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فێرخوازانی زانکۆی ئەمریکی لەسلێمانی پشوی خۆیان لەخێوەتگەی پەنابەران لەڕواندز بەسەر دەبەن

مانگی مارسی ئەمساڵ ، گروپێک لەفێرخوازانی قۆناغی بەکالۆریۆس و فێرخوازانی  پرۆگرامی ئامادەسازیی ئەکادیمی ، بەیاوەریی سێ کەس لەئەندامانی دەستەی وانەبێژی لەپرۆگرامی ئامادەسازیی ئەکادیمی ، پشوی هەفتەی نەورۆزیان لەخێوەتگەی پەنابەران لەڕواندز ، لەگەڵ منداڵانی پەنابەر بەسەر برد . ئەم گەشتە بۆتە نەریتێکی ساڵانەو خراوەتە بریی پشوی خوێندن ،  ئەمە سێیەم جارە کە لەژێر ناوی (پشوی بەهارە) دا رێکدەخرێت ، تیایدا فێرخوازان پشوەکەی خۆیان تەرخان دەکەن بۆ خزمەتکردنی کۆمەڵگە . گەشتی ئەمجارە لەسەر حسابی دەرچوی زانکۆ (هێرش محەممەد) بو کە سەخاوەتمەندانە تێچوی گەشتەکەی گرتە ئەستۆی خۆی ، هاوکاریەکەشی تەرخانکرا بۆ کڕین و دابینکردنی پێداویستیەکانی گەشتەکە وەکو :  تۆپی پێ ، لاپتۆپ ، قرتاسییە ، دەفتەری رەنگکردن و رەسمکردن ، هەروەها چەندین یارییتر بۆ منداڵان . جگە لەوە ، فێرخوازان لەزانکۆ ، لەڕێی هەندێک چالاکییەوە ، بڕێک کۆمەک و هاوکاریی تریان کۆکردەوە بۆ دابینکردنی چەند پێداویستییەکی تری گرنگ . فێرخوازان یەک رۆژی رێکیان لەگەڵ منداڵانی پەنابەر بەسەر برد ، بەدەم پێشکەشکردنی چەندین چالاکیی جۆراوجۆرەوە ، وەکو : وێنەکێشان لەسەر دەموچاو ، تابلۆکێشان ، سەماو هەڵپەڕکێ و هتد .  

طلاب الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية يقضون عطلتهم في مخيم للاجئين في رواندوز

 في شهر مارس من هذا العام، قضت مجموعة من طلاب مرحلة البكالوريوس وطلاب البرنامج الأكاديمي التحضيري، بمرافقة ثلاثة من أعضاء هيئة التدريس في البرنامج الأكاديمي التحضيري، عطلة أسبوع النوروز،  مع أطفال في مخيم للاجئين في قضاء رواندوز التابع لإقليم كردستان العراق.  وقد باتت هذه الرحلة تقليدا سنويا، وهذه المرة الثالثة التي تنظم، وهي تحمل  اسم (عطلة الربيع)، كما أنها بديل عن العطلة الدراسية، حيث يكرس الطلاب من خلالها  وقتهم لخدمة المجتمع. وتبرع خريج الجامعة محمد هيرش بمبلغ سخي لرحلة هذا العام، حيث استخدمت مساهمته لشراء لوازم الرحلة مثل كرة القدم، وأجهزة الكمبيوتر المحمولة، والقرطاسية، وكتب التلوين، وألعاب أخرى للأطفال في المخيمات، بالإضافة إلى ذلك قام الطلاب بجمع تبرعات في الجامعة من خلال بعض الأنشطة ليتمكنوا من شراء الضروريات، إذ قضوا يوما كاملا مع الأطفال مقدمين لهم أنشطة تفاعلية ممتعة، بما في ذلك الرسم على الوجه والرقص ولوحات تشكيلية وغيرها من الأنشطة. اتبع الرابط لعرض كل صور الرحلة.  

