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150 Fun Facts

AUB's Natural History Museum and Post Herbarium offer the most complete representation of biodiversity in the Levant.


In 1997 John Waterbury is the first AUB president to return to Lebanon following the lifting of a 1984 US State Department ban prohibiting Americans from working in Lebanon. Presidents Plimpton, Herter, Haddad, and Dodge conducted their administrations from the New York Office.


In June 1999 AUB's first International Alumni Convention is held on campus. The event attracts alumni from 21 countries.


Water in AUB drinking fountains is city water that is pumped into a central reservoir located under the AUB tennis courts. It is then pumped into Kerr Hall where it is cleaned using a chlorinator.


In the early 1980s FAS students, faculty, and ethnographers find activities in the rural Syrian village of Bushra related to preserving milk without refrigeration that dated back to pre-historic times.


In 1981 AUB archaeology students conduct excavations of a rural Syrian settlement dating back to the Stone Age revealed an 8,500-year-old village that produced beautifully painted ceramic wares.


Fashion shows were once a big attraction on campus. In 1989, the AUB Modeling Club presents traditional Lebanese folk costumes from L'Artisan du Liban.


AUB hosts the first solo art exhibition in Lebanon in 1929 displaying the work of Lebanese artist Mustafa Farroukh.


In 1931 a chair of archaeology prompts the establishment of the archaeological journal, Berytus, which receives international recognition under the editorship of noted Danish archaeologist and AUB professor Harald Ingholt.


In 1914West Hall opened as a facility dedicated to enriching student life on campus.  It included billiard tables, a roller skating rink, and bowling alleys, among other amenities.