Summary of First General Assembly

by Omar Aridi

On Wednesday, October 12th 2011, the Online Collabrative Team of the American University of Beirut (AUBOC) held their first general assembly for this semester. The welcoming note by Mrs.. Khauli, AUBOC's advisor who has been following up on the team's events since last year, set up the vibes in the members. Mrs. Khauli expressed her happiness in being part of the "Collaborative Team" as she stressed the importance of social media in our lives.

Members were introduced to the AUBOC cabinet: Mohammad Hijazi (President), Weam Al-Awar (Vice President), Jim Ramsey Khoury  (Member at Large), Raghd Hamzeh (Secretary), Loulwa Kalache (Treasurer), Malek Teffaha (Public Relations), and Dr. Leila Khauli Hanna (Advisor).The presentation started with a simple introduction about AUBOC's mission and objectives, as well as the different activities held from blogging, feasts and tweet-ups throughout the year, to workshops and conferences on a national and international scale.

Due to the large number of participants, members were divided into sub-committees each supervised by a cabinet member. Committees are divided as follows: Event Planning Committee led by Mohammad Hijazi, Workshop Committee led by Jim Ramsey Khoury, News Reporting Committee  by Weam Al-Awar, Funding and Sponsorships Committee by Raghd Hamzeh, Public Relations Committee by Malek Teffaha, and last but not least Community Service Committee supervised by Loulwa Kalache.

The assembly emphasized the importance of social media throughout the whole meeting, where members discussed their ideas and opinions, as some shared their real life experiences with social media. In the end, members were introduced to future plans of this semester, one of which is the AUBOC annual conference on "Social Media Changing Lives" in mid December.