May 17, 2018
Ted Michalik Tribute
It is with great sadness to inform you all of the death Ted Michalik. Ted was actively involved in Polish-American affairs and was a great supporter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, among many other Polish organizations in the U.S.
March 29, 2018
John F. Bartus: A Tribute
November 1, 1937 – March 27, 2018
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation lost a leader,
a mentor, and a friend with the death of John Bartus on Tuesday,
March 27, 2018.
A founding member of the Pittsburgh Chapter, chronic health
issues forced John to give up the presidency in 2016. No longer
able to travel, John felt it better to serve as an advisor rather than
continue in an active role. As President, John continued the
tradition of honoring an outstanding Polonian in the Pittsburgh
area at an annual luncheon. He was instrumental in securing a
historical marker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania dedicated
to World War II ace pilot and military hero, Col. Francis "Gabby"
Gabreski. The marker was unveiled on June 25, 2011, and stands at
410 Seneca Street, one of the main thoroughfares in Oil City, PA.
The marker was placed thanks to the mutual cooperation of the
Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation (John Bartus,
President) and the Polish National Alliance PNA Lodge 905
(Michael Fedorek, president). Peter Obst of the Philadelphia KF
Chapter filed the application with the Pennsylvania Historical and
One of John Bartus's attributes was his ability to facilitate
cooperation among the various Polish organizations. A board
member and past Nest 8 President of the Polish Falcons of America,
John was a "mover and a shaker" in the Polish-American
community in Pittsburgh. A member of the Board of Directors of
the Polish Cultural Council, John with his late wife Charlotte was
involved in orchestrating the Pittsburgh Bal Polonaise. He and
Charlotte could be seen at the annual Polish Day a Kennywood
Park selling programs and participating in the events. A true lover
of all things Polish, if John and Charlotte were not on the
organizing committee of an event, they would certainly be among
As the current president of the Pittsburgh Chapter, John was my
mentor. I called him frequently for advice and suggestions. The
Kosciuszko Foundation was dear to John's heart until the very end.
I, for one, will miss our conversations.
John's wife Charlotte H. (Mojta) preceded him in death in 2016.
He was the father of Michael (Denise) Bartus, Cheryl (Jimmy
Patersni, Mark (Diane Bartus and the Late Nancy Gaughan. He was
Dziadzia to Sean, Jeffrey Jeremy(/Stacey), Christy, Nicholas,
Melissa, Katelyn, Sam, Mark (Melissa) and Lynn and Pra-Dziadzia
(great-grandfather) of Donna Jean.
Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home in
Brentwood on April 1 from 5-8 and April 2 from 2 -8. The Mass of
Christian Burial will be held at Holy Angels Church on April 3 at 10
Rest in peace in the arms of the Risen Lord, Mr. John Bartus.
March 28, 2018
Dyngus Day Announcement
Featuring the Pierogi Truck, The Franktuary Truck, Paczki from Bethel Bakery, music from the Trel Tones, folk dancing, games and fun, fun, fun! Come along!
March 15, 2018
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SUMMER STUDY IN POLAND!
The Kosciuszko Foundation is accepting applications for summer study programs at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn college credit while studying language and courses such as history, literature, and contemporary Poland.
Students of Polish descent have the opportunity to apply for funding to attend the Jagiellonian University's programs via the Foundation' s Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarships. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the program and have a high school diploma. Graduating high school students, undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. Two letters of recommendation, transcripts with a minimum GPA of 3.0, an essay/personal statement, and financial need are part of the requirements for scholarship funding. The
deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 17th. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.
Classes begin in July. Programs include language classes, afternoon classes on Polish history, workshops, Polish traditions, meals, a shared room, and
sightseeing on weekends. Students are responsible for registration fees, single room fees, fees which are not covered by the scholarship, airfare and out-of-pocket expenses.
For additional details regarding eligibility, how to apply for a scholarship, and course descriptions may be found at www.thekf.org/kf/programs/study/
February 11, 2018
Our board member David Motak and a fellow Kosciuszko Member Dr. Fronzak are in the news!
