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Last Wednesday, February 20, 2008 AGBU participated in the Internship Information Session organized by the Armenian Student Association (ASA) of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

AGBU representatives spoke about the Yerevan Summer Intern Program (YSIP) and the newly launched Study Abroad Program in Armenia. Over 20 students attended the event to hear about exciting opportunities for students of Armenian heritage. Especially popular was the personal testimony of Nayiri Panossian, a YSIP alumna and the past Vice-President of the Rutgers ASA, who recounted her story of interning at the American University of Armenia (AUA) and her unforgettable summer in Armenia.

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For more information on YSIP, click here. Applications are available here.

March 18, 2008 is the deadline for YSIP applications.

Click here to download the PDF (256KB) of the latest AGBU Armenia News Bulletin.

Click here to download the PDF (130KB) of the latest AGBU Armenia News Bulletin.

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For those of you that were not able to attend, the video from the Hrant Dink event last month has been placed in its entirety on Google Video (1 hr. 44 min.).

On Sunday, January, 20, 2008, more than 400 people attended a full day of events commemorating the one-year anniversary of slain Turkish-Armenian editor Hrant Dink.

Taking place at the Diocesan Center in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood, the day’s events began with the Divine Liturgy, celebrated by Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian, a service for the Repose of the Souls and a blessing of madagh (memorial meal) at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral.

For more information, visit here.

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Last week, a tragedy unfolded a few blocks from the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School (MDS) in Canoga Park, CA, that resulted in the deaths of five individuals (three family members of the gunman, the gunman and a police officer). Thankfully no neighbors or members of the MDS community were injured.

MDS rose to the occasion and offered to help those in their community and Dennis P. Zine (3rd District of the Los Angeles City Council) had this to say about the school’s support:

I also want to acknowledge the support services offered by the Police Protective League, the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, concerned citizens, the local restaurants that stayed open to serve the officers throughout the night, and members of the media for keeping the community informed as the tragedy was unfolding. (source)

Not only did MDS immediately reach out to help people in their west San Fernando Valley neighborhood but we also learned that the surgeon who operated on and saved the life of the police officers shot during the incident was a MDS alumnus.

We are very proud to know that during such a tragic event MDS rose to the occasion and helped make a very positive impact in its community.