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ACT Commencement 2011: a Wonderful Ceremony

On Wednesday, June 22, the ACT Commencement took place in the open-air amphitheater of ACT. Mr. Nikos Pentzos, President of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece addressed the graduates of 2011 in a touching speech that could not avoid mentioning the difficulties of our times derived mainly by the tough economic conditions. Mr. Pentzos underlined the most serious obstacles that a young entrepreneur would face in his effort to start a new business today in Greece, but he urged graduates to always stay faithful to their principles and values, no matter how difficult the road would be. “After all, what does high mean?”, he said. “How can we define success? I truly believe that it doesn’t matter how far you get, but how ‘well’ you reach your destination, wherever that is, and how you have remained true to yourselves when one day you take a look in the mirror at the end of the road”. He also referred to the emblematic moto of the 1899 graduation photo “Dare to do Right”, which is also the theme of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Anatolia College and the 30th anniversary of ACT. “Give one hundred per cent in whatever you do and be fully aware of the choices you make”, he said.

This year’s awards are the following:

  • ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD: Mr. Nikolaos Pentzos ‘91
  • JOHN PAPPAJOHN ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARD: Mr. Zlatin Georgiev
  • PHILIP AND MARJORIE IRELAND HUMANITARIAN AND PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD: Mr. Alexandros Taxildaris
  • VALEDICTORY: Mr. Ermal Vila
  • ALKI KYRIAKIDOU-NESTOROS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LIBERAL ARTS: Mr. Ermal Vila
  • WILLIAM W. McGREW AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HISTORY & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Mr. Plamen Panov
  • ELIZABETH YPHANTIS DEMETER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: Ms.  Lida Khachatryan
  • STAVROS S. NIARCHOS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMPUTING: Mr. Marko Alexic
  • FOTIS MINARETZIS MEMORIAL STUDENT ACTIVITIES AWARD: Ms. Sevasti Cuci
  • BEST ATHLETE AWARD: Mr. Plamen Panov
  • BORJAN TANEVSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Ms. Emilia Georgieva

Mr. Ermal Vila gave a particularly touching valedictory speech mentioning all the difficulties he faced on his way to ACT.

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Papanikolaou Hospital Project

The "Papanikolaou Hospital Project", a pilot service learning program which began this fall, ended successfully on December 6th  for Anatolia students: Ellise Bash  (ACT), Penny Boutaris (A' Lyceum), Alexander Goropoulos (A' Lyceum), Meletis Nigdelis (A' Lyceum), Tatiana Ilia (B' Lyceum), Narin Ismail (B' Lyceum), Katerina Tori (I.B.). Students voluntarily spent 25 hours each working in the Emergency State Hospital Ward, alongside doctors and nursing staff, on days when the hospital was on duty for the whole region. Students were also required to completed 5 hours of training in first aid and to submit daily work logs in order to receive hospital certification. The program was run through the ACT International Programs Office and the U.S. Counseling Office at Anatolia.

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ACT Ιnaugurates Νew Εvent Series

The inaugural “Inspiration Exchange!” event took place at ACT on December 7, 2011. The event consisted of a presentation by Genevieve Laurier, President at Oxford Hub, a student generated and managed NGO that coordinates volunteering projects, training, community outreach, and research in Oxford and other cities in the UK. A lively discussion among degree candidates and study abroad students followed, with ideas for action shared and encouraged and contacts made for future cooperation.

 The “Inspiration Exchange!” series is devoted to exploring how students can make a difference in their communities and can manage and run their own social projects to bring about change. The events are coordinated by Ruth Sutton and Laura Strieth under the auspices of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service.

 The series is one of the cornerstones of ACT’s experiential learning program.

 The next “Inspiration Exchange!” events will take place in the Spring 2012 semester. To be included on the IE! mailing list please contact Laura Streith at 2310 398 242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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ACT Students Fly to Tirana for Free

Olympic Air has introduced a new direct flight from Thessaloniki to Tiranna, twice a week. The first flight took place on Friday December the 2nd together with a ceremony in the Makedonia Airport, where the Governor of Central Macedonia was present, together with local authorities and top executives from Olympic Air and MIG (Marfin Invesment Group).

Dr. Nikolas Hourvouliades acting both as an ACT member and the Governor's representative secured some free tickets for ACT Albanian students, together with local officials, for the first flight, as an act of cooperation on behalf of Olympic Air. Our students also received a free return ticket for Monday December the 5th, and had the opportunity to spend the weekend with their friends and family. Hopefully, this was the beginning of a successful cooperation between ACT and Olympic Air, that will serve the students and their friends to visit Thessaloniki in a more convenient and efficient way. The Region of Central Macedonia also supports this action, since there are numerous advantages for tourists and business people who want to travel between Albania and North Greece.

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Join the Pella Project

Sign up for a four-week academic summer program in Northern Greece at the American College of Thessaloniki (fully accredited by the North Eastern Association of Schools and Collages- NEASC).

A challenging, high quality program of study, with the structure and substance of a true American University. All courses, taught in English.

What is the Pella Project

The Pella Project is a rigorous academic program that offers you the chance to complete two summer courses and get up to 6 transferable college credits:

a) The world of Alexander the Great: a team-taught course focusing on ancient history, geography, art and architecture, rhetoric and philosophy, political theory and drama

b) Chose your second course from a list of summer course offerings (including language, social sciences, math, business, computer science etc.) A specially designed course just for the group can be also added.

