Summer 2007 Vol. V, No. 4
Alumni AssociationAbu Dhabi Branch
On May 10, the Abu Dhabi alumni held their most successful event of the
year at the InterContinental Hotel, gathering close to 500 alumni and
friends including the Palestinian Minister of Finance Salam Fayad, the
Jordanian Ambassador Turky Alkrisha, and the Lebanese Attaché Bashir
Azam. The keynote speakers were Arda Ekmekji (BA 74), dean of the
Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Hagazian University) and Khalil Bitar, dean
of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AUB).
The branchs annual book, which is a ten-year tradition, featured
the theme of the eventthe AUB museums. The dinner lasted until around
2 am and included a live musical performance by an Armenian band that
plays oldies and Arab music.
The Nursing Chapter had a general assembly on May 3 at the AUB Alumni
Association building in Wardieh. The following new cabinet members were
elected: Najwa Kais (BS 80, MPH 96), president; Nisrine Sidani
(BS 02, MSN 06), vice president; Sarah Abboud (BS 99),
secretary; Nadine Ghobreel (BS 99), corresponding secretary; and
Suha Ballout (BS 00), treasurer.
Alumni AssociationParis Branch
Around 200 AUB graduates and guests attended the AUB AlumniParis
Branch Annual Dinner Gala at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand on Thursday,
May 10. Everyone was treated to an exclusive fall/winter 2007/2008 Chloé
fashion show, music by Greco-Lebanese soprano Matteo, and a tombola of
valuable gifts. The distinguished guest list included Senator and Mrs.
Goujon; HE and Mrs. Bin Hassan, president of the General Conference of
UNESCO; Honorable Minister and Mrs. Daher; HE Fadlalah, ambassador of
Lebanon to France at UNESCO; and HE and Mrs. Hitti, ambassador permanent
delegate of the Arab League to UNESCO, who is an AUB graduate (BA 75,
In his word of welcome, outgoing President Haissam Hamidi (BE 86)
announced that he is stepping down and that Vice President Rania Khodr
(BBA 80) will be assuming the presidency until the next elections.
Dr. Imad Baalbaki, director of Development, who spoke on behalf of President
John Waterbury, presented an update of recent developments at AUB. Baalbaki
thanked Paris alumni for their dedication and support of AUB, particularly
their contributions to financial aid. Fawwaz Merheby (BBA 79), president
of the Alumni Association in Lebanon, gave a final word of appreciation
for the committees efforts.
Alumni AssociationUK Branch
On April 25, the UK Branch organized a lecture entitled Palestine
and the Regional Crisis, given by Professor Manuel Hassassian (BA
Public Administration 75), the Palestinian general delegate in the
United Kingdom, at St. Columbas Church of Scotland.
Congratulations to the new leadership of the Surgical Society: Imad
S. Dandan (BS 78, MD 83), FACS, president; Ramzi Alami (BS
94, MD 98), secretary; Wael Tamim (BS 89, MD 93),
treasurer; Malek Massaad (BS 78, MD 83), council; Wassim Mazraani
(BS 91, MD 95), council; and Chawki El Zein (BS 88,
MD 92), council. For more information on the Surgical Society
please contact Imad S. Dandan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Atlanta Chapter held a funraiser at a unique restaurant
named IBIZA in midtown Atlanta on March 30. The authentic Mediterranean-themed
décor and Spanish-type foods made for a great atmosphere and a
memorable evening for all.
The recently formed Arizona Chapter held its first elections in 2006.
Congratulations to the following men and women who will hold office for
a two-year period (2007-09): Said Salloum (BE 94), president; Ghina
Yamout-Jomaa, PhD (BS 99, MS 02), vice president; Rony Ferzli
(BE 99, ME 02), secretary; Mohamed Basma (BBA 95), treasurer;
Wafa El-Musselmani, RN, former student, member-at-large; and Philip A.
Khairallah, MD (BA 47), member-at-large.
Dallas Chapter (North Texas)
Alumni and friends from the Dallas area gathered at Sambuca Restaurant
on March 30 to enjoy an evening of good food, live music, and friendly
conversation. It was the first event held by the North Texas Chapter since
the election of new officers. Almost a hundred people attended, some traveling
from as far away as Wichita Falls. Despite a rainy evening in Dallas,
the atmosphere was warm and friendly. Everyone was enthusiastic and looking
forward to participating in future alumni activities. Events this coming
year will include a fundraising dinner and a family picnic in the fall.
