Corona News

Campus Conversation October 14

Campus Conversation: COVID-19 Updates, Scientific Advice and What to Expect

Last week’s Campus Conversation focused on the epidemiological situation at AUC and in Egypt, as well as the University’s COVID-19 safety measures. Here’s what you need to know: AUC  

Read More
Photo by Lina Trochez on Unsplash

Promoting Well-Being In and Out of the Classroom

When AUC went fully online almost 18 months ago, Hanan Kholoussy, associate professor of history, panicked. After teaching face-to-face classes at AUC for more than a decade, she was unsure if she could quickly master the new technology and, more importantly, maintain a connection with her students. Little did she know, this sudden change would propel her to discover new things about herself, her students and the importance of well-being.

Read More
Hassan Alazzazy

Managing AUC's Pandemic Response, One Study at a Time: Meet the Scientific Advisory Committee

Led by Hassan Azzazy, distinguished University professor and chair of the chemistry department, AUC’s Scientific Advisory Committee is guiding the University’s COVID-19 response. The committee is made up of biomedical researchers and health experts, as well as administration members.

Read More
Campus Conversation

Campus Conversation: Managing Your Mental Health and Well-Being

From joy and excitement, to anxiety and loss  — three weeks into being back on campus, many of us are feeling a range of emotions. If you can relate, rest assured, you are not alone. Last Thursday’s Campus Conversation highlighted resources and tips everyone can use to cope during this tumultuous time. Here are some of the key takeaways:

Read More
Campus Conversations

Be Kind to Your Mind: Mental Health Services and Tips for Returning to Campus

"Coming back to campus may be exciting, especially at first, but it may also involve feelings of anxiety and stress," said Carie Forden, professor and chair of AUC's Psychology Department. News@AUC asked Forden to describe the different mental health services AUC is offering its community members as everyone returns to campus.

Read More
campus conversation

Campus Conversation: Welcome Back to Campus

Last Thursday’s Campus Conversation, Welcome Back to Campus,  provided important updates on returning safely back to campus, detailing AUC’s Back to Campus plan and discussing measures taken to ensure a productive academic semester and a safe working environment for the AUC community.  Below are the session’s key takeaways:

Read More
Campus Conversation

Campus Conversation: Fall Semester and COVID19 Updates

Last week's Campus Conversation covered everything you need to know about the return to campus and the status of COVID-19 nationwide. You can watch the full conversation here. Here are some key takeaways:  Those who are not vaccinated will be required to take weekly antigen tests at their own expense until they receive a vaccine. 

Read More
j

HR Interview on Work in Fall 2021

In an interview with Senior AVP for HR Sarah Refaat, we learn the policy and plans for how to help staff transition back to work on campus in the fall.  

Read More
back-to-campus

Reconfiguring Classrooms

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a task force led by Ahmed Tolba ’97, ’01, associate professor of marketing and chair of the Department of Management, has worked to facilitate the best and safest mode of study for the past four semesters. So far, there has been a mix of full online and partial face-to-face instruction.

Read More
AUCToday

Is this Normal?

A year into the pandemic, we’re looking forward to the day when we finally say, “It’s over.”  With our lives being changed in profound ways we couldn’t possibly expect, including online learning, remote work, e-commerce, cashless payments, connecting via Facetime and Zoom, keeping a distance, avoiding handshakes and more — it’s time to pause and consider how we live now and how we will live in the future. Have our lives changed for good, or is there a return to “normality” coming soon?

Read More
campusconversation

Campus Conversation: Start of Spring Semester

Last Thursday's Campus Conversation discussed updates for the Spring 2021 semester, providing updates on academics and campus life and answering some of the community's pivotal concerns and questions. Here are some key takeaways from the conversation: -The Provost Council met last Thursday to assess the situation for March classes, and the decision will be announced by February 15.

Read More
the new normal

What is the New Normal?

