The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
September 23, 2014
Contact: Shachar Sharon
Constantinides Honors Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies
New York – City Council Member Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) honored the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies at Queens College for its forty years of dedication to the ideals of Hellenism with a Proclamation at today’s stated Council meeting.
Queens College has more students of Greek ancestry than any other American college. The Center is also the only one of its kind in the U.S. It is the only program to offer a B.A. degree in Greek Studies outside of Greece and it is the largest Greek Studies program in the nation. Over 16,000 students have taken classes at the Center that promote Greek identity, history and culture through education and scholarly research.
“I am proud to honor the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies. Not only does the program provide academic insight on Hellenic history to its students – it also plays an unparalleled social role among its graduates. I know that the program instills Hellenic pride and a love for the Greek-American community within its students and their families. In fact, current students are now children of past students. No other academic program provides these social and cultural values to its community,” said Constantinides.
“I’m proud to count Council Member Constantinides among our many successful graduates. The role he plays in the local community positively impacts our students. He’s a legislator for some of them and—as the embodiment of the college’s motto, ‘We learn so that we may serve’—a model for all. I’m very grateful that he has chosen to recognize his alma mater by honoring the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies on its 40th anniversary,” said President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.
Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Sub-Committee on Libraries and sits on seven standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Environmental Protection, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.