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New Student Orientation

 Professional Staff

  1. Jennifer Johnson, Director, Orientation, Transition & Retention

    Orientation, Transition & Retention

    Jennifer Johnson joined AU in June 2016 as the Director of Orientation, Transition & Retention. Jenn previously worked at George Mason University for 4 years directing their First Year Transition courses and working with Outdoor Extended Orientation.… More

    Send email to Jennifer Johnson

    (202) 885-6094

  2. Garrett Schlichte, Coordinator of Orientation, Transition & Retention

    Dean of Students

    Garrett Schlichte joined American University in June of 2015 and serves as the Coordinator of Orientation, Transition & Retention. In the role Garrett oversees the successful transition of new and transfer students from their previous institution to … More

    Send email to Garrett Schlichte

    (202) 885-3374

Student Staff - Orientation Chairs

Michael Mannello

Orientation Chair Michael Mannello

My name is Michael Mannello and I'm a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Public Health. A place that I call home is American University of course! My favorite spot at AU is the Quad, right under the big oak tree. The best part of being an AU Eagle is being apart of the most wonderful community and, of course, being Clawed's best friend. I am a member of the Wellness Crew, a peer health education group on campus, and I love to explore my favorite city, Washington, D.C., in my free time!

Eamon Martin

Orientation Chair Eamon Martin smiles.

Hi AU Eagles! My name is Eamon Martin! I use the pronouns he, him, and his, and a place I call home is Brattleboro, Vermont. I'm currently a Sophomore in the Kogod School of Business studying Business Administration with a specialization in Information Technology. I love walking to POD with my friends in the middle of the night, enjoying good company and conversation. I was an Orientation Leader this past summer, and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had, both as an AU student and as a person. I am an avid Seattle Seahawks fan, and I can't wait to get home and see my adorable cat Milo!

Greg Pratt

Greg smiles.

Hello, it's me! My name is Gregory Pratt, I use the pronouns, he, him, his. I am from Manchester, NH. I am a sophomore and I am studying Political Science with a minor in Communication and Theatre. I love the AU Fight Song and hanging by the Clawed Statue near the Amphitheatre with my coffee from the infamous Dav! Something interesting about me is that I was once on three continents in the same day, Europe to Asia to North America. Another interesting fact, is that my middle name is Loyal, like the trait. So I can really say Loyal is my middle name! I am beyond excited to work with orientation again and helping to welcome the new Eagles.

Student Staff - Orientation Leaders

Andrew Watring

Orientation Leader Andrew Watring

Hey everybody! I use He, His, Him, and am an up-coming sophomore theatre and education major from Huntsville, Alabama. I perform for the Rude Mechanicals, the Department of Performing Arts, and anyone else that will give me a stage. Besides that, I run around the Student Government and RHA circles, chiefing whatever staff that I can. I look forward to a fun summer with everyone!

Chandni Thakkar

Orientation Leader Chandni Thakkhar

Hello Eagles! My name is Chandni Thakkar and the pronouns I use are she, her, and hers. I am from Sugar Land, Texas. I am currently a freshman in the School of International Service. I love meeting new people and spending time in SIS; it’s one of my favorite buildings on campus! Two amazing opportunities that I've had this year are being a part of RHA (Residence Hall Association) and having a 'Hillternship' (an internship on Capitol Hill). I can't wait to welcome all you new, wonderful Eagles!

Chyanna Antonio

Orientation Leader Chyanna Antonio

Hello! My name is Chy Antonio and I am a freshman studying Business Administration in the Kogod School of Business. I live right outside of Philadelphia, but DC has already become my favorite city! In my free time I love to play basketball, explore the city with friends, and play the flute. I can't wait to meet the class of 2020 and share my love for AU!

Danielle Montecalvo

Orientation Leader Danielle Montecalvo

My name is Danielle Montecalvo! I use the pronouns she, her, and hers, and the place I call home is Rochester, New York. I am a rising junior in the School of International Service and the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in International Studies and Physics. My favorite activities to do on campus are tossing a frisbee on the quad (during any kind of weather!) and relaxing in the SIS Atrium. A fun fact about me is that I play four instruments! I love to play the piano in the Katzen Arts Center to destress. I am beyond excited to work with the orientation staff and welcome our newest Eagles to AU's campus and D.C.!

Dylan Kenney

Orientation Leader Dylan Kenney

Hello Eagles! My name is Dylan Kenney and I am currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science. I am from Battle Creek, Michigan and am a Detroit Red Wings fan. I love exploring D.C. and hanging out on the quad with my friends. Some of the best experiences and friendships I have ever had were formed here at AU! A few fun facts about myself are that I am an ordained minister and am joining my third fraternity. I am very excited to work as an orientation leader and help new Eagles feel at home here at AU just as much as I do!

