The Ras Tanura Lab recently hosted 15 graduate students from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
The students toured the facility and were able to experience first-hand the workings of a lab that operates to the highest quality standards.
For the students, the tour also had a practical benefit. As part of their graduate studies, they are using control charts for statistical quality control — a method already in use at RT Lab.
Due to the complexity, diversity and critical nature of the RT Lab operations, it remains a destination point for those interested in chemical lab analytical work.
The KFUPM students were not the first to visit the facility. Previous visitors include schoolchildren who were shown chemistry in action at the lab. Delegates from the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) have also visited the lab.
During their visit, the students were briefed on the RT Lab’s quality management system and the stages of constructing quality control charts and when to apply them, how to monitor them and potential difficulties associated with utilization of control charts at chemical analytical laboratories.
The RT Lab’s operations run 24 hours daily. The lab is a quality assurance, quality control laboratory (QA/QC lab) that utilizes 132 quality-control charts and produces about 30,000 test results per month.
DOHA — Two outstanding groups of swimmers, Saudi Aramco’s Dhahran Youth Swim League (DYSL) and Ras Tanura Swim Club (RTSC), traveled to Doha, Qatar, to compete in the H2O Long Course Spring Cup Championships held April 24-26 in the Hamad Aquatic Center’s internationally acclaimed 50-meter pool.
The Saudi Aramco swimmers came through with a number of personal best times and received many first- to third-place medals and fourth- to sixth-place certificate awards.
There were three overall high point winners. Alexa Phillips (RTSC) placed first overall in the girls 12-13 age group with five medals; Louis Bariselle (DYSL) placed second overall in the boys 12-13 age group with eight medals; and Rylynn Pierson (DYSL) placed third in the girls 14-15 age group with seven medals.
Louis and Rylynn, along with Mohammad Abdelfatah, Henri Bariselle, Bailey and Robert Cherrington, Taylor Flynn, Matthew and Maura Geuy, Mohammad Kharbat, Rifqi Sambodo, Laura Solano-Florez and Hamza Waris received a total of 21 medals and 24 award certificates for DYSL collectively. Alexa, along with her Ras Tanura teammates Adel Al-Sabbagh and Rawan Alanzi, received six medals and two certificates.
DYSL swimmers would like to thank coaches Elvis Baldonado, Joy Galeno and Jay Ungoco for their endless support and dedication to the team.
n Pictured in back, from left, are Laura Solano-Florez, Rylynn Pierson, Louis Bariselle, Robert Cherrington, Bailey Cherrington, Henri Bariselle and Maura Geuy. Front, from left, are Rifqi Sambodo, Mohammad Abdelfatah, Mohammad Kharbat, Hamza Waris, Taylor Flynn and Matthew Geuy.
AL-AIN — The Dhahran SAAD Falcons put on a dominant performance as they steamrolled to victory at the U15 hockey tournament in al-Ain, UAE, earlier this month.
After a respectable bronze-medal result at the Dubai tournament in January, the Falcons set their sights on gold in al-Ain and then proceeded to win five straight games to capture the GCC U15 B Division title.
The Falcons broke open a tight 1-1 game in the final against the Abu Dhabi Storms with a flurry of goals to triumph 8-1 and claim the gold medal.
“Our players came to al-Ain ready to play and win,” said Tony Morcos, coordinator of the SAAD Falcons hockey program. “Being the underdogs, having never won a GCC U15 championship, the kids really came through and should be proud of their achievement.”
The Falcons opened the tournament with impressive wins over Abu Dhabi, Qatar and the host, the al-Ain Theebs, before prevailing over Dubai 6-2 in a hard-fought game that sent them into the final.
Morcos said stellar goaltending by the duo of Humza Baig and Montana Ross, supported by a stifling defense, was a key to the successful weekend for the Falcons. It was no different in the final against Abu Dhabi as the Falcons held the Storms to just one goal until their offense broke through in the final period to pull away.
