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Nizar Hamzeh Appointed President of AUK

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Dr. Nizar Hamzeh
Interim president and provost Dr. Nizar Hamzeh, the 4th president of AUK


The American University of Kuwait's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Nizar Hamzeh the fourth president of AUK on January 26, 2014. The unanimous board action signaled a strong and clear endorsement for Hamzeh, who has been instrumental in leading and advancing the mission of the university during his tenure as interim president and provost. For more of this article, click here.

2013 RECAP

December 2013 Kuwait Working Visit

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Dale Eickelman and Elizabeth Hindmarsh with interns at AUK, December 2013

December 6–11. Dale F. Eickelman, relationship coordinator of the Dartmouth–AUK Program, and Elizabeth Hindmarsh, program manager, visited the American University of Kuwait at the end of last year. For Elizabeth, this first visit provided an opportunity for her to experience Kuwait and AUK directly. The visit also helped to enhance the working relationships sustained primarily by email and teleconferencing.

AUK Student Internships at Dartmouth

Summer. The Dartmouth–AUK internship program continues to thrive on both campuses. Twenty-seven AUK students have come to Dartmouth since the internship programs began, and 27 Dartmouth students have traveled to the AUK campus as of July 2013.

While at Dartmouth, AUK students work with the Dartmouth Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Office of Public Affairs. Dartmouth students who interned in Kuwait have highlighted participation in the Dartmouth at AUK internship program as a distinctive international opportunity.

Also, for the third year in a row, AUK students participated, at Dartmouth's invitation, in the prestigious Secure Information Systems Mentoring and Training program (SISMAT). Click here to learn more about the SISMAT program experience in an article by AUK student Stephanie Khalil, who interned at the Hood/Public Affairs.

AUK Faculty Fellow at Dartmouth

June 10. Ghazi Nassir, associate professor of English language and literature at the American University of Kuwait, served as the AUK Faculty Fellow at Dartmouth last summer. Dr. Nassir worked under the sponsorship of Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. Dr. Ghazi used the opportunity to further his research for his next book. This is the fifth year an AUK Faculty Fellow has come to Dartmouth.

AUK Graduation 2013

June 10. Dartmouth–AUK Program relationship coordinator Dale F. Eickelman gave the commencement address at the 2013 graduation ceremony at AUK. In his address, Dr. Eickelman noted the partnership "helps us expand our academic imaginations." Read more by clicking here.

Renewal - Memorandum of Understanding

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L-R: Dale Eickelman, relationship coordinator; Tim Sullivan, AUK trustee; Carol Folt, Dartmouth interim president; Dana Nasser Al Sabah, AUK Board of Trustees chair.

April 25. The Memorandum of Understanding between Dartmouth College and the American University of Kuwait that underlies the Dartmouth–AUK Program was renewed last spring for another five years. The agreement is effective 2013–18. Click here to read more about the event.


US Culture for AUK Students

The AUK interns who come to Dartmouth each summer are exposed to US culture while working at the College in the departments to which they are assigned. "Culture" here means the taken-for-granted workplace assumptions about how people work together and meet in public. However, an effort is made to expose them to cultural experiences outside of work.

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Muneera Al-Khulaifi and Stephanie Khalil, the 2013 interns, and Beth Hindmarsh, DC-AUK Program Manager, cut up strawberries to make strawberry shortcake.

One of those experiences, the Fourth of July, or Independence Day (a "National Day" in the global world), happens to fall while the interns are here and is an excellent opportunity for them to experience an important public day in the annual calendar of the United States. Hanover, New Hampshire, has an "old-fashioned" Fourth of July, with a parade down Main Street and around the Green as well as games, food, a pie-eating contest, pony rides, entertainment, and live musical performances. There also are public fireworks displays.

A traditional dessert at this time of year is strawberry shortcake, because strawberries grow abundantly at this time, and sometimes the interns get to help prepare this dessert. Interns also like to go to the Hanover Farmer's Market on the Dartmouth Green, which takes place every Wednesday during the summer. People at the market enjoy family fun, visit with friends, and fill their refrigerators with locally grown greens, strawberries and blueberries, cheeses, meats, eggs, and lots of prepared foods and crafts.

