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Commencement 2012 Speakers Announced

AUA Commencement 2012 will feature VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian (in Armenian) and Incoming AUA Provost and current Interim Dean at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain Dennis Leavens (in English). The commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 11 AM, in the university’s large auditorium.

Ambassador Kazhoyan Speaks to Students

Vahram Kazhoyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Director of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, recently spoke with second year students in Political Science and International Affairs about “How the Caucasus is Viewed from Abroad.” Ambassador Kazhoyan, who has served in Greece, Cyprus and Slovenia, related his own experiences serving abroad as he discussed how other countries perceive Armenia and the Caucasus. Following his remarks, Ambassador Kazhoyan responded to numerous questions.

Board of Trustees Thanks Outgoing Vice President Bruce Janigian

AUA’s Board of Trustees honored and thanked Bruce Janigian, outgoing Vice President for Development and Government Relations, for his service to the university. In a May 4 presentation, the Board of Trustees expressed its appreciation for Janigian’s six years of dedicated service to AUA and wished him success in his future endeavors.

Extension Program: “Closing the Knowledge Gap”

With a new Summer Youth Program which includes English language, test preparation, media literacy, photography, exploring nature and web design, the American University of Armenia’s (AUA) Extension Program is working to “close the knowledge gap in the private as well as public sector in Armenia,” says Dr. Arpie Balian, Externsion’s new director.

“The new program encourages young people to become ‘an AUA-teen,” continues Balian, “helping them to develop skills for academic achievement and life-long learning.”

In addition to the new summer program, Extension has enhanced its Women Entrepreneurship Program (WEP), with a series of specific workshops focused on areas such as financial management and marketing, and a planned fall 2012 conference. In its seventh year, the WEP, a partnership with the Armenian International Women’s Association, is a “high-powered 6-week training designed to address the specific needs, challenges, and opportunities faced by women in Armenia.”

For over 18 years, AUA’s Extension Program has planned, designed, and delivered quality courses to meet the needs of the public and private sectors as well as individuals at large.   Ongoing courses include comprehensive English Language Training, Computer Literacy and Information Technology training, preparatory courses for TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, and SAT, as well as Leadership, Business Management and Entrepreneurship courses.  

The Extension Program’s new director came to AUA in January with over thirty years of experience in the public sector.  Balian holds a master’s in public administration from the American University in Washington, D.C. and a doctorate in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California. She has lived and taught in several countries, including Lebanon, Canada, and USA, has served as director of planning, budget and evaluation in the U. S. government and has managed several development projects in the Republic of Armenia.

For more information about AUA’s Extension Program visit

AGBU Papazian Library Receives Donation of 1300 Volumes from Robert Krikorian

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Papazian Library has been enriched by a generous donation of books on social science and humanities from Robert O. Krikorian, Director of Analytic Effectiveness, Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. Krikorian donated more than 1300 volumes from his personal library which were shipped to AUA via the United Armenia Fund. The volumes fall into several categories: Political Science/International Relations, US Foreign Policy, US Diplomatic History, Russia/Soviet History, Eurasian Politics and History, Modern European History, and Genocide Studies. “Robert is a long time supporter of the Papazian Library. His donation provides valuable resources not only to AUA students but also to the community-at-large as the Library is open to the public,” stated Satenik Avagyan, Director of the AGBU Papazian Library. “This is one more example of Robert’s commitment to scholarship and Armenia’s development.” “We also appreciate the support of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia which provided a small grant to off-set the cost of shipping the books,” stated Avagyan.

Anahit and Diana unpack the boxes of books. Books are at AUA.

To make Krikorian’s donation even more accessible, the volumes are currently being cataloged and will be included in the Library’s online Catalogue