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July  2005

      

  • As-Safir of July 30 announced that the Council of Lebanon's Universities has elected its first executive committee. Dr. Hasten Shelby was elected president. The papers said that representatives from different universities in Lebanon participated in the elections including Dr. Waddah Nasr from AUB.

  • Al-Balad of July 30 interviewed Dr. Samir Makdisi, who was deputy president of AUB, about the economic and social challenges that the new Lebanese government is facing. Makdisi warned that social problems were not given appropriate concern.

  • An-Nahar and Al-Mustaqbal of July 29 and 30 reported on the workshop for the assessment of the Lebanese parliamentary elections of 2005. The papers said that many lawyers, politicians, students and professors participated, including Dr. Faysal El-Kaq from AUB who presented the situation of the elections in the Beqaa.

  • An-Nahar, Ad-Diyar, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Liwa, As-Safir, L'Orient-Le Jour and Al-Anwar of July 29 reported on the workshop entitled "The Actual Difficulties of the Hospitalization Sector; where are we going?" organized by the Hospitals Syndicate at Rotana Hotel. The papers said that many experts participated, including the Chairman of the Medical Engineering Department at AUBMC Bassam Tabshouri.

  • As-Safir of July 29 published an article by Nassim Daher reviewing the lecture "Pluralism and Democratic Pluralism in the Arab World" which was given by Arab MP in the Knesset Azmi Bshara, at Issam Fares Hall on July 19. Daher criticized Bshara's call for ending the campaign against Syria.

  • Ad-Diyar of July 29 announced that Najeeb Mounir Haddad earned his Ph.D  in Molecular Physiology from Seray University in the United Kingdom. He had recieved his MA in Molecular Microbiology from AUB.

  • An-Nahar, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Liwa, Al-Bayraq, and Al-Anwar of July 28 announced that the Council of Lebanon's Universities has elected its first executive committee. Dr. Hasten Shelby was elected president. The papers said that representatives from different universities in Lebanon participated in the elections including Dr. Waddah Nasr from AUB.

  • An-Nahar, Al-Mustaqbal, Ad-Diyar, As-Safir, Al-Liwa, Al-Bayraq and AL-Anwar of July 28 reported on the meeting of MP Saad Hariri with both Rabih Itani and the President of the Itani Family League Amin Itani. Hariri congratulated Rabih for the award he received for executing the best wireless internet network (AUBwlan) at AUB, during a ceremony held in Dubai by Network Middle East Magazine.

  • The Daily Star of July 28 published an article about the significant UK tour by the Liban Espoir squad, Lebanon's all-star rugby team. The article interviewed coach Remond Safi, who helped the AUB's rugby team to reach Lebanon's championship. Safi talked about the coming big challenges that Espoir will be facing in UK and said that the team is bonding very well.

  • Monday Morning weekly magazine of July 26 reported on the international scientific conference held at Issam Fares Hall on June 30 under the patronage of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, represented by Minister of Health Mohammed Khalifeh to mark AUB's School of Nursing centennial.

  • Monday Morning weekly magazine of July 26 reported on the memorial ceremony held at Issam Fares Hall on July 15 for An-Nahar journalist Samir Kassir. Addresses by participants were excerpted.

  • Al-Mustaqbal and L'Orient-Le Jour of July 26 published the statement by former Lebanese President Elias Hraoui thanking Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and many other politicians and diplomats who visited him during his hospitalization at AUBMC for kidney surgery. Hraoui also thanked the physicians, the medical team and the administration of AUBMC for all their efforts.

  • Al-Bayraq of July 26 announced that a seminar will be held at the Engineering Bar Association in Tripoli on waste disposal and the danger of the garbage dump in Tripoli on July 29. The paper said that that Dr. Mutasem El Fadel from AUB's FEA will participate.

  • Al-Anwar of July 26 published an article by Elie Maoushi, lauding AUB for awarding honorary doctorates to Fairuz and Ghassan Tueni on June 25. The writer said this occasion reminded him of The First Honorary Festival for Teachers in Lebanon, which was held in Issam Fares Hall in AUB on April 28, 1995, and during which fifty distinguished teachers were awarded.

  • Ad-Diyar of July 26 reported on the ceremony held by UNDP for the retiring Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs Nimat Kanaan. The paper said that many personalities attended the ceremony including the Chairman of AUB's Department of Education Dr. Munir Bashshur.

  • The Daily Star of July 26 published an article by Diala Shuhaiber, on the AUB plans to reform its current alumni association and to replace it by a new, global and unified association "chosen" by the board of trustees. It said the BOT, which consists of 36 members, approved the establishment of a new worldwide alumni association at its June 17, 2005 meeting. The article included opinions by the President of the Alumni Association Fawaz Merebi, Trustee Farouk Jabr, vice president for Development and External Relations Stephen Jeffrey, and President John Waterbury. Merebi said the association must retain its independence. Jabr said the new association, AUBAA, will harness thousands of alumni worldwide, and that the BOT was working to cancel the alumni association membership fee. Jeffrey said that 95% of alumni around the world who sent in responses are in favor of a single worldwide alumni association. Waterbury said that by forming the AUBAA, the university is taking a needed step in alumni relations and in providing better services for all AUB graduates.

