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Fourth of July Parade Is a First for AUK Students

It was a perfect Fourth of July for American University of Kuwait (AUK) student interns Rama Sabano and Hana Ibrahim. On campus as assistant teachers of Arabic in the Rassias Foundation's Accelerated Language Program this summer, the two women were invited to participate in the historic Wolfeboro, N.H., Independence Day Parade. On the southeast tip of Lake Winnepesaukee, Wolfeboro lays claim to being "America's Oldest Resort Town."

Rama Sabano and Hana Ibrahim
American University of Kuwait students Rama Sabano and Hana Ibrahim hand out candy at the Wolfeboro, N.H., Fourth of July parade. (Photo by Kawakahi Kaeo Amina '09)

Sabano and Ibrahim traveled to the lakeside community at the invitation of New Hampshire Senator John Sununu, who is of Lebanese descent. They joined staffers from Sununu's office, marched alongside contingents for the various presidential candidates, a bagpipe orchestra, the Wolfeboro Ladies' Garden Club, and Uncle Sam on stilts, to name just a few of the groups represented along the parade route. "I'll remember this day for the rest of my life," said Ibrahim over lunch at the historic Wolfeboro Inn.

Established in 2003, the American University of Kuwait (AUK) is the first private liberal arts university in Kuwait. Dartmouth provides expertise and consultation to the new university on a broad spectrum of academic and administrative areas under the terms of a memorandum of understanding administered through the Dickey Center. Dale F. Eickelman, the Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations, coordinates the various aspects of Dartmouth's relationship with AUK, including programs associated with the Dickey Center, Rassias Foundation, Hood Museum of Art, and the libraries.

Several Dartmouth students have traveled to the Persian Gulf nation as AUK interns, including two members of the Class of 2006 who returned to the Middle East as Fulbright Scholars.

By LAUREL STAVIS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08