From the Editors of MainGate
Excellence is a catchword at AUB these days. The University
has recently embarked on the Campaign for Excellence and AUB’s
tradition of educational excellence is well known. But really, what
does it mean? When finalizing the story list for the Spring 2003
issue of MainGate, we wanted to see the actual implementation of
“excellence” on campus, so being intrepid reporters
we decided to explore—a good undertaking for a cold, stormy
Our fact-finding mission unearthed
plenty of stories. The first stop was a visit to the AUBMC, whose
track record of quality medical care is unparalleled in the region.
Since its inception in 1867, AUBMC has been the first stop for many
patients in Lebanon and from around the Arab world. However, as
times change and treatments change, we discovered that AUBMC not
only keeps in pace with medical research, technologies, and developments,
but also is leading the pack with new interdisciplinary programs
and an incredible group of surgeons. So impressive, in fact, we
felt it had to be our cover story. Providing top quality medical
service, we decided, was a fine example of AUB’s tradition
The rededication of West Hall revealed
a resplendent student center complete with facilities for all sorts
of activities—music, theater, art, sports, politics—housed
in a breathtaking building. The ceremony, which took place on a
rainy Monday, was overflowing with members of the West family who
traveled specially from North America for the rededication, alumni
and friends, faculty and, of course, the students—who in our
opinion were the real stars of the day.
Interestingly, while the ceremony
was taking place inside West Hall, on its steps was a student protest
against US military action in Iraq. The poignancy of the moment,
for us, had less to do with politics and was more about the statement
it made about AUB and its students. Our students are vocal, impassioned,
and socially aware. AUB encourages them to develop—and shout
out—their opinions. That
is excellence in action.
Putting together a magazine during
a time of anxiety, uncertainty, and turmoil in the region can be
challenging, but it is also being part of an American educational
institution in the Middle East. We are honored to have AUB President
John Waterbury, who in addition to leading the University is a distinguished
Middle East scholar, as a contributor in this issue of MainGate.
He shares his thoughts with the international AUB community on what
he sees as some of the greatest troubles in the region—the
economic and political hurdles facing many of the region’s
young men and women. He explains the University’s prime position
and responsibility in educating future leaders who will repair those
systems. Outreach has long been part of AUB’s tradition of
educational excellence, and it
is obvious the University is continuing to make contributions to
the region through its alumni.
It quickly became apparent why AUB
and excellence fit so well together. It is indeed part of the daily
reality that is AUB. The Spring 2003 issue of MainGate will bring
that home to you.
Ibrahim Khoury and Lynn Mahoney
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