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Taste of Greece, Adelphi, Fall Semester

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.

Adelphi, College of Arts and Sciences News


Condolences to the Spyropoulos family

The Task Force on the National Standards for Learning and Teaching Modern Greek Language extends sincere condolences to the Spyropoulos family.
It is with great sadness that we were informed about the passing of a great man
and a true Hellene, Mr. Spyropoulos. With his continuous generosity the Task Force of Greek Language Education Professionals was able to create The National Standards and Curriculum for the Modern Greek Language in the US and to promote Greek Language and Culture Education as a profession. His kindness and support made this work possible. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife Erika and his daughter
-Task Force on the Learning and Teaching of Modern Greek Language

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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Community Associations Pancretans Celebrate “Enosis”

By The National Herald
FLUSHING – The Spirit of Liberty, Hellenism, and the great Greek Island of Crete, spiced by the humor of renowned Greek-American writer Harry Mark Petrakis who was honored along with Greek parliamentarian and former foreign minister and mayor of Athens, Dora Bakoyiannis, filled the penthouse ballroom of the Terrace on the Park on December 6.
The Awards Gala of the Pancretan Association of America (PAA) was a commemoration of the centennial of the Union of Crete with Greece in 1913. Emannuel Velivasakis was the Centennial Events Chairman and the MC of the gala that gathered Cretans – including five tables of young people – and  friends of Crete.
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The Pancretan Association of America Celebrates the Centennial Anniversary of the Union of Crete with Greece

By Nancy Biska & Georgia Kokinidou, ΚΡΗΤΗ Magazine, October 2013
Celebrations with a series of cultural events in New York City on December 5 – 8, 2013 are being organized by the Pancretan Association of America and the Cultural & Education Committee
of the NY&NJ local chapters, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Union of Crete with Greece (1913-2013).
The celebrations of this historical milestone for Crete and Greece will start by organizing a United Nations Symposium entitled “The Cretan Diet: 100 years of Crete’s contribution in Better Nutrition and Healthy Living.” (December 5, afternoon). The Symposium’s purpose is to promote the traditional Cretan diet as a model of the Mediterranean Diet, as well as a way of living for maintaining health and longevity. At the same time, the Symposium will promote the rich and excellent quality of the agricultural products of Crete.
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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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