New York/New Jersey Alumni Chapter: Tour of the “Little Syria, NY” Exhibit

New York/New Jersey Alumni Chapter: Tour of the “Little Syria, NY” Exhibit

The New York/New Jersey Alumni Chapter went on a tour of the “Little Syria, NY” exhibit presented by the Arab American National Museum in Lower Manhattan on May 22. The exhibit featured photographs, documents and artifacts from the Lebanese and Syrian community in New York City from the late 19th through mid-20th century. Afterwards a small group of the alumni committee met for drinks atop the W Hotel near the World Trade Center.

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LAU Chat: Gisele and Naji Azar

LAU Chat: Gisele and Naji Azar

LAU Chat: Gisele and Naji AzarWhere do you live and what do you do? 

We live in the United States in Virginia, just a few minutes away from Washington D.C. Naji moved to the U.S. in September 1987 and Gisele followed in May 1988. We chose to emigrate to the U.S. because we wanted the opportunity to start fresh, and we are happy owners of a few gas stations.

 

How did you become involved with LAU? 

We both studied and graduated from LAU, Naji graduated in 1983 and Gisele graduated in 1984, and have always said that our best years were spent there. When we were approached by Ed Shiner, LAU Director of Alumni and Special Projects, to start an alumni chapter in Washington D.C., we were very excited to help because we knew a good number of LAU graduates in the area. The chapter was officially started in the summer of 2007, though we had started holding unofficial meetings, social events, and informal gatherings a few years before then. Through this chapter, we have created a network that supports and assists local alumni, new and old.  We also wanted to build a community of alumni dedicated to strengthening LAU in Lebanon, and one way we have done that is through the establishment of a scholarship program.

 

What are your future plans for the Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter? 

Our future plan is to expand our membership of the D.C. Chapter. We hope to get members more involved in achieving some of our goals, which include: forming a larger network, looking for creative ways to continue our support of LAU students and alumni and aiding LAU’s mission here and in Lebanon in whatever ways we can.