Is there a new normal? What does this term — which has taken on a life of its own since COVID-19 hit the world — mean in terms of our work, social life or home routine?  News@AUC spoke to members of the AUC community to explore what their new normal is. Nothing “New” About the New Normal

Read More
Campus Conversation: What to Expect for Spring 2021

Campus Conversation: What to Expect for Spring 2021

Yesterday's Campus Conversation answered some of the community's most pressing questions, explaining how the University will move toward a higher density campus next semester, which courses are given priority for face to face, the grading system and more.

Read More
contact-tracing

New Contact Tracing Technology Based on WiFi to Help Curb Spread of COVID-19 on Campus

For the past several months, AUC’s Office of Medical Services has been contact tracing suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 to help curb the spread of the virus. To improve the efficiency of contact tracing, the office started deploying automated-contact tracing through the use of theAUC WiFi system earlier this month.

Read More
beach

Six Feet Apart to Six Feet Together: AUC's Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research and Innovation Initiative

AUC’s Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research and Innovation Initiative awarded funding to 10 different research projects that are aimed at creating an impact both during and after the global COVID-19 pandemic — contributing to the scholarship and innovation in the fight against it. In this series, we are highlighting each of the 10 projects to learn about what they are and what impact they will have on society.

Read More

VIRTUAL CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS

Campus Conversation: COVID Updates, Science Advice and What to Expect

October 14, The latest on AUC's ongoing pandemic response management. Distinguished University Professor Hassan Azzazy, chair of AUC's Scientific Advisory Committee for COVID-19, will share the group's work. In addition, panelists will give updates.

Campus Conversation: Managing Mental Health and Well Being

September 26, AUC faculty and students lead the conversation on about the mental health challenges some of us may experience as we re-enter the world of face-to-face learning, highlighting University-wide initiatives to protect the well-being of our community.

Campus Conversation: Welcome Back to Campus

September 5, The last Campus Conversation before school starts this semester for important University updates on returning safely back to campus.

Campus Conversation: Fall Semester and COVID19 Updates

August 19, In this week’s campus Campus Conversation we discuss the return to campus in the fall, highlight everything the AUC community needs to know and do before coming back, and look at the latest COVID-19 updates.

Campus Conversation: Back to Campus Fall 2021

June 10, This campus conversation discusses all details on returning to face-to-face instruction for Fall 2021 and the required vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff who will access the AUC campus and University housing.

AUC Campus Conversation: Looking Ahead to Summer and Fall

April 24, A campus conversation focusing on the Summer and Fall modes of instruction, COVID-19 updates and other general University updates.

Campus Conversation: Updates

March 7, This Campus Conversation discusses University updates on COVID-19, anti-harassement training, hybrid instruction and more.

Virtual Campus Conversation: Start of Spring Semester

February 4, This virtual campus conversation discusses the updated COVID-19 guidance from University leadership as well as Spring 2021 semester plans, from academics and campus life to general updates on what to expect.

Virtual Campus Conversation: What to Expect for Spring 2021

November 23, AUC virtual Campus Conversation: What to Expect for Spring 2021 moderated by Jillian Campana, professor of theatre and associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The conversation will cover the Spring 2021 mode of instruction, updates on remote work policies and AUC's continuing COVID-19 management measures.

Virtual Campus Conversation: COVID-19 Planning

October 18, This campus conversation looks at our continuing COVID-19 planning.

Virtual Campus Conversation - Welcome to the New Academic Year 2020-2021

September 10, In this virtual campus conversation, we welcome students, faculty, and staff to the new academic year as well as discuss plans to have a productive semester within the safe environment of work and learning.

Virtual Campus Conversation - #AUCSpeakUp

July 17, In this virtual campus conversation, we have a candid discussion on sexual harassment, what measures AUC is taking to combat it and how community members can report any incidents.

Virtual Campus Conversation, Returning to Campus: When and How

June 11,  In this campus conversation, Returning to Campus: When and How, covered some of the community's most pressing questions about what Fall 2020 will look like, tuition fees, remote work, international students and more.

