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2017 Deree Relay Marathon

A BIG thank you and congratulations to all Deree students and ACG Faculty and Staff who participated in the 17th Deree Relay Marathon, held on November 9.

The 2017 winners are:

BEST TIME – TEAM: Fitness Center (3h51’26”)
2nd Flying Turtles (4h48’25”)
3rd Deree Soccer Stars (5h05’45”)

BEST TIME – MEN: Tetoros, Elia (14’46”)
2nd Dilintas Iasonas (14’56”)
3rd Katsaridis Markos (16’17”)

BEST TIME – WOMEN: Manta Anna – Maria (17’41”)
2nd Mandila Dafni (17’59”)
3rd Askepidou Vasia (18’00”)

Special thanks to our student volunteers whose help and contribution was very important to the success of the event.

See you next year!

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“Education Unites: From Camp to Campus”

An academic scholarship program for young refugees in Greece

“We are really pleased to work with people who have potential but need some support to see that potential realized in the future.” – President Horner on reviving hope, building a future and empowering refugees through the “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” program.

The goal of the program is to give opportunities to displaced students to continue their education; provide them with knowledge, skills and academic credits they can use either in Greece or in any other European country they move to in the future; help them get out of the camps and become integrated in local colleges; and offer young refugees hope for the future.

The program is the result of the collaboration between the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Deree – The American College of Greece, the American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College, and Perrotis College – American Farm School.

It offers two courses per student for the two semesters (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018) in the three U.S. affiliated colleges in Athens and Thessaloniki. The courses offered include preparatory English classes, academic classes in diverse fields based on the participants’ educational background, as well as vocational training.

During the first week of October, 78 young refugees started their academic studies as part of the “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” scholarship program.

After reviewing over 400 applications and interviewing dozens of refugees and asylum seekers, the three U.S. affiliated colleges selected the first group of students who began their academic studies. For the first semester of the academic year 2017-2018, 48 students have started classes at Deree, Athens, 14 students at The American College of Thessaloniki, and 16 more students at the Perrotis College in Thessaloniki.

For application and admissions information, please contact:

Deree – The American College of Greece: Kathleen Macdonell, Consultant, tel: 2106009800 (ext. 1511), email:kmacdonell@acg.edu | www.acg.edu/education-unites

American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College: Mona Siksek, Coordinator, tel. 2310 398-346 | email: msiksek@act.edu | www.act.edu/education-unites

Perrotis College – American Farm School: Ms Penna Leighanne, Education Unites Coordinator, tel. 2310 492-702 | email: newstart@perrotis.edu.gr | www.perrotiscollege.edu.gr/new-start-project/

Deadline for applications: November 24

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Deree Student Christos Gionas-Kontos Chosen to Perform at the National Piano Festival 2017

It is with pride that we announce that our student, Christos Gionas-Kontos, after his audition in July, has been selected to perform at the National Piano Festival 2017. This is the first time that the Festival will take place in Athens, and the melodic sounds of the piano will downpour both stages of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The National Piano Festival which will take place on November 18-26 at the Greek National Opera in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, is an important musical event organized by the Greek National Opera in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Piano Festival.

The festival’s rich program includes two concerts by the Piandaemonium ensemble consisting of six pianos and twelve pianists, five recitals of distinguished soloists with international careers, and concerts by such young artists as Christos.

Christos will perform Prelude in E major, Scriabin’s Fantasie Op.28, 15 Little Variations by N. Skalkotas, and Ballade no.4 by Chopin, on Sunday, November 19 at the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
About Christos Gionas-Kontos

Christos Gionas-Kontos, born in 1993 in Athens, is a Hellenic American Educational Foundation alumnus, and a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. In 2016 he received his Piano Diploma with Distinctions from the Musical Horizons Conservatory accompanied by Betty Gaitanou Barzouka. During his musical studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia, he studied piano with Stephen McIntyre.

Christos has actively participated in several Piano Masterclasses and has won First Prizes at the Unesco Panhellenic Piano Competition in 2016, and the X.O.N. National Piano Competition in 2015, as well as a Third Prize at the Dionysia Trust Piano Competition in 2011. He has given performances at the Greek Contemporary Music Festival 2017 in Chios as well as the Musical Meetings Festival 2017 in Naxos; has also made pianistic appearances at the Michalis Kakogiannis Foundation, the Cultural Foundation of Tinos the Mozarteum Summer Academy, and the Lilian Voudouri Music Library.

