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New Students Follow a Thorough Orientation Program at Haigazian University
BEIRUT, Monday, September 19, 2011- More than 250 students followed a thorough three-day-orientation program at Haigazian University, a program designed to introduce new students to all aspects of university life, be it academic, communal, spiritual and social.
The program kicked off on Wednesday, September 14 with the greeting words of Campus Minister, Rev. Greg Lee-Parker. In his address to the newly enrolled students, Parker stated that they can play a pivotal role in changing the world and history, and that is possible through taking a different path, the path of service.
Representing the University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, Dr. Arda Ekmekji, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences stated that a Liberal Arts education system provides students  with a complete rounded education, teaching them to be confident and at the same time respecting each others’ differences. Ekmekji concluded that “one can only grow and grow stronger, by growing in clusters”.
The Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Dr. Fadi Asrawi, highlighted the strengths of the field of Business at Haigazian, Asrawi mentioned that success is measured by results, and in this respect our students are scoring very high in international tests. He added that Haigazian University works on the student with a holistic approach, combining knowledge, skills and attitude.
Registrar Anahid Fermanian provided the students with academic announcements and policies and procedures, after which Student Life Director, Dr. Antranig Dakessian stressed on the quality life spent outside the classroom. He motivated the students to be active in the extracurricular activities of the University. "Being members in numerous students clubs will eventually enhance your social skills, life experience, and character formation”, Dakessian noted.
Student of the year Talar Mandoyan shared her experience of being a student in Haigazian University and growing to become the mature, active and positive person she is today.
Orientation Program Director, Dr. Berge Traboulsi thanked all program participants for their relentless efforts and input and wished the new students a smooth transition from school to University life.
Since the Orientation Program is a required course in itself, new students attended sessions on Academics, Haigazian Culture, Information Technology, Laboratories, Counseling, and effective use of Library resources.
All new comers enjoyed a friendly brunch with faculty and staff.

Mira Yardemian
Public Relations Director
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