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Rania Assariotaki, ACG Sustainability Manager, talks to CSRnews.gr about the ACG Waste Reduction and Recycling Campaign

In a recent interview on the e-magazine CSRnews.gr, Rania Assariotaki, ACG Sustainability Manager at the Office of Public Affairs, talked about the ACG Waste Reduction and Recycling Campaign which was launched in October 27th 2017.

Ms. Assariotaki also discussed about the sustainability and social responsibility strategy and philosophy of the College by stressing the importance of focusing equally on all three sustainability pillars (society, environment, economy).

Read the full interview here.

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Deree welcomes its new SNF scholars

On Thursday December 7, Deree – The American College of Greece held a special event to welcome the Fall Semester 2017 Stavros Niarchos Foundation scholars. In a crowd-filled Student Lounge, Dean of Admissions Lucy Kanatsoulis addressed the opening remarks and introduced the new students to the Vice Presidents of the Departments before giving the floor to the President, Dr. David Horner. Upon welcoming the new scholars, President Horner urged them to make the best of their university years, to learn how to operate in an international environment, to acquire international work and study experience, and to equip themselves for the life challenges that await them. 

SNF scholars are high-performing Greek public university students who choose to pursue a parallel degree (minor) at Deree. Commenting on his decision to pursue a minor in International Relations at Deree, Aristeides Aggelopoulos, also a Marketing student at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), said that it will be a great opportunity to gain as much as he can from his studies in order to start the career of his dreams. A student at the Athens School of Law, Paris Tsoutsis chose to do a minor in Finance at Deree as it will be very important for his future career; he also mentioned that the majority of his fellow students at the Athens School of Law are also Parallel students at Deree.

Currently, 611 students are pursuing a parallel degree at Deree with many of them having received scholarships through the Stavros Niarchos Foundation scholarship program. For the academic year 2017-18 SNF will offer 84 scholarships to support talented Greek university students by covering a significant percentage of their Deree tuition. Through the Parallel Studies Program, students have the opportunity to attend typically 6 US-accredited and EU-validated courses in a specific discipline, while concurrently pursuing their Greek public university degrees. This opportunity allows Parallel students access to the much sought-after international private sector as well as a wide range of academic and career options within Greece.

 

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Dancing their way to success: Deree students Demy Papathanassiou and Konstantinos Anastasiadis make us proud with their achievements

“I don’t consider myself a disabled person; I am just a person walking in crutches. That’s the way I am, and it is not going to change, but I am not different. Perhaps, through my example, I can help other people to evolve and learn to never give up. That’s what I think about this day: as an opportunity to show someone something they have not thought about yet.” says Demy Papathanassiou, Dance student at the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Sunday, December 3.

Demy was interviewed in ελculture.gr in relation to the Onassis Cultural Center’s (OCC) special event held on Sunday, called idance, on the access of individuals with disabilities to culture, an event which she was part of. Demy is the first person with disabilities to have been accepted for a BA in Dance at Deree, and describes her experience as a life-changing one! She also spoke about the positive support she has received from the Dance faculty and her fellow-students to pursue her chosen career.

What’s more, last weekend, one of our Level 6 students Konstantinos Anastasiadis was selected to present his choreographic work –developed within the BA modules– at the Dancehouse Lefkosia Dance Gate, Cyprus, NO_BODY/ MOVING ON Festival. And all this in only the second year of the Deree Contemporary Dance Practice program!

Congratulations Demy and Konstantinos, we are proud of your remarkable achievements and are wishing you the best of luck in your next steps!

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The Deree – ACG Simulated Trading Room

Where high-end technology meets a real-world trading experience

In 2007, a trading microstructure workshop at Baruch College, City University of New York served as an inspiration and model for the construction of a simulated trading room on ACG campus. Ten years later, a state-of-the-art trading room unique in its kind in the region of Southeastern Europe comes to life, true to ACG’s vision to provide transformative education to its students and to help reinvigorate Greece through education and knowledge.

Behind this project are the combined efforts of several ACG constituents, Faculty and Administration, supported by the significant funding of USAID making this vision a reality.

A unique training and research opportunity

The ACG Simulated Trading Room is built to offer its students a real-world trading experience. This state-of-the-art trading room, that will be operating both as a classroom and a laboratory as of Spring 2018, is expected to broaden students’ knowledge of financial services, encourage and enhance student and faculty research output, increase employability of ACG graduates, as well as promote awareness of the global financial markets in Southeastern Europe. The ACG Simulated Trading Room aims to provide students with unique training in Greece and a competitive edge in the domestic and international job market.