Learn more about his upcoming performance here: http://bit.ly/2xP9SCy

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Recycling Event

On Friday, October 27, students, faculty, and staff, gathered at the Deree Main Corridor to put their recycling skills to the test and up their expertise, in a fun atmosphere.

With the International Campus Sustainability Month in full swing – and our new recycling bins placed all around campus – a Waste Reduction and Recycling Campaign has been initiated, with the October 27th Recycling Event being the first in a series of activities and events that will run during the course of this academic year across Pierce, Deree, and Alba.

Seeing the excitement on the faces of members of the entire ACG Community who had come to participate and learn more about recycling, as well as the effort and time they took in order to properly recycle on the spot, was truly inspiring. Besides the interactive recycling exercise, the participants also seized the opportunity to take the ACG Sustainability Pledge and turn these simple actions and behaviors into a daily habit and lead a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible life. Because ACG Cares!

The activity was organized by the Center of Excellence for Sustainability at the Office of Public Affairs, in collaboration with: the ACG Offices of Operations and Technical Services, the Adjunct Preceptor of Environmental Studies, Maria Vitoraki, the Environmental Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Society, and the Deree Student Government.

For those who could not attend the event, there is a comprehensive list of useful waste reduction and recycling guidelines on the Sustainability@ACG website. And if you want to have some fun while also educating yourself, you can play the ACG Sustainability Game!

Stay tuned for the Waste Reduction and Recycling Campaign future events and similar sustainability initiatives. Get Involved!

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U.S. Ambassador in Athens Mr. Geoffrey R. Pyatt visits “Education Unites” refugee students at Deree’s Downtown Campus

On Tuesday, October 24, the 48 refugees attending the “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” program at Deree – The American College of Greece, welcomed a special guest at the Downtown Campus: the U.S. Ambassador in Athens Mr. Geoffrey R. Pyatt.

Ambassador Pyatt arrived a while before noon in a crowd-packed campus, where he was received by the President of the American College of Greece, Dr. David Horner. The two men visited the classrooms where the introductory English courses are held and spoke with the 48 students who received the “Education Unites” scholarships.

The refugees had the chance to share their experiences and everyday challenges as displaced individuals but also to express their gratitude for this unique chance they have been given to continue their studies and fulfill their dreams.

“Having left the horror of the war – and all that we have lived for the past two years – behind us, it is very important to be able to dream of a future again” said one Pakistani student. “I am deeply grateful for the chance I have been given to continue my studies and to be able to stand on my own two feet. The war was the worst thing I have experienced. The only thing that interests me now is the future; and for the first time in a long time I can dream of it again” added a young female student from Syria.

Mr. Pyatt, in turn, expressed his pride for this initiative while he assured the students that “this program is only the beginning”. The “Education Unites” curriculum comprises introductory English courses as well as courses in various fields based on the knowledge and professional training of the students.

“Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” is an initiative by the U.S. Embassy in Athens, in collaboration with Deree – The American College of Greece, Anatolia College – The American College of Thessaloniki, and Perrotis College – The American Farm School of Thessaloniki.

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Get Involved and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Because ACG Cares!

Did you know that in Greece we only recycle 17% of our overall municipal waste when the average in the EU is 32%? (European Environment Agency, Nov.2016)

With the “International Campus Sustainability Month” in full swing and our new recycling bins placed in several spots around our campus, the ACG – Center of Excellence for Sustainability at the Office of Public Affairs is initiating a Waste Reduction and Recycling Campaign, in an effort to raise awareness and to guide you towards successful waste reduction and recycling daily practices!

The campaign kick-off will take place on Friday October 27th with an interactive, fun exercise at the Deree Main Corridor, from 13:00-16:00. Our awareness efforts will run throughout this academic year and will be followed by select initiatives across all campuses (Pierce, Deree, Alba). Start by testing your knowledge through a quick digital sustainability game on our website, find useful tips and guidelines and/or follow us on social media.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling campaign will be implemented in collaboration with the ACG Offices of Operations and Technical Services, Adjunct Preceptor of Environmental Studies, Maria Vitoraki, the Environmental Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Society, the Deree Student Government, and the Pierce Student Governments.

So, join us and help increase the overall percentage of recycled material! Together we can have a significant impact on and off campus!

