By Wally Sarkeesian
Meet Berj Apkarian The Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Fresno, at William Saroyan House Museum Grand opening By Wally Sarkeesian
By Wally Sarkeesian
OC. California at Zov’s Restaurant A luncheon event hosted by Dr. Kris Mirzayan & wife Pam for American University of Armenia AUA’s 100 Pillars of Tomorrow.
the event Began with speaker president of AUA Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian, see the video, what is the Pillars, the pillars are the generosity of the Armenian of Diaspora investing in the future and realizing the dreams of Armenian student. To become one of the pillars Pledge, $50,000 payable in 5 years, $10,000 year., Today American university of Armenian have 100 Pillars and continues to expand,
AUA is the only U.S. accredited university in all of Caucasus, AUA has been able to remain ahead of the curve in forging a new path for education in Armenia because of its supporters and its close affiliation with the University of California. At the end, Dr. Kris Mirzayan and Mrs. Pamella Mirzayan were awarded a plaque in Honor of Their Dedication to AUA’s Students, whom Dr. Kris Mirzayan calls” These Students are The Future of Armenia ”
Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, and his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975. After three years at the University of Southern California, he joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has served as Assistant Professor (1978-81), Associate Professor (1981-85), Professor (1985- ), Vice Chair (1990-93) and Chair (1997-2001) of the Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Program and as Vice Chair for Instruction (2007-2009) in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
After the devastating Spitak earthquake of 1988 in Armenia, he was instrumental in establishing the American University of Armenia in Yerevan as an affiliate of the University of California. He has served as the founding Dean of Engineering (1991-2007), the Director of Engineering Research Center (1991-2004), and as Interim Provost (2011-2012) of AUA concurrently with his position at Berkeley. He continues to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Armenia Corporation.
Der Kiureghian’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of structural reliability, risk analysis, random vibrations and earthquake engineering. He has pioneered methods for safety and reliability assessment of complex structures, for risk analysis and decision making, and for stochastic seismic analysis of buildings, bridges and critical equipment. He has more than 300 publications, including 110 in archival journals.
Ph.D. – Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1975
B.S./M.S. – Civil Engineering, Tehran University, 1971
A special thank you to the event hosts, Dr. Kris Mirzayan and Mrs. Pamela Ascher Mirzayan, who have invested in AUA both with their resources and their time. During the Fall 2017 semester, the couple relocated to Armenia so Kris could teach business-related courses to AUA students, where he saw first-hand the potential of the academics and the need for ongoing support.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Peggy Barsam, who further contributed to the university by purchasing a painting by Arev Petrosyan – the Yerevan-based artist has pledged to donate half the proceeds from each artwork sold to benefit AUA’s “Yes, Armenian Women Can!” campaign, which supports female students studying technology, science and engineering at the university. Arev’s contributions are ongoing and additional paintings are available for purchase at http://yawc.aua.am/.
Raffi Hovhannisyan’s Heritage party ready to run for parliament, Yerevan city council,
The Heritage party is ready to support the current government and will actively participate in the upcoming processes, leader of the party Raffi Hovhannisyan told a press conference today.
“I suggested them [Civil Contract party] a single list. If it works out it will be welcomed, if not Heritage will go on its own or with other forces,” Hovhannisyan said.
He expressed hope that with new elections the people will for the first time in 25 years have their reliable and accountable government.
Asked about the party’s participation in the Yerevan city elections, Hovhannisyan said they will discuss the matter next week.
“Heritage, like everyone else, has had its ups and downs. If Heritage decides to take part within an alliance or individually, it will definitely be represented in the legislative body,” he said.
The Yerkir Tsirani faction of the Yerevan City Council has nominated its leader Zaruhi Postanjyan as a candidate for mayor in the upcoming July 16 early election.
Taron Margaryan resigned as Mayor of Yerevan on July 9.
The City Council decided to hold the election on July 16 at a special sitting earlier.
From Wally Sarkeesian travel book; Can activist run a Government? Meet two members of Pashinyan Government
Mr. Armen Grigoryan
Secretary at Security Council of Armenia
Mr. Babken DerGrigorian
Deputy Minister at Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia
Economic Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister at Government of Armenia,
We caught up with them at COAF Smart Center.
From Wally Sarkeesian travel book; Meet the multi-talented and multi-tasking Haig Boyadjian, with one foot in Los Angeles and the second foot in Yerevan. He is Arpa Film Festival, Director, Producer and
Adviser, Children of Armenia Fund (COAF). we caught up with him at COAF Smart Center in Armenia, Haig Boyadjian is dynamic professional specializing in public relations, marketing, communications, and development. He led the social impact outreach for the film The Promise and is currently working on publicity campaigns for several films. in my book, he is just another Armenian treasure. https://www.facebook.com/gagrulepage/videos/859222747609031/
Wally Sarkeesian Interview Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, About the current event in Armenia must watch the great discussion. Dr. Mouradian is a professor at Columbia University. Also the Program Coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at Rutgers University, where he also teaches in the History and Sociology departments.
