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OSA Retreat Expands Horizons


On the weekend of February 21-22, around 120 club officers, advisers, faculty and staff members from Balamand’s four campuses (Kurah, Akkar, Souk el Gharb and FHS Achrafieh) paid little heed to the storm and headed to Ehden Country Club to participate in the 10th OSA Retreat titled “Expand your Horizons.” The main objective was to develop – for the first time – a three-year strategic plan for Campus Life and Student Development at the University based on students’ input.

Day One started with an ice-breaking activity meant to help students from different clubs and campuses to come to know each other and work together. The activity was conducted by Ms. Salyne Al-Samarani, a UOB alumna and the CEO of Teach for Lebanon. That was followed by Ms. Mirna Shedrawi, a training coordinator for the Expand Your Horizons project, sponsored by USAID, AMIDEAST, World Learning and Knowledge & Development Center, facilitating a SWOT analysis session. Students were challenged to present strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in their proposals – although few of the young participants seemed to believe much in threats!

Mr. Ziad Nehme conducted an exciting Team Building Activity during Day Two that pumped energy not only into the students, but into all participants as well, including advisors, faculty and staff members. This was followed by Mr. Hasan Younes, founder of the NGO “Insights for Consultancy,” helping students develop the initiatives of Day One into strategic objectives in, among other things, technology, branding, media, communication, community involvement, use of facilities, campus life at night, exchange programs, international exposure, corporate social responsibility, sharing experience and success stories, innovative student representation, and merit for active students.

The retreat was concluded with an inevitable but very inviting hike in the snow led by coach Nabil Nasr. ​
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