  • Al-Anwar, As-Safir, Al-Liwa, Al-Bayraq, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Balad, Ad-Diyar and An-Nahar of July 26 reported on the meeting between House Speaker Naihb Berry and a joint delegation from the Lebanese University, USJ and AUB to discuss a program for co-operation with the European Union.

  • An-Nahar of July 24 and L'Orient-Le Jour of July 25 reported on the exhibition entitled "Where am I?"  which was organized by the FEA in coordination with Galerie Janine Rbeiz to present projects by third year graphic design students. Through their illustrations, videos, and animations, the fourteen students tried to express their criticism of the current political, and social situation in Lebanon.

  • An-Nahar of July 24 reviewed Dr. Ramzi Baalbaki's new book "The Grammarians and the Grammatical Theory in the Medieval Arabic Tradition." Dr. Baalbaki is the Margaret Weyhauser Jewett Professor of Arabic at AUB and the chairperson of its Arabic department. The book is published by Ashgate Publishing.

  • An-Nahar of July 24 published an article by Elias Khoury, about the memorial ceremony for assassinated An-Nahar Journalist Samir Kassir held at Issam Fares Hall on July 15. Khoury talked about the importance of this meeting which brought together Leftist and Liberal movements.

  • Al-Balad, Al-Liwa and Al-Bayraq of July 25 published the statement by the President of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Raouf Youssef during his meeting at Biskanta, declaring that AUB is preparing a study on the agricultural production and that there is a probability that the study will include the village  of Biskanta.

  • Al-Mustaqbal of July 25 announced that a seminar will be held at the Engineers Association in Tripoli on waste disposal on July 29. The paper said that Dr. Moatassem El-Fadel from AUB will participate in the lecture

  • Al-Anwar of July 25 announced that Haitham al-Hassniah from Amjad School will pursue his university studies in communication engineering at AUB. The paper said that Haitham ranked first in Lebanon in General Science in the Lebanese BACC II exams.

  • The Daily Star of July 23 interviewed veteran restaurateur Nabil Majdalani about his long career which included working in Saint-George hotel and many other restaurants. Majdalani recalled his memories at the Uncle Sam restaurant, which he owned from 1980 until 1986, and which is located across from AUB's Main Gate, on Bliss street.

  • L'Hebdo Magazine and La Revue Du Liban of July 23 reported on the memorial ceremony for Samir Kassir which was held at AUB on July 15.

  • La Revue Du Liban of July 23 reported on the international scientific conference held at Issam Fares Hall on June 30 under the patronage of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, represented by Minister of Health Mohammed Khalifeh to mark AUB's School of Nursing's centennial.

  • La Revue Du Liban of July 23 reported on the annual musical piano concert by the students of Mrs. Zvart Sarkissian at Assembly Hall.
     

  • An-Nahar's entertainment supplement Ad-Dalil of July 22 reported that  LAU will be organizing the Eighth International University Theater conference, from July 22 to 29, with the participation of AUB and universities in Lebanon and abroad.

  • An-Nahar of July 22 announced that three students from the International School of Choueifat/SABIS were awarded three out of the 10 merit scholarships from AUB recently in recognition of their excellent academic accomplishments. The students are Rasha Hseiki, Nour Malaaeb, and Ameer Abdul Khalek.

  • L'Orient-Le Jour of July 21 reported on the fundraising cocktail in New York held by the Brave Heart Fund in support of the Children Cardiology Center at AUBMC. The paper said that fashion designer Reem Acra provided the place, and that the cocktail was attended by the Founder of the Association Riham Serhan and her two representatives; Carol Marshi and Sara Khalifeh. The fundraising cocktail gathered $140,000.

  • The Daily Star of July 21 published an article on the obstacles facing Lebanon's new cabinet. The article included the opinion by Sami Baroudi, a political science professor at AUB, who said that this cabinet is an assortment of political figures with no ideological affinity other than the fact that most of them come from the opposition.

  • Al-Anwar of July 21 published an article by Usama Anouti, lauding the role of AUB's Office of Protection in providing security during the recent commencement ceremonies at AUB. The writer said that protection personnel were helpful and courteous, leading parents to the various faculties. The writer highlighted the brilliant efforts of Captain Saadallah Shalak, chief of Protection, saying that he inspired devotion and resolution in his men.

  • Al-Hawadeth of July 21 announced that Haya Majed Hamadeh, the daughter of former Minister of Industry Mrs. Leila Solh, has graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at AUB on June 25. The papers included pictures of Dr. Haya with her family members and with President Waterbury handing her the certificate.

