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A DEREE Communication Society Conference


Tuesday, 26 February

10:50 Pursuing a Career in the Field of Public Relations

Elena Savva, PR Specialist, began her PR career as an account executive at Publicom/Hill & Knowlton. She went on to head BBDO Group Greece’s PR agency, IKON Porter Novelli, a post she held for a decade. She has served on the management committee of the PR sector of the Hellenic Association of Advertising and Communication. Ms. Savva holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from DEREE College.

12:15 Challenges in Covering the Greek Financial Crisis

Constantinos Davlos, Journalist, Skai Television, holds a degree in sociology from DEREE College and a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Leicester. He has spent most of his career as a television news economics reporter. A baseball fan, he turned in a 1.000 fielding average playing for the Greek national team in the 2011 World Cup. Mr. Davlos’s athletic interests have also included horseback riding, windsurfing, skiing and water skiing. Off the field, he plays the cello, guitar and drums.

Odysseas Katsaitis, Head of the Department of Economics, DEREE College, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Athens and PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia. After teaching at New York University for a decade, he joined the DEREE faculty in 1991. Dr. Katsaitis’s work on applied econometrics has appeared in a number of international academic journals.

Nikos Pirounakis, Professor of Economics, DEREE College, is a financial analyst, consultant and journalist. He holds a BA from DEREE College, MSc from the University of Strathclyde, and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. He has written for newspapers and journals such as Economicos Tachydromos, e-Kathimerini, To Vima, Touristiki Agora, Eleftheros Typos, Idiotiki Asphalisis, and The Glasgow Herald. His books include The Greek Economy: Past, Present and Future, and Real Estate Economics: A Point to Point Handbook.

13:40 Κουβεντιάζοντας για το θέαμα (in Greek)

Michalis Papanikolaou, Director and Author, attended the University of Athens Medical School for three years before financial hardship forced him to earn a living doing manual labor. He later studied theater and film, and made his first film in 1967. He has written numerous Greek film scripts and directed over a dozen films himself, for which he has won awards in Greece and other countries. He has staged over 100 plays and has over 3,000 hours of television and radio broadcasts to his credit.

Wednesday, 27 February

10:50 Do not Forget Me Istanbul: Directing Across Borders

Stergios Niziris, Director, Writer and Producer, received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Patra and his MSc in mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He studied cinema directing at the Chatzikou School in Athens and cinema at Westminster University. Mr. Niziris has directed, written and produced several films, starting with Miracles on Alexandras Avenue in 1998. More recently, he wrote and directed the segment Half Moon Strangers in the film Do not Forget Me Istanbul.

13:40 Nurturing Brands

Stathis Georgiadis, Marketing Communication Consultant, is the director of g360 Integrated Marketing Communications Consultancy, which provides strategies for creating strong consumer brand perceptions. He has worked as an account manager at Y&R Athens and in client services at Y&R New York. Mr. Georgiadis is co-founder of CETT Productions. He holds an MA in communication from Ithaca College and a BA in communication from DEREE College.

Thodoris Nikolakopoulos, Marketing Communications Strategist, is a member of the communications team at g360, and has also worked as a media planner for Initiative Planning in Athens. Mr. Nikolakopoulos has a BA in communication from DEREE College and an MA in marketing from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Thursday, 28 February

10:50 Independent Journalism: What Is It and Why Do We Need It?

John Psaropoulos, Journalist, started his career writing for The European in 1992. He went on to work for CNN in Atlanta, where he did his first broadcast reporting. Returning to Greece in 1999, he ran the Athens News for a decade. Today he reports for Al Jazeera English, PBS NewsHour, The Daily Beast and National Public Radio. Mr. Psaropoulos studied classics at King’s College, London. He is married to the poet A.E. Stallings, and they have two Argonauts, Jason and Atalanta.

12:15 Will There Still Be a Need for Journalism in 2020?

Pavlos Tsimas, Journalist, Mega Channel, presents the investigative current affairs program Erevna. He has a law degree from the University of Athens, but practiced law only briefly before turning to journalism. He has served as a political news editor at Rizospastis and as director of the newspaper Proti, the magazine Tachydromos and the radio station 902 Left on FM. Mr. Tzimas has hosted many talk shows and current affairs programs since making his television debut on Mega Channel with To Milo tou Eridos in 1993.

