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Vol03 May-June 2012
The American college of Greece

Touch Base


The bimonthly e-newsletter issued by the Office of Alumni Relations & College Events
and the Office of Development

"TouchBase" with your school, your former classmates, your fond memories

and stay informed about events and major developments at ACG.

We invite you to be part of it all once again!

Coming Up

Arts Festival


The newly founded School of Fine and Performing Arts at DEREE celebrates its establishment by organizing a Festival between May 7 and June 2 that will bring together all its programs: Music and Music Performance, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts and Dance. Read more

Master Class

Distinguished pianist, conductor and pedagogue Dimitri Toufexis will be giving a piano master class on May 11, 5.30-9 pm, at the PIERCE Theatre. The Professor's master class will be free and open to the public. Pianists who wish to register to participate please contact the Music Department Head Leslie Jones at [email protected]

Pick up the ball!

Pick Up The Ball

PIERCE alumni don't miss the chance to end this week with a very special athletic event –Friday, May 11, at 5 pm meet your friends and former teammates at PIERCE Sports Homecoming and enjoy a good game of basket, soccer or volley. Join now!

or call 210 6009800, ext.1370

Deadline Approaching!

A few days remain until May 11, the deadline for submitting applications for entrance exams for PIERCE. Prospective students will be tested in the English language (May 26 for First Gymnasium and June 21 for the other classes) before getting the opportunity to become a member of the PIERCE family.

Graduate Programs

Information sessions on all graduate programs of ALBA Graduate Business School at ACG are regularly held. Faculty and staff offer guidance in choosing the right program and answer questions concerning course content, admissions requirements, scholarships, etc. Next session on May 16 at 6.30 pm at Piraeus Marine Club, Akti Miaouli 51. Register

...Not Chili Peppers

But just as exciting: The Redhot & Blue Choir of Yale University will perform at the DEREE 7th level Auditorium on May 18 at 6.30 pm. The event is open to the public and parking will be available.

Globetrotting Hotelier

Diplomats & Doormats

Peter Alatsas, Complex General Manager of The Romanos at Costa Navarino, is a man who has travelled and worked all over the world coming in contact with different world philosophies and cultures. The thoughts and experiences of this exciting journey are the subject of his latest book "Diplomats and Doormats- A Hotelier's Odyssey" which will be presented Friday, May 25, at 6 pm at the Upper Level of JSB Library. Read more

Test the Water


Next to ACG's impressive pool at the Aghia Paraskevi campus, on May 26, meet the people that make PIERCE Summer Camp such a big success. From 11 am to 2 pm, Summer Camp Open House welcomes parents and children to walk the premises and learn about all the exciting activities of this day camp.

Literary Tradition


For the 17th year in a row, the Kimon Friar Lecture will be given at ACG. Professor David Ricks will be speaking on the topic "Kavafi and the Global Translation Markets". Wednesday, May 23, 7-10 pm at the John S. Bailey Library Upper Level. The event is open to the public and parking will be available.

See you at...court!

tennis court

Don't miss ACG's 1st Alumni Tennis Tournament! Open to ACG and ALBA alumni, staff and faculty, it will take place May 25-27. Sign in by Friday, May 18. For further info call 210 6009800, ext.1370.

First time in Greece

The Global Summit of Women, also known as "Davos for Women" for its economic focus and the caliber of its participants, each year brings together women leaders in business, government & nongovernmental organizations for a three-day forum which this year is held in Greece. Taking advantage of the unique opportunity, AGC organizes "The Legacies of Women", a forum in which select members of the Summit will be sharing their knowledge and expertise. Wednesday, May 30, 6.30 pm, at DEREE. Admission is free, but seats are limited so reserve yours, at 2106009800, ext.1107, [email protected]

Υour number is coming up!


PIERCE Reunion, Class of '52,

Wednesday June 6 2012, 12.30, Plaka Building

PIERCE Reunion, Class of '02,

Monday June 18, 2012, 8.00 pm

See all 2012 reunions

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Gifts Of Note

"A Debt Repaid"

A few days after the June 30th 2011 reunion at Hellinico, Ms. Ourania Veneti crossed the gate of the Aghia Paraskevi campus, visited the Office of Development and donated $10,000 – a significant part of her annual pension income - "in support of PIERCE students." Ms. Veneti told members of the ACG staff that in doing so she felt she was repaying "a debt she owed PIERCE".



News @ ACG

Alumni in National Elections

Find out which fellow ACG alumni will be candidates in the upcoming elections.

Window of opportunity


At trying times, ACG offers its students and alumni an invaluable tool: access to "Going Global", a database with 80,000 pages of career and employment resources to facilitate finding jobs and internships both at home and abroad. Soon GoingGlobal will be available to everybody on campus and, in a second phase, passwords and user names will be given to all ACG alumni.

For more info call 210-6009800, ext.1380

Discounts for ACG Alumni

ALBA Graduate Business School, the new member of the ACG family, offers special discounts and benefits for ACG alumni both for the academic programs and executive development. For more info visit and

History and Memory  

Muslims leave Greece 1923

Exciting lectures, interesting points, images that evoke strong emotions. The one-day conference on the Asia Minor refugee experience had it all and the interest displayed by the ACG community proves once again that the population exchange is a historical event that continues to move us. The conference was held on March 27 and organized by Alexander Kitroeff, associate professor of History at Haverford College who is the current holder of the Venizelos Chair at DEREE.


The image is from Maria Iliou's (PIERCE 78) documentary "Expulsion and Exchange of Populations (Turkey-Greece 1922-1924)" which drew large crowds at the Benaki Museum and was screened at the closing of the conference

Powerful Bond

For over half a century the American Women's Organization of Greece (AWOG) and ACG have worked together for the benefit of education.

The affinity of the two institutions was once again underlined when AWOG chose DEREE to host its general assembly in March. President Horner presented AWOG President Silva Gitsas-Pourliakas with an honorary certificate and Ioulia Tomara,

a junior majoring in Marketing at DEREE, was honored with the 2011-12 AWOG Award

for academic achievement. Read more

We had a blast!

PIERCE Open House

PIERCE Open House is always a special day for the ACG community as we get to enjoy the full spectrum of the school's activities. The numerous events organized on April 28 came to reaffirm what a creative, stimulating and fun environment

PIERCE really is!

For a good cause

Easter crafts made by the children and young adults of the Sikiarideio Foundation were sold on campus by DEREE alumna Ms.Sofia Kamareta, a representative of Sikiarideio which is an open care training center for young people with intellectual and learning disabilities.


Were you there?

Alumni Event in New York

ACG hosted the presentation "Advancing the Legacy, 137 Years as Agents of Change in Turbulent Times & Crisis" before a large audience of alumni and friends at the Eventi Hotel on Sixth Avenue. The event took place on March 9 and opened the College's Board of Trustees Meeting.

Business Week 2012

Yet another successful Business Week with many prominent speakers attracted large audiences of students, alumni, faculty and staff.

James Nass at ACG

The experienced advertiser and head of LOWE Athens gave a lecture on businesses' social media communications strategy concentrating on international cases where attempts to utilize Facebook and Twitter backfired.Read more and watch the video here.

DEREE Reunion

More than 400 alumni of DEREE classes '81- '85 reconnected back on campus on Friday, April 27. Enjoy the photos!


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