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  • December 18, 2004 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As in years past, the New York City Chapter of the Ukrainian Engineers' Society of America, together with the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America and the Ukrainian Institute of America, held the annual New York City "Yalynka." The event took place on Saturday December 15th in the Ukrainian Institute of America.

    The evening began with warm greetings provided by UESA New York City Board member Ivan Durbak. This was followed by a short description of the traditional Ukrainian Yalynka and poetry recitals by Orest, Maria and Olenka Kebalo. Upon conclusion of the recital, the children in the audience were invited to come up to the Yalynka to place ornaments on the tree.


    The main portion of the program then followed with music and signing performed by the duet of Alla Kutsevych and Sergei Dushankivsky. Both Ms. Kutsevych and Mr. Dushankivsky had performed and the previous New York City Yalynka to rave reviews.

    Ms. Kutsevych and Mr. Dushankivsky were also joined by the young duet of Lida and Gabriella Oros who have been seen entertaining the Ukrainian community at such events as the annual New York City 7th Street Festival.

    After about an hours, the first act was concluded and the guests were invited to enjoy the hors d'ouevres and refreshments.

    The food was once again catered by Mr. Wasyl Krawec of the Yonkers Miasarnia. Mr. Krawec has been preparing his excellent and varied menu for various New York City UESA Chapter events for many years. As always, his feast was greatly enjoyed by all in attendance.

    After a short intermission period, the musical duets returned to provided additional entertainment. This was preceded by welcoming remarks by UESA's National President, Mr. Andrij Wowk. In addition to his welcoming remarks, Mr. Wowk outlined some of the future events and plans which UESA is making as it continues its push to revitalize and grow.

    As the night continued, the Ukrainian Institute's hall continued to fill up as professionals, young and old, arrived together with their family and friends. New friendships and connections were made and old ones werereinvigorated.

    As always, the die-hard Yalynka attendees had such a good time that it was nearly impossible to convince them that this year's event had to come to an end. On the bright side, however, the next UESA event is never too far away.

  • December 09, 2004 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Annual Christmas Party of the chapter took place on December 9, 2004. The event was well attended by over 60 members, family and friends.

    Chapter President Natalia Lewyckyj wished everyone "Veselykh Sviat" and thanked the Board for all of their hard work during the year. Member Bohdan Andrushkiw entertained the group by playing his guitar and leading them in singing Ukrainian Christmas carols well into the evening. Everyone enjoyed a good time.


    A special thank you to Greg and Oksana Woloszczuk for organizing the event.

  • September 06, 2004 6:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year, the Ukrainian Engineers' Society of America attempted to add a bit of additional color to the already festive atmosphere which exists in upstate New York during Soyuzivka's traditional Labor Day weekend.

    UESA @ Soyuzivka

    On Saturday, September 4th, the New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York City Chapters, together with the National Board of Directors sponsored a band to entertain the guests at Soyuzivka's expanded "Tiki Bar", For those that haven't visited Soyuzivka recently, the Tiki Bar is a two year old addition to the grounds. It is situated on the patch of land between the Volley Ball Court and the Swimming Pool. It has become such a popular spot amongst guests that the deck space was enlarged between the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

    UESA @ Soyuzivka

    The music was provided by the musician's from "Chornozem." This young band has performed previously at UESA events such as the Fall Zabava in New York City and is scheduled to perform at UESA's New York Metro Area Malanka in January of 2005.

    UESA @ Soyuzivka

    The music provided by Chornozem definitely added to the energy amongst the guests at Soyuzivka and allowed for a small group of New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia Chapter members to gather and share some stories.

    All in all, everyone that was in attendance, UESA members and Soyuzivka guests had a good time. UESA itself was able to benefit from added visibility which the distribution of event flyers, our banner, and the sale of UESA polo shirts provided.

  • June 26, 2004 6:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Dianna Korduba Sawicky

    The annual Engineers' Picnic was held at the Dibrova Estate in Brighton, Michigan, on Saturday, June 26th. Over 50 members, family and friends enjoyed the beautiful day. It was wonderful to see such a large turnout from chapter members. A special thank you to Detroit chapter board members John and Janet Dicky for organizing the event. Everyone had a relaxing day among colleagues and friends.

