Bethlehem University magazine - Spring 2019

Page 1

Volume 26 - Issue No. 2, 2018-2019

In this issue: • New Discoveries in World Heritage Site • Fostering a Culture of Excellence in Research • “Students Think We Perform Magic”


In the Spirit of Saint Paul VI Bethlehem University was established in 1973 following the historic visit of Pope Paul VI to the Holy Land in 1964. He wanted to help the Palestinian people and the spirit that created that desire was present in many of his actions as pope. In October 2018, Pope Francis canonized Paul VI as a new Saint. In the spirit of St. Pope Paul VI, Bethlehem University continues to seek to help the Palestinian people by creating an environment of respect and religious mutuality. Thus, Bethlehem University strives to show that it is possible for Christians and Muslims to live and work together as well as play and pray together. However, it is in the nature of our relationships, the way we organize our students, and the way we engage them in their studies that we aim to show our students that they are precious individuals, loved beyond their wildest dreams by a God who is suffering with them, by a God who is walking with them, by a God who is calling them to live life to the full. This issue of Bethlehem University magazine features stories about scientific discoveries in a world heritage site and a tutoring program led by volunteer English language tutors.


The first feature highlights the work of Bethlehem University’s Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability. In a valley near Bethlehem, scientists from the Institute have been uncovering exciting results. The second story highlights a student-support program, for which native English speakers were recruited to help. In the student corner, we highlight a student-based science outreach program that aims to communicate scientific concepts in new and accessible ways to high school students. The graduate section boasts a story regarding an alumna who defied all odds to reach her dreams of becoming a nurse and eventually the head manager of a hospital.


New to this issue, we include a section on “Profiles in Philanthropy”, which includes donors and friends of Bethlehem University. NBA Coach George Felton talks about why he decided to support Bethlehem University. Your prayers and support are essential in continuing St. Paul VI’s vision of supporting the Palestinian people at Bethlehem University. Without the help of the worldwide community, the good work we aim to do in Palestine would be impossible. We are deeply grateful for the support we receive and so thank you for continuing to think of our students. Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD Vice Chancellor


Published by the Advancement Office





Editorial Committee Ms. Jenny Hodali BU ’08 Br. Denis Loft, FSC Mr. Jarred McKinney Mr. George N. Rishmawi Mr. Isaac Sahhar Contributors Ms. Rula Eid BU ‘17 Dr. Michael Hanania Ms. Rania Hazboun BU ’96 Dr. Jamil Khader Mr. Shane Littleton Dr. Maggie McCarty Ms. Amjaad Musleh BU ’15 Ms. Haneen Musleh BU ’07 Ms. Shahinda Nassar BU ’05 Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Br. Dominic Smith Ms. Donata Vogelsang Ms. Hanadi I. Younan Design and Printing Creative Ad Design & Print Co. Ltd.

Cover Photo by: Elias Handal (at Al-Makhrour Valley)

Bethlehem University




Electronic address Mailing address Communications Office P.O. Box 11407 92248 Jerusalem Location address Frères Street #5 Bethlehem, Palestine

Bethlehem University Foundation

News .................................................................................4

Against All Odds ........................................................ 13

Bethlehem University Foundation............................8

Donors Meet Scholarship Students ...................... 14

New Discoveries in World Heritage Site .................9

Fostering a Culture of Excellence in Research.... 16

Volunteers Tutor Students ...................................... 10

Profiles in Philanthropy ........................................... 17

Student Corner ............................................................ 11

Thank You Donors..................................................... 18

Mailing address P.O. Box 355 Beltsville, MD 20704-0355

Empowering Students ............................................... 12

Visitors .......................................................................... 22

Location address

Electronic address

6001 Ammendale Road, Suite 200 Beltsville, MD 20705 USA


Oncology Conference Held on Campus The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bethlehem University held its first International Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing Conference on 4 December 2018. Four research papers were presented by Faculty members from varying institutions and universities in the UK, all of which engage with cancer patients. Other contributions included research papers from Palestinian researchers from universities and local institutions such as the American University in Jenin, the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, the King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Pope Paul VI Canonized as Saint Bethlehem University joined Christians around the world in giving thanks for the canonization of Saint Paul VI on 14 October 2018. Eventually, following the 1964 visit of Pope Paul VI to the Holy Land, three Institutions resulted: the Ephpheta Institute for hearing-impaired children, Tantur Ecumenical Institute, and Bethlehem University.

Photo from the visit of St. Paul VI to the Holy Land

Cultural Heritage Protection Project The Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University held a launching event for the "Building the Capacity to Protect the Palestinian Land and Heritage through Museology and Ecotourism" Project on 27 November 2018. The project is funded by the British Council through the Cultural Protection Fund and is implemented by the Museum in partnership with Masar Ibrahim (Abraham Path). It aims to preserve and protect the Palestinian cultural heritage related to natural and agricultural history in Palestine.



In 1973, Bethlehem University became the first registered and the only Christian university in the Holy Land, fulfilling Palestinians’ wishes of having a university in their own homeland. From the beginning, Bethlehem University has been a joint venture between the Vatican and the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Thanks to St. Paul VI’s efforts, the strong relationship between the Vatican and Bethlehem University continues to this day.

Grand Master of EOHSJ Visits President of Malta Lectures on "Tourism for Peace" Bethlehem University The Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem (EOHSJ), His Eminence Edwin Cardinal O’Brien; the Governor General, His Excellency Ambassador Leonardo Visconti di Modrone; and a delegation of Knights and Ladies visited Bethlehem University on 4 February 2019. Members of the EOHSJ appeared visibly happy to be touring campus and were delighted to meet our students. Their visit ended with lunch at the training restaurant of the Institute of Hotel Management where students provided quality food and service. The EOHSJ is an international Catholic order that supports Christians in the Holy Land and a longtime friend and supporter of the University. Their continuous support has contributed to many projects and scholarships at Bethlehem University.

The President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, visited Bethlehem University and gave a lecture titled “Tourism for Peace” on 31 January 2019. In her lecture, she explained that tourism can open a wide area of rapprochement between people, especially in Bethlehem. President Coleiro Preca said that the people of Malta view, with utmost importance, the suffering of the Palestinian people. She continued, “Our visit today to Bethlehem University is to emphasize our long-established relations with the Palestinian people, whom, we believe, have the right to selfdetermination and fundamental human rights.” Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray thanked President Coleiro Preca for her visit, stating that it “shows our students that people are standing in solidarity with them.”

Patrons of the Bethlehem University Foundation Visit Campus Bethlehem University welcomed a group of Patrons and friends of the Bethlehem University Foundation on campus on 28 February 2019. Led by John Schlageter, the Foundation’s Executive Director, the pilgrimage was directed by Monsignor Walter R. Rossi. Among the group were Her Excellency Valencia Camp, DGCHS; Patrons Suava Salameh, Joe and Mary Clare Starshak; and Her Excellency Michele Bowe, Ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to Palestine. John Schlageter, Suava Salameh, and Valencia Camp visited campus prior to the pilgrimage and toured the future site of Cardinal Foley Hall and the Library. The Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy contributed 1.5 million dollars for the construction of Foley Hall. The Library will be named in honor of Suava Salameh’s parents during a dedication ceremony scheduled for the Spring of 2020.