The spirit of AUB is as strong as ever in North Texas.
Miami Chapter (South Florida)
On April 28, alumni and friends gathered for a delightful dinner at the
home of chapter president Alex Zakharia (BS 58, MD 62) and
his wife André. Alex Zakharia welcomed AANA President Hikmat Nasr
(BS 61, MS 65), who attended the gathering and participated
in discussions about the future of the chapter. During the evening, Dr.
Fuad Askar (BS 58, MD 62) was honored along with Imad Tabry,
who was an AUBMC resident from 197074. Elections are planned for
the coming months.
On April 20, the Michigan Chapter joined a dozen Lebanese organizations
and the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce in an interfaith Candlelight
Prayer Vigil & Memorial Service for the victims and families of the
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University tragedy. Among those
who were honored and remembered were two Lebanese American students: Reema
Samaha and Ross Alameddine. The service included special musical performances
by acoustic vocalist Steve Acho and renowned oud virtuoso Kareem Badr.
New York Metro Chapter
The New York Metro Chapter organized its first event in 2007, a cocktail
reception at the Debs Center in AUBs New York office on Thursday
April 12. The reception was an opportunity for AUB alumni and friends
to socialize and meet the newly elected NY Metro Chapter leadership. Chapter
President Amin Khalaf (BA 90) gave a short presentation about the
chapters goals and plans for the year before everyone watched a
short documentary about AUB.
Tickets to the Lebanese movie Falafel, shown at New Yorks Tribeca
Film Festival on April 29, were sold at the reception and plans for future
events were discussed. The chapter also launched its new website as part
of the AUB On-Line Community (www.aub.edu/nymetalumnichapter). The chapter
would love to hear from alumni and friends in the NY metro area at email@example.com.
|Former Ottawa Chapter
President Nouhad Hammad and current President Nada Tamin enjoying
fresh maple syrup taffy on ice during a maple bonanza on March 25
One hundred alumni and friends gathered at the Grand Concourse for
a brunch arranged by the AANA Pittsburgh Chapteran unprecedented
turnout. Many newcomers to the Pittsburgh area have joined the chapter
and enjoyed meeting fellow alumni and their families. Everybody had a
great time and nominations for new officers were solicited. All members
and friends are looking forward to upcoming activities.
The AUB Alumni Mix & Mingle, held on April 14, was this committee's
most successful networking event to date. About 70 AUB alumni and friends
got together at Bar Italia in the heart of trendy Little Italy. Attendees
reconnected, networked, and made new friends while enjoying the delightful
music and munching on mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres. The raffle draw,
made possible through the generous contributions of many alumni, and the
great turnout helped the committee raise money for the chapter and for
AUB. Given the popularity of this event, the chapter is planning
to organize an activity every two to three months.
Greater Washington Chapter
The Greater Washington Chapter organized a casual Italian dinner on Sunday,
March 18 at Piola Restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. Over 115 alumni and
friends enjoyed authentic Italian food in an eclectic atmosphere. In addition
to meeting friends, the guests actively participated in the raffle and
auction to raise funds for the AUB Scholarship Fund. Hadi Fakhoury (BA
86), vice president, welcomed the guests and urged them to donate
generously to the raffle and participate in the auction. Gigi Kraytem
Saghir (BA 87), member-at-large, announced the names of the four
recipients of the chapters scholarships and thanked alumni for their
continued and strong support of our Alma Mater. Special thanks are due
to three children of AUB alumni who demonstrated remarkable skills, charm,
and persistence in selling raffle tickets: Rashad Assir, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Sami Assir (BE 75) and Carma and Faysal Khatib, children of
Sana Al-Hajj (BBA 89) and Louay Khatib (BA 90). The Executive
Committee is grateful to everyone who contributed items for the auction,
especially to Sami Assir who generously donated laptop computers to be
auctioned at chapter events. Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships
We are pleased to announce the election of the members of the next Executive
Committee of the Greater Washington Chapter who began their terms on July
1, 2007: Ghada Rihani (BS 84), president; Hoda Khouri (BS, 77,
MS 79), vice president; Zeina Soueidan, secretary; Nada Mufarrij
(BA 81), treasurer; Siwar Jaafar (BSN 77), member-at-large;
Asma Khalil (BS 88), member-at-large; and Hanan Zurayk (BA 73),
Upcoming Chapter Events
- Hersheys factory visit on September 1
- Annual hiking trip on October 1
For more Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family picnic; fundraising picnic. Dates TBD. For more information: email@example.com
The Surgical Society of North America began in the late 1960s as a social
group of alumni from the AUB Department of Surgery. A significant number
of faculty and residents in post-doctoral training in the United States
used to meet socially over dinner during the annual congress of the American
College of Surgeons (ACS) to reminisce about the good old days.
