Top:Panel showcasing the work of Magyar Studies of America schools in CT; Marshall Tamás, AMIT Director of Teaching and Learning- Dr. Csaba Tamás, Deputy Consul General- Tóthné Koller Katalin, from San Francisco- Lengyel Zsuzsa, President of Magyar Studies of America- Kerekes Judit, Founder and Co-President of AMIT- Consul General Pásztor István- Petreczky Katalin, AMIT Co-President; Center: text of Zsuzsa`s citation; Bottom: participants of the conference.
On September 13th-14th, the Hungarian General Consulate on 52nd Street, New York was the scene of the seventh meeting of educators involved in American Hungarian schools across North America. For the first time, representatives from Canada also took part in the two-day affair which drew participants from Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Dallas, Orlando, Durham (NC), Boston, as well as Vancouver and Ottawa.
The Saturday program began with the awarding of Certificates of Honor to three individuals outstanding in their dedication to the furthering of Hungarian culture and the education of children in weekend classes. Our Associate Webmaster, Palócz Lengyel Zsuzsa had taught in the Fairfield (CT) Hungarian School before becoming, in 2003, Director of Magyar Studies of America which operates the School. Under her leadership, the School has expanded from offering Hungarian language classes only to adults, to teaching children as well in two venues: at Fairfield and Danbury.
Furthermore, Zsuzsa has been involved in the Danbury Hungarian Club since its inception in the 1970s, and with a small core group worked very hard and persistently to achieve the Club’s goal of building a condo complex. Their perseverance paid off: the 13 condos of Pannonia Village were completed in 2000.
As President of Magyar Studies of America, Zsuzsa presided over the dedication of the 1956 memorial plaque by Fairfield Town Hall in 2003, and organizes the annual October 23rd commemoration there.
The Angel of Freedom statue in Kaposvár – the first in Hungary to commemorate the Revolution of 1956 – and realized through donations by Hungarians in the diaspora, had been the dream of Gyula Egervári, founder of Magyar Studies. He then entrusted the administrative details of the project to Zsuzsa Lengyel. That statue was unveiled for the 50th aniversary in 2006.
Referring to Zsuzsa’s achievements, the Certificate pointed out that “Your tireless efforts have been a source of inspiration to those around you, and we hope you will continue to serve as a valuable supporter of the American Hungarian community.” It was signed by the Consul General István Pásztor,
Proud that we have such an illustrious member on the Magyar News Online staff, we offer our congratulations to Zsuzsa on her well-deserved recognition!