AHEPA/University of Indianapolis-
Athens Announce Launch of Journey to Greece Program
for Students

WASHINGTON-The American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association (AHEPA), the largest and oldest association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, and the University of Indianapolis, a top tier NCA accredited American University, have joined together to offer an unforgettable experience to young people at the University's Campus in Athens - the only wholly owned campus of a U.S.-based university in Greece, announced AHEPA National President Gus J. James, II and University President Beverley J. Pitts.

"The Journey to Greece Program will give young Greek-Americans the opportunity to return to their roots which are for all of us the roots of civilization," said James. "We're excited and fortunate to be affiliated with the excellent work of the University of Indianapolis."

The Journey to Greece program is uniquely designed to immerse young students in a wonderful learning experience celebrating Greek society and culture. The month-long 'Journey' starts July 20 and ends August 20, 2006. It incorporates a program of study introducing the students to modern and ancient Greece and on completion, provides them with transferable university credits.

Pitts said, "We at the University of Indianapolis are very excited about this program - we are looking forward to working with AHEPA on this and other projects in the future."

The program will include a tour of the archaeological sites and museums in Athens and excursions that will take the students across the country visiting islands and some of the best-known places of historical interest.

James and Pitts met in Athens in October along with the University's Vice President and Athens Campus Chancellor Vasilis J. Botopoulos.

The Journey to Greece is open to applicants between the ages of 17 and 20 in either the last year of high school or first two years of University.

The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ideals of Hellenism, Philanthropy, Education, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence. For instant information, about the Journey to Greece program, or about AHEPA, visit www.ahepa.org.

For more information about the University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus, contact the University at Ipitou 9, Syntagma, Athens, Greece. Tel. +30 210 323 7077 or visit www.uindy.gr.

Ahepans led by Supreme President James (fourth from left) met with University
of Indianapolis-
Athens Officials Peter Wilkens (second from left) and Vasilis J.
Botopoulos (third from left) to
re-establish the original Journey to Greece Program.

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena. For more information about the organization or how to join, contact AHEPA Headquarters (202-232-6300) or visit the organization's newly redesigned website at http://www.ahepa.org.

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