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Fall 2006 Vol. V, No. 1

From the Editors

Facing the Challenge

“The University seems to have a penchant for anniversaries in the midst of war," wrote AUB President Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr. on the occasion of AUB’s 75th anniversary during World War II in 1941. In its 140th anniversary year, the University once again faced a crisis during the July war in 2006.

Many of the challenges of the war—fuel shortages, electricity rationing, and student attrition—were all too familiar. But what may be most extraordinary, and yet typical of AUB, is that during a time of crisis the University did not simply focus internally on its own needs. Both during and since the war, AUB has pooled the good will of volunteers and the University’s expertise in medicine, health sciences, agriculture, architecture, engineering, and more to rebuild Lebanese communities and respond to their needs.

This issue focuses on AUB’s outreach efforts, the effect of the crisis on the campus, and student and faculty perspectives on the war. We’ll include news on outreach and reconstruction efforts in future issues as well, both from campus and from alumni worldwide who continue to be very active in their support of AUB and Lebanon.

The events of the summer forced us to cancel the summer issue of MainGate. Several of the features from that issue are now on MainGate on-line at http://wwwlb.aub.edu.lb/~webmgate/. In the on-line fall issue, you’ll find articles on the Energy Research Group, which is working to address the region’s energy woes; on Engineering Sustainable Development, which examines how reusing urban wastewater can help boost rural agricultural production; and on e-Europe Ahead, a project that is developing graduate IT curricula for both AUB and the region.

Thanks to the many readers who have already responded to the on-line MainGate survey. We look forward to more feedback!

Ada H. Porter and Ibrahim Khoury
Coeditors, MainGate
maingate@aub.edu.lb

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