Haigazian University Fundraiser Focuses on Syrian Armenian Students

Joyce Naltchayan Boghosian (right) with Haigazian Women's Auxiliary President, Joyce Stein

White House Photographer Joyce Naltchayan Boghosian Featured

LOS ANGELES—An afternoon luncheon fundraiser for displaced Syrian Armenian students at Haigazian University became a reunion of sorts with alumni, philanthropists, clergy, government officials, and friends. They had one goal— to raise much needed scholarship funds for the displaced Syrian Armenian students studying at Haigazian. Their goal was realized. All attending were painfully aware of the need— and were generous. A current, informative report was given by Dr. Ani Darakjian, Chairwoman of the Haigazian University Board of Trustees. A video chat of these students with University President Paul Haydostian was viewed.

Haigazian University Alumni Board with Joyce Naltchayan Boghosian (center)

Joyce Naltchayan Boghosian, daughter of the late White House Photographer Harry Nalchayan, was the event’s highlight. Her presentation of photos gave an exclusive glimpse into her world of the privilege and pressures as a White House photographer. She shared how each president, in his own way, treated her warmly and with respect as she entered his personal life. Joyce Boghosian’s calm demeanor belies the pressures that were present in her White House position. With only seconds to shoot an historic photo, implement proper protocol in a foreign setting, or traveling on Air Force One—all are evidence of her expertise and professionalism.

The Haigazian Alumni Association and the Women’s Auxiliary appreciated the guests who spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon on June 22 at the Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, providing support for grateful students in Beirut.


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