Inside the Gate
  Views from Campus
Business Integrity Meets Democratic Ideals
Technology @ AUB: New Horizons in Education
The Education Morph
To Google or to Moodle?
Technology @ AUB: A Research Revolution
  Rethinking Technology and Research at AUB
Preserving History and Breaking Down Barriers: Digitizing AUB’s Libraries
Developing the Middle East’s Future Technical Elite: The CITPER Project
In Our History
Negotiating Peacetime
Alumni Profile
Maingate Connections
Alumni Happenings
Class Notes
AUB Reflections
In Memoriam
From the Editors
Letters to the Editors
From the President
Campaign Update
AUB Calendar 2007
On Past Presidents and Football Stratagems: Fifty Years of Memories at AUB
Reviews: Small Change in Ancient Beirut

Spring 2007 Vol. V, No. 3

Alumni Happenings

Middle East

Abu Dhabi Chapter
On March 6, the Abu Dhabi Chapter welcomed 500 guests to the Cultural Foundation for a performance of “Al Nasheed l’Hymne,” a play by Gabriel Yameen and Randa Al Asmar. The evening was such a success that they plan to co-host a performance of another play, “Jirsa” by Rafik Ali Ahmad, with the Dubai Chapter in the near future.

Alumni Club of Jordan
On December 12, around 300 AUB alumni in Jordan attended a reception to celebrate the opening of the club’s new home and to show their support. E-mail for information about the chapter.

Kuwait Chapter
Kuwait alumni held their most successful event ever on December 4 when they gathered to celebrate AUB’s 140th anniversary. Nearly 800 alumni and friends crowded into the Al-Raya Ballroom in the Courtyard Marriott Hotel for the gala dinner that featured a performance by the Lebanese group “Comedy Night.” Faisal Mutawa and President John Waterbury welcomed the guests and Trustee Ibrahim Dabdoub spoke on behalf of the Board of Trustees. The gala was held under the auspices of HE Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Sabah.

The chapter honored Kuwaiti-based alumni most of whom graduated more than 50 years ago. The following honorees were presented with a book of the Moore Collection prints signed by President Waterbury: Mr. Abdullah Yousef Al-Ghanim ’46; Dr. Nazem Al-Ghabra ’46; Dr. Ali Atawneh ’48; Dr. Ahmad Al-Khatib ’52; Mr. Abdul-Aziz Al-Bahar ’53; Mr. Charles Haddad ’56; Mr. George Nasr ’56; Mr. Mikhail Chahine ’56; Dr. Souheil Khammar ’56; Mr. Rashed Al-Rashed ’57; Mr. Muhammad Khalid Kutmeh ’57; and Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Awadhi ’58. Congratulations to all the committee members who made this such a successful event, including Yasmeen Mahmoud, Zein Kabbara, and Maha Abbas.

Nursing Chapter
The Nursing Chapter supports efforts to strengthen the nursing profession by organizing and actively participating in professional activities both locally and nationally. For 40 years, chapter members worked tirelessly to establish an Order of Nurses in Lebanon. Having achieved this goal, their focus now is to stay involved and to contribute to the Order of Nurses.

The chapter is proud to announce that Ursula Rizk, chapter member and vice president, has been elected president of the Order of Nurses in Lebanon. Rizk, who has both a BSN degree from the School of Nursing and an MPH from AUB, has been involved in nursing in Lebanon for many years and is currently the director of the nursing program at Balamand University.

On Nurses Day 2006, the Order of Nurses recognized Nuhad Yazbik Dumit, clinical assistant professor at the AUB School of Nursing, with the award for Distinguished Nurse of the Year in Nursing Education for 2006 at a ceremony at the UNESCO Palace under the auspices of Minister of Health Mohamad Jawad Khalife in the presence of the WHO representative Dr. Jawad Mahjour. Dareen Hajj Sleiman, RN, Coronary Care Unit at AUBMC, received the award for Distinguished Nurse of the Year in Nursing Practice for 2006. Sleiman graduated with a BSN degree from AUB in 1999.

Alumni Engineering and Architecture Chapter
The Engineering and Architecture Chapter hosted an event in May 2006 to honor HE Vice President of the Board of Ministers of Qatar and Minister of Power and Gas Abdallah Al–Attiyah.

Class of 2002 Honoring Reception
On December 28, 2006 the AUB Development Office hosted a reception followed by a festive dinner honoring the class of 2002. This class established AUB’s Fingerprints

program, which encourages graduating students to give $25 to the Fingerprints Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid to needy and qualified students.

