From: Leon Stavrou <>

Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 7:16 PM
Subject: re a call for applications – a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors

Dear Founders and Friends,

I am pleased to announce a new scholarship — the Archimedes Award — for outstanding Greek American students pursuing studies and careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) related fields.

This is the very first scholarship to be offered through the Next Generation Initiative — and it represents a significant new addition to the Initiative’s programs that already reach thousands of students and professors on 200 campuses across the United States. We are proud that the founder of the Archimedes Award, Dr. Andrew Economos, has chosen to make the Next Generation Initiative the home for the Archimedes Award — and thrilled to be able to offer this new means of advancing the careers of young people, and to be able to do so in areas of such vital interest to our nation.

Please help us get the word out about, by forwarding this email to anyone who would want to know about this new scholarship.

Best Wishes in 2015!

Leon Stavrou, Executive Director


Dr. Andrew Economos, the retired founder of RCS, a New York-based software company, is not only an accomplished high-tech entrepreneur, he is also a strong supporter of education who continues to give back to his local community and to his field — and now, is stepping forward to help young Greek Americans who share his passion for science and learning. To encourage Greek American students to excel in these fields, the Archimedes Award scholarship will be offered, beginning in 2015, to graduating high school seniors of Hellenic heritage who are on track to be first-year university students, and who will be pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or math at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States.

The Award guidelines call for candidates to apply online and complete their applications by March 1, 2015, in order to be considered for a 2015-16 scholarship. Finalists will be selected by an independent committee of university professors and experts with records of experience in STEM education, including Dr. Kyriacos Athanasiou, the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California at Davis; Dr. George Korfiatis, the Provost of the Stevens Institute of Technology; Dr. Evangelos Hadjimichael, the founding Dean of the School of Engineering, Fairfield University; and Dr. Petros J. Katsioloudis and Dr. Aikaterini Bagiati, STEM curriculum specialists respectively from Old Dominion University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Next Generation Initiative is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) educational foundation. For more information about our programs, please visit our website at Or write to us at: The Next Generation Initiative, P.O. Box 7322, Arlington, VA 22207 USA. “The Next Generation Initiative” and “Hellenext” are registered trademarks.


From: Alexis Ignatiou / Sent: May 15, 2011 / Subject: Information

Mr. Vassiliades,

My name is Alexis Ignatiou and I’m Greek-Cypriot living permanently in the U.S since 1997.  My wife, Connie, and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and we are both musicians.  Both my parents live in Cyprus and they both became refugees after the 1974 invasion. My father is from Rizokarpaso and my mother from Famagusta.  I was born in Lefkosia in 1976 and grew up in Limassol until moving to America in 1997.

I just wanted to write a few words to you after coming across the United Cypriots of Southern California website. Thank you for creating this wonderful page and resource. After living in the Midwest region for many years, my wife and I are thinking about  relocating permanently to Southern California very soon.  We have family in Irvine.

I wish that my email finds you well, Mr. Vassiliades.  I hope to hear from you. Please feel free to email me in english or greek.

Best wishes for good health,

Alexis G. Ignatiou
President,Graduate Student Governance Association
Doctoral Student, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

From:  Tasos Yiangou / Sent:  November 7, 2013 / Subject:  Information

Hello Mr Vassiliades,

I saw your contact details on the United Cypriots of Southern California website and wanted to introduce myself.I recently arrived to Los Angeles to be with my fiance (American). I was not aware that there were other Greek Cypriots in the area and I find it very encouraging to see. I applaud the work you have done to set up the UCSC.

Just to introduce myself and tell you a bit about myself I was born in England, moved to Cyprus when I was 12 and then moved back to England to study after school and the army. After that I returned to Cyprus and worked as an accountant at an international firm.

In 2011 I moved to Chicago with the same firm on a placement and in the past month I moved to Los Angeles with my Company as this is where my fiance is from.I would like to meet more Cypriots so if there are gatherings or meetings that take place I would be extremely interested.

I look forward to hearing from you.


From: Christia Koursarou / Sent: May 25, 2013 / Subject: Relocating in LA

Dear Sir

I found your email address from the United Cypriots of Southern California website. I don’t know if the website is still active but I took the liberty of contacting you to get an opinion or some guidance from a Cypriot who lives in California regarding my attempts to relocate to LA.

My name is Christia Koursarou, I am 36 years old and I currently live in Nicosia. I have studied Marketing in the US and I did my masters degree on Public Relations in Stirling (UK). I worked in the PR field for more than 10 years and I am now working at a local college and I’m also a freelancer social media consultant. I always wanted to relocate to LA but I kept postponing it.

The recent economic crisis that hit Cyprus made my need to move there more urgent.I understand that US is generally a very difficult country to get a work visa but I hoped you could guide me accordingly as to how I can do that (if there’s such a possibility that is). Also, I would like an inside feel on how things are like over there in respect to work. If I manage to relocate there, means that I need to support myself financially, thus I need to have a job. How do I do this? Since I do not have a work visa, I can’t just move there and search for a job since I will be illegal.I have a 10-year tourist visa but still I’ll be an illegal work force.

Awaiting for your kind response.  I value all the guidance I could get from you and your recommendations.I hope I hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,
Christia Koursarou
Social Media Consultant

From: Constantinos Erotokritou / Sent: February 25, 2014 / Re: Information

Hello, My name is Constantinos Erotokritou. I am a Greek Cypriot who was born and raised in London but now currently living in Miami, FL. In the next few months I am going to be moving to Los Angeles with my wife.

I was wondering if anyone could get back to me as to how to get involved with your organization. Being a son of a refugee from the 1974 conflict I am very passionate about bringing more awareness to the cause. In London, I was very active in the Greek Community as me and my Father Promoted Greek Concerts there which included Notis Sfakianakis at Wembley Arena, Anna Vissi, Karras, Antonis Remos and the Dionisiou brothers. I still have my Greek music contacts in Greece and have been planning for a while to hold another one of these Greek concerts in America.

I also launched a business which was called where a customer would pay for a package of flights, hotels and tickets to watch a Greek concert in Athens. Unfortunately as the economic decline and further riots which escalated in the capital, I was forced to put the business on hold for the time being.

I am very interested in starting up these tours again, not just that but Island tours too. I am just looking for someone to get in contact with as I am going to be based in the Los Angeles area. Also while living in London, I produced promotional and Corporate videos for business in London and Greece, showcasing their businesses and organizations.

I also have a documentary for the 40th year anniversary of The Cyprus invasion in 1974. It is written and ready to be shot. I am a proud Greek Orthodox man who is very passionate about the state of The Cyprus affairs, I saw your organization while researching and was very impressed with what I saw.

Any information or to be put in the right direction to someone who can maybe advise me on how to get involved with your organization.

Thank you for your time.

“No one loves the man who he fears.”  – Aristotle
“Man’s character is his fate.” – Heraclitus
“Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.” – Aristotle