13:40 How the Internet Has Demolished an Industry and Set the Written Word Free

Thodoris Georgakopoulos, Journalist, has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Athens and has worked as a reporter, magazine columnist, translator, text editor, and digital media manager. He writes for online and print media about books, technology, people, politics, and anything else that seems interesting. Mr. Georgakopoulos is co-founder of digital media startup Nest Media. Since 2006 he has published three books. His latest, February, was published in July.

Friday, 1 March

11:15 Content Is King, Community Is Queen

Thomas Varvitsiotis, President, V+O Communication, has extensive experience in communication, strategic planning and media relations, and has consulted companies in Greece and the US. He was a journalist at Eleftheros Typos, and published the international affairs magazine Emphasis. Mr. Varvitsiotis has a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is president of the Fletcher Club of Greece and vice president of the Lambropoulos Foundation.

13:15 Why Do We Need History?

Paschos Mandravelis, Columnist, Kathimerini, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Athens and a postgraduate degree in media studies from the New School for Social Research. He has worked for several newspapers and magazines and published several books, including My First Computer and Below Zero: Four Comments on the Crisis. Mr. Mandravelis is a member of the Greek journalists’ union and the Greek Society of Economists, and a past member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

14:15 Film: The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

An American biographical drama about the rise of pornographic magazine publisher and editor Larry Flynt, and his subsequent clash with the law. It spans 25 years of Flynt's life, from his impoverished upbringing in Kentucky to his court battle with Reverend Jerry Falwell, and is based in part on the US Supreme Court case Hustler Magazine v. Falwell. 129 minutes

Director: Milos Forman

Writers: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton

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DEREE & PIERCE alumni with a post graduate degree are eligible candidates for 10 six-month placements in various companies in Luxembourg offered by the Bodossaki Foundation under the patronage of the Embassy of Luxemburg in Athens. Application files should be submitted no later than January 15th, so, if interested, read more about the conditions, selection criteria and process below.


  • Greek nationality
  • Preference for economic, trade, financial business, life sciences or political  studies, etc.
  • Age: maximum 32

Practical arrangements

The placement will be granted by the Bodossaki foundation. This will cover travel fees (a return air ticket to Luxembourg or the equivalent), accommodation (800€ per month) and a monthly allowance of 500€. The trainees could also receive an additional amount from the company that will employ them.  The amount of money given by the Bodossaki Foundation will not be reliant to the amount given by the company. The employer will be solely responsible for setting up the training program including the insurance of the trainee. It should also be provided assistance to find accommodation.

Selection Process

  • The Bodossaki Foundation will make a public announcement on August/September. A committee formed by representatives of the Embassy of Luxembourg, the Bodossaki Foundation and possibly the Luxembourgish companies will select the trainee. The application file should be in English and contain a CV, a copy of the degrees, a personal statement explaining the reasons of participation to the program and a recommendation letter. The file should be sent to the Bodossaki Foundation by interested applicants no later than the 15th of January 2013. Results should be announced in February 2013. 
  • The Luxembourgish Chamber of Commerce could assist the Embassy and the Foundation in finding companies in Luxembourg that will be interested in welcoming the trainees. The final choice will be made by the committee according to objective criteria (interest of the company to the Greek market, quality of the proposed placement program).
  • The Embassy and the Foundation will work closely together to ensure the most efficient running of the selection procedure.

Selection Criteria

  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of German/French is required for some of the placements.
  • A first degree and a master’s degree relevant to the offered position
  • Advanced Computer skills
  • Team Spirit and ability to adjust in an international environment.
  • Good communication, networking and writing skills.
  • Ability to deal with multi-disciplinary tasks and capacity to respond rapidly to a variety of diverse tasks.

Obligations of the trainees

  • The trainees would commit themselves to the normal obligations in this position which means respect for the Luxembourgish legislation, correct behaviour within the company and respect for the rules of confidentiality imposed by the company.
  • The trainees will be requested to send to the Bodossaki Foundation and the Embassy of Luxembourg in Athens a two or three pages report about their experience, with their comments and possible suggestions for the future organization of the program, no later than two months from the completion of the placement.

