Celebrating 5 Years of KAUST

I wrote a bit about the 5 year anniversary a few weeks ago. Now that the main celebrations have passed, I wanted to follow-up and take a moment to share a few of the highlights. The 5-Year Anniversary Photo The most impactful commemoration in my opinion was a group of people self-organizing to take a 5-year photo at our… Read More »

Importing Your Dog from USA to KAUST

In an earlier post on this blog, I shared our dog import story. It wasn’t a very happy story, and the upshot was basically: “Don’t do it the way we did!“. In the 3-years since we moved here, I’ve always hoped to follow-up that post with one which says the right ways to import a dog… Read More »

Entrepreneurship at KAUST

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Gordon McConnell, the Acting Director New Ventures & Entrepreneurship, in the Entrepreneurship Center at KAUST. He was telling me about all the programs they have for both students and community members here at KAUST. Avid readers will know that I have a passion for social innovation and using technology to improve/build communities.… Read More »

Celebrating Home: KAUST’s 5th Birthday

KAUST recently completed its 5th Academic year. As such, the University is throwing itself a birthday party chock full of 3 days of activities highlighting academic and community life. This event has been in the planning for months with many, many people working tirelessly to make it an event to remember. It’s an exciting time for… Read More »

Our Third KAUSTiversary!

Three years ago today we moved to Saudi. We didn’t know what we were in for and that was part of the allure. Every time I have moved to a new country (to study in New Zealand, to live in the UK, and to live in Saudi), I have had this  very particular and hard… Read More »

Pictures of KAUST

KAUST recently joined the photo-sharing site Flickr and now has an extensive array of pictures from within the compound walls. It has some great pictures that will give you a feel for our community including academic/professional interests and also living at KAUST. >> Here is a list of all of the KAUST photo galleries on Flickr

You have to watch this: The KAUST Rap

Every year KAUST hosts a talent show for community members to show off their skills. This year, there were all sorts of talents – some musical performances, dancers, actors, and there was even a baton twirler! The winner this year, Brit Jenkins, blew away the crowd with her KAUST-themed original performance. She started with some classical vocals,… Read More »

You’re invited! Wednesday Coffee Mornings at KAUST

I am a big supporter of community-driven activities – with that in mind, I want to be sure to help support a great community-driven event that happens every week here at KAUST: Wednesday Coffee Mornings at the Island Rec. Awhile ago, some non-working ladies began meeting at the Island Recreation Center for coffee and breakfast… Read More »

The KAUST President’s Task Force: Maturing a Young Community

Recently, KAUST President Jean-Lou Chameau invited community members to join a task force to help make recommendations towards improving our community. Specifically: The President’s Task Force is your opportunity to be part of shaping future community, arts and cultural programs, events and activities at KAUST. My hope is that we can build upon our success by… Read More »