Student-Alumni Programs


    Alumni Relations    
    4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW   
    Kristena Wright
    Alumni Relations Coordinator


Just for Students

The Alumni Association is committed to the development of programs designed to bring students and alumni together. Through meaningful interaction between students and alumni, we can inspire learning and encourage lasting relationships. The Alumni Association hosts a variety of events for students and alumni to interact. Students benefit from the advice and guidance from experienced professionals and alumni remain connected to AU.

The Alumni Board created the Student-Alumni Initiative Committee to serve the role of creating student-alumni events on and off campus.  The following are programs and events that are currently in place to enhance the student-alumni relationship.

Alumni in the KNOW
Created in 2012 and sponsored by the American University Alumni Association, this new distinguished alumni event series features AU alumni who will speak to their AU experiences and pathways to success. Alumni in the KNOW events are perfect opportunities for the AU community to hear how alums have excelled since their days as AU students. These events are free to attend and are open to the entire AU community. Come get to KNOW our AU alums! Please visit our website for more information.

Annual Toast to Graduates
An annual tradition, graduating students join President Kerwin '71 and Ann Kerwin '71, the American University Alumni Board, the Young Alumni Chapter Board, and the Office of Alumni Relations to celebrate their upcoming graduation. This is a wonderful opportunity for students and their families to gather before commencement, toast their friends, and learn a bit about how they may remain involved after graduation. Following brief remarks from the president of the Alumni Board, as well as President Kerwin, the seniors present the Senior Class Gift.

Career Services

AU students and alumni have full access to the AU Career Center.  Let the AU Career Center put you in the best position to land that new job and/or help you find a job. For more information, visit AU’s Career Center.

Career Student-Alumni Networking Events
Each year, The Career Center and The Office of Alumni Relations partner with The School of Public Affairs, School of International Service, School of Communication and The College of Arts and Sciences-School of Education, Teaching and Health at highly anticipated Student-Alumni Networking Receptions.

Students and alumni seeking jobs or internships have the chance to connect with alumni and employers offering opportunities and advice.  Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments while mingling with students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff.

Convocation Bagel Breakfast
At the beginning of each school year, the Alumni Association welcomes all incoming freshman with a bagel breakfast in the Quad before Convocation.  All incoming freshman are welcomed to campus by alumni volunteers who hand out 'Class of ..." t-shirts, before processing to Bender Arena for the ceremony, featuring President Kerwin, faculty speakers, and the president of the AU Alumni Association Board.

Dinner with Alumni
The Dinner with Alumni program brings students with alumni together through a series of dinners scheduled during the school year. These dinners are great career networking opportunities for students to interact with current experts in the field.  The Dinner with Alumni Program will host 20 dinners during the 2014-2015 academic year; scroll down to see the current schedule of dinners.

Partnership with Athletics

Each year, the Alumni Association partners with the Athletics Department to promote student-alumni interaction. During the 2014-2015 academic year, we will host four pizza giveaways at basketball games. Alumni will also be present at Senior Days with the AU sports teams to hand out Tchotchkes to our AU seniors. See the Athletics webpage for all sporting event schedules.

Senior Barbecues at the President's House
Students join President and Ann Kerwin for a home-style barbecue honoring graduating seniors at The President's House. Seniors are able to visit with their favorite AU professors and staff. Alumni inform students on how to stay involved with AU after they graduate. There is plenty of good, FREE food from Red, Hot, & Blue, and time to mix and mingle before final exams. 2015 dates coming soon!

Senior Class Gift

Each class raises money in order to purchase a gift for the university.  Recent class gifts have included an information kiosk, university banners, a September 11th Memorial, and a wind turbine.  For more information, visit the Senior Class Gift webpage.

Social Networking
American University Alumni has official Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages for AU alumni and students to expand AU's worldwide network. We encourage you to explore these social networking opportunities and join the American University Alumni Facebook group and LinkedIn group and follow us on Twitter!

Summer Send-offs
Graciously hosted by alumni and parents in cities throughout the world during the summer months, AU Summer Send-Offs afford incoming students and their families an opportunity to meet current members of the AU community including parents, students, alumni, and administrators.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 06, 2015

Dinner with Alumni: Pam Campagna and Jeffrey Lovelace
If you are interested hearing about what it’s like to work in consulting, international business, operations, or finance, then this dinner is for you.  Meet two AU Alums from the Kogod School of Business who turned their MBA educations into successful careers.  Come join Pam Campagna, MBA, CMC and Jeff Lovelace, MBA, SSBB, PMP, LSSBB for dinner and a great networking event.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Dinner with Alumni: Penny Pagano SOC/BA '65 and Andrew Huff SPA/MA '07
If you are interested in the learning more about DC and how students can
become involved in the city and the community, then this dinner is for you.  Meet AU Alumni who know the neighborhood and the city through their work as AU’s Directors of Community and Local Government Relations. Come join Penny and Andrew for dinner and a great networking event.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dinner with Alumni Elliot Bell-Krasner & John Sonsalla
Current undergraduate juniors and seniors, if you are interested in the government affairs, advocacy, and nonprofit career fields, then this dinner is for you.  Meet AU Alumni who have been in your shoes and have now succeeded in doing what you aspire to do. Come join John Sonsalla (SPA/BA '11) and Elliot Bell-Krasner (SPA/MPP '12) for dinner and a great networking event. This event is FREE for current students only.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Multicultural Student-Alumni Career Connection
Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Career Center, the Black Alumni Alliance and the Latino Alumni Alliance at this highly anticipated event. Alumni will share insights and advice on career planning and job searching from a multicultural perspective.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Founder's Day: Cake on the Quad
Come celebrate Founder's Day with some cake on the quad.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Being LGBTQ in the Workplace
Join the Career Center, CDI, and the Pride Alumni Alliance for a discussion on how LGBTQ identities are expressed and handled in the workplace, followed by a networking session and refreshments.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Comms for a Cause #DigitalAdvocacyAU
Join the Career Center and the Alumni Association for a panel discussion and networking session around career paths in digital advocacy.

Friday, February 27, 2015

SIS Industry Days: Department of Energy

SIS, the AU Alumni Association, the SIS Alumni Chapter, the SIS Graduate Student Council, and the AU Career Center invite SIS graduate students and alumni to an SIS Industry Days event at the Department of Energy. 

Monday, March 02, 2015

Dinner with Alumni: Joe Vidulich SPA/BA '08
Current students -if you are interested in the government affairs, government relations, or lobbying career fields, then this dinner are for you. Meet an AU Alum who has been in your shoes and has now succeeded in doing what you aspire to do. Come join Joe Vidulich, SPA BA ‘08 for dinner and a great networking event.

Dinner with Alumni: Andrea Murino SPA/BA '98
Current undergraduates- if you are interested in a career in law, then this dinner is for you.  Meet an AU Alum who has been in your shoes and has now succeeded in doing what you aspire to do. Come join Andrea Murino (SPA/BA '98) for dinner and a great networking event.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Alumni in the KNOW: Women in Leadership
Join the AU Alumni Association, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Career Center as a panel of distinguished alumnae discuss and share their experiences as women in leadership.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Senior and Graduate Student Barbecue Series
Congratulations, Class of 2015! Graduate and undergraduate students planning to graduate in May and August are cordially invited to join President Neil and Mrs. Ann L. Kerwin '71 for the 2015 Senior and Graduate Barbecues. There is no cost to attend this event.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Graduate Student-Alumni Networking Event
Join fellow American University graduate students, graduate program alumni, family, and friends for a networking happy hour at Town Hall in D.C. The event is $10 for alumni and guests, and free for current students.