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AEGEAN: Helping Students Soar Higher

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ACG’s mission is to provide students with a global, transformative, and unique educational experience. An exciting part of that experience is the opportunity to choose from a plethora of Academic Advancement Programs (AAP), which include European and international tournaments and championships.

Participation in the Academic Advancement Programs provides bright, talented, and hardworking students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in creative ways, far beyond the classroom; to learn about leadership in a global context; to be stellar ambassadors for their College, their country, and the institutions and companies that support them; to work with peers from all over the world. And in this way, we can play our part in paving the way to an exciting and hopeful future for the next generation of leaders and global citizens.

Every year however, more and more students are unable to attend these events due to financial constraints. ACG helps them overcome such difficulties by reaching out and fostering collaborations such as the new partnership with AEGEAN, so that every deserving student can have the chance to learn something new, experience a different culture, and create memories of a lifetime!

A World of Opportunities

We thank AEGEAN for supporting our mission to provide our students with as many experiences as possible to help them grow, both personally and academically. But most importantly, we thank our new partners for believing in our students’ future as wholeheartedly as we do, and opening up a whole new world of opportunities for them!

Rome: Matteo Renzi, Pope Francis & the WorldMUN

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In March, the Deree MUN Club visited Italy for the Harvard World Model United Nations 2016, the most internationally diverse college-level Model UN conference, with over 2,000 university students from over 115 countries attending each year.

In a grand opening ceremony, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi welcomed the international delegates to Rome, and was followed by an Italian orchestra and choir performing the awarded charity single “We Are the World.” Deree student Pavlos Zoumbouloglou said, “delegates from all corners of this earth were singing as a whole, as if we had known each other for years!”

To take a break from the conferences, the delegates visited Vatican City, where Pope Francis spoke to them in St. Peter’s conference hall. “Pope Francis’ call for love and unity, regardless of race or religion, reaffirms us of the special and unique character of this conference,” said Pavlos.

Head Delegate of the Deree team Artemis Kakaris said, “I feel very grateful for the opportunity to meet students from all over the world who are passionate, driven, and determined to make a difference. I met two students from South Sudan who assisted internally displaced people and visited schools to raise awareness about AIDS through a UN subsidiary organization.”

“After endless hours and hours of research and Committee Work, after meeting people from all continents and all socioeconomic statuses, there’s not much to do but reflect” said Pavlos, remembering the wise words of Pope Francis: “The greatest benefit is your time together, your encounter with people from around the world, who represent not only our many contemporary challenges, but above all, the rich diversity of talents and potential of the human family.”

Debating in Belgrade, Helsinki & Thessaloniki

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Over the past year, the Deree Debate Club has participated in several international debating tournaments, including the World Universities Debating Championships in Thessaloniki, and the Belgrade and Helsinki Open Tournaments.

“Being from Zimbabwe, visiting Serbia was a fascinating experience, and so was debating abroad for the first time ever. The best way to improve your debating skills is to interact with speakers from abroad who do things differently!”
Tsungirirai Madume

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“Debating in Helsinki, a quiet and peaceful city with divergence of views, made me realize that improving your arguments rather than raising your voice is the only way for intellectual enrichment.”
Vasilis Michailidis

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Thessaloniki was the most stimulating debating experience of my life. Great events and socials, an amazing opening ceremony which kind of reminded me of the Olympics in 2004, and a ton of competition with over 400 teams from all over the globe. Defeating English teams was the highlight of my experience I think!”
Petros Paraskevopoulos

London: Following in Shakespeare’s Footsteps

In April, a group of Pierce C Gymnasium and A Lyceum (Year 9 and Year 10) students went on the unique educational trip to London, UK, “Footsteps of Shakespeare,” supplementing their studies with a visit to immerse themselves in the English culture as they have learnt it through the literature they have studied in their English classes.

In the span of 5 memorable days, the students visited Stratford-upon-Avon, the focus of this year’s trip, and other towns and cities associated with a literary or historical figure such as Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, and Salisbury.

