MEMA Turns 38
13-16, the Middle East Medical Assembly (MEMA) held its 38th annual
conference on regional medical education and scientific exchange with
more than 1,700 registrants in attendance. Organized by the AUB
Faculty of Medicine and the Medical Chapter of the AUB Alumni and
co-sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation, MEMA
coordinated its event this year with the Global Medical Forum-Middle
East. This forum, held for the first time in the Middle East, represents a non-profit private global network of select innovators and
decision-makers in health care.
four-day conference, seven workshops were held and 96 speakers
lectured on a good number of medical specialties, among them internal
medicine, anesthesiology, pediatrics, dermatology, plastic surgery,
and molecular medicine. This year’s theme, “Women in Health,” was
covered by sessions in obstetrics and gynecology that addressed a wide
spectrum of timely topics related to women’s health.
gala MEMA dinner held at the Phoenicia Hotel, Dr. Samir Hanash (MD
’72) was honored by the AAA Medical Chapter for his distinguished
Reveals Lessons His Country Learned Through Reforms
4, a large audience in Issam Fares Hall heard Czech President Vaclav
Klaus speak on “Czech Reforms: Learned Lessons.” President Klaus, who
is also an academic and an economist, described Czechoslovakia two
decades after the fall of the communist regime and the phenomenon of
the accelerated unification of the European continent into the
European Union. He believes that the post-communism period in
Czechoslovakia was a success and that the period of transition is now
over. He also remarked on the ongoing conflict in the European Union
between the goal to liberalize and its aim to unify.
Groundbreaking of Ambulatory Care Center and Wound Care Center
January, AUBMC and the Faculty of Medicine held a groundbreaking
ceremony for the Pierre Y. Aboukhater (Fahed) Ambulatory Care Center
and the Graham and Meredith Rooke Wound Care Center. The ambulatory
care facility was named after Mr. Aboukhater, chairman and CEO of the
Global Group of Companies, who donated $2 million before his death to
rehabilitate AUB’s former Out-Patient Department (OPD) and to
establish a wound care center. The Graham and Meredith Rooke Wound
Care Center was named in memory of the children of Dr. Thom Rook, a
distinguished Mayo Clinic physician and trusted friend of Pierre
President of Medical Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Nadim
Cortas lauded Aboukhater’s generosity and recalled the wish he had
expressed before his death: “I want to help you develop an ambulatory
care center, like in the Mayo Clinic, to provide convenient one-stop,
same-day medical care to patients, and to contain within it a wound
Rooke, the father of Graham and Meredith Rooke and a cardiovascular
researcher and professor of vascular medicine at the Mayo Clinic, who
was in Beirut to attend the ceremony, shared his thoughts on the
challenges and possibilities currently facing wound care.
in the Arab World
first biennial symposium, “Agricultural Policies in the Arab World,”
held on June 18, consisted of a series of lectures stressing the
importance and necessity of policy reforms in the agriculture sector.
Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Nuhad Daghir
welcomed the speakers and thanked the organizers for their support. In
his remarks, Musa Frieji, president of the Agricultural and Food
Sciences Alumni chapter, which had organized the event, emphasized the
importance of agriculture in the “unindustrialized” Arab world.
Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Ali Al-Khalil, on his part, gave
praise to AUB for its leading role in the field and noted Lebanon's
dire need for agricultural policies. Presentations at the symposium
were made by Dr. Mohammad Osman, Dr. Adel Cortas, Dr. Marieme Fall, Dr
Mekki Al-Shibly, and Dr Elias Ghantous.
IC Director Arthur
Charles Links Evaluations with Professional Growth
4, many members of the AUB community listened to a lecture by
International College Director Arthur Charles, “Combining Teacher
Evaluation and Professional Growth.”
opinion, evaluation should be an ongoing, productive process
incorporating observations, feedbacks, writings, and discussions, in
order to make the process a “very active, rather than passive one.” It
should consist of many steps, in which the instructor participates in
deciding on the criteria by which he will be evaluated and the people
who will conduct the evaluation, as well as by giving feedback on the
areas in need of improvement. According to Charles, adopting this
method for instructor evaluation will incur positive changes and
eventually induce professional growth.
