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ASU's Melikian Center garners Corporate Sponsor of the Year award

Center recognized by Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations for collaborative achievements


Group photo of people holding an award.

From left: Jafar Zadeh, Victor Johnson, Keith Brown, Ramona Melikian, Theresa Zimm and Peter Zimm. Photo courtesy The Melikian Center

November 22, 2023

As the holiday season began to prepare for its festive embrace, Arizona State University's Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies found itself adorned with a particularly special accolade over the recent weekend.

The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR) bestowed upon the center the distinguished title of Corporate Sponsor of the Year, marking a momentous occasion that resonated with the spirit of celebration and collaboration.

This significant recognition stands as a testament to the enduring partnership between PCFR and The Melikian Center, a relationship that has matured and flourished through joint endeavors in promoting diverse international events.

The Melikian Center Director Keith Brown helped represent the center, as he graciously accepted the award, articulating the center's commitment to disseminating the message of global awareness across a broad spectrum of demographics. This initiative aligns with a broader ambition to transcend boundaries, fostering engagement and understanding in pursuit of a more interconnected and informed society.

The PCFR annual holiday party served as the stage for the award ceremony, an event where the accomplishments of the collaboration between the foreign affairs nonprofit and The Melikian Center, which is dedicated to advancing innovative, use-inspired research and teaching on the languages, societies and geopolitics of greater Eurasia, were celebrated as attendees engaged in socializing and networking.

As part of the event, The Melikian Center also welcomed its newest members, providing them with a unique opportunity to be introduced to Ramona Melikian of the Melikian family. Ramona, the daughter of the center's founders, Emma and Gregory Melikian, added a touch of familial warmth to the occasion, emphasizing the continuity of the center's legacy.

The recognition of The Melikian Center as the PCFR's Corporate Sponsor of the Year added a special glow to the holiday season, encapsulating the spirit of shared dedication to global understanding and cooperation.

Written by Victor Johnson, digital marketing specialist, The Melikian Center

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