Third Virtual Conversation with AUC International Faculty and Staff

May 17, Watch the third virtual conversation with AUC's international faculty and staff, hosted by President Francis Ricciardone, Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman, and Counselor Ashraf Hatem. Joining the call was Acting Consul General Benjamin Naseman of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt.

Virtual Campus Conversation: Managing Sustainability

May 14, Watch virtual Campus Conversation: Managing Sustainability, with President Francis Ricciardone, Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman, Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources Sarah Refaat and Associate Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Amir Habib. The conversation was moderated by Samer Atallah '97, associate professor in AUC's Department of Economics.

Campus Conversation: President's Operational Excellence Initiative

April 30, Looking beyond COVID-19 and its impact on AUC, this week's Campus Conversation introduces the President's Operational Excellence Initiative, which establishes seven committees spanning the academic mission, digital optimization, HR, finance, student services, operations and fundraising. Watch this Campus Conversation for more details from each committee chair.

Virtual Campus Conversation

April 23, Watch virtual campus conversation with updates from the Coronavirus Response Task Force. The discussion will be moderated by Nagla Samir, associate professor of practice in the Department of the Arts. 

Weekly Virtual Campus Conversation

April 9, Watch the latest updates from AUC's Coronavirus Response Task Force. The discussion was moderated by Firas Al-Atraqchi '94, '97, associate professor of practice, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, and faculty adviser for The Caravan student newspaper.

Virtual Campus Conversation: Updates

April 2, Watch the weekly virtual campus conversation, with updates on admission for next semester, student and faculty feedback, online instruction updates, travel concerns and more. The conversation hosted President Francis Ricciardone, Counselor Ashraf Hatem, and Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman, and was moderated by Mervat Abou Oaf '88, '02, professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Virtual Campus Conversation: Online Instruction

March, 26, Watch part two of last Thursday's Virtual Campus Conversation discussing online instruction. Moderator: Rasha Allam, assistant professor and associate chair at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Virtual Campus Conversation: Updates from AUC's Coronavirus Response Task Force

March 26, Watch part one of last Thursday's Virtual Campus Conversation, with updates from AUC's Coronavirus Response Task Force. Moderator: Rasha Allam, assistant professor and associate chair at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Virtual Campus Conversation: COVID - 19 Full Response

March 21, Panel discussion with AUC's Coronavirus response task force.

April 15 campus conversation

April 15, Weekly Virtual Campus Conversation

April 15, watch the weekly updates from the Coronavirus Response Task Force. The discussion was moderated by Amina Elbendary '96, '00, associate professor in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations. 

Click here to watch
senior-administration

AUC President and Senior Leadership Share Latest Updates on University's Response to Coronavirus (in Arabic)

At this critical moment, AUC and the world are facing, President Francis Ricciardone and senior leadership members are keen to reach out to AUC’s Arabic-speaking community to share the latest updates on AUC's response to coronavirus. The session is recorded in Arabic.

Click here to watch
virtual conversation

Virtual Conversation with International Faculty and Staff

March 31, President Francis Ricciardone and Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman met with international faculty and staff members to discuss the emergency repatriation transportation arrangements by foreign embassies.

Watch the Meeting

Watch Videos

Managing Mental Health; De-Stress, Bounce Back, and Take care of Yourself

September 28, Carie Forden, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Ola Morsy, chief clinical counselor at AUC's center for student Well-Being, share tips on how to deal with stress and anxiety as we continue our lives in the midst of the pandemic.

Keep AUC Safe

September 26, Help keep the AUC community and our families protected by joining the Keep AUC Safe initiative, established by Associate Professors Hanan Sabea '85, '87 and Helen Rizzo. Sign up to volunteer to remind people on campus to wear their masks and adhere to safety measures.

Student Life and Activities in Fall 2021

August 18, Vice President for Student Life Deena Boraie '78, '82, '88 talks about the changes we will be seeing in everyday campus life starting Fall 2021, from events, activities and athletics to on-campus residences and commencement.

