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Three faculty become honorary citizens of Greece

Three members of the faculty, past and present, were proclaimed honorary citizens of Greece in separate formal ceremonies last month. The honorary citizenship was awarded in recognition of each individual's leadership and contribution to the creation of the new Greek cultural and educational center and chapel at the Storrs campus.

Located on Dog Lane, the two buildings were formally dedicated in February. The goal of the privately funded center is to promote Greek culture, language and spirit within the University.

The ceremonies were organized by the Hellenic Society Paideia, led by President Ilias Tomazos of Bristol, Conn., in collaboration with Greek authorities. The festivities at each of the three ceremonies included a formal resolution of honorary citizenship, speeches by government officials and the recipients, and traditional Greek folk dancing and food.

Harry J. Hartley, president emeritus and university professor of educational leadership, was honored on August 7 in the town of Krokyleion. The program was attended by 350 people, including His Eminence, Metropolitan Bishop Athenagoras. In a separate ceremony in Delphi, Hartley was presented the Medal of Apollo by the Mayor of Delphi for his "deep and active panhellenism."

Thomas A. Suits, a professor of classics, was awarded honorary citizenship on August 9, in the town of Korifi in northern Greece. During his stay in Greece, Suits also gave a university seminar in his area of specialization.

John W. Vlandis, professor emeritus of speech and former director of admissions at UConn, was proclaimed an honorary citizen on August 10. His ceremony took place in the town of Soronis, on the Aegean island of Rhodes. Vlandis now lives in Tallahassee, Fla.