Obligation of the company

The company will provide a placement program in conformity with the Luxemburgish social regulations including health insurance and insurance for labour injuries. At the end of the contract no financial or other responsibility should be further imposed on any partner of this program.

Applications Deadline

A comprehensive application file will be sent to the Bodossaki Foundation no later than the 15th of January

Bodossaki Foundation | Leoforos Kifissias 26 & Paradisou 2 | 15125 Maroussi Tel: 3222042

For more information:

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GRADUATE MASTER CLASS: “Journalism in a New Media Age”

A guest lecture by Bill Grueskin

Dean of Academic Affairs; Professor of Professional Practice

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Tuesday 15 January 2013, 18:00-20:00 Upper Library Level

DEREE – The American College of Greece Aghia Paraskevi Campus- 6 Gravias Street

To reserve your place, please contact Ms Maria Kritikou via e-mail: [email protected] or telephone: 210 6009800 ext. 1210

Bill Grueskin is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online, the largest subscription news site on the Web. Grueskin began his journalism career in 1975 as a reporter and editor at the Daily American in Rome, Italy. After completing graduate school, he worked as a reporter and editor at the Baltimore News American and The Tampa Tribune. In 1985, he moved to The Miami Herald and eventually became city editor, where he oversaw the paper’s local coverage of Hurricane Andrew. The paper’s overall coverage of the storm won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for public service. Grueskin joined The Wall Street Journal in 1995 as an editor of Page One; he was named deputy Page One editor in 1998, responsible for such coverage areas as the changing stock market, welfare reform, race and business, and the internet economy.

In June 2001, he was named managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online. He oversaw the staff in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. During his tenure at The Online Journal, the number of subscribers doubled to more than one million. The site also introduced numerous features, including blogs, interactive graphics, podcasts and a robust video platform. In 2007, he was named deputy managing editor/news for the Journal, overseeing 14 domestic news bureaus, and combining the print and online news-editing desks in New York and New Jersey.

In May 2011, Grueskin co-authored “The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism,” a report that examines online traffic and engagement patterns, emerging news platforms, pay walls, aggregation and new sources of revenue. Grueskin has also lectured internationally about ethics in new media. He has served on various community boards, and also has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror in the public-service and features categories.

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LIBRA group parthners with ACG

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

On June 1st ACG celebrated the innovative LIBRA Internship program through which DEREE students spend up to a year abroad on a specially designed internship at one of the Libra subsidiaries and a semester at a partner school in the US or the UK.

George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group, and the inspiration behind the newly created Libra Internship Program at The American College of Greece, visited the Aghia Paraskevi campus to address students, alumni, faculty and staff about the origins of the program. Mr. Logothetis' remarks explaining the reasons he and his family established the program and his call to others in a position to help to act on behalf of Greece and Greek youth were inspirational.

Mr. Logothetis pointed out that "everyone has a duty to help; helping is actually doing things, and we all have a duty to help, however we can." This belief in helping others has resulted in a program that provides transformational experiences for ACG students, the impact of which will be felt for many years to come.

In a special citation, ACG President David G. Horner thanked Mr. Logothetis for his belief in the College and support of its students.

Guests also learned how the program operates, viewed video testimonials from some of the 10 students on assignment around the world, and met the 2013 interns.

June 2013


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Hello Anatolia screening

The American College of Greece, as part of the celebration of Founders Day 2013,
invites you to the premiere screening of


Hello Anatolia


A Documentary Feature Film
by Greek American filmmaker Chrysovalantis Stamelos


Hello Anatolia

7th Level Auditorium
The American College of Greece

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 6.30 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the filmmaker following the screening.

 Click here for the film trailer

Hello Anatolia follows its creators’ reconnection with his Asia Minor ancestry through the
exploration of neighborhoods, interviews, and his immersion into the land’s art and culture.
Stamelos breaks down barriers between two cultures with a centuries-long history of feuding,
and also builds a bridge from the Aegean to the US. The film was produced by Crescent Street
Films, LLC. Executive Produced by Greek America Foundation and Gregory Pappas.


