Now that I had some feedback from Kathy about Congressman Sarbanes tribute video, I could begin putting together the presentation for the next honoree, UC Irvine professor, Dr. Maria Pantelia, the recipient of the AHC’s Theodore Saloutos Award. This award is given to honor distinguished members of the Hellenic Community for their extraordinary devotion to Hellenism, its traditions, ideals, and culture. (Note: this award was named after the late UCLA professor who founded and presided over the Save Cyprus Council which later became the American Hellenic Council).
Professor Pantelia is the Chair of Classics at the University of California Irvine as well as the Director of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® (TLG). The TLG is a research center at UC Irvine whose aim is to provide a comprehensive digital collection of all surviving texts written in Greek from antiquity to the present era. Under her direction, the TLG underwent a major expansion to include Byzantine and Modern Greek, in addition to being brought online in 2001. To this day, the TLG has identified and digitized the entire extant corpus of Greek from Homer to the fall of Constantinople in 1453 CE. It is a collection that consists of more than 4,000 authors and 15,000 works. Equipped with a highly powerful search engine and a suite of digital research tools designed to analyze this data, the TLG is an indispensable resource used by millions of readers in more than 2,000 academic institutions in 58 countries worldwide. Needless to say, like Congressman Sarbanes, Dr. Pantelia’s achievements were impressive and significant as well, so my personal goal was to make sure that the video presentation highlighted her accomplishments eloquently.
After going through all the footage and collecting the data available, I pieced them together and completed the presentation. Both Kathy and I were extremely happy with the final results and couldn’t wait for show time. Now that I had finished these two presentations, I was ready to focus on the next and final honoree: Dean Metropoulos, the recipient of the Aristeio Award and the topic of Friday’s blog. In the meantime, for those interested, below are the YouTube links of the video presentations for Dr. Pantelia and Congressman Sarbanes:
Until Friday … keep focused and stay organized!
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” — Mother Teresa