Egyptian Americans: The Rising Stars
Hagar Abdel Aziz
Hagar Abdel Aziz is a young Egyptian American born in San Francisco on January 30, 1989. She is the daughter of Dr. Mohab Mohamed, a long time resident of the Bay Area.
Hagar has always been an exceptional student. She skipped her first grade in elementary school, then went on again to skip junior year in high school, making her only 16 when she entered college.
Hagar decided to major in Broadcasting at San Francisco State University which offers one of the top 5 programs for Broadcasting in the nation. During her last semester at SFSU, she enrolled in a Social Marketing course. Habitat for Humanity was their client and students were asked to create an advertising campaign for HFH's new chapter- the Greater San Francisco area.
Hagar took over the producer role. She worked tirelessly with a team of 15 students, each handling a different aspect of the project including audio, video, marketing, design, production, etc. Needless to say, they were all overjoyed when Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco chose their team's ad as the winning piece. But Hagar didn’t stop there. Encouraged by this remarkable distinction, she entered the commercial into becaFest, an award show that the department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State holds every year to recognize the most outstanding productions. Once again her dedication and her team’s hard work paid off and they won the prize for best TV advertisement. Their commercial will soon be aired on TV channels nationwide.
When asked to comment, Hagar said: “It was truly an accomplishment that I am very proud of. I hope that this commercial touches you the same way that it has touched me.”
Watch Hagar's commercial .
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Egypt National Day
A Cause for Celebration and Registration
Egyptians like to celebrate. Egyptian-Americans like it even more, and they like to do it in style. Not over champagne and caviar, mind you, but rather over hummus, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves. And when these are prepared by the undeniably skilled chef of the Egyptian Consulate, it calls for an even bigger celebration. So when July 15 came and went, and some of us didn't receive the familiar, off-white, retro style invitation with the black Salah Eldin eagle imprint at its top center, we took it hard!
The Egyptian Consulate has a plausible explanation though. The venue picked to host the July 23rd event pulled the plug at the very last minute, leaving the consular staff with no alternatives but to host the event at the Consul General's private residence. Space was limited and common sense implied it was better to have a smaller celebration, than none at all.
Regardless of whether or not one made it on the list of guests for this event, it was endearing how some members of the community reacted. To them, Egypt's National Day goes far beyond ideology or patriotism. It is a day when Egyptian- Americans from all walks of life, regardless of their age, religion, education, or social status come together, invited by their Consulate.
Of course there are those among us who only contact the Consulate when they want their passport renewed, or their newly born child registered. But there are others for whom the Egyptian Consulate is the anchor, the home away from home, and sometimes even the only remaining link with a country long left behind.
Like most of his predecessors, Egypt's Consul General, Dr. Hesham El Nakib, has been relentlessly calling on Egyptian-Americans to register on the Consulate website. The EAS is also appealing to all Egyptian-Americans to join the EAS mailing list.
It is a modest step that will help us preserve our culture and allow us to celebrate our heritage and the diversity of our ever growing Egyptian-American community.
"One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade" - Chinese Proverb