alumni Louma Moallem and HE Ghassan Moallem, the consul general of Lebanon.
It featured the launching of the spring-summer 2006 collection of Lebanese
fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz.
Alumni Club of Jordan
The Alumni Club of Jordan elected a new cabinet in August 2006. The new
leadership is represented by Flare Zawati Majali, president; Hameed Bibi,
vice president; Saed Budeiri, treasurer; and Haya Imam, secretary. The
chapter recently moved into their newly purchased premises in the Abdoun
area of Amman.
Dubai and Northern Emirates
May 18: The AUB Alumni Association of Dubai and Northern Emirates held
their annual gala dinner in honor of MP Saad Rafic Hariri at the Al-Bustan
Rotana Hotel for a full-house of 800 AUB alumni and friends.
In his opening speech, Dubai Chapter President Raja Trad noted that since
its founding 140 years ago, AUB has been a constant source of inspiration,
tolerance, entrepreneurship and education for many generations of Lebanese
and Arab men and women
The seeds of excellence that were planted
many yeas ago continue to yield the bountiful harvest that we all enjoy
today. Trad recalled that the theme of the gala Together
We Build Lives makes us remember the unique vision of a great leader
and builder: the late PM and AUB Trustee Rafic Hariri. He passionately
embodied the values suggested in Together We Build Lives.
Dr. Abdulhamid Hallab, Special Advisor to AUB President John Waterbury,
thanked the Dubai and Northern Emirates alumni for their dedication and
loyalty towards their alma mater. Hallab paid tribute to the late Trustee
Hariri, a person whom he knew and worked with personally on the establishment
of the Hariri Foundation scholarshipsscholarships that helped educate
35,000 students: 5,600 of them at AUB alone.
Before being awarded the AUB Dubai and Northern Alumni shield of appreciation,
MP Saad Hariri took the podium as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.
Hariri saluted the noble mission of AUB and its role as an educational
and cultural oasis that has served Lebanon and the Arab world for 140
years. He commented that AUB instills democratic values in the communities
that it serves, and it held a special place in the heart of martyr Rafic
In addition to a raffle, this year the dinner included a very successful
auction. All funds raised are dedicated to the Dubai and Northern Emirates
Scholarship Funds at AUB.
On Friday September 22, members of the AUB Riyadh Alumni Committee visited
the campus and met with President John Waterbury. During the meeting,
they presented to President Waterbury and Director of Development Imad
Baalbalki a contribution of $50,000 to be added to their Endowed Scholarship
fund. The Riyadh alumni delegation included President Abdulfattah Ghali,
VP Abdallah Darwish, Treasurer Zeina Safa Mardini, and members Hasan Hoteit
and Nader Mardini. The gift is the largest from the Riyadh Alumni Branch
in a single year.
In June 2006, Hisham ElSolh, chairman of the AUB Alumni Association UK,
visited the AUB campus and met with Acting President Nuhad Dagher. He
presented a check for $10,000 designated for the support of the AUB Alumni
Association UK (Ltd.) Endowed Scholarship. This amount will be added to
the capital of the endowment and the income generated will be used for
financial aid to needy and qualified students.
April 30: Despite cool weather, the Atlanta Chapter held a spring picnic
that brought together more than 70 adults and children at Jones Bridge
Park in Gwinnett. The children took off to a nearby playground, while
the adults socialized in the large pavilion situated along the Chattahoochee
River. Everyone enjoyed the grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken
cooked by some of the talented male chefs in attendance.
Leila Tarazi, outgoing Atlanta Chapter president, thanked everyone for
coming and for their past support. She then introduced the new Atlanta
Chapter board members. Nadine Chamseddine, the newly elected president
of the Atlanta Chapter, welcomed everyone and expressed her intention
and hope that the new committee would continue to build upon the previous
committees fine tradition of working with the Atlanta community.
April 23: Michigan AUBites gathered at Adonis, where they enjoyed an afternoon
playing cards (tarneeb) and taweleh, and sampling a delicious spread of
tabouleh, hommos, baba ghanouj, chicken, and fruit. Lebanese music and
a few arguileh smokers contributed to creating a chatty atmosphere, so
it was no surprise when the conversation turned to stories about AUB daysfrom
the many different generations of AUBites who were in attendance.