For nearly twenty years, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks has dedicated herself to the pursuit of environmental protection, social advocacy and innovation that improves the lives of others in both the public and private sectors. In her new role as Chief Executive Officer of Earth Friendly Products, the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of eco-friendly cleaning products, Kelly has become an even more influential voice in the green and conservation movements.
At Earth Friendly Products, Kelly oversees the company’s 150 plus award winning green cleaning products including ECOS, the world’s number one selling green laundry detergent. Kelly is also responsible for the company’s five U.S. manufacturing facilities, the company’s new European headquarters in Athens, Greece, as well as worldwide distribution and the company’s private label operation.
During her tenure at Earth Friendly Products, Kelly has led a number of landmark initiatives for the company. Since 2009, she has opened four new manufacturing facilities and sales have quadrupled in the last ten years under her leadership. Kelly was a leading voice in the formation of the Sustainability Consortium and has served as a key strategic advisor to Walmart’s sustainability and conservation efforts. She has crafted internal incentive programs for EFP’s employees to carry the company’s values of sustainability through to their lives away from work and helped oversee EFP’s milestone achievement of reaching company-wide carbon neutrality in 2013.
Kelly is a graduate of UCLA, former Public Relations executive and Senior Political Action Committee leader. She has been profiled in Fortune Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and was recently designated one of Orange County California’s 20 most powerful women. Kelly looks ahead to expanding the innovative programs that have taken Earth Friendly Products to the forefront of corporate sustainability while working to achieve ever-higher standards for the company’s products that help keep families’ homes safe and clean while protecting the environment.
by Wally Sarkeesian
Watch Son of Dikranagerd Onnik Dinkjian; the romantic Armenian singer explains how singing in church in Paris helped him to keep Western Armenian songs and music alive in the diaspora interviewed by Wally Sarkeesian.
Son of Dikranagerd
He was born Jean-Joseph Miliyan in Paris, France in 1929, the son of Garabed and Zorah from Dikranagerd (Diyarbakir), who both escaped persecution during the genocide. He and his sister, two years his senior, were orphaned five years after his birth. Garabed died when Jean-Joseph was not yet one year old.
They were adopted by his godparents, Nishan and Oghida Dinkjian, who were also from Dikranagerd, and continued to live in Paris. Growing up he learned not only fluent French and Armenian, but also the melodious dialect of Armenians from Dikranagerd.
Nishan Dinkjian went to Paris from Aleppo and worked various menial jobs before he fell into the wholesale banana business. When fruit became scarce after the war started in 1939, he went into clothing sales to support his family.
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Although Onnik’s schooling was in French, he attended Armenian school once a week.
“We didn’t have French school on Thursdays so my parents enrolled me in the Armenian school,” he said. “It was just a big room with an Armenian teacher and maybe a dozen students.”
His Armenian writing skills, especially, came in handy years later when he was serving in the U.S. Army.
“If it wasn’t for me writing Armenian letters to my parents, they would have been very unhappy because they couldn’t yet read and write English since we just came to America,” he said.
Onnik first began taking an interest in music when he went to St. Gregory’s Armenian Church in Paris for the first time at the age of 10. Every Sunday he would need to take two metro rides to get there. The sacred hymns of the liturgy sung by the choir and soloists aroused something within him that would change his life forever.
“I absolutely fell in love with the music,” he said. “This is what brought me into the Armenian Church, not necessarily as a religious person but as a lover of the Armenian music.”
As time passed the choirmaster, Baron Nishan Serkoian, allowed him to sing small parts on occasion. But Onnik found him to be intimidating, and he wasn’t alone.
“Serkoian ran that church with an iron fist,” he said. “Even the priest that was going to do the service was nervous. We had three resident priests, and each Sunday one of them would do the Mass. And that particular priest had to come to rehearsal to make sure he would sing in tune and so on. But that’s how he ran the church, and that’s how it should be run.”
Just before he and his family left France, Baron Serkoian permitted Onnik to sing one verse of “Der Voghormya” during what would be his last church service at St. Gregory’s.
“That was one of the highlights of my life,” he said. “I had a rash after that because I was sweating so much. To be able to sing in Paris in that beautiful church, where the sound was like heaven, the acoustics—you could just whisper and you could hear it.”
New York, Boston, California
At the age of 17, in July 1946, Onnik and his family moved to the United States, Nishan Dinkjian’s two sisters had settled. They had been separated during the genocide but desired to live in close proximity with one another. Onnik entered the U.S. with his given name, but would later change it legally to Onnik Dinkjian in honor of his adoptive parents.
One of Nishan Dinkjian’s sisters, Azniv Keuredgian, had been living in Bridgeport, Conn., where the family stayed for some time. His other sister, Makruhi Sarkisian, tragically died only two months before their arrival.
While Onnik was learning English, he could only find work doing manual labor. The family moved to New Jersey where his father opened a little dry cleaning store.
Later Onnik found a job working in the laboratory of a soap factory. They continued struggling along until finally opening a dry cleaning store in New York City.
Here is Short Interview with French Armenian FilmMaker Arnaud khayadjanian About “Artsakh film Project” Due to the Storm in Europe will continue next week, but Please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1268609988/artsakh
support this talented young Armenian movie director.