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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

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.

From the Land of the Labyrinth: Minoan Crete, 3000-1100 B.C.

280 Artifacts and works of art that reveal the history of the luminous Minoan culture of Crete to the metropolis of USA, New York
By Nancy Biska, ΚΡΗΤΗ Magazine, April 2008
The interest of the American Press and hundreds of visitors daily is focused on the artifacts of the Minoan Civilization which are exhibited at the “Alexander Onassis” Foundation at the Olympic Tower in Manhattan, New York. The exhibition was co-organized by the “Alexander S. Onassis” Public Benefit Foundation in USA, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological museums of Crete, with the cooperation of the Pancretan Association of America. Continue Reading

Greeks rally to raise funds for “other’ wildfires in Homeland

By Clem Richardson, Monday, November 5, 2007, DAILY NEWS
The summer wildfires swept across the already sun-scorched land, consuming everything in the way and leaving ashes in their wake. The devastation was incredible – at least 67 people killed, 1,100 homes and 427,000 acres of forest and farmland destroyed. This wasn’t sunny Southern California last month, but Greece in August, when some 170 wildfires, some of them arson blazes, rampaged through Mount Taygetos and other portions of Peloponnese in Southern Greece.
Kyriakos (Charlie) Kourakos, owner of Mezzo Mezzo restaurant on Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria, Queens, spent long hours watching television reports as the flames ravaged Mount Taygetos, near Sparta, in the province where he grew up.”I used to vacation there when I was growing up, and I still take my family there,” said Kourakos. “It is such beautiful country, full of birch and pine trees. So beautiful.”Peter Alexeas, president of Progressive Designs, a Hempstead, L.I., firm that designs and builds diners, was vacationing in the region when the flames hit. He joined the fire brigade as locals tried to help overwhelmed firefighters in the battle.”There were only two fire trucks,” Alexeas said.
“I think we did more than the firemen did. I burned my hand, the fire was so close.” Now the two have joined with consultant Nancy Biska and the World Council of Hellenes Abroad in a national effort to replant Mount Taygetos and other parts of their homeland. The World Council is looking to raise more than $500,000 for the “Plant Your Roots In Greece” tree-replanting program. Biska said all the money raised will go directly toward the replanting effort. “Every dime that is donated will go into replacing lost trees,” she said. The Greek government has pledged to rebuild the destroyed homes.
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The Cretan Diet: Its Culture and Benefits

By Nancy Biska, ΚΡΗΤΗ Magazine
“Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food” — Hippocrates
Homer called olive oil the “liquid gold”. Nothing is more characteristic of Crete than the millions of olive trees that grow in valleys and mountainous areas. According to archaeological findings, Cretans have been cultivating the olive tree and have been using olive oil since 3500 B.C. during the early Minoan period.
In ancient Greece the olive tree has been the symbol of wisdom and peace. It was the sacred tree of goddess Athena and Athens, the capital of Greece. Also, at the Ancient Olympic Games, winners were presented with a simple olive tree branch which was cut with a gold-handled knife from a wild olive tree. The Greeks believed that the vitality of the sacred tree was transmitted to the recipient through the branch.
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Achilles in Iraq

The Greek Ambassador to the US, Mr. George Savvaides, opened an unusual conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  The conference was called “Achilles in Iraq” and its purpose was to provide a new perspective of current events in Iraq, as well as the Vietnam war, through the eyes of the Greeks.   The results were stunning.
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Athenian Academy: The Garden Nursery of Tomorrow’s Philhellenes


By Nancy Biska, Translation by Nina Gatzoulis, Published on Hellenic Communication Service LLC
The first American public school where the Greek language is taught systematically has become reality!
The “Athenian Academy,” operating in Florida, has completed a year of successful academic work. It is the omogeneia’s reward for so many efforts for the perpetuation of our culture. It also embodies our hopes for preserving the Greek language worldwide.
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Nancy Biska hosts open forum in Boston

The SAE Youth of Boston is honored to announce that Ms. Nancy Biska has accepted their invitation to host the upcoming Open Forum in Boston.
The event, which is supported by the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of New England, and the Hellenic Students’ Association of MIT, will take place on Wednesday March 15th 2000 at 6:00 pm at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) room number 120, located in Building 6 (Room 6-120).
The theme of the forum will be: Means of Preserving and Strengthening Hellenism . This event is an opportunity for Hellenes of all ages to openly discuss issues and ideas concerning Hellenes abroad. The direct participation of the youth, along with the presence of distinguished guests will aid in the strengthening of the communication bridges between the two age groups. The forum will be covered by Antenna Satellite TV and will be broadcasted on a future show by Ms. Biska