New England Chapter
Arabic Music from Classical to World Fusion, June 10: AUB alumni and friends
gathered in Boston, Massachusetts to hear the music of Bassam Saba, one
of the premier figures in classical Arab music today. A world-renowned
instrumentalist, conductor, and composer, he is equally at home in jazz
and European classical music. Saba presented completely original compositions
with his ensemble, which included bassist Thomas Bramerie, percussionist
April Centrone, percussionist Matt Kilmer, and pianist Ramzi Moufarej.
Saba himself is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, ney, oud, violin,
clarinet, saz, and buzuq. His rich career has included performances with
international stars such as Fairuz, Majida al-Roumi, and Wadi al-Safi.
In the United States, Saba has played with a wide variety of groupsfrom
Simon Shaheens Near Eastern Music Ensemble, Yo-Yo Mas Silk
Road Ensemble, to a Sting concert at Jones Beach Theater. He also coaches
and conducts the Harvard Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. AUB alumni gave
the concert rave reviews. The chapter would like to thank Drs. Rima and
Ghaleb Daouk for their generosity in making this concert such a success.
If other chapters are interested in hosting an event with Bassam Saba,
they may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In mid June, the chapter gathered in beautiful Arsenal Park in Watertown,
MA for their annual picnic, where AUBites always find friends, volleyball,
soccer, and fabulous barbeque. Theyll remember it fondly during
the cold New England winter!
Greater Washington Chapter
April 7: The Greater Washington Gala has two official objectives: first,
to raise funds for the AUB Scholarship Fund, and second, to honor a professionally
successful alumnus who represents the ideals and mission of AUBand
to do both while throwing a great party! On April 7, the chapter hosted
an elegant and very successful event for more than 200 guests at the Westwood
Country Club in Vienna, Virginia. The chapter presented this years
honoreethe lawyer, journalist, diplomat, and author, Ambassador
Clovis Maksoud (BA 49)with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ambassador
Maksoud is presently professor of international relations and director
of the Center for Global South at American University in Washington, DC.
Chapter President, Zaynab Shatila (BA 69) welcomed everyone and
thanked them for their strong support for AUB.
The crowd included a convivial group of alumni and friends, as well as
a number of Arab and US dignitaries. Among those in attendance were Ambassador
and Mrs. Abboud of Lebanon, Ambassador Al-Hajjri of Yemen, Ambassador
Ghobash of the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Hassouna of the Arab League,
Chief PLO Representative and Mrs. Safieh, and the Algerian Charge dAffaires
Ms. Khiari. Other dignitaries included former Secretary of Defense, the
Honorable and Mrs. William Cohen, Congressman and Mrs. Nick Rahall, former
US Ambassador to Lebanon Vincent Battle, and the president of the Arab
American Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC) Ms. Mary Rose Oaker.
Following dinner, Abdo Sabban (BA 76) introduced the honoree, focusing
his remarks on his tireless efforts on behalf of the Arab and AUB community
in the United States and worldwide. Just before the acceptance speech,
guests watched a moving video on the life and accomplishments of Ambassador
Maksoud, which was produced by Mukhliss Al-Hariri.
In his speech, Ambassador Maksoud said, AUB was the anchor of his
soul and that of his wife, the late Dr. Hala Salam Maksoud (BA 64),
adding, AUB is and continues to be an oasis of Arab renaissance
and enlightenment. AUB made the term American loveable and
it is upon us AUBites to reintegrate the American values that AUB trained
us in, in order to re-inject them into American policies particularly
in our region. He continued, Its alumni should restore the
enlightened narrative of our discourse and are responsible to not become
marginalized, but to get more involved with the mission of the University.
Personalized AUB touches made the evening truly memorable: tables were
named for favorite AUBite establishments: Faysal Restaurant,
Uncle Sam, Tarazi, Blue Note, Malek al-Falafel, etc. Members of the Executive
Committee demonstrated their exceptional talents: Lina Farra Salman (BA
83) designed the gala invitations and programs while Gigi Kraytem
Saghir (BA 87) created beautiful flower arrangements. An energetic
vice president, Hadi Fakhoury (BA 86), deserves thanks for charming
the guests into donating generously for the auction and raffle. AUB students
also have reason to thank the chapter: the evening of tango performances,
dancing, auction, and raffle raised over $25,000 for the AUB Scholarship
Fund. The Executive Committee is thankful for the generosity of the community
that will benefit needy students at AUB.
