2019 Pierce Reunion Homecoming

Welcome Home!

Join us as we celebrate the Pierce Classes of 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009 & 2019!

When: September 28, 2019
Place: Pierce – The American College of Greece

The 2019 Pierce Homecoming Reunion, organized for the first time at Pierce, is a great way to:

  • catch up with your former classmates and forge new links with other alumni
  • discover Pierce today and learn about its strategic vision
  • attend one of the Masterclasses
  • organize your own class activity
  • ….and more

Above all, celebrate your Class graduation anniversary!

Stay tuned to this section, where you will find all information you need to help you make the most of your day.

Event Program

Pierce Classes of 1949-1959-1969

12:00 – 12:30

  • Registration Pierce Classes of 1949-1959-1969 – Pierce Entrance Patio
  • Pierce Clubs Showcases:
  • Sunny Days: Exhibition & Interviews – Pierce Theater Lobby
  • Exhibition of Pierce IB students work – IB Wing Corridor

12:30 – 13:30

  • Welcome Remarks – Pierce Theater
  • Pierce Folk Dance Team – Pierce Theater

13:30 – 14:00

  • Campus Tours Pierce

14:00 – 15:30

  • Lunch – Pierce Cafeteria

Pierce Classes of 1979-1989-1999-2009-2019

16:00 – 17:30

  • Registration Pierce Classes of 1979-1989-1999-2009-2019 – Pierce Entrance Patio

Pierce Clubs Showcases:

  • Pierce MakerSpace: Pierce Students on the Work – Pierce MakerSpace
  • Pierce Robotics Club: Pierce and Robotics – Project Persephone – Automated Hydroponic System – Pierce Cafeteria Patio
  • Pierce Solar Car Power: Solar Car Power Races – Pierce Cafeteria Patio
  • Sunny Days: Exhibition & Interviews – Pierce Theater Lobby
  • Campus Tours – Pierce

17:30 – 18:30

  • Welcome Remarks  Pierce Theater
  • Pierce Music Club: Musical Performance by Pierce students  Pierce Theater

18:30 – 20:00 – Pierce

Pierce Clubs Showcases:

  • Forensics Club: Speaking to Win – Black Box Theater
  • Pierce Robotics Club: Pierce and Robotics – Project Persephone – Automated Hydroponic System – Pierce Cafeteria Patio
  • Pierce Solar Car Power: Solar Car Power Races – Pierce Cafeteria Patio

General concept: Well-being

1. Create a reality worth living

Presenter: Katerina Soldatou (Deree alumna) – Constant Dreamer with a cause.


Many people claim that they are risk takers but do they really take serious risks or do they just follow the social media pattern? Living in a fast moving world of limited talent, authenticity and character; who is really expanding, developing and living outside the comfort zone?

People should never stop evolving, trying new things and seeking knowledge. We will never be perfect but we can keep on trying hard.

Presenter’s Βio:

Katerina Soldatou was born in England where she also spent her first years. She studied Marketing at Deree. In addition to her high school and university studies, she was involved in sports, dance (classical ballet), martial arts (kick boxing, taekwondo) and free diving.

She has founded and still operates the "Beyond Aerial" School located at the Olympic Stadium of Athens (OAKA) where, after years of effort, Katerina and her team succeeded in promoting "Aerial Dance", that had been unknown in Greece. Aerial Dance and its evolution into "Extreme Aerial Dance", that is, high altitude dance, in adverse conditions, has been presented in many historical Greek sites (Meteora, Isthmus of Corinth, Rio-Antirio Bridge, Vikos Gorge). It made such an impact that project "Greece Has Soul" was born, a project that aims to promote the country as well as to protect the environment (in collaboration with Greenpeace).

Project: Greece has Soul
Aerial School: Beyond Aerial

Duration: 30 mins
Time: 18:40 – 19:10
Location: Pierce Amphitheater

2. Increase focus, decrease tension

Presenters: Dr. Zeta Polymenea (Pierce 79) & Dr. Persa Kyvelou


Self-regulating stress enables us in realizing our true potential and our wellbeing. It improves our focus, decreases anxiety and helps in learning disabilities. This masterclass introduces the scientific method of Biofeedback, based on neurophysiology. The workshop will be interactive, with live stress assessment at the end for up to 5 participants who express interest upon registration.

Can you control stress instead of stress controlling you? The unregulated stress has a negative impact in health, performance and behavior. In Biofeedback we observe ourselves and “see” or “hear” - with the aid of electronic devices- what is really stressing us, how we respond real-time, and the toll stress takes on our functions.

Based on accurate feedback we form a better understanding of ourselves and train in self-regulation, to perform in our full potential. We train to change responses which are harmful to our health, bodily and psycho-mentally. Biofeedback is widely utilized, indicatively: to address work-stress related disorders, by champions and Olympic teams, to decrease examination anxiety. Biofeedback is included in a CE certification program from the University of EKPA: “Coaching on health wellbeing, exercise and longevity”.

