King’s Academy, April 1, 2015 — Hearts were heavy yesterday when community members gathered in the HRH Sheikh Jabir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Administration Center to commemorate the life and legacy of Ala’ Al Baw, the passionate and devoted university counselor who passed away in a tragic car accident last July.
During the dedication ceremony, which took place in the University Counseling Office, Headmaster John Austin announced the naming of the Ala’ Al Baw University Resource Center in the presence of Ala’s family and colleagues as well as a large group of current students and alumni whose lives were touched by Ala’s infectious energy and enthusiastic spirit.
“Ala’ Al Baw will always be remembered at King’s for her energetic, passionate and kind demeanor,” said Austin. “She was relentless in her devotion to the students, her team and to King’s Academy.”
Director of Human Resources and General Administration Mona Sami delivered a short eulogy in Arabic before giving the floor to Ala’s niece Hatoon Mushasha ’15 and to Tyma Al Nimri ‘15, who read poems in Arabic and English respectively.
Before unveiling the plaque of the newly named resource center – a place where Ala’ worked closely and tirelessly with students to help them achieve their goals and realize their dreams – Dr. Austin shared some of the heartfelt messages that poured in from colleagues and university admission directors from around the world upon receiving the sad news of Ala’s passing.
“For many of our students, Ala’ was a beacon of hope, a comforting shoulder and a supportive voice,” Austin said. “She loved her family, she loved her students and she loved this school, and she made it a better place.”