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Not to be missed!

There are at least three reasons to be at Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall on June 26: Το enjoy the performance of a talented musician, to share his vision of bringing classical music to the most remote areas of our planet, and to support the charity "Keys of Change" and the ACG Scholarship Fund. Panos Karan (PIERCE '00) is not only an outstanding pianist with three solo recitals at Carnegie Hall among others, but also a visionary who deeply believes that everyone is entitled to the gift of music.  Panos founded "Keys of Change" to bring music to people all over the world. On June 26, we will have the opportunity to see images


and hear stories from his musical travels around the globe and, of course, enjoy the recital: The first part of the program will consist of the Bach/Liszt Prelude and Fugue in A minor followed by the Liszt Sonata in B minor. In the second part Panos will join forces with flautist Zach Tarpagos who has also travelled with "Keys of Change" to Japan. Ticket sales start on May 17 and you can book your seat via the Athens Megaron box office and website.

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Frances Rich Endows School of Fine and Performing Arts

In October 2012, The American College of Greece received the largest gift in its 137 history from renowned artist Frances Rich (1910-2007).  Rich’s gift, made through her estate, has been allocated to an endowed fund in her name to support ACG’s School of Fine and Performing Arts.  To date the College has received almost $2 million from Ms. Rich’s estate as well as numerous works of art by Rich and others.  The School of Fine and Performing Arts will be named in her honor.

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PIERCE Class of 1993, May 15, PIERCE Theater, 8 pm.

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“Give education a spin!”


The ACG Bike-A-Thon ended with a surge of warm school spirit when ACG alumnus Dimitris Politis (DEREE ’90) rode his bike onto campus on April 11. ACG students accompanied Dimitris up Agiou Ioannou Street on the last leg of his six-day 800-klm ride through all kinds of terrain and weather conditions (it rained heavily most days) from Thessaloniki through Ioannina and Patras to our beautiful campus. Dimitris took a week off from his family and banking position in Switzerland and paid all expenses for this Bike-A-Thon out of his own pocket in order to help raise money for scholarships for ACG students at a time when demand for financial aid is skyrocketing due to the deep crisis afflicting Greece. His remarkable effort was recognized and rewarded: by April 23 the Bike-A-Thon had raised 15,000 Euros and contributions are still being made (click HERE to make yours). To read more and see pictures and videos visit

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New programs

ALBA just launched three new programs: MSc in Risk Management, MSc in Shipping Management and the Double Masters for Lawyers in collaboration with the University of Reading, School of Law. Read more or, even better, join us for one of the upcoming information sessions (May 15 and June 10).

SFPA at Art-Athina

DEREE’s School of Fine and Performing Arts (SFPA) will participate in Art-Athina 2013 with “Athens/Urgent,” a curated exhibition of works that have been produced during the last two years through a creative collaboration between faculty and students. “Athens/Urgent” will be presented as part of the Platform Project @ Art-Athina, May 16-19, Tae Kwon Do, P. Faliro. For more info please visit

London Calling

Hosted by President David G. Horner, the cocktail reception to be held at the London Hilton on May 16 is a perfect opportunity for ACG alumni living in the UK to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones working in London, and learn about ACG international programs. This year’s special guests are the 2013 ACG/Libra International Internship & Study Abroad Students-young men and women that best exemplify how much our Institution has to offer! Register now or, for further information, please contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 2106009800, ext.1308.

Musical Explosion


One ticket, four venues, 32 groups and musicians from all over the world–the Plisskën Festival is here and from May 16 to 19 Athens explodes with music! To find out more about the artists, the days of each concert and ticket prices, please visit and you will be impressed by the variety of music genders (genres)  and cultures represented. The Plisskën Festival, however, is even more than that, as it aims to sensitize the public to worthy environmental and charity causes. DEREE will be participating with an art installation featuring costumes made out of recycled materials and environmental activities.

verdonJohn Verdon is one of those people who love change and is good at everything new he tries: As a young man he worked as a stunt-man in theme parks, became an expert in martial arts, sports cars and motorcycles, and, later excelled as an advertising writer and executive. He then devoted 10 years to building furniture and finally left New York to discover the beauties of nature and writing mystery novels. Already a best-selling author, John Verdon will be discussing “Deception, Discovery and the Thriller Novel” at a much awaited event organized by The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences of DEREE and Dioptra Publishing.  May 17, 6 pm, JSB Library. Reserve your seat now!

Camp @ ACG


Children (6-12 years old) and teens (12-15 years old) love our day camp, because they can combine a day full of sports and other fun activities with the comforts of home. PIERCE Summer Camp offers a wide range of activities on ACG’s impressive campus, so it is no wonder that our young “campers” come back year after year! To see for yourself, visit with your children Summer Camp Open House on May 25 from 11 am to 2 pm and chances are you will register on the spot!

Music Week

DEREE Music Society’s Music Week will take place from May 27 to 31. Join us for workshops, special lectures and performances.