  • Papers of July 20 and 21 excerpted the lecture "Pluralism and Democratic Pluralism in the Arab World" which was given by the Arab MP in the Israeli Knesset, Azmi Beshara, at Issam Fares Hall on July 19 as part of AUB's "Crisis of Arab Intellect" lecture series. Beshara, who was introduced by Palestinian Studies magazine editor Ahmad Khalifeh, talked about issues related to the identity, pluralism, democracy, civil society and Arab nationalism. He called the revival of the concept of citizenship.

  • Al-Balad, An-Nahar, As-Diyar and Al-Anwar of July 18 reported on the visit by a delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture to examine the situation of the Cedar trees at the Patriarchs Garden in Ad-Deeman. The delegation included Dr. Nabil Nimr from AUB.

  • An-Nahar of July 18 and Al-Anwar and As-Safir of July 19 reported on the forthcoming lecture "Pluralism and Democratic Pluralism in the Arab World" to be given by Arab Israeli MP Azmi Beshara, at Issam Fares Hall. The papers said that the lecture is organized by Anis Makdisi Program.

  • An-Nahar of July 18 reported on the Raffy Manoukian Scholarships at AUB, which are available for AUB students with at least one Armenian parent who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing.

  • An-Nahar, Al-Mustaqbal, Ad-Diyar and L'Orient-Le Jour of July 18 announced that former Lebanese President Elias Hraoui has been discharged from AUBMC after undergoing a successful surgery in his kidney. The papers published the names of politicians and other Lebanese figures who visited Hraoui.

  • As-Sayyad of July 17 published the full statement by the Higher Council of AUB Alumni headed by Fawaz Merebi.

  • Al-Anwar of July 17 interviewed new MP Farid Al-Khazen on his political views and achievements. Dr. Al-Khazen, who expressed his opinion on the current Lebanese political situation, is the chair of the Political Science Department at AUB.

  • Al-Anwar of July 17 published a long article by Mona Ghaith Zeidouni about five Lebanese women who founded cultural and art festivals: May Arida, Noura Jumblatt, Mirna Bustani, Randa Berri and May Moussa.
    May Arida, who was born in Beirut on 30 October 1925, headed the Baalbeck Festival Committee. The festival started in 1957 and became internationally famous from the start.
    The Beiteddin Festival began as a local event in 1984. It was headed by Noura Jumblatt in 1987 and acquired an international dimension in 1989 when it featured two folk dance groups from Eastern Europe. Noura Jumblatt had studied fine arts in Paris and is a member in the executive committee at AUB museum.
    Mirna Bustani, a member of AUB's Board of Trustees since 1980, launched the Al Bustan Festival in 1992 and heads its committee.
    Randa Berri launched the Tyre Festival a few years ago.
    May Moussa supervised the artistic activities presented in the Casino du Liban which opened in 1959, closed because of the war in 1975, then functioned intermittently until 1989, then fully reopened after renewal in 1996.

  • Al-Anwar of July 17 published an article about a project by International Mercy Corp in Marjeyoun and Hassbayya to establish a migrating bird sanctuary in the forests of Ibl As-Saqi.

  • Al-Afkar of July 16 reported on the Commencement Ceremony at LAU, during which Sheikha Hossa Salem As-Sabbah was handed the Ph.D certificate in Humanities. Sheikha As-Sabbah was the main speaker during the ceremony, and she recalled the speech of the late former PM Rafic Hariri at AUB in 1992.

  • An-Nahar of July 16 published the full letter by former Alumni Association President Mohammed Machnouk suggesting a new solution for ending the crisis of the new unified alumni association.

  • An-Nahar of July 16 reviewed Mrs. Jean Said Makidsi's new book "Teta, mother and me: An Arab Woman's Memoir." Jean Makdisi is the wife of Professor Samir Makdisi, who was deputy president of AUB.

  • An-Nahar, As-Safir, The Daily Star and other papers on July 16 and Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat of July 21 reported on the memorial ceremony held at Issam Fares Hall on July 15 for An-Nahar journalist Samir Kassir. Addresses by Walid Jumblatt, Mahmoud Darwich, Jonathan Randall, Yasser Abed Rabboh, Marc Krafts, Riyad Turk, Akram Al-Bunni, Yara Yassine, Elias Atallah, Ghassan Tueni, Gisle Khoury, and Elias Khoury.

  • An-Nahar of July 15 published an article about the graduation project by three students from FEA, under the supervision of Dr. Mohammed Alawi. The paper interviewed the students; Christine Akel, Ralf Kadi, and Rita Nassif about their project which uses computers to teaching the illiterate. Finally, the paper included the emails of the three students for more information about their project.