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A welcome gathering at the home of Christine and Dale Eickelman for our American University of Kuwait friends who are on the Dartmouth campus this summer. A summary of their activities will appear in August. Photo by Muneera Al-Khulaifi


Visit by KFAS Director
On April 9, the director of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), Dr. Adnan Shehab-Eldin, visited the Dartmouth campus to explore mutually beneficial possibilities for Dartmouth and KFAS.

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L-R: Dale Eickelman, Carol Folt, Adnan Shehab-Eldin; photo by Corinne Girouard

Dartmouth and AUK Reaffirm Commitment

Leaders from Dartmouth and the American University of Kuwait (AUK) met April 25 to reaffirm their partnership, which deepens and expands the liberal arts experience on both campuses, by signing a third memorandum of understanding between the institutions. Click here for the full story.

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L-R: Dale Eickelman, Carol Folt, Shaika Dana Nasser Al Sabah, Tim Sullivan; photo by Eli Burakian


AUK Student Interns

Salem Al-Salem
Salem Al-Salem

Salem Al-Salem is a junior at the American University of Kuwait. A major in international relations with a minor in history, Salem says he is excited to visit Dartmouth College as it will be his first visit to the United States. He was born and raised in Kuwait and has been educated in the American system throughout his life. His passions include reading, volunteering, debating, all outdoor activities, traveling, and, most importantly, the arts. Salem is a board member of the Fine Arts Society at AUK. He says he is honored to be an intern at Dartmouth College and looks forward to learning about and experiencing American culture. He will be interning at the Hood Museum of Art and in the Office of Public Affairs and the Media Production Group.

Stephanie Khalil
Stephanie Khalil

Stephanie Khalil is a third-year student at the American University of Kuwait, majoring in communications and media. She is Lebanese but grew up in Kuwait. Stephanie has worked as a peer tutor for the Intensive English Program at AUK and, in the spring of 2012, was employed as an AUK Writing Center consultant, where she currently works. She also is treasurer of the university's book club, the AUK Diwaniya. Stephanie is interested in history and says she is excited to be doing an internship at the Hood Museum of Art and at the Office of Public Affairs and the Media Production Group at Dartmouth. This visit will be her first to the United States and she says she is looking forward to learning about American culture firsthand.

Muneera Al-Khulaifi
Muneera Al-Khulaifi

Muneera Al-Khulaifi is a junior at the American University of Kuwait, where she majors in English literature. She is a Kuwaiti citizen and likes traveling to learn about other cultures and have new experiences. Muneera is fluent in Arabic and English—she taught English to several of her family members—and has a basic knowledge of Spanish. She also has an interest in speech therapy and volunteers in the community, which helps her develop her leadership skills. She is looking forward to this experience and says she is honored to be an intern at Dartmouth College. Her internship will be with the Accelerated Language Programs at the Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures.

AUK SISMAT Participants

Two AUK students, Khaled Al-Qahtani and Dana Al-Muttar, will again participate this summer in the Secure Information Systems Mentoring and Training (SISMAT) program through Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS). Khaled is following in the footsteps of his sister, Dalaa, who was one of the first AUK students to participate in SISMAT in 2011. Dana is the treasurer for the AUK branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

Faculty Fellow
The Faculty Fellow/Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth this summer will be Ghazi Q. Nassir, an associate professor of English at AUK. He will be sponsored by Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program.

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Dr. Ghazi Q. Nassir

Dr. Nassir has been a faculty member at AUK since 2004. He earned a PhD from Florida State University in 1989 and an MA from Marshall University in West Virginia in 1982. He has many teaching and research interests, such as 18th-century British literature and drama and the image of Arabs in Hollywood films. He is the author of Samuel Johnson's Attitudes Toward Islam: A Study of His Oriental Readings and Writings. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Perceptions and Representations of Islam and Muslims in English Literature (three volumes), which has been accepted by the Edwin Mellen Press.

