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AUK Holds 10th Annual Awards Night

The American University of Kuwait held its 10th Annual Awards Night last week to celebrate students' academic achievements and extra-curricular involvement during the past academic year. The Awards Night is also the time when students recognize AUK faculty and staff for their support and encouragement throughout the year. The event was coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs-Department of Student Life, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business and Economics, and hosted by faculty member, Dr. Chris Ohan.

The event commenced with a welcome note from AUK President, Nizar Hamzeh, who acknowleged the awardees not only for their "excellent scholastic records but also for their willingness to seek a balance between their academic and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities." He also stressed that competing at a high level, or volunteering time in a club or athletic capacity, while also undertaking university study can present its own challenges. "This is not always easy to strike," said President Hamzeh "But, the students receiving awards tonight have proven that with balance comes great success both on and off the field, on and off the classroom."

The Awards Night honors students, faculty and staff in different categories of performance. The top three University awards, which are considered the highlights of the event, are the Student Affairs' Award, the Founders' Award and the President's Award. They are intended to recognize students who stand out in the crowd and embody the values and expectations of citizens of the AUK community. Students in these categories are nominated by peers, faculty and staff, interviewed by committee and recommended to the Vice President for Student Affairs and President for final selection. The recipients of these awards were students who have shown exceptional academic achievement and involvement in activities outside of the classroom among other criteria.

Other award categories include;

University Service Awards which honor student employees, students involved in service and student athletes for their hard work and dedication.

Academic Achievement Awards awarded by the College Deans, with support from Department Chairs, for outstanding academic performance for the academic year were

Student Life Awards which honors students and student organizations who made significant contributions to life at AUK. Members of the Student Life department and Professor Hala Al Najjar, Coordinator of the Education Program presented awards to students this year.

Student Government Association Awards, presented to faculty and staff members nominated by students as the most innovative, supportive, and humorous as well as best mentors.

The Vice-President of Student Affairs Dr. Carol Ross-Scott commented on the ceremony saying, "AUK Student Awards night celebrates the engagement of students in activities outside the classroom," emphasizing that student programs and activities such as student media, athletics, curriculum related organizations, service clubs, and leadership bring the university experience to life. "Involvement compels our students to push the boundaries of excellence, academically, and in extra-curricular activities. We want our students to be better prepared to serve the competitive, global society and awards night is where we highlight their achievements of the academic year," said Dr. Ross-Scott

For the past decade, AUK has been arming its students with the most powerful and effective tool, the liberal arts education. One of the fundamental tenants of such an education is not only one's intellectual development but also personal growth and development, traits which are often enhanced when students are engaged in college life outside the classroom. Whether in leadership positions, participating in academic societies, athletics or in volunteer service, extra- and co-curricular engagement propels student readiness for life after college. This Awards' night celebrates this principle of excellence by recognizing our students’ ability to excel inside and outside of the classroom

Award Categories and Recipients

Founders' Award: May Omran
President's Award: Sally Zaghloul
Student Affairs' Award: May Omran

University Service Awards

Founders' Award: May Omran
President's Award: Sally Zaghloul
Student Affairs’ Award: May Omran

University Service Awards
Sabeekah Al Jasem  
Mohammed Al-Faqan  
Fay Al Rasheed  
Nathalie Matta  
Ali H. Kamal  
Student Employee Awards
Alumni Affairs Fatemah Al-Ali
College of Business & Economics Alia Assaf
Department of Arabic & Foreign Languages Hana Khalaf
Department of Communication & Media Hana Khalaf
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Ali Nawab
Department of International Relations Abdulmajid El-Kassem
Department of Social Sciences Rana El-Zoheiry
Department of Student Life Nour Jaber
Department of Student Life Abdurrahman Chowdhury
Department of Student Life Carol Ghali
Department of Student Life Rawan Esmael
Office of Admissions Dana Maan
Office of Public Affairs Muneera Al-Khulaifi
Office of the Dean CAS Farah T. Madi
Tutoring Center Sara Abdel Baki
Tutoring Center Ajab Ali Hussain
Tutoring Center Fatemeh Ebrahimi
Tutoring Center Manit Kaur
Writing Center Stephanie Khalil
Writing Center Maria Bedrossian
Writing Center Maymoonah Toubeh
Registrar Haya Al-Jouda
Library Marina Matta
IEP Rana Youssef
IEP Sara A. Mohamed
IEP Yasmin Abou Zeid
IEP Fatemah Al-Attar
IT Yousef Hamadah

Outstanding Athlete Award

Sarah Al-Qenaei
IEP Academic Achievement Award
Shafeeqah Hussain
Abdelaziz Al-Mesbah
Aref Froutan
Elisa Verrazzo
Academic Achievement Awards  
College of Arts and Sciences 
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences Nourah K Al-Omar
Department of International Relations Jessie Trago
Department of Music & Drama Faisal G Al-Bahairi
Department of Arabic & Foreign Languages Fatma Al-Adwani
Department of Communication & Media Noor Kassem
Department of Graphic Design & Art Jumana Al-Refaie
Department of English Reem Al Hasawi
Department of Math & Natural Sciences Hala R. Al Faisal
Department of Computer Sciences & Information Systems Maitha Al-Jassmi
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Maymoonah I Toubeh
College of Business and Economics
Department of Accounting Aisha Al-Hunaidi
Department of Economics Yousef Al-Jenai
Deparment of Finance Sally Zaghloul
Department of Management Farah Shimi
Department of Marketing May Omran

SGA Student Body Awards
Innovative Lecturer Award Dr. Amir Zeid
Most Supportive Faculty Award Dr. Mohammed EL Abd
Most Supportive Faculty Award Dr. Christopher Ohan
Most Supportive Staff Award Shoug Al-Othman
Most Supportive Staff Award Hala Al Abdulrazzaq
Faculty Mentorship Award Dr. Issam Damaj
Staff Mentorship Award Heba Mansour
Most Humorous Faculty Award Dr. Ahmad Rabaa'i
Most Humorous Staff Award Hussein Diab

Student Life Awards

Advisor of the Year Dr. Kathy Nixon
Rising Star of the Year Ali Kelkawi
Exceptional Organization Member of the Year Aisha Al-Hunaidi
Exceptional Organization Member of the Year Fajer Ben Naser
Student Leader of the Year Khaled Al-Rubaian
Student Leader of the Year Samarth Puri
Program of the Year Liberation Village
Most Improved Organisation International Relations Club of AUK
Organization of the Year Finance Club of AUK

A Group Photo of Award Recipients with AUK President

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 14th May 2014

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2014

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