  • Al-Balad, Al-Liwa, AL-Bayraq and Ash-Sharq of July 15, An-Nahar of July 18 and As-Safir of July 19 published the announcement by AUB that the "Ibrahim Abd El Al Friends' Association" has decided to offer research scholarships for two MA students at AUB; Fadi Matar from the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture and Thurayya Moukarzel from the Faculty of Agriculture and Nutrition. The papers said that each grant is of LL 4,500,000.

  • Al-Bayraq of July 14 published the full statement by the Higher Council of AUB Alumni headed by Fawaz Merebi.

  • Al-Liwa and As-Safir of July 14 announced that AUB will execute the project for establishing and activating the International Cooperation Centers for Development in coordination with MECAT, the Spanish University, Elikanti, and finally the German University, Sarland.

  • The project had been submitted to the European Union Projects Tempus and approved as part of the international grants for 2005.

  • As-Safir of July 14 interviewed many students from different universities in Lebanon including AUB, and they expressed their opinions regarding the Lebanese elections and the future of Lebanon.

  • Al-Anwar of July 14 interviewed Dr. Nabil Dajani from AUB about political speeches. Dajani classified the personalities of the leaders according to their speeches and said that the political speech in Lebanon did not change and is still full of lies and deceit.

  • An-Nahar and Al-Mustaqbal of July 13 announced that City Group is donating $ 25,000 for funding scholarships at Olayan School of Business (OSB) in addition to pledging $100,000 to be given to the university for scholarship support in four years. The papers published statements by the General Manager of City Group and OSB advisory council member Iliya Samaha, and by AUB's Vice President Steve Jeffrey who was handed the check.

  • Al-Bayraq of July 13 announced that an exhibition entitled "Where am I?" will be organized by the FEA in coordination with Galerie Janine Rbeiz to  present projects by third year graphic design students and will be opened from July 25 to August 5.

  • Al-Anwar of July 13 announced that former President Elias Hraoui underwent a successful surgery at AUBMC under the supervision of a medical team headed by Dr. Antoine Nassrallah and Dr. Raja Khaulie. The paper described the situation at AUBMC which was crowded with family and visitors.

  • Al-Anwar of July 13 reported that the AUB Alumni Association will be honoring alumni between July 14 and 17, and that the program includes a meeting with President Waterbury and a trip to Niha in the Beqaa.

  • The Daily Star of July 13 published a long article on the work of New York-based artist Nina Katchadourian. Her installation art features the story of her father who studied at AUB and taught there until he left Lebanon in 1965.

  • An-Nahar of July 13, Al-Balad, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Bayraq, As-Safir of July 14 and An-Nahar, Al-Liwa and Al-Mustaqbal of July 15 announced that a memorial ceremony for An-Nahar Journalist Samir Kassir, who was assassinated 40 days ago, will be held at Issam Fares Hall on July 15. The papers said that the ceremony is organized by the National Committee for the Commemoration of Samir Kassir, An-Nahar and the Democratic Left.

  • An-Nahar, Al-Bayraq, Al-Mustaqbal, As-Safir Al-Liwa and Al-Anwar of July 13 and Ash-Sharq of July 15 announced that Rabih Itani was awarded an international prize for executing the best wireless internet network (AUBwlan) at AUB. Itani was awarded the prize during a ceremony which was held in Dubai by Network Middle East Magazine. The papers also announced that AUBwlan project will be accomplished during the summer and wireless internet will become accessible from 33 buildings and 21 different locations on campus.

  • Al-Bayraq, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Balad, As-Safir, Al-Liwa and The Daily Star of July 12 reported on the Book Signing at the alumni club of the new edition in both English and Arabic versions for the "Little Lantern" written by the late Ghassan Kanafani.

  • La Revue Du Liban of July 12 published a long article about the strategies of the enterprises towards their employees during crises. The paper interviewed Mrs. Rida Farah, human resources and management consultant and business professor at several universities including AUB. Mrs. Farah said that there are two options usually taken by the enterprise during the crises, either to fire the employee or to reduce his salary.

  • An-Nahar of July 12 announced that an exhibition entitled "Where I am?" will be organized by the FEA in coordination with Gallerie Janine Rbeiz to present projects by third year graphic design students and will be opened from July 25 to August 5.

  • An-Nahar and The Daily Star of July 11 published the AUB announcement related to Raffy Manoukian Scholarships which are available for AUB students with at least one Armenian parent who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing.

  • Al-Mustaqbal and Al-Liwa of July 11 published the statement by the Higher Council of AUB Alumni headed by Fawaz Merehbi on July 8, regarding the BOT's decision to establish a new alumni association.

  • An-Nahar of July 11 published an article by Abdulatif Fakhoury, a historian and a lawyer, replying to Nohad Mashnouk's previous article published in An-Nahar on July 4, describing Beirut as "Mahrousa" (the guarded) on the occasion of the Honorary Degrees Ceremony and asking who was the first to use this term?

