Last month, Diana Lipka traveled to Greece on business and reconnected
with Katharine Butterworth. Note Katharine's name is spelled with
two a's and one e. When she returned, she hosted a dinner for
myself and Maryann Hrichak. There we shared some old SIG stories
and caught up with those people we knew in common. Since I first
posted this web page, Facebook has become a common and easy place to
get old friends and classmates together to share stories and pictures.
We decided that it would be worthwhile to create a SIG Facebook
group and see who we could find from there. The group is current
open for all to see (if you have a Facebook account.) You can
reach it directly from this link to
SIG: Study in Greece on Facebook.
In addition, we've got a directory from Katharine that has all the
students from all the years, 1970 to 1989, just over 500 of us!
You can view and download a copy of the spreadsheet here
, or the PDF file here
So spread the word-- let's see how many of us we can find.
Katharine is writing up her memoirs of SIG, and would very much
like to hear all of your stories.
F84 - S85
Over twenty years ago in 1984, I spent my junior year of college living
and studying in Athens, Greece. It was part of a program called
"Study in Greece." I don't recall how I first heard of it, but my
college (The College of St. Thomas
and its four sister colleges (St. Catherine, Mcallister, Hamline and
Augberg) had a very strong "study abroad" program, usually for ones
junior year. I happend to have a Greek friend, Mike Logothetis,
who invited me to spend a summer with him and his family in Thessaloniki
and at their summer house in Halkithiki. Somewhere during the
plans, I found out about Study in Greece and made arragements to stay
for the whole year.
Studay in Greece (SIG) was founded in the early 70's, and was running
through the dictatorship overthrow of the government in 1973. It
ran for many years, at least up to 1986, when a TWA
from Rome bound for Athens was bombed and made international
news. That event resulted in many Mediterranian study-abroad
programs drying up, and I believe it was the last year for Study in
Since then I received one newsletter updating the whereabouts of all
the students and teachers the SIG administration could locate.
Over the past few years I've checked the Internet for any information
about SIG or its participants, but have not found anything beyond this one
I knew that the founder of the program, Katherine Butterworth, had
stayed working in Greece. The year I was there Laura Griner was
the head adminstrator, although she left for computer programming work
the following year. I haven't found anything from Google to indicate
their more recent activities.
So, here it is. Study in Greece, my year fall 1984 and spring
1985. Most students stayed only one semester, but myself, Paul
Muhich and Jocelyn Miller stayed the whole year that session.
I've included here all the old documents I have, and the photos I
kept. I'm hoping that over the years more old SIG students and
teachers will find this site, and be willing to share their
memorabilia. I have a gmail account, send to "rich.lareau".
Maybe someday we can have a real reunion-- with Spilios leading
Mountain View, CA
(650) 814 8502
rich dot lareau at gmail dot com