Modern Greek Language
“The Rassias Commision Report,” a 1999 report from the Archbishop’s Comission on Greek Language and Hellenic Culture
Commission Chair: Dr. John Rassias
Professor Athanasia Biska (Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures) Instructor in Greek recently hosted the “Taste of Greece,” an event celebrating Greek culture and food. It takes place once per semester offering students the opportunity to share traditional homemade food and recipes with their classmates. Non- Hellenic heritage students have the opportunity to share flavors of their own culture. During the event, students shared funny stories of the Greek-American life and experience, presented “Greeklish” words and expressions, taught Greek traditional dances, and enjoyed Greek popular music.
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.
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.
Nancy Biska was honored at the fifth annual Evening of Greek Culture and Cuisine sponsored by the Modern Greek Language and Literature program at St. John’s University on Friday evening, October 12 in Council Hall. More than 200 persons attended.
Biska is a journalist and editor for Greek and international newspapers and magazines. She is a public relations spokesperson, radio and television personality and Webmaster. Seirios Media and P.R. Publications, created by Biska, is a leading Modern Greek Internet newspaper. Her support of Hellenism and the Modern Greek Language and Literature program at St. John’s University is legendary.
“Greek News”, October 22nd, 2007
New York.- A devastating Iraq War, declining economy, fire ravaged Greece is inspiring a return to oneʼs roots. The Fourth Annual Evening of Greek Culture and Cuisine at St. Johnʼs University in Council Hall on Friday, October 12th had standing room only. The Panchiaki Korais Society Dance Group under the supervision of Evangelia Klidas and Katie Markidis mesmerized an audience of 200 persons with a program of dances that exemplified the best of Greece.
The Pan Cyprian Association of America, through the assistance of President Philip Christopher, granted one thousand dollars of scholarships to outstanding students Veronica Georgiades and Christiana Pashiou. Outstanding Benefators honored included: Rev. Anastasios Diakovasilis; New York State Senator Frank Padavan; Stephen Cherpelis, Archon Dikaiophylax of the Order of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle; Journalist/Webmaster Nancy Biska and the Pan Macedonian Studies Center under the presidency of Elias Neofytides.
Award presentations were given to SJU Assistant Dean Ekaterini Georgiades, Greek Club president Diamanto Ktenas; Past Greek Club President Irene Zouroudis and Kostas Lambiris, vice-president of the Pan Macedonian Studies Center. Student moderators of the program were Haritomeni Scoufaras, Theodora Christodoulou and Marina Filippatos.