Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Roxana Saberi: Visit to Qatar

Northwestern University in Qatar has invited Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi to speak about her experiences in the Middle East.

The event will take place on the 19th of September, at 7 p.m in the Grand Hyatt Hotel Ballroom.

If you would like to attend the event please RSVP to: events@northwestern.qatar.edu

For more information on Roxana Saberi and her visit to Qatar, please visit:


Sunday, September 5, 2010

New Student Orientation was a great success despite high levels of dehydration and hunger throughout the day - as for the first time in SFSQ's history, NSO took place in the early days of Ramadan!
This was not a setback - In fact, it only made Iftar feasts more enjoyable!
Thanks to our fantastic NSO coordinators, here is a video that sums up NSO 2010 in all its awesomeness.

NSO 2010 from Hoya3ni SFSQ on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Welcome class of 2014, let us provide you with four adapted points of interest that Mr. Edmund A. Walsh guarantees.

1. You will follow the travels of Ibn Battuta…

…or at least be able to list every country he could possibly have traveled to, as well as identify all previous colonial powers of that country, draw all former borders and give a cursory description of every war there since 1800 in the Map of the Modern World class.
How is it possible to succeed, you ask, in this forced quest to learn the history of the world? Your professor will tell you the trick at the very beginning of class: review your notes for 10 minutes every night, and you’ll find that you won’t fall asleep dreaming about mysterious country-shaped silhouettes during study days. If you can manage a couple of days a week of a 10-minute review, you’ll make it significantly easier for yourself. Verbalizing your notes, quizzing each other in groups, and taking the online Map quizzes will definitely help the information stick.

2. You’ll have a night to dress and impress…

…at the Diplomatic Ball, an annual event at GU-Q. The Diplomatic Ball is planned by the Student Affairs Office and attended by various members of Qatar’s diplomatic community. This swanky affair takes place annually in the spring, and the entire Georgetown community is invited for an unforgettable evening. Last year’s ball was held at the Diplomatic Club where diplomats of today and tomorrow came together for an evening of dinner, conversation and dancing to live music (courtesy of the Doha Blues Brothers Band).

3. You will take your diplomatic skills to the United Nations…

... after mastering them at the numerous Model United Nations conferences which you will attend. The M.U.N. is a student-run simulation of the United Nations, where students assume the roles of foreign diplomats to learn about international politics and diplomacy in their individual committees.
Participants at our MUN are high school students from around the world, who join our MUN as a school team of six students and one or two teachers. Students participate as delegates and are required to research both the country they will represent at the conference as well as the specific topics to be debated in their assigned committee.
As a GU-Q student, your role during the MUN conference is much different; we’re the ones running the show. Some GU-Q students assume staff positions, and are responsible for carrying out all the necessary tasks, outside the individual committees, which are needed for the conference to run as scheduled. In each committee, there is a Chief of Staff, Vice Chair, and Chair; GU-Q students also assume these head positions and moderate their respective committee sessions according to the standard MUN rules and procedures. The Chairs are responsible for maintaining order during the sessions and guiding the delegates’ attempt at UN diplomacy to pass resolutions.

4. You will save the Third World…

…or at least be utterly convinced that you can. All GU-Q Students think that they are destined to change the world. It has yet to be determined if this is caused by the predetermined ambitious natures of the students or the rigor of the classes they take while they’re here. In any case, in the course of your time at GU-Q, you’ll learn about all the political, social and economic problems facing the world and with the right mix of confidence and enthusiasm, you will be certain you can fix them.
Such classes exist for regions all over the world, and when you finish up your core GU-Q requirements, it will be up to you to choose what interests you the most. However, at the beginning, you’ll take classes that teach you about the world in general such as International Relations and Comparative Political Systems. Outside the classroom, you’ll also take advantage of GU-Q’s renowned co-curricular programs, Zones of Conflict – Zones of Peace, and Disaster Management. It’s here where you can apply what you learn in the classroom, and become closer to your mission of saving the world. The ultimate GU-Q club is, of course, the International Relations Club where you can begin the debates and research that will serve you well in the future. Additionally, you could join an activist club (there is probably already one that addresses your world conflict of choice, but if not, you could always establish your very own).

