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Now available for all android phones and soon for iPhones, as well. With PIERCE and DEREE apps, alumni are always just a click away from our school! User-friendly and full of useful information, both apps can be downloaded for free. Read more.

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Elina Yiannopoulou - Harper
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A proud and grateful PIERCE College alumna shares in her own words why PIERCE is so important to her and why she believes it is worthy of support.

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PIERCE Class of 1983, April 24, PIERCE Theater, 8.00 pm

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PIERCE Class of 1973, Monday Jan 21, 2013

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Zumbathon @ DEREE Gym
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Smyrna has a special place in the heart of every Greek with ancestors from Asia Minor. The Greek-American Valantis Stamelos was one of the many that grew up listening to great grandparents talk about their life in one of the most beautiful, rich, and artistic cities of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The stories stayed with him and became an important part of his identity, so much, that the former producer for MTV Networks decided to move to Izmir and build another branch of Crescent Street Films. The documentary feature film "Hello Anatolia" is directed by Stamelos with the executive production of the Greek America Foundation and Gregory Pappas. This is their first Turkey-based project and it follows Stamelos' reconnection with his ancestry while exploring modern day Izmir.
When working on the film, Stamelos lived across from the site of the American Collegiate Institute of Smyrna, the school from which PIERCE derived, and so thought it appropriate that "Hello Anatolia" premiers at PIERCE. ACG welcomed the idea and scheduled the screening during the annual celebration of Founders' Day. Admission is free, yet reserve your seat now as the "journey" is sure to be an interesting and touching one! March 19, 6.30 pm, 7th level Auditorium.
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"Montmartre" on Campus
A whole month full of art: From March 5 to April 5, the Arts Festival, organized by the School of Fine and Performing Arts at DEREE, will host events, seminars, presentations and workshops from all fields of art –music, theater, visual arts, dance. For the program please visit, call 2106009800, ext.1456, or e-mail at: [email protected].

Executive Development
With the inspiring motto "In a spinning world, leaders are eager to learn!", ALBA has announced its Open Seminar Schedule for March and April.

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For years, professionals from business disciplines were urged to "think out of the box". Now, they are called to abandon the "box" altogether, as the strained business reality demands a fresh mind-set. ACG's Business Week Forum will discuss precisely that ("Thinking Without the Box: Reshaping Business Reality") from the 11th to the 14th of March at ACG's John S. Bailey Library. This year's keynote speaker is Professor Henrik Scharfe of Aalborg University, one the 100 most influential people in the world last year, according to Time Magazine. Register now!

Social Responsibility Series
Open to CSR professionals, the inaugural event of ALBA's Social Responsibility Series is scheduled for March 13 and focuses on the "Dissemination of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Information and Activities".

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…and see for yourself why ALBA is such an intriguing academic environment. On Saturday, March 30, prospective graduate students may join the "Be an ALBA Student for a Day" program to get a firsthand experience and explore their career options. [email protected]
Αvailable to iPhone users, and shortly to Android users as well, the ALBA app keeps us in touch with campus life, informing us about all upcoming events, info sessions, executive seminars, scholarships etc. Download free now!

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Devote Sunday, March 31, to get to know this unique School. Visit the impressive campus, study the curriculum, find out how PIERCE operates, what its ideals are and explore the many possibilities of financial aid. As a non-profit organization committed to providing educational opportunities to talented students, PIERCE welcomes applications for scholarships and financial aid for excellent students who are facing financial difficulties. In the 2012-13 school year 83% of these requests were met.

Green, the Color of Hope
The 2nd Sustainability Week will be organized by ACG, April 1-6. This year's general topic is "Green Economy, Green Jobs and Education" and its goal is to examine how we can evolve from where we are now to a more sustainable society and economy. Read more.

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Hip-Hop groups from Greece and Cyprus will meet on April 6, from noon to 10 pm, at DEREE gym and compete for a ticket to Vegas, where the finals of the Hip-Hop International Competition will be held. Last year's competition was sold out and this year's event is expected to attract an equally large crowd, as the audience will have the chance to enjoy the performance not only of the teams, but also of the judges who are stars of the Hip-Hop scene. For more information and tickets visit

"Strategy and Innovation"
The Social Media Conference 2013, to be hosted at ACG, comes with yet another exciting topic and internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, who have left their mark on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Organized for the third year in a row by Boussias Communications and the magazine Marketing Week, the Conference will deal with "Strategy & Innovation optimizing Rol across networks" and the speakers will present exciting real-life examples to illustrate their points. April 9, PIERCE Theater, 9 am-5 pm. To participate, please call Mr. Kiosses at 2106617777 or e-mail him at [email protected]. ACG alumni will enjoy a 20% discount.