Learning Happened at the Hood, Summer 2012

This summer was the fourth year the Hood Museum of Art has hosted interns from the American University of Kuwait. The internships offer a hands-on educational and professional experience that enable students to learn how art museums function.

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 AUK interns Yousef Abdul-Husain (left) and Helene Georges El Neaman (right) with Lesley Wellman (center), Hood Foundation Curator of Education

"In addition, interns have specific projects that they work on while they are here," notes Lesley Wellman, Hood Foundation Curator of Education. "These projects are designed to capitalize on students' expertise and interests and to help the museum accomplish its mission as a teaching museum." This year's projects focused on marketing and education resource development. Wellman says, "[Interns] Helene El Neaman and Yousef Abdul-Husain did an excellent job designing posters to help promote our upcoming exhibitions and researching materials for teacher resources related to those same shows."

While Abdul-Husain and El Neaman were hard at work at the Hood, the museum announced that Lesley Wellman was named the 2012 National Museum Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association.

2009 Dartmouth-AUK Intern's Research Honored with Chase Peace Prize

Charles Dameron '11
 Charles Dameron '11

When Dartmouth-AUK intern Charles Dameron was in Kuwait in 2009, his assignments included research and teaching in Professor Christopher Ohan's Oral History course and working with student journalists at The Voice of AUK. Both experiences proved valuable in the course of writing his senior thesis at Dartmouth, for which he was recently awarded the prestigious Chase Peace Prize. Dameron's thesis focused on the effectiveness of state-sponsored media.

The Chase Peace Prize is awarded annually by Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding. Dameron found that the more objective the broadcast, the more audiences wanted to listen. "And listenership translates to impact," Dameron said in a public forum at Dartmouth in February 2012.

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The Buzz about Data

By Beth Hindmarsh

What do computer games and the study of bee swarms have to do with cancer research? They are both pieces of the human disease jigsaw that, while seemingly unrelated, might yield powerful new tools of diagnosis and treatment. What they share is high-powered computing. Without it, computer games could not do the amazing things they do, solving how swarms of bees (or colonies of ants, schools of fish, or flocks of birds) seem to work as one entity would be impossible, and applying that knowledge to research into human disease processes, particularly cancer, would be unlikely to yield answers.

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 Mohammad El Abd and Jason H. Moore

How high-powered computing might be applied to research in human disease was examined this summer by Mohammed El Abd, an assistant professor of computer engineering and expert in particle swarm optimization (PSO) at the American University of Kuwait, and Jason Moore, director of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (iQBS) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. El Abd is the fourth Faculty Fellow to study with a Dartmouth colleague.

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Dartmouth Welcomes AUK Interns This Summer

Five students from the American University of Kuwait (AUK) will be at Dartmouth in summer 2012 to participate in internships and attend an intensive program designed to train computer science majors in electronic infrastructure security.

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AUK students (left to right) Helene Georges El Neaman, Kevork Awakimian, Eman Karam, Yousef Abdul-Husain, and Wadhah Al-Dalama will intern at Dartmouth this summer. 

Yousef Abdul-Husain and Helene Georges El Neaman will divide their time at Dartmouth between internships at the Hood Museum of Art and the Office of Public Affairs, while Kevork Awakimian will work with programs in the Rassias Center for World Languages. Wadhah Al-Dalama and Eman Karam will attend the Secure Information Systems and Mentoring Program (SISMAT) offered through Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS).

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Dartmouth Student at AUK for Spring Term

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Jacqueline Waugh '13 

AUK welcomed Dartmouth intern Jacqueline Waugh '13 this spring. Waugh, who will be at AUK until the end of May 2012, will be working in the Center for Gulf Studies, Intensive English program, and with the EDUC program.

Waugh, from central New York State, is in her third year at Dartmouth studying international relations and anthropology, focusing on the Middle East. She is involved in a number of activities on campus, including ballroom and salsa dancing, and is a sister at Epsilon Kappa Theta sorority.