Alumni Reunions in Bethlehem and Abu Dhabi The Alumni Relations Office hosted two October reunions for Bethlehem University graduates. The reunion in Bethlehem (pictured above) took place on campus for the graduates of the Institute of Hotel Management. In Abu Dhabi, the Friends of Bethlehem University group held the event at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray thanked the graduates, stressing the University's keenness to communicate constantly with older and more recent graduates alike.

Alumni and their Children Celebrate Christmas on Campus The Alumni Relations Office organized the annual alumni Christmas party for the graduates and their children on 4 January 2019. CNEWA - Pontifical Mission for Palestine sponsored the event. A new initiative by the office called the “Alumni Club” was announced during the celebration. In order to join the club, graduates are invited to support the University through hiring recent graduates or giving small donations.

Yunus Social Business Centre The Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration launched the Yunus Social Business Centre during the “Bethlehem University Social Business Day” on 14 December 2018. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray expressed his gratitude to the University of Florence which helped Bethlehem University establish the Centre. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus said that “the center is about giving freedom to the young people to imagine and create things that change the world.” Dean Dr. Fadi Kattan said Bethlehem University is constantly working to provide students with the skills that make them job creators not seekers. Bethlehem University has joined the network of more than 60 universities around the world that have similar centers.




Bethlehem University Tourism Institute

Honorary Doctorate Awarded to Suad Juffali

BUTI edges closer to moving into the new Mount David property as 40% of the construction is complete. Internal work continues and the project is set to be finished by November of 2020. The project is implemented by UNRWA through a grant funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Fund for Development.

Bethlehem University presented Mrs. Suad Husseini Juffali with an honorary doctorate recognizing her contribution to education, civic services, and philanthropic activities, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 30 October 2018. Bethlehem University acknowledged Dr. Juffali for her longstanding support of the University’s educational mission. In accepting this recognition, Dr. Juffali stated, “I am inspired by the hard and endless work Bethlehem University is doing to achieve the vision and mission for our youth in Palestine.”

Cardinal Foley Hall Progress Report Construction on Cardinal Foley Hall is underway with about 30% of the outside structure being complete. Within the building, partitioning of the first floor into various rooms has begun. Elsewhere, workers continue to use scaffolding in developing the structure. Completion date is expected in June 2020.

Czech Republic Donates Solar Panels Bethlehem University held a handover ceremony of the new 30KW solar photovoltaic panels that were installed on the rooftop of its 125 year-old De La Salle Building. The project, supported by the Czech Republic through the Czech Republic Development Cooperation, was implemented by Brothers Engineers for Contracting, Excellent Systems Co., at the instigation of the Palestinian Energy Authority. Vice President for Advancement Brother Denis Loft, FSC in thanking the people of the Czech Republic for their generous support stated, “Solar power is a way of reducing carbon emissions and ensuring a better life for future generations.”

Palestine Museum of Natural History Architectural plans to construct green buildings that will house the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability educational exhibits, halls, workshops, and more are now available. We received a generous donation of $400,000 of the needed funds and we seek sponsors for building or furnishing this new jewel (nearly $2 million total needed). Donations are sought not just of money but of expertise, furniture, books or other in kind donations. For more information or email Make an online gift now:





Foundation Presents Awards and Names Honorary Patron On 15 November, the Bethlehem University Foundation honored friends of Bethlehem University and the Foundation, Mr. John E. Steger and the Bethlehem Association Scholarship Fund, and invested several Patrons at a reception at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC. The evening was graciously hosted by His Excellency, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America.

"The Archbishop Pietro Sambi ‘Star of Bethlehem’ Award for Services to the Bethlehem University Foundation" was presented to Mr. John Steger in recognition of his 13 years of service and leadership as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, including four years as Chairman.

Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray is working with Friends of Bethlehem University – GB Charity to publicly launch the charity. Planning is underway for his visit to London June 5 and 6, Glasgow June 7, and Liverpool June 8. Readers are invited to Brother Peter's presentations on Bethlehem University in the Palestine/Israel context. Please contact FOBU-GB for further information about their choice of venue by email to or by writing to the below address. Donations can be made online on the website fobu-gb/donate or cheques can be made out to Friends of Bethlehem University – GB Charity and mailed to: 68 Goldington Ave, BEDFORD, MK40 3DA England

"The Pio Cardinal Laghi Founders Award for Outstanding Support to Bethlehem University" was presented to the Bethlehem Association Scholarship Fund for its generosity in scholarship gifts, assisting over 250 students at Bethlehem University since the inception of the program. Dr. Edward Hazbun, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, accepted the award on behalf of the Bethlehem Association Scholarship Fund. On December 1, Archbishop William Lori hosted a reception in Baltimore. During the evening, Archbishop Lori was invested as an Honorary Patron of the Bethlehem University Foundation in appreciation for his service and his ministry on behalf of the Christian communities in the Holy Land.

UK residents can see the reverse side of their address labels for further details. Friends of Bethlehem University – GB Charity, is a fully Registered Charity in the UK (Reg. No. 1178996), and is eligible for Gift Aid.

David Smith and Palestinian Ambassador Dr. Hussam Zomlot

Mark Your Calendars! 25 April 2019

Patrons Reception at the Residence of the Holy See to the United Nations, New York City

14 November 2019 Awards Reception at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC, honoring The Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas and the Northwestern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem



New Discoveries in World Heritage Site Palestine contains diverse habitats for such a small country and is biologically more diverse than some countries ten times its size. For the first time, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University is carrying out projects that protect both people and nature.

through using research to create and implement a long-term conservation framework and management plan. This multifaceted project is funded by three grants from the Darwin Initiative, National Geographic Society, and the British Council. It is also the first project in Palestine to receive an Explorer grant from National Geographic.

Several plant species are declining rapidly due to political and other human pressures. PIBS has been at the forefront of studying these effects. PIBS is focusing its effort and attention on Wadi al-Makhrour, a valley located about 7km south of the Old City of Jerusalem and about 6km northwest of the Old City of Bethlehem. The valley is integral to the Western Aquifer Basin, the most important water source in Palestine. According to Darwin Project Manager, Rami Abu Saad, “the valley was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because of the ongoing Canaanitic agricultural practices and beautiful landscapes.� The PIBS is researching ways to preserve the diversity of fauna, flora, agriculture, and culture in the valley.

Wadi al-Makhrour is the last remaining biodiversity-rich area south of Jerusalem and close to the city of Bethlehem. PIBS Director Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh

Amazing results are already being discovered, such as the first echolocation data for bats and the first study of mushrooms in the region since 1940. The scientific team is also discovering new records of insects and snails. Other team members focus on enhancing organic agriculture and permaculture in the valley and promoting agritourism and ecotourism. The PIBS team has gathered significant cultural heritage data related to nature and agriculture in this world heritage site. Put together, this work will be an exemplary integrated system that promotes interests of nature and people in the Holy Land.