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Tennis in Belgrade 

Over Easter, the Pierce Tennis Team took part in a thrilling tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. The team had the opportunity to train alongside some of the best tennis players of their age group!

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AEGEAN: Helping Students Soar Higher

A3-SA blue VERTICAL

ACG’s mission is to provide students with a global, transformative, and unique educational experience. An exciting part of that experience is the opportunity to choose from a plethora of Academic Advancement Programs (AAP), which include European and international tournaments and championships.

Participation in the Academic Advancement Programs provides bright, talented, and hardworking students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in creative ways, far beyond the classroom; to learn about leadership in a global context; to be stellar ambassadors for their College, their country, and the institutions and companies that support them; to work with peers from all over the world. And in this way, we can play our part in paving the way to an exciting and hopeful future for the next generation of leaders and global citizens.

Every year however, more and more students are unable to attend these events due to financial constraints. ACG helps them overcome such difficulties by reaching out and fostering collaborations such as the new partnership with AEGEAN, so that every deserving student can have the chance to learn something new, experience a different culture, and create memories of a lifetime!

A World of Opportunities

We thank AEGEAN for supporting our mission to provide our students with as many experiences as possible to help them grow, both personally and academically. But most importantly, we thank our new partners for believing in our students’ future as wholeheartedly as we do, and opening up a whole new world of opportunities for them!

Rome: Matteo Renzi, Pope Francis & the WorldMUN

1

In March, the Deree MUN Club visited Italy for the Harvard World Model United Nations 2016, the most internationally diverse college-level Model UN conference, with over 2,000 university students from over 115 countries attending each year.

In a grand opening ceremony, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi welcomed the international delegates to Rome, and was followed by an Italian orchestra and choir performing the awarded charity single “We Are the World.” Deree student Pavlos Zoumbouloglou said, “delegates from all corners of this earth were singing as a whole, as if we had known each other for years!”

To take a break from the conferences, the delegates visited Vatican City, where Pope Francis spoke to them in St. Peter’s conference hall. “Pope Francis’ call for love and unity, regardless of race or religion, reaffirms us of the special and unique character of this conference,” said Pavlos.

Head Delegate of the Deree team Artemis Kakaris said, “I feel very grateful for the opportunity to meet students from all over the world who are passionate, driven, and determined to make a difference. I met two students from South Sudan who assisted internally displaced people and visited schools to raise awareness about AIDS through a UN subsidiary organization.”

“After endless hours and hours of research and Committee Work, after meeting people from all continents and all socioeconomic statuses, there’s not much to do but reflect” said Pavlos, remembering the wise words of Pope Francis: “The greatest benefit is your time together, your encounter with people from around the world, who represent not only our many contemporary challenges, but above all, the rich diversity of talents and potential of the human family.”

Debating in Belgrade, Helsinki & Thessaloniki

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Over the past year, the Deree Debate Club has participated in several international debating tournaments, including the World Universities Debating Championships in Thessaloniki, and the Belgrade and Helsinki Open Tournaments.

“Being from Zimbabwe, visiting Serbia was a fascinating experience, and so was debating abroad for the first time ever. The best way to improve your debating skills is to interact with speakers from abroad who do things differently!”
Tsungirirai Madume

3

“Debating in Helsinki, a quiet and peaceful city with divergence of views, made me realize that improving your arguments rather than raising your voice is the only way for intellectual enrichment.”
Vasilis Michailidis

4

Thessaloniki was the most stimulating debating experience of my life. Great events and socials, an amazing opening ceremony which kind of reminded me of the Olympics in 2004, and a ton of competition with over 400 teams from all over the globe. Defeating English teams was the highlight of my experience I think!”
Petros Paraskevopoulos

London: Following in Shakespeare’s Footsteps

In April, a group of Pierce C Gymnasium and A Lyceum (Year 9 and Year 10) students went on the unique educational trip to London, UK, “Footsteps of Shakespeare,” supplementing their studies with a visit to immerse themselves in the English culture as they have learnt it through the literature they have studied in their English classes.

In the span of 5 memorable days, the students visited Stratford-upon-Avon, the focus of this year’s trip, and other towns and cities associated with a literary or historical figure such as Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, and Salisbury.