Establishing ACG as a leading technological hub                 

Besides serving teaching and research purposes, the ACG Simulated Trading Room will further enhance the academic reputation of the American College of Greece by establishing it as a highly sophisticated technological hub. Moreover, it is expected to attract highly qualified faculty, alumni, and donors, and to become involved in collaborations with firms and other academic institutions. Overall, the Simulated Trading Floor provides a real sense of technological sophistication, bringing financial markets to the students’ fingertips through cutting-edge software and hardware.

The technology

Recreating a professional financial environment, the ACG Simulated Trading Room is supported by the latest trends in technology featuring:

  • 25 PC stations with dual monitors
  • 2 Interactive Ultra short throw projectors
  • Instructor document camera
  • High definition PTZ conference camera
  • Satellite TV
  • 4 (65”) TVs
  • Integrated sound system with wireless instructor microphone
  • 27 feet Full Color LED Ticker display with access to stock information
  • Full high speed wireless connectivity
  • Video conferencing

The Simulated Trading Room will also operate a number of software programs, among which:

  • Bloomberg
  • Thomson Reuters EIKON database (formerly Datastream)
  • NASDAQ Morning Star
  • TRADEREX (or other trading-for-educational purposes platform)
  • Palisade
  • Rotman
  • STATA
  • SPSS
  • Matlab
  • Eviews
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Deree Corporate Internship Recognition and Networking Event

On Monday, November 20, over 50 students were honored for successfully completing internships at leading companies in the fields of tourism, technology, automobile, communications, marketing, legal and financial services, and more. The event – organized by the Offices of Career Services, Development and Alumni Relations, in collaboration with Student Affairs – was also held in honor of the companies who gave our students the opportunity to take their first professional steps as interns. Moreover, in the second part of that special evening, our young and talented professionals had the opportunity to interact and network with representatives from the above companies.

Thanks to Deree’s strong engagement with the local and international market students, and its 53,000-strong network of alumni all over the world, Deree students enjoy increased possibilities to land a job suitable to their profile, studies, and talents. Suffice to say that from June 2016 to September 2017, through the Office of Career Services, 170 students have worked in more than 80 leading companies as interns.

“My internship at the U.S. Embassy changed my life” said Ippolyti Chatzi, who majored in Psychology at Deree. “They trusted me with their work and offered me a job in the middle of my internship. In a collapsing Greek reality, they showed me respect, opportunity and open doors instead of brick walls. They convinced me that what you dream, you can truly achieve and they inspired me to go after the life I want for myself. My internship at the U.S. Embassy was the most powerful, stimulating and developing experience I was blessed to have, so far. And I am always going to be grateful and loyal to both institutions for all they have given me.”

Deree and its people have also played a significant part in the students’ success as interns. “The Office of Career Services guided me all the way through the application and interviewing process […]. But probably its most important contribution was its academic environment that always pushed me to improve and seek for new opportunities and challenges”, said Lefteris Dafermos in his speech, parallel student pursuing a minor in Finance at Deree. “Now looking back on my experience after two years I can only hope that this wonderful internship scheme will continue to exist; that the ACG students will enjoy this inspiring and insightful experience and the partner institutions will benefit from the drive, dedication and enthusiasm of the motivated and hardworking students.”

Congratulations to our students and wishing them the best of success in their future steps as professionals!

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4th Underwater Beach Cleaning at Lagonisi

On Saturday, November 4, the 4th annual Underwater Beach Cleaning event took place in Lagonisi. The Office of Athletics – Outdoor Recreation area organized the event in cooperation with the municipality of Saronikos. Six volunteer divers, Deree students and staff, participated and worked on the removal of dozens of kilos of garbage from the bottom of the sea in the area of Lagonisi. The garbage removed was extremely diverse, including pieces of plastic, fishing gear, pieces of sunken vessels, and various other items, and highlighted the importance of underwater beach cleaning. All of the garbage that was retrieved was photographed, recorded, and properly disposed of. The municipality of Saronikos and its representatives expressed their gratitude by offering the divers snacks and beverages after the dive. All participants were awarded with certificates of appreciation signed by the mayor.

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One day at Deree

CNN Greece visited Deree for a day and they were amazed by the life on Campus, the variety of the educational programs, and the amazing facilities. They met with students, professors and administration staff and recorded their everyday campus life… in one day!

Read the article here.

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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