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Seeking Closure

A closing ceremony for the Write to Remember project, launched on the first anniversary of the Beirut Port blast to help participants heal through self-expression, was held earlier this month at the US Embassy in Beirut, in the presence of Ambassador Dorothy C. Shea. The project, now documented in a dedicated website, was made possible thanks to a $10,000 grant from the US Embassy, which English faculty members Paula Habre and Hala Daouk had secured based on a proposal submitted with their Haigazian University colleagues. 

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Alumna Presents to the House of Versace

Fashion design alumna and winner of the Prix du Jury 2021 Nour Takieddine (BFA ’21), currently pursuing her master’s at Parsons Paris, was among six students selected to present their creation to Donatella Versace. Responding to Versace’s brief on a pop-culture look, Takieddine, the only student from the Middle East, drew on her heritage, imprinting her outfit with images of Lebanese icon Fairuz, Roman pillars, and adorning it with more than 2,600 beads.

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AKSOB Faculty Publishes in Prestigious Journal

A study co-authored by Dr. Omar Itani, assistant professor at the Adnan Kassar School of Business, on corporate environmental ethics has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, one of the 50 journals used in the Financial Times research rank. The paper shows that employee brand advocacy and customer satisfaction are increased when firms activate their corporate environmental ethics through eco-capabilities, as environmental stewards find more meaning in their work.

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Students’ Innovation Tops Google Solution Challenge

Go Green with Friends, a carpooling platform that addresses Lebanon’s environmental and economic crises, won first place in the Google Solution Challenge 2022 MENA, after it was shortlisted and pitched at an online event. The idea, conceived by engineering students Georgio El Khoury, Nour Mikhael and Kevin Aoun with the support of Dr. Wissam Fawaz, contributes to two UN SDGs: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Responsible Consumption and Production.

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LAU Champs Bring Pride and Hope to Lebanon

Lebanon’s National Basketball Team won the silver title at the FIBA Asia Basketball Cup, following an outstanding performance throughout the tournament, where they were defeated by a two-point difference in the final game. LAU congratulates its own Wael Arakji (BS ’16), who also earned the tournament’s TISSOT MVP title, Elie Chamoun (BE ’18), Ali Mansour (BS ’21), and Karim Zeinoun (BS ’21). (Photo courtesy of FIBA).

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LAU Students Win First and Second Prizes at the SDG Brain Lab

Two LAU student teams took first and second prizes at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Brain Lab competition, organized by the UN Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL). The first prize winners had proposed a digital solution for cancer patients and their caregivers, while the second prize winners designed an app to help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, addressing SDG 3 and SDG 4 respectively.

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Rooting for Sailors and Captains on the Futsal National Team

LAU’s own Hadeel Koteich, Marie-Joe Wakim (team captain), Rita Nassif, Michelle-Ange Issa, Maria Mansour and Carol Mansour have been selected to represent Lebanon and LAU at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Futsal Championship, taking place this week in Braga and Guimarães in Portugal. (Pictured here with Director of Athletics on Beirut campus Sami Garabedian).

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International Collaborations Continue

With more than 50 partner institutions across the world, LAU fosters and seeks out exchange and training opportunities for its faculty, students and staff. Recently, an LAU delegation visited Freie University of Berlin for an Erasmus+-funded mobility to exchange expertise and explore possibilities for collaboration. The group included Drs. Brigette Wex, Hussein F. Hassan, Hussein Hassan and Elias Akoury from the Natural Sciences Department, Dina Abdul Rahman from OIS and Joanna Fayad from AiW.

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MEPI-TLSer’s Research on Gender and Reform Receives Recognition

Electrical engineering student and Middle East Partnership Initiative (US MEPI) Gender Scholar Pia Kattoura was selected to give a presentation at the end-of-year conference on a gender-inclusive public sector in Lebanon and the region. Impressed by her insights, communications skills, and policy paper, US MEPI leaders invited her to share her research and contribute to current work in anti-corruption reform.

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Graphic Design Seniors Exhibit their Journeys, Visually

Topping off a journey that was marked by their pivot to online learning, LAU’s graphic design seniors aptly named their annual exhibit “*22 Bit” in reference to the most basic unit of information in digital communications. Through it, the 12 students showcased the outcome of their academic journeys and their aptitude to produce innovative, socially responsible designs with the latest technology.

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