Haigazian University celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Cultural Hour
Beirut, October 26, 2007- On October 25, 2007, Haigazian University marked the 10th Anniversary of its Cultural Hour, with an illustrated lectured entitled "the Ancient Glory of Yerevan- Erepouni", presented by Dr. Arda Ekmekji, Dean of the University?s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The ceremony opened with the welcoming words of the University?s Public Relations Director, Mira Yardemian. "The regularly organized cultural activities once a month, over a span of 10 years, reached out to all the Lebanese and foreign public, thus turning Haigazian University into a prominent cultural centre, highly regarded in local and foreign communities", Yardemian said.
Then, Dr. Ekmekji introduced to the audience the ancient capital of Armenia, Yerevan, concentrating on its early chapter in history, in the 8th century B.C. "The city of Erepouni was a big military and administrative Urartian city that included a royal palace, two temples, a throne room, private quarters, storage cellars and servants sections", Ekmekji noted.
The audience was amazed looking at the beautifully ornamented walls covered with paintings dating to the 7th century B.C., featuring the major divinities of the city.
Ekmekji also pointed out that the city of Erepouni survived throughout the centuries and developed into many names, such as Irvouni, Irpuni and finally modern Yerevan.
President Paul Haidostian expressed his gratitude in a word of appreciation, considering Dr. Ekmekji as the main instrumental force in launching the Cultural Hour @ Haigazian University, its director, and administrator. Ekmekji received from President Haidostian a trophy in grateful recognition of her leadership in promoting culture and learning.
For 10 years loyal photographer of the Cultural Hour, Zaven Vartan was also honored with a bouquet of flowers.
The event concluded with cutting the celebratory cake of the occasion.
Public Relations Director.