Felicia Schneider

Orientation Leader

I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Public Health with a minor in International Studies. I prefer the pronouns she, her, and hers and I'm from Queens, New York! Something interesting about me is that I went to the high school from the movie "Fame." I was a visual art major in high school and still try to do artistic things in my free time. New York City is where I was born and raised, but Washington, D.C. has become my home and I cannot wait to welcome the class of 2020 into the AU family and the DC community. I can't wait for all of you to love AU as much as I do!

Harrison Allen

Orientation Leader Harrison Allen

My name is Harrison Allen. My pronouns are he, him, his. I'm a born and raised Floridian, and an SPA major in the hopes of one day writing speeches for Frank Underwood - but any president will do. At AU, I'm a member of the university's broadcast television network, ATV. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the city by jogging so I have room for the great eats DC has to offer. My other hobbies include incorporating musical numbers into basic conversation, being a certifiable dog enthusiast, and eating my body weight in York mints.

Josh Ledyard

Orientation Leader Josh Ledyard

I’m Josh and I use the pronouns he/him/his. I’m a first year sophomore from Bethlehem, PA with a major in the School of International Service and a minor in Spanish. My favorite part of AU is being surrounded by the wonderful people I’ve met. I love finding new places to get donuts with my friends, and laughing with each other all the way there. I’m super excited to meet the new members of the American family, and to help them fall in love with our school and our city.

Kelly Phares

Orientation Leader Kelly Phares

Hello AU eagles! My name is Kelly Phares and I use the pronouns she, her, and hers. I am a sophomore from Naperville, IL and am majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Studies. On warm days you can find me out on the quad, kicking around a soccer ball with my friends or studying for my next class! While the DC food can't compare to my hometown Chicago style deep dish pizza, I love trying new restaurants all around the district!

Lindsay Petelinkar

Orientation Leader Lindsay Petelinkar

I am a rising Sophomore at American University studying International Studies and hopefully minoring in Economics and Public Health! I love to sail, eat and watch Greys Anatomy. I am originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania and have fallen inlove with Washington D.C. I aspire to visit as many countries as possible in my lifetime, which will help me continue my passion for International Studies.

Niall Martin

Orientation Leader Niall Martin

Hi everyone! My name is Niall Martin and I use the pronouns he, him, and his. I am from the great Midwest town of Madison, WI.  This fall, I’ll be a senior in the School of Public Affairs majoring in Political Science and minoring in Cinema Studies. This spring I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Glasgow, Scotland. If you like superhero movies, a Cappella, Harry Potter, and/or Bill Murray, we will have loads to talk about. I am truly looking forward to ushering the baby Eagles (or Eaglets as Wikipedia tells me) of the Class of 2020 into their new home at American University.

Nathan Allen

Orientation Leader Nathan Allen

Hey everyone!! My name is Nathan Allen. I use the pronouns he, him, his. I am originally from Charleston, West Virginia, I am a freshman in the School of International Service. I’m also very active on campus with being a part of the DACH German club, AUSG Community Service Club and most importantly being an AU Ambassador tour guide! In my free time I love to go out into the city and be inquisitive and explore and I also enjoy laying out on the quad with my friends on our gigantic quad blanket.

Rosie Black

Orientation Leader Rosalie Black

Hi everyone! My name is Rosie Black and I’m currently a sophomore in the School of Communication studying Public Relations with a minor in Business. My pronouns are she, her, and hers and I’m from the small town of Amherst, Massachusetts. I love photography, cooking, yoga, and exploring Washington, D.C. I’m so excited to meet all the new AU Eagles and show them just how wonderful AU really is!

Sarah Everett

Orientatioin Leader Sarah Everett

Hey Eagles! My name is Sarah Everett, I use the pronouns they, them, and theirs, and I've come to American University from Dripping Springs, Texas. I'm a part of the Class of 2019 and I'm pursuing a double major in Political Science and American Studies. My favorite part of being at AU is that a lot of people here are incredibly active in social justice and political circles and there is always something new to debate about. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies about boxing, keeping up with POLITICO, and eating frozen yogurt.

Shannon McDermott

Orientation Leader Shannon McDermott

I’m Shannon McDermott, a sophomore studying Political Science and CLEG with a minor in Literature. I use the pronouns she, her, and hers and come from New Jersey. I spend a lot of time drinking tea in the Dav and interning at an independent music venue here in D.C.! I love reading, listening to music, and hanging with pals on the quad- I can’t wait to do the same with the new AU Eagles!