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A Good Season for our Women’s Volleyball Team

Our Women’s Volleyball team played their last game of the season, concluding what proved to be a very successful run and advancing to the B National division. The season proved challenging, filled with crucial games and thrilling competition, but our girls managed well, encountering the challenges with courage, determination and team unity. Congratulations girls!

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Deree’s Graduate Psychology Program Collaborates with the Municipality of Athens

At a time when the need for mental health services is on the rise, the Municipality of Athens and The American College of Greece have taken the initiative to offer free counseling services to Athens citizens. In accordance with the “Non ministrari, sed ministrare” (to serve and not to be served) spirit of the College, the Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Education, Dr. Areti Krepapa, has signed an agreement with the Mayor of Athens, Dr. George Kaminis, for the provision of mental health counseling by graduate students of the MS in Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy program, under the direct supervision of Deree psychology faculty. The services will be provided at Kalfopouleio Health Center (1ο Δημοτικό Ιατρείο – Καλφοπούλειο Υγειονομικό Κέντρο).

The collaboration will provide private counseling and group therapy for adults, as well as counseling for couples and families. According to Ms. Maria Stratigaki, Deputy Mayor for Social Solidarity and Welfare, priority will be given to the unemployed and uninsured, as well as to low-income residents of the city, aged 18-60 years.

Appointments can be made at the Kalfopouleio Health Center (1ο Δημοτικό Ιατρείο – Καλφοπούλειο Υγειονομικό Κέντρο), on Solonos 78, close to the Panepistimio metro station – 210 3626587, 210 3626608.

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Istanbul Graphic Design Week 2016: Deree Student Awarded

The new Graphic Design program of the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts just launched in Fall 2015, is already distinguishing itself.

Virginia Christakou who is studying Graphic Design as a minor at Deree, recently participated in the Poster Design Competition of the 20th Istanbul Graphic Design Week (Grafist 20). Her poster was granted the encouragement award and was selected for the month-long exhibition, along with the poster designed by Sami Irabi, a first year student of the Graphic Design Major.

As we crossed the frontiers…” is an International Poster Design Exhibition and Competition held as part of Grafist 20. The Graphic Design Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University invited visual communication students from all over the world to come up with creative ideas on one of the biggest problems the world is currently facing, the refugee crisis.

From the 440 participants, one received a first prize award and five were granted the encouragement award for posters, one of them being the creation of our very own Virginia. The selected 80 top posters, including the works of Virginia and Sami, will be showcased at the official exhibition in MSFAU Osman Hamdi Bey Hall, while they will also be published in the Grafist 20 catalogue.

The Sadık Karamustafa Poster Award
Michele Santella, Italy

Encouragement Awards
Virginia Christakou, Greece
Ranan Karabulut, Turkey
Reut Dvir, Israel
Rasoul Khosravi, Iran
Resul Ay, Turkey

To view the awarded posters, please click here, where you can also find more information on Grafist 20.

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Deree Graduates – Successful Millenials!

When a student decides to study at Deree, they make the choice to expand their knowledge, skills, and personality, but also choose an academic organization that goes above and beyond to make sure its students are offered the opportunities that will increase their employability upon entering an ever changing job market.

Deree’s partnership with leading global companies such as Coca-Cola provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while studying, through paid internships in Greece and abroad. Such is the case of Evi Theodoraki (Deree 16; BA in Communication – Minor International Relations) and Ifigeneia Chatzantonis  (Deree Minor e-business – Parallel Studies: Athens University of Economics and Business) who were accepted for internships with Coca-Cola in Warsaw, and Athens and Milan respectively, while studying at Deree.

Even before their official graduation, Evi and Ifigeneia were offered a full-time job and they already hold full-time positions at the conglomerate’s headquarters in Athens.

Their successful career performance was recently recognized by Coca-Cola, as both students were selected for the campaign “Coca-Cola Millenials,” presenting young talent working for the company.