Top US Journalists Cover Campus
two dozen AUB students participated in a roundtable discussion with a
group of US senior editors and news producers on May 11. Although the
forum focused primarily on economic issues, the conversation quickly
moved to other topics, such as perceptions of the United States in the
Arab world, the US government’s attempt to “impose” democracy in the
region, and the bias of the US media in reporting on issues related to
Hankir, associate editor of the AUB student publication Outlook,
commented that although there was widespread agreement about the need
for reform in the region, there was also a lot of reluctance to
embrace US efforts to impose reform. Jim Michaels, deputy world editor for USA Today, followed up on this point
and asked the students what they thought needed to be done to move
toward greater reform in the region. Hassan Mohanna, vice president of
the University Student Faculty Committee, pointed to the need in
Lebanon for a stronger sense of
“citizenship in the real sense of the word,” and went on to explain.
“Too many Lebanese feel greater loyalty to their sect than to their
country.” On both sides, the dialogue was spirited and informative.
group of US editors and producers had traveled to Lebanon and Syria
under the auspices of the International Reporting Project of the Paul
H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. During their
fact-finding trip, they also met with President Waterbury, Provost
Heath, and a number of AUB faculty members. Several of the editors
participated in an event sponsored by the Center for American Studies
and Research (CASAR), which provided
audience with the perspectives of American journalists vis-à-vis their
coverage of the Middle East.
Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) worked closely with
the International Reporting Project in organizing the visit. The
group included representatives from the Associated Press, The
Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette,
Frontline/World (PBS), The Kansas City Star, Knight Ridder Newspapers,
The Miami Herald, National Public Radio, Newsweek.com, the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer, The (Toledo) Blade, and USA Today. The
journalists kept up a furious pace during their one-week visit,
starting early in the morning and continuing through dinner on most
A Fabulous Gala to
Raise Scholarship Funds
Scholarship Fundraising Committee netted an impressive $70,000 for
needy students at a gala dinner held in April, which was attended by
AUB alumni, faculty, administrators, and members of the Beirut
community. Students who have benefited from the committee’s
fundraising efforts were on hand to greet guests at the door.
welcoming remarks, President Waterbury stressed the value of
scholarship aid, saying it was one of the best ways to provide a
diversified environment for students from different backgrounds and
cultures, in which they could meet and exchange ideas and beliefs.
Scholarship Committee Chair Khalil Makkawi promised that the committee
would continue fundraising in Lebanon and other countries through
contacts with a variety of prospective donors. One aim, he added, was
to encourage AUB’s worldwide network of alumni to provide more
but solid audience of students, family members, AUB administrators,
and faculty was on hand for the ceremonial bestowal of the annual
Fawzi W. Azar Architecture Award. Howayda Al-Harithy, chair of the
Architecture and Design Department, in describing the history of the
award, thanked Nabil Azar for his efforts in “promoting and rewarding
excellence in architecture.” Azar then announced Sandra Richani as the
winner and proceeded to congratulate her for her outstanding project,
as he presented her with a check for $10,000.
award is annually given to a fourth-year architecture student to cover
his or her fifth-year tuition. Winners are selected from those
candidates who qualify by achieving one of the five highest averages
in their design courses and also by chalking up one of the three
highest grades in their fourth-year projects.
International Continues Support
visit to AUB in May, Omar Farid, franchise vice president of Pepsi
Cola, Middle East Region and North Africa, presented Pepsi Cola International’s eighth annual gift of student
financial aid to the University. The check, in the amount of $35,000,
brings the total of Pepsi Cola’s donations to $265,000, all used to
provide aid to a total of 53 students so far. Just like last year,
seven students majoring in business administration, public
administration, engineering and architecture, money and banking, and
medicine will benefit from the company’s gift.
A Special Report to
Alumni on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
presentation made in College Hall on April 23, Khalil Bitar, dean of
the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), addressed a select group of
FAS alumni on some of the recent developments in the faculty, among
them the availability of new majors and degrees and the introduction
of minors in all departments. He emphasized the importance of research
at AUB and the role played in that regard by the Central Research
Science Laboratory. He also discussed the work of the faculty’s
research centers, such as the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern
Studies, the Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences, and the Center
for American Studies and Research. He noted, furthermore, that FAS and
AUB are currently facing some new challenges, such as competition from
the growing number of universities in the region.
