In Brief

Alum Elected President of the Order of Pharmacists

It comes as no surprise that LAU graduates often reach leadership roles in their chosen fields. In November, Lebanon’s Order of Pharmacists welcomed four LAUers to its board: Joe Salloum (BS ’03) as president, and members Abdul Rahman Merkbawi (BS ’06), Fadi Hdeab (PharmD ’99) and Faraj Saade (PharmD ’04). LAU is proud to see them serve Lebanon and their profession in this new capacity.

Dr. Chamoun Appointed Special Advisor for the Ministry of Tourism

LAU Practice Lecturer and Director of the LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation Rachid Chamoun has been appointed special advisor for the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism by virtue of his invaluable contributions to cultural tourism. Dr. Chamoun, who is also president of the Confederation of the Phoenicians’ Route, will represent Lebanon in the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme.

Alumnus Wins International Award for Docufiction Film

Lebanese filmmaker Karim Kassem (BA ’12) has won the Best Film Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam for his docufiction film Octopus. Kassem chose to make the film about the aftermath of the August 4 Beirut explosion a silent one for, at that point, he said, “One can arguably say everything without saying anything.”

Sami Garabedian at the Helm of FSUL

LAU Senior Director of Athletics and Senior Instructor of Physical Education Sami Garabedian has been elected the new President of the Lebanese Federation of University Sports (FSUL), Lebanon’s highest authority on university sports, that caters to over 5,000 student athletes. In his new capacity, he will lead the FSUL Executive Committee formed of 12 other university sports coordinators and representatives.

Congratulating LAU’s Own for the FIBA Win

Following their terrific win at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women’s Asia Cup, LAU extends warm wishes to the Lebanese Women’s National Basketball Team, among whom are the university’s own marketing student Yasha Zeinoun, and team manager Nelly Nassar, who is also the Women Basketball varsity team coach on LAU Byblos campus. (photo courtesy of FIBA)

LAU Participates in AAHC Annual Meeting

Dr. Sola Aoun Bahous, interim dean of the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, was recently invited by the Association of Academic Health Centers to take part in its all-virtual 2021 annual meeting. Based on her “experience and leadership during COVID-19,” Dr. Bahous was requested to address the ways in which the pandemic impacted the role of academic health centers in education transformation.

Heroine of Health Award for Dr. Myrna Doumit

The Women in Global Health has bestowed the Heroine of Health Award 2021 on LAU Associate Professor of Nursing Myrna Abi Abdallah Doumit. This tribute was given in recognition of her leadership in the aftermath of the August 4 explosion, and her tireless campaign to improve nurses’ rights and working conditions in the country.

LAU Partners with Creo Incubator

LAU has partnered with Creo Incubator, a platform which garners the power of micro learning and gamification to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the best skills and know-how to kickstart their journey. Their approach combines interactive education with inspiration ignition and access to investors to support diverse talents. This enables LAU students who are curious about entrepreneurship and innovative educational methods to join their company and learn within their team.

Alumna Emma Boutros Features in Forbes

Renowned Designer Emma Boutros (BS ’08) has been featured on the Forbes’ 40 Women Behind Middle Eastern Brands 2021 list. Only two years after graduating from LAU, she founded Poise Design, a footwear brand that made it to the red carpet and struck collaborations with local and international labels.

First Prize for Architecture Student

The summer workshop course in Furniture Design with instructor Vanessa Dammous has culminated in a first prize win for second-year architecture student Carina Joseph at Atelier Mobile’s En Plein Air Competition. Joseph’s design, Becoming One, consisted of two elements that create a seat using integrated wooden joinery. Graduates Soumar Al Kamand and Rachelle Saliba also received an honorable mention for their transformable multifunctional frame.

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