It is also a travel experience you will never forget. You will explore a good part of mainland Greece, travel to Istanbul-Turkey, explore ancient sites and monuments and most of all your home base – the city of Thessaloniki. The package includes many fun planned events such as the following: city scavenger hunt, harbor boat ride, music and dinner night out, beach times, walks and hikes, organized athletic events etc.

Click here to find out more.

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Minor in Diplomacy and International Relations

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Brief Description

For non-IR majors only.

Minor Requirements

  • Politics 201
  • Politics 249
  • Politics 231 or European Studies 210 or 211
  • History 245
  • Two additional IR electives* (to be selected in consultation with an IR advisor)

*Students may take Politics 101 as both a General Education Requirement and an International Relations elective.

Note

Students may be obliged to take extra courses beyond the 40 needed to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in order to fulfill all minor requirements.

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Minor in International Business

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Brief Description

The Division of Business offers the opportunity to students from other majors to pursue Minors in Human Resources Management and in Internation Business. These minors are not available to Business majors.

Minor Requirements

  • Management 101 - Introduction to Management
  • Management 218 - International Business
  • Marketing 101 - Introduction to Marketing
  • Marketing 318 - Global Marketing

2 electives from the following:

  • Business Administration 240 - Principles of Commercial Law
  • Economics 102 - Introductory Microeconomics
  • Economics 232 - International Economics
  • Finance 210 - Money and Banking
  • Marketing 214 - Advertising
  • Marketing 324 - E-Marketing
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Minor in Human Resource Management

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Brief Description

The Division of Business offers the opportunity to students from other majors to pursue Minors in Human Resources Management and in International Business. These minors are not available to Business majors.

Minor Requirements

  • Management 101 - Introduction to Management
  • Management 201 - Organizational Behavior
  • Management 210 - Human Resource Management

3 electives from the following:

  • Business Administration 240 - Principles of Commercial Law
  • Economics 102 - Introductory Microeconomics
  • Management 218 - International Business
  • Marketing 200 - Principles of Public Relations
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Business Division: Goals & Objectives

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ACT’s programs in business are designed to lead to US-accredited BS and MBA degrees, as well as to offer a forum for communicating new insights into management and marketing research and applications among the academic, business and entrepreneurial communities of Greece & Southeast Europe. The business education envisioned by ACT is unique for its comprehensive view of management and explicit focus on fostering entrepreneurial approaches to management in the region. Graduates will have acquired an appreciation of the interactions among all elements of an organization and be ideally equipped to lead entrepreneurial activity throughout Southeast Europe over the next decades. The foremost goal of the business curriculum is to develop and strengthen students’ coherent and logical thinking processes in order to make and implement sound, ethically responsible business decisions throughout their careers.

Our Vision

Graduate Program: To provide quality education to a diverse graduate student body who will be immediately effective in cutting edge business organizations.
Undergraduate Program: To provide the highest quality business education to a diverse student body which reflects the realities of the business world.

Our Mission

Graduate Program: Our MBA programs prepare our students to be decision-makers, leaders, and entrepreneurs, ready for a broad spectrum of managerial responsibilities and/or for success as higher level professional specialists. We affirm our commitment to intellectual contributions that enhance our teaching, particularly to applied scholarship and instructional development. We employ our professional skills in service to the College, scholarly and professional organizations, the business community, and the regional community.
Undergraduate Program: Our undergraduate programs prepare our students for successful careers and life-long learning in a rapidly changing world. We guide our students in the development of their intellectual experience.

Our Stakeholders

We recognize the following stakeholders as significant partners in our success:

  • Current and potential students
  • Employers
  • The business and professional community
  • Our alumni
  • The academic community
  • Anatolia College
  • Greek public policy makers and non-profit and community organizations

Our Educational Philosophy

To prepare our students for the roles we have described we must assure their mastery of:

  • Thinking Skills: logical, critical and integrated analysis, the capacity to exercise good judgment; creative and non-traditional problem solving; and proficiency in ethical reasoning.
  • Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Competencies: e.g., information technology and quantitative skills appropriate to problem solving in real work settings.
  • Communications Skills: proficiency in oral, written, presentation, and distance communication.
  • Change Management: understanding and shaping the forces of change, including globalization, and using this understanding to formulate, evaluate, and select from alternative strategies to achieve sustainable competitive advantage for themselves and for their companies and organizations.
  • Self-Development: the capacity to engage in the effective self-management of lifelong learning to achieve continuous professional and personal growth.

Our Core Strategies

To realize our vision, to implement our mission and to act according to our educational philosophy we must:

  • Creatively intervene in the student recruitment, selection and advising process
  • Forge numerous collaborations and affiliations with leading educational institutions and organizations
  • Promote mutually beneficial partnerships and strategic alliances with our stakeholders
  • Review, reconsider and implement faculty staffing and development strategies
  • Continuously develop and enhance our curriculum

Indicative List of Strategic Alliances

  • Tippie School of Business, University of Iowa
  • California State University FRESNO
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • International Finance Corporation
  • World Bank
  • Greek Institute of Banking
  • Karamanlis Institute
  • Papastratou Institute
  • American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
  • PAP Corporation
  • Koc University
  • American University in Bulgaria

Experiential Learning

Tell me and I will forget,
Show me and I might remember,
Involve me and I will understand,

Following this rubric, business students are given multiple opportunities to be involved through: company visits, internship opportunities, participation in student clubs and participation in the prestigious John Pappajohn Annual Business Plan Competition which offers both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to test their entrepreneurial skills and earn project seed money of up to $5,000 doing so.

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