What to Expect in Fall 2021

August 11, Vice President for Management and Operations Shereen Shaker '91 talks about campus preparations and guidelines for the fall, wearing masks, AUC-facilitated vaccinations, who can ride University buses and more.

Getting Campus Ready for the Fall

August 11, Our maintenance and facilities staff have been hard at work preparing for the return to campus in Fall 2021, from soundproofed and outdoor classrooms to social distancing, dorm maintenance and AUC-facilitated vaccinations.

Staff Returning to Campus in Fall 2021 and the Remote Work Policy

August 5, In an interview with Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources Sarah Refaat, we learn the policy and plans for how staff will transition back to work on campus in the fall and how the University will handle remote work.

University Counselor, and New Cairo Clinic Director Talk About Getting vaccinated - English Version

July 28, Dr. Ashraf Hatem, University counselor, and Dr. Bassem Gamil, director of the AUC New Cairo clinic, answer questions about getting vaccinated and talk about the importance of vaccination to return to campus in the fall and to keep yourself and those around you safe.

AUCTV interview with Ahmed Tolba on different modes of instruction for Fall 2020

June 2, AUCTV's interview with Ahmed Tolba  '97, '01, associate provost for strategic enrollment management and head of the Fall 2020 Plans Task Force — part of the President's Operational Excellence Initiative — talk about the task force's work during the past month to help make a decision about how classes will take place next fall.

The effect of Coronavirus quarantine on Psychology

May 21, AUCTV spoke to Hani Henry, associate professor of psychology and associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a psychology graduate student about the psychological effects of the quarantine.

Businesses and Business education during the corona virus pandemic

May 13, AUCTV's interview with Sherif Kamel '88, '90, '13, dean of the School of Business, and Ahmed Abdel Meguid, associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration at the school, about the effects of the pandemic on businesses and business education.

Challenges facing Migration and refugees during the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 14, AUCTV spoke to Ibrahim Awad, professor of practice of global affairs and director of AUC's Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, and a Yemeni citizen living in Egypt about challenges facing migrants and refugees amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.

AUCTV's interviews about the recent Playwrighting Bake-Off challenge

May 5, AUCTV's interviews featuring Jillian Campana, professor in the Department of the Arts and director of the theatre program, and Yasmine Haggag, a student studying political science and theatre and who was on the bake-off committee. The challenge garnered 40 submissions from the AUC community, including students, alumni, faculty and staff.

AUCTV's interview with Maha El Moslemany, associate director of employee relations

April 30, The Career Center is fully operating online. AUCTV's interview with Maha El Moslemany, associate director of employee relations, discussing what services are offered to students and alumni. 

Busting COVID-19 Myths

April 16, You can't believe everything you read about COVID-19. That's why Reem Al Olaby (MSc '11, PhD '14), assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at California Northstate University, busts some myths and shares facts about treatment.

Use of Hydroxychloroquine (HQ) in treating COVID19 patients- part 1

April 12, Do chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (HQ) treat corona virus? Watch the opinion of experts.

Use of Hydroxychloroquine (HQ) in treating COVID19 patients- part 2

April 12, Do chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (HQ) treat corona virus? Watch the opinion of experts.

Interview with Associate Provost for Admissions and Financial Support

April 25, Randa Kamel, associate provost for admissions and financial support and chief enrollment officer, talks to AUCTV about the admission for next fall, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and more. 

Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman on AUC's Scientific Research on Corona

April 23, Watch provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman's interview on DMC as he discusses the impact of AUC's scientific research in Egypt and the University's pandemic and post-pandemic research and innovation initiative. 

First Virtual Media Discussion with Hani Henry

April 14, Watch AUC's first virtual media discussion with Hani Henry, associate professor of psychology and associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, discussing mental wellness during COVID-19. The session is in Arabic.

Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman's interview with Sabah El Kheir Ya Masr (Good Morning Egypt)

April 14, Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman discusses the University's response to COVID-19. 

