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Marymount president honored by American Hungarian Federation

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. – Marymount University President Matthew D. Shank received the American Hungarian Federation's Service Award at the 8th Annual Hungarian Charity Ball at the Sheraton Premiere at Tyson's Corner.

Shank was recognized for helping secure accommodations on campus for 25 Hungarian artists, dancers and musicians visiting from across the Carpathian Basin for the 2013 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, which was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from June 26 to July 7. The festival featured Hungarian culture.

“What Dr. Shank did for us was a very big deal and we wanted to thank him in as public a way as possible,” said Bryan Dawson, executive chairman of the federation.

“I was absolutely thrilled and honored to accept this on behalf of Marymount University,” Shank said. “We were happy to have these visitors on campus and for the opportunity for some of our students to interact with them.”

Erika Fedor, chairperson of the charity ball, praised the diversity at Marymount, where 20 percent of undergraduates are international students.

“They provide a wonderful atmosphere for people from so many nations to learn and work together,” said Fedor, who was born in a region that is now part of Slovakia. She has been an American citizen since 1990. Her daughter, Olivia Fedor, graduated from Marymount in 2013 and is pursuing her masterʼs degree in forensic psychology.

Shank said Marymount is working to establish partnerships with several Hungarian Universities.

“What a nice window to the world this will provide those Hungarian students and their professors,” said Fedor, a graduate of Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.

Iren Hogye was also honored with a service award for her longtime support of local Hungarian scouting and the Hungarian ball.

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PHOTO CAPTION - Marymount University President Matthew D. Shank, center, receives the American Hungarian Federation's Service Award from Erika Fedor, chairperson of the Federation's charity ball, and Bryan Dawson, Federation executive chairman. The award was presented May 9 at the 8th Annual Charity Ball. (Photo by Bryan Dawson, www.bryandawson.com)