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Winter 2007 Vol. V, No. 2

From the Editors

MainGate Winter 2007: New Year, New Look!

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Thank you! Nearly 1,000 of you responded to our survey, and we want to share some of what we learned with you. (You will find more detailed survey results in MainGate on-line.) Most wrote that they rely on MainGate to keep them connected to the University: in fact, 73 percent reported that most of their information about AUB comes from the magazine. The following subjects topped the list of interests: stories about Lebanon, university history/nostalgia, alumni profiles and accomplishments, campus news, and faculty research and profiles. We’ve listened to your suggestions and have reorganized the magazine into three major sections:

Features:
In addition to fewer, more in-depth stories, we will also include a regular article on the history of AUB.

Inside the Gate:
This is where you’ll find information about what’s happening on campus, including the Campaign for Excellence Update and pieces by AUB students.

Beyond Bliss Street:

All items related to our alumni and friends, including Alumni Activities, Class Notes, Reflections, and In Memoriam.

We’ve dedicated this issue to another topic that interests many of you: AUB’s involvement with the community. In addition to in-depth looks at specific projects in agriculture and transportation/ infrastructure, we also turn the light on just a few of the many students, professors, and friends of AUB who are involved in community projects. In “Beyond Our Gates,” they will show you how AUB is linking up with communities far beyond our campus. Despite recent and ongoing events in Lebanon, many of these activities continue. As long as the need is there—and the need is always there—AUB is there too.

Your feedback and contributions are invaluable. Please don’t wait until the next survey to let us know what you like, don’t like, and what you hope to see in the future. We want to hear from you.

Ada H. Porter and Ibrahim Khoury
Coeditors, MainGate
maingate@aub.edu.lb