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 AUBs 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 warfuel shortages, electricity rationing,
and student attritionwere 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 Universitys expertise in medicine, health sciences, agriculture,
architecture, engineering, and more to rebuild Lebanese communities and
respond to their needs.
This issue focuses on AUBs outreach efforts, the effect of the crisis
on the campus, and student and faculty perspectives on the war. Well
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
In the on-line fall issue, youll find articles on the Energy Research
Group, which is working to address the regions 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