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Men’s Water Polo Win the First Trophy of the Season!

The Deree Fall 2017 Water-Polo Tournament took place on October 14-15. Participating in the tournament were Deree Men’s Water Polo team, Nireas Chalandriou, Olympiada Petroupolis, and APOEL.

Over the course of the weekend, the Men’s Water Polo Team managed to win the first trophy of the season despite of how competitive the tournament was, due to the high performances of the other teams!

We would like to thank all the participants and especially our fellow team players of APOEL, Cyprus for their participation and excellent performance!

Results

Saturday, October 14

Olympiada – Nireas = 8-14
Deree – APOEL = 14-13

Sunday, October 15

Deree – Nireas = 13-9
APOEL – Olympiada = 12-8
Deree – Olympiada = 19-7
Nireas – APOEL = 15-11

Congratulations to all the teams!

 

 

 

 

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“Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” scholarship program for young refugees starts at Deree

On Monday, October 9, dozens of new students gathered at the Downtown Campus Auditorium to attend the Fall semester orientation of 2017-18. The occasion was a special one, as these young people were refugees, recipients of the Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” scholarships.

The Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” program is a joint initiative by The U.S. Embassy in Athens, in collaboration with Deree – The American College of Greece, Anatolia College – The American College of Thessaloniki, and Perrotis College – American Farm School of Thessaloniki. The goal of the program is to give opportunities to displaced students to continue their education; provide them with knowledge, skills, and academic credits they can use either in Greece or in any other European country they move to in the future; help them get out of the camps and become integrated in local colleges; and offer young refugees hope for the future.

The program will offer two courses per student for the 2017-18 Fall and Spring semesters in the three U.S.-affiliated colleges in Athens and Thessaloniki, and the courses will include preparatory English classes, academic classes in diverse fields based on the educational background of participants, as well as vocational training.

In an emotional atmosphere, Dean of Enrollment and International Students, Lucy Kanatsoulis was the first to welcome the students before introducing Eleni Alexaki, Senior Cultural Affairs Specialist at The U.S. Embassy in Athens, who expressed her excitement to see the start of the program. Dean Kanatsoulis then gave the floor to Vice President of Enrollment and Administration, Dimitris Andreou. Upon introducing the organizational heart and soul of this project, Cathleen Mcdonnel, VP Andreou described the “Education Unites” initiative as “a dream come true” and took the opportunity to speak of ACG’s refugee origins and its ability to thrive at times of adversity. Expressing his sincere hope that this program will bring “a happy note” to the students’ lives, he also urged them to enjoy Deree’s facilities and stay here for as long as they wish.

In her equally heart-warming speech, Matilda Chatzipanagiotou, Dean of Students, welcomed the newcomers and expressed her honor that The American College of Greece will be serving them, reminding them of an essential ACG precept: that it is a community where each person’s identity, race, and religion are safeguarded and respected.

Dr. Susan Stetson-Tiligadas, Director of Language and Culture Programs at Deree, introduced the students to the English language preparation program while English professors Maria Sfakianaki and Artemis Michael elaborated on the details of the program’s courses.

The students were also acquainted with the IT technology resources available at ACG and the full range of Deree’s academic policies and support services, before enjoying a lunch break where they had the chance to discuss daily life at Deree with their Orientation Leaders!

Wishing these talented young individuals the best of success with their studies and their future careers!

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B-in-EU Jean Monnet Module launching event at Deree

On Tuesday, October 3, Deree – The American College of Greece hosted the much anticipated launching event of B-in-EU, the EU co-funded project run under ERASMUS+ Jean Monnet Module scheme, implemented at Deree, and coordinated by Associate Professor Dr. Anna Visvizi.

The aim of the B-in-EU project is to promote novel approaches to teaching European integration to business students, equipping them with the special skills and knowledge about the EU, thus turning them into dedicated EU citizens and advocates of European integration.

In the crowd-packed space of the Upper Level Library, the Provost, Dr. Thymios Zacharopoulos and Dr. Anna Visvizi welcomed the guests and elaborated on the project before giving the floor to the event’s keynote speaker, Mrs. Anna Diamantopoulou, former Minister of Education and EU Commissioner, and current president of “To Diktio” – Network for Reform in Greece and Europe. An equally motivating panel discussion ensued, featuring Dr. Marta Pachocka, Jean Monnet Module Eumigro, Mr. Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, and Professor Anna Moni, moderated by Ms. Lillian Psylla.

