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Vol04 July-August 2012
The American college of Greece

Touch Base

"Anatasis" by Athena Politopoulou-Karsten

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

"Touch Base" 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!

News @ ACG

1.7 Million € for Student Aid

For students who are committed to higher education, ACG makes DEREE education affordable. Acknowledging that the economic crisis has left few families untouched, ACG has earmarked 1.7 million Euros for financial assistance packages that are personalized to match each student's needs.

Congrats Class of 2012!

The graduates of PIERCE class of 2012 made us proud with their outstanding results on the Panhellenic examinations. Of the 111 graduates, 61 achieved "Arista", excellent; 18.1 and above on their high school diplomas. 95% of the students succeeded on their Panhellenic exams and will enter their first choice university department. It is important to note that 10% of the students will continue their university studies abroad, in the UK, U.S., and Canada. Read more

Fee or Free?

"...your scholarship is just a letter away", promises ALBA Graduate Business School at ACG inviting students to fill in a form at to find out, even before enrollment, whether they are eligible for a scholarship or financial aid.

New appointment

Claudia Carydis - Benopoulou

Join us in wishing Claudia Carydis - Benopoulou (PIERCE '81, DEREE '84) every success in her new responsibilities as Vice President, Public Affairs and Executive Director, Alumni & Parent Relations. In her new role as Vice President of Public Affairs, Claudia will lead the College's general government relations as well as specific initiatives (e.g. degree recognition, campus development, student visa processes, academic internships, military deferral). She will continue in her current role with alumni, adding a new focus on parent relations for PIERCE and DEREE, in coordination with the College's Office of Development led by Vice President of Development, George Triantaris.

Fabulous Five

One doesn't expect people to get emotional when dealing with the economic prospects of women globally and yet the audience of the international "Legacies of Women" forum at DEREE was sincerely moved. In the context of the 22nd annual Global Summit of Women, held for the first time in Greece, five successful women entrepreneurs spoke of their impressive careers offering much more than facts and figures –they shared with the audience their personal history, concentrating on the social and cultural obstacles they faced and their determination to overcome them.
Read more about the speakers and the 22nd annual Global Summit of Women in which top DEREE Business students had the opportunity to participate.

Care for the Environment

excursion to Lousios

Τhe whole ACG community - faculty, staff and students - was involved in the numerous events that took place in the 1st Sustainability Week (April 23-28) organized by the ACG Center of Excellence for Sustainability. The focus was on water resources, energy and waste management and the issues were approached through lectures and exhibitions, as well as theatre games, a meditation session and an excursion to Lousios.

DEREE Magazine Online

More interactive and up-to-date, DEREE Magazine is now online. In its first "issue" read about Crime and the Financial Crisis, Entrepreneurial Faith and more.


Anatasis by Athena Politopoulou - Kargsten

Inspired by the archaic "korai" of Greek antiquity and so appropriately named "Anatasis", the awards designed by sculptor and PIERCE alumna Athena Politopoulou - Kargsten are presented to alumni that have excelled in their field at the bi-annual ACG Alumni Awards Benefit Dinner. As of May 17, the original marble sculpture is part of ACG's Art Collection following the artist's kind donation. "Anatasis" was unveiled by President Horner and has found its permanent place at the main level of John S. Bailey Library.

VALs in action

Tasos Mikroulis

The active ACG Alumni Group in New York seems to be organizing one event after another: In April they enjoyed the production of "Four Dogs and a Bone" starring the promising young actor and DEREE alumnus Taso Mikroulis (DEREE '05), and in May they gathered at Ethos Gallery restaurant for an informal dinner that allowed them to meet and connect with other alumni. The driving force behind these stimulating events is VAL Christina Economou (PIERCE '99, DEREE '02).

Heritage Greece 2012

Heritage Greece 2011

For the third year in a row ACG had the pleasure to welcome US students of Greek descent introducing them to the civilization of ancient Greece and to its contemporary lifestyle. In an effort to re-connect students with their heritage, the US-based National Hellenic Society has created a fully complimentary educational and cultural summer program working closely with DEREE to make it happen. This year the program ran from June 14 to June 25 with the participation of 25 US students and 10 Greek students who volunteered to join them making sure they enjoyed all activities of the program.

Trustees meet in Greece

The members of ACG's Board of Trustees meet without fail once a year in Athens to discuss the Institution's strategy and goals. This year ACG welcomed the Board in June and the visit was an especially productive one."Harold O.Levy, a trustee of The American College of Greece, gave an interview to Kathimerini newspaper discussing global trends in Education and his views on the future of ACG."

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

Aiming at the highest quality education in liberal arts and sciences, The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is a partnership of 26 select universities and colleges from 14 countries. ACG is a proud member and between June 22 to 24 hosted the Alliance's meeting which was attended by 70 top educators from around the world.

Hats Off!

commencement 2012

DEREE knows that Graduation is a very special moment for graduates and their families and has always treated it as such. True to ACG's tradition, commencement was held on Saturday, June 30, under the stars at the Track & Field at the Aghia Paraskevi Campus. The honorary degree recipients of Commencement 2012 were 3 individuals known internationally for their careers in business and sense of social responsibility: Ms Νiki Goulandris,

Mr Theodore Papalexopoulos and Mr Peter Thun.

Spread the word about DEREE

As an alum, you can serve a key role by referring potential students to DEREE.

New Meeting Point on Campus

"Μέλι Γάλα" (Meli Gala) is the new snack bar operating June and July at the ACG pool from Monday to Friday, noon to 10pm and weekends, noon to 7pm. It offers light snacks and drinks for a relaxing break to the members of the ACG Fitness Program and the swimming academies.

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Gifts Of Note

ACG Celebrates Launch of Innovative Internship Program that Places Students Around the World



Coming Up

Dance the Night Away

Dance the night away

Don't miss a special night of music, dance, and romance with the Dueto Tango (DEREE alumnus Spyros Moschopoulos –piano, Lefteris Grivas-bandoneon) and tango dancers Gina Nikolitsa and Fabian Ballejos. It will take place on Wednesday September 28, 8.30 pm at the Irene Bailey Open - air Theater –check out the next issue of "Touch Base" for more info.

Υour number is coming up!

PIERCE Reunion,
Class of 1992, November 7, 9 pm @ PIERCE Theater
PIERCE Reunion,
Class of 1962, December 5, 12.30 pm @ Plaka building
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Check out all the action, the MVPs, and the good shape we are still in!

ACG Alumni Tennis Tournament

Organized for the first time at ACG, the Tournament, was met with enthusiasm.

PIERCE Class of 1952 Reunion

PIERCE Class of 2002  Reunion


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