    Detroit Chapter Picnic

    The Detroit Chapter Board of Directors met in June and has selected officers as follows:

    • Natalia Lewyckyj - President
    • Dianna Korduba Sawicky - Vice-President & Winter Ball chair
    • Nestor Rychtyckyj - Treasurer
    • Jerry Didoszak - Secretary
    • Ihor Senyk - Organizational Coordinator
    • Alexander Cherviovskiy - Membership Coordinator
    • John Dicky - Member-at-large (picnic/ internal activities)
    • Greg Woloszczuk - Member-at-large (external activities)

    The Board wishes all members, family and friends a pleasant summer!

    Detroit Chapter Picnic

    Detroit Chapter Picnic
  • June 11, 2004 5:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Andrij Wowk

    ARLINGTON, VA - A broad range of individuals from the Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American communities - including academics, diplomats, and professionals -- gathered in the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel on the bank of the Potomac River between June 11 and June 13, to take part in The Washington Group's 2004 Leadership Conference.

    Titled TWG at 20: Reflection, Renewal and Celebration, the conference marked the 20th anniversary of TWG, a leading association of Ukrainian-American professionals.

    As part of the conference, National President Andrij Wowk represented the UESA on a panel titled Improving Our Professionals' Organizations, which provided an opportunity for thought-provoking discussions by panelists and audience members alike.

    TWG Conferenceb
    The Diplomatic View

    The TWG conference was preceded by a reception at the Embassy of Ukraine on Friday night, June 11.

    The conference opened on Saturday, June 12 with introductory remarks by TWG Conference Chairman George Masiuk and current TWG President Ihor Kotlarchuk. The morning session consisted of an "Ambassador's Forum", featuring Oleh Bilorus, Ukraine's first ambassador to the US, William Miller, the first US ambassador to Ukraine, and Steven Pifer, the US ambassador to Ukraine between 1998 and 2000.

    The keynote speaker during the luncheon which followed was the Hon. Mykhailo Reznik, the current Ukrainian ambassador to the US.

    Amb. Reznik noted that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Ukraine has grown by 11.5% between 2002 and 2004, while industrial output in this time period has grown by 17.7%. Foreign direct investment in Ukraine in 2003, according to an accompanying report, was some $1.2 billion USD, still quite low by international standards. (Note: Readers interested in a copy of the economic report presented by Amb. Reznik are asked to send an e-mail to: awowk@uesa.org).

    Election Unease

    Saturdays' luncheon was followed by an engaging and lively panel, Ukraine on the Eve of Elections.

    The panel included such experts on Ukrainian politics as Dr. Nadia Duk (National Endowment for Democracy), Eugene Fishel (U.S. Department of State), Dr. Taras Kuzio (University of Toronto), and former U.S. Ambassador Nelson Ledsky (National Democratic Institute), with Orest Deychakiwsky of TWG as the moderator.

    In contrast to the rosy economic picture painted by Amb. Reznik, the panelists concluded that Ukraine's upcoming elections (despite international observers) are unlikely to be free of at least some level of ethical violations, corruption, and/or scandal.

    They also noted that the October elections, which will decide the next president of Ukraine, will be a critical event in the history of independent Ukraine.

    Saturday's conference activities concluded with a gala reception and banquet honoring the 20th anniversary of TWG. The banquet included a photographic retrospective of TWG's inspiring and successful 20-year history of sponsoring lectures, events, and workshops on a wide range of topics relating to Ukraine, which included some of the most prominent Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American political, cultural, and other figures of this time period.

    TWG Conference

    Of special note to UESA members was mention of the UESA's Washington chapter-organized panel on the future of the Ukrainian aeronautical industry, held as part of the TWG-sponsored "Synergy" Leadership Conference in 1999.

    Challenges and Improvements

    Sunday's activities were opened by the panel Improving Our Professionals' Organizations, which included UESA National President Andrij Wowk, Dr. George Hrycelak of the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA), Nancy Medwid of the Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA), and Oksana Xenos of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA), which was moderated by George Masiuk of TWG. Each panelist was allotted time to describe steps that have been taken improve their organizations, which was followed by questions from the audience.

    Speaking first, Dr. Hrycelak outlined a number of recent administrative improvements within UMANA, which have included the appointment of a salaried executive director, a move toward quarterly dues payments, the election of national board members from around the US (not just within the area of UMANA's headquarters), and a focus on overall fiscal transparency to members. His main suggestions to other organizations were to engage the young, not to underestimate the 4th Wave and not to neglect administrative continuity, and to recognize and take advantage of geographic dispersal of members.

