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Invitation to the exhibition ‘Stoa Malakopi: Memory and entrepreneurialism’

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The city does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps [...]

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

We are delighted to invite you to the exhibition ‘Stoa Malakopi: Memory and emerging entrepreneurialism’, organized by ACT (American College of Thessaloniki). The exhibition opens on Friday 26 January 2018 at the arcade Malakopi, Syggrou 7, 1st floor, 5-7 pm, and will remain open until Friday 2 February 2018.

The exhibition is the culmination of an educational pilot research entitled ‘Thessaloniki’s arcades: Memory and emerging entrepreneurialism’ (June-December 2016). To this end, students from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at ACT and Graphic Design students from North Carolina State University (NCSU) worked together in the context of their common Service Learning course. The course is an extension of educational praxis in the community; in collaboration with various public and not-for-profit bodies, students engage in participatory research, experiential learning and understanding of social issues and problems while making connections with their studies.   

The research project examines place identity and the entrepreneurial practices and trajectories of various stakeholder groups working at some of Thessaloniki’s commercial arcades. Recent social and economic changes have seriously affected the local community – in this light the project aims to explore the development of commercial arcades over the years, as perceived and experienced by arcades stakeholders, and methods of community design through interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Malakopi arcade was examined as a case study in the above research context. The arcade was built in 1907 by Italian architect Vitaliano Posseli in the yard of the Allatini family estate to house the Bank of Thessaloniki. In 1954 ownership changed and the building was refurbished to accommodate a commercial arcade, now named Malakopi. Many business people and professionals left their mark in the arcade ever since, few of which are still there, while new entrepreneurs have recently moved into this historical building.       

With an oral history approach, local researchers – comprising three ACT students, one NCSU student and the course leads – interviewed 13 professionals at Malakopi arcade, who shared their memories from the arcade and their professional histories, the challenges they have faced over the years and their thoughts and suggestions for a sustainable development of the arcade, given its historical, heritage character. On their part, US-based students used the transcribed and visual material (e.g. photographs of stakeholders and their work spaces or design plans of Malakopi) to create banners for each one business and professional. In the exhibition local researchers-students will present the outcomes and outputs of their work, representing the broader research team. 

Service Learning course and research leads are Dr Maria Patsarika, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, ACT (American College of Thessaloniki) and Prof Scott Townsend, School of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University. The occasion for this interdisciplinary collaboration was Scott Townsend’s exhibition ‘Social Capital’ in June 2017, organized by the Dukakis Center in collaboration with the French Institute, Thessaloniki. Central to both these initiatives is the active engagement of students with social science and service design research and collaboration with local stakeholders in the process of exploring and understanding social changes and problems that concern them.      

stoa malakopi courtesy Betty Voreopoulou

Stoa Malakopi, 1950. Photo courtesy of Ms. Betty Voreopoulou.

A warm thanks to Dr Evangelos Hekimoglou, curator at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, and emeritus professor at Aristotle University Ms Aleka Karadimou-Gerolympou for their inputs to the research; and to Betty Voreopoulou, Alkmini Trigonaki and Lazaros Graikos for their overall support in organizing the exhibition.

For more information contact: Maria Patsarika, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tourism of Tomorrow

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The ACT Hospitality & Tourism Management program organizes a one day event, linking the academic with the business world. The event will focus on good practices and contemporary global trends, new successful business models and investments in tourism by Greek and international companies, as well as projects conducted at ACT, in an effort to decode the essence of "the Tourism of Tomorrow."

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Conference Program

Friday, 19 January, 2018 at 14:30 | Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki

14:30 - 15:00       Registration - Coffee

15:00 - 15:15       Greetings / Welcome

Panos Vlachos
President, Anatolia College

Spiros Pengas
Deputy Mayor for Tourism Development and International Relations

Grigoris Tasios
President of Hellenic Hoteliers Federation ​

Moderator in all sessions
Anestis Anastasiou
Coordinator Hospitality & Tourism, ACT - American College of Thessaloniki

15:15 - 15:45       Keynote Speech

George Alexakis
Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University, School of Resort & Hospitality Management

15:45 - 16:25       Panel Session I: Innovation in Tourism

Theodoros Papakonstantinou
Principal, Deloitte Central Mediterranean (Greece)

Gabriele Secol
Senior Manager, Deloitte Central Mediterranean (Italy)

