instills. The evenings activities included a film, dinner, dancing,
and a raffle. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Greece Alumni
scholarship funds that will be used to help needy and bright AUB students.
The AUB Alumni Association UK elected a new Board of Directors in October
2006. The leadership of the new board is as follows:
Talal Farah, chairman (BA 62, MA 70), Hisham El Solh, vice
chairman (BA 61),
David Abdo, treasurer (BAr 85),
Carla Harrak-May, secretary (BBA 02),
Maya Abou Zeid (BA 02),
Bassam Fattouh (BA 95),
Mona Al-Khatib (BA 80),
Zeina Nazer (BE 98), and
Randa (Khayyat) Pettifor (BS 80)
The gathering of AUB alumni cardiologists took place at the American Heart
Association meeting in Chicago on November 12 when several AUBites got
together at Hugos Frog Bar and Fish House, just off Chicagos
famed Magnificent Mile. Attendees enjoyed an evening of delicious food
and great company. This event built on the successes of previous gatherings
of AUB alumni cardiologists, the first of which also took place in Chicago,
at the American College of Cardiology meeting in March 2003.
Those interested in future meetings of AUB alumni cardiologists and other
activities of the professional chapter for AUB alumni cardiologists should
e-mail Dr. Samer Dibs at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Eva Klimas at email@example.com.
November 12, 2006: The Michigan Chapter of the AUB Alumni Association
was pleased to present a concert by the international renowned Lebanese
pianist Waleed Howrani to benefit the American University Medical Emergency
Fund (MEF). Howrani generously contributed his artistic talents
in support of Lebanon and the ongoing relief efforts.
A highlight of Howranis recital was the performance of one of his
own compositions, Exotica for Saxophone and Piano, which was
inspired by the events in Lebanon, and juxtaposed tragedy and festivity
according to a review in The Washington Post following its world premiere
at the Kennedy Center. Joining him on the saxophone was prize-winning
soloist, Daniel Loudenback. Other compositions included popular works
by Chopin and Mozart; the event culminated with Liszts dazzling
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. About 70 people attended the event, which raised
a little over $5,000 for the MEF. The chapter was delighted that the Consul
of Lebanon from Detroit, Michigan, Bachir Twak, was able to attend the
The Midwest Chapter in Chicago hosted its annual banquet on September
30 at the same time as it held new elections. Outgoing president Dr. Issa
Muasher spoke about his good feelings towards AUB, while newly elected
president Dr. Ara Tekian updated the more than 80 people in attendance
about the tragic events that had occurred during the 33-day war in July.
He emphasized the important role that AUB had played and provided an update
about the status of many projects at AUB and the progress that has been
made so far. The event was a great success!
On Sunday December 3, 2006, the Atlanta Chapter had a family style brunch
at Rays Brickoven Restaurant in Roswell, Georgia. AUB alumni and
friends got together to celebrate AUBs 140th anniversary. Chapter
President Nadine Chamseddine thanked the attendees, auctioned lunch coupons,
and distributed souvenirs. It was a great celebration of AUBs anniversary.
Greater Washington and Baltimore Chapters
The Greater Washington and Baltimore Chapters celebrated AUBs 140
Founders Day on Monday, December 4 at the French International School
in Bethesda, Maryland. Around 120 alumni and friends of AUB shared their
memories of AUB and watched a documentary, Memories of Ras Beirut,
Wish You Were Here, as well as a short film about the University.
Chapter Presidents Mrs. Zaynab Yafi Shatila and Dr. Elias Ghandour welcomed
the guests and thanked the volunteers who donated their time, effort,
and food. AANA President Dr. Hikmat Nasr briefed the audience on the activities
of the University this past year and updated them on the establishment
of the WAAAUB. In addition to enjoying great food and wine, guests were
very pleased to receive souvenirs commemorating AUBs 140th anniversary.
December 9: The Ottawa Chapter celebrated the 140th anniversary of AUB
with a sold-out dinner at the historic Lord Elgin Hotel under the auspices
of the Lebanese Ambassador to Ottawa, HE Mr. Baaklini.
