The 190 year Greek Independence Day anniversary was honored in a major event held in Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. The event was organized by the Education Coordinator’s office in collaboration with the Metropolis of Chicago, Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity & Intercultural Affairs, Northeastern Illinois University and SAE, USA Region.
The event was attended by approximately 500 Greek Americans and Philehellenes, who enjoyed a comprehensive program presented by the students of local Greek Schools.
The attendants were welcomed by Dr. Sharon Hahs, Head of Illinois University, who mentioned the introduction of a Greek language course in the University Curriculum, as well as the implementation of a new training program for Greek teachers. The program is supported by the “Theodore and Erica Spyropoulos” Foundation.
The keynote speaker of the event Mariyanna Spyropoulos, Commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, referred to the meaning of March 25th for Diaspora Hellenism, but also the contribution of Philhellenes and especially Americans in the 1821 Revolution.
On his part, Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, congratulated and thanked the university, stressing that this exceptional event, held in State University premises, adds a new dimension to Greek Diaspora events.
The Coordinator of Education, Nikos Nikolidakis, expressed his gratitude to Northeastern Illinois University for their participation in organizing the event and providing their premises for that purpose, as well as the administration and staff of the University for taking part in the Greek celebration.
The event was carried out with the participations from; Agios Athanasios Greek School, “Protypo – Peiraiko” Greek School, “Solon”, St. Demetrius Greek School in Chicago, Pythagoras, St. John the Baptist Greek School, Des Plaines and the Greek American Academy, Deerfield. Performances were also made by the Choir of St Paul and Peter Community and the Cretan Youth Dance Group in Chicago.
A reception followed the event for all participants who had the opportunity to enjoy a rich photographic material, related to the Greek Revolution, adorning the University hallways.
On behalf of the University, the event was also attended by the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Janet Fredericks, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Maureen Gillete, Greek American Professors, Dr. Effie Kritikou and Dr. Eleni Makri, as well as other Greek – American professors.
The event was also attended by George Tsonis, representing the Consulate General, the Metropolitan of Chicago, Iakovos, SAE USA Coordinator, Theodore Spyropoulos, the President of the Organization of Panhellenic Scholarships, Christos Tomaras, the President of the Greek American Academy and Executive Advisor, D. Logothetis and D. Kotsakis, respectively, association presidents, school directors and teachers.
Source: ANA – MPA