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Amanda Osborn

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Morgan Jordan '12: Co-Editor, AmLit


Morgan Jordan, SOC '12, is one of the co-editors of American Literary, American University's literary magazine.  Affectionately nicknamed AmLit, the magazine is seen as a creative arts outlet for the AU community.  It is published once a semester and includes anything and everything creative from the AU community such as photography, art, prose, poetry and graphic design.

"It's a magazine that showcases the artistic side of people, because everyone has that side," Morgan said.

Morgan has been involved with AmLit since her freshman year.  "I just sort of clicked with AmLit back when I was on general staff," she said.  "The creative arts really interest me, so I stayed on all four years."  Prior to becoming co-editor in chief, she was a design editor for two semesters.

The most rewarding part of being co-editor in chief is seeing the final product at the end of the semester, Morgan said. "Kaitie [her co-editor in chief] and I work a lot.  You put in so much time, it's almost like a full-time job, but it's really rewarding in the end."

Throughout Morgan's time on AmLit staff, the magazine has grown and continued to generate interest at AU.  In her role as co-editor in chief, Morgan has tried out different promotional items, such as creating AmLit tote bags, which were met with great success.  "We fill the classrooms we meet in, which is really nice," she said.  "It's good to know that that many people are interested."

SPA Networking Event


The Career Center will be hosting its annual School of Public Affairs Networking Reception on Tuesday, November 15, from 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. in MGC 4.

The reception allows both students and alumni who are seeking jobs and internships to easily connect with employers and alumni who attend the fair. These employers and alumni attend the fair in an opportunity offering, advice giving capacity. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and employers will all be present at the reception.

There will be a pre-networking reception workshop held from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. in MGC 203. Hosted by Mark Oswell, senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, those who attend will receive tips about networking, including how to start conversations, making connections and exchanging contact information. RSVP for the pre-networking reception is required.

Business attire is strongly recommended. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

To RSVP for the reception and/or pre-networking workshop, please go to AU CareerWeb.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners at American University


The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners at American University (ACFE@AU)is a new organization that aims to raise awareness about forensic accounting and establish professional networking opportunities for individuals who are interested in the subject.

Forensic accounting, or the investigation of fraud and other financial crimes, is when businesses are investigated to determine whether or not any wrongdoing was committed by the business or select individuals.  "Think of it like CSI, but for financial crimes," said Will McGauran, president of ACFE@AU.

"In real life, when someone gets murdered there's a dead body.  People see the body and think, 'We should figure out who did it,'" said Will.  "With financial crimes it's a lot harder to figure out the crime.  You look at a spreadsheet and think, 'What am I supposed to be looking for?'  Forensic accounting is a different type of investigation for a different type of crime."

Will first became interested in forensic accounting when a guest speaker at a Kogod Center for Career Development event said that it felt good to know you're doing soothing that helps people and enforces good in society.  "I like the idea of doing something good that actually makes a difference," Will said.  "I'm not exactly the police officer type, but with forensic accounting I can do some good in the world."

Five Tips for the Internship Search


It's hard to believe it's the beginning of November (already?!).  Students looking for internships in the spring know what that means —it's time to kick the internship search into high gear.

Here are some tools, resources, and tips I thought I'd share in hopes of making the internship search a little easier.  As a current intern and student employee of AU's Career Center, I could go on for quite some time about all the ups and downs of the internship search and application process.  However, I'll stick to some of my top tips:

1. Start Using More of the Career Center's Resources

AU students are incredibly lucky because not only do they have an awesome Career Center (consistently ranked in the Top 20 Career Services by the Princeton Review) but the aforementioned Career Center provides wonderful (and free) resources for the job and internship search.  These include:

Optimal Resume Builder (and Optimal Letter Builder)

Virtual Mock Interviews

All of these are really great tools for the internship search.  I've used Optimal Resume Builder to format and style my resume and found my current internship at Amnesty International through AU Career Web.

2. Become a regular user of AU Career Web

Tasha Daniels, Career Center's Student Employment Coordinator


Tasha Daniels is the Student Employment Coordinator in the Career Center whose primary role is to oversee the off-campus community service federal work study program.

"It's a program where students who have a Federal Work Study award can earn their award by working with non-profits and government agencies," Tasha said.  "My job is to create a partnership with those organizations to secure student positions and then to get students out there to those available positions."

