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
“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.
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)