Annual Picnic, June 24: More than 50 alumni, family, friends, and colleagues
gathered at Vincent Massey Park for the chapters popular annual
picnic. It was a beautiful day, the mood was buoyant, and the location
lush and welcoming.
The new chapter president, Nada Tamim (2006-08), and executive committee
members got started early, setting up two large charcoal BBQs, a kids
play area, and a relaxing area to catch-up with old friends and make new
ones. A scrumptious homemade meal was served to satisfy all palettes and
preferencesveggie and beef burgers, kafta and taouk skewers, fresh
herb-filled salads, and desserts of sweet sesame halva and watermelon,
washed down with spine-stiffening Turkish coffee.
The day could not be complete without commemorating outgoing President
Elie Moussallis dedication and service to the AANA Ottawa Chapter.
Hasan El-Taher, one of the founders of the Ottawa Chapter and its very
first president, presented Elie with a certificate of appreciation, a
gift certificate, a card signed by all the attendees, and words of heartfelt
thanks which brought on a rousing ovation.
The picnic wrapped up at 6:30 pm, but the day didnt end until committee
members and volunteers were treated to delicious Lebanese style gelato
for their hard work at AlMalk Pastry in Ottawa.
ATTENTION CANADIAN ALUMNI!
Your gift to AUB is now tax deductible. The status is retroactive to January
The American University of Beirut has now been added to the list of foreign
universities that are listed in Section 9 of Schedule VIII of the Income
Tax Regulations and therefore qualifies as a university outside
Canada that is prescribed to be a university the student body of which
ordinarily includes students from Canada for purposes of the definitions
of total charitable gifts and charitable gifts.
This permits corporate taxpayers who make donations to the university
to deduct the donations in calculating their taxable income; donations
by an individual will be eligible for a tax credit which will reduce the
individuals tax liability.
Worldwide Humanitarian Relief Efforts in 2006
The Toronto chapter donated $2,000 for the AUB Medical Emergency Fund.
Separately the three Canadian chaptersToronto, Ottawa, and Montrealhave
undertaken an e-mail campaign to their constituencies for the AUB MEF.
The Atlanta Chapter held two events this past August a brunch and
a fundraising dinnerwhich collected medical supplies and raised
more than $10,000 for the AUB MEF. The Greater Washington DC Chapter
collected supplies and medications which totaled 2.5 tons and were sent
to Lebanon in coordination with Mercy Corps, the Hariri Foundation, and
AMTEC International. The Baltimore Chapter raised funds for MEF,
and organized a large shipment of medications for Beirut. The New England
Chapter also mobilized their community for the collection of medications
and supplies and collaborated with other local organizations on major
fundraising events benefiting Lebanon. The Psychiatry Chapter of North
America offered support to the St. George Hospital of Psychiatry in
Beirut which was providing psychiatric relief efforts to Lebanese during
the crisis. They also donated $3,000 to the AUB Medical Emergency Fund.
In southern California, alumni and friends held a fundraising event
on August 26 to benefit the AUB Medical Emergency Fund and raised some
$100,000 in donations and medical supplies. In Dallas, Texas the
community held a fundraising event to benefit a variety of Lebanese non-profits,
which netted donations to AUB MEF totaling $14,000. Both the Houston
and Michigan Chapters gathered medicine and medical supplies.
AUB alumni in the United Kingdom held two functions for the benefit
of AUB and the relief efforts. The first was at the Lebanese restaurant
Noura in August and was attended by around 110 alumni and friends. Around
50 alumni and friends attended the second event which was held at Volt
in September. Both events netted $16,000.
Alumni in Athens organized a dinner in collaboration with the LAU
alumni in support of Lebanon and the Red Cross.
In Jeddah, alumni conducted an extensive campaign asking for donations
to be made directly to the government, and they gathered a great number
of goods to provide humanitarian relief in Lebanon.
In August 2006, alumni in Jordan held a fundraising campaign to
purchase $130,000 worth of medicine and medical supplies. Eight hundred
twenty three boxes of medications were shipped to AUBMC. The alumni club
joined also with the Jordan River Foundation, the Lebanese Embassy, and
Aramex in the Save Lebanon Campaign to collect financial and in-kind donations
for Lebanon and AUB.
Alumni in Abu Dhabi conducted a successful fundraising campaign
this summer which resulted in a $50,000 donation to the AUB Medical Emergency
Alumni Elections in North America
The leadership of the AUB Alumni Association of North AmericaAANA
and several of its chapters recently underwent elections.