But perhaps we should let them tell you about it in Coca-Cola’s new campaign about successful millenials:

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ACG 2016 International Sports Festival Winners

FAIR PLAY AWARD: KARAGIANNIDIS, PAVLOS / NTUA – National Technical University of Athens

MEN’S SOCCER

1st place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
2nd place: HU – Haigazian University
3rd place: LAU – Lebanese American University

MEN’S BASKETBALL

1st place: NTUA – National Technical University of Athens
2nd place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
3rd place: AUEB – Athens University of Economics and Business

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

1st place: UOA – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
2nd place: AUEB – Athens University of Economics and Business
3rd place: NTUA – National Technical University of Athens

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

1st place: NTUA – National Technical University of Athens
2nd place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
3rd place: UOB – University of Balamand

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

1st place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
2nd place: UOA – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
3rd place: AUA – Agricultural University of Athens

MEN’S TENNIS

1st place: ABOUE CHAHINE, IBRAHIM ELIAS – UOB
2nd place: FRAGOULIS, VASILIS – NTUA
3rd place: KARAGIANNIDIS, PAVLOS – NTUA

WOMEN’S TENNIS

1st place: MPOTSA, MARIA – UOA
2nd place: XYROGIANNI, ELENI – NTUA
3rd place: KAPELA, ALIKI – NTUA

MEN’S TABLE TENNIS

1st place: ANGELAKIS, KONSTANTINOS – NTUA
2nd place: ZERVAS, NIKOLAOS – NTUA
3rd place: TSIFTSIS, CHRISTOS – UOA
3rd place: TSAPOGAS, CHRISTOS – NTUA

WOMEN’S TABLE TENNIS

1st place: MARKARIAN, ANNA – HU
2nd place: BOUSHAHEEN, RODAYANA – HU
3rd place: PARLA, ANTHI – UOA
3rd place: MPOULGARI, MARIA – AUA

MEN’S SWIMMING

Team standings

1st place: NTUA – National Technical University of Athens
2nd place: AUA – Agricultural University of Athens
3rd place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

Team standings

1st place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
2nd place: AUA
3rd place: —

MEN’S 100M FREESTYLE

1. KARELOS, CHRISTOS – NTUA
2. ARVANITIS, LOUKAS – NTUA
3. DERESKOS, GEORGE – NTUA

WOMEN’S 100M FREESTYLE

1. KIRILI, ANASTASIA – ACG
2. MOULAKI, STEFANIA – ACG
3. —

MEN’S 50M BUTTERFLY

1. KARELOS, CHRISTOS – NTUA
2. DERESKOS, GEORGE – NTUA
3. PAVLOPOULOS, DIONISIS – AUA

WOMEN’S 50M BUTTERFLY

1. LEKKOU, SOFIA – AUA
2. KIRILI, ANASTASIA – ACG
3. ––

MEN’S 100M BACKSTROKE

1. PAVLOPOULOS, DIONISIS – AUA
2. SARMIKASOGLOU, STATHIS – AUA
3. ––

WOMEN’S 100M BACKSTROKE

1. TOMOU, KATERINA – ACG
2. ––
3. —

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The Legacy of Arthur Christopher & the 2016 International Sports Festival

Deree recently hosted the ACG 2016 International Sports Festival, welcoming almost 500 student-athletes from 8 universities from Greece and abroad. Over 46 team matches, and 120 individual matches were played during the four-day festival organized by the Office of Athletics of Deree, ranging from soccer, basketball, and volleyball, to tennis, table tennis, and swimming.

This year’s festival was a double celebration, as the ACG community gathered to commemorate the 40 years Arthur Christopher spent at Deree as its visionary Athletic Director (1972-2012), during which he created an extremely successful program, inspired by the high-quality athletic standards of US colleges. While he lived in Greece, Christopher played professional basketball in AEK Athens, he was a member of the Greek national team, and he furthered his career as one of the top Greek basketball coaches.

Arthur Christopher was presented with the recognition award during the ACG 2016 International Sports Festival awards ceremony, where the Deree Gym Court’s brand new name was also unveiled: The “A. Christopher Court.” A small token of appreciation, always there to remind future generations of his vision and hard work, his warm character and his tremendous ethos.

“This award is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life, but… the way I felt on the day I received it, it is even more important to me than the award itself,” said Christopher. “There was an outpouring of affection, respect, and recognition of an effort… But that effort wasn’t me specifically- it was a team effort; it was the administration, my staff, and also the thousands of student athletes that went through the program… So, I accepted this award and recognition on behalf of all those people as well.”

Reminiscing about his time at ACG, Christopher said one of his fondest memories is “the day-to-day contact I had with the students, they have a tendency to keep you young!” In the context of the International Sports Festival and the importance of such opportunities, Arthur Christopher said, “I really enjoyed the international trips that we made. Over the years, we made 11 trips and had the opportunity to see different cultures… Trips have the capacity to allow for better bonding with not only the students, but the staff also. There’s a bonding, a camaraderie there that you just don’t get on a day-to-day basis.”

