer and Caucus Educational Corporation in Montclair, NJ 

  1. Melany Rochester

    Melany Rochester

    Class of 2020, Film and Media Arts

    Jackson, MI

    Favorite SOC Courses: Visual Literacy, Understanding Media 

    Extracurricular Activities: AWOL, ATV Beats, PRSSA, Club Tennis

    Best SOC Moments: Going to the Newseum and the National Portrait Gallery with my Visual Literacy class, and all the bizarre, but fun projects for that class. 
  1. Elise Moore

    Elise Moore

    Class of 2019, Film and Media Arts and Public Health

    Anchorage, AK

    Favorite SOC Courses: Understanding Media

    Extracurricular Activities: AU Symphonic and Pep Bands, She's the First, The Eagle, AmWord

    Best SOC Moments: Becoming an SOC Ambassador, going to SOC week and listening to amazing speakers


  1. Maddie Caywood

    Maddie Caywood

    Class of 2019, Public Relations | Minor: Marketing and Leadership Management

    Buffalo, NY

    Favorite SOC Courses: Writing for Communication, Visual Literacy

    Internship Experience: Leadership Buffalo 

    Extracurricular Activities: PRSSA, Kogod Graduate Admissions Assistant, Delta Gamma Sorority - Director of Scholarship, SOC Social Events Chair  

    Best SOC Moments: Becoming a member of SOC Ambassadors and being able to hold a leadership position!