Haigazian University celebrated its Founders’ Day on Monday, October 17, 2011, in the presence of the its Board members, faculty, staff and students. The ceremony started with the processional march and the Lebanese national anthem, followed by the invocation offered by the campus minister, Rev. Greg Lee-Parker. Haigazian University remembered its “55th Anniversary Year” in a striking PowerPoint presentation, depicting the broad range and diversity of the university’s events over the past year.
Every year since 1996 the student body of Haigazian University has elected a worthy student to represent them and following this annual tradition,Student Life Director Antranik Dakessian presented the Student of the Year 2011, TalarMandoyan, who shared her experiences of growth and fulfillment at Haigazian University.
Addressing the students in the audience, Mandoyan urged them to play an active role in the student life at the university, balancing academics with extracurricular activities.
“My advice to you is to take advantage of every second that you have. It’s about the new family that you are forming, the family of Haigazian,” Mandoyan concluded.
After a short musical interlude, including a beautiful piano piece of international Armenian composer Aram Khatchadourian, graciously played by student Maria Lena Kissoyan, and a vocal performance of Mariah Carey’s “Hero” by student Nanor Madjarian,Haigazian University President Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian delivered an inspiring speech, honoring the founders of the university and looking towards the future.
Haidostian paid tribute to four of the university’s founders: Stephen Mehagian, Stephen Philibosian, Rev. PuzantKalfayan and Rev. Hovhannes Aharonian. Highlighting the struggles and successes of these men, Haidostian described them as “people of faith and dedication who turned disaster into new life and opportunity.”
Turning his attention to the current students of Haigazian University, Haidostian emphasized their role in developing and impacting each other and their society. “Beyond serving ourselves, we already have a mission for the betterment of our world: our friends and families, community and country,” he explained.
Encouraging the youth to “grow and learn and give more good fruit in the future,” Haidostian concluded his speech by underscoring the importance of institutions like Haigazianin helping to foster this development, as they have been doing for the past 56 years.
The keynote address was delivered by Mrs. Laure Sleiman Saab, Director of the National News Agency in Lebanon, which has just celebrated its 50th year.
Saaab expressed her gratitude for being invited to this honorable event and congratulated the university on its 56th anniversary.
Taking the university motto to heart, Saab stressed on the importance of truth, freedom and service as they apply in various circles of life, whether it be schools, universities or the media.
Afterwards, President Haidostian presented Saab with a plaque of appreciation and congratulations for the 50 years of service of the National News Agency. Saab in turn presented Haidostian with a historical book featuring images of Lebanon between 1961 and 2011.
At the conclusion of the ceremony everyone rose to sing the university’s Alma Mater, which was followed by the recessional.