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Tennis in Belgrade 

Over Easter, the Pierce Tennis Team took part in a thrilling tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. The team had the opportunity to train alongside some of the best tennis players of their age group!

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The Constantinos and Anneta Arvanitis Endowed Scholarship

For Fall Semester 2016, the application deadline is August 25, 2016

Since its founding in 1875, The American College of Greece (ACG) has provided assistance to students who need help so that they can meet their educational expenses, thereby enabling students with demonstrated ability and promise to access a quality education, regardless of their financial circumstances. Over €3.5 million in need-based and merit-based scholarships and financial aid have been awarded in 2015-16. The College has expanded scholarship and financial support programs to ensure the affordability of an ACG education particularly in these challenging economic times.

The Financial Assistance Program at ACG provides various levels of financial assistance based on need and/or academic achievement. The governing philosophy of our program is grounded in our belief that lack of funds should never prevent academically talented students from receiving a quality education. Funding for financial assistance originates from the College’s own resources and from the generous contributions of donors.

Intent of the Award

One such donor is Mrs. Ioanna Arvanitis who established the Constantinos and Anneta Arvanitis Endowed Scholarship in 2010, in loving memory of her parents. The scholarship is awarded periodically, and offers 100% tuition reduction, providing financial assistance to undergraduate students of Deree who have family origins in Aighialeia or Kalavryta.

Panagiotis Dagiamos, a recent recipient of the Constantinos and Anneta Arvanitis scholarship, said, “I visited Deree just to ask for information. Next thing I know, I am entitled to a scholarship because I come from Aegio! All I had to do is just ask,” saying of his years at Deree that they were the “best four years of my life.”

Extent of the Award

The Constantinos and Anneta Arvanitis Scholarship provides students like Panagiotis an 100% tuition reduction for the duration of their studies at Deree, which cannot exceed 9 consecutive semesters. The scholarship is awarded on a rotating basis, so that a new scholar is selected only after the previous recipient has graduated. The scholarship may be awarded in either the fall or spring semester.

 

Προϋποθέσεις αίτησης για την υποτροφία

Για να είναι υποψήφιος ο/η αιτών/αιτούσα πρέπει:

  • Να πληροί τις προϋποθέσεις εισαγωγής στο Κολλέγιο.
  • Να έχει αποφοιτήσει από το Λύκειο με βαθμό τουλάχιστον 15/20 Προτεραιότητα δίνεται σε μαθητές που έχουν καταγωγή από τους Δήμους Αιγιαλείας ή Καλαβρύτων (Νομός Αχαΐας, Πελοπόννησος) ή σε αυτούς που έχουν οι ίδιοι αποφοιτήσει από τις ανωτέρω περιοχές. Σε περίπτωση που δεν υπάρξει ενδιαφέρον υποψηφίων από τις περιοχές αυτές, το Κολλέγιο θα εξετάσει περιπτώσεις μαθητών από άλλες περιοχές της Ελλάδος οι οποίοι πληρούν τις προϋποθέσεις. Σε αυτήν την περίπτωση το Κολλέγιο θα ειδοποιεί εκ των προτέρων εγγράφως τη δωρήτρια ή τον κ. Γεώργιο Καραούζα-Αρβανίτη ή τον/ους νόμιμο/ους κληρονόμο/ους αυτών, ζητώντας την έγγραφη συγκατάθεσή τους ώστε να προχωρήσει στην απονομή.
  • Να αποδείξει ότι διαθέτει χαμηλό οικογενειακό εισόδημα (λαμβάνοντας υπόψη τόσο το οικογενειακό όσο και το ατομικό εισόδημα και περιουσιακά στοιχεία).
  • Να επιδείξει προοπτική επίτευξης υψηλής ακαδημαϊκής επίδοσης

Για να διατηρήσει την υποτροφία, ο υπότροφος θα πρέπει να παρακολουθεί τουλάχιστον 12 ακαδημαϊκές ώρες/μονάδες (credits) σε κάθε εξάμηνο, να διατηρεί μέσο όρο C.I. 2,5/4,00 μετά την ολοκλήρωση 32 ακαδημαϊκών ωρών/μονάδων και 3,00/4,00 μετά την ολοκλήρωση 64 ακαδημαϊκών ωρών/μονάδων, και να ενεργεί σύμφωνα με όλες τους κανονισμούς του Κολλεγίου, συμπεριλαμβανομένου και του Κώδικα Δεοντολογίας Φοιτητών.