The evening featured an extensive program that showcased the talents of
some chapter members and the children of chapter members. It began with
an a cappella performance of the AUB anthem by Maria Ghazzaoui, and went
on to include poetry readings by alumni authors Nouhad Hammad and Fatima
Sadek, engaging story telling by alumnus Rafic Ashcar, young dancers Rima
Moussalli and Marya Zarkout (daughters of Elie Moussalli and Bassam Zarkout
respectively), and young cellist Ruqayyah Bobatt.
A documentary about AUB and a presentation by Chapter Vice President Fadi
Otary sparked conversation throughout the evening.
Distinguished guests included representatives from two Canadian universities:
Dr. Danielle Morin and Dr. Wahab (Concordia University) and Mr. Jean-Jacques
Van Vlasselaer (Carleton University). Toronto Chapter President Maha Zabaneh
and Montreal Chapter President Mona Ghazzaoui also attended the event.
The evenings keynote speaker was Paul Kingston, assistant professor
at the University of Toronto.
Guests left with gifts commemorating AUBs 140th anniversary and
the words of Chapter President Nada Tamim as mementos of this enjoyable
evening: May this institution remain a beacon of light, one of hope
but most importantly, a promise for the future, seeded in youthful hearts
for years and generations to come. Our homework tonight is to make sure
this message is passed on, despite our distance from campus.
December 17: Under the new leadership of Dr. Ara Tekian, the chapter organized
a Christmas luncheon to celebrate the 140th Anniversary of AUB. This was
a wonderful opportunity for alumni to get together and reminisce about
their time at AUB. Dr. Serge DeBustros was the first to express his gratitude
and reflect about his education and experiences, reminding everyone that
their success in the United States was the result of the high quality
education and training that they acquired at AUB. Almost everyone in attendance
told stories that made the afternoon quite interesting andat timesemotional.
To round out this family-oriented event, a magician entertained the children.
Building on this very successful event, the chapter is planning a major
function in 2007 to celebrate their beloved alma maters fourteen
decades of achievements!
Nov. 24: The ballroom at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Toronto was abuzz
with festivities as more than 120 Toronto AUB alumni and friends gathered
to celebrate AUBs 140th anniversary and the holiday season. The
event was a celebration with a scrumptious meal, live entertainment and
dancing to the beats of the band of Ali Al-Kurdi, a documentary on AUB,
lots of door prizes, and many opportunities for guests to network. The
primary reason that everyone came, however, was to celebrate AUB.
The theme of the gala was reflected in the evenings keynote speech
by the president of the committee, Maha Zabaneh, who called on alumni
to keep up AUBs spirit of determination. She noted in
her talk that 95 percent of AUB students and faculty returned for the
fall semester despite the recent strife in Lebanon. Zabaneh urged everyone
to stay positive assuring the audience that we pulled through before
and will pull through again.
Canadian Member of Parliament Omar Alghabra also dropped by the gala to
show his support for the alumni community.
Next steps for the Worldwide Alumni Association of the
American University of Beirut (WAAAUB)
The AUB Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a new alumni
organization for the Universitythe Worldwide Alumni Association
of AUB (WAAAUB)in June 2006. MainGate met with Dr. Thomas Morris,
chairman of the Board of Trustees, to find out more about the WAAAUB.
How have AUB alumni reacted to this new association?
Dr. Morris (TQM): The overall reaction has been positive. Some people
have had concerns regarding the implementation process and want assurances
that each chapter will continue to be independent and have a voice. In
fact, that independence will continue and each chapter will have a voice
through the new Alumni Council. Most alumni I have been in contact with
are enthusiastic and optimistic about the establishment of a single worldwide
How is the Universitys relationship with individual
chapters going to change as a result of the WAAAUB?
TQM: The goal of this new association is to provide each chapter with
better access to existing university resources and to AUB alumni, and
to do this in a more organized and visible fashion. We want our alumni
to become aware of available programs, like those that provide employment
opportunities and educational experiences. The on-line community already
improves communication between alumni and chapters. We hope that through
the worldwide association the University will establish even stronger
relationships with chapters and alumni. In terms of support, chapters
will have direct access to the University through its offices in Beirut
and New York. In the last year, AUB has more than doubled the number of
staff devoted to alumni relations; we have increased other resources as
How can WAAAUB be both independent and part of the University?
