AUB Alumni Association–New Officers On
council of the AUB Alumni Association assumed office on June 30:
President Fawwaz Merhabi (BBA ’79), Vice President George Azar (BE
’78); Fadi Jumblatt (BA ’84), Amer Suleiman (BS ’91), Ramzi Dumiany (BBA
’84), Ramzi Alamuddine (BBA ’59, MBA ’77), Ihab Jizi (BS ’79, MD ’84),
Munther Kuzayli (Pharmacy ’63), Mohammad Al-Firikh (BSN ’79), Tammam
Jaroudi (BE ’98), Muheyddine Dughan (BS ’89, MS ’92), and Sami Jabbur
(former student). Mabrouk to all!
AAA Alumni Conference, organized by the Relations and Welfare
Committee, was held April 22-24 at the Gefinor Rotana Hotel, Beirut.
The conference opened with a panel discussion, “The Role of Alumni in
Developing Investment Opportunities in Lebanon and the Middle East.”
Speakers included Majid Jumblat, vice governor of the Central Bank of
Lebanon; Nehme Tohme, a parliamentarian and founder of Mabani Company;
Abbas Khalaf, a former minister; and Joseph Tarabeh, president of the
Federation of Arab Banks.
second session, “AUB Alumni Cultural Interaction with Arab and Middle
East Societies,” featured prominent AUB graduates: Samir Kreidieh, the
AAA representative in Jeddah; Khaled Kotmeh, director of the Suad Al-Sabbah
Publication Company of Kuwait; Ramzi Najjar, communications
consultant; and Flare Majali, president of the AAA Jordan Branch.
impressive ceremony to bestow more than one honor was held at the AUB
Assembly Hall on April 23. Honors went to the AUB graduates of 1954
and 1979 on the occasion of their 50th and 25th anniversaries,
respectively: to Dr. Suad Al-Sabbah, who was presented with an AAA
shield of appreciation, and to Mr. Adra for having reached the 75th
anniversary of his graduation.
than 400 alumni and friends gathered together for the 17th Spring Ball
of the Abu Dhabi Alumni branch, held on May 20. The theme of the gala
was AUB’s new Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, and fittingly
there as the guest of honor was Khaled S. Olayan, son of Suliman.
of Business Dean George Najjar and Abu Dhabi branch President
Mohamad Sleiman welcomed the guests. Sleiman, who opened the dinner
with a word of thanks to the Abu Dhabi alumni and friends for their
loyalty and continuous support, especially expressed appreciation to
the committee members, past and present, for their dedication and hard
work in organizing the annual event, which has helped raise over $2
million for the University since 1985. He reported that in 2003-04 the
Abu Dhabi Alumni Scholarship Fund had a return of around $100,000, and
read extracts from a letter of gratitude from one of the student
Olayan spoke of the immense pride of the Olayan family in having the
name of their late father associated with AUB. While his father did
not attend AUB, or any other university for that matter, he had very
deep respect for the University and what it stood for. The senior
Olayan sent his daughters to AUB for their education and also sought
to help AUB meet its mission through his support of the business
school. But he had to be persuaded to change his mind about accepting
to have his name on the school, his son said, and the Olayan family is
extremely appreciative of AUB for that.
alumni in Kuwait organized their first event of the year April 29 at
the new Palms Resort in Kuwait City. Greeting the guests as they
arrived at the pre-dinner reception were AUB President
John Waterbury, President of the
Kuwaiti AUB Alumni Branch Faisal Al-Mutawa, and AUB Director of
Development Imad Baalbaki.
evening’s program opened with welcoming remarks by President Mutawa,
who thanked the guests for their support and informed them of the
increased momentum that had characterized the organizing committee’s
work during the past year. President Waterbury, in turn, thanked the
attending alumni and friends for their loyalty and continued
contributions to the University. He noted the increase in the number
of AUB alumni from Kuwait (now close to 300) and said that the number
of students from Kuwait presently enrolled at AUB stood at 40 nationals and 100 residents.
special program planned by the organizing committee took everyone by
surprise. It consisted of a most entertaining performance by AUB
students of folk dances and comedy sketches from the Ziad Rahbani
play, Nazl Al-Sourour.
donations received from AUB alumni and friends in Kuwait since 1998
have now topped $500,000. The proceeds of this year’s function
amounted to $20,000, all of which will be distributed to AUB students
who qualify for financial aid.
chapter’s festive Asian-themed dinner, held at the Grand Hyatt in
Muscat on April 22, saw 275 alumni and friends in attendance. Guests
were greeted with a Thai welcome of red flower petals and feasted on a
sumptuous buffet of Asian delicacies.
program opened with a few words by Chapter President Kamil Harb, who
also served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. He told the
gathering that it had taken much effort on the part of the alumni and
friends in Oman to accomplish all that they had during the past
decade, especially since they were a small group, but that it had all
come out of their love of and loyalty to AUB. Vocalist Tania Assaf, in
entertaining the guests, invited them to join in the singing,
whereupon the American, British, and German ambassadors all took turns
in belting out a solo.