Excavations in the valley show that humans have used the valley since the Middle Bronze Age (1500-1200 BCE), through the Hellenistic period, and even early Islamic Periods. Modern Palestinians have inherited this rich cultural history and still utilize the valley today. The PIBS team aims to protect al-Makhrour valley from urban encroachment and biodiversity loss



Volunteers Tutor Students “Being able to receive help in English from native speakers will open many doors for me in the future,” Kloteld Zreneh says.

advance their language skills at their own pace, support them in fulfilling the requirements of their courses, and equip them with life-long learning skills.

Kloteld is one of about 100 students who signed up for an English tutoring program this semester.

The program started three years ago with faculty in the English Department and a number of the Christian Brothers dedicating specific hours during the week for tutoring.

The English Department found it necessary to supplement the classroom experience with a more individualized or small group tutoring service for all the students who need or want it. This realization led to the establishment a free tutoring service in English for the entire student body. “We have noticed that more and more incoming students are less proficient in English and need to be placed in a course of intensive English,” the Chairperson Ms. Hanadi I. Younan said. “Then, we soon realized that not only did we need two levels of English, one at the intensive level and another at the intermediate/pre-academic level; we also needed individualized tutoring to make-up for the gap in their knowledge of English.” As Kloteld’s comment demonstrates, the reaction of the students who receive the service is very positive. They come to realize that the hours they spend with the tutors help them



It expanded with the help of the Lasallian Brothers network; volunteer native speakers were recruited to help. Exceptional students in the English Department are also dedicating their time to tutor freshmen. On any given day, the volunteers see up to 15 students and offer personalized

instruction. The whole endeavor is coordinated by one of the volunteers. "Watching the students become more comfortable in English is rewarding,” said George, an American volunteer. Brother Peter Iorlano, coordinator of Institutional Values and volunteers, adds “in the process, the volunteers had a more fulfilling experience than they expected both professionally and personally.” The Brothers community on campus hosts the volunteers who come through the Lasallian network. The volunteers and retired Brothers constitute a dependable workforce.

“Students Think We Perform Magic’’ “The students’ reaction during science fairs is our source of motivation and inspiration. School students think we perform magic when they see the experiments,” group leader Randa Alobayyat said. Randa is one of twenty five students who run a science outreach program in the West Bank called Science4People. The team demonstrates physics through simple experiments that can be performed with easily accessible materials. Sunshine4Palestine, a British / Italian non-governmental organization, helped a group of computer science and physics students at Bethlehem University to start the outreach program nearly two years ago. The team aims to communicate scientific concepts in new ways. Their

Sunshine4Palestine logistically, morally, and financially supported us to promote science among students aged 8 to 18 years old. Dean of the Faculty of Science Dr. Michael Hanania

desire to move away from traditional pedagogical methods is an effort to appeal to the change in learning style among younger generations.

was the first of its kind in Palestine and open to the public. Many families and students came from neighboring cities to attend the fair. Being registered with the European Physical Society through the Young Minds project, the students collaborate to develop scientific, networking and outreach activities to extend the love of science to young Palestinians. Science4People has been receiving extra attention and care from the Faculty of Science at Bethlehem University with hopes to expand and reach even more students in the coming months.

The team organizes interactive science fairs for students in various primary schools to bring the power, utility, and fascination of science to students who are lacking science equipment as well as resources. In April 2018, four members traveled to Italy to receive training in assembling, programming, and maintaining 3D printers. They were gifted a 3D printer to be used at Bethlehem University. With international success under their belts, the team hosted their first science fair in Bethlehem in August 2018. It BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY




Empowering Students to Become Individual Learners Bethlehem University is shifting current teaching methods from a teachercentered to a learner-centered approach via implementing the Erasmus+ METHODS project.

Utilizing METHODS, Bethlehem University aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning by incorporating technological tools both in and out of the classroom.

practices. This enabled the students to learn the skill sets the current job market expects from graduates of institutions of higher education. For example, Ms. Paola Handal is focusing her English and Education course on Problem Based Learning, in which students engage with openended problems. This method helps students develop desirable skills such as knowledge acquisition, group collaboration, and communication. Dr. Huwaidah Rabie is using the flipped classroom approach in her Math course. This approach enables the course participants to watch video lectures at home while increasing the quality of class interaction.

Bethlehem University staff from several departments, along with colleagues from Jordanian universities, trained in the use and implementation of METHODS. Dr. Hala Nassar serves as the Project Coordinator and Ms. Tina Hazboun serves as the Instructional Technology Specialist. Dr. Nassar stated that “through METHODS, Bethlehem University cemented its involvement in the EU Erasmus+ Capacity Building Program.” Each member has incorporated new teaching methods to their respective courses that enhance their teaching



Based Learning and the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) since these methods benefit his students.

METHODS at Bethlehem University enables students to learn 21st century skills, and encourages independent, creative thinking. The faculty also benefit from the student-centered pedagogy. “We welcome cooperation that can better equip our faculty and students to develop more effective practices as we move further into the 21st century,” Dr. Nassar concluded.

In his Human Resources Management course, Mr. Mahdi Kleibo is implementing Problem and Project Based Learning as it best served teaching engagement with the students. Dr. Suhail Odeh from Information and Computer Sciences is using Project

Bethlehem University cherishes the opportunity of taking part in METHODS. Through it, faculty and students collaborate to overcome the obstacles that Palestinians face regarding academic development and labor market needs. By bridging this gap, Bethlehem University hopes to educate a better prepared generation of graduates.



Against All Odds

Success story of Rula Eid After high school, I was at a crossroads: to get married or continue my education. These were the options my father gave me. I chose married life. A few months after my marriage, I got pregnant with triplets: two boys and a girl. However, I got divorced soon after I gave birth. I had to raise my children on my own. I needed a source of income. I did a short physiotherapy course and started working as an assistant nurse at a hospital while my triplets were at a nursery. I was rejected by Al-Makassed Hospital nursing program because I was already working, and they only took students fresh out of high school. A year later, I approached Bethlehem University to study nursing. They were reluctant to accept me, but the dean at the time was eager to give me a chance. I was then directed to the Qubeibeh Nursing Program. I enrolled without knowing where Qubeibeh was even located. For the first two years, I was working night shifts at a hospital in Jerusalem. This allowed me to take day classes. It was not easy, but my determination to succeed outweighed the exhaustion. My third year at the University was less tiring but equally loaded. I was given an administrative position at the hospital. It was set to close down due to issues of

substandard care but was given a few weeks for potential redemption. The Israeli Ministry of Health granted them permission to continue with 50 patients until the ministry was able to reassess the quality of care at the hospital. I worked very hard and in 6 months the hospital was allowed to care for 75 patients. After this success, I was granted flexible working hours which enabled me to meet my study requirements. I was also helped in covering my university fees until I graduated. After graduating, I was promoted to Head Manager of the hospital which is now operating at full capacity. I was also approached by Bethlehem University to join as a Nursing Clinical Instructor, which I have accepted with aims to transfer my knowledge and experience to my students and future colleagues. This success story showcases women’s empowerment and the chance given to Rula to realize her potential. Thanks to this opportunity, Rula has a successful career of helping others in addition to being a loving single mother.



