I hope you are all well and preparing for some down time over the Holiday season.
As we approach the end of the year, I would like to update you about what has been happening at AKUAANA. Over the last six months, your newly elected Executive Council has been hard at work enhancing our web presence and updating our databases. This has included additions and modifications to increase efficiency for users and administrators. As you know, maintaining an accurate database is a huge challenge, especially when it involves alumni early in their careers, when relocations are commonplace. We look to you to assist in this effort by ensuring that we have the most accurate contact information for you.
Early preparations for the Annual Reunion, 2014 to be held in mid-August in Washington DC have been initiated. The Class of 1989 will celebrate its 25th anniversary, Class of 1994 its 20th, and the Class of 2004 will mark its 10th year since graduating. The various classes have started to connect and plan. We look forward to celebrating with them!
The Aga Khan University is gearing up for a celebration to mark the 30th year for the University Charter, the 30th year of the School of Nursing, the 25th year of the Medical College and the 20th year for the Institute of Educational Development. Through the years, each of these institutions has raised the bar for their respective professions and I hope will continue to be trailblazers in the region. The festivities will take up most of December and will include at least two convocations and several reunions.
I would like to thank my Executive Council, Secretary Amna Iftikhar (’92), Treasurer Syed Jawad Sher (’97), and Web Design Project Lead Atif Jalees Khan (’99), for their hard work during the last two years. I would like to thank all of you for your support and applaud you for engaging with your alumni association. As is a constant refrain when I have the soapbox, it is your engagement that will allow this organization to fulfill its potential. And how can any organization that has the collective brains, charisma, charm and grit that is the AKU alumni not be a force to contend with!
It is my great pleasure to welcome the new Executive Council, President-elect Faisal Qureshi (’93), Secretary Atif Shafqat (’93), Treasurer Shazia Hussain (’90), and Web Director Abdul Basit Saeed (’07), as they take over the reins on January 1, 2014. They have already been hard at work and, I am sure, will continue to advance AKUAANA over their term.
On behalf of the outgoing Executive Council, please accept my gratitude for allowing us to represent your organization. Working with you has been an honor and a pleasure.
Engage, participate, own.
Sadaf Khan, ’92