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On campus we know him as Professor of Economics Dr. Arouh, but on April 11 the stage belongs to his alter ego, Epikouros. The multifaceted and multitalented Albert Arouh recently wrote "Νέα Ελληνική Κουζίνα" and, on the occasion of its publication (by Ikaros), the author and other members of the DEREE faculty will be discussing "Sublime Food: Τhe Poetics and Realities of Gastronomy". Read more.

They say you never really know someone until you have visited his home. PIERCE wants everyone - parents, students, friends - to get to know our unique school and what its student community enjoys, learns and accomplishes. This is what the annual Open House is all about! This year there is double cause for celebration, as it coincides with the PIERCE Bazaar, an old PIERCE tradition now revived by alumni of the School in support of the PIERCE Scholarship Fund. April 12-13. Don't miss it!

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Alumni Success Stories

We all know that PIERCE and DEREE alumni are successful and contributing members of society – now we can share their stories and learn more about our fellow alumni through a new project that will feature alumni profiles on the ACG website. Each week, one or more alumni stories will be displayed on the home page and then they will be listed in a permanent electronic library. Please click here to view the first of many such profiles.

Get your Life back!

If you've seen it once, it stays with you, because the message is clear and powerful. The latest TV social message against smoking is not the creative work of experienced advertisers, but of two 15-year-old girls! PIERCE students Anthi Kokkinou and Erica Zaharopoulou, with the supervision of their teacher Chyrsoula Barabouti, won first place in the Panhellenic Contest for the production

of an ad against addiction organized by the Ministry of Health. Their work, titled "Get your Life Back", has been broadcasted since January.

TNC 2013 conducted in Athens

The Negotiation Challenge (TNC) is a prestigious international event that brings together students from law and business schools across the world to compete against each other in realistic team negotiation situations. Launched in 2007 as a joint project of students and doctoral candidates from HHL
(Leipzig Graduate School of Management) and Harvard Law School, TNC will take place in Greece this year: April 5-7 at the ALBA Graduate Business School at ACG and the theme is "You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist" (Indira Gandhi). If you want to learn more, please visit and if you would like to volunteer and join the "Angels" Team, please e-mail: [email protected]

Full House

More than 700 wanted to see how Mark Mazower, this year's Kimon Friar lecturer, would tackle the topic "A New Age of Extremes? Historical Reflections on the Politics of the Present Crisis". Fortunately, even those who didn't find a seat in the packed PIERCE Theater, were able to follow the lecture online and even pose questions. The well known author, Professor of History at Columbia University and commentator on current affairs for major newspapers, was introduced by Dr. Haris Vlavianos, Professor of History and Political Science at DEREE, who also monitored the discussion that followed. Read more.

A Helping Hand

PIERCE students are participating in "Volunteer of Knowledge", a program which educates adults over the age of 50 in the use of computers. Organized by NGO and non-profit organization 50+ Hellas, the program started last June at PIERCE fully equipped labs and it went so well, that the organization gave awards to the first group of student instructors in an event that took place at Zapeion Megaron in September. For more info please visit

Amazing Facilities

It really would be a shame for our alumni not to take advantage of ACG's athletic facilities–especially with such favorable rates: A 25% discount is offered to alumni for all ACG Fitness Full Membership Programs and a 15% discount on Pool, Fitness and Tennis Specific Memberships. For first and second year alumni, the discount reaches an impressive 50%. For more information visit

Frozen Planet

The current environmental situation on the Arctic and the Antarctica was vividly illustrated on February 5, as Dr. Mark Brandon shared with the audience his experiences and videos recorded on the Poles. Dr. Brandon, Environmental Science senior lecturer at The Open University and DEREE Academic Reviewer for the Sciences, served as the scientific expert for the BBC-Open University co-production of a television series under the title Frozen Planet, which will be shown shortly on SKAI Channel.

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