Lebanese American University

Update: Advancement

Yalla! sweeps through North America again

LAU’s Advancement team in North America crisscrossed the U.S. and Canada for a second year last month as part of Yalla! 2011, covering vast distances to connect with the university’s growing network of alumni.
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Vice President for University Advancement Richard Rumsey, Assistant Vice President for Development Robert Hollback, Director of Alumni and Special Projects Edward Shiner, and even President Jabbra attended events sponsored by alumni from New York to California, as well as in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. The visits are part of the university’s strategic goal to invigorate university alumni networks, enhance the awareness of the university in North America and build more support for student scholarships. The concept of Yalla! was developed by LAU’s North American staff, in conjunction with alumni chapters throughout the continent. Like last year, Yalla! 2011 has been heavily promoted with photos, alumni profiles, articles and announcements on www.yalla2011.com, and using LAU’s expansive social media platforms, on Facebook and Twitter.

In 2010, alumnus Khalil Kanaan offered a generous $10,000 challenge grant designed to match the new and increased contributions of other alumni, all done in the name of student support. In 2011, alumnus Mohamad Yaghi agreed to offer a similar challenge grant, in an effort to build on the momentum seen last year. Yaghi, who was encouraged to attend thanks to financial aid options, graduated from the university with a Bachelor’s degree and has supported his alma mater since becoming a dentist in the U.S. Yaghi has also agreed to take part in LAU’s annual fund efforts in North America, and will make an appeal to the entire LAU community in the US and Canada to continue its support of financial aid for students. 

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