Dr. Vartan Gregorian to Meet Southern California Students

GLENDALE—Dr. Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York President will be honored as “2009 APS Professional of the Year” by the Armenian Professional Society of Los Angeles at its annual banquet, to be held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel on Saturday, November 7, 2009. This historic event marks 51 years of the organization’s establishment in 1958.

Prior to the gala event, Dr. Gregorian will address and interact with undergraduate and graduate students from Southern California colleges and universities at an invitational gathering, organized by the Armenian Librarians and Libraries Information Committee (ALLIC-SoCal) of the American Library Association, in collaboration with the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and the Glendale Public Library. All participants in the student gathering must submit their questions regarding educational issues and challenges by November 1 to hyesearch@hotmail.com. They will be required to present a current school ID at the door for admission to this free program, which will begin at 1:45 p.m.

Vartan Gregorian’s autobiography, The Road to Home: My Life and Times, (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2003) chronicles the extraordinary life, education, career, and accomplishments of this illustrious Armenian. Born in Tabriz, Iran, of Armenian parents, Dr. Gregorian received his  elementary education in Iran and his secondary education in Lebanon. In 1956, he entered Stanford University, where he majored in history and the humanities, graduating with honors in 1958. He was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964. The dedicated educator and advocate for lifelong learning, libraries, and literacy served as president and chief executive officer of the New York Public Library (1981-1989).

For more information regarding the APS annual banquet, contact Stephan Bagboudarian (APS) at (818) 266-7601, or stephanmb4@gmail.com. For questions regarding the student gathering, contact Sylva Natalie Manoogian (ALLIC-SoCal and UCLA GSE&IS) at (323) 974-5676, or hyesearch@hotmail.com.

About The Armenian Professional Society:

The Armenian Professional Society (APS) was formed in 1958 for the advancement of education and fellowship among Armenians.  The APS acknowledges the achievements of outstanding individuals, encourages students who have attained university education to proceed to post-graduate studies, and has awarded scholarships to graduate students in the United States and grants to institutions of higher learning in Armenia.  For more information on APS, visit our website at www.apsla.org



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