Donors Meet Scholarship Students On Campus United Holy Land Fund 3 September 2018

“A team from the United Holy Land Fund has the pleasure of visiting Bethlehem University twice a year. In the fall of 2018, Hajjeh Fadwa Naji and I, Haj Mohammed Aburmishan, were lucky to meet the students who are supported by the UHLF Scholarship Grant Program. This scholarship honors the late Ayoub Talami, a supporter of the UHLF. His wife and children Yousef, Ghassan, and Lamise are carrying on his legacy by supporting deserving students at Bethlehem University. The students of Bethlehem University are among the most accomplished students in Palestinian Universities. The smiles on the faces of these students tell a story of hope and resistance. We are privileged to have met each of the 30 unique students UHLF supports. We believe that education is the key to success and that investing in students is investing in the future of Palestine. Long May it Last.” Haj. Mohammad Aburmishan on behalf of the United Holy Land Fund

H.E. Most Reverend Sir Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D., KC*HS Endowed Scholarship 15 October 2018 “Our parish school here in Arizona has been getting redecorated and we were looking for some inspirational art work to help us. I immediately thought of the chapel at Bethlehem University where I had been privileged to visit in October of 2018. That thought also brought back memories of our meeting with Ropina Bahnan, the young lady who received the "H.E. Most Reverend Sir Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D., KC*HS Endowed Scholarship" which is a project of our Lieutenancy and Area. Ropina is a young Christian scheduled to graduate this June with a degree in Early Childhood Education. It was wonderful to meet her and see the joy and hope in her eyes as she looks forward to a future of possibilities which would not have existed without the education she is receiving through Bethlehem University. She made such a positive impression on both myself and our pilgrimage group as we saw the results of the endowment. We continue to pray for her and all the students, faculty and staff of Bethlehem University.” Father Michael Bucciarelli on behalf of the EOHSJ- USA Western Lieutenancy



20 November 2018

Naseem Shqueir Endowed Scholarship “The Naseem Shqueir Endowed Scholarship was initiated by Naseem’s family to memorialize his life. My son Naseem passed away in 2010 while hiking shortly after the completion of his undergraduate studies at Washington State University. The scholarship aims to preserve his memory in education, the area he valued most. Because of his love of education, we devote this scholarship to needy students with good academic record. We believe financial burden should not prevent students from receiving an education. Through this scholarship, we are proud to share in the achievements of the recipient of the award. We hope our generosity and Naseem’s legacy will inspire them to likewise help others achieve their educational dreams. We are very pleased that Bara’h Rayyan, a student with excellent academic achievement, has received this semester’s scholarship. By investing in our motivated youth, we keep Naseem’s love of education alive.” Professor Adnan Shqueir, Bethlehem University Biology Department

Lady Rose Benté Lee Endowed Scholarship 28 February 2019 "When I first met H.E. Lady Valencia, she was very welcoming and supportive. I felt that she was more of a parent than a donor. I was honored to learn that my scholarship memorializes Lady Rose Benté Lee, a deceased member of the EOHSJ- USA Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy. H.E. Lady Valencia Camp conveyed to me the passion that Lady Rose had for education, a passion I also share because of the difference it can make in students’ lives. Thus, I’ve chosen to study preschool education in order to instill young minds with the joy of learning. After graduation, I intend to pursue graduate studies to become the best educator I can. I cherish my meeting with H.E. Lady Valencia because now she is more than just a name. She passed on to me the greetings of members of her Lieutenancy. I thank God for this scholarship and His abundant blessings. May the soul of Lady Rose Benté Lee rest in peace.” Rawand Awad, 2nd year, Preschool Education major student





Fostering a Culture of Excellence in Research A tremendous shift is taking place in the conversation about the culture of excellence in research at Bethlehem University. One trend has been promoting and encouraging collaboration and partnership with researchers and research communities around the world. There have been a few partnerships, mobilities and bridges available to Bethlehem University faculty members and students. These include the Palestinian German Science Bridge, the Palestinian Quebec Science Bridge, the Lasallian Research Platform, and Erasmus Plus. “These opportunities aim at increasing the research output of the faculty, enhancing their visibility in the world, and establishing the University’s reputation as a leading research institution in the region,” stated Dean of Research Prof. Jamil Khader. The Palestinian Quebec Science Bridge made it possible for numerous researchers at the University to collaborate with Canadian researchers in their respective fields. For example, Sherin Hazboun partnered with professors from the Département d'Informatique (Department of Computer Science) at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec.



Later this year, Dr. Suhail Odeh is expected to continue this collaboration. Their shared research project is an exploration into the field of artificial intelligence.

We need to reach out to international research communities and become participants in the production of significant and transformative research, knowledge, and innovative patents.

Professor Jamil Khader Specifically, they are developing an algorithm-based system that relies on different sensors, networks, and data analysis to make intelligent traffic lights. They hope to reduce traffic congestion by employing intelligent traffic light systems that can adapt to fluctuations in traffic density. Through Erasmus Plus, Dr. Hala Rashed is partnering with the University of Chester as part of a collaborative international

project called “Beyond Text”. This project is concerned with bringing artsbased practice research into education. The project aims to develop modules that equip a wide range of education practitioners in different fields to develop innovative arts-based approaches in research, assessment and evaluation. The researchers who are collaborating internationally can also now publish their research in the Bethlehem University Journal. In 2016, Bethlehem University signed a distribution agreement with Pluto Journals Ltd., an independent, scholarly and international journal publisher. This makes Bethlehem University Journal available to research communities around the world through “JSTOR”, a digital library utilized in academic circles. This will help ensure the internationalization of research at Bethlehem University.



NBA Coach George Felton San Antonio Spurs

I had not heard of the only Christian/Catholic university in the Holy Land until a friend insisted that I visit Bethlehem University. Realizing that it is run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and myself educated by a similar order of religious brothers, I was excited to witness its work of providing Christian higher education in the West Bank. I was impressed by the colossal dreams of these students, who seek to change the world from the ground up, hoping to usher in a new peace in a troubled area of the world. Bethlehem University is building up the Holy Land through education and preparing its students for their future careers in the region. With the high unemployment in the West Bank, I believe it is up to us to help these students to flourish, so that their greatest imaginings can be achieved.

Joined by friends and colleagues, I established the Basketball Friends of the University Scholarship Fund through the Bethlehem University Foundation. In under two months it was fully funded, far exceeding my hopes and expectations. This goes to show the power and impact of sharing the inspiring story of Bethlehem University with friends. Because of the Basketball Friends of the University Scholarship Fund, students at Bethlehem University can pursue their dreams of a college education in an environment where each student is seen and heard, thanks to the dedication of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, faculty, and staff. George Felton was a college basketball player and is now a professional basketball coach. In 2010, he joined the staff of the San Antonio Spurs, an NBA Team based in Texas, USA. He has been the Director of College Player Personnel for the Spurs since 2018.