    Ms. Xenos followed Dr. Hrycelak, and provided an outline of the UNWLA's history and its role in global women's issues which also affect Ukraine, such as the trafficking of women. She noted that the UNWLA is a member of the Federation of Women's Organizations. A potential future improvement being considered by the UNWLA is encouraging "de-facto" membership in the organization by all Ukrainian female youths and young women, with "activation" of this membership once these individuals reach professional age.

    Mr. Wowk followed Ms. Xenos to the podium, and provided a brief outline of the UESA's history, its mission, some recent challenges, and current steps being taken by the National Board to improve the organization.

    Among these Mr. Wowk noted administrative improvements such as dues centralization, better internal and external communication within the organization, sponsorship of a number of local and national events, and other improved member benefits.

    He concluded his presentation with a description of UESA projects for the near future, such as the UESA Foundation and scholarship program and a renewed focus on advertising/marketing and "branding" of the UESA, to better define it to members of the Ukrainian-American community who may be prospective members.

    TWG Conference

    Ms. Medwid, a recently elected member of the UABA national board, was the final panelist of the day. She described a number of improvements being undertaken by the UABA such as providing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits at association functions, allowing advertising opportunities on the UABA Web site, and providing mentoring opportunities at local law schools.

    Questions to the panelists from the audience included the topics of 4th Wave recruitment efforts by the organizations (especially of students), and steps to increase the visibility of our organizations in the American community and press.

    Conference events wrapped up on Sunday with brunch, at which the keynote speaker was Konstantyn Morozov, the former Ukrainian Minister of Defense, and with a concert of traditional East European folk music.

  • June 06, 2004 5:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Petro Hewka

    The Philadelphia Chapter of the UESA held its Annual Meeting at 3 pm on Sunday, June 6, 2004 at the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center (UECC) at 700 Cedar Road in Jenkintown, PA. The meeting was opened by Metodij Boretsky, PE, president of the chapter. After approval of the meeting program, the members present elected Dr. Yaroslav Zalipsky as Meeting Chairman, and Dr. Petro Hewka as Recording Secretary.

    The reports of outgoing board members were accepted unanimously. A highlight of the reports was the great success of the 2004 Philadelphia Engineers' Debutante Ball, which was described in the previous issue of this newsletter. Attendance at the ball was more than double that of the previous year.

    The new chapter officers were elected as follows:

    Chapter Board:
    • Metodij Boretsky - President
    • Petro Hewka - Vice President, Corresponding Secretary
    • Orest Shwed - Recording Secretary
    • Marta Shyprykevych - Treasurer
    • Laryssa Zaika - Events Coordinator
    • Wolodymyr Horbowy - Organizational Coordinator
    • Alex Jarymovych - New Membership Coordinator
    • Oleh Ciuk - Property Manager (Hospodar)
    • Mychailo Komanowsky - Archivist
    • Myron Bilas, Ihor Kowaliw - Members
    Supervisory Committee:
    • Ihor Chyzowych - Chairman
    • Myron Bilas
    • Daria Lissy
    Judiciary Committee:
    • Stepan Romanko - Chairman
    • Lev Stadnychenko
    • Vasyl Kaminsky
    Nominating Committee:
    • Borys Pawluk - Chairman
    • Orest Shwed
    • Daria Lissy
    New Membership Development Committee:
    • Petro Hewka - Chairman
    • Alex Jarymovych - New Membership Coordinator
    • 3 additional members, to be named later

    A new budget was adopted for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, with provisions made for significant donations from the chapter to several Ukrainian organizations, both in the USA and in Ukraine.

    During the discussion period, several major issues were raised which are a concern to our members.

    * Should provision be made for liability insurance for the Chapter Board members? This issue will be further examined after the summer recess. There is some concern for liability if an accident occurs at a UESA sponsored event, such as the annual picnic.

    * Chapter membership has been declining. A committee to examine this problem and propose methods for increasing membership was proposed, and was approved by the members. This committee, the New Membership Development Committee as listed above, is to prepare and present plans to the entire Board by the end of September 2004.

    This is an issue affecting not only all chapters of the UESA, but also other Ukrainian organizations in the USA. The specific issues to be addressed are recruitment of new student members, as well as members from the "4th wave" of new arrivals from Ukraine. Several suggestions were made, such as helping to organize student chapters at some of the many colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area: Drexel, Penn State, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Temple, etc.

