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Letter from the Director

Dear Friends and Supporters,

In 1972, Professor Hugh Gray, newly retired from UCLA, was invited to teach any course he wanted in the Humanities at Loyola Marymount University. He chose to teach Modern Greek Poetry in translation. A year later, he invited Demetrios Liappas, the director of the program until 2014, to introduce a new course in the Modern Greek language to “see if it would appeal to the students.”

From these humble beginnings almost 50 years ago, LMU went on to become one of a handful universities in the United States to establish a program of Modern Greek Studies as a separate field of study from the various Classics departments in universities throughout the country. The work of the Center was made possible by the generous support of the late Peter B. Caloyeras and his wife Beverly as well as members of the community who believed in the need and value of preserving and promoting Hellenism.

Today the Center offers a Minor in Modern Greek Studies. It offers annually 12-15 courses that teach the Greek language, culture, history, literature, the arts, and the Greek Orthodox faith and tradition. Every year about 200-250 students enroll in our courses. All courses are open to members of the community. The Center organizes an annual 4-week summer Study Abroad Program in Greece, as well as lectures and other cultural events for the LMU academic community and the Greek-American community of Southern California. It provides over $20,000 annually in scholarships and awards for the Center’s students. As part of the LMU academic community, the Center has played an integral part in LMU’s core curriculum and mission to prepare younger generations for engaged global citizenship as we promote Hellenism and its causes.

While the Center has been a meaningful presence in the academic and cultural life of Southern California over the past 50 years, we still have much to do to ensure its long-term sustainability. Without the community’s support at this critical turning-point, the future of the Center is uncertain as it does not have an endowment strong enough to provide a permanent faculty position. Our goal is to raise the necessary funds to solidify our endowment and initiate a full-time position that will ensure the Center’s longevity for years to come.

We invite you to join us in this important for the Center and our community campaign. We ask you to help our program continue to flourish in the years to come through your generosity to the Center. We hope that when you consider your charitable bequests, you will make the Modern Greek Studies Center at LMU a beneficiary. For patrons who wish to make significant contributions to the endowment, there are several opportunities to memorialize your gift.

We are looking forward to strengthening our Center and community with your support for years to come and promote Modern Greek Studies and Hellenism.


Christina Bogdanou, PhD.

Why Give

Throughout its 45-year history, the Center has been strengthened by the generosity of those in the community who value the importance of preserving and promoting Hellenism. Now, more than ever, philanthropic investment is essential to sustain and broaden this important legacy. The reasons for making a gift are many. Perhaps you esteem Hellenic culture and values or you would like to leave a legacy to benefit future generations. Perhaps you are thankful for your LMU experience and want to give something back. Whatever your passion or motivation, your gift will have an impact on our students today and for generations to come.

Making a Difference

The Center envisions enhancements to its operations which will better serve our students and the Community alike. A high priority goal is to double the size of the endowment. Investment in the Center’s endowment will afford growth in faculty, increased programmatic funds, and the creation of student fellowships. Named funds within the endowment are welcomed.

Your Generosity

Charitable gifts come in many forms: cash, appreciated securities, tangible personal property, real estate, planned gifts including bequests and life-income plans, as well as memorial and tribute gifts. The Center welcomes your gift through a pledge if you choose to make a gift over time, allowing you to give more generously. All donations and pledge payments are eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction. You may contact the Center for more information or the Director of Development Donna Gray at 310.338.7852 or donna.gray@lmu.edu. You may also give online. Every gift counts. Every gift makes a difference.

Ways to Support Modern Greek Studies

Leadership Giving

Leadership giving serves to recognize donors for their support. Different levels of leadership gifts may initiate endowed opportunities with the donor’s name.

  • Partner: $50,000 – $99,999 gift or pledge over 5 years
  • Heritage: $100,000 – $499,999 gift or pledge over 5 years
  • Legacy: $500,000 – $999,999 gift or pledge over 5 years
  • Founder $1 million+ gift or pledge over 5 years
  • Endowed chair with salary support for a permanent faculty position.

Other Membership Levels

  • President’s Ambassadors: $25,000-$49,999
  • President’s Council: $10,000- $24,999
  • President’s Clavigerii Society: $5,000-$9,999
  • President’s Circle: $2,500-$4,999
  • Presidential Associate: $1,000-$2,499


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A Gift of Impact

Antigoni, B.S. Psychology ’17, added a Modern Greek Studies minor after discovering her Greek “home away from home” in the program. “I never had the chance to study in depth my country’s history, religion, and literature. That is something that the program could offer me – a part of Greece that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. I am very grateful since not many universities offer Modern Greek Studies programs.”