16:25 - 16:45       Coffee Break

16:45 - 17:15       Panel Session II: Investments in Tourism

Antonis Avdelas
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Sani Resort & Ikos Resorts                  

Nikos Hadjos
Director of International Hotel Development Europe (Greece & Cyprus), Marriott International

17:20 - 17:50       Panel Session ΙΙI: Global Hotel Trends

Panos Almyrantis
General Manager, Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas

Tilemachos Mavrakis
Chief Executive Officer, Admine Group

17:55 - 18:25      Panel Session IV: ACT Research Presentations

Lesvos: After all, it's still the Aegean
A Communication Strategy to recapture Lesvos tourism growth after the refugee crisis
Presentation by MBA students

Rhodes Visitors' Satisfaction Survey
Presentation by MS in Hospitality & Tourism students

18:30 - 18:45       Closing remarks

Nikolas Hourvouliades
Chair Business School, ACT - American College of Thessaloniki

18:45 - 20:00       Cocktail

Speakers

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George Alexakis
Associate Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University’s School of Resort & Hospitality Management

Since 1995, Dr. George Alexakis has taught hospitality and business full time. He is currently an associate professor of hospitality at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, USA. He is also a professional speaker and training seminar presenter for a many domestic and international organizations. He worked for Cini•Little International as a hospitality consultant. His 15 years of operations experience involved managing his family’s businesses: a formal dining room, a banquet hall, and a casual restaurant near Toronto, Canada. Dr. Alexakis holds the following degrees:

  • Doctor of Education with concentration in Hospitality Management
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Administration
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality & Tourism Administration
  • Associate’s (Canadian equivalent) in Hotel and Restaurant Management

Learning from the “Sharing Economy:” Providing Authentic Touristic Experiences
The sharing economy has revealed the benefits of staying in a stranger’s home and travelling in a stranger’s automobile.  The emotional connections that can result from such interactions with locals can be instructive for all tourism and hospitality industry businesses.  The presentation centers around the power of collective positive experiences provided by multiple providers during a tourist visit.  The likelihood of repeat destination visits if a sense of place and emotional appeal are achieved will be discussed, with examples from Southwest Florida, USA.


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Panos Almyrantis
General Manager Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas

Mr. Panos Almyrantis has an academic background in post-graduate studies in the United States and several distinctions in sales management, operational services and hotel management in Greece and abroad.  Outstanding results achieved in the hotel key performance indexes in conjunction with innovation capacity, detecting opportunities to cooperate, exchange and enhance activities at Daios Cove Luxury Resort& Villas, awarded him with the distinction of European Hotel Manager for 2014 by the European Association of Hotel Managers.

The role of the General Manager in today’s world

  • How important is it for a good GM to look not just at his/her hotel, but also to work on improving the region the hotel’s located in as a whole
  • How much has the role of the GM changed over recent years and how has the GM adapted to a fast-evolving sector?
  • Key recent changes/developments in the hotel sector that have impacted how GMs operate?
  • How much have new technologies – both back of house and guest facing – impacted the role of the GM?
  • When it comes to the role of the GM, what hasn’t changed and will never change?
  • How important is it to have an excellent team behind you as a GM?
  • Finally, what new tools will GMs need going forward?

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Antonis Avdelas
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Sani Resort & Ikos Resorts

Antonis Avdelas is the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of SANI RESORT & IKOS RESORTS, a Group of innovative and fast-growing 5* hotel brands, that presently owns and manages eight individually unique hotels in Greece. Prior to becoming Group CSMO, Mr. Avdelas was Director of Sales & Marketing at SANI RESORT for 5 years, leading SANI’s growth and development in the domestic and the international markets. Mr. Avdelas has also held senior executive positions in the hospitality sector, both in Greece and abroad, such as at Dalhousie Castle & Spa, at Athenaeum InterContinental Athens and at Club Hotel Casino Loutraki. Mr. Avdelas studied Finance and Management and holds anM.Sc. (Merit) in International Hotel & Tourism Management from the Oxford Brookes University.


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Nikos Hadjos
Director of International Hotel Development Europe (Greece & Cyprus)

Nikos Hadjos is Director of International Hotel Development for Marriott International and is based in Athens.  He is heading the development efforts of all Marriott’s brands in Greece and Cyprus. Before joining Marriott in the headquarters for Middle East and Africa in 2013, Nikos worked for hotel investment companies in the Middle East such as Kingdom Hotel Investments and Abraaj Capital, as Vice President of Acquisitions, covering Middle East, Africa and Southwest Asia. Nikos has also held positions within the fields of consultancy with industry experts HVS in New York and operations with Marriott and Intercontinental in New York.  He is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Ontario and holds an MBA in Finance & Investments from City University of New York.  He is also a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the UK.