You, too, can help make wishes come true. Contact your friends and ask them to join you in giving to Bethlehem University. See back for details appropriate to your country.



Thank You For Your Generosity to Bethlehem $100,000+ Signum Fidei

EOHSJ - Grand Magisterium Erol Foundation Mr & Mrs Jose Said Saffie Mr Ghassan & Dr Suava Salameh Dr George L. Zarur

$50,000+ Founders’ Club

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation - USA Custody of the Holy Land Development for Environment Food & Rural Affairs Mrs Nelly Hirmas de Elsaca EOHSJ - Canada, Toronto Lieutenancy EOHSJ - USA Western Lieutenancy Erzbischöfliches Generalvikariat Köln European Union - AFRAT Indiana University Bloomington Mr Rafic Y. Mansour Murex S.A. Salvatorian Sisters Milwaukee Schmidt Family Foundation

$25,000+ Trustees’ Club

Anonymous - USA Capital Trust Christian Brothers Community - Bethlehem University CNEWA Canada EOHSJ - German Lieutenancy Colonel Richard S. Flahavan KC*HS Friends of Bethlehem University GB Charity German Association of the Holy Land Jerusalem Office Holy Land Christians Society Mrs Suad Husseini Juffali Missio Aachen Pontifical Mission for Palestine Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem


Chairman’s Club Anonymous - Australia Anonymous - BU’78 Anonymous - (2) USA Mr & Mrs Elias Aburdene Arab Student Aid International USA



Dr & Mrs Marcello Bisotti Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Mr Robert F. Comstock Darwazah Foundation EOHSJ - Canada, Montreal Lieutenancy EOHSJ - USA North Central Lieutenancy EOHSJ - USA Northern Lieutenancy EOHSJ - USA Southwestern Lieutenancy Friends of Bethlehem University in Ireland John A. Quinn Foundation Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem & Palestine Medical Aid for Palestinians Ministry of Education & Higher Education Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade – New Zealand Münster University of Applied Sciences New Zealand Embassy Cairo OXFAM - NOVIB Mr Nader J. Qumsieh Schwab Charitable Fund Jack & Nan Steger UNICEF United Holy Land Fund University of Washington Mrs Hanan Urick Ms Olivia Ward


Chancellor’s Club Anonymous - USA Bethlehem Association Scholarship Fund Charles Foundation Charitable Trust Mr James L. & Dr Hildegard Charles College des Frères Jerusalem DAI - PMDP De La Salle Provincialate UK EOHSJ - USA Northwestern Lieutenancy Eternal Word Television Network Inc. Friends of the Holy Land Palestine German Association of the Holy Land German Society for International Collaboration Gingrich Foundation Inc. Jack Thomas Inc. Realtors Mr Fuad & Mrs Micheline Kattan Mr Bernard Kilroy L'Oeuvre D'Orient Mr John McFadden Mr John B. O'Hagan - In

Memory of Baby Mary O'Hagan Project Loving Care Society/ Fatmeh Abu Al-Suud Fund Reach Education Fund Religious of the Assumption Mr & Mrs Brian C. Rogers Rotary Club Bethlehem SiParadigm Diagnostic Informatics Inc. Sisters of Our Lady of Sion Australia Terre Des Hommes Foundation The Jerusalem Fund Konsul Dipl.-Kfm. Michael Wirtz


Vice Chancellor’s Club Anonymous - Lebanon Anonymous - (4) USA Dr & Mrs Edward Abraham M.D. Dr & Mrs Samir Abu-Ghazaleh Advisors Charitable Gift Fund Ahdaf Mr Saed J. Al-Budeiri John & Monica Alexandra Arab Islamic Bank Archdiocese of Washington Assumptionist Fathers Ms Marlene Barakeh Mr Richard D. Barnes Basilica of St. Michael Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Ms Barbara Boigegrain Mr & Mrs Elias S. Botto Paul Boyd & Kathy Dunne Mr & Mrs Paddy Bradford Helen & Frank Brady Mr Robert Brass The Most Reverend Mark E. Brennan The Most Reverend Timothy Broglio JCD Brothers of the Christian Schools - Eastern North America - In memory of Brother Thomas Scanlan FSC Calipari Foundation Inc. Mr & Mrs James Carney Mr & Mrs Paul Carroll Deacon James E. Carper & Teresa Carper Catholic Health Association of the United States Dr Claudia Chaufan Mark & Jane Chopko Christian Brothers Conference Christian Brothers of the Midwest

Dannoun Corporation for Industrial Electricity De La Salle Collegiate High School USA Dr Guy & Mrs Gisela DiSpigno Diocese of Arlington Diocese of Springfield Illinois His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan Dr Hani Shawa Foundation Dr Kathleen Batato Egan - In memory of Brother Joseph Neary FSC Ecce Homo Convent/Notre Dame de Sion EOHSJ - England & Wales Lieutenancy Eton Lane Foundation William Guy Evans Jr. KC*HS Ms Elizabeth Falco Mr & Mrs George F. Felton Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Fieldpoint Private Securities LLC Mr & Mrs Bob & Jane Friel Dr & Mrs Joseph Garcia-Prats Hani Qaddumi Scholarship Foundation Lois Harr & John M. Reilly Edward & Janet Hazboun Helen Brach Foundation The Most Reverend Richard Higgins Ms Rita Houlihan Mr & Mrs Samuel S. Hoyle Ibdaa Cultural Center Ivanhoe Parish Australia Andrew & Diana Jezycki Michelle Jezycki Mr Bassem A. Kardoush Mr & Ms Steve Karel Brian Katulis Sir & Lady Paul Keller KC*HS Carolyn & Elias Khoury The Honorable Justice Francois Kunc The Reverend Robert Kurvers Ladah Foundation Mrs Mary L. Levin Col. John Linsenmeyer KCHS Lutheran World Federation The Reverend John M. Malone Marion Charitable Trust Ms Maura McArdle Dr Thomas & Mrs Sally McGovern Brother Mark McKeon FSC Mr Tom McWalter The Reverend Gerald Medici Pamela & Robert Mertz Major General & Mrs Michael Nardotti Jr. Ms Sandra O'Neal Orthodox National Charitable Society

University and Bethlehem University Foundation PalTel Group Foundation Mr & Mrs Malvin A. Pavik Richard & Jane Rodeheffer Mr & Mrs Robert Rogers Manford D. Hotchkiss & Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss Saint Mary's Press The George & Rhonda Salem Family Foundation Dr & Mrs Fritz Scheuren Dr Diane Shammas Alicia & Patrick Shepherd Shubanu Bethlehem E.V. Mary Cassaretto Simon Dr Clayton S. Sinyai Mr Dave Stannard Mr & Mrs Joseph B. Starshak Barry & Winnifred F. Sullivan Mr & Mrs Michael D. Sullivan Ms Giovanna Tanzillo Thomas J. & Mary E. Eyerman Foundation Mr & Mrs Alex T. TrotterGoetze United Palestinian Appeal Inc. Mr & Mrs Geoffrey Verhoff Mrs Jeanne Vreeswijk Ms Mary Walkinshaw Wapakoneta Foundation Working for Peace & Justice Inc.