North America

Toronto Chapter: Mix and Mingle in Toronto
About 50 alumni and friends gathered at the Foundation Room in downtown Toronto on February 9 for the AUB Alumni Mix and Mingle.

The Foundation Room’s chic Moroccan-inspired lounge was crowded with AUBites and friends, mingling, chatting, and exchanging business cards. Toronto Chapter President Maha Zabaneh and Vice President Lina Badih were on hand to welcome the guests, most of whom live and work downtown. Although the place was packed, nobody seemed to mind.

New York Chapter

The New York Metropolitan Chapter recently elected the following alumni to serve two-year terms (2007-09): Amin Khalaf, PhD (president); Lina Moujabber, JD (vice president); Ghia Osseiran (secretary); Roland Abi-Nader (treasurer); Ruba Khoury (member at large); and Mahmoud Makki (member at large).

MAY: Upcoming Chapter Events

Abu Dhabi Chapter
Annual Ball: May 10, 2007 at the Abu Dhabi Intercontinental Hotel.
For information

Dubai Chapter
Annual Ball: May 17, 2007 at Al Bustan Rotana.
For information contact:

Montreal Chapter
Seminar and Gala Dinner: May 12 at the LeWindsor Ballroom.
For information contact:

Oman Chapter
Gala Dinner: May 31, 2007.
For information contact:

Paris Chapter
A soirée to remember: May 10, 2007

WAAAUB Election Process Underway

As you read this issue of MainGate, ballots for the first elections to the Worldwide Alumni Association of AUB (WAAAUB) are on their way to AUB alumni around the globe.

Calls for nominations were sent to alumni and chapters in January 2007. The WAAAUB Nominating Committee met in March and again in April to finalize the list of alumni candidates for the WAAAUB Board of Directors, the WAAAUB Alumni Council, and the AUB Board of Trustees.

The timeline going forward is as follows:
May 15: deadline for mailing ballots
June 9: deadline for return of ballots
July 1: announcement of election results

The Board of Directors and the Alumni Council (WAAAUB’s two new governing bodies) are scheduled to meet in Beirut in October 2007.

You will find complete details and additional information about WAAAUB in past on-line issues of MainGate and on the AUB web site at

We will also continue to provide regular updates in future issues of MainGate on this historic undertaking, including full coverage of WAAAUB election results in the fall 2007 issue.

Alumni Publications

Securing Your Information in an Insecure World
What You Must Know About Hackers and Identity Thieves
(BookSurge Publishing: 2006)
by Hassan Osman (BEN ’02)
Securing Your Information in an Insecure World teaches beginners how to protect their passwords, credit card numbers, and bank accounts in easy-to-follow steps. Written for the non-technical computer and internet user, the book explains security in simple English. Each chapter focuses on a different method that hackers and identity thieves can use to steal sensitive data, and offers tips on what users can do to avoid becoming a target. You can learn more about the book on

Filming the Modern Middle East: Politics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Arab World
(IB Taurus: 2006)
by Lina Khatib
Inspired by Edward Said’s Orientalism and the concept of the "Orient" constructed by the "Occident", Filming the Modern Middle East examines how contemporary cinema in the United States and the Arab world contribute to the global media preoccupation with the modern Middle East in their representations of the region’s politics.
The book covers films made in the United States, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine during the last two decades of the twentieth century up to the present showing, their representation of the major political issues in the Middle East, from the Arab-Israeli conflict, through the Gulf War, to Islamic fundamentalism.
Not only does the book present an analysis of the differences among those films, it also addresses similarities in how political themes are selected “as well as in the cinematic language that gives them life.”
Lina Khatib (BA ’98) is a lecturer in World Cinema at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Number Theory from an Analytic Point of View
(ISBN 9953-0-0282-7, 2003)
by Badih N. Ghusayni (BS ’78, MS ’80)
This book grew out of the author’s interest in number theory, which began in 1980 when he wrote his master’s thesis on Tauberian theorems and the prime number theorem at AUB.  This interest has steadily grown as new results have been discovered using the Computer Algebra System Maple and then proved mathematically, thus providing new and modern topics for mathematical research. Each chapter provides exercises which range from the simple to the unsolved, resulting in a volume appropriate for amateurs and professionals alike.
Badih is the founder and managing editor of the International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science (, a quarterly journal of original papers in mathematics and computer science written in English. Badih has also developed an on-line course, Complex Variables, that is available at