Οι νέοι υποψήφιοι που έχουν αδελφό/ή που λαμβάνει ήδη υποτροφία «Κωνσταντίνος και Αννέτα Αρβανίτη», μπορούν να λάβουν τη διαθέσιμη υποτροφία μόνο εφόσον δεν υπάρχουν άλλοι υποψήφιοι που να πληρούν τις προϋποθέσεις.

Οι παραλήπτες της υποτροφίας «Κωνσταντίνος και Αννέτα Αρβανίτη» υπογράφουν συμφωνητικό, με το οποίο συναινούν στο να αποστέλλουν στον χορηγό της υποτροφίας επιστολή που θα αναφέρει την ακαδημαϊκή τους επίδοση και πρόοδο. Η επιστολή πρέπει να περιλαμβάνει το μέσο όρο βαθμολογίας (C.I.) που έλαβε ο υπότροφος.

Eligibility requirements

In order to be considered, the applicant must:

  • Meet all entrance requirements for admission to the College
  • Have achieved a minimum Greek high school grade of 15.0 out of 20
  • First preference will be given to students who have family origins in the regions of Aighialeia or Kalavryta and/or have graduated from a high school in Aighialeia or Kalavryta (Prefecture of Achaia, Peloponnese). In the event that no such students are identified, ACG will consider students with family origins from other areas of Greece who meet the qualifications after written notice to the donor or Mr. Georgios Karaouzas-Arvanitis or their legal inheritors. ACG will ask that she/he/they acknowledge such notice and his/her/their agreement in writing, but shall be deemed to be authorized to make the award if neither responds within three weeks of such notice
  • Demonstrate financial need (taking into consideration both personal and family income as well as personal and family property and assets)
  • Show academic promise

To retain the scholarship, recipients must be full-time students every academic semester, maintain a minimum C.I. of 2.5 after completion of 32 undergraduate academic credits, and a minimum C.I. of 3.0 after completion of 64 undergraduate academic credits, while they must also be in compliance with all College policies including the Student Conduct Code.

New applicants who have siblings currently awarded the Constantinos and Anneta Arvaniti scholarship, will be granted the scholarship only if there are no other eligible candidates.
Recipients are required to sign an agreement to annually submit a letter to the sponsor of the scholarship reporting on the recipient’s academic record and progress. The letter must include the recipient’s current C.I.

Contact Us

For additional information feel free to contact the Office of Financial Assistance and Planning:

tel: 210 600 9800 ext. 1305, 1306, 1327, email: financialassistance@acg.edu

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20-Year Record Broken by Deree Athletic Club Swim Team!

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The longest standing record in the Pagkorasides B’ category (13 years old) in Greece was just broken by the swim team representing the Deree Athletic Club!

Over 1,100 young swimmers from 120 clubs and associations in Greece gathered in Volos for the National Junior Swimming Championship (Πανελλήνιο Πρωτάθλημα Κολύμβησης Παμπαίδων-Παγκορασίδων Α’& Β’) on July 14­-17.

The team of Chrysoula Mitsakou, Olympia Kirmoutseli, Danai Kaprini, and Ioanna Georgopoulou completed the 4x100m freestyle relay in the impressive time of 4:12.46, breaking the record held for 20 years by the national team (4:13.34) since June 22, 1996.

Congratulations on an extraordinary achievement!

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Deree Commencement 2016: In Celebration of Future Leaders!

Last night, Saturday, June 25, we celebrated the accomplishments of our hard-working and inspiring students leading up to the wonderful moment of their graduation and commencing a new beginning.

