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Greetings to all my friends and family, especially to those of you who are cold-weather-challenged!

As the title in the Subject heading above indicates, yes, here I go... again. Onward in my ongoing quest to see how cold I can get before I've had enough of it. As many of you already know, I have subjected myself to sleeping at the Ice Hotel above Sweden's Arctic Circle a few winter's ago, only to complete a repeat-feat the following year just outside of Quebec. Those two  trips, although an icicle shy of balmy at their respective MINUS 5 and MINUS 4 C degree sleeping temperatures (INDOORS),  were merely practice for the trip I am about to embark upon. This trip is a realization of one of my most precious childhood dreams (never you mind that I fell out of that bunk-bed at camp, and left my head impression on the floor). Yes, folks, I am  heading North. Waaaaaaaay North. As far North as anyone can go! I am signed on as a member of the Global Adventures Expedition to the North Pole! Yes, I know. Some of you have dropped your jaws. Some of you are wondering how tall that  bunk-bed really was. And still others of you are just shaking your heads. But I doubt that any of you are genuinely shocked at  this news. After all, my Nissan Pathfinder sports a license plate which reads: LOVE ICE, and a bumper sticker which says:

NORTH POLE OR BUST! So...... I am about to live out that childhood dream of mine.

Assuming that the arctic weather gods are not too angry for all the global warming we've inflicted on them, we should all be  standing on the pole itself, on the 90-th degree, on April 17-th, 2003. The conditions are rather iffy at best as I type this letter, with MINUS 25 temperatures, not taking wind chills into account, but I am hopeful that things will settle down by the time we are  ready to leave for the ice-cap. We are to sleep at the Drifting Ice Base Research Station at degree-89 for two nights --- in  tents, a la scout camp, albeit without the chirping of crickets or the marauding raccoons. Polar bears maybe, but thankfully no  raccoons. I can feel your envy as you read my words <uhuh....>.

So... as I set my sights due North, to search for my frozen white world, I bid all of you a warm farewell. And as most of you are watching the daffodils poke their yellow heads out of the ground, think of me,Moki Kokoris in her Arctic Atire on the North Pole because the chances are quite good that I will,  myself, be occupied with pastimes such as poking gobbets of snow out of my more intimate creases with a warm  toothpick..... So, how's THAT for a lovely mental image?!? Well, don't complain because I had intended to end this letter with  telling all of you that I will be researching whether, at MINUS 25-degrees F, pee freezes BEFORE or AFTER it hits the  ground... Now, aren't you happy I chose the first ending?

On that note..... I will go continue packing. Question is, should I take a bathing suit?

You will be hearing from me again - after I return, hopefully without any polar bear teeth-mark souvenirs. And perhaps I will  collect an adequate plethora of factual information to be able to finally write that: "SLEEPING ON ICE FOR DUMMIES" book. I  already know for a fact that drool freezes.... to your face, no less!

Arctically yours,
Moki  Kokoris

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A tidbit of trivia: 
Fewer people have stood on the North Pole than have summited Mt. Everest! Wish me luck!

Moki Kokoris is a freelance graphic artist/designer/illustrator, as well as a teacher of graphic design, piano, and polar ecology in Ridgefield, CT. Kokoris holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cooper Union and is also a graduate of the Ukrainian Music Institute. She is the United Nations Representative for the World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations (WFUWO), a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Department of Public Information of the UN, having been appointed to the Planning Committee for the Conference on Climate Change.

Moki Kokoris was the first woman of Ukrainian descent to reach the North Pole (April 18, 2003) and is a lifetime member of the American Polar Society. She is also an active member of Polar Bears International and has recently launched a new outreach in-classroom educational program named 90-north which includes a collaborative exchange with the United States Polar Rock Repository at the Byrd Polar Research Center. Moki’s research interests and presentation materials center on general studies of the polar regions, with a concentration on the Arctic, including its flora, fauna, indigenous peoples, climate change issues, as well as the importance of conservation of these areas. She also worked as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).

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Added 5-28-2003

CURRICULUM VITAE

Motrya (AKA Moki) Kokoris 

•Graduate of the Cooper Union School of Architecture - Bachelor of Architecture 1979.  Full academic scholarship.

