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Rain Didn’t Rain on the NY Greeks’ Parade!

With Businessman George Tsounis and Helen Psaras – Photo: Dimitrios Panagos

By Constantine S. Sirigos, TNH Staff Writer, The National Herald, April 5-11, 2014
MANHATTAN – When the clouds hovering above Manhattan saw the Greeks marching up Fifth Avenue were undaunted by the early drizzle, they relented, making for a chilly but dry celebration of the 193rd anniversary of Greek Independence. The weather was not ideal, but thousands were on hand, including New York’s new Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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“It’s not Greek to them” but it is Greek for them

by Professor Nancy Biska
A new scholarship for Modern Greek Language students was presented to two students, Corey Nyhus and Dhimitra Papadhimitri, at the Honor Societies Ceremonies, April 20, 2012.
The scholarships were made available through the generosity of Mr. Theodore G. Spyropoulos, a leading personality in the Greek-American community. The students received the amount of $600 toward their tuition for the 2012-13 academic year.
Fall 2012

A Day Of Greek Pride In NYC And Throughout The World

By Constantine S. Sirigos, TNH Staff Writer, THE NATIONAL HERALD, MARCH 31 – APRIL 6, 2012
MANHATTAN – The Greek Independence Day Parade on Fifth Avenue was not graced by the sun this year. It was a little damp and chilly, but the sun of Hellenism and of Justice for Cyprus glowed in the hearts and shined in the minds of thousands of marchers and spectators.
Grand Marshal Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator from New Jersey, inspired the hundreds who heard him speak at events throughout the weekend. “It’s an extraordinary day. It is one of [my] highest privileges to have been named the grand marshal,” said the Manhattan-born Senator of Cuban descent. He has often expressed the powerful affinity he feels for the community and for Greece. He believes the Athens, as the birthplace of democracy, is still a beacon of light throughout the world.
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A «taste of Greece» at Adelphi University N.Y.

Source: ANA – MPA, Thessaloniki, 03.05.2011
The contribution of ancient Greek medicine, the importance of Greek language and harmonious coexistence with nature was highlighted through an event organized for the second consecutive year by the Greek Society of Adelphi University, entitled “A taste of Greece”. The event was coordinated by the Professors and Advisors of the Greek Student Association, Gioula Serpanos and Nancy Biska.
The proceeds from the event will be allocated to the Hellenic – American Foundation “Plant Your Roots in Greece” for the creation of a 4.000 tree grove in Delphi, named after the American University.
“We strengthen and take care of our Greek and American roots”, stated the President of the Association, Aristides Kourkoumelis in his greeting address. Expressing the pride of Greek Diaspora students on our Cultural Heritage, that they are studying and promoting to the multicultural American community he emphasized that; “The American press may publish negative articles on the Greek economy, but all of us will leave this event with our head held high and proud of what we culturally represent”.

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Pan-American Hellenic Federation of Teachers and Greek Teachers Association «Prometheus» organize a moving event

New York,  07.06.2011
What do the New York State Senator, Mike Giannaris, New York Reps, Aravela Simota and Nicole Malliotaki, Judge Peter Georgalos, senior New York Times member, George Kalogerakis and other prominent Greek – American scientists, businessmen and artists have in common? All of them have taken Greek language lessons in Greek schools, during their student years; something they have not forgotten, honoring their teachers until today.
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35th Prometheus’ Anniversary Luncheon Honors Greek Teachers and Students

June 19th, 2011 (Greek News)
By Catherine Tsounis
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well,” said Alexander the Great. On Sunday, June 5th, an elegant, free Luncheon was held at the Cultural Center of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, 337 East 74 St, New York. The Federation of Hellenic-American Educators and the Greek Teachers Association “Prometheus” honored the Greek Teacher at the Prometheus 35th Anniversary.
Outstanding students were honored by their teachers. A raffle was held. Donations for the event were from the Greek-American business and professional community. An outstanding Journal book was published, showing the role of the Modern Greek Teacher in America.
The Luncheon Committee, who organized this unique event, comprised the following persons: Stella Kokolis; Vasiliki Filiotis; Dr. George Melikokis; Adriana Fiolitis, Timoleon Kokkinos; Georgia Papadopoulou; Demosthenis Triantafillou, Dr. John and Emily Antonopoulos; Dr. John Siolas, Past President of Prometheus; Cathy Koutsoupakis and Georgia Filiotis.
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Laurels for our Hellenists!

La Gazeta, Volume 6, Issue 1, page 3, Adelphi University GAZETTE-ADELPHI UNIVERSITY
Professor Biska, our professor of Greek, reports that the Hellenic Society won the “Educational Event of the Year” award for their event “A Taste of Greece” at Adelphi’s Brown & Gold banquet! “At this event,” she notes, “students presented videos and photographs from Greece, showing Greece’s contribution to the western civilization and the importance of restoring Greek values in our daily lives.
The walls of the hall were decorated with posters, while images from Greece were being projected, using material which was provided by the head of the GNTO (Greek National Tourism Organization) in the US, Mr. Chrysanthos Petsilas.
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A Taste of Greece at Adelphi University

SAE 30.04.2010
The Greek Society of Adelphi University offered a taste of Greece to American students and professors at the University Centre of the institution in Garden city, last Tuesday.
In a hall full of students and parents, the members of the Greek Society presented videos and photographs from Greece, showing Greece’s contribution to the western civilization and the importance of restoring Greek values in our daily lives. Students Katerina Spanopoulou (President), Vicky Karatzias (Vice President), Katerina Pougiouklides (Secretary), Harry Zikos (Treasurer), Aris Kourkoumelis, Melina Giakoumis and Panayotis Lafatzis (newly elected President), presented topics on Greek mythology, philosophy, archaeology, culture and language, concluding with a brief reference to the Greek diet.
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Professor Seremetakis at the Macedonian House

Source: Neo Magazine
The Pan Macedonian Studies Center in New York hosted recently Professor C. Nadia Seremetakis, an innovative and well-published anthropologist with a vast array of scholarly and poetic achievements.
The Center’s Director Nancy Biska introduced Dr. Seremetakis who in turn held an interdisciplinary lecture “On the Branches of Memory: Feeling, Materiality and the Environment,” spanning ethnography, archaeology, physical anthropology, and environmental studies. A Q&A session followed.
Currently at the new University of Peloponnesus in the School of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Professor Seremetakis’ teaching experience includes institutions in the United States and Europe. Additionally, she has served as advisor to the Ministry of Public Health in Greece and as an advisor to the World Health Organization.