School Fair 2006: Prospective AUB Students Visit Campus
A total of 4,400 Grade 11 students from eighty schools in Lebanon visited
the AUB campus in late April and early May to participate in the School
Fair hosted by the Office of Admissions. The purpose of the fair was to
give prospective students an overview of AUB's academic programs, as well
as its extracurricular activities, such as sports and membership in student
clubs and societies.
Three orientation sessions were held per day over a period of eight days.
The two-hour orientation program typically started early in the morning
with a warm welcome at the Medical Gate, after which the students were
led to Issam Fares Hall, where they viewed an informative, all-inclusive,
and interactive movie, produced by the Office of Information and Public
Relations and directed by Philip Bejjani.
The documentary, which gave key information about the University's six
faculties, possible job opportunities, financial aid, and admissions,
was first shown last year, and replaced the long individual faculty presentations
of previous years. The movie was followed by a comprehensive guided tour
of AUB during which the visitors were informed about the different buildings,
museums, and landscape features of the campus. The tours included individual
faculty visits, where faculty members were on hand to answer questions
by interested students. The Office of Student Affairs provided a total
of forty-five guides to accompany the students on the campus tours and
Faculty and staff members on this year's School Fair Committee, who tried
their best to ensure that orientation went as smoothly as possible, were
Rima El Zein (Suliman Olayan School of Business), Alia Zazma (Faculty
of Engineering and Architecture), Tharwat Haddad (Faculty of Agricultural
and Food Sciences), Wadad El Husseini (Office of Student Affairs), Amal
Kassis (Faculty of Health Sciences), Nuhad Azouri (School of Nursing),
Maya El Kibbi and Leila Knio (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), and Dr. Ghassan
Matar (Faculty of Medicine). The Office of Information and Public Relations
was represented on the committee by its director, Ibrahim Khoury; and
as in previous years, the committee was chaired by Nadine Naffah, associate
director of Admissions.