Students Spend Alternative Spring Break at Rwanduz Refugee Camp

Earlier in March this year, a group of undergraduate and Academic Preparatory Program (APP) students, accompanied by three APP instructors, spent their Nawroz break with children at a refugee camp in Rwanduz in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This is the third consecutive year AUIS students have organized an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) to dedicate their time for community service. AUIS graduate Mohammed Hersh generously donated a large sum for the trip.   The students spent an entire day with the kids doing various interactive and fun activities, including face painting, dancing, drawing, and other games. “My favorite part of the trip was getting to see AUIS students interacting with the refugee children. I loved getting to see a different side of everyone. I didn't know Ahmed was an origami and paper airplane whiz. I had no idea Hazher loved puzzles. Every child, even the super shy ones, would talk to Juman. I got to see Ali ride a bouncy horse! There were so many small moments when I was reminded how amazing everyone is. It made me appreciate AUIS and its students even more,” said Ms. Katy McGarr, one of the APP instructors accompanying us on the trip. “This was my second time participating in ASB, it was well organized and I really enjoyed it. The best part of the trip was the team work. We spent the whole day doing activities for the kids and making them happy. I ended up painting bunnies, Batman and Spiderman on their bright, beautiful faces,” said student Zryan Ibrahim. APP Instructor Valerie Wayson echoed Zryan's thoughts: “The fact that we could make a change, a change that made those children happy, and bring joy was everything to us. Happiness is free, but so is sadness and pain. For us to take away some of their sadness is such a beautiful gift that was given from all our hearts," she said about her experience at the camp.  The students were divided into several different groups to arrange the event. They worked on fundraising, planning the program, transportation, buying supplies, and housing. Participants raised over one million Iraqi dinars from a cook-off hosted at AUIS prior to the event. “I was stunned by the generosity of the AUIS community. I know that AUIS students and staff are caring and compassionate; I see that every day. However, I never in my wildest dreams expected to raise so much money at our cook-off. I was blown away. Students who weren't even going on the trip brought food, worked at the table, and helped clean up. It was incredibly inspiring to see how everyone played a part in the success of our trip,” said Ms. McGarr. >> View a photo story of Alternative Spring Break on our Facebook Page.  There were also several anonymous donors, and the largest donation of USD 1,500 was made by AUIS graduate Mohammed Hersh Rashid. His contribution was used to buy supplies such as footballs, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, erasers, coloring books, play dough, and other toys for the children in the camps. The money from the cook-off was spent for purchasing a variety of English and Arabic books. The AUIS community donated books for pre-schoolers, school children, and teenagers, and the students purchased several picture dictionaries, teaching resources, and flashcards. The rest of the funds were used to purchase face paint, coloring books, a tug-of-war rope, and snacks. On April 6th, participants of the 2017 Spring Break met with President Ferguson and Mr. Mohammed Hersh. "As many know our country has gone through a lot because of the war and ISIS in the past two to three years. I personally think the University and the students have done a great job in helping those in need through these charities. As an AUIS alumnus, I thought it is was the least I could do to give back to the University and our community." - Mohammed Hersh Rashid "This was a great event, because it recognized two important themes of AUIS: Alumni supporting the university and the university supporting the community. Mr. Mohammed is one of hundreds of AUIS graduates who are staying connected to the university as they move forward with their lives and careers. As for the service: 2017 was the third year that AUIS students have donated their time and talents to others during the Nawroz Break. This trip was led by Ms. Katy McGarr, and we want to thank her," said Dean Geoffrey Gresk, at the meeting. Ms. McGarr apprecited the genrous contribution by Mr. Hersh to the trip: "As one of the organizers of this years’ service trip, I was blown away by Mr. Hersh's donation. It is a testament to the generosity of the AUIS community and how that generosity and commitment to service extends beyond graduation. It was an honor for the ASB 2017 team to be able to deliver Mr. Hersh's donation to the camps. I know that the many supplies he provided will have a lasting impact on the education and emotional health of the refugees we visited. In addition, I know that his example will inspire current AUIS students and future alumni to follow in his footsteps."  There are three refugee camps in Rwanduz, including Rwanduz, Kawlokan and Akoyan camps, built by the World Orphans organization. Most families are Yazidis/Ezidis who took refuge in these camps after fleeing from Shingal, and others include the Shabak who came from Mosul. There are about 100 families and 200 kids in the camps. The organization has built a school in Soran, and they also provided buses for them.  If you want to be part of the Service Learning Program, please contact Ms. Farah Mousa at farah.mousa@auis.edu.krd.  Article and photos contributed by Communications student volunteer, Halbast Abdullah. 