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Dartmouth–AUK Project Brings Visiting Scholar to Dartmouth's Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences

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 Mohammad El Abd

Mohammad El Abd, an assistant professor of Computer Engineering at the American University of Kuwait (AUK), will be a visiting scholar at the Dartmouth Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (iQBS) in June and July 2012. El Abd's research is in the field of particle swarm optimization (PSO), which employs mathematical algorithms, coupled with innovative computer search tools, to predict the behavior of individuals in large groups. El Abd comes to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College–American University of Kuwait Program, a collaboration begun in 2003 to provide assistance to the founding and ongoing development of Kuwait's first private liberal arts university.

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Breaking a Cultural Barrier, Building a University

By Luke Decker

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 Travis Cramer '12 interned at AUK in 2011.

In 2004, the American University of Kuwait accepted a silver plate from Dartmouth College. Reminiscent of Dartmouth's own Wentworth Bowl, which the Royal Governor of New Hampshire presented to the College in 1771, the symbolic plate not only served as an expression of confidence in the American University of Kuwait's continuity but also marked the beginning of a partnership between two liberal arts colleges.

Sheikha Dana Nasser Al-Sabah, founder of the AUK, which is the first private liberal arts university on the Arabian Peninsula, modeled the AUK after its role model and sister school. In an effort to assist the AUK's initial growth and development, the College decided to create the AUK Funded Internship Project.
The relationship began in the spring of 2004, when Dartmouth selected its first pair of students to travel Kuwait City. As paid interns, the students helped AUK with administrative duties. In the summer of 2007, Dartmouth College began to host Kuwaiti students. By 2011, the AUK had welcomed 23 Dartmouth students, while Dartmouth received 19 AUK students in Hanover.

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AUK-Dartmouth Music Recital: An Evening of Enchantment

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AUK's Sara Soliman '13 (left) and Dartmouth's Shloka Kini '13 (right) performed at the AUK-Dartmouth music recital, held each year in Kuwait City. 

The Music Program of the American University of Kuwait (AUK), in collaboration with Dartmouth College, presented a stellar music recital on November 14 in the AUK Auditorium Liberal Arts Building, Salmiya Campus. Before a packed house of over 300, advanced student musicians from both distinguished institutions, accompanied by faculty, performed an exciting repertoire of vocal and instrumental solo and chamber works, demonstrating the continued success of AUK's cultural collaboration with Dartmouth.

The concert, which was the fourth AUK-Dartmouth recital, featured a variety of works, including music by Chopin, Haydn, Fauré, Mozart, and Verdi. Music professionals Drs. Elena Tsenkova (piano) and Feruza Kadirova (violin), and Professors Anna Karadimitrova (voice), Agnieszka Fajga (cello), and Dagmara Galas (flute), showcased their own and their students' talents. Student Shloka Kini, a Dartmouth intern at AUK, played guitar, accompanied AUK student Sara Suliman (flute) on two pieces. Ms. Kini went on to perform a Kuhlau solo piano sonatina and then joined the full ensemble as a singer in the finale Schubert Serenade.


AUK Welcomes 23rd Dartmouth Intern

AUK welcomed its 23rd Dartmouth intern since 2005, Shloka Ranjan Kini, a Dartmouth third-year student from the Chicago suburb of Schererville, Indiana. Kini will be working in the Information Technology Office, the Writing Center, and with computer science faculty. She also will be serving as a teaching assistant in guitar classes at AUK.

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Shloka Ranjan Kini

At Dartmouth, Kini is a computer science major with plans to pursue premedical studies. She has participated in several Rockefeller Center programs, including the First-Year Fellows program, during which she interned in Washington, D.C., for a summer, as well as the Management Leadership Development program.

Kini also is very involved in Dartmouth′s student-run radio stations, WDCR and WFRD, and has her own weekly radio show, which currently features theme-driven oldies, country, and Bollywood songs.


