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[FAR Health Programs | CME]: New Participants expected. standard

After a month of meetings with top Armenian-American physicians in the United States, FAR’s Health Programs Coordinator Hambardzum Simonyan has ensured the Continuing Medical Education program is back in full swing. Four provincial doctors from the northern regions of Lori, Tashir and Stepanavan will begin their month-long CME training Yerevan medical centers and at the Yerevan University Hospital. The participants – Narine Azatyan and Aida Grigoryan of Vanadzor, Ruzanna Marikyan of Stepanavan, and Gohar Anakhasyan of Tashir – will join the other graduates of the CME program who have enhanced their skills to better serve the Armenian people. Orientation Meeting for the New Participants Credit : Levon Lachikyan

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FAR Scholarships]: Reconduction for School Year 2009-2010 standard

FAR recently completed the review for the renewal of the “Jerair Nishanian Foundation” scholarships.  Of the 46 students previously participating in the program, 42 were able to renew their contracts. One of the 4 non-renewing students will be participating in an exchange program in Greece this year. Another of the four non-renewing students comes from a single parent household and has therefore been included in the state support program.  Unfortunately, the remaining two students have made insufficient academic progress. 30 applications were submitted to the FAR Yerevan Office in order to fill the four available spots.  After a review of the submitted applications, FAR Educational Programs Committee members made home visits to the finalists living in Gavar or in the ...

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[Mathevosian Scholarship]: Application Process has started standard

FAR is continuing to lift economic barriers and offer specialized scholarships to Armenian students. In fact, as advertised in the news and on university campuses across Armenia, FAR has just started accepting applications for this year’s Mathevosian Scholarship Program. Applications for the program, which provides tuition for undergraduate and graduate students, and medical residents at Yerevan State University, are received daily. The Mathevosian program is one of the many scholarships that FAR offers, which help hundreds of young Armenains obtain a higher education.

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Negotiations 101. standard

On Sundays, Vernissage is the place to be in Yerevan. This open-air flea market offers anything and everything you might be looking for – from unrecognizable pieces of machinery to touristy Armenia T-shirts – there is really something for everyone! In this bazaar, negotiating becomes a sport. A vendor will never reveal the actual price he or she hopes to receive for an item, because the negotiation is an integral part of the sale process. Armenians certainly do have some business savvy running in their veins! The treasures found at Vernissage very much remind me of my childhood: my grandpa used to restore anything he could find. On Sundays, we would go to the flea market in Marseille to sell ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Negotiations 101. standard

On Sundays, Vernissage is the place to be in Yerevan. This open-air flea market offers anything and everything you might be looking for – from unrecognizable pieces of machinery to touristy Armenia T-shirts – there is really something for everyone! In this bazaar, negotiating becomes a sport. A vendor will never reveal the actual price he or she hopes to receive for an item, because the negotiation is an integral part of the sale process. Armenians certainly do have some business savvy running in their veins! The treasures found at Vernissage very much remind me of my childhood: my grandpa used to restore anything he could find. On Sundays, we would go to the flea market in Marseille to sell ...

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[Listening to Armenia]: A Brush with Armenian Rock Bands for the Young Professionals standard

In a van leaving Noravank Monastery, we seven Young Professionals traveled in an hour from the 13th Century into the 21st. Greeting us outside our Yerevan hotel was a concert stage, a group of young Armenian rockers, and the bands performing for them. Charles Aznavour Square was transformed by the sounds of jazzy rock rhythms and saxophone expressions from the band Road Movie and the heavy metallic serenades of Dogma, whose lead singer Zara Gevorgyan entwined classic Armenian dance gestures and a silky Eastern voice around the deep Western-born beats energetically strummed off the bass guitar. E.V.A. at Fete de la Musique Credit : Celine Kaladjian In the meantime, a young Armenian, in his 20s sporting a jean jacket quite like ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: Beneficiaries Stories, Mariam from Noratus. standard

Thanks to the support of Washington resident Jerair Nishanian, more than 40 children from socially vulnerable families have an opportunity to study at Gavar State University, which was established in 1993 to help educate youngsters around the Gavar and Gegharkunik regions. Mariam Margaryan, born in 1991 in village Noratus (famous for thousands of medieval khachkars), is one of the scholarship recipients. Mariam was 10 years old when both of her parents separately abandoned their family, leaving Mariam and her younger sister Mary in the care of their grandfather and grandmother. Grandfather Sargis is already 82 years old, but his aim is to live long enough to help his grandchildren reach their goals. Mariam with her grandfather and grandmother Credit : ...

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[FAR New-York]: Armenian professionals gathered in New Jersey standard

Two weeks ago, 15 Armenian-American professionals and students convened at Saint Leon Church Hall in Fair Lawn NJ for a high-level planning meeting hosted by the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (www.aesa.org). This is the second New York-area meeting of the California-based AESA, which aims to develop projects in Armenia that will involve hundreds of talented Armenian scientists and engineers in this region. This meeting was convened by three community leaders: Dr. Garo Khanarian of Dow Chemical, Vahan Tanal of Parsons-Brinkerhoff, and A. Nurhan Becidyan, President of United Mineral & Chemical Corp.  Dr. Khanarian spoke of a future career night, where students will get valuable advice from a panel of experienced experts. Engineer Vahan Tanal (center) addresses colleagues and ...

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