Dukakis Center events on the horizon

The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service announces the following events during the week of March 12-16

Wednesday, March 14, 5-6:30 PM, Niarchos Teleconference Room
Dukakis Lecture: "The Global Capitalist Crisis: Its Origins, Dynamics, and Impact on the United States"
Berch Berberoglu, Foundation Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno

Thursday, March 15, 3-5 PM, Tiano Room, US Consulate General of Thessaloniki
Dukakis Round Table: "Trans-Atlantic Perspectives on the Crisis in Greece and the Eurozone"
Alan Cafruny, Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs, Hamilton College, and Alec Mally, Executive Director for Global Economic Affairs at Foresight Strategy and Communications
Moderator: David Wisner, Executive Director, Dukakis Center

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ACT's Social Media Use on Restart TV

Dr. Panos Vlachos, ACT Vice President for Academic Affairs and Tarek Kouatly, Associate Director for European Enrollment Management speak about the use of Social Media in the educational programs of the American College of Thessaloniki, on last night's Restart TV show . Watch them here!


Emeritus Anatolia President Richard Jackson speaks at ACT

Richard L. Jackson, President of Anatolia and the American College of Thessaloniki from 1999-2009, visited campus during the week of February 21-25.

He met with current President Hans Giesecke and wife Susan, trustee Angelos Billis, American Farm School President Panos Kanellis and wife Eva, and other members of the extended Anatolia family.

The high points of Mr. Jackson's visit were two public talks, one a Dukakis Lecture on contemporary China, and the other an informal discussion of his 34-year career in the US Foreign Service. Also on the program was a class visit to students in Emily Bakola's film class at Anatolia.

Mr. Jackson's stay on campus coincided with the visit to Thessaloniki of Princeton historian Molly Greene, who joined Jackson, former Pinewood President Peter Baiter, and other local Princeton alumni for a taverna dinner.

Mr. Jackson currently resides near Palm Beach, Florida, although he has travelled frequently since his retirement, doing consulting on behalf of a consortium on international education. This was his second visit back to Thessaloniki since 2009.


Princeton historian visits Anatolia

Princeton Historian Molly Greene toured the campus of Anatolia and the American College of Thessaloniki on Wednesday, February 21, as part of a three-day visit to Thessaloniki.

Professor Greene sat with President Giesecke to exchange views on a range of topics, before doing some site-seeing on the upper campus. She looked at historical photographs in Stephens and Macedonia Halls, and saw the German bunker left behind by retreating Nazis in 1945.

She then had lunch with Anatolia and ACT faculty, including ACT's three Hellenists, Maria Kyriakidou, Aigli Brouskou, and Daphne Lamprou.

An expert in Greek society during the Ottoman occupation, Professor Greene was in town to deliver a formal lecture to students of Dimitris Stamatopoulos at the University of Macedonia. She also dined with local Princeton alumni, including Richard Jackson and Peter Baiter, former presidents, respectively, of Anatolia and Pinewood.

Anatolia and ACT have hosted notable personalities from Princeton in the past, including Fred Greenstein, Mark Beissinger, and Thomas Wright.


ACT hosts inaugural Inspiration Exchange event

We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.
Margaret Mead

Crises carry with them not only danger, but also a window of potential, and it is at this time that new ideas and the commitment to act upon them have never been more needed. The Inspiration Exchange is an initiative that seeks to stimulate and support students in finding creative and courageous solutions to contemporary problems. The Inspiration Exchange series is dedicated to the belief that if given the trust and hope, young people can and will seize the opportunities to make the changes that the world needs. The initiative is a series of interactive explorations of how students can make a difference in their communities and can manage and run their own social projects to bring about change. The first event in the series took place in December 2011 with 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 UK cities. Discussion focused on how students can take initiatives and harness their energy in favor of causes they espouse. The Inspiration Exchange series will be one of the cornerstones of ACT’s service learning project. Events will feature above all local community actors who are changing attitudes and approaches to civil society in Thessaloniki.


ACT hosts diplomatic training simulation

A group of students from Anatolia and Pinewood gathered at the Bissell Library on Saturday, February 11, to take part in a simulation of A100, the training course all new American diplomats take at the US Foreign Service Institute. The students did exercises in public speaking, note taking, and cable drafting, all of which were designed to refine techniques for understanding and communicating the essence of a verbal exchange. Students were then divided into two groups and given the task of planning for an event, namely the annual celebration of July 4 at the US Embassy in Manama, Bahrain. The two teams presented their plans and critiqued each other. Individual students from the groups were then interviewed by the simulation staff, whose number included David Wisner, Stelios Kelaiditis, and Constantinos Constandinidis, to determine their first “posts” in the foreign service. The simulation concluded with the presentation of the flags of the countries to which the students were posted. The simulation of diplomatic training was the first of several planned activities in the context of ACT’s annual Diplomatic Academy, organized under the auspices of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service.