International Hotel Brands in Greece – Past, Present, Future
An overview of the presence of international hotel brands in Greece, examining the reasons of their weak performance in the past, their gradual positive turnaround in the present, and what the potential could be in the future.


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Tilemachos Mavrakis
Chief Executive Officer, Admine Group

Tilemachos Mavrakis (37) was born and raised in Thiva. He now lives in Thessaloniki, married with Fenia father of two mind-blowing daughters. He studied International Relations in the Un. of Macedonia, HRM & Planning in Leeds University Business School and Strategic Management in Zurich. He started off his career in London in the Strategic Planning dpt of Canon EMEA and his second mission was in Amsterdam (Canon European Operations) as a Project Manager in Organizational Design & Planning. His love with marketing and advertising became intense while in Vienna, where he stayed 2.5years, serving Canon Central East Europe as the Marketing Director for Consumer Products for 16 countries. In mid-2007 he co-founded Admine with George and Nick, opening up the first office out of today’s 4 offices of Admine: Thessaloniki (‘08), Nicosia (‘11), Athens (‘12), Porto (‘15). Since 2008, he is the CEO of Admine, today’s biggest independent digital-first agency in Greece and Cyprus, manned with 60+ Adminers and clients in over 10 countries. Tilemachos has been a speaker in numerous conferences and a judge in Greece’s most prestigious awards.

From Big Bricks to Immersive Experiences: Hospitality is drastically changing
Hotels used to be big -sometimes nice- buildings with -sometimes- nice spaces and surroundings. The Millennials, gen Z and now baby boomers, change the tide.  Can hospitality shift from being big to be immersive?


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Theodoros Papakonstantinou
Principal | Deloitte Central Mediterranean (Greece) | Strategy & Operations

Theodoros is a Principal in the Strategy & Operations (S&O) Consulting practice of Deloitte Greece. He is the Advisory Services leader of Deloitte’s office in Thessaloniki and also responsible for all S&O services related to the Travel, Hospitality & Leisure (THL) in Greece. He has more than 12 years of management consulting experience and has participated in numerous projects in the areas of M&A advisory, debt and operational restructuring, strategic and business planning, feasibility studies development, business process and organizational redesign for numerous clients in various industries with focus on the THL Greek market.

His experience in the THL sector includes, among others, the following:

  • Project Principal (Hotel Operations team) in the first – and so far only - Special Liquidation case in the Greek tourism market concerning a complex of luxury resorts on Kos island
  • Managed various M&A advisory projects in the Greek tourism sector
  • Advised numerous multimillion funds in the development of their investment strategy for Greece
  • Advised Greek banks on financial and operational restructuring of hotel groups and individual hotel units
  • Conducted several feasibility studies for large investment projects regarding hotel resorts, second / holiday homes, golf courses, ski areas, cruise ports, etc.
  • Led various tourism market analysis projects
  • Led the development of the strategic and operational plan for the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE)
  • Advised major Greek athletic clubs on the feasibility of multipurpose sports stadiums and indoor arenas with various profit centers

Theodoros holds a degree in Applied Informatics from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Cranfield School of Management, UK, a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and a Certificate in Team Management from Harvard, USA.

 


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Gabriele Secol
Senior Manager | Deloitte Central Mediterranean (Italy) | Officine Innovazione

Gabriele Secol started his professional career in Deloitte in 2003. During his years with the Firm, Gabriele has had extensive experience in attending audits and special services of national and multinational companies.

Over the last three years he is leading Officine Innovazione, the Innovation Department of Deloitte Central Mediterranean in Italy.

He has specific responsibility on delivering Idea Management projects and he is skillful in the design, execution and management of Innovation Challenge for Deloitte and for its customers with the aim of develop an innovation culture and eminence, stimulate their innovation process and develop of innovative solutions, internal processes and services/products. He’s also in charge of the incubation of Deloitte innovative solutions to innovate Deloitte services and its clients products and services through vertical application on specific industries, sectors and clients.