For more information contact us at: 210 6009800, ext. 1109

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Two Permanently Endowed Scholarship Funds, Established at Deree by Prominent Greek Business Woman Mrs. Ioanna Arvanitis

Students from the Northern Peloponnese regions of Aigialeia and Kalavryta are the primary beneficiaries of a new scholarship program at Deree – The American College of Greece that will provide full tuition scholarships for qualified students, financed through a generous gift by prominent Greek business woman Mrs. Ioanna Arvanitis.

Arvanitis’ gift, which established the “Constantinos and Anneta Arvanitis Scholarships”, is one of the most significant in the recent history of The American College of Greece, a non-profit educational institution. According to President David G. Horner “these scholarships will greatly improve our ability to attract and educate talented students with limited means from these regions and we are deeply grateful to Mrs. Arvanitis for this very generous gift.”

The gift comes at a time of great distress in Greek society, when more and more students require financial aid in order to acquire a quality education. Vice President of Development George Triantaris applauds Mrs. Arvanitis’ foresight in making this gift, “since the College’s founding in 1875 alumni and friends from Greece and abroad have provided essential support that enabled countless students to achieve an education that would not otherwise have been possible. This gift furthers a tradition that we need to expand.”

In an interview, Mrs. Arvanitis made it clear that her gift – named in honor of her parents Constantinos and Anneta – was born of her conviction that “we exist in this world so that we can be useful – and we do things because they are worth doing and not because we will gather praise for doing them.”

Of course, noble causes abound, especially at a time of crisis, but Mrs. Arvanitis said that she chose to help educate young people because she shares her late father’s conviction that education is the only means to elevate people.

Mrs. Arvanitis came to know DEREE better when her son, George Karaouzas – Arvanitis, enrolled at the College. He graduated in 2010 with a B.Sc. in management and continued on with his studies at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City. His proud mother declares herself a believer in the American model of higher education followed by DEREE: “I truly believe that the American system fits best with the Greek temperament” she says. By sending her son to DEREE, she wanted him to “do what he really wanted and what suited him best, in an environment that would not disappoint him or make him feel that the only thing that will make him happy would be a diploma rather than the knowledge and the experience that go with it.”

As Greece continues to be shaken by an economic crisis unprecedented in its modern history, education may be the best long-term solution to the country’s ills. Let’s face it, Mrs. Arvanitis said, “Greece is a country where seriousness of purpose and prudence did not have pride of place; we must get serious and we must teach our kids to become thinking citizens. This we will achieve only through better education.”

In order to qualify for one of the Arvanitis scholarships, candidates from the regions of Aigialeia and Kalavryta must meet criteria that indicate financial need and the ability to be successful DEREE students.

May 2013


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A debt repaid


Ourania Veneti graduated from Pierce – The American College of Greece in 1945, and for decades she had no contact with the school. After 15 years of study and work in the U.S. she returned to Greece in 1964 where the requirements of everyday life, kept a visit to her alma mater in the vague sphere of future plans.

Meanwhile, the school moved from its idyllic seaside campus in Helleniko to its present mountainside location in Aghia Paraskevi; a move that provided new facilities and the opportunity for future growth, but inevitably diminished the emotional impact of a visit in the eyes of the Helleniko graduates.

For Ms. Veneti, the separation lasted until June 30, 2011, when the College organized a large and moving reunion for its Helleniko graduates at their beloved campus (which now houses Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority). When Ms. Veneti returned to the locus of her teenage dreams, her affection for the College was restored.

Soon after, Ourania Veneti crossed the gate of the Aghia Paraskevi campus, visited the Office of Development and gifted $10,000 – a significant part of her pension income – in support of Pierce students. Her goal is to keep supporting students for as long as circumstances allow her, she said.

Ms. Veneti told ACG staff that her gift signified more than a reunion with her school. It was the fulfillment of a debt she owed Pierce.

“I studied at Pierce during the Nazi occupation with a full tuition scholarship. I regard the help I received during those difficult years as a loan, and today I decided to repay at least a part of it.”

As she spoke, memories came flooding back: classes held in the homes of dedicated teachers; hungry kids on Plastiras Square digging through garbage for a few scraps of food “looking like 100-year-olds”; the feeling of freedom in a school that never imposed ideological preferences on its students; Antigone or Oedipus with Mr. Pararas…

For Ms. Veneti, Pierce was the key to a vault of moral and spiritual values.

