ACT students at the "Leadership Forum 2016"

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 ACT students attended the Leadership Forum 2016 “Talking with Young People: Business Opportunities and Entrepreneurship” event organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce at the facilities of the Sarakakis Group of Companies in West Thessaloniki. During the event young people from various educational institutions were informed from top managers and key business leaders on challenges and opportunities regarding careers. Additionally, the event promoted young people’s spirit of healthy entrepreneurship and helped them in planning their professional orientation. Dr. Dimitris Kontarinis, Director of ACT’s Entrepreneurship Hub, served as a panelist at the event. Dr. Kontarinis outlined the steps and skills needed in order for an aspiring business person to launch a successful entrepreneurial endeavor.

Official archives and oral testimonies: Presentation of a joint research program

On November 21st 2016, Ms. Aliki Arouh (Anatolia alumna) from the Archives of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, Dr. Aigli Brouskou (ACT professor), Anthropologist, and Ms. Areti Makri (ACT alumna) from the Historical Archives of Macedonia presented at the ACT Bissell Library their joint research project titled: "The interface between official archives and oral testimonies. The story of Dario, a baby Shoah survivor from Salonica". It is a unique project that refers to the incredible story of a Jewish newborn that was left in the care of the Aghios Stylianos Foundling Home in Thessaloniki for his protection in 1943. The boy survived the Holocaust against all odds and was discovered by the researchers living in Canada.

It was an event organized by the ACT, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences with the support of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service and it was well attended (among others) by Anatolia and ACT colleagues and a good number of ACT and Study Abroad students who were later involved into a dynamic discussion.

More on his story you can find in the article: http://www.ekathimerini.com/212055/article/ekathimerini/community/untangling-the-tale-of-a-jewish-wwii-orphan-in-thessaloniki


Dukakis Center hosts election day reception

The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service at ACT celebrated the American general election on November 8 with a public reception at the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki.

Nearly 200 friends and well-wishers attended, snacked on wine and cheese, and watched a special election day program throughout the evening. Among those present were US Consul General Rebecca Fong, representatives of the municipalities of Thessaloniki and of Pylea-Hortiatis, representatives of the American College of Thessaloniki and the American Farm School, and scores of students from ACT and the Universities of Macedonia and Thessaloniki, including a contingent of American study abroad students from ACT.

Joining co-hosts Lambrini Nassis, Esq., Adjunct Professor on International Relations at ACT, and David Wisner, Executive Director of the Dukakis Center, on the program were, via Skype, Michael Ertel (R), Supervisor of Elections, Seminole County (Florida), John Koenig (D), former US Ambassador to Cyprus, Democratic delegate (Washington State), and Alec Mally (D), former US Consul General of Thessaloniki, Democrats Abroad Greece.

Guests also took a poll, designed by ACT alumnus Pantelis Rafail, with questions on the candidates and campaigns, and the state of democratic governance in the United States. Hillary Clinton won a straw poll by a margin of 70%-30%, while most of those who took the poll agreed that the campaigns were among the most negative in recent memory.

A majority of those polled expressed faith in the integrity of the American political process and the relative health of democratic governance in the United States.

The gathering broke up too early in the evening to review exit polls and election results.


ACT supports the 5th International Symposium in Thessaloniki in World Affairs

On October 2016 the Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece, in association with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Navarino Network, hosted the 5th International Symposium in Thessaloniki in World Affairs, with further support from ACT - The American College of Thessaloniki and City College. The International Symposium first began in 2012 and has become an important event with a great appeal especially to young audiences in the city.

Over 55 IB and ACT students attended the conference. Six ACT students registered as volunteers for the Symposium and contributed greatly to the success of the event. They were led by ACT (and IB) alumna Maria Kalogeroudi (ACT Class of 2015), who was especially active among the student volunteers, overseeing the check in procedure, distributing certificates, and facilitating audience participation.

This year, the symposium focused on the future of Europe in the times of crisis and “The World in 2017 and Beyond: In search of stability.” Featured speakers included Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki, Anatolia alumnus Gikas Hardouvelis, former Finance Minister of Greece, Gerald Knaus, chairman of the European Stability Initiative, and Dimitris Papademetriou from the Migration Policy Institute.

The event focused primarily on the economic position of Europe in terms of the crisis in Greece and the European Union countries. Moreover, the instability in Ukraine, Turkey and the Middle East regarding the refugee crisis were the topics dominating the presentations of the speakers and the subsequent discussions.

Professor David Wisner, Director of the Dukakis Center, moderated the final panel that discussed the threats to democracy in Turkey and the US. Featured speakers were Karabekir Akkoyunlu, of the University of Graz, and former US diplomat John Brady Kiesling.

ACT and IB students and their chaperons attended the event thanks to the generous donation and support of Anatolia College Trustee and alumnus, Jack J. Florentin.


ACT is supporting the 5th Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs

Saturday,  22 October 2016, 11:00  - 19:00

Olympion, 10 Aristotelous Square

The world in 2017 and beyond

In search of stability


General admission: presale 7€ / at entrance 12€

Certificates of participation will be awarded.

The working language of the Symposium will be English.

Simultaneous translation in Greek will be available.

Read the program here.