    It was also suggested that reunions of Ukrainian graduates of some of these universities, and specifically Drexel University, where there are several Ukrainian professors, be organized at the UECC, with the involvement of the UESA.

    The meeting was followed by a social gathering of the membership, with liquid and solid refreshments organized by the outgoing "hospodar", Myron Bilas.

    The new Chapter Board officially assumed its duties at a special board meeting held on June 9, 2004.

  • June 02, 2004 5:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Ivan Durbak

    On June 2nd, 2004, the Ukrainian Engineers’ Society of NYC presented a lecture by Dr. Lubomyr T. Romankiw, noted research scientiest and IBM Fellow at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, N. Y., at the Ukrainian Institute on East 79th Street, New York City, on "“MAGNETIC HARD DISC STORAGE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE”.

    Dr. Lubomyr T. Romankiw

    Dr. Romankiw started with an overview of the entire computer disk technology, history and environment. He then provided a detailed description of plating through mask technology used in thin film heads in magnetic storage, which he pioneered several decades ago. Dr. Romankiw originally conceived and developed, and has since updated, the entire fabrication process, which to this day, is the basis for manufacturing of magnetic storage heads around the world. Every PC in the world today typically houses a magnetic disk based directly on the work of Dr. Romankiw: as one of the audience suggested, just as each PC typically shows a sign “Intel Inside” for the CPU chips, there should perhaps be a similar indicator on each PC showing “Dr. Romankiw Inside” for the hard disk.

    Dr. Romankiw described how the original hard disk drive, RAMAC 305, introduced by IBM in 1957, had an areal density of 2,000 bits/inch square and used copper wire hand wound ferrite cores as read-write heads. Today commercial systems approach storage density of 100 Gigabits/sq. In laboratory tests heads capable of 150 Gigabits/sq. in. are being investigated, a density once thought to be unattainable. This represents eight orders of magnitude increase in areal density in 47years. Four orders of magnitude of this jump was achieved since commercial introduction by IBM, of the inductive, multi turn, batch fabricated thin film heads in 1979. Since introduction of the first thin film heads the cost of storage has dropped four orders of magnitude, the data rate has increased several orders of magnitude. This has had a significant effect on enabling the desk and lap-top computers, data mining and Internet. Data stored half way around the world are found, analyzed, and results delivered, through high speed interconnections, in fractions of seconds.

    Dr. Romankiw presented the technology which was originally invented at the T. J Watson Research Center of IBM in Yorktown Height, NY and which was developed jointly with IBM San Jose, CA into a commercial process used today to manufacture thin film heads throughout the world. Since the invention of the batch fabrication process for the thin film heads, the magnetic storage has undergone two paradigm shifts. Today we stand on the verge of one more paradigm shift which, while using the fundamental processes developed some 35 years ago, promises to extend magnetic storage density another one to two orders of magnitude. This process, based on electrochemical technology created new era in hard disk storage while at the same time it resulted in a quantum jump for application of electrochemical technology in electronics and MEMS.

    Dr. Lubomyr T Romankiw is an IBM Fellow at the IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, where he has been associated since 1962. He received his early education in Ukraine, his B. Sc in Chem. Eng. from U of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 1957, and his M. Sc.and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgy and Materials from MIT in 1962. He holds 57 patents, has over 120 published inventions, published more than 150 scientific papers, six book chapters and has edited ten volumes of symposia proceedings in the areas of: (1) Magnetic Materials, Processes and Devices; and (2) Electrochemistry in Electronics. His research has dealt with nearly all aspects of electroless plating, electroplating, etching, lithography and micro-fabrication used in electronics. He pioneered plating through mask technology used in thin film heads in magnetic storage, and conceived and developed the entire fabrication process, which to this day, is the basis for manufacturing of magnetic storage heads around the world. He developed an entirely new approach to use of lithography and micro-fabrication techniques, applied them to magnetic head fabrication and then extended them to X-ray lithography mask fabrication, plating of thin film chip carriers, C-4 interconnects, and to copper metallization of silicon chips.