Life After AUIS

Blog by Mahdi Murad, business administration, '14  Amsterdam, December 2016: Recently, one of my best and dearest friends who also happens to be an AUIS alum, visited me in Amsterdam. It was a short visit, but a big part of our conversation was about all the experiences we shared during our times at AUIS. The student government, student clubs, blogs, demonstrations and many more were some of the memories we recalled. It was an inspiring meeting looking at where we both stand now. I kept thinking about AUIS even after my friend left. I have always valued my experiences at AUIS and have always been thankful for what the university has offered me. The words, “Without AUIS, I would not be able to stand where I am now,” started almost all my conversations with my friends. AUIS was definitely the one and only place that offered me a number of opportunities that would have been too difficult to get elsewhere in the country during my college life. So I, once again, thank AUIS, its professors, staff members, and students who have been, and continue to be, a great source of inspiration to me.  While browsing through the AUIS website, I came across these words from my previous blog, “I not only majored in business administration, but I also became a journalist, a playwright, and a sports lover through the various extracurricular activities that AUIS offers its students,” and, “I believe that the extra knowledge and confidence that I gained, along with my degree, have been really helpful to me in getting hired by one of the most well-known international companies around the world!” That was what I said about two and a half years ago. Have I changed my mind now? The answer is absolutely not! I analyzed every word I stated during the last years after I graduated at AUIS. Indeed, each word reflects what I have achieved so far. I have many friends, a majority of them AUIS students and graduates, who ask me how I got to where I am now. The answer is not impossible nor is complicated: harness every single moment of your life at AUIS and make use of all the opportunities you can get. For someone from outside AUIS in our country, the words “extracurricular activities,” and “extra knowledge” might not mean much, however, if you ask the same question to an AUIS member, it could mean everything. It could mean the basketball team, the soccer team, journalism club, debate club, drama club, writing club, reading club, or a variety of other activities; things like study abroad exchange programs and internships. So, this helps you see how different AUIS is. And my advice to the current students is to be as proactive as possible; do not only look at the opportunities, go after each one of them. I was personally one of those students who was engaged in as many of these activities as possible. Did they help me? Absolutely! In addition, I totally understand that AUIS requires a lot of time and dedication for its curriculum, classes, and exams. However, successful students will be able to manage their time in a way that could dedicate some of their focus to all the wonderful opportunities AUIS offers in addition to its prestigious system of education. Furthermore, I would like to leave you with few points that I learnt from my professors, friends, and everyone I work with. These are points that helped me achieve many of my goals. Firstly, work on creating a rich resume that should be populated with experiences related to your dream career. Having a strong major such as business administration was good but never enough to help me get the job. It was mostly about the related skills I managed to develop while I was a student. My bachelor’s degree helped me become one of the top candidates for the job, but the extracurricular activities such as journalism, theater, internships and volunteer work were the reason I was chosen for the job. So, know what you would like or want to do now before you graduate. And always work around the expected skills you will need to get that career after you graduate. Secondly, do more of what you think you are good at, and don’t change your mind for something that you are not sure you will succeed at. When I graduated from high school, almost everyone who knew me was surprised that I didn’t go to engineering or medical school. I was honest with myself at that time. I knew these two were not for me, and I would not be happy or successful at them. I loved English at that time, and always wanted to speak English fluently. Therefore, I decided to join AUIS and chased that dream until I achieved my goal. Within AUIS, after the English program, I realized I would enjoy business. So, I soon decided to chase that dream too. In a nutshell, you need to find your dream job and passion and chase it. Ask for advice as much as possible but be honest about what you are good at and what you want to do in the future. The third and very important thing is TIME. My life at AUIS seemed crazy for many of my colleagues. I was engaged in several extra-curricular activities simultaneously. Many of my friends thought that I had no life, but only my very close friends could understand I was busy but also super happy. I was able to manage my time and balance my life very well. It is also crucial to know that the time management skill will live with you for the rest of your life. For example, after you graduate and are hired for your dream job, you need to balance your work and life effectively. Every day I hear the words “balancing life and time management” wherever I am. Based on my experience, you need to develop that skill as soon as possible and not wait until after graduation. I have some friends and colleagues who are facing big challenges with their work due to lack of life-work balancing and time-management skills. So, develop that skill now and the future will be much easier for whatever job you take. Lastly, like Leonardo DiCaprio once said, “When you wake up in the morning, you have two choices…go back to sleep and dream your dreams or wake up and chase those dreams.” I hope you wake up and go after your dreams. I wish every AUIS student a great future and would like to again remind you that AUIS Makes Impossible, Possible!

Alumni vs Students Women's Basketball Match

  The AUIS Alumni Association is hosting a women's basketball game on May 12 between current student and members of the alumni.    The game is open to everyone at AUIS and outside the University.    Outside guests can register their names for the match by clicking on this link.    Only those with their names registered will be allowed to attend on the day of the match. Please bring some identification with you to the University on the day.   Tickets for IQD 5,000 will be sold at the AUIS main entrance on the day of the match.    Donations are also encouraged by the AUIS staff, current students, and alumni. The proceeds from the tickets will go towards fundraising for the AUIS Alumni Association.   

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