The AANA National Board of Directors elected a new Executive Committee:
Dr. Hikmat Nasr (BS 61, MS 65) was elected President, Dr.
John Makhoul (BE 64), Vice President, May Farah (MA 97), Secretary,
Dr. Leila Tarazi (MA 72) Treasurer. As well, several alumni were
elected to the Board following national elections in June: Dr. Rana Hajjeh
(BS 84, MD 88), Dr. Fred Hayek (BS 74), Genane Maalouf
(BBA 98) and Dr. Michael Mamish (BS 83).
The Atlanta, Baltimore and Ottawa chapters recently held elections with
the results as follow:
Nadine Chamseddine, President (BA 95)
Mohammad Wehbi, Vice President (BS 91, MD 96)
Yara Tumeh, Secretary (MS 04)
Abeer Moanna, Treasurer (BS 94, MD 99)
Chirine Atwi, Member at Large (BBA 01)
Samia Hazim, Member at Large (BS 80)
Khaled Soufi, Member at Large (BS 84)
Elias Ghandour, President (BS 81, MD 85)
Samer Najjar, Secretary (Former Student)
Michel Kafrouni, Treasurer (BS 95, MD 99)
Samar Debakey, Member at Large (BS 83, MD 87)
Ali Hemade, Member at Large (BS 97)
David Nasrallah, Member at Large (BS 76, MD 82)
Nada Tamim, President (BA 90)
Fadi Otari, Vice President (BA 93)
Fatima Sadek, Secretary (BS 99)
Ramez El-Esber, Treasurer (BEN 97)
Bashir El Saghir, Member at Large (BS 96)
AUB extends our congratulations to all of the above alumni on their newly
elected positions and we are certain that both as national and regional
leaders they will serve their fellow AUBites and their Alma Mater well.
The following letter was intended for publication in the summer issue
of MainGate. At press time for this issue, the ITF is meeting in London
to continue finalizing the objectives mentioned below.
AUB Alumni Association International Task Force Update
Dear AUB Alumni:
Once again I am writing to update you on the progress that the members
of the AUB Alumni Association (AUBAA) Implementation Task Force have made
toward the establishment of a new single worldwide alumni association.
You will remember that the AUB Board of Trustees voted to establish a
worldwide alumni association at their June 2005 meeting because of their
belief that such an association would help bring all alumni closer to
AUB and that the services provided through this worldwide organization
would be of benefit to all alumni.
The ITF met again in Beirut in May 2006 to discuss progress toward our
goal. We know that there is continued concern about the independence of
the worldwide association and about the ability of the alumni chapters
to function as they have over the years. The ITF has stated from the outset
that we are committed to independence in partnership with AUB and that
the chapters will continue to function as they traditionally have. We
anticipate involvement from every chapter in the governance of the worldwide
association and believe that representatives from every chapter will have
more engagement and involvement with the proposed worldwide association
than they have under the current structure. Specifically, we anticipate
that the elected presidents of each chapter will serve on the AUBAA Alumni
Council along with at-large members and others and that the AUBAA Board
of Directors will be elected by the entire alumni constituency.
When the ITF met, they discussed possible bylaws for the AUBAA, a protocol
for electing alumni to the AUB Board of Trustees, and other materials
that will eventually be presented to the AUB board at their fall meeting.
ITF members have continued to meet with alumni chapters in North America
and in other locations to gather feedback and ideas from you, the alumni,
about the worldwide association. Rest assured that all alumni comments,
whether from e-mails, consultation meetings, or individual conversations
are brought to the ITF for their consideration.
I know that I speak for all members of the ITF who are committed to the
formation of the new association in reiterating our strong belief that
a single worldwide association will strengthen the affiliation and association
between alumni and the University. We continue to have a lot of work to
do, but we have made real progress along the way.
My thanks to those who have participated in this process and my best regards.
Mohammad F. Mattar
ITF Committee: Chair: Mohammad F. Mattar/Dr. Rima Khalaf Hunaidi/Mr.
Farouk Jabre/Dr. Shake Ketefian, RN FAAN/Dr. Philip S. Khoury/Mrs. Flare
Majali/Dr. Hikmat G. Nasr/Mr. Ghassan N. Ouajian/Mrs. Najat Zarour.