January 18, 2018
Announcement by La Roche College
La Roche Launches Semester in Rome Program
PITTSBURGH, Jan. 16, 2018 – An exciting new initiative at La Roche College will provide the opportunity for students to study abroad in Rome for a full semester. The program's first group of 10 students will spend the spring semester in Rome from Jan. 18 to April 17.
The new Study Abroad Program will be hosted on the Campus of the School Sisters of Saint Francis in Rome. Students will be just a 20-minute walk from the Vatican with easy access to public transportation. Amenities include single rooms with private bathrooms, access to free Wi-Fi, free laundry and three meals a day provided by a cooking staff to enhance a traditional Italian experience.
"This is a significant milestone for La Roche College, and we couldn't do it without the support of the School Sisters of Saint Francis," President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., said. "What better way to use underutilized space as we go through changes within the Catholic Church than to share them with young people in an educational setting. When we are generous and creative and willing to collaborate, everyone benefits."
The program is open to all students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Tuition is equal to the cost of La Roche's regular tuition. Students are responsible for the cost of airfare and travel insurance.
"The top reason why students don't study abroad is the economic barrier, so we kept the cost to study in Rome the same as our campus here in Pittsburgh," Assistant Director of Study Abroad+Study USA Nicole Gable said.
The semester study abroad program grew from the College's successful Study Abroad+Study USA program, which is included in the cost of tuition and enables students to travel abroad or domestically for 10 to 14 days at no additional cost.
"There are two things that are central to our mission at La Roche. Our Catholic Identity, first and foremost, and second is our commitment to producing citizens of the world," Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean Howard Ishiyama, Ph.D., said. "The Semester in Rome program will enable our students to further embrace our mission and better understand the world before they leave La Roche and embark on their own personal journeys."
For students Morgan and Jayson, the semester in Rome is their first time traveling abroad, and Morgan's first trip on an airplane.
"I applied to the semester study abroad program because I'm very eager to explore Rome, try authentic Italian food and climb the Spanish steps," Morgan, a film, video and media major, said. She added she hopes to collect footage of Rome to find inspiration and use for future projects.
History professor Paul Le Blanc, Ph.D., will lead the trip as a faculty representative. Dr. Le Blanc previously led two Study Abroad+Study USA trips in England and Russia, and travels annually for conferences abroad. He will teach two classes on site: an enhanced La Roche Experience class and a history course on the framework of modern Europe.
Kristen, a child and family studies major, said, "I believe I will be more appreciative of everything in my life by spending a semester abroad. I will get a better understanding of how others see and view real-world problems. I will apply this to my career and be more grateful and understanding of people's feelings, views and morals."
The new program is the result of the groundwork of Father Tom Schaefer, Ph.D., associate vice president of academic affairs, and Ms. Gable.
Contact: Brady Butler
About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.
January 6, 2018
Announcement by Chopin Express Tours
November 15, 2017
Independence Day Wishes by diplomats at the US Embassy in Warsaw.
Who understood everything they say?
November 7, 2017
YOU ARE INVITED to this special event co-hosted by Kosciuszko Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter on NOVEMBER 30. Jumpstart your holiday shopping!
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation and La Roche College will host a wine and cheese reception for local artists to display and sell their work on Nov. 30.
The Wine and Cheese Art Show and Sale will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center. The event will feature the work of six local artists including internationally known potter Ron Korczynski of Natrona Heights, world-renowned oil painter James Sulkowski of Canonsburg and nationally acclaimed water color painter Lucia Yip of the North Hills. Other artists include Mickey Bateson, Sue Formosa, photographer Lance Davis and ceramic artists Susan and Suzanne Cammaratta.
"Partnering on this wine and cheese event would introduce both La Roche College and the Kosciuszko Foundation to community members. Since both entities work with international opportunities and value the importance of a global education, the partnership is a natural fit," Father Thomas Schaefer, Ph.D., La Roche College associate vice president for academic affairs and chaplain for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, said.
A percentage of the art sales will benefit the Foundation and the College.
"Artists have agreed to donate back 20 percent of their sales which will be equally divided between the College and the Foundation," Father Tom said.