    Dr. Lubomyr T. Romankiw

    Dr. Romankiw is very active in the Electrochemical Society and AESF. Has organized ten major scientific symposia. He is a member of ECS, ISE, AESF, IEEE, SPIE, Shevchenko Sci. Soc., Ukrainian Eng. Soc., and the Engineering Academy of Ukraine. He is ECS Fellow, IEEE Fellow, IBM Fellow, and an Honorary member of the ECS and of the Shevchenko Scientific Society .He shared ECS Research Award for his invention of laser enhanced plating. He holds many IBM, US National and International Outstanding Invention and Contribution Awards

    For his seminal contributions to magnetic storage technologies Dr. Romankiw received one of the highest honors of ECS, the Vittoria de Nora Medal of the ECS in 1994, one of the highest honors of the IEEE, the Morris A. Lieberman Award and he was named an IEEE Fellow in 1996. “For his major contributions to science, technology and in particular for demonstrating manufacturing worthy processes which created a $7 billion dollar thin film head industry”, he was awarded in 1993 the highest honor of the Societies of Chemical Industries the PERKIN GOLD MEDAL.

    Throughout this presentation, Dr. Romankiw kept the audience engaged and involved with a balance of highly technical material and practical real-world problem examples, and especially with his enthusiasm and excitement still evident after four decades of cutting-edge research on this topic.

    The evening finished with informal and convivial discussions over food and drinks.

    This was the fifth in a series of engineering & scientific lectures presented by the New York City Chapter of the Ukrainian Engineers' Society during the 2003/2004 year. Next year there are plans for another series of informative and high-caliber lectures to be presented; schedule will be posted shortly.

  • April 20, 2004 5:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 20th, 2004, the New York City Chapter of the Ukrainian Engineers' Society of America presented a lecture by Ivan Durbak, Chief Information Officer at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, on "Computer Security: Protecting the Integrity, Availability, and Confidentiality of Computer Systems, Both at Home and at the Office".

    Mr. Durbak provided a broad overview of all aspects of computer security, at various levels across organizations and on the home front. He addressed key questions such as: What is security? Can open access and privacy and security co-exist on the internet? Who polices the internet? How to deal with computer viruses and "spam-rage"?

    Mr. Ivan Durbak


    Mr. Durbak began from a national perspective, describing the major federal legislative initiatives: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Modernization Act (1999), Health Insurance Portability & Accountability (HIPAA) Act, USA Patriot Act (2001), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2003), and the recent CAN-SPAM Act (2004).

    He then detailed the typical computer security actions by modern organizations: risk assessment, designation of a chief security officer, physical controls, environmental controls, access controls / password management, audit logs, transmission / network controls, encryption, audit logs, disaster recovery & business continuity, incident response plan & drill, policies & procedures, and awareness, education, & training.

    Mr. Durbak next described current e-mail problems, for both large organizations and the individual consumer, and described ways to deal with "spam". He then discussed computer viruses, which are small files that attach to e-mails or downloads and infect the user's computer.

    Mr. Durbak reviewed in depth the "hacking" problem and described in detail hackers as "the underbelly of the internet: people who randomly scan the internet to find openings so they can go in and snoop around, and once in your machine, they have as much access to it as you do, including your online banking, personal data, family data".

    Mr. Ivan Durbak


    Mr. Durbak, who has conducted considerable research on the world-wide hacker community, described their profiles, their habits, their culture, their hacker conferences, and described how hackers use commonly-available software in a typical hacker attack: first they reconnoiter the organization's perimeter, then scan servers & ports & services, identify vulnerabilities, plan the attack, then execute attack, secure back-door access, and finally eliminate all traces & evidence.

    He identified the top 12 defense actions to take, at both the corporate and individual PC level, to protect against virus/worm attacks. Mr. Durbak also described spyware and adware, and how to deal with both.

    Finally, Mr. Durbak provided tips and hands-on advice, listing the eight necessary items required to insure computer security: physical controls, access controls (passwords), anti-virus software, patch management, firewalls, IDS (intrusion detection), security awareness, and common sense,

    Throughout the presentation Mr. Durbak kept the audience engaged and involved with a balance of technical material and practical real-world problems.

    The evening finished with informal and convivial discussions over food and drinks.

    This was the fourth in a series of engineering & scientific lectures presented by the Ukrainian Engineers' Society of NYC during the 2003/2004 year. The lecture counted towards NYS continuing education credit for licensed professional engineers.

