President Koskos Presents Awards for Student Leadership, Service and Academic Achievement

28 June 2019, 2:07 pm

Student Achievement Day

Andreas Lyros (BSPsy ’20), Margarita Kyritsi (BAELL ’20) and Dr. Maria Agorastou, Adjunct Professor in the Clinical Psychology program, are among the recipients of this year’s Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards, where were presented by University President Leonidas Koskos during a ceremony held on Student Achievement Day on May 24, 2019.

Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 1,000 US colleges and universities that seeks to advance the public purposes of higher education by educating students to be engaged citizens and contribute to the development their communities. Among its teaching, research and service initiatives is the Newman Civic Fellowship program, which provides support, training and networking opportunities to students at member institutions who have shown a demonstrated commitment to their communities as “changemakers and public problem-solvers”. Fellows are nominated by their president on the basis of their potential for public leadership.

This year’s Newman Fellow is Andreas Lyros, BSPsy ’20. Andreas was nominated for the fellowship by President Leonidas Koskos in recognition of his volunteer work with refugees, homeless people and persons who abuse substances, but also for his work with unaccompanied minors in the LIBRA Home Project.

The Campus Compact of New Hampshire Presidents recognizes community service on its campuses through three additional awards. This year’s recipient of the Presidents’ Leadership Award, which is given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to service learning or campus civic engagement, is Margarita Kyritsi, BAELL ’20, in recognition of her work as a volunteer teacher with the Hadzikonstas Foundation and as the University’s Writing Center Ambassador.

Dr. Maria Agorastou was presented with the 2019 Good Steward Award for her record of achievement in forging partnerships with a broad range of public-service organizations such as the Ecumenical Program for Refugees and the Organization against Drugs (OKANA), as well as for her role as volunteer advisor to the National Network of Parents with Children with Disabilities.

This year’s Presidents’ Community Partner Award was given to Best Buddies Greece, a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Hellenic American College has been working with Best Buddies Greece through the Politis Program of civic engagement for the last three years. Undergraduate students take part in workshops, campaigns and friendship activities with people with IDD. The award was accepted on the organization’s behalf by Dr. Penny Papanikolopoulou.

The ceremony was also the occasion for the University to recognize student achievement and leadership through its own series of awards. Georgios Tekakis, PMBA ’14, was presented with the President’s Alumni Leadership award. Marina-Theodora Galanou, BAELL ’20, Evangelos Markoutsas, BSBA ’20 and Eleni Plemmenou, BSPsy ’22 received the President’s Student Leadership award for their engagement in their engagement in creating new student clubs.

The President’s Academic Achievement Awards, which are given on the basis of academic excellence and engagement within the University and the greater community, were presented to the following students:

Arts and Sciences

  • Elpis-Sofia Bougiouk–Ververoglou, BAELL ’20
  • Dimitrios-Konstantinos Rizos, BM ’21
  • Thenia Batanidou, MAAL ’19
  • Charikleia Katsarelia, MACI ’20
  • Maria Vekiou, MAT ’20
  • Irene Heidt, PhD-AL’20


  • Dimitrios Platis, BSBA ’20
  • Aikaterini Saich, MBA ’19

Engineering and IT

  • Alzahraa Muneer Sabri Al-Haddad, BSE ’20
  • Sofia-Michaela Triantafyllou, BSIT ’21
  • Lamprini Karachountri, MSIT ’20


  • Vasiliki Seimeki, BSPsy ’19
  • Vasiliki Kouroglou, MSPsy ’20

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