He designed and managed all the Deloitte Italy’s Corporate Challenge (Netwok and function dedicated challenges) having as main clients Universities and Public Institutions (S2P, Startcup Lombardia).

Gabriele studied in the Milano Univesity “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore" where he received his degree in Economics.

 


Registration

Admission is free.  Online registration is required to reserve your seat as places are limited. Please note that the conference will be conducted in Greek and English; no interpretation will be provided. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. 

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Artificial Intelligence and Humans: A Love Story (?)

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Can a human love a machine? Can a machine love a human? Should artificial beings enjoy rights, perhaps even the same rights as humans? Ultimately, are humans different from artificial beings, or could we leave behind our biological form and live on as machines?

Cutting edge issues that are discussed in ACT classrooms were brought into the public sphere, in a serious and yet entertaining way, during the film screening of the Oscar awarded movie “Ex Machina”. The screening and the discussion followed were held at Ypsilon café, on the 29th of November, and were organized by the English and New Media Program, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at ACT.

Vincent Mueller, Professor of Philosophy at ACT, Yvonne Kosma, Adjunct Professor of Cultural Studies at ACT, and Apostolos Karakasis, Adjunct Professor of Film Editing, Film School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, prompted thoughts about the rights and obligations of robots, the reasons why we care about robots (human power in this world, and human self-image) and about the positive or negative contributions AI and robotics will make to society. The role of women as objects (sexual and otherwise) and as not trustworthy vs. men as makers and victims of female cunning was also thematized.

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Health & Wellness

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Find below a list of student support services and resources that are available on the ACT campus, as well as important contact information:

ACT MD Georgia Kounti, Pulmonologist

Walk-in Hours at ACT (New Building, lower level):

Mondays 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Wednesdays 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

For appointments outside of these times email Dr. Kounti: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For emergencies and medical assistance outside of business hours, refer to the hospital information.

ACT Psychologist, Dr. Maria Psoinos, PhD

Walk-in Hours at ACT (New Building, lower level):

Tuesdays 11 am - 12 pm
Fridays 11 am - 12 pm

For booking appointments outside of these times, email Dr. Psoinos: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ACT Contacts

ACT 24 Hour Emergency Phone: +30 6936000358
Student Services Coordinator, Natalia Alexiou This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Office Phone: +30 2310398242
Study Abroad Coordinator, Miranda Margariti This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Office Phone: +30 2310398205
Director of International Programs & Student Services, Heather Funk Theodoridi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Office Phone: +30 2310398215

Additional Local Services Recommended by ACT

International insurance is not accepted at local services. Receipts are issued in English for submission to insurance.

ACT Psychiatrist, Dr. Vaggelis Karavelas

Visits by appointment only. Sessions cost approximately 50€.
Ethnikis Aminis Street, #6, Thessaloniki
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile: +30 6944466461

Agios Loukas Private Hospital, Panorama (near ACT)

Panorama, Thessaloniki
Phone: +30 2310380000

Geniki Kliniki Private Hospital, Waterfront of Thessaloniki (near Thessaloniki Music Hall)

Marias Kallas Street, #11, Thessaloniki
Phone: +30 2310895100

General European Emergency Number: 112 (English speaking operators)

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International Education Week at ACT

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Monday, November 13

ACT Students, wear your ACT shirts & Study Abroad students, wear your home school shirt today. Talk to someone from abroad and make a new friend from another school!  Face painting in the ACT Commons!

ACT Study Abroad & Exchange Programs: Hear from students sharing about their experiences abroad, ask questions and find out how to become an exchange student!

Student Panel: Achilleas Vrantzas, Ester Kalogeroudi, Tatiyana Winge

New Building, AV Room, 2-3pm

Tuesday, November 14

Camp America: Interested in summer camp work in the USA?

Erman Uslu from Camp America, an organization that sends well over 7,000 people from 36 different countries to the US for summer camp work, will present about the company and the opportunity to work at summer camps across the USA.

New Building, AV Room, 2-3 pm. 

Can't make it because of class? Q&A in Effie Commons (NB) before and after the presentation.

Wednesday, November 15 

European Voluntary ServiceAll expenses paid volunteer opportunities in Europe for 2 weeks - 12 months!

ACT Graduate Marinela Tserepi will share her volunteer experience and tell you how to join this amazing, cv-building opportunity!

New Building, AV Room 3-4 pm. 

Lets Talk: Sports TourismFollow the new trend in hospitality tourism!

