The Hellenic Journal recently featured an article by Heritage Greece Alumnus Elizabeth Tzagournis highlighting her experience as a member of the 2017 Heritage Greece Program's excursion.
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This past Saturday, December 15, many of our Heritage Greece Program alumni attended the Mistletoe Gala in New York, NY. The gala was hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at the Harvard Club in New York City, and created the opportunity for a miniature Heritage Greece reunion. The NHS is proud to see that the life long friendships created through this program continue to be lasting and continue to show signs of living on forever!
New York - On Wednesday, December 5th, NHS Members Dennis & Karen Mehiel sponsored a meet and greet dinner at their home. NHS members, along with Heritage Greece alumni were present. This was the second event that the National Hellenic Society has hosted to connect students with prospective mentors who will be able to provide guidance and advice that will help them in the future. The event was incredibly successful and both NHS members and HG alumni in attendance are motivated to continue to foster the mentor/mentee relationship. We look forward to many more events like this as we launch this new phase of our Heritage Greece and Heritage America programs. Thank you Karen and Dennis Mehiel for sponsoring this event to enrich this wonderful program!
Washington, DC - On Sunday, December 2nd, NHS Members Ted and Demetra Argeroplos sponsored a meet and greet luncheon at the il Canale restaurant in Georgetown. NHS members, along with Heritage Greece alumni and Pan-Hellenic scholars were present. The purpose of the luncheon was to connect these students with prospective mentors who will be able to provide guidance and advice that will help them in the future. The National Hellenic Society is excited that the first of many events designed for fostering the Mentor/Mentee relationship between our members and our program participants was a success. We look forward to many more events like this as we launch this new phase of our Heritage Greece and Heritage America programs. Thank you Demetra and Ted Argeroplos for sponsoring this event to kick off this exciting new chapter!
New York - This past weekend, Heritage Greece Alumni Dimitri Roumeliotis and John Banas attended the annual meeting of the National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA). They had the opportunity to address the conference attendees and made a presentation about the Heritage Greece Program and highlighted the benefits as well as how the program has impacted them.
And they’re off! Every year, the National Hellenic Society sponsors Greek American college students on a two-week educational and cultural immersion experience at the American College of Greece to discover their heritage and culture through the Heritage Greece Program. This year, we are proud to sponsor 65 participants, joined by 13 peer students from ACG.
Meeting in Washington, DC before heading to Greece tonight, the group visited the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, where they heard from several classicist and fellows, and the Greek Embassy where His Excellency Ambassador Lalacos and his diplomatic corps welcomed the participants and provided an overview of Greece’s challenges. They then visited Capitol Hill, where they met with Congressman John Sarbanes, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and the staffs of Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Congressman Charlie Crist, and Congresswoman Dina Titus! This is just the beginning of a life-long commitment to these Greek American ambassadors of Hellenic heritage!
Safe travels and καλό ταξίδι παιδιά!
This is America & the World is a series hosted by Dennis Wholey, a journalist and best-selling author with over 40 years of broadcast experience. The weekly series covers international affairs and is produced in Washington, D.C., featuring countries around the world. The series is broadcast nationally on public television and PBS stations, and it is distributed internationally by Voice of America Television. Dennis explores the cultural, social and political lives of people around the world.
The 3-part series of This is America Visits Greece was shot in Greece and airs as follows: Part I on Sunday, July 9; Part II on Sunday, July 16; and Part Episode III on Sunday, July 23.
Thanks to the George & Judy Marcus Family Foundation, the National Hellenic Society (NHS), American College of Greece (ACG), and the Heritage Greece Program will be highlighted in Part II on Sunday, July 16 at 10:00. The episode will feature interviews of several Heritage Greece Program participants and the American College of Greece President, David Horner.
With the help of member John Stratakis with Poles, Tublin, Stratakis, Gonzales, & Weichert, LLC and Clay Maitland with International Registries, the NHS hosted a reception for Heritage Greece students at the Yacht Club of Greece. Distinguished guests included HRH Princess Tatiana Blatnik, former Minister of Health and current Member of Parliament, Adonis Georgiadis, Dr. Dimitrios Andreou, Vice President of Enrollment and Administration of Deree, Peter Poulos, Director of Development for the Hellenic Initiative.
The NHS would like to thank the event's sponsors for offering Heritage Greece students this once in a lifetime experience!
Heritage Greece 2017 has officially begun! Sixty-two students will share a two-and-a-half week cultural and educational immersion experience at the American College of Greece in Athens. It is a cultural, educational, and inspirational odyssey, and participants are accompanied by 20 students from the American College of Greece. It is a trip that alumni have described as a life-changing experience. The group met on Thursday, June 8 for orientation in Washington, DC, and a reception was graciously hosted at AHEPA Headquarters with the Heritage Greece 2017 class, NHS members, and Greek American mentors in attendance. The students will leave the following day.
Heritage Greece is about “connections”– connecting the students to their respective Greek roots, heritage, identity, and to one another as they forge life-long relationships. This year marks the eighth year of NHS’ empirical studies of the Heritage Greece Program, and we’ve compiled enough data to support a broader study of the positive impact the Program has on these students and their families. It is truly remarkable! This year’s Heritage Greece trip includes taking a Greek language class at the American College of Greece, touring the Parthenon and Delphi, taking a weekend trip to the Peloponnesus, and more!
Largest youth gathering of traditional Greek dancing and singing worldwide
NHS hosted a booth at the 41st annual Folk Dance and Choral Festival (FDF) in San Diego during President's Weekend that attracts over 2,500 dancers/singers, their families and friends. Heritage Greece (HG) Alumnus Bobby Kamaris was on hand to meet with students and their parents interested in the program June 8-25, 2017 along with NHS West Coast Chapter Coordinator Frosene Phillips. Additionally, an HG video presentation was presented to the over 4,000 attendees at Opening Ceremonies. For more information on HG, visit nationalhellenicsociety.org. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.