More than 300 undergraduate and graduate Deree students from 18 countries were awarded their degrees, joining the ACG family of over 52,000 alumni across the globe. The graduating class was cheered on by over 2,500 guests, including family, friends, and ACG staff, faculty, and the Board of Trustees. Among the guests were also ambassadors and embassy representatives of several countries, as well as journalists and dignitaries from the political, cultural, and business spheres. A wonderful surprise was the presence of Mikis Theodorakis, Greece’s legendary composer, and an ACG honorary degree holder, who was there to celebrate his grandson’s graduation. In honor of Dr. Theodorakis’ presence, the Commencement Ceremony also included a short musical interlude.

President Horner welcomed the students and guests to the ceremony and highlighted its significance saying, “On a scale of one to ten, the importance of this event in my view is a ten! It’s a ten to our students, to their family and friends and to the faculty and staff of the College who have had the privilege of working with tonight’s graduates over several years.” The Ambassador of the United States Embassy in Greece, David D. Pearce, greeted the audience, advising the graduating class to always bring out the best in themselves and in others and to give back to their communities.

This year’s guest of honor was Martin T. Meehan, JD, President of the University of Massachusetts. Born and raised in Lowell, MA, Meehan graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell with a degree in education and political science. He later earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University, and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

During his career, Meehan has served as Deputy Secretary of State for securities and corporations, First Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, and has represented the 5th congressional district of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years. Meehan was then elected Chancellor of UMass Lowell, and after 8 successful years of leading the campus on its rise to top-tier national university status, he was elected to the presidency of the 73,000-student University of Massachusetts system in 2015.

Marty Meehan was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his contribution to education and politics. President Meehan addressed the graduating class and talked about how impactful multiculturalism is in the development and formation of society. Meehan shared this advice with the graduating students saying, “When you take off that cap and gown, work hard to help your country embrace innovation, and as you do, commit to innovative thinking in your own lives. Now more than ever, we need you to embrace innovation, diversity, and new thinking.” He urged the graduating class, “don’t be afraid to step onto the battlefield of ideas. As you set goals for yourself and think about what you want to accomplish, be true to who you are. But always be an active listener. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn when you listen. Your lives will be richer, and our world will be so much stronger for it.”

Graduating Communication student Dimitris Lykouris, addressed the audience and his fellow graduates saying, “At Deree knowledge blooms and opportunities thrive, our education has given us the chance to experience the world through our own eyes, and to better understand ourselves so that we can face the challenges ahead with ethos, courage, and confidence. From simple members of society, we have become citizens of the world.” On behalf of his fellow graduates, Dimitris thanked friends, family, and ACG staff and faculty for their support, and urged the Deree Class of 2016 to “Take courageous risks. Change the world for the common good, and see this day as one of your many accomplishments to come.”

For many of the graduates, their next accomplishment is nearing on the horizon having already been accepted to world-class universities ­–including UCL, Cass Business School, LSE – for graduate studies, while others have been successfully employed at leading international companies, even before their official graduation!

President David G. Horner awarded the graduating students with Bachelor and Master degrees and addressed the 2016 Deree Class saying, “This moment belongs primarily to you. While others helped to bring you to this place, it is you who claimed this investment and made it your own. Now you stand at the threshold of a future you must also claim as your own. Graduates of 2016, we are proud of your accomplishments; we are the better for our association with you as colleagues in learning, and we send you forth in confidence to share your considerable gifts with a world that needs the contributions that you, uniquely, can offer!”

With a degree in their hands, over 300 new alumni threw their graduation caps up, while balloons, confetti, and cheers filled the air! The Commencement Ceremony is a night to celebrate the accomplishments and excellence of the next generation of leaders, giving us all hope for a brighter world.

Congratulations Class of 2016!

We wish you the best of luck in your next steps, and wish that your future is full of hope, opportunity, and inspiration. As Socrates said, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” Keep feeding the flame, and never stop learning, growing, and exploring!

