Students gathered in the AUIS Conference Hall along with their proud teachers, family and friends to celebrate their graduation from the Academic Preparatory Program (APP) last week. The program provides intensive English and general academic preparation for students accepted to AUIS. Fifty-nine students graduated from the program and will now embark on their undergraduate programs.
A poem by Mewan Said and Mahmood Jaff, students at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) opens a newly published book that chronicles The Art of Social Justice (SoJust) – a weeklong international arts festival arranged by AUIS in the spring of 2013 in Sulaimani, and backed by the US State Department. This book celebrates the creative work of students, faculty, and the visiting artists who contributed to that event.
Information Technology majors presented their capstone projects this week. Sheelan Omed used sensors to turn the stairs of the AUIS cafeteria into keys of a piano, while Rezhen Sabah's developed a healthy seat system that reminds users to get up when they've been sitting at a computer for too long. More photos of the capstone projects are available on our Facebook page.
Former member of the AUIS Board of Trustees and long-time supporter of the University, Fouad Ajami, has died. The Lebanese-born academic, author and commentator was a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
Marie LaBrosse, a poet, translator, and member of the Department of English, came to AUIS in 2011. “When I was contemplating whether I should take the job, someone told me that the streets in Sulaimani were named after poets. That made up my mind. I had to come here,” she said.
The goal of creating policy that can impact the future of a developing nation is a daunting one, but it’s a job that the class of 2014’s valedictorian Dina Dara hopes to take on. Dara’s next pursuit will be a master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, one of the world's foremost graduate schools of international relations.
Assistant Professor Loren Higbee points to the students when he explains why he is at AUIS. “A major part of why I’m proud to teach at AUIS is that the liberal arts instruction we offer ensures that our students are not only trained in a specialty. They’re educated. We give our students opportunities that they wouldn’t have at other places. We provide a forum for open discussion of ideas,” said Higbee.
Dr. Frederick Monsma, Associate Professor in AUIS’ Social Science Department, grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. After getting his undergraduate degree at St. John's College, he went on to get his PhD in Philosophy at Boston College.