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AUS holds Annual Student Appreciation Awards 2013
Over 600 active students at American University of Sharjah (AUS) were honored for their extracurricular achievements for the academic year at the Annual Student Appreciation Awards 2013, yesterday, May 15, 2013.
Students from sports teams, student organizations, volunteer groups, university leadership programs and other student associations were honored at a special ceremony held at the AUS Sports Complex. The awards are held to promote the university's support towards student contribution and achievements in extracurricular activities.
The annual event promotes the university's diverse extracurricular programs and the multitude of out-of-classroom learning opportunities and the related student recognition programs available to AUS students.
Speaking at the ceremony were Dr. Thomas Hochstettler, Acting Chancellor and Provost, and Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
"While recognizing your efforts today, we also praise your good time keeping, your academic and non-academic performances and your continuous out-of-class participation that has kept us on our feet throughout the year," said Dr. Al Shehhi. "We all hope you keep building your portfolios in extracurricular areas while achieving academic excellence."
Hamdan Mohamed Al Maamari, President of the Student Council, also addressed the students. He thanked His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of AUS, for his continuous support. He said that this year had been a great journey for both the Student Council and for the student body in general. "In addition to all the work done with the administration and the meetings to solve many other issues that were raised by the students, we also had a very active year," he said. "We organized the traditional desert safari, celebrated Eid on campus, held the first Student Council soccer league and many other events in collaboration with ethnic and non-ethnic clubs."
Eight students received the Most Outstanding Active Student Award for their contributions and dedication in the academic year 2012−2013. The awardees were:
Student Athletics and Recreation: Ashley Ann Mansour, AUS Women's Basketball Team; Mohammed Osama Siddiqui, AUS Men's Squash and Badminton Teams; Somtochukwu Junior Uchundu, AUS Men's Track and Field Team
Student Clubs and Organizations: Saif Altonaiji, Vice President of the Emirati Cultural Club; Ayman Jaber, President of the Palestinian Cultural Club; Ahmed Abdelrahman El Tinai, President of Power Hit Radio Club
Community Services: Rihab Badsha
Leadership Program: Anam Shahid
The following awards were also presented for participation in AUS Global Day 2013.
Global Day Best Performance Award: Indian Cultural Club; Nigerian Cultural Club; Lebanese Cultural Club
Global Day Creative Idea Award (Performance): Emirati Cultural Club
Global Day Teamwork Award (Performance): Pakistani Cultural Club
Global Day Best Corner Award: Palestinian Cultural Club; Saudi Cultural Club; Syrian Cultural Club
Global Day Creative Idea Award (Corner): Iraqi Cultural Club
Global Day Teamwork Award (Corner): Bangladeshi Cultural Club
Club of the Year: Emirati Cultural Club
Also present at the awards ceremony were Salem Al Qaseer, AUS Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs; Ali Shuhaimy, AUS Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management; AUS deans and other senior officials; faculty, staff and students.