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Alumni Activities Worldwide!

Business and Management Chapter
In their continuing outreach to the Lebanese corporate community, the Business and Management Alumni Chapter organized a two-day course, “Economics and Financial Indicators in Global Equity Markets” held last December. The program included an address by keynote speaker Dr. Nasser Saidi, the first vice governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, and a lecture by John Daghir, managing director of the United Advisory Group. Both men, needless to say, are AUB alumni.

Credit for the program’s success goes to the organizing committee, which was headed by Fawwaz al Merhibi and included Rima Kadi, Afaf Khoury, Chirine Haffar Arayssi, and Salah Hassanieh. AUB Director of Development Imad Balbaaki and Associate Director of Development/Director of Alumni Affairs Samir Kadi represented the University on the committee.

The course proved to be an enlightening experience for the business professionals who attended. It also gave them opportunity for some fruitful networking, especially at the grand closing dinner that was held at the Gefinor Rotana Hotel, during which certificates were distributed to the attendees.

Engineering and Architecture Chapter

On October 12, the Engineering and Architecture Chapter held its annual awards ceremony at the Bristol Hotel, which was attended by more than 200 alumni and friends, along with AUB Provost Peter Heath and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Ibrahim Hajj.

In his opening address, Chapter President Sami Alamuddin described how the proceeds of activities, such as the dinner that evening, go into financing the Engineering and Architecture Chapter’s scholarship fund and to what extent the AUB students benefit from that assistance.

The ceremony continued with an address by Provost Peter Heath, who thanked the alumni for their generous support and also updated them on recent developments in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA). Lebanese Minster Marwan Hamadeh then awarded decorations to engineers Albert Matta, Nizar Younis, Mohammad Nasser, and Sabah Abi Hanna. The Chapter also presented appreciation awards to engineers Gabriel Matta, Salem Al-Marzouk, Maher Nasser, Hussein Rifai, Ayman Taji, and Jean Obeid.

The evening came to a most gratifying end—for both AUB and the FEA alumni—when the chapter boosted the University’s Financial Aid Program with a generous $10,000 donation and then proceeded to hand over another $20,000 to fund research at the FEA.

Medical Alumni Chapter
Kibaruna! Kibaruna! Our elders! Our wise ones! In two days filled with golden anniversary events during the last weekend of February, the Medical Alumni Chapter celebrated all MDs who graduated from the AUB Faculty of Medicine between the years 1935 and 1953. Of the 368 young men from Syria, Lebanon, and the region who had received their MDs during those years, 34 alumni—now Kibaruna—came to Beirut for the festivities, including a few who flew in from the United States.

On the morning of February 27, President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon greeted the men of medicine at Yarze Palace with words of praise for their contributions to the medical profession and expressions of appreciation for the role they have played in promoting the growth and high stature of AUBMC.

Later that afternoon, the distinguished doctors met with President John Waterbury and Faculty of Medicine Dean Nadim Cortas in the newly refurbished Bathish Auditorium of West Hall. In welcoming the visitors, Samir Kadi of the development office warmly intoned “Kibaruna!”—as did Dr. Khaled Younes, president of the Medical Alumni Chapter, when he spoke to the medical elders and their wives about the past, present, and future of their alma mater. In reminding them of how much they had achieved in their lives as doctors and of AUB’s pride in them as its alumni, he evoked vivid memories of the days gone by.

Mount Lebanon Branch

Mount Lebanon alumni from the classes of 1986 to 2002 gathered for a reunion on January 23 at the Metropolitan Hotel. During the festivities, Branch President Samir Abu Samra shared with alumni the new schedule of activities for the coming year and announced the launching of a Mount Lebanon newsletter and Web site. There to provide updated information on AUB were Director of Development Imad Baalbaki, who explained the new Dodge Foundation matching grant program; and Director of Alumni Affairs Samir Kadi, who urged increased collaboration between the alumni and their alma mater. The reunion closed with the awarding of medals to various committees of the branch for their achievements during the past year.

On another level, a fun and “spooky” time was enjoyed by all at the branch’s Halloween Party, held at the Lounge Bar on November 1. The festive event was a great success. All alumni were in costume and a jury was charged to choose the evening’s best costume. Third place went to Wissam Salameh for his Egyptian costume, Nasr Dallaa’s “Scream” character took second place, and Joe Saad won first place for his great impersonation of the well-known “Jean Luc.”

Middle East
Riyadh Branch
President John Waterbury welcomed Riyadh Branch President Abdel Fattah Ghali to campus on February 17 for a meeting in his College Hall office. There Mr. Ghali reaffirmed the commitment of the Riyadh alumni to their alma mater by handing him a check in the amount of $19,000 to add to the branch’s previous significant contributions to the University’s Financial Aid Program. After thanking Mr. Ghali for the branch’s ongoing generous support, President Waterbury then shared with him some of the innovations now occurring at AUB.

Cyprus Branch
The company was delightful and the atmosphere was superb. Such was the consensus opinion of Cypriot alumni who showed up at the Lebanese Food Festival recently held by the Cyprus Branch at Abu Faisal’s, the well-known restaurant in Nicosia. They wined and dined on tasty Lebanese dishes and strolled around reminiscing about the good old days at AUB.

During the event, Branch President Toula Kalli Lambrou presented Soula Kythreotou Zavou with an honorary plaque in appreciation for her six years of service as branch president (1995-2001). AUBite Christos Folias, representative to the European Parliament and honorary member of the Cyprus Branch, was present at the festival, as were former Ministers D. Kittis and K. Christofi; G. Ldambrou, the general manager of the Cyprus Petroleum Refinery; and M. Fysentzides of the Human Resources Management Authority; as well as a host of other AUB graduates of note.