Special Friends Anonymous - Australia Anonymous - Philippines Anonymous - (3) USA Mr Ahmad Abu Omar Dr & Mrs Peter Allies The Reverend Monsignor Charles V. Antonicelli JCL Archdiocese of Baltimore Drs. John & Rosaline Cardarelli Ballard The Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes Mr & Mrs William Bean Peter & Marilyn Biggins The Most Reverend Paul G. Bootkoski Mr Brendan Bruce The Reverend Monsignor Paul A. Byrnes Ms Rebecca Calaor The Very Reverend Joseph P. Callipare Cenacle Sisters Trust Board Mr & Mrs James Coady Ph.D. Ms Patricia A. Daugherty Lady Ann S. Dickson LC*HS In honor of Brother Joseph Loewenstein FSC Mr Joseph Dorsa Thomas & Karen Dowd Dudley & Maria Webb

Foundation Fam Trip Group members USA Faten Organization Mr & Mrs Daniel Ferry Dorothy & Michael Finnigan Mr Patrick Fitzgerald The Reverend Todd E. Foster Bob Gareis Mr John Joseph Garvey George O'Brien & Joseph Linberg Charitable Foundation Knight Commander Robin Graham-Brown KC*HS Mr George Gunning KC*HS John & Lisa Iberle Ms Nancy L. Iredale The Reverend Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin STD Mr & Mrs George N. Jalinos Mr Kevin A. Kavanaugh Keller Family Charitable Trust Mr Walter Kimbrough Jr. KC*HS The Reverend Daniel N. Klem Ann M. Kohl Legatus of Long Island Liverpool Carting Co. Inc. The Most Reverend William E. Lori Mr Ibrahim Matar Ms Kathleen McBride Mr Daniel Medinger KHS Dr Adnan M. Mjalli Mr Benjamin Monastero III Daniel R. Murray Ms P. Jewel Nackard Needy Students Society Palestine Dr Juliana Osinchuk Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) Mr Thomas Patton Mr & Mrs Francis C. Peck Ms Cristina Perez Sir & Lady Michael Peterson Col. Richard L. Purdon KGCHS & Lady Susan A. Purdon LGCHS Ms Dima Qumsieh Mr & Mrs Makram Qumsieh The Reverend Walker & The Reverend Tonge Group members UK Brother James J. Roszak FSC Mr Anthony Salameh Andy & Maria Santo Mr & Mrs Don Schimanski Dr Mimi & Mr Marvin Schuttloffel Kathleen Sheehan Sherwin-Williams Foundation Robert D. Booth & Lorraine Sostowski St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church USA St. Louis Roman Catholic

Congregation USA St. Victoria Church USA The Reverend Monsignor Archimandrite Robert L. Stern Drs Grace Grant & Dennis Tierney Tree of Life Educational Fund Inc. Mr Ronald Valade Mrs Constance van Wesemael LC*EOHSJ Vanguard Charitable Mr R. Dudley Webb Mr & Mrs Benjamin Weiner Mrs Anne M. Wigley


Century Club Anonymous - Australia Anonymous - Denmark Anonymous - Germany Anonymous - Ireland Anonymous - (5) UK Anonymous - (9) USA Dr Elizabeth Aaronsohn George & Polla Abed M. et Mme. Erondel Abel Ms Katie E. Acuff Al-Salahyah Association Mr & Mrs David Andersen Lt. Col. & Mrs Michael R. Andriani Jr. The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong STD JCD - In honor of St. Joseph, husband of Mary Michael & Victoria Armstrong Dr Robert B. Ashmore Jr. Thomas & Dale Auffenberg Sir & Mrs Ross S. Bacica KC*HS The Reverend Joseph W. Banden Ms Linda Batton Mr & Mrs Kevin Belford Prof. Anne Benjamin Mr & Mrs Michael M. Berzowski Dr Alberto Bianchi Peggy Blandford Mr & Mrs William E. Boland Jr. Mr Craig Borchardt Marianne & John Borelli Denise LC*HS & Michael Boswell Dr Andrea R. Bowden Mr & Mrs Loren Bowns Ms Shary K. Bozied Taimi Kuiva & David Bray Mr & Mrs Ian Breffit Mr & Mrs Richard J. Brennan Mr & Mrs Amador C. Briones Dr David Brooks Ms Anne Marie Brown John & Christine Brown

September 2018 – February 2019 Ms Kathleen Brown The Reverend Terry Bruce Dorothy C. Buck Ph.D The Most Reverend Neal James Buckon Ms Layla Cable Mr Philip Cain Her Excellency Valencia Camp LGCHS Dr & Mrs Joseph Capizzi Mr Charles M. Carella Esq. Mrs Catherine Carey Mr & Mrs Eugene J. Caruso Brother Thomas P. Casey FSC Catholic Development Fund Catholic Relief Services De La Salle Brothers Malvern Dr Stephen & Dr Cheryl Colecchi Mrs Elsa Connolly The Honorable Geoffrey S. Connor Esq. Brother Colman Coogan FSC The Reverend Monsignor Charles Cooper Prof. Catherine Coray Mr & Mrs Mariano Corpuz - In memory of Zoila A. Corpuz Mr David Costanzo Mr Robert Craig Mr Alan Cram & The Reverend Pamela M. Cram Mr & Mrs Robert Cremins The Most Reverend Daniel A. Cronin Mr James Cunningham Ms Kathleen A. Curran Mr Paul Darbyshire Mrs Deborah Darnes Scott & Kim David Prof. Rochelle Davis Brother Robert Deary FSC Sister Ilia Delio Ruey & Hugh Dempsey KMOB Mrs Anne DePalo Esq. Mr & Mrs Anthony Di Giacomo Most Reverend Owen J. Dolan Sister Joan Dombrowski PBVM H.E. Lt. Philip Donato Albert G. Doumar - In memory of Evelyn Ann Doumar The Reverend Lawrence J. Doyle Sister Lisa Marie Drover OSF Dudum Development Mr Peter Durkin Donna & John Easton Mrs Eberhard Eilinghoff Elida & Tomas Charitable Fund Father Michael Elligate EOHSJ-South Australia Group members Dr Dawn B. Erckenbrack Margild & Alexander Ercklentz Experience Travel Tours