  • Fakhoury presented a historical overview of the roots of the word "Mahrousa"  since the days of the Mamluks and how the meaning evolved later during the Ottoman Empire. He also presented old documents that showed different usages of the word "Mahrousa" for Beirut, and recalled historical facts that showed the people of Beirut protecting their city in several wars and occasions. Hallak wanted to prove that Beirut was and is still protected only by its people.


  • Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Liwa of July 11 and An-Nahar, As-Safir , Al-Anwar, Ash-Sharq, and Al-Bayraq of July 12 published the full statement by the Higher Council of the AUB Alumni headed by Fawaz Merehbi.

  • Al-Afkar of July 9 published an article by Dr. Naji Saghir, associate professor of hematology oncology at AUB, who recalled the joy and the union among the professors and the graduated physicians during the commencement ceremonies at AUB.

  • Al-Afkar of July 9 reported on the 136th commencement ceremony at AUB on June 25 and interviewed many graduates from different faculties. Several pictures of the ceremony and the graduates were included.

  • Ash-Shira magazine of July 9 published an article by Lameh Al-Horr, congratulating Fairuz for her AUB honorary doctorate.

  • Ash-Shira magazine of July 9 reported on the 16th ceremony for honoring nursing students which was held at AUB Alumni Club by the Lions Association.

  • As-Sayyad of July 9 said that a relationship crisis has started to surface between AUB and its alumni association. It said the crisis began with the decision of the BOT to unify all alumni associations and in all parts of the world under the BOT, in order to activate the alumni and increase their involvement. It said this decision  practically cancels the independence of the alumni association in Lebanon, and quoted sources of the alumni association as saying that "a political shade is behind the decision of the BOT."

  • L'Hebdo Magazine of July 9 reviewed the new children's book "Lebanon 1-2-3" which is co-produced by writer Marijean Moran Boueri and artist Mona Trad Dabaji. The paper included a brief biography of both Boueri and Dabaji, pointing out that the latter got her degree in Fine Arts from AUB.

  • L'Hebdo Magazine of July 9 reported on the action plan related to the social, economical and political reform in Lebanon, presented by five students from the Lebanese University, USJ and AUB as part of the European Neighborhood Policy objectives. The papers said the students included AUB PSPA students Randy Nahle and Leen Zoviguian, both born in 1985.

  • Al-Balad and As-Safir of July 9 and Al-Balad , An-Nahar, As-Safir and Al-Liwa of July 11 announced that a memorial ceremony for Palestinian writer and political figure Ghassan Kanafani and his niece Lamees Najem, who were killed by bomb explosion in Beirut  33 years ago, will be held at the Alumni Club on July 11, organized by the Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Institute.

  • The Daily Star, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Liwa and Al-Anwar of July 9 published the AUB announcement calling for nominations for honorary doctorates for 2006.

  • Al-Balad and Al-Mustaqbal of July 9 reported on efforts to control the insects endangering the Oak trees of Akkar forests. The paper said that a delegation from the Ministry of Environment including AUB expert Nabil Moukheibir visited the infected forests.

  • Al-Balad of July 9 reported on the alumni asspciation issue. It said the Higher Council of the AUB Alumni Association issued a statement condemning the BOT's "decision to tie their association to the university administration." The paper said the Council retracted the statement "in view of positive developments" nonetheless, it published its main lines. The statement said the Higher Council, headed by Fawz Merebi, refused the BOT decision but also pointed out that "reactions to the decision, voiced by a number of alumni, are only statements of their opinion." The statement added that "it is better to treat the new situation via calm and constructive dialogue" and announced "the formation of a follow-up committee to take charge of contacting the university administration in Beirut and the BOT in New York to put a quick end to the crisis."

  • AL-Liwa of July 9 the paper reported on the 136th commencement ceremony at AUB which was held at AUB Greenfield on June 25 and during which 1431 students graduated from different faculties. Many pictures of the graduates were included.

  • An-Nahar of July 9 published a letter by Dr. Nabeel Torbey, chairman of Mount Lebanon Alumni, replying to Mohammed Mashnouk's letter in An-Nahar on July 1, 2005. Dr. Torbey said the Alumni Association in its current form is Beiruti, and has been corrupted by politics, confessionalism and personal gains. He said that what drove the association to this state of deterioration and seclusion is the style adopted by Mr. Mashnouk. He said that AUB administration had to intervene in the affairs of its alumni association, and the alumni branches in Lebanon and around the world moved to dealing directly with AUB instead of addressing themselves to the mother association which distanced itself from the affairs and issues of the alumni. He asked Mr. Mashnouk about the reasons of the tension with AUB and why Mr. Mashnouk took national or regional political positions in the name of the association without consulting or coordinating with the alumni when he was a president of the association. He said that attempts to get the association out of the bottleneck by asking that Dr. Kamal Bikhazi or Mr. Ghassan Tueni be elected president to the association were "rejected by those who stood to lose from them. He asked Mr. Mashnouk why did he confine to the drawer a project agreed to by the BOT with minor modifications to make the association active around the world.