1992, the Oman Alumni Branch has donated close to $200,000 to AUB, out
of which $75,000 went into an endowed scholarship fund.
third consecutive year, the AUB Alumni Association of Syria held its
annual gala, which was held in December 2003, at the historic Khan
Assaad Basha in the Old Damascus district. The function opened with a
pre-dinner reception, at which guests were welcomed by Syrian AAA
President Abdul Salam Haykal. Speakers during the evening included
alumni Lyne Ruslan, Mona Kanaan, and Abdullah Khani, along with
President John Waterbury, who made a special trip to Damascus to
attend. The evening featured live entertainment, a raffle for airline
tickets, and an auction of a painting by prominent Syrian painter
proceeds of the event went to the Syrian Endowed Scholarship Fund,
established by the Syrian branch in 2001 with an initial $15,300
donation. This year, the AUB alumni and friends in Syria added another
$26,600 to the fund.
Alumni Association of Qatar celebrated its annual gala dinner at the
Dana Club in Doha, with more than 500 loyal AUB alumni and friends in
attendance and including the presence of AUB President John Waterbury
and his wife Sarah.
of ceremonies Rola Mufarrij, in welcoming the guests, proposed
“redefining the word alumni” to include donors and friends of AUB as
well as graduates and former students. In his welcoming remarks,
Ghassan Ouaijan, president of the Qatar AAA, informed everyone that
the number of alumni in Qatar had now reached a record 200.
then handed President Waterbury a check for $70,000 to go to student
financial aid, with $30,000 earmarked for the Qatar Alumni Scholarship
Fund and the remaining $40,000 to be used to establish an endowment in
the name of the Qatar AAA. By creating that endowment, AUB will
benefit from the Dodge Foundation matching grant (of $1 for every $4
donated) and also insure a yield from the gift in perpetuity to
AANA Elects New Board of Directors
annual meeting on June 17, the AUB Alumni Association of North
American announced its new board of directors for 2004-05: May Rihani,
president; Lina Jazi, vice president; John Makhoul, secretary; Wael
Chehab, treasurer; and members-at-large Roula Baddoura, Diala
Ezzeddine, Alexander Geha, Frederick Hayek, Leila Tarazi, and Bassam
Zarkout. Cheers to all!
second gathering of AUB alumni cardiologists took place at the
American Heart Association meeting in Orlando, Florida, in November
2003. Several AUBites got together for casual dining in the elegant
setting of the Italian restaurant, Ciao Italia. Though the group was
small, the evening was memorable for its great food and pleasurable
company. Those interested in such future gatherings and in
participating in the formation of a professional chapter for AUB
alumni cardiologists should e-mail Samer Dibs at email@example.com
of the Greater Baltimore Chapter were treated to a visit by members of
the AUB medical faculty, Drs. Kamal Badr, Ali Bazarbachi, Jaques
Mokhbal, Ala’ Sharara, Mahmoud Chocair, and Pierre Boukhalil. Over the
dinner that was held in their honor, discussions centered on the
relationship between the AUB Medical Center and Johns Hopkins
Farha, in welcoming the guests, expressed the sense of gratitude and
belonging that AUB always evokes in its graduates. Dr. Nagi Khouri
then presented a history of the evolving relationship between AUB and
Hopkins. After an update on that relationship by Dr. Kamal Badr and
comments by Dr. Mahmoud Chocair, the group spent a very pleasant
social evening marked by the usual reminiscing that AUBites so enjoy.
15, Dr. Ghassan and Mrs. Rania Al-Khatib Noureddine graciously hosted
a Moroccan dinner and meeting at their home in Pearland, where alumni
and friends gathered to share thoughts and comments about past and
future activities of the Houston chapter. The meeting lasted late into
the evening and everyone enjoyed the wonderful home-cooked meal
prepared by Rania. Special thanks to Rania and Ghassan for the great
Greater Houston Chapter recently held elections for a new executive
committee, which will serve for two years as of June 2004. The
committee is composed of Lina Jazi, president; Dima Abi-Said Suki,
vice president; Hala Musallam Charafeddine, secretary; Chirine Soubra
Ghaoui, treasurer; and Mona Maalouf Duna and Hitaf Jurdi Saad,
members-at-large. Congratulations to all
12th Biennial Convention will be held in
Houston, Texas, September 30
through October 2, 2005. For further information, visit the Greater
Houston chapter web page at www.aubhouston.com. And if you are
interested in being on the convention committee or just helping out,
please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
30, the chapter held its annual banquet dinner-cum-theater at the
Marriott Hotel in Vienna, Virginia. Honored guest and speaker was
Marsha J. Evans, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. Evan’s
inspiring speech was followed by a most enjoyable performance by
Hexagon, Washington’s original political, satirical, musical, and
comedy review. After many hearty laughs, alumni and friends danced for
hours to the lively beat of the Toronados band.