The funds will support programming for La Roche's Office of Global Engagement and the Foundation's Theodore J. Michalik Scholarship Fund in conjunction with the Tomaskiewicz-Florio Scholarship. The scholarship allows students to study in Poland for one summer. La Roche students of Polish descent are encouraged and eligible to apply for the scholarship.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are included.
Founded in 1925, the Kosciuszko Foundation promotes closer ties between Poland and the United States through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges. It awards up to $1 million annually in fellowships and grants to graduate students, scholars, scientists, professionals and artists, and promotes Polish culture in America. The Foundation has awarded scholarships and provided a forum to Poles who have changed history.
About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.
October 18, 2017
Event Announcement by Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation
Register in the month of October for our annual Traditional Wigilia Dinner and/or Breakfast with St. Nicholas and get your tickets at a discounted rate!
This year's Traditional Wigilia Dinner will take place on Sunday, December 3 with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Breakfast with St. Nicholas will take place on Saturday, December 9 beginning at 10 a.m.
Both events will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pa. Parking is FREE!
Click here to purchase tickets.
For more information, please contact April Miller at 844.203.9917 or by email at email@example.com.
September 7, 2017
Other Polish Events in the Pittsburgh Area:
Friday, September 22, 2017: Jazz Poetry Month: Waclaw Zimpel (Poland) Join us for an evening of international jazz with clarinetist Wacław Zimpel (Poland). Between sets, Wacław will also collaborate with exiled writer-in-residence Osama Alomar (Syria), Maung Day (Myanmar) from the University of Iowa's International Writers Program and Cave Canem co-founder Toi Derricotte for a jazz and poetry interlude. Featured Musician: Classically trained clarinetist and composer, Wacław Zimpel.
August 31, 2017
August 29, 2017
Kosciuszko Foundation Pittsburgh Chapter
You are invited to the Pittsburgh Premier of Alex Storozynski's Film:
Kosciuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time
September 27, 2017
Tull Family Theater, 418 Walnut Street, Sewickley, PA
7:30 p.m. – Tickets: $15
Tickets may be purchased on line through the website link (Ticketbud and Paypal) or at the door.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions
May 13, 2017
April 6, 2017
In observance of The Bicentenary of The Death of Thaddeus Kosciuszko The Kosciuszko Foundation and The Polish American Teachers Association are pleased to announce
AN ESSAY COMPETITION
Celebrating the Life and Accomplishments of Thaddeus Kosciuszko Fighter for Democracy
Eligibility: Open to students currently attending high schools in the United States. Contestants must attest that the essay submitted is their own work.
Theme/Content: The Bicentenary of Thaddeus Kosciuszko commemorates the anniversary of this hero's death on October 15, 1817. This competition gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the life of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, the times in which he lived, and the fascinating people with whom he had contacts; to appreciate his accomplishments; and to creatively express your knowledge, thoughts, and impressions of your encounter with this great patriot. You are encouraged to be creative, reflective, insightful, personal, and global but at the same time, you must maintain historical accuracy in your presentation. The options are left open for you to develop your individual approach.
Title: Each contestant will provide an appropriate title corresponding to the content and development of the essay.
Length: Approximately 1,000 words: typewritten and double spaced.
Resources: May include material researched in printed matter, interviews, films, tapes, places where he lived and worked, personal experiences with presentations about Thaddeus Kosciuszko etc. Published resources quoted or used must be identified within the text or in a bibliography and footnoted.
Competence in the following areas:
First Place $500.
Second Place $300.
Third Place $200.
Winners will be notified in September and will be informed of the date, time, and place of the award ceremony.
Submittal of Entries: Each essay must have a cover sheet which includes: the participant's name; address; telephone number; e-mail address (if applicable); birth date; age; name of school; present year of study; and name of faculty adviser (if applicable). Personal identification of the contestant must not appear in the text of the essay nor on any pages of the essay. The student must include the following statement: "I attest that the essay submitted by me to the Kosciuszko Foundation - PATA Essay Competition is my own work." The student must sign his or her name and write the date under the statement.