Realizing the important role of AUB in encouraging its students to get
involved in extra-curricular activities such as clubs and sports,
Coca-Cola from now on will be contributing $10,000 a year to establish
and maintain the Coca-Cola Sports Fund. The company’s decision is in
line with its current campaign to promote sports and a healthy active
life in Lebanon and the region.
will be used to support sports activities at AUB, including
subsidizing the travel of the University’s sports teams when competing
in regional or international games. This year, the fund will be used
to support soccer team activities.
Salman, CEO of the National Beverage Company, and Rafic Al-Toukhi,
regional manager for Coca-Cola Middle East, presented the first
$10,000 check to Stephen Jeffrey, vice president for Development and
External Affairs at AUB.
US Ambassador Vincent
Battle Visits AREC
16, the 150 farmers who participated during 2003 in the Forage
Development Training Program organized by the Faculty of Agricultural
and Food Sciences at AUB’s Agricultural Research and Educational
Center (AREC) in the Beqa’a. The ceremony was attended by US
Ambassador Vincent Battle and Director of the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) Raouf Youssef. Ambassador Battle
spoke about the importance of the program, which was launched in 1998
under a cooperative agreement between USAID and AUB and is part of the
USAID Expanding Economic Opportunities program for Lebanon.
Majida and Aida Siniora
Memorial Prizes Awarded
Usama Arabi was awarded the Majida Siniora Memorial prize for his book, Studies
in Modern Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, while Professor Farid Al-Khazen
received the Aida Memorial award for his book, The Breakdown of the State in
Back in 1988, the
Siniora family had established three research prizes: the Majida Siniora
Memorial Prize for the best publication in the field of Arabic studies, the Aida
Siniora Memorial Prize for the best publication in the fields of political
science and public administration, and the Kiram Siniora Memorial Prize for the
best publication in the fields of social sciences, population studies,
anthropology, or epidemiology.
Waterbury and Lebanese Minister Fouad Siniora presided over the award ceremony.
Sami Siniora, the eldest of the Siniora brothers and sisters, read a word
originally written by their late father Abdulbasit Siniora, which noted the
unique academic contributions of AUB and its professors.
Palestinian Cultural Club Fund
Builds for Continuity
Cultural Club has established the Palestinian Cultural Club Scholarship Fund,
which aims at providing assistance to needy and qualified Palestinians living in
refugee camps to study at AUB. The scholarships awarded will cover full tuition
costs for all the undergraduate years of study at AUB.
Abdel Mohsen Y.
Abo-Shukaidem, member of the Foundation Committee for American University of
Amman launched the fund with an
initial gift. In a short span of time, the Palestinian club managed to build a
solid foundation to assure continuity of the fund by setting up offices in
Lebanon, Jordan, and the UAE to connect with possible donors.
is an integral element in human development, social advancement, and scientific
productivity. Our objective is to prevent shortfalls in foreign aid from denying
Palestinian refugees access to the tools of information and knowledge needed to
provide the essentials for a life of empowerment and dignity,” said Rasha Ismail,
the scholarship fund’s president, when asked about the fund’s objectives.
Dubai Alumni Make History with
AUB President John
Waterbury witnessed a historic day for the University’s alumni association on
July 5 when he met with Dubai and Northern Emirates alumni branch leaders Najat
Zarour,Yasser Al-Hajj, and Rabih Hamzeh, who handed him a check for $500,000.
unbelievable!” exclaimed President Waterbury, commenting on such great devotion
to AUB. “The Dubai and Northern Emirates alumni have manifested once again what
dedication can produce: a donation of half a million US dollars in a single
year—the largest single donation ever from an alumni group to AUB. And for the
second consecutive year, they have succeeded in topping the record for the
single largest donation made by an alumni group…The past two earlier records
were set by none other than themselves: in 2002 ($225,000) and in 2003
($333,000), bringing total donations since 1998 to around $1.5 million dollars.
The Dubai and
Northern Emirates branch decided to devote $350,000 to the Dubai and Northern
Emirates Endowed Scholarship Fund, and to use the remaining $150,000 to cover
the Dubai and Northern Emirates scholarships to be awarded to needy and
deserving students in the 2004-05 academic year.