Participating Universities

  1. UOB – University of Balamand
  2. LAU – Lebanese American University
  3. HU – Haigazian University
  4. ACT – American College of Thessaloniki
  5. UOA – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  6. NTUA – National Technical University of Athens
  7. AUA – Agricultural University of Athens
  8. AUEB – Athens University of Economics and Business
  9. Deree – The American College of Greece

Results

Fair Play Award
Karagiannidis, Pavlos / NTUA – National Technical University of Athens

MEN’S SOCCER

1st place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
2nd place: HU – Haigazian University
3rd place: LAU – Lebanese American University

MEN’S BASKETBALL

1st place: NTUA – National Technical University of Athens
2nd place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
3rd place: AUEB – Athens University of Economics and Business

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

1st place: UOA – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
2nd place: AUEB – Athens University of Economics and Business
3rd place: NTUA – National Technical University of Athens

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

1st place: NTUA – National Technical University of Athens
2nd place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
3rd place: UOB – University of Balamand

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

1st place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
2nd place: UOA – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
3rd place: AUA – Agricultural University of Athens

MEN’S TENNIS

1st place: Aboue Chahine, Ibrahim Elias – UOB
2nd place: Fragoulis, Vasilis – NTUA
3rd place: Karagiannidis, Pavlos – NTUA

WOMEN’S TENNIS

1st place: Mpotsa, Maria – UOA
2nd place: Xyrogianni, Eleni – NTUA
3rd place: Kapela, Aliki – NTUA

MEN’S TABLE TENNIS

1st place: Angelakis, Konstantinos – NTUA
2nd place: Zervas, Nikolaos – NTUA
3rd place: Tsiftsis, Christos – UOA
3rd place: Tsapogas, Christos – NTUA

WOMEN’S TABLE TENNIS

1st place: Markarian, Anna – HU
2nd place: Boushaheen, Rodayana – HU
3rd place: Parla, Anthi – UOA
3rd place: Mpoulgari, Maria – AUA

MEN’S SWIMMING

Team standings

1st place: NTUA – National Technical University of Athens
2nd place: AUA – Agricultural University of Athens
3rd place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

Team standings

1st place: ACG – Deree – The American College of Greece
2nd place: AUA
3rd place: —

MEN’S 100M FREESTYLE

1. Karelos, Christos – NTUA
2. Arvanitis, Loukas – NTUA
3. Dereskos, George – NTUA

WOMEN’S 100M FREESTYLE

1. Kirili, Anastasia – ACG
2. Moulaki, Stefania – ACG
3. —

MEN’S 50M BUTTERFLY

1. Karelos, Christos – NTUA
2. Dereskos, George – NTUA
3. Pavlopoulos, Dionisis – AUA

WOMEN’S 50M BUTTERFLY

1. Lekkou, Sofia – AUA
2. Kirili, Anastasia – ACG
3. —

MEN’S 100M BACKSTROKE

1. Pavlopoulos, Dionisis – AUA
2. Sarmikasoglou, Stathis – AUA
3. —

WOMEN’S 100M BACKSTROKE

1. Tomou, Katerina – ACG
2. —
3. —

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Recognition Award to Mr Arthur Christopher

During the award ceremony, we had the great pleasure of having with us Mr Arthur Christopher whose contribution to the College was recognized by naming the Deree court after him.

Mr Arthur Christopher served for forty (40) years, from 1972 to 2012, as Athletic Director at Deree and started and developed an extremely successful program, comparable with those of US colleges. During his stay in Greece he played professional basketball in AEK Athens, was a Greek national team member and after his playing career, one of the top Greek coaches. At Deree, he is – and will be – well remembered and respected for his vision, hard work, character and ethos.

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ACG 2016 International Sports Festival

During the four days of the ACG 2016 INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL held April 7-10, we enjoyed great effort and amazing performances from almost 500 student-athletes in Men’s Soccer, and Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Table-Tennis, and Swimming.

Forty-six (46) team, and one hundred and twenty-one (121) individual matches have been played,

So THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to:

  1. UOB – University of Balamand
  2. LAU – Lebanese American University
  3. HU – Haigazian University
  4. ACT – American College of Thessaloniki
  5. UOA – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  6. NTUA – National Technical University of Athens
  7. AUA – Agricultural University of Athens
  8. AUEB – Athens University of Economics and Business

Last but not least,

THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS

To our Deree – The American College of Greece student-athletes!!!
And of-course a big thank you to the staff of the Office of Athletics for their hard work!!!