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Summer program for alumni children wraps up a three-week journey
8/1/2017
Dana Abed  |  Office of Advancement  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 

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The 2017 Summer Program for AUB Alumni Children (SPAAC) celebrated its completion on Friday July 28, three weeks after its launch. The camp was a chance for students coming from around the world to explore Lebanon and learn about its history and language while staying on campus and getting the full AUB experience. 

The closing ceremony reflected on the three-week experience and was attended by President Fadlo Khuri; Vice President for Regional External Programs, Dr. Hassan Diab; Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Salma Oueida; parents; participants; and guests. 

Marwan Al Arabi, Corporate Program Manager at the Office of the Regional External Programs, expressed his gratitude for the hard working team that made the camp a success. 

“On July 10 I met with the students to discuss the code of conduct and the detailed plan and then followed up on their daily activities at AUB and outside, through our team,” said El Arabi. “Now I can say, thank you very much, students, for your commitment and great efforts.”

Associate Vice President Salma Oueida thanked the team for their efforts during the three-week camp, and thanked the parents for trusting AUB with their children. 

“Your children were in safe hands, and we are glad that after all these years, you are still connected to AUB,” said Oueida. “In fact, this is one of the reasons we plan events targeted towards our alumni. We cherish your involvement with AUB, your Alma Mater, and we truly appreciate your sense of belonging to this institution. You are who make our legacy great. AUB is more than just a school, it is a community, to which we are all proud to belong… We would love to see you here as students in the future.”

Students got to share their thoughts about the camp in front of an enthusiastic audience. Overall, they were very happy to have gone through this experience. 

Taha Sabounji, coming for Kuwait, said, “This camp taught us a lot, starting with living on this great campus and encountering these amazing people. We had a great time seeing how beautiful this country is. From the trips to places like Shouf and Jbeil, we learned about the true beauty and history of Lebanon.”

Joelle El Sabeh, from New York, expressed her gratitude for the monitors who accompanied the students throughout the camp. “I would like to thank each and every monitor that put up with us, they made the program more enjoyable for me, and I am sure everyone would agree,” said El Sabeh. “Since we were away from our parents, it was great to have people around to help us with everything we needed.”

Sam Nicholas Kouteili, joining from Vietnam, shared his learning experience, showing enthusiasm for the classes he took. “It was a fruitful, exciting, and memorable experience,” said Kouteili. “I would like to personally put special emphasis on the classes the program had to offer. Ranging from web design to archeology, the variety of classes was definitely surprising to say the least. I can proudly say I came out with an extensive amount of knowledge in so many different fields. This can only be credited to the fantastic teachers and the great classes they offered.”

From Palestine, Jeneen Shehadeh, was impressed by Beirut and its culture. “The freedom I witnessed and experienced in Beirut, an Arab city, was inspirational and exciting; it gave me hope in making the cities in Palestine as vibrant and open and diverse as Beirut is,” said Shehadeh. “The National Museum, Beiteddin, Qasr Mousa, and many more places showcase the beauty and culture of Lebanon.”

President Fadlo Khuri stated the importance of this program for the children to further learn about AUB, Lebanon, and the Middle East in general. 

“We have people here who are concerned 24/7 for your kids’ safety; this is an incredibly safe program,” said President Khuri. “Your children explored different parts of the country, different parts of AUB, and the culture of Lebanon and the Arab world. This was a chance for them to stretch themselves. We hope that each and every one of the kids who have undertaken this voyage with us will go back not just enlightened but more confident in themselves, as well as in their roots.”

Students received certificates of participation from President Khuri, Vice President Diab, and Associate Vice President Oueida; in addition to memorabilia from AUB. 


Story Highlights

  • ​The 2017 Summer Program for AUB Alumni Children (SPAAC) celebrated its completion on Friday July 28, three weeks after its launch. The camp was a chance for students coming from around the world to explore Lebanon and learn about its history and language while staying on campus and getting the full AUB experience. 
  • The closing ceremony reflected on the three-week experience and was attended by President Fadlo Khuri; Vice President for Regional External Programs, Dr. Hassan Diab; Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Salma Oueida; parents; participants; and guests. 
 
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