In her inspirational speech, themed The imperative for a shared future in an unpredictable world”, Mrs. Diamantopoulou discussed Europe’s main challenges and prospects for the future. Through the centuries, the European continent has been one of blood, wars, among which two World Wars. Now, it is a continent of democracy and peace. Sixty years since its founding Treaty, said Mrs. Diamantopoulou, the European Union can take pride in a unique achievement; that of being the most formidable case of peaceful transnational cooperation in human history. Sadly, the EU is faced with a polycrisis: the Eurozone crisis, Brexit, the refugee and migration crisis, security challenges, and the rise of nationalistic and illiberal forces.

Mrs. Diamantopoulou stressed the need for leaders who will work for Europe and see beyond the national interest, and identified the three global forces that will shape its future in the long run: the rapid demographic change; the dominance of digitization and automation; and the challenges to Europe’s competiveness caused by such emerging economies as China. To survive, Europe will have to invest in innovation and in developing the industries of the future, as well as tackle two major issues, i.e. the government model and the security issue.

On the matter of the Greek crisis, Mrs. Diamantopoulou maintained that Greece, despite its competitive advantages, still needs the EU to stay afloat and that we shouldn’t put our EU participation in doubt.

Speaking of the Erasmus+ program, Mrs. Diamantopoulou described it as the most successful and popular EU project to this day. Designed to combat social inequality and nepotism, and to promote universality, equality for all, and academic excellence, Erasmus+, through its €14.7 billion budget, offers opportunities to over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.

“Politics is to participate in a movement” concluded Anna Diamantopoulou, speaking of Diktio, the think tank on reform she has established, which is also currently running an Erasmus+, Jean Monnet Program. Diktio is a not-for-profit, think-and act-tank working towards consensus and against polarization. It aims to foster the concept of European citizenship as well as support and strengthen Greece’s European identity.

Congratulations to all B-in-EU Ambassadors, whose commitment, hard work, and team spirit, made the launch of this important event possible!

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Deree Study Abroad Student Zach Wierschem wins the “Generation Study Abroad Voices” Video Challenge 2017 by IIE and New York Times in Education!

“When refugee children sang me a song of peace and friendship in the midst of being forced from normal life is the moment I realized that life goes on. And such moments would not have been possible without my Study Abroad experience.”

The above words belong to Zach Wierschem, Study Abroad student and this year’s ACG Global Citizenship Award recipient, who recently won the International Institute of Education (IIE) and the New York Times in Education “Generation Study Abroad Voices” Video Challenge 2017!

The International Institute of Education is a prestigious organization that has been advancing international education across borders. Established in 1919, in the wake of World War I, by Nobel Peace prize winners Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Columbia University, and Elihu Root, former Secretary of State, and Stephen Duggan, Sr., Professor of Political Science at the College of the City of New York, IIE had a very clear mission since its very beginning: “A peaceful, equitable world enriched by the international exchange of ideas and greater understanding between people and cultures.” Nearly a century – and over 700 people – later, IIE remains committed to its work of furthering all aspects of international education, including studying abroad.

Sharing the same vision – that traveling and experiencing the world is key to a young individual’s future success – Deree, through its Study Abroad Program, offers students such life-changing experiences as Zach’s story. “Study abroad is so formative and crucial to creating the next generation of global citizens”, admits Zach who was majoring in Finance at Marquette University, Milwaukee, before his Study Abroad semester at Deree – The American College of Greece. It took one trip to Greece, and Deree, to awaken him to his true calling. Coming to Athens and seeing the refugees was enough to change his focus from stocks, loans, suits, and the world of high finance, to compassion, compassion, compassion – and his major, from Finance to Innovation and Entrepreneurship!

“I believe my experiences with refugees and having the world as my classroom have prepared me well for the entrepreneurial profession” says Zach who ascribes to Deree his transformation “from a business savvy capitalist into a compassionate young entrepreneur seeking to empower others using the same business principles in the classroom” and plans on launching a startup with micro-loans for people in poverty.

Congratulations to Zach Wierschem for his inspiring vision, courage, and humanitarian work, and wishing him luck with his future plans!

To see the video that landed Zach the 2017 IIE and New York Times in Education Global Citizenship Award, click here.