Muller, meanwhile, has been elected secretary of the Executive
Committee of the AANA Greater Washington Chapter, for a term that will
extend to June 30, 2005. Welcome aboard!
Montreal Alumni chapter held its first annual gala dinner on May 7 at
the Ritz Carlton in Montreal. The event was attended by more than 200
alumni and friends and turned out to be a huge success. It attracted
many prestigious guests, featured two dynamic speakers (Chapter
President Donald Eddé and keynote speaker Henri Habib), included an
impressive art exhibition by Ino AlGranti, and topped it all off with
fine dining and live entertainment by talented singer Linda Thali.
evening began with a welcoming address by Dr. Eddé, in which he
outlined the three goals of the Montreal Chapter of AANA: networking,
improving the image of AUB graduates, and fundraising. He informed the
audience that since June 2003 when the chapter was formed, it had
organized five social events, created the innovative Young Wing
Program with its panel of mentors, and established a fellowship fund
at the AUB Faculty of Medicine. (For the text of Dr. Edde’s speech, as
well as photographs of the gala event, visit the chapter’s website:
the evening four distinguished Montreal-based alumni were recognized
for their notable professional achievements: Dr. Vazken Der Kaloustian,
specialist in genetics and pediatrics; Khalil Ghalayini, senior vice
president at CIBC Wood Gundy; William Spurr, president of North
America for Bombardier Transportation; and Henry Habib, outstanding
teacher and Middle East scholar.
of appreciation especially written by Ara Tekian, member of the AUB
Board of Trustees and former president of AANA, was then presented to
Fares Fares, president of the Almassa Group of Companies, thanking him
for his continuous support and generous donation. Fares, in
complimenting the Montreal chapter for having organized a most
successful gala dinner, specifically acknowledged Mona Ghazzouri and
her organizing committee for their hard work and said, ”This has been
a unique event and hopefully more such functions will be organized in
raised $14,000, all of which will go into the chapter’s medical
fellowship fund at AUB.
6, the Ottawa chapter elected its new executive committee, which will
serve for a two-year term as of July 1. Those elected were Elie
Moussalli, president; Nada Tamim, vice president; Rita Chalabi,
treasurer; and Dina Talhouk Abdel Khalek, secretary. Thanks go to the
election committee composed of Nouhad Hammad, Andre Skaff, Nabih
Baasiri, Rafic Khalaf, and Asma Kabbara for their efficient
organization of the election.
the benefits of living in the capital city of Ottawa is that
occasionally the AUB alumni living there will get to meet someone like
Slawomir Kowalski, press officer and second secretary at the Polish
Embassy, who is also an accomplished archaeologist with extensive
experience in Lebanon and Syria. The alumni were given
that opportunity on May 15, when they were treated to a fascinating
slide lecture by Dr. Kowalski on the excavations in Beirut and Cheem
in which he had participated.
annual gathering of the AANA Psychiatry Chapter was held during the
American Psychological Assocation meeting in New York on May 3. During
the luncheon gathering, Dr. Hagop Akiskal made a presentation which
was followed by an open discussion. Also on the agenda, of course, was
discussion of the chapter’s mission and ways to implement it.
Southern California chapter elected a new board in June. It is
composed of President Genane Maalouf (BBA ’98), who is a financial
analyst for the Business Unit of the Union Bank of California; Vice
President Lydia Nassoura (BSN ’82, MPH ’87), a former nurse at AUBMC,
who is the mother of two teenage daughters and is active in charities;
Secretary Dina Shahin (BA ’99), who is currently working as a project
coordinator for a Southern California construction company; Treasurer
Bilal Ouri (BS ’95), who is an assistant controller at International
Computer Graphics; Rani A. Saad (BECC ’93), member-at-large, who has
been developing new businesses in software and telecom over the last
ten years and is currently building a software venture, Synthean;
Wafaa Safaoui Sbeti (BE ’88), member-at-large, who had worked with
AUB’s Computing and Networking Services and recently moved to the Bay
area to join one of the leading internet wireless companies there.
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