Dr. Katsarelias Informs St. Johnís Studentís on A.S. Onassis P.S. Foundation USA





††††††††††† ďThe Greek-Americans speak phrases and words that no longer exist in Greece. They hold onto the Greek dialect of their parents and grandparents. They perpetuate customs and traditions of the Hellenic culture,Ē explained Dr. Demetrios Katsarelias.

The international Hellenic scholar spoke to over sixty St. Johnís students on Thursday, February 20th in Marrilac Hall, room 139. Dr. Katsarelias represented the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), Inc. in this informative lecture on the spring events of the program. The Greek Club and Sigma Chi Beta Fraternity sponsored the unique event. These two dynamic St. Johnís University organizations are attempting to inform students on major cultural events of the New York City metropolitan area. Lunch was served at the conclusion of the event to a standing room only audience. The event was organized by the following student leaders: president Angeliki Giakoumis and vice-president Stella Nikoloudakis of the Greek Club; Chris Paravalos of Sigma Chi Beta Fraternity; and Irene Tsoumpas, Peter Draper and George Vagelatos of the Modern Greek Language and Literature Program. Prof. Lawrence Waldron participated in the program. Dr. Katsarelias was welcomed to St. Johnís University by Dr. Nicholas Toscano, Chairman of the Languages and Literatures Department and Prof. Catherine Tsounis, adjunct instructor ofthe Modern Greek program.


To learn more about the Foundation and Center, visit www.onassisusa.org or call 212 486-4448. The Onassis Cultural center is located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue with an entrance on 51st Street. The Center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.



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