TQM: The WAAAUB will be independent because it will have its own administrative
structure and its own officers. The members of the Board of Directors
who will be elected by the alumni will be independent. Theyll formulate
the associations programmatic initiatives. Each chapters independence
wont change at all. The WAAAUB will, however, provide chapters with
the potential to have a voice in the affairs of a worldwide alumni organization,
which is something they have not had in the past.
How is the leadership going to be structured, and how will
alumni worldwide be represented?
TQM: There will be an Alumni Council that will include chapter presidents
worldwide, as well as a number of at-large members, and three young alumni.
The Alumni Association will also have a 15-member Board of Directors.
Three alumni will be elected to sit on the AUB Board of Trustees, which
actually already includes many alumni. This is going to give alumni an
additional voice in University affairs. Its an elaborate and extensive
nomination and balloting process. Well have worldwide elections
in which all alumni will be able to participate. In January we sent an
e-mail to all alumni asking for nominations. We plan to mail ballots on
May 15 and hope that the new Alumni Council and Board of Directors will
convene for the first time in fall 2007.
Governance Structure: WAAAUB Board of Directors:
15 members elected by alumni Board elects its Executive Committee (president,
vice president, secretary, treasurer)
130 Members who are:
- All current chapter presidents (total 58)
- At-large members from diverse geographic regions elected by alumni (total
- Three recent graduates elected by alumni
The Chair of the Council is elected by Council members
Calendar of events for nominations and votes in 2007:
January Call for nominations e-mailed to alumni
March 1 Deadline for nominations
May 15 Paper ballots sent to alumni
June Results announced
October 1 New WAAAUB leadership takes office
WAAAUB CALL for NOMINATIONS
The governance structure of the new association includes both an Alumni
Council and a Board of Directors. All alumni are asked to suggest
candidates for these two bodies, as well as alumni candidates for nominees
to the AUB Board of Trustees. A six-member Nominating Committee
made up of AUB alumni will select the names of the candidates that will
appear on the ballots.
We are looking for diverse candidates with strong ties with AUB alumni,
a commitment to the University, and a desire to make the WAAAUB a success!
Do you know of a candidate or would you like to be candidate?
Please send the following information:
- Contact Information (phone, email)
- Year of graduation and degree(s) earned
- A brief statement explaining why he/she is a good candidate
to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions is March 1 2007.
This is your chance to make a significant contribution to the future of
WAAAUB, your alumni association. We look forward to hearing from you!
Rafik Hariri wa Qadar Lubnan- Rafik
Hariri and the Fate of Lebanon
(Alef Press 2006)
by Marwan Iskandar
Marwan Iskandar (BA 59, MA 62) surveys the economic and educational
contributions of Former Prime Minister and AUB Trustee Rafik B. Hariri.
He examines how these contributions shaped the fate of Lebanon
before and since his death.
Rabi Bayrut wa al-dawla al-naqisa
The Beirut Spring and the Incomplete Nation (An Nahar, 2006)
by Ziad Majed
Ziad Majed (BA 92, MA 99) surveys what he describes as a three-fold
formative period in the history of Lebanon. He interprets the shape of
the countrys politics since the Intifada of Independence in March
2006, and examines the various factors that are currently molding Lebanese
Anis Sayegh an Anis Sayegh Anis
Sayegh about Anis Sayegh. (Dar Al Sayyad 2006)
by Anis Sayegh
Anis Sayegh (BA 53) has written his autobiography. In it, he describes
his early childhood in Tiberias in Palestine, the diaspora years in Lebanon
following the nakba of 1948, his efforts to help ease the Palestinian
crisis, his membership of the Syrian Nationalist Party, and other important
highlights of his political career.
Commemorating AUBs 140th anniversary
The Moore Collection: Franklin T. Moore Photographs (18921902)
(American University of Beirut Press: 2006). Hardcover, 167 pages.This
beautiful coffee-table book features turn of the century photographs of
the AUB campus, science and medicine at AUB, and scenes from Lebanon and
Syria. Dr. Franklin T. Moore began photographing the AUB campus in 1892.
Inquiries and orders: email@example.com