Armenian Professional Society Announces Initiatives For 2010

Left to right: Ruben Buchak, Vaughn Gregor, and Stephan Bagboudarian

GLENDALE—The Armenian Professional Society (APS) installed its new Executive Board and announced an active program of initiatives for 2010 at its annual organizational meeting on Saturday, January 16, 2010, held at the Brandview Collection banquet hall in Glendale.

Outgoing President Ruben Buchak recapped a successful year marked by a well-attended banquet in November honoring Dr. Vartan Gregorian of the Carnegie Corporation as Professional of the Year.  Buchak remarked, “The APS has been reinvigorated and is coming off three outstanding Professional of the Year banquets, enhancing the relevance of this important organization, which is now celebrating its fifty-second year.  At the banquet honoring Gregorian, scholarships were awarded to Michael Khatchig Kulhanjian, a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Buffalo, Vartanoush Torossian, a student in Broadcast Cinema at Art College School of Design, and Tadeh Zirakian, PhD candidate in Civil and Structural Engineering at UC Irvine.

During a fine dinner of varied cuisines, soprano Lusine Marukyan presented a musical performance of classical and Armenian vocal works with piano accompaniment.  An appreciative audience responded to the extraordinary display of musical talent and soulful delivery with enthusiastic applause.

Roupen Berberian of the Past Presidents Council presented the slate of Executive Board members who were nominated by the Council and approved in accordance with APS by-laws.  The incoming Executive Board members for 2010 are President Stephan Bagboudarian, First Vice President Shahan Minassian, Second Vice President Susan Garabedian, Treasurer Bruce Roat, and Scholarship Fund Chair Sylva Manoogian.

Bagboudarian outlined his goals of enhancing the program of monthly professional meetings and cultural events, collaborating with appropriate organizations on activities of mutual interest, growing the organization’s membership, and increasing the dollar amount of scholarships.  He continued, “One of our continuous goals must be expanding on genocide recognition,” and commented that the upcoming retrospective exhibition of Arshile Gorky’s artwork at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles would provide a catalyst for wider recognition of the Armenian Genocide among the general public.

Bruce Roat followed with a brief presentation on the recently launched Friends of Arshile Gorky campaign at MOCA, which will provide essential support for the momentous retrospective exhibition and related educational programs and outreach efforts.  He commented that APS is planning an event for April 30 at which MOCA representatives would provide a fascinating preview of the exhibition and programs.  Roat also gave a brief presentation on the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, on whose board he also serves, commenting: “NAASR is an important organization doing valuable work to support Armenian Studies nationwide, one that APS members should be aware of and that we hope to collaborate with on future programs.”  

Vaughn Gregor, Founding Member of APS and long-standing member of its Past Presidents Council, commented: “When we nominate the slate for the Executive Board, the Past Presidents Council takes this very seriously.  We’re very proud of the strong group we have to lead APS forward and want to thank Ruben Buchak and his team for the great job they did last year.”

Upcoming APS events will include a presentation on California’s Green Initiative by Lisa Kalustian, Chief Deputy Director of the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Friday, February 26, at 7:30 pm in Glendale.  On Saturday, March 13, at 8 pm, APS members and guests will enjoy a concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  A dinner meeting on April 30 in Glendale will feature a special preview of the upcoming exhibition of Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.  Future events will be announced as they are organized.

The Armenian Professional Society is an independent, non-partisan organization founded in 1958 to promote fellowship among Armenian professionals and to encourage and foster higher education in young Armenians.  APS activities include annual grants and scholarships to universities in Armenia, and to graduate students in the United States; conducting regularly scheduled meetings that cover a range of professional, cultural, and other topics of interest to its membership; sponsoring social events; and holding an annual banquet to honor a Professional of the Year who has provided outstanding service to the Armenian community.

Additional information about The Armenian Professional Society and upcoming events is available at (818) 685-9946,,, or by writing to APS, P. O. Box 10306, Glendale, CA  91209.


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