In 1973-74, during the ACS Congress in San Francisco, a group of usthe
late Gaby Sabgha (MD 53), the late Hasan Tabbara (MD 57),
the late Said Karmi (MD 64), Mutaz Habbal (MD 64), and
Idecided to formalize the group and establish a society with a mandate
beyond social affairs. The primary mission then was to support the Department
of Surgery at AUB, its residency training, and its teaching and research
programs. In the early 1980s, we were granted tax exemption as an educational
Initially we contributed funds for research. During the Lebanese civil
war, we began to sponsor a visit to the United States of a chief resident
chosen by the department chairman. Several residents attended the ACS
Congress and spent a month or so visiting medical centers where staff
from AUB coordinated the visits.
In the last year or two the society has been involved in a project to
renovate and equip the Surgical Library at AUBMC, raising funds to outfit
the library with up-to-date information technology systems, computers,
etc. Our previous president, Fuad Freiha, worked diligently on this project.
Dr. Dandan has recently taken over as president and has exciting plans
for what he wants to do during his term.
Fuad J. Dagher, MD, FACS
Class of 1958
The Medical Alumni Association was founded in 1911 when a group
of medical alumni organized a series of lectures to benefit alumni physicians
practicing in Lebanon. Four decades later, the association joined forces
with the Faculty of Medicine to organize their first medical symposium,
which became the internationally recognized annual conference, the Middle
East Medical Assembly (MEMA). In the 1960s, the association became a chapter
of the AUB Alumni Association, expanded its activities, and began sponsoring
educational forums in neighboring countries.
The Medical Alumni Chapter also developed close ties to the Alumni
Association of the French Faculty of Medicine in Beirut and the Lebanese
Order of Physicians. Today, the chapter hosts gala events to support the
Medical Alumni Scholarship Loan Fund. Each year, the graduating class
of the School of Medicine is initiated into the chapter at a special luncheon,
and a reunion luncheon is hosted during MEMA. The Medical Alumni Chapter
also publishes a Medical Alumni Directory.
For more information: www.aub.edu.lb/~webaubmd
AUB Alumni Learn about how AUB is Facing the Challenge and Moving Ahead
at Class Reunion 2007.
More than 270 guests, including AUB graduates from the Classes of 1952,
1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, and 2002 flocked
to campus on July 6 and 7 to celebrate Class Reunion 2007.
Director of Alumni Relations in Beirut, Arabia Muhammad Ali, who also
happens to be a member of the Class of 1987, greeted returning alumni
at the launching ceremony in West Halls Bathish Auditorium on July
6. She noted that she was happy to join her classmates today and
to take part in the organizing of the event. After thanking the
members of the Reunion Committee for their integral role in making the
event possible, Muhammad Ali introduced President John Waterbury.
President Waterbury made some remarks on the theme of this years
reunion: Facing the Challenge and Moving Ahead. He reviewed
some of the many ways that AUB is moving ahead thanks to the support
of many of you here. He thanked alumni for participating in Class
Reunion 2007, which he said was particularly uplifting for
him this year. President Waterbury surveyed the over $100 million
worth of projects going on at AUB. He highlighted the reintroduction
of PhD programs at AUB this fall as one of the more noteworthyand
recentaccomplishments. He concluded by thanking the Class of 2007
for its contribution to the Fingerprints Scholarship Fund and called on
all attending graduates to join them in their support for the University.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Dr. Salim El Hoss, a graduate of AUB (BBA
52, MA 57), a former faculty member, and a trustee emeritus,
was the keynote speaker. He expressed his pride in his alma mater, which
he described as a minaret of education and learning of world renown.
Returning alumni relished the opportunity to catch up with former classmates,
rediscover their campus, and learn about recent developments at AUB throughout
the weekend. In addition to a dinner reception held under the stars in
front of West Hall on July 6, alumni attended a breakfast in the student
cafeteria on July 7, followed by briefings at each of AUBs six faculties.