Presenters’ Bios:

Zeta Polymenea (Pierce ’79)    

A medical doctor, GP (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). In her clinical practice of 30 years, she has integrated Biofeedback, in the prevention and treatment of patients. She cooperated with the Cy-feed Biofeedback Center in the application of biofeedback protocols to address work related stress disorders, with further studies in effective negotiations, and crisis management (University of Toronto). She co-authored 21 clinical studies presented in international medical congresses. She participates in lectures for the public on health issues, and interdisciplinary education programs for health care professionals in Canada. She believes “euzoia” (wellbeing) is essentially a social notion.

Persa Kyvelou

Medical doctor, General Practitioner with special training in Biofeedback method for stress control, author of scientific education material and trainer at the University of EKPA, for two CE programs: in Biofeedback titled “Coaching, Health, Wellness, Exercise and Longevity” and in Advanced Homeopathic Medicine titled “Natural Medicines and Complementary Treatments”. Lecturer in 45 round table discussions and presentations for the public on health topics of high social interest, under the auspices of many municipalities in Greece and in Cyprus.

Duration: 45 mins
Time: 19:15 – 20:00
Location: Pierce Amphitheater

3. Taste of Thrive by Thrive Global

Presenter: Katerina Triviza (Deree ‘76) TBC


A cutting-edge master class organized by Thrive Global Greece. Its aim is to show us how well-being impacts our productivity.

Thrive Global was launched by Arianna Huffington and recently started operating in Greece. Its mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance well-being, performance, and purpose, and create a healthier relationship with technology.

Presenter’s Bio:

Katerina Triviza is the Corporate Head of Thrive Global Greece. Prior to joining Thrive, she was the Executive Vice-President of CEO Clubs Greece who is responsible for Member Relations. Katerina has 37 years of experience in senior managerial and executive positions. She was the Chief Executive Officer of Eurobank Business Services, Marketing Director of Retail Banking products and Director of Human Resources in Eurobank. She has also worked for the General Secretariat of Ministers of the European Union.

Apart from her successful professional activity, for many years she has been a member of executive officers clubs such as the CEO Clubs Greece, while the last few years she has been coaching and mentoring C- level executives.

In her spare time, she likes reading ancient Greek philosophers and hiking on Hymettus mountain.

Duration: 60 mins
Time: 18:40 – 19:40
Location: Pierce Faculty Lounge

4. The medical tattoo that heals the soul and “completes the picture”

Presenter: Elena Daskalopoulou (Pierce ’89)


At the age of 35, Elena was diagnosed with breast cancer. She shares her journey to healing and her decision to become a Medical Tattoo Artist so that she could bring back the smile in women who had the same experience with her!

Presenter’s Bio:

Elena has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southeastern College. She has worked for a number of years in Marketing in private companies. She studied Cosmetic Areola and Nipple Restoration as well as cosmetic skin and Graft camouflage at the Natural Enhancement Permanent Cosmetics, UK.

Duration: 30 mins
Time: 19:45 – 20:15
Location: Pierce Faculty Lounge

5. The pursuit of Ηappiness

Presenter: Christina Karampoula (Deree ‘93)


The pursuit of happiness is one of humanity’s most serious endeavors and happiness is amongst our most important needs.

  • Happiness is a personal decision
  • Happiness lies within the small pleasures of life or it is fleeting and only found in specific moments?
  • Happiness is found through meaningful relationships? (according to Harvard’s 75 year ongoing research)

So, come join us to connect and discuss in small groups:

  • What is happiness for each one of us and whether it is different along the span of one’s life
  • Does it depend on our relationships to others, significant or not?
  • How does it correlate with financial or professional success?
  • How is it connected with our health?

Presenter’s Bio:

Christina Karaboula is a Psychologist, psychotherapist, family therapist, certified in Family Psychotherapy, from the Laboratory for the Study of Human Relations.

B.A. in Psychology, Deree College.
Postgraduate degrees UCL / Institute of Education:

Diploma in Education and M.A. in Psychology of Education.

Her work experience includes, KETHEA (Therapy Centre for Dependent Individuals) as an associate in the Education Department, Kyanous Stavros (Private Clinic) and Ionios School (Private School) as an advisor to the Nursery Department.

She has collaborated with private Schools in Psycho-education Seminars for Elementary and Nursery School teachers and one-day seminars, at Private School Parents’ Association, regarding Exam Anxiety and Coping Mechanisms for children and parents.

Since 2013 she works at her private office providing psychotherapy to adults (Greek and English speakers), couples and families, in individual or group sessions.

She had a long collaboration with the Municipality of Filothei-Psychiko, providing counselling sessions.

Member of SEPS (Association of Greek Psychologists), of HELASYTH (Hellenic Association for Systemic Therapy) and EFTA (European Family Therapy Association).Therapy) and EFTA (European Family Therapy Association).

Duration: 60 mins
Time: 19:15 – 20:15
Location: Pierce Room #400

20:00 – 21:00

  • Class GatheringPierce Theater Patio

21:00 – 24:00

  • Cocktail receptionPierce Theater Patio

Our team is working closely with each participating class organizing committee, made up of dynamic and passionate alumni volunteers, to ensure the success of the 2019 Pierce Homecoming Reunion. Volunteer to support your Homecoming today by contacting us at alumni@acg.edu.

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