Sally Abou Melhem , Office of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleagues and students of AUB's beloved Dr. Antoine Khabbaz, founding director of the
AUB Counseling Center, gathered at West Hall to commemorate the one-year memorial of his tragic loss. A plaque was placed in front of the Counseling Center he founded back in 2001, to recognize his legacy.
Dr. Khabbaz was part of the AUB community for 17 years, in which he was widely credited with providing a safe, affirming, and unbiased environment for students dealing with stress, anxiety, or struggling to adjust to life's challenges. Through the Counseling Center, Dr. Khabbaz and his team had a progressive approach to student counseling and were able to deal with simple as well as intense and complex cases that came their way, day and night, and are responsible for saving many lives.
The services of the Counseling Center are free to all current AUB students, who are encouraged to seek counseling for any difficulty they may be facing. The center provides short-term counseling and crisis intervention to help students gain increased awareness, independence, and effective daily habits.
“Dr. Antoine Khabbaz is remembered by so many people with deep love, admiration and at times amazement," said Dean of Student Affairs Talal Nizameddin. “He had an inner-equilibrium, infinite wisdom paralleled with limitless kindness, and a gentle soul with a supernatural ability to make all those in his presence feel better." He added that there was no boundary between Dr. Khabbaz's life and work. “I know for so many his loss is painful and some would think 'how I wish you were here with us now.' But his legacy, his impact, his intrinsic goodness will live on and he has left an indelible print in the supreme story that is AUB."
Attending the commemoration were Associate Vice President for Administration and Chief of Staff Mary Jaber Nachar; Dean Nizameddin; Associate Provost Lina Choueiri; Professor Fadi Maalouf, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; as well as Professor Brigitte Khoury, director of the Psychology Training Program and the Arab Research Center; and Dr. Leila Akoury Dirani, professor of psychiatry and director of the Child Protection Program.