Welcome to the June issue of Touch Base, your official Alumni e-Newsletter issued by The American College of Greece’s Office of Development & Alumni Relations

This June, we look forward to welcoming our new alumni as PIERCE and DEREE students gear up for graduation, which will further boost our 39,000 graduates’ strength around the world, while ALBA students get ready for their fall graduation.

We also look at what happened at the unprecedented Reunion of the DEREE Classes of ’02, ’03 & ’04 this past May, and look ahead to the 20-Year Reunion of the PIERCE Class of ’95 coming up in June – which has all the hallmarks of a very memorable evening.

Read on for an exclusive interview with distinguished alumnus Dimitris Michopoulos (DEREE ’93), the Managing Director of Weber Shandwick Greece, a leading global public relations and communication firm named 2014 Global Agency of the Year by the Holmes Report, and which recently signed an agreement with DEREE to offer students in the MA in Strategic Communication & Public Relations the opportunity to work in a real business environment through internships, participation in focus groups and brainstorming sessions, among other methods.

Read on to discover which alumni are winning awards in advertising, are delivering social media marketing Master Classes, and photography shows, or other events at DEREE, and find out which alumni are carving a name for themselves in the Corporate Social Responsibility world.

For all you budding entrepreneurs, check out the third round of VentureGarden, which began on May 18 at ALBA with 35 participants. VentureGarden is an educational support program for early stage entrepreneurs, which combines rigorous training with mentoring support. VentureGarden in Athens is run by ALBA’s entrepreneurship center AHEAD. The next round begins in early July.

Also in this issue, find out which ACG alumni are causing a stir in the business world, by visiting our popular Alumni on the Rise section.

Don’t miss our story on an innovative Waste Management Workshop held by DEREE, Columbia University and WTERT Greece-Synergia, and read about the tribute paid to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for its support of the SNF Scholarship Program for Parallel Studies at DEREE-ACG & the Program’s scholars

To see which other fascinating events are being held at your alma mater, The American College of Greece, see our ACG Spotlight section and check out our Calendar section on the right for summer events.

Please also take care to update your profile here – also to be forwarded to those alumni who you know are not registered with us – so that you don’t miss out on reunions, other happenings, alumni news and much, much, more as we help you stay in touch with old classmates and stay abreast of developments at ACG. For a closer look at The American College of Greece, see ACG’s 2014 Annual Report.

For all those taking their summer hols in June, we wish you a great summer, full of rest, fun and relaxation!

Don’t forget PIERCE has a fantastic Summer Camp, if you’re looking for a great experience for your kids.

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The ACG Office of Development & Alumni Relations

Mary-Irene Triantafillou (DEREE ’89), Executive Director of Development at ACG, and Carolina Bachariou, ACG’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations Manager.