Achilleas E. Tzimas and Christos Petreas will present a new rising market in the hospitality industry, and help you spot opportunities within it!

Stavros Niarchos Teleconference Room, Bissell Library 6-8pm

Thursday, November 16

Free Distance Learning: How to take advantage of free opportunities from universities abroad.

IPO Director Heather Funk Theodoridi will host an interactive live presentation introducing opportunities for free online seminars and access to free online resources offered by ACT partner institutions and large universities around the US!

Facebook Live: ACT Study Abroad Facebook page 1-2 pm

Want more opportunities?!

NAFSA and AFS are holding FREE online seminars for International Education Week. Explore the links and register today!

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

AFS: Global Competence Webinars

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The First Semester of “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” has started

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Seventy eight young refugees have been enrolled in Athens and Thessaloniki

During the first week of October, seventy eight young refugees started their academic studies as part of the "Education Unites: From Camp to Campus" scholarship program, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Athens in collaboration with the American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College, Deree -American College of Greece and Perrotis College - American Farm School.

After reviewing over 400 applications and interviewing dozens of refugees and asylum seekers, the three U.S. affiliated colleges have selected the first group of fellows that began their academic studies.  For the first semester of the academic year 2017-2018, forty-eight students attend Deree in Athens, fourteen students attend the American College of Thessaloniki, and sixteen students started classes at the Perrotis College in Thessaloniki.

The beneficiaries of the program will attend preparatory English classes, courses in various fields based on their previous knowledge and academic training, and, fundamentally, they will have the opportunity to continue their education and acquire skills and credits that they will be able to use either in Greece or in any other country they move to in the future.

Our collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Immigration Policy, the Municipalities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Piraeus, the Asylum Service, NGOs, translation services and volunteers was critical in attracting the very best qualified applicants.

Classes have started for the young Afghan man who dreams of becoming a pilot; the young lady from Pakistan who wants to become an electrical engineer; the Syrian law student from Aleppo who left her studies unfinished, and the Syrian man who wants to pursue economic and entrepreneurship studies; as well as dozens of other young students who can now aspire to a professional career, a better future, and the possibility of making an essential contribution to any community where they settle.

As a young Syrian wrote in his application: "... the thought that I will have the opportunity to study, and do what I do best, has already put a smile on my face."

We are pleased to announce the selection process for the spring semester, which started on October 16, 2017.

For application and admissions information, please contact:

  • American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College: Mona Siksek, Coordinator Camp to Campus Program, τ. 2310 398-346 | email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | https://admissions.act.edu/courses/course/74-cc-camp-campus
  • Deree – The American College of Greece: Kathleen Macdonell, Consultant, tel: 2106009800 (ext. 1511), email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |  www.acg.edu/education-unites
  • Perrotis College – American Farm School: Leighanne Penna, Education Unites Coordinator, τ. 2310 492-702 | email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.perrotiscollege.edu.gr/new-start-project/

Deadline for applications: November 24

Inspired by the impact of the “Education Unites” program and aiming at offering academic opportunities to more young refugees, Webster University will also offer 20 scholarships, starting in the spring semester of 2018.  For more information applicants can contact Ms. Peggy Manouka, Director of Admissions, Webster University (Tel: 211 990 5300, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For further information on the “Education Unites” program:

https://gr.usembassy.gov/education-unites/

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Margaritis Schinas speaks at ACT on "The Future of Europe"

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On Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 10:00 am at the Bissell Library, ACT (The American College of Thessaloniki) hosted a presentation by Mr. Margaritis Schinas, Chief Spokesperson & Deputy Director-General for Communication of the European Commission on ‘The Future of Europe’.  

Mr. Schinas started with a historical background to the creation of the European Union emphasizing peacekeeping and democratic institutions. He shared a rather positive approach to the current state of affairs and the future of Europe. He addressed the issues of Brexit, refugee crisis and economic strains and argued that Europe proved resilient to the tensions of the past three years. He noted that there is a window of opportunity until the European Parliament 2019 elections during which the EU officials can further enhance the current positive trends. He gladly answered a number of students’ questions on a variety of topics from the Greek economic crisis, to Brexit, Catalonia, and EU enlargement. The event, which was organized by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public & Humanitarian Service, was well attended by about hundred students from American College of Thessaloniki (Greek, Balkan and Study Abroad US students) and the Anatolia IB program.