United Kingdom
Elections held by the United Kingdom Branch in June 2002 brought in a new executive committee and also ushered in a
new season of activities. The board of directors is now comprised of Chairman Hisham El Solh, Vice Chairman George Kanaan, Treasurer Hassan Bauji, Secretary Randa (Khayyat) Pettifor, and members Wadih Hanna, George Shweiry, and Raid Ziadeh.


The UK Branch’s first order of business was a visit by El Solh to AUB, where he presented a $10,000 check to Provost Peter Heath to be added to the AUB Alumni Association (UK) Endowed Scholarship Fund, which has benefited many needy and qualified students over the past several years.

On December 5, 2002, the branch held a large reception at the Orangery in Holland Park, London, to commemorate the 136th anniversary of AUB. Over 100 alumni and friends attended, including Lord Denman, the former Mayor of Kensington John Corbet-Singleton, AUB Board of Trustees members Abdul Mohsen Al-Qattan and Nabil Chartouni, the renowned heart transplant
professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea professor Sir Anthony Coats, Lebanese Ambassador Jihad Mortada, and many others. In welcoming the guests, El Solh
commented on AUB’s regional role and said, “The AUB Alumni Association (UK) is proud to salute the sacrifices made, and pledges its support to AUB and Lebanon with a strength rooted in the inherent values and commitment of the people of Lebanon.”

El Solh visited the AUB campus again with Branch Vice Chairman George Kanaan in early 2003 to add another $10,000 to the branch’s endowed scholarship fund.

North America
On March 15, the Atlanta Chapter held a fundraising dinner at the prestigious Ashford Club in Atlanta, which was attended by over 70 alumni and friends. The special guest of honor was AUB Provost Peter Heath, who provided the alumni with a comprehensive report on recent developments at the University. The chapter’s last function this year was a brunch, held on the occasion of Mother’s Day, May 11, at which elections for a new committee were held.

The first gathering of AUB cardiology alumni took place at the meeting of the American College of Cardiology, held in Chicago on March 31. Thirteen alumni attended the special dinner, which was held at Bistro 110, located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. After brief addresses by the event organizer Samer Dibs (MD ’89) and by AANA President Ara Tekian, the alumni sat back to enjoy the evening of good food and great company. The doctors agreed that future gatherings should continue to be organized during national cardiology meetings. They are also seriously considering starting a professional chapter for AUB alumni cardiologists. Interested alumni should e-mail Dr. Dibs at

On February 1, the Houston Chapter held a book-signing event for AUB Trustee and alumna Ann Zwicker Kerr at Borders Bookstore in Houston. Friends and interested Houstonians joined alumni for a wonderful discussion with Mrs. Kerr about her two books, Come with Me from Lebanon and Painting the Middle East, both published by Syracuse University Press. The evening was a “sweet” success that ended with high book sales of Mrs. Kerr’s book, as well as a reception featuring Arabic desserts and coffee.

On March 1, the Chapter sponsored a recital by renowned Lebanese pianist and composer Walid Hourani. Attended by 200 alumni and friends, the event succeeded in raising $9,500 for the AUB Scholarship Fund—thanks to the generous donations of alumni and friends and the dedicated efforts of the chapter’s board.


After some months of hard work, reinforced by much enthusiasm and dedication, the Montreal Alumni Chapter will be in action by early June. The Montreal alumni held a very successful reunion on March 15, when 117 of them gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal for high tea with President John Waterbury, Vice President for Development and External Relations W. Stephen Jeffrey, and AANA President Ara Tekian. Dr. Waterbury briefed alumni on the new initiatives being undertaken at AUB, while Dr. Tekian focused on organizing the “troops” by giving them useful tips on how to structure the long-awaited chapter. Montreal alumni Costa Levantian and Almaz Aladas promised that this write-up would be the first of many future reports on the new chapter’s social, academic and fundraising activities.

Northern California
The Northern California Chapter welcomed Provost Peter Heath and Vice President for Development and External Relations W. Stephen Jeffrey to the Bay Area with a reception held on March 22, which gave the alumni an excellent opportunity to hear about the progress occurring at AUB. The Provost’s remarks stimulated a rousing question and answer session, in which he satisfyingly responded to concerns and queries about the University. Alumni Fadi and Nawal Cotran graciously opened their home to host the well-attended reception, complete with a fine Lebanese mezze and desserts.


March 14 was an eventful day for Ottawa’s AUB alumni. President John Waterbury had arrived in town and the chapter had organized a full program of activities for his visit. First, Chapter President Bassam Zarkout drove President Waterbury to Ottawa University, where he met with Rector Gilles G. Patry and engineering professor and former Chapter President Andre Skaff. The next stop was Parliament Hill, where President Waterbury delivered an address to senators and members of Parliament at the Middle East Discussion Group. A meeting with Mario Renaud, head of the Middle East Section of the Canadian International Development Agency, then followed. Next on the agenda was a visit with Maureen O’Neil, president of the International Development Research Council (IDRC)—which had provided funding for an international conference held at AUB—and AUB Professor of Agriculture Shadi Hammadi, who is currently on sabbatical at IDRC.

That evening President Waterbury was the guest of honor at the splendid gala held by the chapter at the Ottawa Marriott. The theme of the event was “Strengthening East-West Bridges: Education and Awareness are Key to Mutual Understanding,” with President Waterbury and Ms. O’Neil as the keynote speakers. Over 80 guests attended, including the consul general of Lebanon and the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, and Syria to Canada. The program, which was capped by hours of music and dancing, also included a raffle of outstanding prizes—among them a painting donated by Ottawa artist Samir Ghanem—with the proceeds going to AUB.