A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Jelena Stupljanin

While in high school, Jelena ended up in a drama studio where she was trained and tutored by the late legendary acting professor Milenko Maricic. Then, a year later she was accepted at the prestigious National Academy of Dramatic Arts of Serbia, after auditioning with nearly 1000 candidates, in the class of the renown professor Gordana Maric. She completed the four years endeavor ahead of time with excellence and an award 'Branivoj Djordjevic' for best student in diction.

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Jelena won the hearts of the nation playing the title role in the musical 'Front Page Doll,' which earned her the best actress award of Theater 'Terazije'. This was the beginning of a new era of Jelena's career. Her success continued when she became a permanent member of one of the leading European theater companies' Atelje 212, where she took part in many mainstream productions, both nationally and internationally, including tours in most of the European countries.

Although she has appeared in many minor TV and Film productions before, Lisice-Foxes, a TV cult title featured on the national Serbian broadcast, that 'introduced' Jelena Stupljanin to the mass TV audiences across Serbia and the Balkans. Being one of the lead characters, Jelena and her fellow cast members mesmerized the spectators and made Foxes a grand success.

With the great generosity and support of Svetozar Cvetkovic (the artistic director of Atelje 212), HRH Princess Elizabeth Karageorgevic of Serbia as well as Ms Eileen Murray, Jelena was sponsored to attend the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York.

Currently Jelena is based bi-continentally and works both in Europe and the US on both the east and the west coast, and she is equally successful on stage and on screen.

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Desko Nikitovic

Desko Nikitovic, Executive Chairman of East Point Holdings, was born in Arilje, Serbia on November 11, 1960. He received his law degree from the University of Belgrade in 1989. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Nikitovic was an active member of the “opposition movement” advocating democracy in Serbia. He immigrated to the United States in 1990 and has lived in Chicago for the past 26 years.

As a representative of Serbian diaspora in the United States, Mr. Nikitovic made numerous appearances on US national and local television and radio programs, promoting democratic changes in Yugoslavia. He served as President of the Serbian Unity Congress in Chicago, from 1998-2002.

In January of 2003, Nikitovic was appointed Consul General of Serbia in Chicago.

During his tenure as Consul General, Mr. Nikitovic pursued strong economic ties with the United States. He secured the prominent “Sister City” relationship between the Serbian Capitol Belgrade and the City of Chicago.

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Residents of Heaven

An Exhibit of Byzantine and Modern Orthodox Icons

Residents of Heaven is a book of Icons by Father Stamatis Skliris which were prepared for "An Exhibit of Byzantine and Modern Orthodox Icons" held at the "David Allan Hubbard Library, Fuller Theological Seminary" in Pasadena, California, June 10 - July 5, 2010.

The iconographer, V. Rev. Stamatis Skliris, attended the opening of the exhibit with His Grace, Bishop Maxim who gave the Introduction. The mounting of the display was done by Jasminka Gabrie and the staff of the Fuller Library. The opening event was organized by Dr. William Dyrness, Director of the Visual Faith Institute, Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, Fuller Seminary.