Entries must be sent to:
The Kosciuszko Foundation/PATA
15 East 65 Street
New York, NY 10065-6501
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than June 5, 2017.
All entries become the property of the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish American Teachers Association.
Please attach the cover form to your essay - download pdf version
February 16, 2017
Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Recipients – Pittsburgh Chapter Area
Drs. James and Wanda Trefil Science Scholarship Fund
Cwalina, Caroline of Sewickley, PA – for junior year of undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. $5,000
Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarship Recipients – Pittsburgh Chapter Area
Kohan, Justin of Boston, MA – for first year of graduate studies in Trumpet Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. $5,000
O'Rourke, Andrew of Studio City, CA – for second year of graduate studies in Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. $4,500
Herold, Emily of Belle Vernon, PA – junior majoring in Pharmacy at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship, Session A, $1,925
Szelest, Michael of Acton, MA – freshman majoring in Engineering at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship, Session B, $1,250
February 14, 2017
The Tomaszkieiwicz-Florio Scholarship call for applications
September 22, 2016
Pictures from our Luncheon and Polonian of the Year with Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
September 20, 2016
Dear Kosciuszko Foundation Members,
As the term of our President comes to an end in November, the Board of Trustees wants your help as we search for a new leader to continue growing the Kosciuszko Foundation.
For more information please click here
August 15, 2016
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation will present its annual Outstanding Polonian Award to Carnegie-Mellon Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, PhD at a luncheon to be held Saturday, September 17, 2016.
August 13, 2016
At the recent ACPC Convention in Pittsburgh, Kosciuszko Chapter President Mary Lou Ellena presented an overview of the making of Polish Hill Remembered, the definitive study of this Polish enclave in Pittsburgh written by the students of Hampton High School. She explained how a similar project could be used to preserve Polish heritage in different regions of our country. Copies of Polish Hill Remembered with DVD were available for purchase.
August 13, 2016
This article on Kosciuszko is an outgrowth of our involvement in the parade:
July 9, 2016
The Pittsburgh Chapter of Kosciuszko Foundation in the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Parade
July 7, 2016
The Pittsburgh Chapter has a limited number of copies of Polish Hill Remembered with DVD available for purchase. This definitive study of one of Pittsburgh's former premier ethnic enclaves written by chapter president Mary Lou Ellena with her students from Hampton High School intersperses stories, factoids, recipes, and photos, chronicling the story of Poles in Pittsburgh. Available in limited quantities, the book with shipping and handling is $25. Please make checks or money orders payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter, and send to
April 11, 2016
Well, spring may not be here just yet, but it's not too soon to get those cobwebs out of your system and "shake it up" a bit.
To help you along here is a fun video clip produced by the young folks from the town of Lubiniec, Poland.
When you watch the video, get up out of your chair, turn the sound up, do as instructed and ... "Shake It Up!".
And you'll be all ready for a fun Spring!
March 30, 2016
Dear Member of the Kosciuszko Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter:
Exciting things are happening in Pittsburgh! Our chapter is reorganizing!
Here are a few key updates:
· We have a new slate of officers. Please see the ballot at the bottom of this sheet and either return it to us electronically (email@example.com) or via the mail in the envelope provided.
· SAVE THE DATE: POLONIAN OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at the DOUBLETREE HOTEL in Greentree. The honoree is CMU Chemistry Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski. Details will be forthcoming.
· Check the Pittsburgh link on the KF Website for chapter updates: http://www.thekf.org We will be assisting with the ACPC meeting in Pittsburgh in July, have plans for a book group, etc. Stay tuned!
· Our Chapter is selling Oscar Swan's new book, Kaleidoscope of Poland: A Cultural Encyclopedia" (University of Pittsburgh Press) through the website for $30 plus $3.50 for shipping and handling. This wonderful book is a must have for anyone Polish. Proceeds will benefit our scholarship fund. Consider purchasing one for yourself and one for a gift. See the website for purchasing details.
February 17, 2016
Things are changing in Pittsburgh. Soon the Pittsburgh Chapter of Kosciuszko will have a new slate of officers and new Board members.
Stay tuned: exciting programs and events are on the horizon.