Thank You For Your Generosity to Bethlehem

Group members UK Mr & Mrs Joseph D. Ferone Ms Helen Ferre Dr Pilar Ferrer Ms Marina Ferro Mr Eric Fish Drs P.R. & C.M. Fletcher Gerald Flood Mary Folsom Mrs Shelly Angelo Forrest & Mr Athol Forrest The Reverend Alex Kratz Group USA The Reverend Hudson Group members The Reverend Mena Group members Mrs Mary Ann Fuller Ms Felice Gelman The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron PSS Ms Susan Gibbs Nancy A. McBride & William Ginivan M. Goodman Gralta Foundation Inc. Ms Renae Grant Brother Paul L. Grass FSC The Reverend Joe Grayland Greater Washington Community Foundation Gail M. Gresser Prof. Emeritus Mary Grey Mr James Guinivan Mr & Mrs Gerald Gustafson Ms Valerie Hall Ms Alice Haznedl Mr Robert J. Hennigan III Mr Sam Henning Ms Cecilia Herath The Reverend Gerard Hetherington KCHS The Reverend Monsignor Richard Hilgartner Mr & Mrs Thomas B. Howen Lindsey Humes The Reverend Robert P. Imbelli Mr Joseph E. Imbriaco Katie & Dennis Ippensen Mrs Yvette Jackowiak Ms Gayle Jackson Ms Debbie T. James Mr I Jessiman Johannes Zang Group members Germany Ms Laura C. Jones Mr & Mrs Ross Jones Dr Virginia Kaufmann Ms Suzanne Keehn Mr Jim Kelliher Col. J.J. Kelly KCHS - In memory of Patrick Troy KHS The Most Reverend John F. Kinney Dr Francis J. Klocke M.D.



The Kocurek Charitable Foundation Konrad Schmidt group members Mr & Mrs David Krall Dr Andrew & The Reverend Janice Krouskop The Reverend Joel LaBauve Mrs Mary Claire Loftus James A. & Kathleen S. Ludwiczak Mr Jonathan March Mr & Mrs Sean A. Marks Ms Mary Marsden The Reverend John P. Martin M.M. Ms Judith B. Marx Mr & Mrs Pat McCarthy Dr Maggie W. McCarty & Dr Robert J. McCarty Lucy C. McGuirk His Excellency Thomas E. McKiernan KGCHS & Mrs Jean McKiernan John & Vera McMahon John & Gat Meredith Mr Ettore Messina The Reverend Monsignor Dennis L. Mikulanis STD KCHS Mr George J. Mikulski The Reverend Thomas J. Millane Mr & Mrs Peter Minor Sister Patricia Lynn Morrison Mr John E. Moyer Mundelein Seminary The Reverend Kevin Neal Ms Daisy G. Neves Mr Leonard Nones Mr & Mrs Russell Norris Ms Linda Novenski Mr & Mrs Kevin J. O'Connor Ms Margaret L. O'Donnell Mrs Michelle Odrobina The Reverend Robert Oldershaw Order of Malta - Federal Association USA Ms Aine O'Regan Our Lady of Sion Group Australia The Most Reverend Adam J. Parker Mr David Parker The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates Mr & Mrs Kenneth V. Payne The Reverend Monsignor Thomas F. Petrillo KCHS His Excellency John Carmen Piunno KGCHS Mr & Mrs Sam Prestigiacomo Dr & Mrs Maher N. Qabar Ph.D. Mr & Mrs Thomas E. Quigley Mrs Anita Raines

The Reverend Monsignor Joseph Ranieri Mr & Ms Sheldon L. Ray Jr. Professor Rush Rehm Commissioner Edward F. Reilly Jr. Religious Brothers Conference Religious Formation Conference Martna Renn Prof. Eleonore Reuter Mr & Mrs John D. Rhoad Jr. Mr James A. Rice Mrs Patricia Richardson DGCHS Bev & Joe Rideout Curt & Marybeth Ries Dr Patrick Ring Mr & Mrs David W. Robinson Brother David Rogers FSC Ms Constancia Romilly Mr Leighton P. Roper Jr. Mr & Mrs Sal Rosato Ms Joan Rosenhauer The Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi Ms Najwa M. Saad The Reverend & Ms William Sachs Dr Bengt Säfsten Louis A. & Maria Santalesa Mr Marc Sapir Brother Larry Schatz FSC Dr Stephany Schlachter The Reverend Monsignor Francis X. Schmidt Mr Joseph Sciame Jim & Lisa Scroggin The Reverend Christopher R. Seibt Ms Hala Sfeir Mrs Mary Shehadeh - In memory of Dr Nazmi M. Shehadeh The Reverend Monsignor Jerry Sherba Ms Jeanne Shevlin Ms Denise Shirley Dr & Mrs Mansur E. Shomali Mrs May Shomali Ms Geraldine Sicola Richard J. Siegel Mr Robert Sime & Mrs Anne Marie Sime Mr R. Matthew Simon Sit & Blake Ltd. Brother Robert J. Smith FSC PhD Mrs Zita Smith The Most Reverend Richard Spencer Ana M. Spitzmesser St. Albans Friends of Palestine St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

St. Louis Friends of Bethlehem St. Pius X Primary School Melville Brother Jerome Sullivan FSC Mrs Patricia Symkowick Dr Bengt Säfsten Mr Tyler Tate Mr Fred Taylor The Reverend Anton ten Klooster - To celebrate the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas Dr Paul E. Teschan MD FACP East Brook Community Farm The Charitable Society for University Students Ms Elsa Thompson Mr John Timmer Kevork & Pamela Toroyan Mr & Mrs Robert G. Townsley Ms Rosemary Tripodi The Reverend Monsignor F. Charles Troncale Mr Thomas Trueblood Ms Elisabeth Utting The Reverend Monsignor Peter I. Vaccari Mr Maarten Van den Oord Mr Lester A. Wagner Mr & Mrs James Walsh Mr & Mrs Richard Ward Mr & Mrs Daniel F. Warden Prof. Kanji Watanabe Mr Jeffrey Weltman Mrs Sheila Wharam Ms Nancy Withington Mrs Maria Wojcik Mr & Mrs Dave Wulff Ms JoAnn Wypijewski Mrs May Young

Up to $99

Silver Anniversary Anonymous - Canada Anonymous - France Anonymous - (5) USA Ms Christine W. Abbyad Mr & Mrs Rizek Abusharr AmazonSmile Foundation Ms Amy Antonucci Ms Beverly Bailey Mr Paul S. Barron Mr William Bault Ms June Bevan William & Diane Biggs Mr Jim Bradley Brother Christopher Buck FSC Kasper Butler Ms Thuraya Anastas Cable Mr & Mrs Salvatori Caeti Mr Sam Caldwell Ms Vivian Calis Miss Maureen Carroll

