Memos

"Bicharafak Sar 3enna Club Committees!"

Bicharaf Clubs,

Following the highly successful Club Committees Workshop, you have now become qualified leaders capable of managing your individual Bicharaf school committees. We were greatly impressed by your enthusiasm and dedication in carrying out your assigned roles and leading your training sessions.

Whether president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, social media, marketing, or reporting, we cannot begin to emphasize the importance of working together as a cohesive team. We strongly believe that at Bicharaf you cannot only learn the relevant skills to become future leaders, but also the value of teamwork and participation. Building on the momentum of this workshop, you can now take off on your own and replicate Bicharaf events at your schools. Activities, such as Play Fair Day and movie screenings, can be easily organized, and are a great way to promote Bicharaf at your schools.

We are also pleased to announce that Bicharaf has launched a university-wide initiative, in the hope of achieving stronger continuity between graduating high-schoolers and university students. Bicharaf recently hosted a cross-university workshop on Ethical Leadership, which resulted in the creation of Bicharaf clubs in those universities. As always, thank you for your continued support; it’s your participation that makes Bicharaf a success!

Kinda Constantine

Work Ethics-Ethical Decision Making

On Saturday March 24, Dr. Tony Feghali introduced “Bicharaf”, the ethical leadership program, to students coming from diverse universities. In the workshop, he discussed many aspects of an ethical leadership program, such as women as ethical leaders, ethics in technology, and ethical leadership. The latter was one of his subject matters in which he highlighted the importance of ethics in leadership and decision making with its appropriate steps.

The presentation started with a debate in which many ideas concerning ethical leadership were developed. It was argued whether a leader should be ethical or not. Many attendees gave examples of famous people who were great leaders but did not follow an ethical leadership, such as Hitler. However, they all came to the conclusion that ethics in leadership is enormously important because they implement the values and morals in the working place, among other environments. In addition, they are always applied in the decision making process since they reflect responsibility and credibility, and most importantly, they help build trust.

Dr. Feghali then exposed his students to several quotes related to the theme. The attendees then analyzed the quotations and wrote their respective responses. One of the quotations was: “Ask the experienced rather than the learned,” -Arab proverb; as a result, it was revealed how crucial it is for someone to be transparent, to know his problems, and to learn from the experienced. Furthermore, three steps were examined concerning ethical decision making in the workplace: defining the problem and its alternatives, evaluating those alternatives, and finally, making the decision.

In addition, a social media session with Mr. Itani was held in order to enlighten the students on social media in our everyday life and its influence. Mr. Itani highlighted the importance of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIN, since they represent the most frequently used social networking engines. Furthermore, the students, who were divided into groups according to their respective universities, were asked to compete in a fun competition that promoted the influence of social media in spreading Bicharaf’s mission of academic integrity. The contest required each University to open a Bicharaf group page, post some news and events concerning Bicharaf, form an appealing logo and invite as many friends as they can, all within a time frame of an hour or so. The results were promising and the students were eager to improve their group page for the next workshop.

Marketing and Social Media Workshop Session

During the whole workshop, the Marketing and Social Media group was very enthusiastic and energetic.

The presentation took place in an OSB lab where all the students had access to a computer and had to open a twitter account, follow Bicharaf on twitter, and tweet about what was happening in the presentation.

Moreover, Layana Lababidi and Cynthia El Khoury explained to the students the importance of Marketing and Social Media and how it is used to promote events in their schools. Marketing and Social Media outlets are effective means to raising awareness in their school and letting the public know about their activities.

At the end of the session, the students were given one major task to complete: each school’s members learned how to create a Flyer for a Bake Sale event.

They started by brainstorming their ideas and negotiating them to complete their flyers. Afterwards, they created a Facebook event where they uploaded their work so people can know about their activities, and eventually, get more Likes!

Treasurer Workshop Session

The treasurer session was held by Rima Farhat who gave a general presentation explaining the basics of accounting. The session had about seven students from each school, as well as observers who expressed their interest in attending this session.

Definitions about assets, revenues, expenses, and liabilities where developed given background information about the treasurer role. Also emphasized was the need for an accountant on a Bicharaf team, as they conserve assets and know the needs of the club. Thus, the treasurers learned how to debit and credit cash when there is a need and how to record a transaction by providing them with a template sheet. On that sheet they wrote whether they debited or credited cash, what for, when, and who was responsible for it.

The presentation was really interesting in viewing the interaction of the students and the debates they opened.

Reporters Workshop Session

The reporting team was a rather small one. About two students from each school joined— some replacing their absent peers, others out of curiosity. They all had one thing in common, though, and that was their interest in the field of reporting.

The hour started off with a few jokes about the cat that almost joined us in OSB’s talking elevator ride, but once we got to our assigned room, it was time to get down to business. A broadcast-related ice breaker was our opening speech, or rather collection of speeches. Students who did not know each other paired up and introduced one another, not only putting the tension on pause, but also allowing us to figure out their standpoint on public speaking, a skill required for any good reporter. Explanations soon followed. At first, the students were somewhat overwhelmed with all the different subfields of reporting and all the duties reporters juggle, yet they adapted quickly and agreed wholeheartedly to their important role in informing the public of the progress their respective teams would be making.

As the hour drew to a close, the reporters used all they had learned in an activity in which they acted out an evening news report; as they headed to their breakfast break, they set a plan of action that they would be executing soon enough.