The Best Business Plan

It is an honor for ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece to be hosting this year the 21st edition of the European Business Plan of the Year Competition (EBPYC), which was jointly created by INSEAD and London Business School in 1992 to encourage the teaching of entrepreneurship and the creation of new ventures. After 10 editions, it became an independent foundation jointly owned by the participating schools. Learn more about this important institution, which this year will take place on May 31 & June 1.
How to…

Improve your relationships, learn to love your body, find your personal style, stop feeling stressed–in other words, how to improve your life. These issues and many more will be discussed by Greek and foreign experts in “Better Life Day”, which will be hosted by ACG at the PIERCE Theater on June 1, from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm. A “networking party” will follow! To learn more and buy your ticket please visit
Feeling Well

Mental health will be at the epicenter of the scientific, cultural and athletic events organized on campus June 6-8 by DEREE in collaboration with E.Π.Α.Ψ.Υ (Εταιρεία Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης και Ψυχικής Υγείας).
STARTUP Live Athens

After last year’s success, the ALBA Hub for Enterprise and Development will once again host STARTUP Live Athens (June 7-9) focusing on sustainable entrepreneurship in the key economic sectors of the Greek economy such as tourism, agriculture, education, health and manufacturing. Visit and register.
“Dare to Dream”…

The students of the Musical Theater Performance Skills Class invite us to “Dare to Dream” and enjoy
the homonym musical with an original script created by the class which incorporates a selection from contemporary and classic musicals and well known Pop and Ballad pieces. June 12, 8.30 pm, PIERCE College Theater. For more info, please call 210 6009800, ext. 1456

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Success Stories

We all know that PIERCE and DEREE alumni are successful and contributing members of society – now we can learn more about them through “ACG Alumni Success Stories”, an electronic library featuring alumni profiles. Each week one or more alumni stories will be displayed on the home page and then they will be listed in the permanent electronic library.

It’s Twins !

ACG and the American Collegiate Institute of Izmir have signed an official twinning agreement establishing closer bonds between the two historic schools who share common roots. Read more.

New Subjects Available

Starting Fall 2013, the DEREE Graduate School will be offering five new master’s programs in psychology and communication all in accordance with the School’s commitment to offer programs that demonstrate the critical link between learning and its application in the real world.
Mini Loves Art

Designed by our student Sophia Iliana Georgiadi, the DEREE Mini Art Car made quite an impression at the “notnormalopening” of the new autoshop on 438 Mesogion Avenue, which is the only auto display in Greece exclusively devoted to Mini. After Ms Georgiadi’s design received the most “likes” on Facebook, it was applied on an actual Mini. The result was impressive!

A Beautiful Tradition

Alumnae from the ‘50s and ‘60s look back at PIERCE Bazaar as one of their fondest school memories and this year we were very happy to see it revived thanks to the initiative and hard work of a group of dedicated members of PIERCE class of 1958. The Bazaar, which was once again held on PIERCE campus coinciding with the annual PIERCE student Open House, raised 5.000 Euros in support of ACG’s Scholarship Fund and opened the way for the reestablishment of a fine tradition.
Get the message through

“Effective Communication Campaigns” will be the subject of the third seminar of the Spring 2013 Seminar series of the Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs. The Seminar will be delivered by Institute Director Andreas Andrianopoulos and will commence on June 5. For registrations, contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at 2106009800, ext.1332 or send email at [email protected]


Emmanuel Papadopoulos was among the ten vocal students selected from 220 applicants to participate in the Lyric Opera and Lied Masterclass with the internationally acclaimed soprano Marlis Petersen. The Masterclass, sponsored by Megaron Friends of Music Society, “Art Campus” program, will take place this July (8-14) at the European Cultural Center of Delphi. Emmanuel is a music scholarship student at DEREE.
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It is again the time of year that most of us wish we were more fit before making an…appearance at the beach! ACG Fitness Program comes to the rescue! Sign up now and make exercise a part of your daily routine. Discounts for alumni range from 15% (for Pool, Fitness and Tennis specific programs) to 25% (for Full Members program). First and second year alumni enjoy an impressive 50% discount. A 10% discount is offered to all alumni who enroll their children in the Tennis, Volley or Swim Academy programs.

An International Campus

DEREE hosts students from 54 countries, thus creating a multicultural environment, which benefits foreign and Greek students alike. In the words of Tess Dilorio from Naperville Illinois “Coming to a foreign country by myself not only made me a more solid person, but it has given me the courage to keep taking risks in my life…It was one of the best decisions I have taken in my life so far.” Read more.

repower Repower Greece

How often do high school students have the chance to meet foreign ambassadors, ask them pointed questions and have a frank and open-minded discussion? If they study at PIERCE, opportunities such as this arise much more often than one might imagine! Such was the case with the event PIERCE co-organized with the international public diplomacy campaign REPOWER Greece led by DEREE alumnus Alexandros Costopoulos:
A group of six high school students discussed with the Ambassadors of Germany and Austria and Giannos Gramatidis, the President of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce, the challenges faced by Greece, Germany and the Eurozone. The discussion, which took place at PIERCE Theater last month, was moderated by journalist Sophia Papaioannou, also a DEREE alumna.
On Stage

Over 600 theater lovers enjoyed the four performances of “Perceptions” given at the Black Box Theater in April by the Theater Arts Department. The play is based on texts by Carol Churchill, Sarah Kane, and Tom Jones as well as on texts which developed during rehearsals.
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