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ASCE Award for LAU Civil Engineers

Following last year’s commendation, the LAU Student Chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) has earned the Distinguished Chapter Award, given to the most outstanding chapter in the region. It was also recognized for its “exemplary community service benefitting others,” namely its disaster response to the Beirut Port explosion and assisting the community with recovery efforts.

SOE Faculty Contributes to World Bank Study

Following the explosion at the Port of Beirut, LAU Assistant Professor Nabil Nehme joined a World Bank effort to run a Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment action plan, in his capacity as faculty representing the civil society. Last month, the World Bank issued a report on global best practices in port governance and border management reforms, acknowledging Dr. Nehme.
Photo credit: Ipsos Risk Analytics/World Bank.

 

Michael Haddad and Ambassador Shea at LAU

Marking the International Day of Disabled Persons, LAU welcomed Lebanese athlete/UN Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Action Michael Haddad and U.S. Ambassador Dorothy Shea, who toured SOE’s ELRC Building – the site for developing Haddad’s exoskeleton. Haddad has defied his disability through record-breaking missions. Most recently, he walked from the UN HQ to Karantina Hospital in Beirut to raise funds.

SOE Alumna and Faculty Talk Aviation

LAU alumna Gaelle Abi Younes (BE ‘19) and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering John El Khoury have been featured in the fall edition of Aviation Newsletter. Abi Younes spoke about her final year project at LAU, an expansion plan for the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, while Dr. El Khoury offered valuable advice to students aspiring for a career in aviation. 

Helping Out on All Fronts

For the second day running, and as part of the student-led Servants of Society campaign that aims to help those in need following the Beirut blast, student volunteers teamed up with TV host Pierre Rabbat and Spinneys supermarket to prepare and distribute sandwiches and food boxes to the community. 

LAU’s Servants of Society

In the aftermath of the horrendous Beirut explosion, LAU students have embarked on the Servants of Society campaign, offering their help where it is needed: collecting and distributing in-kind donations, cleaning up the streets and homes in Beirut and connecting people with therapists for psychological support. The campaign was launched by the Outreach and Civic Engagement Department.

Students Exemplify LAU’s Spirit of Giving

Thirty-three students from the Nutrition and Science Clubs along with volunteers from different majors were at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital on Thursday, August 6 to help clear up debris and cover broken windows and doors. The students were quick to mobilize and provide whatever assistance they could following the extensive damage caused by the devastating explosion on August 4.

Students Share the Joy of Reading

Students from the LAU Higher Education Scholarship program, funded by USAID, volunteered at Dar Al Aytam Al Islamiya’s Reading Club, where they read stories to orphans, and taught them basic computer skills.

The activity was part of a larger series of volunteer work and outreach visits. The students supported children’s learning, while enriching their own experience in serving others.

Overcoming Trauma Through Art

Students from the LAU Higher Education Scholarship program, funded by USAID, joined international volunteers in designing and conducting workshops that targeted refugee children between the ages of five and 17.

At the Faour Camp in the Beqaa, more than 120 Syrian and Lebanese children were engaged in topics that varied from human rights and health to the arts.

Students Spread Warmth

LAU students joined a nationwide drive launched by the Outreach and Civic Engagement Department in collaboration with DAFA campaign to collect winter clothes and toys. They sorted donations, repackaged and distributed the food, clothing and other items and matched them to families in need.

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