•Highest professional position held in the field: Production Manager at APAD,  an architectural firm in Manhattan, NY – 1982-1984

•Graduate of the Ukrainian Music Institute (piano) - diploma 1974

•Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator for the New York State Department of Environmental  Conservation - 1992-2005

•Supplement to NYSDEC license from the Department of the Interior's Fish & Wildlife Service Bureau

•Private piano teacher - 1976-2004

•Freelance graphic artist and illustrator - 1974-present

•Freelance calligrapher - 1979-present (Society of Scribes member since 2001)

•Participant (by invitation from Ukraine's Federal Bank and President Kravchuk) and finalist in the numismatic competition for the design of paper money for a newly independent Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union - 1992

•Participant (by invitation and approval from the IOC) and semi-finalist in the logo   competition for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens

•First woman of Ukrainian descent to reach the North Pole - April, 2003

•14-th woman to reach the North Pole via Borneo (Russian Ice Base at degree 89N)

•United Nations representative for WFUWO (World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations) NGO, DPI (Department of Public Information) since 2004

•Appointed to the Planning Committee and the Networking Sub-Committee for the United Nations conference on Climate Change to be held in September, 2007

•Member of the Ukrainian Scouts Organization, having held posts of counselor,  commander of summer camps, and currently the head of the Arts Judging Committee.

•Co-Chair of the Children of Chornobyl Relief Fund "Viktory for Kids" figure skating benefit event - October, 2003

•Teacher workshop as well as class instructor of graphic design and calligraphy for the Connecticut Arts Council - 2000, 2001

 Affiliations: 

•American Polar Society
•International Polar Year - Education & Outreach:
  member of Team IPY – Integrated Communication, Education & Evaluation (ICEE)
•Byrd Polar Research Center/United States Polar Rock Repository

•Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS)
•North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE)
•Will Steger Foundation – Global Warming 101
•United Nations Conference on Climate Change

•Polar Bears International
•American Himalayan Foundation
•Plast Ukrainian Scouting Foundation
•World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations
•Explorer’s Club – membership review pending
 

Partial List of Illustration and Publication: 

•Architectural and technical illustration in “House Design: Art and Practice”   Author: Alfredo DeVido, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, 1996 

•Technical and medical illustration in “Dr. Divot’s Guide to Golf Injuries”   Author: Dr. Larry Foster, 2004

•Article “Finding One’s True North” in the Ukrainian Woman in the World 2007 Journal

•Preliminary script for the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund documentary aired on The Learning Network

•Article “Sharing Arctic Tidbits with Kids” in Polar Bears International newsletter

•Commemorative logo design for the Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of the United States

 

Biographical write-up as posted on the ARCUS Arctic Visiting Speakers List: 

Moki Kokoris is a freelance graphic artist/designer/illustrator, as well as a teacher of graphic design, piano, and polar ecology in Ridgefield, CT. Kokoris holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cooper Union and is also a graduate of the Ukrainian Music Institute. She is the United Nations Representative for the World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations (WFUWO), a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Department of Public Information of the UN, having been appointed to the Planning Committee for the Conference on Climate Change. 

Kokoris was the first woman of Ukrainian descent to reach the North Pole (April 18, 2003) and is a lifetime member of the American Polar Society. She is also an active member of Polar Bears International and has recently launched a new outreach in-classroom educational program named 90-north which includes a collaborative exchange with the United States Polar Rock Repository at the Byrd Polar Research Center. Moki’s research interests and presentation materials center on general studies of the polar regions, with a concentration on the Arctic, including its flora, fauna, indigenous peoples, climate change issues, as well as the importance of conservation of these areas. She also worked as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). 

Moki has made numerous visits to various schools and Scout groups in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Her lectures are typically tailored to match current classroom curriculum and have included talks on polar history and exploration, geography, ecology, zoology, paleontology, as well as indigenous anthropology. Representative lecture titles include: 

    * The Polar Bear and Its Habitat
    * North Pole Expedition and Life of the Explorer on the Big Ice
    * Polar Research and Science
    * Lifestyles of the Inuit and the Saami

 Moki’s presentation topics are predominantly geared towards grades 3-5. She also prefers to cover a maximum 3-hour (one way) driving distance in the New England area due to the large amount of accompanying equipment, polar gear, and hands-on artifacts that are an integral part of her presentations. Please note though that interested parties should call to discuss the above in case options are available. 

Moki is excited about being an Arctic Visiting Speaker and is looking forward to broadening her affiliations and scope of environmental education, thereby promoting additional methods of reaching students who would otherwise not have access to such subjects and experiences.


Moki's Ice Hotel Adventure

http://www.arcus.org/arctic_speaker/speakers/kokoris.html

Moki in the RIDGEFIELD Magazine, Call of the Wild, Moki Kokoris realizes her dream.

From the Evening Post News, Local Bob Takes UN By Storm.
A 12-year-old Port Talbot schoolboy from Wales will have the attention of thousands of United Nations delegates at this week's climate change conference in New York. A poem by Alex Hollett will adorn the wall of the UN gallery, and may also form part of a running slideshow which will loop continuously throughout the three-day event.  Alex Hollett, 12, wrote a poem about climate change which was read during an United Nations' conference.

The Dyffryn Comprehensive School pupil's work, entitled Pollution, was specifically requested by UN representative Moki Kokoris.



 

 

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