Based on "The School of Foreign Service" from The Hoya's New Student Guide to the Hilltop ( )

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Building Fun Facts!

Our new building has definitely been the talk of the school for quite some time now. As moving day gets closer and closer, the excitement is growing! Here are a few fun facts about the new building to help give you an idea of what to expect this coming spring semester.

1.The library has always been a popular space for Hoyas. Naturally, more Hoyas mean less space; however, this won’t be a problem since our new library has three floors!
2.Forget the difficulty of trying to find a quiet space to work! With all the work and study spaces available to the students in the new building, it will be too easy to find somewhere to sit down and get your tasks done or catch up on some readings.
3.There are two huge student lounges, and student space in the Student Affairs Department as well.
4.You won’t be bored of the same classroom setting; the new building has various interesting seating arrangements in its many classrooms.
5.We have a HUGE auditorium that seats 350 people. It will be perfect for our Open Mic Nights, theatre productions, and Town Hall meetings!
6.We have several gardens and nice outdoor spaces that will be a great place to hang out during our winter season.

Hopefully you enjoyed these facts about the new building. We’d love to hear any questions or thoughts you might have about our new space; also, make sure to keep checking Hoya3ni for more updates on the building!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Disaster Management - USA 2010

Students from Georgetown University in Doha and DC traveled to Louisiana and Mississippi this summer to take part in post Katrina reconstruction efforts.
Here is a sneak peek into the trip and their work with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Untitled from Hoya3ni SFSQ on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Proust Questionnaire: Dean Brendan Hill

Marcel Proust, a French novelist, decided to analyze his own psyche by answering 20 simple questions, intended to reveal a person’s innermost thoughts. As featured in every monthly issue of Vanity Fair Magazine, Hoya3ni will publish a member of the GU-Q community’s answers to a few of the questions from the infamous “Proust Questionnaire” on a bi-weekly basis!

For our first questionnaire, we are revealing the inner workings of the mind of our very own Dean Brendan Hill!

1.What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A:Living free

2.What is your greatest fear?

3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
A: Cassandra, from Greek mythology. She’s a seer of the future that’s always right but she’s cursed; everything she says always comes true but no one ever believes her because of the curse.

4. Which living person do you most admire?
A: Jimmy Carter

5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
A: Impatience

6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
A: Indecision

7. What is your greatest extravagance?
A: Rugs! Rugs! Rugs!

8. On what occasion do you lie?
A: When telling the truth would offend somebody unnecessarily

9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
A: My weight

10. When and where were you happiest?
A: Hawaii in the 80s

11. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A: Nothing

12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
A: We’d live closer together

13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A: Almost going the whole day without insulting Dr. Crist to his face

14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, who or what do you think it would be?
A: A zealously liberal movie star.

15. What is your most treasured possession?
A: My father’s rosary

16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
A: Self-loathing

17. Who are your heroes in real life?
A: My mother because she raised 4 children by herself

18. What is it that you most dislike?
A: Intolerance

19. How would you like to die?
A: Quietly, and painlessly

20. What is your motto?
A: I’ve gotta frame that pig!

Top 20 Diplomatic Ball Pictures!

Blues Brothers, and dancing, and dress up, oh my! On the 22nd of April, GU-Q hosted its Second Diplomatic Ball, organized by GU-Q's Student Affairs Department. It was the perfect evening to mark the end of the academic year. Classroom formalities faded away as faculty, staff, and students of the GU-Q community crowded around tables or let loose on the dancefloor with Qatar's diplomatic community! The night was filled with many memories, and below, we have featured 20 of the best of those memories as captured on film.

Enjoy the slideshow! Also, we would love to hear your thoughts on the photos or the Diplomatic Ball itself. Suggestions or ideas for next year's ball are also welcome!