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Laying of the Foundation of the Heritage Building
Haigazian University Celebrates the Laying of the Foundation of its Heritage Building

Beirut, January 28, 2009- On January 27, 2009, during a small, yet festive ceremony, Haigazian University laid the foundations of its newly acquired Heritage Building, in the presence of the President of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, Rev. Meguerdich Karageozian, University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, Member of Parliament, Hagop Pakradouni, in addition to Board members, staff, faculty and project consultants and engineers.

In his word of welcome, President Haidostian talked about the role Haigazian University conducts in preserving culture, and in this case preserving the outer façade of the building and refurbishing the inner parts in a most modern way. In addition he thanked all the supporters of this building project, the past and future donors, Board members, and all those who are playing a role in making this possible.

Then, Public Relations Director, Mira Yardemian, invited a select number of staff, faculty, alumni and board members to fill the safe box with items of relevant symbolic values to Haigazian University. Items included a Holy Bible in Armenian, the Haigazian constitution and bylaws, cedar wood from Lebanon, soil from Armenia, the annual report of the Armenian Missionary Association of America, the 2008 issue of the Haigazian Armenological Review, the university yearbook, Focus, the Alumni newsletter, Inspirit, the university catalogue, a Lebanese bill of 1000 liras, and a USB including the daily newspapers in electronic form.

Following this ritual, Rev. Karageozian and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Rev. Robert Sarkissian, and MP Pakradouni, joined President Haidostian in safely depositing the box under the soil and to laying the foundation over its cover.

Rev. Karageozian read a passage from the Bible, Ephesians 2:19-22 , followed by a prayer of dedication.

With its 6 floors and around 1260 meters total square surface, the new Heritage Building will serve a dual academic and administrative purpose. And as President Haidostian stated, "it will be an additional link between Mexique and May Ziadeh streets, hoping to symbolize more and more open channels, transparency, and gentle communication among people".

Laying the foundation of the Heritage building was a cornerstone in Haigazian's history of expansion. The project started a few years ago, and almost one year is left for its completion. The major part of fundraising has been already conducted by the AMAA, and Board members in the USA. Yet, the challenge lies in accomplishing the remaining campaign to be carried out during this year also in Lebanon.

Indeed, it is worth concluding with few quotes from Rev. Karageozian's prayer, saying, "Lord, we are laying the foundation for the construction of a facility in which future generations will work, meet and study. We pray that you empower Haigazian University to accomplish your purposes for the community, and through it, for the whole creation."

Mira Yardemian
Public Relations Director
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