Deree Commencement 2016

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation & Deree: A Pioneering Collaboration for Today’s Youth

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is a world-leading international philanthropic organization that is dedicated to funding institutions and projects with the aim of achieving a broad, lasting, and positive impact on society at large. In 2014, The American College of Greece received the foundation’s support to establish the SNF Scholarship Program for Parallel Studies at Deree, offering talented students from Greek public universities the opportunity to enroll for a minor at Deree, with a scholarship covering a significant percentage of the tuition.

Already in its second year, the program has surpassed expectations and, since its launch, has impacted the lives of 77 students from 10 Greek public universities.   On Tuesday, May 24, ACG proudly hosted the 2015-2016 Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship Ceremony, to award the program’s 42 currently enrolled scholars, and to offer a certificate of appreciation to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, accepted on behalf of the foundation by Eleni Agouridi, Program Coordinator at SNF.

The importance of the program, as President Horner stated in his remarks, is that such initiatives help bridge the gap between public and private institutions, in benefit of both the scholar students and the state of education in the country. The program was created to empower the leaders of tomorrow by offering students unique academic opportunities, including exposure to a US-modeled educational system, enhanced proficiency in English, and a wide range of professional and cross-cultural experiences, such as study abroad, local and international internship programs.

During the ceremony, the scholars’ speeches served as a strong validation of the benefits a combined educational experience can offer, and as a confirmation of the need to further connect the public and private educational spheres. One SNF scholar, Theodora Koutentaki, is soon graduating from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens with a degree in Law, which she chose to complement with a minor in Finance from Deree. She is now busy preparing for her exciting next step of pursuing graduate studies in Law and Finance, at the University of Oxford. “I feel ready for this,” she said. “In part, due to my law studies, but mainly due to Deree because it truly offers a high quality education.”

After spending some time abroad as an Erasmus student at the University of Sheffield, Theodora shared how overwhelmed she felt when she returned to Greece and its current situation. “Coming to Deree opened up my heart again. It’s education as it should be. And in today’s Greece, Deree shows me that there is hope.”

“I love the Dream Dare Demand motto” Theodora added, “because Deree really offers all that! I dream, because in this environment I was shown how to make my dreams become a reality; I dare, because with the right challenges and opportunities, I found myself showing initiative and making things happen; and I demand, because if I don’t believe in my dreams and make them happen, who will?”

With the generous support of SNF, this successful program continues to expand and enhance, giving even more students the opportunity to broaden their educational experience, and to be equipped with the necessary tools to launch meaningful careers.

Success Indicators

2014-2016 SNF Scholars Profile:

  • Total SNF Scholars: 77
  • ACG Merit Scholarships: 49 receive 50%, 23 receive 35%, and 5 students receive 25%
  • Female: 54, Male: 23
  • Average high school graduation diploma: 19 / 20
  • Average Greek Public University GPA at point of admission to Deree: 7.9 / 10
  • Average Deree GPA Fall Semester: 3.73 / 4.00
  • Training, Networking, Events Attended: over 140
  • Career Placements: 16 [4 full-time jobs – 2 international Internships – 7 local internship – 3 work-study]
  • Career Posts open to SNF: over 633 + 90 work-study positions at ACG
  • Study Abroad in 7 universities including: Emory Goizueta Business School, Georgia, US; London School of Economics, UK; Kyungpook National University, South Korea; Audencia Business School, France.

 

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2016 Student Awards Ceremony: an evening of celebration

Last night, Wednesday June 23, we celebrated dozens and dozens of deserving students and awarded them for their academic and student-life achievements at the 18th Deree Student Awards Ceremony.

Students’ families and friends, as well as ACG faculty and staff, filled the Irene Bailey Theater to celebrate on an evening dedicated to honoring achievements and relationships, as President Horner said referring to the contribution of educators and peers in each student’s accomplishment. From the Outstanding Graduate, the Internship, and Study Abroad awards, to the Society of the Year and College Life Spirit awards, more than 120 students were cheered on for their accomplishments in sports, parallel study, scholarships, and so much more from their experience at Deree!

The 2016 Student Awards Ceremony highlighted the accomplishments of students who shined academically, creatively, and morally this year; students who have made the most out of their experience at Deree by challenging themselves, and who have made a lasting difference as active members of the ACG community.

