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2017 Sulaimani Earth Day Festival Promotes Environmental Concern and Awareness

“The Earth is our home. Protect our home.” In a region known for its stunning natural beauty, it is fitting that people want to protect the environment and keep it for future generations. This was the spirit behind the 2017 Sulaimani Earth Day Festival, held in Azadi Park on April 22nd. The Festival was organized in collaboration with the international Earth Day Network and the March for Science. The Festival began with a service walk around the park, during which participants picked up debris and rubbish. After the cleanup, approximately 20 organizations from around the city had set up informational tables to educate attendees about a variety of environmental, scientific, and healthcare issues. As the people enjoyed the exhibitor booths, live music was played, and poetry in Kurdish and English was performed. A “trash relay” competition was also officiated by the Suli Runners club.   The event was organized by students associated with the AUIS Environment Keepers club with significant input and help from Nabil Musa and Waterkeepers Iraq. Other environmental organizations that exhibited were Nature Iraq, Nature Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Botanical Foundation, the Ainda Organization, Green Environment, and the Persian Leopard Conservation project. The Festival was not the first of its kind to be held in Azadi Park. From 2012 to 2014, Nature Iraq helped organize the Sulaimani Green Arts and Music Festival with similar goals. Zayne Amer, Senior English Instructor in AUIS’s Academic Preparatory Program, who participated in both festivals, said, “I’ve seen the positive impact that events like this Festival can have on the Suli community. Hopefully this will promote more civic engagement and activism in the future.” Article contirbuted by Chris Edwards, Academic Preparatory Program (APP) Photos by Wud Salam, Communications student volunteer 

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. 

Information Technology Day

Our IT students will be presenting creative, interactive and fun projects tomorrow from 11:15 - 12:15 in A-B1-Hallway. This event is sponsored by Dario Cafe. There will be plenty of pizzas, cakes, cupcakes, beverages and much more! You can also win unique prizes we collected just for this special event. One more thing, we have lots of stickers! You should put at least one on your laptop! 

TAG Motivational Talk

The Action Group and Langwa Club have invited AUIS faculty members Choman Hardi, Raguez Taha, Tobin Hartnell and Mazen Bou Khuzam to give motivational talks this Sunday. The event is open to all AUIS community. Contact: Avin Adil Barkhy, TAG President, avin.adil@auis.edu.krd     

Unity Picnic Spring 2017

The Council of Unity, an AUIS student organization, invites all members of the AUIS community to the annual Unity Picnic.  Friday | April 21, 2017 Transport will be available for those attending the picnic. Please purchase your tickets at the Unity Picnic table at the Cafeteria in Building-A.  For more information, contact student organizers: Sara Fadhil and Muhammedtaib.

Sulaimani Earth Day Festival 2017

What is happening on April 22? This year, on April 22nd, the AUIS Environment Keepers will be hosting the Sulaimani Earth Day Festival, in collaboration with Waterkeepers Iraq and many other organizations.  Join us in cleaning up the park and enjoy the many fun activties planned during the day!  Schedule of events: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  9:00 a.m.     Buses leave AUIS campus and Pak City to bring students and teachers to Parki Azadi 9:30 a.m.     Gathering at the Riwan Gate 10:00 a.m.   All gather at the main stage in the park 10:15 a.m.   Disperse in teams throughout the park to gather rubbish 11:15 a.m.   Gather again at the main stage and Program begins From approximately 11:30 on, the Program will include: live music performances poetry reading some drama sketches a competition arranged by Suli Runners club informational tables from many scientific, medical, and environmental organizations some basic medical screenings for eye health, blood sugar levels, and hepatitis a nature photo exhibitions (and possibly sales) The festival is open to everyone.  See event on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Sulaimani.Earth.Day.Festival Contact: Chris Edwards (APP Instructor): christopher.edwards@auis.edu.krd Braw Bala (Environment Keepers Club): bb15074@auis.edu.krd

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