In addition to working with the community service sector, Tasha also manages the Career Center Peer advisers, a team of four students who act as student liaisons to inform students at AU about the Career Center and its services and resources through classroom presentations.  They also work with students directly with resume and cover letter critiques, offer advice about the internship search, assist with Career Center offered resources, and host resume workshops for student groups and organizations.

"My role is to supervise and provide support for what the peer advisers do and be a liaison between them and the rest of the Career Center staff," Tasha said.  "If staff have an event they need assistance with, I'll match them with a peer adviser."

Supervising the peer advisers is one of Tasha's favorite parts about her job.  "When I took on the role of the supervisor, I really wanted to work with the student leaders of the Career Center," Tasha said.

Poetics: Inspiring and Celebrating a Spirit of Diversity Through Poetry and the Spoken Word


"Both strong and both weak
Falling eyes, falling asleep
Dreams are hard at work."

This is just one of the many haiku that have been posted to the Facebook group for Poetics, a new organization on campus dedicated to inspiring and celebrating a spirit of diversity through poetry and the spoken word.

"Poetics is a poetry club that aims to bring all kinds of people from AU in one place," said Monica Sok, founder and president of Poetics.  "To me, poetry is that universal language that really helps you see a person's life through their own eyes.  It's the vehicle to learn how to empathize with other people."

The idea for Poetics came to Monica when she was studying abroad last year in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  She had searched for open mic nights in the city but had no luck in finding any. 

"I didn't really have the freedom of speech or an artistic outlet, although I'm sure there were places in Ho Chi Minh City that I just couldn't find," Monica said.  "When I returned to AU, I wanted to make some noise.  I wanted to create something that would really value the freedom of speech and let people appreciate the luxury Americans have."

Poetics will host a series of workshops and open mic nights throughout the year, both of which are designed to allow individuals to express themselves openly and honestly.  

Cody Steele '12

Name: Cody Steele

Year: Senior ('12)

Major: International Relations with Development and a Spanish minor

Hometown: Riverton, NJ. South Jersey represent.

Relationship status: Single...?

Likes: Travelling, coffee, bikes, hiking, camping, cooking, tattoos and such. 

Dislikes: Gen-Eds, AU tuition hikes, picky tastes. 

What's your dream job? Travel writing, or teaching somewhere outside the US.

Olivia Stitilis '12: "The Busiest Girl at American University"


Think you know the busiest girl at American University?  Think again.

Meet Olivia Stitilis, a senior Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) major in the School of Public Affairs. In addition to taking classes, Olivia works as a peer advisor in the Career Center, a communications and outreach intern at the Department of Education, the campus coordinator for Teach for America, the teaching assistant for the SPA Leadership Program and the health columnist for AU’s newspaper, The Eagle.  To top it all off, she manages to juggle all of these commitments without owning a smartphone.

With all of her work and extracurricular commitments clocking in at around 50 hours a week, it’s no wonder to think that Olivia could very well be the busiest girl at AU.

"On occasion I do find time to sleep," said Olivia when asked about if she's able to find any time for sleeping in her packed schedule.  "If not, I drink coffee.  This lifestyle has managed to fuel a caffeine addiction."  (Her favorite drink at The Dav is a Vanilla Americano.)

When Olivia isn't busy with her various commitments, she's fantasizing about traveling.  Last year, she studied abroad for a year the prestigious London School of Economics, taking classes in economics and law.  While in London, she also visited cities such as Barcelona and Istanbul.

Introducing Gemma Puglisi, School of Communication Assistant Professor


Gemma Puglisi is an assistant professor in the School of Communication.  She is the faculty adviser for the student organization Public Relations Student Society of America and teaches a variety of public relations courses within SOC.  Her Campus AU sat down with Gemma, a beloved professor and mentor, for a chat to learn more about her!

You are currently an assistant professor in the School of Communication.  Prior to teaching, what positions have you held?

I have a different kind of career history.  I started in the entertainment industry and worked for a talent manager that represented Jason Alexander and discovered Halle Berry.  I've worked in news for a long time at NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.  I've also worked at Edelman Public Relations as the vice president and manager of media at Edelman PR and have experience in the financial sector as a media relations manager for the Nasdaq stock market. 

It's funny to think of where your career takes you.  I've worked for a lot of different sectors and they've all kind of helped me in terms of what I do now as an educator.  I've learned so much from these experiences and I'm grateful for them because it's helped me grow and understand about people, different fields, how they work and how people communicate.  It's gotten me where I am today.

What are some of the most rewarding things about teaching at American University?