FOCUS ON HAIGAZIAN IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
The recent gathering of the Armenian Evangelical Fellowship of Washington, D.C. carried with it a special focus on Haigazian. The University's former Campus Minister, the Rev. Nishan Bakalian, and his wife Maria traveled to Bethesda, Maryland, from Philadelphia on Nov. 15 to lead the Fellowship's worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The group of around thirty people had also requested that the Bakalians share with them about Haigazian's 50th anniversary activities and celebrations. Rev. Nishan and Maria spoke and showed numerous slides to the group, and also displayed University publications, yearbooks, catalogues and the Anniversary Book.
Among the Fellowship are many friends who have supported the work of Haigazian over the years, but it was an unexpected pleasure when one of those present introduced herself as a colleague of Dr. John Markarian. Grace Salibian Hyslop was Haigazian's librarian in the early years of the College, a fact unknown to most of the attendees.
The question-and-answer period following the presentation showed not only this group's sincere interest in the current affairs of Haigazian, but also an admiration for its positive, constructive role as an educational institution promoting the well-being of Lebanon.
L. Nishan Bakalian
Rev. Nishan and Maria Bakalian with Grace Salibian Hyslop, Haigazian College librarian in the 1950s.