Victor Aramouni (BA ’48) writes that since
his retirement in 2000 after serving 50 years as the director of
the Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Program with Comptoir
Agricole du Levant, he has become an author. He has published two
books: Khatawat Insaniat in June 2000 and Hikayat Muzareen in May
2002. Each had book signings under the auspices of HE President
Emile Lahoud and HE Minister of Agriculture Ali Abdalla respectively.
Aramouni also reports that his six children—three boys and
three girls—are all enjoying great professional success.
Farid Haddad (BA ’41, MD
’48) published a new book, Twoscore and Ten Years of Urology,
which takes a critical look at prostrate cancer and introduces new
urological concepts such as bladder efficiency, annual doubling
rates of tumors, effects of cystectomy on urine volume, and orchidoma.
Haddad, author of more than 1,136 articles and 52 books, resides
in Arizona. For book ordering information, please contact Haddad
Peter Teel, MD (YAB ’46-48),
son of a former faculty member, recalls the years his family lived
on campus as among his happiest. He returned to Beirut for the first
time in September 2002 after having left for the US in 1948. Teel
writes he was warmly greeting by the Visitors Bureau and Associate
Director of Development Sadik Al-Assa’d. He noted that “Beirut
has, of course, changed greatly since 1948. AUB has changed, outwardly
at least, somewhat less…; the beautiful flowers, shrubbery,
and trees; the AUB beach and athletic field; the campus cats; and
the beautiful views over the sea.” He notes that he is proud
to be an AUBite and to see how well AUB has prospered, especially
Nadim H. Shwayri (BA ’56;
MA ’59) writes that he has devoted his life to public service
and charity. Upon graduation, he left a lucrative position at a
financial company to devote his life and fortune to serving the
poor and destitute. At the age
of 21 he started a small leather factory in one of the slums of
Beirut in which he employed the handicapped of the neighborhood
in the area. By 1972 the company grew to 170 employees, all handicapped,
delivering quality leather goods to 10 American and European destinations.
Shwayri’s mission is to prove that any person, regardless
of a handicap, can be productive and contribute to economic wealth
for society when given the training and opportunity. “Potentials,
not Handicaps” became the mission statement of AL-KAFAAT.
For his community work, he received the Order of the Cedars, the
highest distinction from the President of the Republic in 1972.
AL-KAFAAT has now developed into a foundation and in 46 years has
served over 23,000 handicapped and socially disadvantaged members
of Lebanese society. Shwayri writes that his elder daughter, Roula,
earned her fellowship in pediatric neurology at AUBMC in 1998 and
practices with her neuropediatrician husband Michel Fayad (MD ’84)
at Children’s Hospital, Harvard University. His fourth child,
Myriam (BE ’96), is currently the director of Communications
and Public Relations of the AL-KAFAAT Foundation.
May Rihani (BA ’68), a member of the AANA
Board of Directors, received the prestigious Said Aqkl Award in
September 2002. The award ceremony was held at the Lebanese Press
Syndicate in Beirut. Syndicate President Mohammad Baalbaki spoke
about Ms. Rihani’s literary work and highlighted her achievements
as the continuation of a rich tradition that began with her uncle,
Ameen Rihani. Said Aqkl then discussed the many dimensions of Ms.
Rihani: the poet, literary figure, and the professional woman who
works in international education development. He also stressed her
important “unofficial” role as “ambassador”
of Lebanon in the United States through her efforts in promoting
Lebanon’s unique cultural heritage.
After more than 20 years with the division of reproductive health
at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States Hani
Atrash (BS ’72, MD ’76) joined the National
Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities at CDC as an
associate director for Program Development in July 2002, after more
than 20 years with the Division of Reproductive Health at the Center
for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States. He writes that while
this is a new challenge, it is also a great
Eileen Hadidian (BA ’72),
a musician who plays the recorder, flute, and harp, was awarded
grants from the East Bay Community Foundation and the Institute
of Noetic Sciences for bringing healing music to hospitals in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Using a combination of Medieval, Renaissance,
and Celtic music, she and her musical partner, harpist Natalie Cox,
create a peaceful sound environment, which promotes relaxation and
reduces anxiety during stressful hospital stays and procedures.
You can find out more about their work on their web site, www.healingmuses.org.
