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SOC Week 2017:  February 27 - March 2

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What is SOC Week?

SOC Week is an annual tradition held during the spring semester for the purpose of gathering as a community in a spirit of celebration, education and growth. The SOC Student Ambassador team leads the coordination of a week filled with events and activities sponsored by members of our AU, SOC and communication community. All are welcome to participate and/or contribute to the creation of a week that celebrates the excellence of the AU School of Communication.

Planning an Event for SOC Week

EVENT SUBMISSION FORM: All are welcome to add an SOC-related event/activity to the SOC Week calendar. If you would like to plan an event for SOC Week, please submit information for your event via this form. You will be contacted in early February with day, time, and room options for your event. If you have questions, please contact the SOC Ambassador Coordinator at

2017 Schedule of Events  


  • All week, from 9:30am to 5:00pm, find the SOC Ambassadors tabling on the 1st floor of the McKinley Building with the SOC Week 2017 schedule, SOC giveaways, free coffee each morning, as well as student organization guest appearances!
  • Be one of the first to arrive at an event for a free SOC Week travel coffee mug!
  • Tweet about your experiences during SOC Week via #SOCWeek.


SOC Week Kickoff Breakfast With Dean Rutenbeck

  • 9:00 AM
  • McKinley Building, Room 101
  • Celebrate the start to SOC Week with free coffee, a light breakfast and conversation with Dean Rutenbeck and the SOC community! Sponsored by the SOC Office of the Dean.

Is Fake News A Real Problem For Communication Professionals?

  • 12:50 PM
  • McKinley Building, Doyle Forman Theater (2nd Floor)
  • Anyone involved in developing and distributing content is struggling with the problem of fake news. The Public Communication Division will host a panel of professionals to discuss the problem and its impact on the communication field. Sponsored by the Public Communication Division.

What's Next? Getting Started with Freelance Photography 

  • 6:30 PM
  • Mary Graydon Center, Room 330N
  • The American University School of Communication will host four distinguished members of the American Society of Media Photographers, ASMP, to present a discussion on getting started with freelance photography, starting your own business, assisting, and becoming a second shooter post-graduation. ASMP members will include John Boal, Mark Finkenstaedt, Margot Schulman, and Welton Doby, and the discussion will be moderated by the head of SOC's Photography Concentration, Professor Leena Jayaswal. Sponsored by the Film and Media Arts Division.


Pizza and a Professor with Christie Parell and Emily Blout

  • 12:30pm
  • McKinley Building, Room 101
  • Join Professors Christie Parell and Emily Blout for pizza and a discussion on differences between strategic communication and public affairs on a domestic level as opposed to an international level.

What's it like in the real world? Hear from recent SOC grads on life after college.

  • 1:10pm
  • McKinley Building, Media Innovation Lab (MCK 100)
  • Hear from recent SOC grads as they share their experiences on life after college. Panelists include Brynna Cleland (DDC), Joel Iscaro (Kennedy Center), Zoe Stoenner (Ketchum), and Ryan Venezia (Allied Integrated Marketing). This event is sponsored by the Public Communication Division within the School of Communication.

Highlights from the 2017 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (EFF)

  • 7:00pm
  • McKinley Building, Doyle/Forman Theater
  • EFF is the largest and longest running environmental film festival in the country and will present 150+ films to provide fresh perspectives on our planet and a wide variety of environmental issues. The films will explore wildlife, outdoor adventure, freshwater and oceans, food and agriculture, energy and resources, sustainable living, and the built environment. Join Festival Executive Director Maryanne Culpepper for a sneak peek at some of the most exciting new films to be shown during the 25th anniversary festival.


BA/MA Combined Degree Open House & Lunch

  • 11:00 AM
  • McKinley Building, Room 101
  • Come to the BA/MA Combined Degree Open House & Pizza Lunch to find out how you can start working toward a master's degree during your senior year! Enjoy free pizza while learning about all of the benefits of the BA/MA Combined Degree program, and discover which SOC graduate program is right for you! Sponsored by the SOC Office of Graduate Programs.

Happy Hour Pizza With the Comm. Studies Faculty

  • 5:30 PM
  • McKinley Building, 3rd Floor Common Space
  • Join Professors Joseph Campbell, Benjamin Stokes, Aram Sinnreich, and other members of the Communication Studies Division faculty for pizza in the McKinley 3rd Floor Common Space. Sponsored by the Communication Studies Division.

Tickling Giants Screening

  • 6:30 PM
  • McKinley Building, Doyle Forman Theater (2nd Floor)
  • Tickling Giants is a film about Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," and his fight to bring satire to the Middle East. Tickling Giants is a very funny film about free speech and what happens to a country when power is abused. This story couldn't be more relevant in our own country right now and should be of great interest to American University students. 


Declare Your SOC Major! 

  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • McKinley Building, Media Innovation Lab (MCK 100)
  • Calling all "intended" SOC majors! All students enter AU as an "intended" major, and must formally declare their major once they have an established GPA (2.5 or higher required). This SOC Week event is an easy and efficient way to declare, ask questions of your SOC academic advisor, and grab some refreshments. Formally declaring your first major also allows you to declare a second major or minor, gain access to courses reserved for majors only, and to gain access to proper listservs for major planning. We'll see you there!
  • Sponsored by the SOC Office of Student & Academic Affairs. 

We're Listening to ... Podcasts

  • 1:10 PM
  • McKinley Building 101
  • Join the SOC Graduate Student Council as we explore the history of podcasts, top ranking podcast shows and the future of podcasts in the growing world of Digital Media. Sponsored by the SOC Graduate Student Council.

Thank You To Our Sponsors for SOC Week 2017:

  • AU Career Center
  • Center for Environmental Filmmaking
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • SOC Dean's Office
  • SOC Graduate Student Council
  • SOC Office of Graduate Services
  • SOC Office of Student & Academic Affairs
  • SOC Communication Studies Division
  • SOC Film & Media Arts Division
  • SOC Journalism Division
  • SOC Public Communication Division