Partnership Brings Students/Faculty from Kuwait to Dartmouth

As part of Dartmouth′s flourishing partnership with the eight-year-old American University of Kuwait (AUK), five AUK students and two faculty members studied and worked at Dartmouth this past summer, 2011. The partnership is unusual in higher education, with Dartmouth serving as an advisory partner to AUK, which is an autonomous, private liberal arts institution.

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L-R: Sara Soliman, Hala Botros, and Nada Bedir; photo by Joe Mehling '69

Each summer, AUK selects a promising faculty member for its AUK–Dartmouth Fellowship. This year, Assistant Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering Mohamad Awad is at Thayer School of Engineering, where he′s working with Dartmouth′s George Cybenko, the Dorothy and Walter Gramm Professor of Engineering, on behavioral modeling of telecommunications customers. Outside the lab, Awad has canoed on the Connecticut River and gone horseback riding at Morton Farm with his family. "George and his research group are world-leading experts in the field of behavioral modeling," says Awad. "He is a man of great humanity, and working with him is having a positive impact on every aspect of my research."


Dartmouth Anthropologist Receives Distinguished Scholar Award

dale eickelmanDale F. Eickelman, the Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College, has received the 2011 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). The award recognizes scholars “whose teaching and contributions to the literature and the profession have substantially advanced the field,” according to Emilio Spadola, assistant professor of anthropology at Colgate University and chair of the AAA Middle East Awards Committee. Citing Eickelman’s “remarkable and productive career,” members of the award committee praised his contributions to scholarship on the Middle East, with particular emphasis on his commitment to uniting colleagues across disciplines. He was also recognized “for working to mentor both graduate and undergraduate students.”


AUK Welcomes New Dartmouth Intern

Travis Michael Cramer, hailing from Portland, Oregon, is a member of the class of 2012 at Dartmouth College. He is an Anthropology major and is interested in education management. In the past he has served as an executive of several extracurricular clubs, worked as a behavioral neuroscience research assistant, and participated in choir, musical theatre, and track and cross country running. On campus he is involved in community service activities such as tutoring local elementary and middle school students and helping foreign students learn English. He is also involved in a campus Christian group and is the Service and Philanthropy Chair of Zeta Psi Fraternity. Travis is looking forward to learning about the Middle East and meeting and working with the students, faculty, and staff of AUK. Travis will be working in the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Writing Center, and with the Student Success Center. Travis will be at AUK until the end of May 2011. Travis is the thirteenth intern since 2005 to join AUK from Dartmouth College.

Dartmouth and American University of Kuwait Students Find Common Ground

It was 9:15 a.m. in Hanover and 4:15 p.m. in Kuwait City on October 21, 2010, when two groups of young women, one at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) and one at Dartmouth, talked about the reasons they chose to major in computer science. Facilitated by the Dartmouth College-American University of Kuwait Program; the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS); and the Women in Science Project, the conversation took place in real time using videoconferencing technology in the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), and the Information Technology Department and the Library at American University of Kuwait (AUK).

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Women in Science Project participants video conference with women computer science majors from the American University of Kuwait; photo by Joseph Mehling ’69

The videoconference highlighted a growing list of activities that take place as part of Dartmouth’s relationship with AUK, now in its seventh year. One aspect of that relationship, the AUK Faculty Fellows Program, brings AUK scholars to Dartmouth to work with counterparts in Hanover. AUK Assistant Professor of Computer Science Amir Zeid visited Dartmouth in summer 2010 to work with George Cybenko, the Dorothy and Walter Gramm Professor of Engineering. ...


Building on a "Strong Foundation": AUK President Win Thompson Visits Dartmouth July 28-30, 2010

Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim was preparing for a speech he was to give later that day when he
 met with AUK’s newly appointed president Winfred “Win” Thompson on July 29. The two presidents compared notes on the challenges—and the rewards—of leading university communities and talked about the global nature of higher education in the 21st century.


Last Updated: 7/21/14