Nawriz Kardan (BS ’72),
who majored in geology as an undergraduate, writes that he left
the discipline long ago and is in marketing and administration.
He worked with Royal Jordanian Airlines for 18 years and is now
human resources manager with Aldeasa/Jordan Airports Duty Free Shops,
a Spanish company. He notes that the late geology department Chair
Ziad Baydoun was not only a great professional mentor, but was “the
most humane and understanding person I ever met.” He notes
that AUB taught him so many things that aided his career. “AUB
is not just a University for acquiring knowledge, but also teaches
one how to deal with life after the University.”
Leon G. Partamian (BS ’73,
MD ’78), a board certified ophthalmologist, has been elected
chief of staff of Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Woodland
Hills, California for a two-year term. He has been in private practice
and a member of the hospital staff since 1985. At Northridge Hospital,
he has served as Division of Ophthalmology chair, Library Committee
chair, Department of Surgery chair, and vice president of the medical
Thelma Tajirian (BA ’78)
has been in the US working in banking since 1978, and has been with
Wells Fargo Bank for the last 18 years. Tajirian took a six-month
paid leave of absence in the fall of 2002 and traveled to Yerevan,
Armenia, to start the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program. Working
with the American University of Armenia and the Armenian International
Women’s Association, classes ran from September to December,
and finished with a business plan competition. The program was such
a success that plans are underway to continue and expand throughout
Armenia over the next three years. She also serves on the board
of the Armenian International Women’s Association in San Francisco.
Award-winning New York-based fashion designer Reem Acra
(BBA ’82), received much recognition for her designs dur ing
the fall of 2002. Wedding Dresses Magazine named her the Designer
of the Year (for the second consecutive year) as well as the Best
Designer in the Glamour category. A Reem Acra wedding gown was chosen
by the bride on the Oprah Winfrey show’s dream wedding episode,
which aired in November. For the second year in a row, viewers voted
for a Reem Acra bridal gown to be worn for the NBC Today show wedding,
which is watched by nine million viewers.
Lina Jazi Barbar (BSEH ’89),
member of the AANA Board of Directors and Houston Chapter president,
writes that her company, Environmental Consulting Services, Inc.
(ECS), was recognized by the Houston 100 as being one of the fastest
growing companies in the area. The current 2002 rank for ECS is
No. 36, up from No. 81 in 2001, and No. 87 in 2000. AUB alumnus
Oussama H. Barbar is the co-owner of ECS, which is based in Houston
and Dallas and provides nationwide environmental services.
Samer Dibs (BS ’85, MD ’89)
of Chicago, IL married Ghada Jawdeh on July 20, 2002 in Zahleh,
Lebanon. Congratulations to the happy couple!
Rami Al-Khal (BBA ’80) writes
that following a four-year retirement, he is back at work part-time
at the Al-Khal Printers printing press in Beirut, that he owns but
his brother has been managingr. Al-Khal plans to spend his time
sea-side traveling and teaching scuba driving, saying the “sea
is my life.” In 2002 Al-Khal took to the road to visit Kenya,
Tanzania, and Senegal. A supporter of AUB, Al-Khal has donated a
Handicapped Study Carrel at Jafet Library.
Patrick Kupelian (BS ’85,
MD ’89) joined MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando in October
as a radiation oncologist. He specializes in genitourinary and urologic
malignancies. Kupelian completed his residency at University of
Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and had a fellowship at the Cleveland
Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hadia Zuheir Shbaklo (BS ’94, MS ’96)
received a PhD degree in pharmacology from Sherbrooke University
(Canada) in 2001. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the
Lebanese American University (LAU) and works in the field of molecular
genetics at the Genetics Research Laboratory
of the Chronic Care Center (Hazmieh, Lebanon). Rola, her sister
(BA ’96, MS ’01) has been working at the General Authority
for Health Services for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi-UAE)
as a population specialist since July 2001.
Sari Haddad (BME ’00) is now working at Banque
Audi’s headquarters in Bab Idriss. She writes that MainGate
is a great way for AUBites to stay connected.
Zeina Zuheir Shbaklo (BA ’02),
the youngest of the three Shbaklo sisters, obtained a degree in
public administration and is currently a graduate student in the
Public Health Program, specializing in hospital management and policy.