MSA-er of the Month February 2013: Amre Metwally

The Muslim Students’ Association isn’t much of an association without its community members. MSA-ers routinely go above and beyond the call of duty to plan and execute events and campaigns, share their great ideas, and generally help other members of the community. In recognition of so many contributions, each month an outstanding member is nominated as MSA-er of the Month. The MSA-er of the Month for February 2013 is Amre Metwally!

Amre MetwallyAmre Metwally is a Senior studying History as well as Middle Eastern and North African Studies. During his four years at Michigan he’s made an impact on several campus groups, including Model United Nations at Michigan. This year he brought his talents to MSA, helping put on a variety of events. His contributions this year began with the role he played in planning,  organizing, and MCing Dr. Tariq Ramadan’s September visit to Ann Arbor. Not content to rest on his laurels, Amre got to work on MSA’s Social Justice and Activism committee, where he has provided insight and resources during the planning of March’s #MUSLIMRAGE panel. His work helping the Muslim community doesn’t end there, however. “I was often incredibly frustrated with how certain topics were (or just weren’t) discussed,” Amre writes for an email interview. This frustration led him and other MSA-ers to create Intragroup Dialogues, a series of organized discussions that would allow students to share their opinions and understand others’ beliefs on subjects ranging from race to modesty. As his time at Michigan winds down, Amre is making preparations to travel. He encourages others to do the same for personal development: “I think everyone needs to leave the bubble.”

MSA-er of the Month October 2012: Tesnime Selmane

The Muslim Students’ Association isn’t much of an association without its community members. MSA-ers routinely go above and beyond the call of duty to plan and execute events and campaigns, share their great ideas, and generally help other members of the community. In recognition of so many contributions, each month an outstanding member is nominated as MSA-er of the Month. The MSA-er of the Month for October 2012 is Tesnime Selmane!

Junior Tesnime Selmane was nominated for her phenomenal work on the Islamic Relations Committee’s events. Before she came to Michigan, Tesnime heard about MSA events through her older sister and decided she was interested in IRC because of the opportunity to help educate Muslims and the greater community. She helped organize A Walk In My Shoes, an MSA initiative designed to enhance understanding between members of various religious communities. Fascinated by Linguistics and the study of human language, Tesnime is a dual Linguistics and Psychology Major and volunteers at the University Center for Development of Language and Literacy, where she works with Aphasia patients. “Through my time there I have come to understand how truly lucky we are for everything Allah (SWT) has blessed us with,” she says. Tesnime hopes that through her involvement in MSA activities she and others can come to appreciate how fortunate they are. Thank you Tesnime for your outstanding efforts, dedication and leadership! Jazaki Allah Kheir!

MSA-er of the Month September 2012: Hanan Yahya

The Muslim Students’ Association isn’t much of an association without the students. MSA-ers routinely go above and beyond the call of duty to plan and execute events and campaigns, share their great ideas, and generally help other members of the community. In recognition of so many contributions, each month an outstanding member is nominated as MSA-er of the Month. The MSA-er of the Month for September 2012 is Hanan Yahya.

Hanan Yahya, a first-year sister at Michigan, was nominated for her involvement in Outreach Committee’s events, including New Student Orientation and Mass Meeting. Having come to Ann Arbor over the summer to attend MSA’s Ramadan Iftar events, she was familiar with the Green Muslims project and went out of her way to help make sure that food and dishes were disposed of properly the evening of Mass Meeting. Now that she’s seen her options Hanan plans on double majoring in International Studies and Political Science, but she knew as early as her high school years that MSA was the first club she would join once she reached campus. After graduation, Hanan hopes to spend time helping community organizations and local partnerships in Southwest Detroit, where she would especially like to assist the youth and the elderly.