During a moving meeting that took place in late March with the three Pierce students who are benefiting from her scholarship support, Ms. Veneti encouraged the students to persevere despite all current difficulties, reminding them that her generation, too, went through immense travails – war, occupation, abject poverty – but that thirst for life and knowledge triumphed over time, as they inevitably do.

She also urged the students to draw life lessons from their school and the values it represents. These values, she said, have been her guide ever since she stepped foot in a Pierce classroom in Nazi-occupied Athens.

“Sas efharisto!” (thank you!) she kept telling the three students, as if she were the greatest beneficiary of her own generosity.


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Propeller Club scholarships support Business students

“The Propeller Club, a prominent merchant marine association, funds scholarships to enable talented and deserving business students achieve an education at DEREE College.”

Since 1990, The American College of Greece has been the recipient of generous gifts from the Greek chapter of the International Propeller Club of the United States, based in Piraeus, for the purpose of supporting business students. In 2012 the Club designated a portion of these funds for an endowed fund at ACG that will provide annual scholarship awards to deserving students. The College will permanently manage these funds and part of the income will be used annually to support students who have excelled in the School of Business Administration. This fund will be known as the "Propeller Club Endowed Scholarship Fund". The first scholarship award will be made in the 2012 – 2013 academic year.

In addition to the endowed scholarship, the Propeller Club furthers the mission and vision of The American College of Greece by making annual awards to a qualified School of Business Administration student who is both in need and from a seaman’s family or from a family in which one of the parents works for a shipping company. This award is given during the Club’s annual Pitta Cutting Ceremony in the presence of The American Ambassador to Greece (who has traditionally been the Honorary President of the Club), C.E.O.s and top executives of Greek and multi-national firms in Greece, prominent Greek businessmen and professionals engaged in the maritime industry, ministers, members of the Parliament, government officials and senior foreign diplomats. The Propeller Award has been a driving force for a number of DEREE students and has allowed them to achieve an education that has been the cornerstone of their later career successes.

ACG President David G. Horner commented: “The American College of Greece is very grateful for this relationship and for the support provided by the Propeller Club to our students. Scholarships are essential to the College’s ability to ensure that talented students are afforded the opportunity to attain a quality education. Philanthropy has been an important part of the mission of the College since its founding in 1875. We hope other alumni and friends of the College will follow the generous example set by the Propeller Club.”

Sotiris Poulimenos, Recipient of the Propeller Award, Academic Year 2011-2012
“In difficult times having true friends to stand by you is of utmost importance. Through the Grants and Scholarships programs the American College of Greece and its generous donors, helped me pursue a better future that would have otherwise remained an unfulfilled dream.”

The International Propeller Club of the United States, is a non-profit organization founded in 1922, by professionals engaged in the merchant marine industry who gather frequently to discuss common issues and the future of shipping.

The Propeller Club strives to promote and further the American merchant marine industry and international shipping in general.

"Propeller" refers to the propulsion of ships, and is symbolic of the driving force required to achieve the Club's objectives.

Today there is a Propeller Club in almost every sea and inland port in the United States, as well as in 33 cities throughout the world, among them The International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus whose objective is to:

  • Actively provide a forum for the exchange of views and promotion of goodwill, social, cultural and merchant marine relations between citizens of Greece and the United States as well as other countries.
  • Sponsor needy Greek students mostly coming from seamen families.

March 2013


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Non ministari sed ministrare

This was the message of the Christian missionaries who founded the school in 1875. More than 137 years later, the love of humanity and caring for, nourishing, developing and fostering human beings who are in need prevails strongly at PIERCE today.

PIERCE students engage in private initiatives for the public good, improving the quality of life. Such projects enhance the educational ideal of excellence and assure the fullest self-development of body, mind and spirit.

As productive and concerned students, members of the student councils, both from the Gymnasium and the Lyceum, take initiatives every year. They visit orphanages and children centers, and support organizations and associations with needed material goods. They organize events to raise monetary donations to the ACG scholarship fund, which helps needy and deserving students achieve their education.

February 2013


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