Dr. Katsarelias Informs St.
Johnís Studentís on A.S. Onassis P.S. Foundation USA
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. DemetriosKatsarelias.
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. JohnísUniversity 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 AngelikiGiakoumis 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 of† the Modern Greek
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 to
Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.