By Alexandra Hrishenko

 

Each year, SOC (School of Communication) Week is held during the Spring semester as a way to bring the community together to celebrate all the SOC has to offer. The week is comprised of different events such as guest speakers, networking with professors and professionals, film screenings and more, that are sponsored by the AU and SOC community. The week is open to everyone and encourages people to come and learn more about SOC.

People are encouraged to be one of the first people to arrive at an event to receive a free SOC travel mug. SOC Ambassadors will be tabling on the 1st floor of McKinley with free giveaways and coffee in the morning. Finally, if you want to tweet about your SOC week experience use #SOCWeek.

 

The complete details are on our Facebook page and events page, but here’s a peek at each of the events:

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27:


SOC WEEK KICKOFF BREAKFAST WITH DEAN RUTENBECK
Monday, February 27
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?
Monday, February 27
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
Monday, February 27
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.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28:

WHAT’S IT LIKE IN THE REAL WORLD? HEAR FROM RECENT SOC GRADS
Tuesday, February 28
12:50 PM
McKinley Building, Media Innovation Lab (MCK 100)
Hear from recent SOC grads as they share their experiences of life after college.

 

PIZZA AND A PROFESSOR: JOURNALISM
Tuesday, February 28
1:00 PM
McKinley Building, Room 101
Journalism Professors share their experiences in the field in a casual atmosphere and with a free pizza lunch. Sponsored by the SOC Ambassadors.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2017 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL (EFF), MARCH 14-26
Tuesday, February 28
7:00 PM
McKinley Building, Doyle Forman Theater (2nd Floor)
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. Sponsored by the SOC Center for Environmental Filmmaking.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1:

BA/MA Combined Degree Open House & Lunch
Wednesday, March 1
10:00 AM
McKinley Building, Media Innovation Lab (MCK 100)
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 PROFESSORS
Wednesday, March 1
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
Wednesday, March 1
6:00 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.


THURSDAY, MARCH 2:
DECLARE YOUR SOC MAJOR!
Thursday, March 2
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.

 

Adulting 101: How to Identify Your Transferable Skills
Thursday, March 2
12:00 PM
Butler Boardroom
Join the Career Center and the American University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter in a workshop in the Butler Boardroom on how to better identify what skills you’ve developed at American University and how they will carry you towards your future career.

 

WE’RE LISTENING TO…PODCASTS
Thursday, March 2
1:10 PM
McKinley 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.


You can find more information about SOC Week here and RSVP on Facebook here.