January 2002
Vol: 3 — No:2

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Founders' Day: AUB Celebrates 135th Anniversary

New office of Grants and Contracts

New Faculty Get Warmer Welcome

Kisirwani Made Acting Dean of Student affairs

Office of Student Affairs Takes on Three New Directors

Senate Meeting of October 26, 2001 (agenda and notes on action taken)

FEA Building Dedicated to Raymond Ghosn (1921-1976)

Dr. Amjad Mufarrij Remembered

Joint Research Workshop: FHS/AUB and Damascus University

For the forth year in a Row: Summer Program For Children of Alumni


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Busy year for Dr.
Mohamad Mikati

Mount Lebanon Alumni Hold Bicycle Paper Rally

Aumni Honor New Beqaa Graduates

An Enterpreneur and a Venture Capitalist: What Each is Looking for.

Farewell Dinner for John A. Wilinkson

Professor S. Khalaf
Autographs his look at Beirut Book Fair

Photo Exhibition and Book Fair





Founders' Day:
AUB Celebrates 135th Anniversary


Not even the chants of students demonstrating outside the Assembly Hall over an alleged assault of one student group on another could disturb the dignified procession of 41 colorfully robed faculty members and officers of the university, the solemnity of the organ music, or the commitment of the speakers to the theme of this year's 135th Founders' Day celebration in Assembly Hall on December 3.

In the words of President Waterbury, the commemoration was a "remembrance and reaffirmation of institutional ideals." The theme, "The Role of AUB in Service to the Community," was amply developed by the three main speakers.

Following the processional and the singing of the national anthem, President Waterbury briefly outlined the history of AUB's involvement in the community, from the opening of the Department of Medicine in 1871 and the first steps toward the establishment of a school of nursing in 1905 down through the modern commitments of many faculties in the greater community today.

While acknowledging the on-going involvement of AUB's faculties in service to the community as "a normal part of the life of our professional schools," the president recommended strengthening projects undertaken by faculty, staff, and students "on a purely voluntary basis." He urged everyone in the AUB community to advise him of any purely voluntary activities either planned or underway so that the university can give them "the publicity and endorsement they deserve."

In introducing the next speaker, winner of the Founders' Day essay contest, President Waterbury gave the background of the three year-old competition, judged this year by Professor Mounir Bashshur of the Department of Education, Associate Provost Waddah Nasr, and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Huda Zurayk.

Reading from the recommendations of these jurors, president Waterbury insisted that the contributions of all thirteen contestants should be seriously listened to and that AUB should not be too flattered by the "heartening and sustaining" words the essays used to describe AUB, but should rather encourage the students to look critically at the administration and faculty, while they, in turn, continue to look critically at themselves and at the institution as a whole.

Upon introducing the essay contest winner, Nadine

Miss Gladys Mouro addressing the audience

Moawad, a junior majoring in biology, Dr. Waterbury said that the contributions of all the contestants should be praised and recognized. Ms. Moawad's assessment of AUB's role in service to the community, entitled, "AUB Vocals," stressed the responsibility the university must assume in extending the advantages of an AUB education to the "less privileged sectors of the Lebanese and Arab community simply because it can. Help is within AUB's power, and thus within its responsibility." As a member herself of the less privileged sector of Lebanese society, Nadine Moawad concluded, "AUB has given me two things: a merit scholarship and a voice. The scholarship is worth over $50,000. The voice is priceless."

In introducing the guest speaker, AUB's Gladys Mouro, assistant director of the hospital and director of nursing services, President Waterbury outlined the highlights of Ms. Mouro's 30-year commitment to AUB. He began with her matriculation in 1976, then her accession to the post of director of nursing services in 1983, her selfless and courageous devotion to the AUB Medical Center throughout the civil war, and finally to her current position as assistant director of the hospital.

Passionate and eloquent in her insistence on the importance for


AUB of gender equality and service to the community, Ms. Mouro pointed out that despite a current student enrollment almost equally divided between males and females, women teaching at AUB represent only one third of the entire faculty.

In the realm of community service Mouro maintains that service "to community bring[s] benefits that cannot be bought at any price," enriching and enhancing "learning in all areas of a university's curriculum" and actually improving the academic performance of students "as a result of" the demands of structuring, planning and discipline required by hands-on participation. In addition, she stated, the experience of community service reinforces moral and civic values in serving others. Ms. Mouro, echoing the sentiments of at least one contestant in the student essay contest, even recommended the completion of a certain number of hours of community service as a graduation requirement.

Although the somber yet colorful robes and hoods of the faculty and administrators in the recessional recalled the medieval separation of town and gown, the words of the three speakers in this year's Founders' Day ceremony dispelled any idea that AUB or any university can long persist in the modern world as "an ivory tower." —

Nadine Moauwad, winner of the Founders' Day Student Essay Contest, receiving her prize from President Waterbury.
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