  • March 29, 2004 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Chapter of UESA has published a short hardcover book (approximately 150 pages) titled "A Brief Outline of the History of the UESA Chapter in Philadelphia." This book outlines the history of the first 50 years of the chapter, and contains many photographs and illustrations. Many thanks for their dedicated work are due to the Editorial Board which prepared this book, sorting and organizing hundreds of photos and other materials, and collating and editing materials from multiple sources. The Editorial Board consisted of Editor in Chief Wolodymyr Jarymowycz, Dr. Alexander Bilyk, Metodij Boretsky, Borys Zacharczuk, Dr. Lev Kushnir, Osyp Nimylowycz, Stepan Romanko and the late Jaroslaw Ciuk.

    Philadelphia Commemorative Book


    The book can be purchased by contacting Ms. Martha Shyprykevych, Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter, at 215-663-1746, or by writing to:

    Ukrainian Engineers' Society of America
    Philadelphia Chapter
    700 Cedar Road
    Jenkintown, PA 19046

    The Philadelphia Chapter will host a reception to introduce the book, at the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown, PA, on Sunday, April 25, 2004, at 5 pm. The Master of Ceremonies for the book presentation will be Prof. Oleksa Bilaniuk, a long time member of the Philadelphia chapter, and also Head of UVAN (Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences). The presentation will be followed by a reception with refreshments.

  • March 27, 2004 5:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Andrij Wowk

    Members of the UESA, the Ukrainian-American Professionals and Businesspersons Association (UAPBA) of New York and New Jersey, and the community received a glimpse of Ukraine's potential future business leaders during an informative and entertaining presentation by UESA NJ chapter member Dr. Karl Zaininger, held on March 27, 2004 at the Hanover Ramada Inn and Conference Center in East Hanover, NJ.

    Titled "Lecturing in Kyiv on Global Technology Management", and co-sponsored by the UESA New Jersey Chapter and the UAPBA, the lecture drew an audience of close to 30 people.

    In his presentation, Dr. Zaininger described his experiences in the fall of 2003 while teaching a short course on business management at two schools in Kyiv, Ukraine: the Kyiv Mohyla Academy Business School, and Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. The second part of his presentation dealt with the topic of global technology management itself, and its importance to ensuring the competitiveness of U.S.-based and other global businesses.

    Dr. Zaininger, an expert on management strategies and the CEO of Global Technology Management Partnerships in Princeton, NJ, explained that he volunteered to present the lectures to the students in Kyiv because he wanted to "give something from his professional experience back to the young people of Ukraine". He noted that during the first few days of his lectures (which were conducted in English), the students in his classes tended to be formal and somewhat disinterested.

    As he spent more time with them, however, the classes became much more energetic, and students began to take initiative and to appreciate the opportunity they were being presented.

    The packed room of attendees intently follow Dr. Zaininger's presentation. Dr. Zaininger noted that there was a major difference between the atmosphere he encountered at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy Business School, which is privately operated and whose students had a generally bright outlook, and the state-funded Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, where students tended to be older and less receptive to the topics he presented.

    He said has been invited to return to Kyiv to present additional lectures in the future, and plans to do so.

    In the second part of his presentation Dr. Zaininger focused on the actual topic he presented to the students in Kyiv, titled "Business Process Optimization Global Competitiveness". This part of the evening's presentation highlighted the importance of managing change within any company, in response to changes in the outside world. Dr. Zaininger illustrated this point with a quote from former GE chairman Jack Welch: "When the rate of change inside the company is exceeded by the rate of change outside the company - the end is near."

    Dr. Zaininger noted that for any company to be considered "world-class" today, it must have an efficient and responsive process for managing change. He explained that globalization and the onset of digital communications and technologies have fundamentally changed the playing field for U.S. businesses.

    In the years after World War II, the U.S. economy did not face many, if any, challenges from foreign competitors; starting the early 1980s, however, it became apparent that U.S. businesses had to change their processes to improve quality and efficiency in response to overseas competitors, and this continues to drive many business strategies today.

    P's & B's member Oles Pidwerbetsky (left) and P's and B's Prsident Levko Mazur discuss the evening's activities. The speaker ended his presentation by taking questions from the audience. Andrij Wowk, representing the UESA New Jersey Chapter and the National Board, thanked Dr. Zaininger and the attendees for their attention.

    Dr. Bohdan Vitvitsky, vice-president of the UAPBA, concluded with remarks about the Friends of Columbia University Ukrainian Studies Fund II (FOCUUS II) gala banquet in New York City on May 8, 2004, whose aim is to raise money for establishment of a formal Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University.

    Attendees concluded the evening with refreshments and an opportunity to mingle and network among each other.

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