AUB 2006 Honorary Doctorate Recipient Receives Nobel Peace Prize  
Unexpected War Aftermath: More than 1500 Students Join AUB and Undergo Orientations  
AUB President Waterbury Offers Message of Pride and Hope during Opening Ceremony  
AUB Announces Five Senior-level Appointments  
Soha Hmaidan Replaces Sadik Al-Ass'ad as Associate Director of Development  
40 Years of Service and Charity Inspire the George Tomey HIP Retirees Fund  
Two Days of Intense New Faculty Orientation  
Delegation From The American Arab Chamber of Commerce Visits  
New Faculty 2006-07  
AUB Planner 2006-07 Now on Sale  
Merit Scholars Announced at Marquand House  
AUB Raises $1 Million Toward Relief and Reconstruction; Sets Future Strategies  
AUB Hosts Workshop to Launch UNEP Post-war Environmental Assessment  
War Delays Construction on Campus  
Rami Khouri Appointed as Director of Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy  
Kamal Feghali Certified As Facilities Manager of the Year at IIR Conference  
Institute of Financial Economics Recipient of IDRC Research Grant  
Civil Summer Camp 2006 at Mishmish, Akkar  
AUB Associate Professor of Nutrition Wins Arab Prize for Research  
Faculty Profiles: John Pedro Schwartz and Michael Dennison of the Department of English  
Faculty Profiles  
Senate Meetings, January through June 2006  
Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy Initiates Provocative Discussion on UN and Rule of Law  
Engineering Co-organizes International Workshop at AUB and Munich University of Technology  
Tania Mehanna Talks about Wartime Experience  
CASAR Screens World Acclaimed Zizek!  
Ahdaf Seouf Lectures on Being an Arab in the Literature of the New Empire  
May Farhat Talks about Visual Culture in the Islamic World  
Khadijah El-Alaoui Lectures on Relationships Between Power, Knowledge, and Culture  
Anis Makdisi Program Holds Literary Translation Workshop  
Tarhana Mixes Traditional Tunes with Modern Rhythms  
October 2006 Vol. 8 No. 1

Two Days of Intense New Faculty Orientation

Group photo of new faculty in front of College Hall

After attending a two-day orientation session on September 20 and 21, nineteen new faculty members joined AUB this fall. Five out of the new faculty are AUB graduates and for seven of them it represents their first teaching job.

The orientations included general meetings with President John Waterbury, Provost Peter Heath, the deans of the faculties, the Acting Dean of Students, and heads of administrative units of the University, such as the Office of the Registrar, University Health Services, University Libraries, Center for Teaching and Learning, Human Resources, Office of Grants and Contracts, Academic Computing Center, and Computing and Networking Services.

In welcoming the new faculty members, President Waterbury spoke of academic integrity and how AUB seeks to maintain it. "I call on you to respect this academic integrity and to abide by the faculty code of conduct… While doing research you should carefully acknowledge the works of others," said the president, adding, "I am sure you will find AUB a challenging place; our students are smart and creative and they rise to any challenge."

Provost Peter Heath, on his part, commented about the three existing cultures at AUB, saying, "For those of you who were AUB students, you know better what goes on at the student level, but now the tables are turned and you are on the other side of the table. The adjustment at the present will be in facing the challenge to learn about the institution, aspects of teaching, and aspects of the administration. There are three cultures at AUB: the official culture, departmental culture, and student culture. We hope to unify certain aspects among the cultures so we can reduce them at the end to one: which is the university culture," said the provost.

The provost spoke of the functions of his office and about the websites the faculty should consult to learn about issues of governance, policies, and procedures, and before making departmental decisions.

New Faculty Facilitator Rima Iskandarani saw the new faculty's determination to come to Beirut despite the war as very heart-warming. She said, "When people were evacuating during the war, I was receiving e-mails from them saying we are coming and are more than ever determined to come to Lebanon."

Rima Iskandarani is not only pleased with this year's group, she is also amazed at the efficiency of AUB's departments despite the war. "While still abroad, the new faculty were given all the services they needed. For example, the Auxiliary Services provided a smooth transition by making sure their belongings were shipped to Lebanon.

Human Resources and the deans' offices were very helpful as well, despite the hostilities that left services almost impossible to maintain," said Iskandarani.