Beirut, 25/03/2009- On Thursday, March 19, 2009, during a Haigazian University Gala Banquet, held at the Habtoor Grand Hotel, Beirut, University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian honored Mr. & Mrs. Garbis and Lucy Tutunjian, and Father Antranig Granian, with two newly–established awards.
The Gala Banquet, a rousing success for itself, glittered with the presence of around 380 guests, including the President of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, Rev. Meguerditch Karageuzian, the President of the Armenian Evangelical Union of Armenia, Rev. Rene Leonian, Bishop Kegham Khatcherian, Cabinet Ministers Jean Oghasabian and Alan Tabourian, MPs Hagop Kassardjian, Serge Toursarkissian, and Bassem Shabb, former ministers, members of the Haigazian Univerity Board of Trustees, community leaders of various sects, and a full complement of deans, professors, staff, and alumni.
The Gala Banquet formed the perfect opportunity to declare the two newly-established awards granted in the name of Haigazian University to a few people who have helped the University to build much quality and morale.
The “Distinguished Supporter Award” was granted to Mr. & Mrs. Garbis and Lucy Tutunjian, for their enduring and generous support of Haigazian University. He, a successful businessman, and she an artist painter, had not only established a fund, but kept supporting the University and their fund in a most humble, unassuming, and continuous way. “Even though the fund carries their name, it is their spirit and constant availability that has been appreciated. How we give is what gives meaning to what we give,” noted President Haidostian while presenting the couple with the award.
The “Distinguished Scholar Award” was granted to Monseigneur Antarnig Granian, for his venerable devotion to Armenology and liturgical studies, with enduring faith and nurturing grace. Father Granian’s ecclesiastical and scholarly portfolio is as full as it could be. As a clergyman, he has been member of the Bzoummar Patriarchal Congregation, headmaster, organizer of the library, and head of a number of Armenian Catholic church communities in Tehran, Damascus, and Beirut; as a teacher/professor he has left a lasting mark in the academic lives of the St. Joseph University, the Holy Spirit University in Kaslik, and of course for a long time at Haigazian University, teaching classical Armenian literature, Armenian church music, church history, classical Armenian, and Armenian liturgy. He is an author, playwright, editor of dictionaries, and founder of magazines, Armenian church youth movements and Armenological volumes. His contribution to the Haigazian University community, in particular through his leadership as editor in chief of the prestigious Haigazian Armenological Review has been invaluable.
“But again, the reason why he deserves merit is not only the amount of knowledge he owned and taught and continues to communicate, but his Christ-like spirit,” said President Haidostian, very emotionally touched upon presenting the award to his professor, acknowledging the fact that he has been blessed to disciple such great men as Father Granian.
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