Haigazian University Honors Two Environmental Organizations on its Founders' Day
Beirut, October18, 2007- Haigazian University honored two Lebanese Environmental Organizations, the Union of Northern Association for Development Environment and Patrimony (UNADEP), and the Lebanese Environment Forum (LEF), during its Founders' Day, on October 15, 2007, in the presence of the Director General of the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Berge Hadjian, NGO representatives, Board members, faculty, staff and students.
The ceremony started with the invocation by the Vice-Chairman of the University's Board of Trustees, Rev. Robert Sarkissian, followed by a power point presentation, "Tribute to the Founders", delivered by Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Arda Ekmekji.
Ekmekji highlighted the factors which lead to the foundation of the University 52 years ago, and the founding institutions, the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches of the Near East (UAECNE), and the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA).
As an annual tradition, Student Life Director, Antranik Dakessian presented Student of the Year 2007, Ms. Ani Nadjarian who cherished with the audience her sweet memories of Haigazian days. "Haigazian University provided me with many promises, the promise of proving truth, freedom and service, in addition to the promise of spending the best days of my life", Nadjarian said.
Nadjarian also considered Haigazian an ideal microcosm, through the freedom of expression, diversified culture, the quality education and the exemplary unity presented in the University.
After a short musical interlude, a piano duet skillfully performed by students Nayiri Shahinian and Araz Aitian, the audience attentively listened to the keynote speaker of the occasion, the President of the University, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian.
Haidostian, with his inspiring speech, eloquently moved the audience to prepare themselves and the young generation for the day that follows tomorrow, instead of being limited by the uncertain and questionable tomorrow.
"The day after tomorrow is the day when we will realize that much has changed in the political calculations, allegiances and topics around us. But if in the meantime we fail to care for our natural resources, the natural house in which we live, we will realize that political agreements will not be able to return to us the trees that were cut, the beaches that were polluted, the mountains that were carved, the springs that lost their routes, and the wells that we abused, and of course, important in our natural habitat, the potential of human beings that we wasted", Haidostian noted.
Haidostian also introduced a new political understanding that falls in line with the mission of Haigazian University, politics that cares for "the welfare and dignity of the individual human being in Lebanon", politics that strengthens "the cultural heritage of Lebanon", politics that appreciates "the leading and serving role of the private and non-private institutions of the Lebanese society", politics that accepts "the continued dialogical identity of Lebanon as a nation", and finally, politics that strives for "the preservation and freshness of the natural resources of Lebanon".
Afterwards, the Dean of Business Administration and Economics, Dr. Fadi Asrawi, invited to stage the presidents of the NGOs, Mr. Rafaat Saba of the LEF, and Mr. Mazen Abboud of the UNADEP, who received from President Haidostian and Dr. Hadjian, appreciation plaques of the University.
After words of thanks and gratitude, the program concluded with the University's Alma Mater.
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