“I think we surprised a lot of people with this performance,” said Falcons’ coach Rich Wiggins. “But we expected more out of ourselves than we had shown in previous tournaments and the kids went out and made it happen. We asked them to be relentless in their pursuit of the puck and they were. As a group, they played with purpose and focus and it was nice to see them rewarded for their effort.”
Over the five games, the Falcons outscored their opposition 48-4 and never once trailed. All 11 skaters for the Falcons contributed goals toward the winning effort.
The victory was somewhat bittersweet as it was the final GCC game for four graduating players, including Baig, Ross, McHale Wiggins and Ryan Reinberg.
“It was an exhilarating win for all of the kids, who represented Saudi Arabia admirably,” said Morcos. “Playing hockey in Saudi Arabia and the GCC is a very unique opportunity for all of our players. To be able to share the passion of this sport with classy organizations from neighboring countries, including the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar, is a wonderful thing, and we are very appreciative of all of our gracious hosts.”
n The Dhahran SAAD Falcons claimed the gold medal at the GCC U15 hockey tournament in al-Ain. Members of the winning team include, from left, front row: Andrew Hutchins, Momin Tassadaq, Juliana Morcos, Sam McCoshen and McHale Wiggins. Middle row: Zain Baig, Hadi Nassereldine, Jonathan Morcos, Isaac Stevens, Montana Ross and Jacob Green. Back row: Tony Morcos (manager), Rich Wiggins (coach), Shaw Nassereldine, Humza Baig, Ryan Reinberg, Jeff McCoshen (coach) and Ricky McCoshen (stickboy). Missing from the photo is coach Leon Tkachyk.
RAS TANURA — The Northern Area Industrial Security Operations Department recently conducted a mini campaign on bicycle safety to raise awareness among all bicycle users at Najmah camp on safe cycling habits and practices.
During the campaign, the department distributed 115 safety helmets, as well as reflective vests, tape for the bicycles and knee and elbow protective caps.
The campaign emphasized face-to-face discussions with cyclists on the importance of using safety gear, and the department also distributed safety flyers carrying the same message.
n The importance of helmets and reflective vests for bicycle riders was emphasized in a campaign conducted by the Northern Area Industrial Security Operations Department.
DHAHRAN — Brent Haug, art teacher at the Hills Elementary School, recently held his fifth annual solo show “Applause” at the Dhahran Art Gallery.
Taking his cue from a Lady Gaga song of the same name, colorful oils permeated the building. There were also some older pieces, including large vinyl photomontages of Thailand and Bahrain, amusing etched steel containers from previous shows, including “Right Here, Right Now,” “Art Goes Boom,” “Ripped” and “R.I.P. — Rowboats in Paintings.”
In keeping with his spirit of community, Haug commissioned a performance piece choreographed by Barbara Fitzgerald and Cea Catuccio. The piece was performed by Lauren Robbers, Linnea Krygsman, Nina Krinis and Tegan Smith. Technical assistance and set up was provided by Zeeshan Kunnummal and Erik Melver.
In attendance were former students, regular patrons and newcomers. Chris Armoreda, a teacher, said it was his first time visiting the DAG art gallery and that he was very impressed with the show.
Stella and Zoey, former elementary students of Haug’s, were visiting with their fathers. For both, it was their first time to attend a gallery show. When asked what they liked best, they couldn’t decide as they enjoyed the big colors and the playfulness of the canvases. When asked how attending the show would affect them, both answered that it increased their interest in painting.
Sunny Natzke, who has helped annually with these shows, summed it up beautifully. “I am always inspired and recharged when I help with his (Haug’s) shows.”
The Dhahran Art Group is a self-directed group under the auspices of Community Recreation. A variety of classes are held monthly at Building 4155 in Dhahran Hills.
From May 29-31, “Diversity” works in glass by Zainab Hudairy will be in the gallery. All shows are open to the public free of charge.
n Among the visitors to Haug’s show were former students and young people, many who had never previously attended a show.
n Bold colors and playful canvases were on display during “Applause.”