AUBAA Medical Chapter Honors Physiology Professor Suhayl Jabbur
The Medical Chapter of the AUB Alumni Association honored physiology Professor
Suhayl Jabbur (BA 52, MD 56) with a Gold Medal Award, an honor
that is bestowed on a distinguished alumnus every year. During the ceremony,
neurology Professor Dr. Samir Atweh, one of Jabburs former students,
described him as a passionate teacher and a nonconformist. He was one
of the first Lebanese to earn an MD-PhD in the region and was the prime
initiator of the MS/MD program in the School of Medicine. Suhayl,
you were the best, said Atweh, and I think you deserve every
ounce of the Gold Medal our Medical Alumni Association is bestowing on
FEA Honors Six Distinguished Alumni Awards
May 17-18: The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture honored six of
its alumni for exceptional careers and accomplishments in engineering
during its fifth annual student conference.
The awards went to Abdullah Zakhem (BE 62) for his contributions
to the world of construction; Fawwaz Ulaby (BS 64) for outstanding
achievements related to electromagnetics, microwaves, and remote sensing
technology; Suad Amiry (B Arch 77) for her pioneering effort in
the study and protection of the architectural heritage of Palestine; Hani
Mahmassani (attended AUB, 1973-75) for excellence in research in the field
of transportation; Habib Najm (BE 83) for outstanding scholarly
contributions to research in combustion, stochastic methods for uncertainty
quantification in electrochemical microfluid systems and biotechnology
devices; and Ali Khayrallah (BE 84) for distinguished contributions
to the development of cellular and wireless communication systems.
Nadim Dimichkie receives Presidents Medal for Outstanding Voluntary
Nadim Dimichkie (BA 40, MA 55) has received the Presidents
Medal for Outstanding Voluntary Service, which is awarded to someone who
has provided exceptional support to the University as a member of an AUB
alumni or volunteer group. In addition to his many years of distinguished
service as an alumnus (he was president of the AUB Alumni Association
from 1995 to 1998), Dimichkie has also had a very successful career as
a diplomat. He has received several national honors including National
Order of Cedar, Commander and Chevalier ranks.
Rabi F. Sulayman receives Honorary Degree from Lewis University
Rabi F. Sulayman (BS, 64, MD 68), chair of Pediatrics at Advocate
Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois and founder of Hope Childrens
Hospital, received an honorary degree from Lewis University on May 13.
A specialist in pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric cardiology,
Sulayman has served as chair of pediatrics at Advocate Christ Medical
Center since 1986. Dr. Sulayman and his family live in Chicago, Illinois.
Call Me Del: Dogged in the Pursuit of Excellence: An Autobiography
(Trafford: 2005) Adel A. Yunis (BA 50, MD 54)
This autobiographical account of Yuniss life story from his humble
beginning in the little village of Rabeh, Akkar to his momentous years
at AUB and his journey to the United States, tells a story of hard work,
perseverance, hope, frustration, emotional ups and downs, andmost
of alldiscipline. It is most inspiring and a must read for
all students and graduates, said one reader. Once you start reading
nothing will stop you except getting to the last word Del.
My advice: read it... twice. Charles H. Khouri, M.D. Miami Chapter.
Walad ka Sair al-Awlad (A Child Like Any Other Child)
(Dar An-Nahar: 2006) by Nada Barakat Khawaja
In a novel based on a true story, Nada Barakat Khawaja relates her experience
of raising a mentally and physically challenged child. Khawaja hopes to
educate societies that condemn a different child and his parents.
Nada Barakat Khawaja received a Diploma in Special Education in 1998.
How I Achieved My Dream
(Victory Books: 2005) by Karim W. Nasser (BSCE 49) with May M. Nasser
This is an inspiring autobiographical account of a life begun in the small
mountain town of Shweir, of humble beginnings, and of hope and dedication
that persist through the Depression and second world war. A young Karim
Nasser triumphs over adversity to become a visionary professor, and a
successful engineer, researcher, inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
His story reflects on the fundamental importance of individual freedom.
101 Selected Poems
(Vantage Press, Inc.: 2006) by Jawdat R. Haydar
Haydar, who studied at AUB briefly in the 1920s, is a Lebanese centenarian
who was instrumental in fostering poetry in Lebanon after the civil war
years. This collection shows the wide range of Haydars work from
the deeply personal, to the socially conscious, and includes poignant
observations of the natural world.