UNA announces Stefan Hawrysz Scholarship for Philadelphia District

The Philadelphia District Committee of the Ukrainian National Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the Philadelphia District Stefan Hawrysz Scholarship in the amount of $750 per year. Students who are members of the Philadelphia District Branches (Nos. 10, 83, 153, 162, 163, 173, 362, 397 and 501) of the UNA are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Husak celebrates 101st birthday

On February 20 Catherine Husak, a member of UNA Branch 173, celebrated her 101st birthday. To mark the occasion, she was joined by several members of Ukrainian National Association Branch 173 and parishioners of St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. The celebration at her home included flowers along with a traditional Ukrainian torte. Everyone joyfully sang Mnohaya Lita (Many Years) and Happy Birthday. Mnohaya Lita, Pani Husak!

Online gala “Rekindle the Magic of Soyuzivka” raises over $200k

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – A virtual winter gala, “Rekindle the Magic of Soyuzivka” that was hosted online on January 16 by the Ukrainian National Foundation, an affiliated company of the Ukrainian National Association, raised more than $200,000 to benefit the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y. The gala was organized with the aim of raising funds for the continued operation of Soyuzivka, which has faced significant financial hurdles as a result of ongoing pandemic restrictions. Those restrictions have temporarily shuttered the center’s camps, festivals and other in-person events.

UNA welcomes Andrew Nynka

The Ukrainian National Association is pleased to introduce to our readers Andrew Nynka, who on December 1, 2020, assumed the responsibilities of editor-in-chief of the UNA publications, Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly.

Mr. Nynka is an experienced and awarded journalist, researcher and teacher.  He has a doctorate in journalism from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Ukraine, where he conducted dissertation research and taught journalism at both the Ukrainian Catholic University and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

With deep thanks to Roma Hadzewycz

Along with the UNA General Assembly and the UNA staff, please join me in extending deep thanks and best wishes to Roma Hadzewycz, editor-in-chief of Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly, who will retire from the Ukrainian National Association on December 1, 2020.

For more than 43 years, Ms. Hadzewycz has been an indefatigable and respected member of the UNA fraternal family. Her contribution to our association has been invaluable and her commitment to excellence unequaled. Ms. Hadzewycz’s encyclopedic knowledge of UNA history will be greatly missed, as will her dedication, talent, professionalism and experience.

UNA’s New Jersey District holds fall organizing meeting virtually

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The New Jersey District Committee of the Ukrainian National Association held its fall organizing meeting on November 16 via videoconference. It was the first virtual meeting ever for the district.

Participating were representatives of UNA Branches 37, 42, 76, 133, 171, 234, 269 and 287.

The meeting was chaired by Oksana Stanko, district chairperson. In attendance as a representative of the UNA Executive Committee was Yuriy Symczyk, UNA chief operating officer/national secretary.

UNA General Assembly convenes 2020 annual meeting virtually

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – For the first time in the 126-year history of this fraternal organization, the Ukrainian National Association’s highest governing body between quadrennial conventions did not meet in person, convening instead by videoconference and teleconference due to continuing restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The UNA General Assembly, which encompasses executive officers, auditors and advisors, met virtually on Monday and Tuesday, October 5-6, with members signing in from their respective locations across the United States as well as Canada.

General Assembly members plus the editor-in-chief of the UNA’s official publications, Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly, submitted written reports in advance of the meeting.

Thank you and farewell to our colleague, Marta Kolomayets

With deep shock, family, friends and colleagues of Marta Kolomayets, former Kyiv correspondent and Kyiv Bureau chief of The Ukrainian Weekly, received news of her passing on Sunday, August 16, in her home near Kyiv. On behalf of the Ukrainian National Association’s General Assembly and the thousands of UNA members who waited each week to read Marta’s reports and columns, allow me to express our condolences to the many who loved Marta dearly.

I write here not only as a member of the UNA General Assembly, but also as a colleague of Marta. Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, Marta and I crossed paths in Washington, Rome and New York City, and worked side-by-side with journalists in Ukraine. We were together during the 1988 Millennium of Ukrainian Christianity events in Rome – I as a member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s media team organized by Bishop Basil Losten and Sonya (Hlutkowsky) Soutus, Marta as a correspondent for The Ukrainian Weekly. It was then that I first witnessed both Marta’s strength of character and her skills as an intrepid reporter.

54 student members receive scholarships or awards from the UNA

The Ukrainian National Association has a long-standing tradition of assisting students in their pursuit of higher education. Despite the challenges of the coronavirus, the UNA continued that tradition in 2020. The UNA Scholarship Committee met on June 26 to review all applications for scholarships and awards.

There was a total of 54 applicants from 26 different UNA branches. The number and quality of applicants this year was truly exceptional, with a number of students applying for more than one scholarship for which they were eligible.

A message to our members: The UNA and COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on the global community, including the Ukrainian National Association, a fraternal benefit society that serves the Ukrainian community and its members throughout North America. And yet, we are proud to say, UNA operations have continued throughout the pandemic.

At the UNA’s Home Office, which is based in Parsippany, N.J., we reacted immediately and put into effect a business contingency plan previously developed for such an eventuality. Out of an abundance of caution, our Home Office was closed and, beginning on Monday, March 16, our employees began to work remotely in order to continue serving our members without disruption. Thus, the UNA was focused on both protecting the health of its Home Office staff and meeting the needs of its thousands of members.