Diplomatic Training / Political Science simulation

Diplomatic Training / Political Science simulation
Instructor: Dr. Wisner
Saturday • February 11, 2012 • 11:00 - 13:30
Bissell Library, American College of Thessaloniki-ACT

A special session of diplomatic training, on the campus of the American College of Thessaloniki, under the auspices of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Canter for Public and Humanitarian Service as part of the fourth annual ACT Diplomatic Academy. The simulation will consist of mock sessions of the A100 class that all new American diplomats take at the beginning of their careers in the US Foreign Service.

Activities to be simulated include interviews, team-building exercises, note taking and cable drafting, protocol observation, public speaking, language training, "flag day," and event management.

Participants should come prepared with pen, paper, and if possible a laptop or smartphone.

Professional attire is requested.

The session is addressed to Lykeion students and will be conducted in English.


Inaugural event of the Business Crisis Management Center (BCMC)

The Business Crisis Management Center (BCMC) is a new initiative undertaken by the MBA faculty at the American College of Thessaloniki.  The BCMC provides a platform for entrepreneurs to present the impacts of the current financial crisis on their businesses. The mission of the BCMC is to present tools and best practices available that can help them develop effective response measures. In addition to offering network opportunities, BCMC also provides access to library resources.

On January 25, Mr. Nikolaos Pentzos, President, Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (F.I.N.G), inaugurated the series of events about the current financial crisis by moderating the workshop Financial Crisis: challenges on SMEs. The purpose of the workshop was to identify the thematic units of similar events about the current financial crisis anticipated to take place in the Spring 2012. In the crowded Stavros Niarchos Teleconference Center at the Bissell Library, the audience, composed primarily of business people as well as academics and MBA students, engaged in an open discussion. Through the interaction with the F.I.N.G President, the participants identified a number of topics addressing the challenges on SMEs, including liquidity issues, management practices for SMEs’ cost efficiencies, supply management , human resources management, innovation and SMEs’ outward-looking approaches.



Help take care for the urban environment!

Adopt a tree and learn and care for the nature in this city.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Volunteers will be gathering at the main entrance of the YMCA at 17:00

Through the YMCA program called:  I'm a citizen and not just a resident, in collaboration with the Deputy Mayor for the Environment, Quality of Life and open spaces, is organizing an event to inform citizens about the trees in their area and encourage them to adopt one of them.

Find out:

  • What trees exist in the city?
  • How to care for these trees?
  • How you can protect the trees around you?

This action aims to inform and raise awareness especially for owners of shops and general citizens on these issues. In parallel you can adopt a tree and help protect the urban green.

Volunteers will distribute information leaflets urging citizens on specific roads in town where trees were recently planted to adopt a tree by filling the a specfic statement and information will be given to them on how to care for their specific tree.
Those interested should register by Thursday, February 2, online at : http://www.ymca.gr/

 Info: School Action and Community Outreach YMCA (voluntary actions)

Tel 2310 241007, esot.884, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ymca.gr


Οικονομική Κρίση: Προκλήσεις για Μικρομεσαίους Επιχειρηματίες

Στο πλαίσιο έναρξης λειτουργίας του Business Crisis Management Center, το Μεταπτυχιακό Πρόγραμμα Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων (ΜΒΑ) του American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) σας προσκαλεί στην εκδήλωση Οικονομική κρίση: προκλήσεις για μικρομεσαίους επιχειρηματίες στις 25 Ιανουαρίου 2012 (18:00 – 20:00), στο Stavros Niarchos Teleconference Center, Bissell Library.

Σκοπός της εκδήλωσης είναι να διαμορφώσει τη θεματολογία των μελλοντικών δραστηριοτήτων του BCMC που θα προκύψει από την ενεργό συμμετοχή του επιλεγμένου κοινού.
Τη συζήτηση θα συντονίσει ο Πρόεδρος του Συνδέσμου Βιομηχανιών Βορείου Ελλάδος κ. Νικόλαος Πέντζος.
Η συζήτηση θα γίνει στα ελληνικά.

To Business Crisis Management Center (BCMC) είναι μια πρωτοβουλία των καθηγητών του Μεταπτυχιακού Προγράμματος (ΜΒΑ) του American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) με στόχο τη διοργάνωση εκδηλώσεων για θέματα που αφορούν τις επιχειρήσεις, στη συγκεκριμένη φάση της οικονομικής κρίσης, και την παρουσίαση τεχνικών και εργαλείων που μπορούν να βοηθήσουν στην αντιμετώπισή τους. Το Business Crisis Management Center στο ACT, μέσω της διοργάνωσης workshops, δημιουργεί πρόσφορες συνθήκες δικτύωσης και προσφέρει πρόσβαση σε επιλεγμένες πηγές πληροφόρησης για έρευνα και επιχειρηματική υποστήριξη.


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