Assoc. Prof. emeritus Butrus Abu-Manneh, who retired in 2002 after thirty years of teaching in the Dept. of Middle East History at the University, was named a Distinguished Citizen of Haifa (Yakir Haifa). He was cited for his “long-standing voluntary activity to advance education and initiate a special education framework in the Arab sector.” Abu Manneh’s academic field of expertise was the Ottoman Empire and the social changes it underwent in the last centuries of its existence. Outside the University, he chaired the Ministry of Education’s committee to prepare a high school curriculum for Arab schools, founded one of the best Arab schools in Haifa, and led the push for a science-technology school in the Arab sector. The historian was a member of the Haifa Municipality’s Education Committee.