AUC Today Interviews Ayman Ismail, founding director of the AUC Venture Lab

April 10, Ayman Ismail '95, '97, Abdul Latif Jameel Chair in Entrepreneurship, founding director of the AUC Venture Lab and associate professor in the Department of Management, spoke to AUCTV about the effects of COVID-19 on small businesses and young entrepreneurs, how the V-Lab has gone virtual and more.

Message on Grades, Assessment and Attendance

April 9, Watch AUCTV's interview with Associate Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management Ahmed Tolba '97, '01, University Registrar Rasha Mahmoud and Senior Director of the Academic Advising Center Noha Saada '05, '09 as they explain the new grading, assessment and attendance policies, including the meaning of Credit/Fail (CR/F) and how this affects declaration and students on probation.

AUCTV Talks to Students About Their Online Learning Experience

April 5, Haidy Badreldin, graduating senior talks about her online learning experience to AUCTV.

Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman’s Interview with MBC Masr

April 3, Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman’s Interview with MBC Masr, where he discusses AUC's COVID-19 response, the shift to online instruction and more.

Firas Al-Atraqchi Speaks to AUCTV on Caravan

March 31,2020, Firas Al-Atraqchi Speaks to AUCTV on Caravan Initiative to Call for Submissions

Interview with AUC President Francis J. Ricciardone.

March 25, 2020, Watch President Francis Ricciardone's interview with TV host Mona Elshazly '96 on CBC's Maakom Mona Elshazly.

Interview with Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman

March 24 ,2020, Watch Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman's interview with TV host Tamer Amin on Al Nahar's program, Akher Al Nahar.

AUC Associate Provost for Transformative Learning and Teaching Aziza Ellozy

March 17, 2020, AUC Associate Provost for Transformative Learning and Teaching Message to AUC Community

Interview with Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman on the next two weeks of online classes

March 17, 2020, Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman on preparations of the next two weeks of online classes, including assessments, student attendance policies, campus facilities that will be operating, how the University will assess the efficiency of online instruction and more. 

AUC Vice President for Digital Transformation Message to AUC Community

March 18, 2020, With online classes starting Sunday, AUCTV interviewed Vice President for Digital Transformation Ayman Abdellatif on how his team has been working hard to make sure the process runs smoothly and how students and faculty members should utilize the IT Help Desk when running into challenges.

Interview with President Frank Ricciardone

March 17, President Francis Ricciardone's interview on University's priority to make sure the Spring 2020 semester is completed and also reduce the number of staff members on campus as much as possible through remote work arrangements.

Vice President for Management and Operations

March 16, AUC Vice President for Management and Operations Shereen Shaker '91  on campus plans for the next few weeks and what the University is doing to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff. 

AUC Vice President for Student Life Message To AUC Community

March 16, 2020, The American University in Cairo Vice President for Student Life, Deena Boraie

AUC Provost Message To AUCTV On CoronaVirus - COVID 19

March 15, 2020, AUC Provost, Dr. Ehab Abdel-Rahman's Message To AUCTV On CoronaVirus - COVID 19.

AUC President On Coronavirus

March 11, 2020, AUC President Francis J. Ricciardone's message to AUCTV on  coronavirus and how AUC is responding to it. 

AUC Counselor on Coronavirus

March 11, 2020, Watch the interview with University Counselor and Former Minister of Health Dr. Ashraf Hatem, who specializes in pulmonology, on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventative measures each individual can take.

Listen to the Podcasts

president-podcast-auctv

The Caravan's RADUC interview on March 17 with President Francis Ricciardone

Listen to President Francis Ricciardone as he answers questions about classes like theatre that require face-to-face meetings, what the University is doing for students who don't have internet access at home, campus operation over the next few weeks and more. You can listen to the interview in Arabic here.

Listen to the Podcast

jrmc

President Francis J. Ricciardone on Coronavirus

President Francis J. Ricciardone on the current and future measures AUC is taking against the spread of the coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

Listen to the Podcast