  • An-Nahar of July 9 published an article about the graduation project "Distributed Computing on PDAs" which was prepared and executed by three electrical and communication engineering students from FEA at AUB, under the supervision of Dr. Hasan Ali Rteil. The paper interviewed the students; Carine Madi, Elissa Chalouhi, and Elias Audi about their project.

  • The Daily Star, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Liwa and Al-Anwar of July 9, As-Safir of July and An-Nahar of July 12 published the AUB announcement seeking nominations of candidates for honorary doctorates for June 2006.

  • An-Nahar, Al-Mustaqbal, Ash-Sharq, As-Safir, Al-Anwar and Al-Liwa of July 8 reported on AUB awarding Sheikh Hamad Abdullah Zamel, an AUB alumnus and a renowned Saudi businessman who heads the Zamel Group. The papers included a brief biography of the honored Sheikh, who graduated from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at AUB with an MA in Hospital Management in 1975. Sheikh Zamel, who was handed a trophy from AUB in return for all his support and achievements, had been the main speaker during the graduation ceremony the Faculty of  Health Sciences on June 25, and he advised the graduates to practice their career with passion.

  • Al-Balad, An-Nahar, Al-Mustaqbal and Al-Liwa of July 8 announced that the National Beirut Hospital started to receive residents from AUBMC where they will work under the supervision of many physicians and professors as part of the University training program.

  • An-Nahar, As-Safir, Al-Liwa, Al-Balad and Al-Mustaqbal of July 8 published the names of the winners of the alumni tennis tournament: Dani Fleihan beat Rami Shamas (6-2, 6-3), Jad Karaki beat Dani Fleihan (6-0, 6-3) and finally Maria Baladi beat Rissa Haddad (6-4, 4-6, 6-3).

  • Al-Iktissad Wal Aamal magazine of July 8 published an article about the important role that AUBMC plays in healthcare in the Middle East, mentioning the Executive Health Program, recently started at AUBMC. Program director Dr. Nabil Nassar, and administrative assistant Natalie Zananiri were interviewed.

  • An-Nahar of July 8 published an article about the graduation project by three students from FEA, under the supervision of Dr. Karim Kabalan. The paper interviewed the students; Toufic Khouwayri, Nadir Toufayli, and Flado Yazigi, about their project which aims in transferring money through sms (messages). The paper said that Libancall helped the students in accomplishing their project and announced that anyone interested to know more about the project; can visit the site: web.libancallnet:8999/alipes.aspx.

  • Al-Liwa, Ad-Diyar, As-Sharq, Al-Bayraq, L'Orient-Le Jour of July 7 and An-Nahar and Al-Balad of July 8 reported on the gala dinner which was held at Phoenicia Hotel marking the 100th anniversary of the School of Nursing at AUB. The dinner was sponsored by the Walid Bin Talal Foundation and the proceeds go to the nursing scholarship fund. The papers said that many academicians, physicians and other figures attended the dinner including President Waterbury, Minister of Health Mohammed Khalifeh, Vice President of Walid Bin Talal Foundation, VP of Medical Affairs and Dean of Medicine and Medical Center Nadim Cortas, and the Director of the School of Nursing, Huda Abi Saad Huijer.

  • An-Nahar of July 7 published a long article by CBR Director Samir Khalaf relating the life story of renowned Lebanese architect, Pierre Khoury, who died recently at the age of 75.

  • Al-Liwa, An-Nahar, As-Safir and Al-Balad of July 7 announced that the alumni tennis tournament is about to be concluded.

  • An-Nahar of July 7 and Al-Balad, Al-Anwar, Ad-Diyar, Al-Bayraq, Al-Mustaqbal and Al-Liwa of July 9 announced that Dr. Shafik Masri from PSPA will be participating on the same day in the ESCWA conference discussing the United Nations' Secretary General Koffi Annan's report for development and security.

  • Al-Liwa, An-Nahar, Al-Mustaqbal and Al-Balad of July 5 reported on the alumni tennis tournament.

  • Arabweek and Al-Liwa of July 5 reported on the honorary doctorates ceremony of AUB.

  • The Daily Star of July 5 reported on the American Community School (ACS) centennial celebration, held under the theme "Reconnect and Celebrate." Dr. George Damon, the school headmaster, talked about the historical evolvement of ACS since 1905, when a small group of American parents from the Syrian-Protestant College (Now AUB) founded a school where their children could be prepared for entrance into American universities.

  • Al-Mustaqbal of July 5 reported on the demonstrations staged by AUB students in support of Ahmad Tibi, the Arab MP at the Israeli Knesset. Tibi was arrested because of his visit to Lebanon and the Sabra-Chatila Palestinian camp.

