A number of physicians' wives have established an NGO known as "Ajialuna"
(our generations). With the aim of providing simple health care in public
schools, they operate clinics and take referrals from several public schools
in Beirut. Physicians either volunteer their services, or charge token
Ziad Salem, one of AUB's leading oncologists, and his wife have established
an NGO for children with Down Syndrome--a conditions that often elicits
shame, opprobrium, and the desire to hide the child away from society.
The organization held an exhibit at the last MEMA expo in an effort to
educate the public about this condition and to help erase its stigma.
The couple themselves have a child with Down Syndrome.
and Glass Recycling Project
University Recycling project has initiated a new phase with the introduction
of specially- prepared collection units for metal and glass. The first
of these units, designed and built in the AUB workshop, has been allocated
to the main entrance, and five more units will be placed in other locations
on campus. The University Recycling Committee urges the AUB community
to help make this phase a success, and AUB a more environmentally-friendly
The next step, the recycling of used printer cartridges and ribbons,
will be initiated by the end of 2000. For more details please visit our
web page: www.aub.edu.lb/~weburp
Brings Out First University Planner
AUB planner, a daily calendar for the academic year 2000-2001, went on
sale September 24. The planner, 8.5 x 16.5 centimeters in size, runs from
October 2, 2000 to January 6, 2002. Among its pages are the AUB mission
statement, words of the Alma Mater, the University Calendar, essential
University telephone numbers, monthly planners for 2001 and 2002, an address
section, and a small building-coded map of the University.
Buyers can choose from five different cover designs: an AUB scene,
or plain leatherette in black, blue, green or maroon embossed with the
AUB logo. Priced at LL3,000, the planner is on sale at the AUB Bookstore,
the West Hall kiosk, the Main Cafeteria, the Visitors' Bureau, the Engineering
Cafeteria, and the Agricultural Cafeteria.
Inverter Drive Sets Donated to FEA by Yaskawa Electric
On July 14 the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at
FEA took delivery of two advanced inverter drive sets. The cost of the
equipment, generously donated by Yaskawa Electric Europe GmbH, is estimated
at around $5,200. The donation was made through Yaskawa agent, Mr. Emille
Azar (EE97), in response to a request from Professor F. Chaaban.
The new systems are provided with "vector" as well as
"constant v/f" control capabilities. One set is to be used in
the electric vehicle being assemble at AUB as part of a project supported
by the National Council for Scientific Research (NCSR) and conducted by
Professors Farid Chaaban and Fuad Mrad. The other will be incorporated
into the power electronics and drives laboratory to introduce students
to state-of-the-art drive techniques.
On May 20, 2000, Ms. Khadijah Lakkis held a training session at
the Lebanese University - Branch 2 (Fanar) on "Methodology of Teaching
English Language Skills." Sponsored by Macmillan and Heinemann Publishers,
the session was attended by 4th year students of the Lebanese University.
Another training session led by Ms. Lakkis, this time on "Integrated
Skills," took place on May 27. High intermediate English teachers
from throughout Lebanon attended the session, which was held at NDU University.
The sponsors were Macmillan and Heinemann Publishers.
On June 20 Miss Lakkis ran a presentation at Fisk Hall on the History
of the Baalbeck Festival. Participating were Lebanese and Armenian Students
of the Exchange Program, who were enrolled in the Arabic Summer School
July 21 she presented a paper at FIPLY in Paris, France, on the English
Placement Test at UOP. The presentation was sponsored by URB - AUB.
Choir to Sing December 20
AUB Choir, under the direction of Dr. Paul Meers, new Assistant Professor
in the CS Program and new director of the choir, will present its first
concert of the season, the Christmas Concert, in the Assembly Hall on
December 20. The concert will feature the Pinkham, a widely acclaimed
contemporary American composer. To complement this modern work, the program
will also include Gregorian chant and Rennaissance motets.