On Wednesday the 30th of August, Haigazian University welcomed its new undergraduate students for the academic year 2017-2018, to take part in a thorough two-day orientation program, designed to introduce students to and facilitate their transition into all aspects of university life—academic, social, and spiritual.
As a university requirement, and an important “learning experience” according to the Orientation Program director, Dr. Berge Traboulsi, the program consists of a series of 50-minute sessions on academic research, advising, studying, University culture, information technology, and self-awareness, along with presentations on the university’s student life and spiritual life. These sessions were carefully planned and monitored by a qualified and committed team of faculty and student volunteers.
As an alumnus himself, University President, Dr. Rev. Paul Haidostian, shared some of his experiences as a student and spoke of the importance of time management and the value of positivity.
Students also had the chance to listen to the University deans and campus minister, all of whom advised students on how to take up university life through creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and networking.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Arda Ekmekji, enlightened students of the notion of a Liberal Arts institution, meant to produce well-rounded students. She also invited them to embrace ethical values in light of the university motto, Truth, Freedom, and Service.
Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Dr. Fadi Asrawi, encouraged students to network with faculty, staff, and fellow colleagues. Furthermore, he stated that Haigazian University will prepare students to become leaders in their future by offering “experiential learning,” which effectively combines use of both knowledge and practical skills.
On his part, Campus Minister, Rev. Wilbert van Saane, compared the start of university life to a race in which different runners feel different emotions. He reassured students that they can all meet their goals as they collaborate and work hard. “Mutual support is one of the values we hold high here at Haigazian,” he claimed. Finally, van Saane shared a verse from the Bible and assured students that the University supports them in their spiritual life too.
Class of 2018