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Ecumenical Hellenic values remembered at the Capitol

Washington, D.C..- By Catherine Tsounis, Greek News
“Today, we honor Ambassador Alexandros Mallias, a man who has created history in Washington, D.C.,” stated Mrs. Stella Kokolis, President of the Federation of Hellenic American Educators, SAE – USA Region. “He is responsible for creating the education events at the Capitol in 2008 and 2009. Without his support, we would not be here. We wish him well in his next diplomatic mission, since this is his last day in Washington, D.C.”
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Hellenic Values Day on Capitol Hill

Published in NEO magazine
The Federation of Hellenic American Educators under the auspices of SAE-USA (World Council For Hellenes Abroad) Region and the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C. presented the 2nd annual event on “The Ecumenical, Humanistic and Diachronic Values of the Greek Culture and Education” on Thursday morning, June 4th at the Cannon Building of the Capitol, Washington, D.C. Nancy Biska, representing Mariyana Spyropoulos, was Mistress of Ceremonies.
Greetings were delivered by Senator John Sarbanes and representatives from Congressional leaders Carolyn Maloney, Gus Bilirakis and Tina Titus. Closing remarks were made by Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis.

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Diversity of Hellenism Celebrated at the First Greek Honor Society Installation

Greek News, JUNE 8TH, 2009
New York.- “Welcome to the First Induction Ceremony of the Modern Greek Honor Society under the auspices of the Pan Arcadian Federation of America. This is a historic evening marking the establishment of the first Modern Greek Language Society in American Universities at St. Johnʼs University,” said Anthony Tymvios. Over one hundred persons attended the event held at room 277 A&B in Bent Hall on May 5th evening. The moderators were Veronica Georgiades, George Damalas, Bridget Barry, Anthony Tymvios and Dennis Moshopoulos.
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SJU ROTC and Panchiaki Korais Celebrate Sacrifice of Greeks and PhilHellenes

Greek News, MARCH 23RD, 2009
New York.- “Let us all unite together. Free men we live, better in one hour of freedom than forty years as a slave. This is the meaning of the Ballad of Rigas Feraios,” stated with conviction Dr. Christos P. Ioannides. “Rigas was the apostle of the Greek Revolution. He lived through the French Revolution and was a visionary ahead of his time. The Ottoman rule in the Balkans was oppressive to Greek and Turks alike. The revolutionary dreamt of a Balkan Federation similar to the United States.
His Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen is similar to the United States Declaration of Independence. Rigas believed that religion should not be obstructed by government.” This dynamic address was presented on Tuesday evening, March 3rd, at the Fifth Annual Greek Independence Day Celebration of Modern Greek Language and Literature Program of the Languages and Literatures Department of St. Johnʼs University in Council Hall.
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In Memory of Dr. Panagiotis Kokolis Scholarship

Greek News, MARCH 23RD, 2009
By Catherine Tsounis
The second “In Memory of Dr. Panagiotis Kokolis” Scholarship was awarded Tuesday evening, March 3rd at the Fifth Annual Greek Independence Day Celebration of the St. Johnʼs University Modern Greek Language and Literature Program of the Languages and Literatures Department in Council Hall.
The awardʼs criterion is based on outstanding community service and academic scholarship. Chrissa Kostadaras is this yearʼs recipient. The award of five hundred dollars was presented by Mrs. Athanasia Nancy Biska, President of the Pan Macedonian Studies Center.
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Senator Padavan Honored at SJU Greek Evening for Phil-Hellenism

Greek News, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2008
New York.- Senator Frank Padavan was honored at the sixth Annual Evening of Greek Culture held Friday evening, October 17th, at Council Hall of St. Johnʼs University. Senator Frank Padavan is a defender of Hellenism in Northeastern Queens.
Mrs. Athanasia Nancy Biska, international journalist, webmaster, President of the Pan Macedonian Studies Center said “Phil-Hellenes have assisted unconnected, hardworking, intelligent persons of Greek origins for generations. Senator Frank Padavan, a Republican, whose popularity crosses all political parties, has been in power for several decades. His popularity lies in his fairness, humility and kindness to all who seek his help, without any strings.
He is the only Republican representative in the Democratic stronghold of northeastern Queens, New York City.”
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Protesting Human Right Violations in FYROM

Published in National Herald
Greek Americans hold signs and Greek, Cypriot and American flags during a demonstration protesting human rights violations against Greeks in FYROM on Monday, October 27, 2008 outside of the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York.
The protesters were calm and well-behaved and spent their time chanting.
In this photo are Stella Kokkolis, Nancy Biska and Koula Moschokarfis.

Scholarships Awarded At Pan Macedonian Conference

Queens Gazzete, May 30th, 2008
As an international audience of 300 persons gathered at the Pan Macedonian Studies Center in Whitestone applauded, scholarships were conferred on three students enrolled in the Modern Greek Language and Literature program at St. John’s University. George Stamboulis and Calliope Pappas each received a 2008 Panchiaki Korais Society scholarship and Anthony Michaelides of Flushing received the 2008 Theodore Spyropoulos scholarship at the Pan-Macedonian Conference on May 30.
Panchiaki Korais Society President Kostas Kojes presented Stamboulis and Pappas with the Panchiaki Korais Society scholarship and Nancy Biska, governor of the Pan Macedonian District of Greater New York, presented the Spyropoulos scholarship to Michaelides.
The Panchiaki Korais Society scholarship program was initiated in 2000 and has awarded $9,000 in scholarships to St. John’s students.
Michaelides is an honor student at St. John’s University and a co-editor of “The Greek American Experience II” by Professor Catherine Tsounis, sponsored through a grant by the Pan Macedonian Studies Center and state Senator Frank Padavan.