University and Bethlehem University Foundation Mr Murray & Mrs Karen Carter Dr & Mrs John Castle Mr & Mrs Cherrington Mr & Mrs Claiborne M. Clark Mr Hubertus Tony Commissaris Ms Claudia Connelly Ms Lesley Cook Mr & Mrs Paul Crossey The Reverend Monsignor John R. Dale David J. Depew Mr & Mrs Jeff Donnes Ms Mary Dugan Ms Victoria Engelhardt Tom & Elaine Ermolovich The Reverend Peter Farrant The Reverend Joseph R. Farrell KHS Mrs Margaret Fernandes FJ05 Group Australia Food, Wine & Culture Group Mrs Fay Forde Mr Richard Forer Mrs Henrike Gethmann Ms Caroline Gibbs Mr Lawrence Gigliotti Ms Merle M. Gilbo Nancy & Art Green Mrs Anastasia Greene Dr & Mrs John C. Greenwood Mr Michael C. Gwilliam Mr David Hamilton Dr Dirk-Michael Harmsen Mr & Mrs David Hart Mr Patrick Hart Maryann F. Hayward Dr Annette Herskovits Ms Sherrill Hogen Edward Horvat Paul & Mary Hurley Mr & Mrs Ronald Ingram Ms Moyra Jones Mr & Mrs Richard Q. Jones William R. Jorgensen - In memory of Mary Jorgensen Brother Michael Kadow FSC The Most Reverend Francis J. Kane Ms Kathleen Kelley Dr David H. Kelly Mr Simon Khoury The Reverend James P. Kiesel Sarah Kohles. OSF Ms Serena Kratz Mr David Lacheck Ms Mary Lane Ms Virginia A. Lawinger Steve LeGendre Br. Terence F. Loft FSC Mr & Mrs William J. Lynch Donald L. Mahoney Dr Harriet Malinowitz Ms Diana Manus The Reverend Brian McCarthy Brother Joel William McGraw FSC - In memory of Brother

Vincent Malham FSC Ms Teresa McLaughlin Des & Marjorie McMahon Ms Julie Mcnamara Mr Stephen McReilly Mr & Mrs Don McWilliam The Reverend Daniel Meagher Dr Mary E. Moran Brother Frederick C. Mueller FSC Deacon Roger P. Mullaney Mr Joseph L. Muth Jr. Charlie & Carel Nielsen Madame Germana P. Nijim Ms Janet O'Neill Mr L.D. O'Shaughnessy Mrs Fely Parker Mary Patania Mrs Eileen Pearce Mr Stephen & Georgina Pearce John & Joyce Petro Sister Ann Porter Mr & Mrs D W. Pryor Mr Roshan Punnoose Mrs Joan U. Rebholz Ms Anthea Rix Robert Sime Group Members Mrs Elaine Jiries Rumman Dr May Seikaly Mr & Ms Graeme Siddle Mr & Mrs Jerry Simkins Sisters of Mercy New Zealand Mrs Coe M. Slattery Mrs Margaret Snowden Ms Cheryl Sommer Mr Cletus G. Stein Mr Peter Stuart Mr Mark E. Syjut Mr & Mrs John Sylvester Mr Duncan Taylor Teresian Association TIAA Charitable Dr & Mrs David Toorawa Grace-Marie Turner Mrs Grace-Marie Turner Mr Richard E. Ullrich Mr Michael Vere Dr Jeff Vista Sir Harold Walker Ms Pat Westwater-Jong Ms Johanna L. Worley Mr Mark Wright Ms Madelyn Yribarren

Gifts in Kind Mr Kevork Deldelian Mr Anton Kattan Mr Maurice Khamis Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

September 2018 – February 2019

Bethlehem University 2017-18 Financial Statement Income (USD) Tuition and Fees (Student Paid)

12,038,569 5,477,458

Subsidy, Donations & Scholarhips


Projects and Research Grants


Public Service


Other Income


4% 5% 20%

45% 26%

Expenses (USD)




Institutional Support


Plant Operation and Maintenance


Projects and Research Grants


Public Service


Other Expenses


3% 4% 22% 45% 11% 15%




Visitors March - August 2017

September 2018 – February 2019

September, East Anglia Parish, UK

September, Archbishop Coakley Group, US

October, Paramatta Group, Australia

October, Our Lady of River Parish, Australia

October, Fr. Jerome Kodell Group, US

October, EOHSJ-Northern Lieutenancy, US

October, Lord Lansley of Orwell and Brendan Bruce, UK



October, Rev. Bill Sachs Group, US

October, Businessmen Delegation, Chile

October, Diocese of Armidale, Australia

October, Croydon Group, Australia

October, Kremer Group, Germany

October, Food, Wine and Culture Group, Australia

October, Fr. Alex Kratz Group, US

October, FJ Group, Australia

October, EOHSJ- South Australia

October, EOHSJ-Western Lieutenancy, US

October, Dr. McCarty's Group, US




September 2018 – February 2019

October, EOHSJ-Scotland

October, DVHL Group, Germany

October,Gregor Schröder Group, Germany

October, Fr. Mena's Group, US

October, EOHSJ-France



October, Bob Sime Pilgrimage, Canada

October, EOHSJ- Western Lieutenancy, US

October, PETE03DULW01 Parish, UK

October, EOHSJ-England and Wales

November, Rev. Walker and Rev. Tonge Group, UK

November, Konrad Schmidt Group, Germany

November, Fr. Stan Mader Group, US

December, Compton Group, US

December, SMOTJ Group, US

November, Msgr. Rossi Group, US

November, Lady Moran Group, US

November, Glasgow Group, Scotland

December, Catholic Newman Center, US

December, Rockhampton Group, Australia




September 2018 – February 2019

January, Telos Group, US

January, Msgr. Irwin Group, US

January, Sisters' Group, US

January, FJ Group, Australia

January, Lasallian Group, Australia

January, Msgr. Vaccari's Group, US



January, Fam Trip Group, US

January, Fr. Weber Group, US

January, Msgr. Breier Group, US

January, Fr. Taouk Group, Australia

February, Msgr. Lang Group, US

January, Mundelein Seminary, US

February, Fr. Molini Group, US

February, EOHSJ-Sweden

February, Weihbischof Graf zu Stolberg, Germany

February, Fr. Lampe Group, US

February, EOHSJ-Southwestern Lieutenancy, US

February, Fr. Matthew O'Leary Group, US



Giving to Bethlehem University Giving to Bethlehem University Online: By mail, please send your cheques to: Bethlehem University, Advancement Office P.O. Box 11407 – 92248 Jerusalem

Gifts from the local and international communities can be made via check to ‘Bethlehem University’ or by bank transfer. USA For more information please contact:

Online: Bethlehem University Make your check out to: Advancement Office ‘Bethlehem University Foundation’ P.O. Box 11407 – 92248 Jerusalem tax deductible TEL:a +970 2 274 1242non-profit, eligible for employer FAX: +970 2 274 4440 matching gifts. (TAX ID 22-3600739) and mail to:

United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland

Please see the backside of your address label or visit our website: Gifts from the United States can be made via check to: ‘Bethlehem University Foundation’ – a tax deductible Canada: eligible for employer matching gifts. non-profit (TAX ID 223600739-) For more information please Online: (no taxcontact: credit)

Make your check out to ‘CNEWA Canada’

Bethlehem University Foundation a Canadian charity eligible for Canadian tax credit, P.O. Box 355 and mail Beltsville, MDto: 20704 – 0355

Bethlehem University Foundation P.O. Box 355 To keep hope, faith, and the dreams of so many young people in Palestine alive, please consider making an immediate difference Beltsville, MD 20704 – 0355 USA with an online contribution to Bethlehem University. Visit to make a convenient and fast donation. Alternatively, follow the QR link using your smartphone.

To keep hope, faith, and the dreams of so many young people in Palestine alive, please consider making a gift.

Scan to Donate

Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.