Haigazian University Board of Trustees Holds its Annual Meeting in Beirut
USD135,000 is raised in favor of scholarship funds, and the “Aharonian Building” is named
Beirut, May 2, 2013 – On April 26 and 27, the members of the Haigazian University Board of Trustees were brought together from both the United States and Lebanon to hold their annual meeting in Beirut.
During the intensive two-day meetings, the Board listened to reports presented by the President, the deans and the department heads. Many issues were discussed, such as the plans for the University’s 60th Anniversary in 2015, in addition to academic, administrative and financial matters. Members also visited the various buildings and facilities of the University, and had fruitful interaction with students, staff and faculty. Members enjoyed the unique opportunity of watching the newly released movie in the Lebanese theatres, “The Lebanese Rocket Society” by Directors Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. They deeply appreciated this 90-minute documentary, which features the unbelievable and surrealistic project of space travel and rocketry that started in the early 60’s with a group of Haigazian students, under the leadership and supervision of their Mathematics professor Manoug Manougian.
This visit of the Board, witnessed the naming of the new “Aharonian Building” (Formerly the Mugar Annex), in memory of the late Rev. Hovhannes Aharonian. President Haidostian shared with the audience that included both the President of the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Churches in Syria and Lebanon, Rev. Selim Sahyouni, the President of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE), Rev. Megrdich Karagoezian, the AMAA Executive Director, Mr. Levon Filian, the representative of H.H. Aram I, Arch. Norair Achekian, as well as Board members, faculty and staff, the unwavering inputs and efforts of Rev. Aharonian towards the establishing of the University in the early 50’s and during his long years of service as the President of the UAECNE. He further thanked the subsequent donation of his son, former AMAA President and current Haigazian Board member, Dr. Hrair Aharonian. Emotionally touched, Dr. Aharonian recalled his father and the passion he had for education, after which he unveiled the mosaic, with his wife Julie, along with President Haidostian, and the chair of the University Board of Trustees, Dr. Ani Darakjian.
Equally significant was the Gala Banquet, which took place on the evening of April 26, at “Le Maillon” restaurant, and raised USD135,000 in favor of scholarship funds.
In his address, President Haidostian highlighted the importance of scholarships, as “a way of shaping a better future”. Haidostian appreciated and thanked all donors, pointing out that those scholarships are matched with “an educational experience based on nurture, love openness, dialogue, and opportunities to be elevated from securing a degree to securing clean hearts, sound minds, and cultivated skills”.
The Armenian Ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Ashod Kocharian expressed his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the role Haigazian University plays in the Armenian Diaspora. He proudly quoted some gratifying words from the President of the Armenian Republic, Serge Sarkissian during his visit and encounter with Haigazian students, back in November 2012.
The beautiful evening was emceed by Trustee John Sagherian, whereby attendees had the chance to watch a short documentary on the University, featuring current and graduate students’ impressions on Haigazian University, as well as to listening to alumna Rita Lao Manjilikian sharing her unique experience of being shaped up by Haigazian University.