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Over 400 students are living the Study Abroad experience at ACT

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On September 25, 2017, ACT opened it's doors to a record number of Study Abroad Students with over 400 students from 24 different Colleges and Universities around the United States.  The American College of Thessaloniki is proud to celebrate its tenth anniversary as the host school for the N.U.in Program from Northeastern University. The 2017 N.U.in cohort is largely comprised of students in the STEM field, focusing their studies on the sciences and technology.  ACT also is the proud host of the second cohort of 'Mentorship in Greece' students from the American University in Washington, D.C. Both the N.U.in Program and the AU Mentorship in Greece Program are unique in the area of study abroad as they focus on offering community style study abroad to first-year university students in their first semester of studies.  Starting their studies abroad, students in these programs bring a unique viewpoint back with them to their home school that enriches their academic experience.  All study abroad students at ACT enjoy the opportunity to engage in various hands-on educational experiences, giving back to the community through service learning, excursions to cultural and historical sites throughout Greece, and participation in clubs and on sports teams for a holistic experience.  

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Welcome aboard to this year’s new American Fellows!

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As the new school year begins, a new group of bright and dynamic American Fellows joins the Anatolia campus, both to immerse themselves in the culture of Greece and to connect the school with its American origins. Established in 1995 with just two intrepid young Fellows, the program has grown to include eight positions for the 2017-18 academic year and will continue to grow. This year, those eight recent graduates from US institutions will live and work alongside Anatolia and ACT students, exchanging ideas and preparing Anatolia’s students to be citizens of the world.

Run out of the US College Counseling Office, the Fellows Program was instituted to enhance the student life experience. Says Arian Kotsi, Director of U.S. Counseling Office & Special Programs, “Every year I think to myself, "there can't be a better group of A Fellows than the one we have this year" and every year I find myself thinking "this is the best group we have ever had". It is a very exciting program and I feel proud that it began in this office.”

In addition to their individual jobs across the school’s academic divisions and student support offices, the Fellows take on the additional work of advising clubs, leading Service as Action classes, and serving as role models to Anatolia’s students. Stuart Asbridge, the new Resident Assistant Fellow, says: “The care taken by Anatolia's faculty for the students' academic excellence and overall health makes this campus feel like a family, and it has been inspirational to see. It is easy to understand how these elements have shaped and secured Anatolia's role as one of the best schools in Greece.”

Through the program, the Fellows themselves are also able to gain invaluable new life experiences. For many, the close sense of community at Anatolia is immediately apparent upon entering the campus, and this feeling helps ease the transition from home. "I've been absolutely blown away by the sense of community and warmth at Anatolia,” said School Counseling Fellow Emily Fisher. “I've never felt so welcomed and supported in a new place. I'm invigorated by the amount of passion that I see here and am excited to be a part of it. Thessaloniki and Anatolia already feel like home."

Fellows are not only able to expand their families to include the Anatolia community; they find opportunities to take advantage of all that Thessaloniki has to offer outside the school gates. “I love living in Greece,” said Kats. “It is refreshing to be somewhere else – especially somewhere so beautiful. Anatolia, in particular, seems to work very hard to make its students, faculty, and staff feel at home.… That is the type of community that I am proud and excited to be a part of.”

Without further ado, below are the new Fellows and their positions on campus. If you run into them around the school, please say hello and welcome them aboard!

stuartStuart Asbridge, Resident Assistant Fellow

nitoshaNiTosha Billman, Middle/High School English Fellow

christinaChristina Daniskas, ACT International Programs Office Fellow

emilyEmily Fisher, School Counseling Fellow

ellyzeEllyze Francisco, Elementary English Fellow

aliceAlice Huntoon, Student Services Fellow

kieranKeiran Miller, College Counseling Fellow

katsKats Tamanaha, Art Fellow

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ACT at the "Study in Thessaloniki" press conference

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The "Study in Thessaloniki" initiative was presented on Monday, October 9, in the Municipal Council Hall of Athens, by the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris and Deputy Mayor for Tourist Development and International Relations, Spiros Pegas, alongside representatives of ACT and other major educational institutions in Thessaloniki.

The goal of this initiative is to attract new students to Thessaloniki, from the rest of Greece and other countries.

Thessaloniki, often described as the "student hub of Greece", is home to more than 100,000 university students, meaning that more than 1 out of every 10 residents is a student.

Read more on the "Study in Thessaloniki" press release, in Greek.

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