Eight University Lebanese Clubs attract 105 attendees at the Lebanese Collegiate Network’s Luncheon in Los Angeles
In collaboration with SoCal Schools (Cal Poly Pomona, CSULB, LMU, UCLA, UCR, UCSD, UCSB, USC) and WLCU CY
On January 23, 2011, the Lebanese Collegiate Network (LCN) hosted its 4th Luncheon at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale. Eight university Lebanese clubs (ULC) from the Los Angeles area and from as far as San Diego attended the event, which had a record 105 in attendance. The event focused around the clubs and their past and upcoming activities, and getting the different schools together in one setting to promote collaboration amongst one another. The luncheon also provided a venue for students to network with professionals who can assist them with their careers.
After the welcoming remarks by LCN President Sevag Sislian, LCN VP of Membership Myrna Ghorayeb introduced the presidents of the ULCs. Each president gave a five-minute presentation and introduced their club board members, purpose, goals, past events and upcoming activities. Parents and professionals got to explore some of the initiatives taken by the young and upcoming Lebanese students. These initiatives included events such as community service outings, bonfires, cultural shows and the LCN yearly convention. You can read about these events and more in the newly released LCN newsletter ‘reCap’ online at www.mylcn.org/recap. The ULCs in attendance included Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and USC.
The event was planned by LCN with the help of the World Lebanese Cultural Union’s Council of Youth president, Anita Abdul Karim, who was also the LCN Chair for this event. Anita along with her Vice President Tina Aoun, introduced their newly established organization and announced some of their scheduled events happening in the next few months.
After the student and WLCU presentations, LCN board members talked about the organization and highlighted programs such as the Academic Excellence & Heritage award and the Most Outstanding ULC Award whose application deadlines are February 1st. These awards are handed out at the LCN convention and all subscribing students are encouraged to apply. Sevag also stressed on the significance of these clubs’ involvement with LCN and invited everyone to be part of LCN by joining a committee or running for and executive board position.
LCN Secretary Lara Saikali then expanded on the annual LCN Convention happening in Michigan on April 1st to the 3rd and noted the several ULCs who had already applied for funding from their schools to attend this hallmark event. A new addition at this upcoming convention is workshops for professionals and alumni as part of the LCN efforts to cater to our alumni members.
After the presentations, guests gathered in the patio for some additional networking and socialized in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. LCN thanks Phoenicia for the delicious lunch and being extra generous with their accommodation.
The LCN is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization aimed at developing, fostering and connecting University Lebanese Clubs and their student and alumni members, and work towards their academic and professional development. Details about the awards and convention are readily available online at www.mylcn.org and www.mylcn.org/LCN11. Learn about LCN events across the nation and get email updates by joining online today https://mylcn.org/membership/member-subscription/.