For more information and ticket presale:

Navarino Network, 3 Apellou St. / T: +30 2310 260332

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«Voting in America» with the Dukakis Center

By Katharine Welch

On Wednesday October 5, the Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service hosted a round table discussion on “Voting in America” at the U.S.  Consulate General in Thessaloniki. Special guests included Michael Ertel, the Supervisor of Elections for Seminole County, Florida, Charles Stewart III, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT, Rebecca Fong, U.S. Consul General of Thessaloniki, and David Wisner, Professor of International Relations at ACT and Executive Director of the Dukakis Center.

The event consisted of an interesting discussion by a panel of experts about how the electoral system works and what problems they  face. Topics covered included the electoral college and alternatives occasionally proposed; voter registration, voter turnout, and early voting; varieties of electoral campaigns; money in politics; negative campaigning; trends in partisanship; and undecided voters and abstention.

The topic of absentee voting sparked an interesting discussion, focusing on the importance of giving a voice to Americans living overseas to express their preference.  A debate whether the absentee ballot counts was born, and all speakers highlighted the efforts to make it easier for overseas voters to participate in the election process, for example, via fax machine.

Overall, the discussion was both informative and interesting, for the Americans and the internationals in the audience, who were reminded how much or how little their vote might matter, in a presidential election at least. The event raised important questions about how the electoral system works and what needs to be done to ensure that the voice of the people is heard.

NB Katharine "Katie" Welch is a freshman at Northeastern University majoring in Political Science, studying abroad at ACT. She is from San Francisco, California.


Welcome to the New American Fellows!

With a new school year, comes a new group of American Fellows. This year seven recent college graduates will be living and working at Anatolia through the Fellows Program. The Fellows Program was established in 1995 and has grown to seven positions throughout Anatolia’s academic divisions.

Fellows work in different academic departments and student support offices, and also assist greatly with club advising and Service as Action. Perhaps the Fellows’ greatest contribution is serving as cultural ambassadors and mentors to students.

Fellows Program Coordinator Christine Johnson says, “the exchange of ideas and cultural perspectives that occurs on campus among students and Fellows not only enriches student life, but also effectively prepares Anatolia students to be citizens of the world.”

The Program is run out of the U.S. College Counseling Office, and Director Arian Kotsi says that “the fellows bring to our school recent developments in their separate fields, as they have experienced them at their U.S. high schools and universities very recently. They also give our students who are thinking of studying in the U.S. the opportunity to better understand the U.S. system of higher education.”

For the Fellows, the Program offers the opportunity to gain experience in international education and immerse themselves in a new culture. Many take advantage of opportunities to travel and also participate in all that Thessaloniki has to offer.

Without further ado, below are the new Fellows. If you see them around campus please welcome them!

  • Keyko Cerna, Elementary English Fellow
  • Nicole Colchette, School Counseling Fellow
  • Seth Erying, Art Fellow
  • Caroline Fleischauer, Middle/High School English Fellow
  • Kierney Loucas, Student Services Fellow
  • Linda Phiri, College Counseling Fellow
  • Hector Tejeda, Resident Assistant Fellow

ACT welcomes educators from US and Europe partner institutions

On October 3, ACT welcomed educators from our partner institutions across the US and Europe in an Open House event on campus.  It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know our partners better and discuss ways that we can increase collaboration between our schools for academic enrichment.  Our visitors included representatives from Rutgers University, University of Northern Iowa, Pace University, Michigan State University, Convinus University of Budapest and the Pennsylvania Center for International Exchange and Partnership (PCIEP).  The event was co-sponsored by CCIS, who provided travel grants to CCIS member institutions.  The dialogue will continue in Athens during the 3rd European Forum Conference, which will "explore how U.S. education abroad defines Europe, and how European education abroad partners define Europe to visiting U.S. students, so that students may appreciate the past, understand the present and anticipate the future of the most popular education abroad destination." 

ACT welcomes Study Abroad students

During the week of September 12, 2016, ACT welcomed over 200 incoming study abroad students from more than 20 universities across the United States.  The cohort includes students for the ninth year of cooperation with the N.U.in Program from Northeastern University.  The majority of this year's cohort are STEM majors, reflecting a growing trend across the US of students in the Science and Technology fields seeking opportunities to study abroad.  The vast majority of the incoming class of study abroad students will remain with ACT for the duration of one semester before returning to their home school.  The semester long program offers students rigorous academics, ample opportunities to engage in service to the community, cultural excursions, resume-building enrichment activities and workshops.  The multi-national makeup of ACT's student body offers an rich environment for cross-cultural exchanges of ideas and ACT welcomes the shared knowledge and experience of the incoming study abroad class by offering three places on the Student Government Association (SGA).  


ACT Computer Science student wins two 1st place positions, in a National Fpv Drone racing competition

George Papadimitropoulos, an ACT Computer Science major, participated in the Athens Drone GP (http://athensdronegp.gr/adgp/).   George won two first places in the Racing and Freestyle competition categories.  He competed with a quad-copter that he designed, constructed and developed.

George is working with his fellow classmates on Drone construction and development at the American College of Thessaloniki, ACT.

Fpv Drone racing first appeared in 2014 in Australia and quickly spread as a sport around the world.  World and National competitions are very popular and are acquiring an even larger following every year.

In Fpv Drone racing, specialized pilots fly drones in a 3D racing track with speed up to 150 km/hr.  The racing Drones are constructed by the pilots themselves or their racing team, targeting speed, agility, and robustness criteria.  The pilots fly the drones with the use of goggles which receive live-feed from the drone’s on-board camera.


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