Peter Fil celebrates his win in Haidong Gumdo with the first place World Mulimpia trophy.

Father and son win gold at the third World Mulimpia

WATERVLIET, N.Y. – The third World Mulimpia was held in July in PyeongChang, South Korea, the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Mulimpia is a martial arts open championship competition in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Wushu and Haidong Gumdo. Over 5,000 martial artists from 51 countries participated. Competitions were organized by different disciplines of the martial arts and by age groups. Part of team U.S.A. were Ukrainian father and son, Peter and Markian Fil from Latham, N.Y., who traveled with 52 other participants and travelers from Master Yang’s Martial Arts Center.

At the Konowal Walk dedication ceremonies (from left) are: Paul Grod, president, Ukrainian Canadian Congress; Prof. Lubomyr Luciuk, chairman, Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation; and the presiding officer, Lt. Gen. Paul Wynnyk, commander, Canadian Army.

Konowal Walk opens at WWI memorial in France

LOOS-EN-GOHELLE, France – Hundreds of people from France and a sizeable delegation of Ukrainians from the diaspora attended the public unveiling of the Battle of Hill 70 Memorial at Loos-en-Gohelle, France, on August 22. Included in the ceremony was the official opening of the Konowal Walk. Cpl. Filip Konowal’s valor 100 years ago at the Battle of Hill 70 (August 22, 1917) was recognized with the highest medal of the British Empire, the Victoria Cross. He was the only Ukrainian ever so distinguished. The naming of the central pathway at the Hill 70 memorial after Konowal was made possible through the generosity of the Temerty Family Foundation, the Ihnatowycz Family Foundation, the Petro Jacyk Education Foundation, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation, Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund, Shevchenko Foundation and other Ukrainian Canadian organizations and individuals, with the support of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain.

Friends with Lesia Chraplyva (seated in the middle in a white embroidered blouse) during the celebration of her 90th birthday.

Friends celebrate author Lesia Chraplyva’s 90th birthday

TORONTO – Throughout many decades of her life, Lesia Chraplyva was known as a writer, journalist, editor, Plast scouting leader and community activist. To celebrate her 90th birthday, a large group of her friends and colleagues gathered on May 26 at St. Demetrius Residence in the Toronto area. Written congratulations were read and memories were recalled. A collection, which netted almost $2,000, was organized on the occasion of the milestone birthday.

At the Macomb County awards ceremony recognizing community volunteers, (from left) are: Marta Kwitkowsky, honoree Marie Zarycky-Cherviovskiy, Macomb County Commissioner Andrey Duzyj; Nadia Purnell and Catherine Kizyma, president of Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Branch 96.

Michigan Ukrainian is among volunteers honored

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – As in the past 27 years, the annual Macomb County Commissioners Volunteer Recognition Program took place at the Macomb County Administration Building in Mount Clemens, Mich. The Macomb County Board of Commissioners, consisting of 13 districts, annually distributes awards to dedicated individuals who have volunteered their time benefiting the county and its residents. This year, more than 60 volunteers were recognized on April 27 for their dedication to serving others in Macomb County and throughout southeastern Michigan. To be considered for the award, individuals must meet two requirements: they must have donated at least 150 hours of service to the community and either must reside in Macomb County or their volunteerism must have benefited the county and its residents.

Concert pianist performs on opposite sides of globe

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky performed concerts on opposite sides of the globe during February and March. During February, he was in Britain and played 13 recitals there. These took place in a wide variety of towns and cities, namely; Harrogate, Southwell, Halesworth (Suffolk), Upminster, Coventry, Wells, St. Ives, Truro, Cambridge, St. Albans, Brighton, and Aberdeen in northeast Scotland.

Dr. Theresa Kuritza

Tapped as medical director of breast imaging at Loyola

CHICAGO – Ukrainian American physician Theresa Kuritza is determined to improve the future of women’s health care. Last September this assistant professor of radiology was appointed medical director of breast imaging at Loyola University Health System, where she dedicates herself to her professional passion of breast imaging with digital mammography, MRI, 3D/Tomosynthesis, automated whole breast ultrasound and performing breast biopsies. “I see a wonderful opportunity to bring the newest technology in breast imaging, quality change and services to the Loyola family of medical institutions in the near future,” said Dr. Kuritza. “As the section chief of the Breast Imaging Center, I’m delighted to dedicate my time and skill to the needs of our patients, physicians, students and staff.”

Dr. Kuritza is proud to be on staff at Loyola where over 3,000 patients are treated for breast cancer every year, and where she oversees a staff of seven dedicated breast imagers, 24 mammography technologists, six outpatient breast imaging sites, radiology residents and medical students. In the future, Dr. Kuritza aspires to serve underprivileged and uninsured inner city and rural women with specially equipped mobile mammography van units.

Anna Kuprieieva

Elected as new president of Ontario Provincial Council

OTTAWA – At its annual general meeting in Oshawa, Ontario on Saturday, May 6, the Ontario Provincial Council of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress elected Anna Kuprieieva as president. Ms. Kuprieieva is an international law specialist with expertise in international trade and investment law, corporate law, competition law, export controls and customs-related matters. She currently works for Citco Canada, a financial services company. Ms. Kuprieieva earned bachelor and master of law degrees in Ukraine, and an LL.M. in international law from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Ukrainian Bar Association and the Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association.

Rep. Brendan F. Boyle receives the Distinguished Friend of Ukraine award from Alexa Chopivsky, executive director of the American Center for a European Ukraine.

Boyle and McCain recognized as ‘Distinguished Friends of Ukraine’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (D- Pa.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was the keynote speaker and honoree along with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at a May 24 event sponsored by The American Center for a European Ukraine (ACEU) titled “U.S.-Ukraine: Partners in the Battle for Democracy and Security in Europe.”

At the gala, Rep. Boyle and Sen. McCain were recognized by the ACEU as Distinguished Friends of Ukraine for their work in Congress to assist Ukraine. The American Center for a European Ukraine is a Washington-based independent public affairs organization. “It is a great honor to receive this award,” said Rep. Boyle. “I remain absolutely committed to advocating for Ukraine, among my top priorities in office. It is often forgotten that Ukraine is currently the scene of the largest land battle in Europe, where the battle for democracy is unfolding before our eyes.

Dr. Oksana Lutsyshyna

Writer teaches Ukrainian and more at U. of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – Oksana Lutsyshyna, a well-known Ukrainian author, is a lecturer in the Ukrainian Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Uzhhorod in the Zakarpattia region of Ukraine, since 2001 she has lived in the United States, first in Florida, then in Georgia and now in Austin, Texas. Dr. Lutsyshyna studied several literary traditions (Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, French) and cultural theory, as well as language teaching methodology. She has been an adjunct instructor at several universities in Florida. She taught Russian, French, English as a second language, academic writing, African literature (her master’s thesis was on Assja Djebar, an Algerian writer), Russian literature and even Melville.

Judge Elias T. Xenos

Michigan lawyer appointed as administrative law judge

DETROIT – Elias T. Xenos has been appointed to the position of administrative law judge with the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Detroit. As a federal judge, Judge Xenos holds hearings and issues decisions on appeals from initial determinations under Title II (Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance) and Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income) of the Social Security Act. The decisions he makes crucially affect the lives of claimants, some of whom are society’s most vulnerable and, in the aggregate, involve significant Social Security program dollars. Judge Xenos is also an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, teaching courses in construction management law. Before his judicial appointment, he practiced law in Michigan for 13 years, representing clients in all stages of real estate transactions, civil litigation, business transactions, bankruptcy, corporate restructuring and immigration.