Friend of the Slavic Department Mary Sherhart was honored by the Ethnic Heritage Council on March 2, 2012 with the Aspasia Phoutrides Pulakis Award for her significant contributions to a Northwest ethnic community. Mary, organizer of the Slavic Fest, is one of America’s leading artists in Balkan singing, a rare non-native recognized and loved by ethnic audiences. Mary excels at building bridges through the shared joy of music, overcoming political differences in the Balkan community. Congratulations, Mary! Your award is richly deserved!