Congratulations to all the student award-winners! On to the next milestone, just a few days away: Graduation!

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Gearing up for the 2016 Deree Commencement

The time has come to celebrate the perseverance of our students, and the hard work that has led them to this wonderful occasion, their graduation day!

Beginning at 20:30 on Saturday, June 25, more than 300 undergraduate and graduate Deree students from 18 countries will be awarded their degrees, joining the ACG family of over 52,000 alumni across the globe.

Martin T. Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts will deliver the 2016 Commencement Address.

Martin (Marty) Meehan is the first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. He became the university’s 27th president after serving in the U.S. House

of Representatives and as chancellor of UMass Lowell.

Born in Lowell, Meehan was one of seven children and grew up in a family where the importance of education was always stressed. After attending the Lowell public schools, Meehan, a first-generation college student, graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell in 1978 with a degree in education and political science. He later earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University, and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

Martin Meehan embraced a career in public service early in his life. He served as the Deputy Secretary of State for securities and corporations (1986­–1990), he was appointed First Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County (1991), and he was elected to represent the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives (1992). After serving 14 years in Congress, Meehan was elected Chancellor of UMass Lowell (2007), and after 8 successful years of leading the campus on its rise to top-tier national university status, he was elected to the presidency of the University of Massachusetts in 2015.

President Meehan will address the graduating class and will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his contribution to education.

The Deree Class of 2016 will be joined by family, friends, faculty, and staff, to celebrate each student’s accomplishments and to wish them all the best of luck in their next steps!

The 2016 Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast via live streaming on Saturday, June 25 at 20:30

 

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Deree Wins Silver & Bronze at Digital Media Awards

Once again this year Deree in cooperation with the media agency Universal Media Greece, brought home two awards from last night’s 2016 Digital Media Awards!

UM and Deree were awarded the Silver DIME in the category of Native Advertising for creating a custom section on msn.gr, dedicated to education. The section served as an “education news hub” featuring news, developments, and student stories from ACG and the world.

The team was also awarded the Bronze DIME award under the category Best Social Media Marketing, for the Deree Facebook page. In cooperation with our students, the Deree official Facebook page is a “living organism” featuring campus moments, student stories from their study abroad/internship experiences, and inspirational content our audiences embrace.

The annual Digital Media (DIME) Awards are organized by the Marketing Week magazine, owned by Boussias Communications, and this year were held at the seaside Ble Azure. The American College of Greece is proud to be distinguished in a communications and media event of such caliber, where the best practices in digital media are showcased, celebrated, and awarded.

Congratulations to the Deree Marketing team, to everyone involved and, above all, a big “thank you!” to our students for providing us with amazing pictures, engaging stories and exciting achievements we are all proud to share with the world!

More information on the awards can be found here.

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Alba Brings Home the Silver Award in Scientific Conferences, for the 31st EGOS Colloquium

The American College of Greece is proud to announce that Alba Graduate Business School received the Silver Award for the category of Scientific Conferences in the recent Event Awards 2016, organized by Boussias Communications. Alba was awarded for the organization of the 31st European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium which was held in Greece for the first time in July, 2015, welcoming on campus 1,850 participants from more than 50 countries.

EGOS is a scholarly association which aims to further the theoretical and/or empirical advancement of knowledge about organizations, organizing, and the contexts in which organizations operate. As a collective, one of its main aims is to maintain and provide a voice for the critical and analytical approaches of its members to the study of organization worldwide.

The EGOS Colloquium is organized and hosted annually by top-notch business schools around the globe, including ESADE, HEC, and the Rotterdam School of Management, and is considered to be one of the largest and most prestigious scientific conferences in its field.

The 31st Colloquium ran with the theme “Organizations and the Examined Life: Reason, Reflexivity, and Responsibility,” and was inspired by Socrates’ timeless statement, “an unexamined life is not worth living,” from his trial in classical Athens; a statement that is the most succinct advocacy of philosophy, science, and democracy ever since.

More information: 31st EGOS ColloquiumEuropean Group for Organization StudiesEvent Awards 2016

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