  • Commerce Du Levant of July 5 announced that AUB has launched a new specialization named "Good Governance for the Middle East Societies." The paper said that the course is financed by the National Bank of Kuwait, who donated $ 100,000 to run it in fall 2005.

  • SiemensWorld magazine of July 5 published a long article about AUB, describing it as a hub for the Middle East and one of the leading universities in the Mediterranean region. The paper talked about the history and foundation of the university, its important role in the region and its mission.

  • An-Nahar of July 5 published an article by literary editor Nazih Khater, glowingly describing Fairuz during the honorary doctorates ceremony on June 25, at AUB.


  • An-Nahar of July 5 published a letter by Mohammed Mashnouk replying to the AUB administration's statement in An-Nahar on the previous day. Mashnouk said the alumni association is global and its independence is positive. He said all alumni activities are voluntary and within the committees and the professional and geographical branches in Lebanon and around the world. He added that President Waterbury can attest to the role played by the association in getting the alumni closer to their alma mater. He pointed out that the association went along with the wish of the BOT and established the international council for alumni.

  • The Daily Star and An-Nahar of July 4 published an AUB announcement related to Raffy Manoukian Scholarships at AUB, which are available for AUB students with at least one Armenian parent who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing. 

  • Ad-Diyar of July 4 and La Revue Du Liban of July 12 reported that Haya Majed Hamadeh, the daughter of former Minister of Industry Mrs. Leila Solh, has graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at AUB on June 25. The papers included pictures of Dr. Haya with her family members and with President Waterbury handing her the certificate.

  • An-Nahar of July 4 published a letter by Mohammed Mashnouk replying to Mrs. Khoury whose letter to him was published in An-Nahar of July 2. Mr. Mashnouk agreed with her, saying "accountability is imperative" and the "budgets of the association during the past two decades are at the disposal of all its members."

  • An-Nahar of July 4 published the response by AUB administration, to Mohammed Mashnouk's letter published in An-Nahar of July 1.

  • The administration said: "Mohammad Mashnouk's letter ... attempts to politicize a decision" of the BOT that was designed to better serve the worldwide alumni, |"to engage them in volunteer activities and to bring them closer to their alma mater.  Something that Mr. Machnouk and his colleagues have failed to do and something that a single alumni association supported by AUB will allow."

  • The AUB statement also said " To suggest, as Mr. Machnouk does, that AUB does the bidding of the U.S. administration is outrageous if not libelous." The statement said that AUB and its BOT "are convinced that now is the time to move to a more effective form of alumni relations.  The plan in question represents an opportunity for AUB to serve all of its alumni more efficiently and effectively and thereby inspire a greater level of engagement with the University."

  • The statement urged those interested in the BOT decision to review the plan at http://www.aub.edu.lb/development/alumni_relations.doc and to send their comments to AUBAA@aub.edu.lb.

  • An-Nahar of July 4 published a long article by Nohad Mashnouk, a former consultant for the late PM Rafic Hariri, reflecting on the current beauty of Beirut and the gratitude of its people to the late Rafic Hariri. Nohad Mashnouk lauded the achievements of the recipients of the honorary doctorates of AUB and recalled the commencement ceremony when President Waterbury told the graduates: "Rafic Hariri gave you his life."

  • An-Nahar of July 3 published a long article by Hassan Hallak, a historian and a lecturer at AUB, commenting on several articles published at An-Nahar on June 20 and 23 respectively by George Zenny, and Abdulatif Fakhoury. The articles discussed some historical events and facts related to the donation of the land on which the Syrian Protestant College was built, by Michel Gharzouzi.

  • The writer asserted that the Syrian Protestant College had been established in 1866 and that the donation of Gharzouzi had been dated in 1870. In his article, Hallak included a copy of an authenticated document which proves that Michel Garzouzi bought the three tracts of lands of Tantas at Ras-Beirut with his own money after the declaration of the donation.

  • Al-Anwar of July 2 and Al-Balad of July 5 announced that three students from the International School of Choueifat/SABIS were awarded three out of the ten merit scholarships from AUB recently in recognition of their excellent academic accomplishments. The students are Rasha Hseiki, Nour Malaaeb, and Ameer Abdul Khalek.

  • L'Hebdo Magazine of July and La Revue Du Liban of July 12 reported on the Third Forum of the Arab Hospitals Federation which was held under the patronage of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and in coordination with many hospitals and medical institutes including AUBMC.

  • Al-Liwa of July 2 announced that the alumni tennis tournament has been launched and published the schedule of the games.

  • Papers of July 1 2 and 4 reported on the opening of the AUB School of Nursing conference: "Nursing Education at AUB; Pioneering Achievements and Global Vision" at Issam Fares. The conference is held under the patronage of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, who was represented by Minister of Health Dr. Mohammed Khalifeh. Dr. Antoine Khoury and Minister Dimianos Qattar attended the ceremony representing respectively the house speaker, and the prime minister.