In a prelude
gesture of recognition and appreciation made at the Dubai alumni dinner held on
May 13, President Waterbury had awarded alumni branch leader Najat Zarour the
President’s Medal for Voluntary Service. He said then that he was in Dubai
specifically "to honor Najat because her service to AUB, her tireless efforts on
behalf of the University here in Dubai, are simply without equal."
from AUB in 1969 with a BA in public administration and began working with the
AUB Alumni Association in 1987, when she and her husband Yusuf lived in Oman.
She established an alumni branch in Muscat and lost no time in helping raise
$90,000 to name a conference room in College Hall. When the Zarours moved to
Dubai in 1996, they became involved with the Dubai and Northern Emirates branch,
and Najat became president of the Dubai branch in 1998. In the last seven years,
the twin branch has provided AUB with over $1.2 million—more than $1 million of
which has been raised since Najat became president.
Artist Nabil Nahas Reflects on
In a lecture
sponsored by the AUB Art Center Committee, Lebanese-American painter Nabil Nahas
filled Issam Fares Hall with colors on April 7 as he traced the development of
his artistic career, from its start in 1970 in New York to the present day.
received his BFA from Louisiana State University and his MFA from Yale University, focused at the
beginning of his career on a depiction of pictorial space marked by a Baroque
tendency before shifting to a geometric style influenced by Islamic art. During
the 1980s, when Nahas felt the need to instill more human emotion in his work,
he returned to his original Baroque approach. Nahas emphasized the importance of
nature in his art, of how it was a major source of inspiration for him.
The recipient of
several awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1980,
the artist has had a number of solo exhibitions and frequently participates in
art fairs and collective exhibitions
New Head of Human Resources
who was appointed to the position of deputy vice president for Human Resources
in June, comes to AUB with over 30 years of experience as a human resources
professional. He has held senior executive positions at major multinational
institutions and companies of 5000-plus employees—among them, he served as vice
president of human resources of the American Express Company in the United
States and Mexico as well as of Al-Ghanim Industries in Kuwait.
Radulski’s job is
to lead the University in its development of human resources, polices, and
programs. His responsibilities will include overseeing organizational planning
and development; employee relations, training, and employment; compensation,
benefits, safety, and health; as well as performance appraisals, work load
analysis, market surveys, and organizational structuring.
In May, Professor
of History Peter Sluglett of the University of Utah and a visiting fellow at All
Souls’ College at Oxford University gave a lecture, “The United States in Iraq:
What Went Wrong?” that was organized by the Department of Political Studies and
Public Administration. Sluglett’s publications include Iraq Since 1958: From
Revolution to Dictatorship (I.B. Tauris, 1990) with Marion Sluglett, and The
British and French Mandates in Comparative Perspectives (Brill, 2003).
REP Provides Training to
Palestinian Red Crescent Society
On April 30, AUB’s
Office of Regional and External Programs (REP) awarded certificates to seven
trainees from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of Lebanon in the maintenance
and repair of medical equipment. The course had been given by the Medical
Engineering Department of AUBMC from March to April. In his remarks at the
ceremony, Nabil T. Nassar, professor of medicine and AUB coordinator of the
program, expressed thanks to both the European Union for its financial support
and to the International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP), an
Italian NGO that had initiated the training program.
Remembering Shehadeh Abboud
On the occasion of
the first anniversary marking the passing away of Shehadeh Abboud, the Office of
Regional and External Programs organized a memorial service in fond remembrance.
Each speaker paid tribute to Shehadeh Abboud’s legacy as a teacher in Sidon and
at AUB, and to his exemplary service during his long administrative tenure at
AUB as director of the Orientation Program, associate registrar, director of the
Special English Training Program for the Hariri Foundation, assistant to the
vice president for Regional and External Programs, and director of the
Continuing Education Center.
At the memorial,
it was announced that the family of Shehadeh Abboud had established two awards
in his memory: the Shehadeh Abboud Memorial Nursing Excellence Award for
Oncology, to be awarded annually to one or two nurses and/or orderlies in
oncology; and the Shehadeh Abboud Memorial Excellence Award in English to be
awarded at the end of each academic year to the best graduating student majoring