  • The papers excerpted the addresses of the speakers Dr. Samar Noureddine, president of the organizing committee for the AUB School of Nursing centennial celebrations; Dr. Huda Abi Saad Huijer, director of the School of Nursing; Elie Aaraj, president of the Lebanese Nursing Syndicate; Nouhad Doumet, chair of the Alumni Nursing Chapter; Dr. Nadim Cortas, VP of Medical Affairs and dean of Medicine and the Medical Center; President John Waterbury; and Christine Hankok, president of the International Nursing Council.

  • After the inaugural session, the cornerstone of the new School f Nursing building was laid out in front of the former Alumni Club building. Dr. Huda Abi Saad Huijer, announced that their school will be accredited from the Collegiate Nursing Education at US and it has already signed a Memorandum of Intention with John Hopkins to exchange students for collaboration in research work.


  • An-Nahar of July 2 published a letter by Mrs. Khoury, an AUB Alumnus, criticizing Mohammed Mashnouk, the former president of the AUB Alumni Association and a former member of the BOT (1998-2004). Mrs. Khoury supported the establishing of a new alumni association and said that by unification the association will "stop squandering and theft, and will lend a helping hand to every alumnus and alumna around the world."

  • Al-Bayraq, An-Nahar, and Al-Balad of July 2 and Al-Anwar of July 5 reported on an unpublished study by nutritionists from AUB, which points out that 30 % of Lebanese women are suffering from vitamin B6 deficiency which reflects badly on their immunity system, growth and muscles. The papers also published the statement by Dr. Nahla Hwalla, chairperson of the nutrition department at AUB, who stressed that the lack of vitamins and minerals is as dangerous as taking them in overdoses. 

  • The Daily Star of July 2 reported on a study made by Environment Online and published by the Environment and Development magazine. The study determines the Lebanese coastline pollution levels. The paper said that samples from different stretches of the Lebanese coast were examined in AUB's medical laboratories. The paper also published percentage figures of bacterial pollution in the sea for May-June 2005. AUB beach was included in the survey.

  • The Daily Star of July 2 reported on the workshop "The Healthy Cities and Villages Project" which was supported by the World Health Organization (WHO). The paper said that the project was carried out by the chairwoman of AUB's Environmental Health Department Dr. May Jurdi and environmental specialist Lama Fakhreddine. UNESCO's Lebanese National Committee (LNC) sponsored the study which was financed by the UN.

  • The paper quoted Dr. Jurdi who discussed the ways to reach the goal of healthy cities and their characteristics. She recommended gaining control of unregulated solid waste disposal, and warned about the unreliable sewage system.

  • As-Sayyad of July 1 and Al-Afkar of July 2 published a long article about the honorary degrees and the commencement ceremonies at AUB.

  • As-Sayyad of July 1, Al-Liwa of July 2 reported on the AUB alumni ceremony to honor graduates of 1980 and 1955.

  • An-Nahar of July 1 published a letter by former alumni association president Mohammed Mashnouk refusing the AUB Board of Trustees' decision to establish a unified alumni association under the leadership of the BOT. Mr. Mashnouk said the decision suddenly ignores the presence of the AUB Alumni Association in Beirut, which was established as an independent association in 1923, ignores the existence of the AUB Alumni Association in Beirut as a unified association for all alumni, is based on excuses that convince no one, is a clear violation of the alumni leadership's freedom, assassinates the major national role played by the alumni association in the revival of Lebanon and the Arab countries, turns the alumni into a "free petrol station on the fast lane," and is an attempt to sidestep the association's leadership. He said the alumni associations of many Lebanese universities have tried to adopt the association's internal system and bylaws to develop their work and the structures of their dealing with their universities. He also asked if the decision of the BOT is a decision to impose US guardianship on the alumni association by the BOT

  • An-Nahar of July 1 reviewed Dr. Sami Makarem's new book "Takiyya in Islam." Dr. Makarem is a professor in AUB's Department of Arabic Literature and the term Takiyya is taken to mean the act of hiding one's belief and feelings from others.

  • Al-Anwar, An-Nahar, Ad-Diyar and Al-Liwa of July 1 announced that the alumni tennis tournament will be launched on the same day. The papers published the schedule of the tournament and the names of the 65 participants.

  • L'Orient-Le Jour of July 1 and La Revue Du Liban of July 12 excerpted the lecture "The textiles and inscribed Tiraz of the Caliphs and Sultans" which was given by Dr. Jochen Sokoly at AUB Museum. Sokoly presented beautiful illustrations taken from Maqamat al- Harir of Yahya Ibn al-Wasiti, Baghdad 1237 A.D. The illustrations showed scenes of the daily life during that era. The lecture was organized by the Friends of AUB Museum Society.

  • As-Safir of July 1 published an article by Talal Salman, editor-in-chief of As-Safir, who lauded AUB's decision to award honorary doctorates to Fairuz and Dr. Ahmad Zewail.