Tom Mustin is a two-time Emmy Award winner for best large market morning show, both for his solo-anchored coverage of the Bailey School shooting, and as part of Emmy award winning live coverage of the Hayman fire, and the Bolder Boulder 10k run. He was also awarded the Mississippi AP Award for best continuing coverage of a developing story.


Tom is also a teacher, husband and father. We've asked him to share the story of the path he's taken, which he begins with his freshman year at ACS:                                                                                                                                                               

Education


"I attended ACS for my freshman year in 74-75. My father was with the U.S. Navy's 6th fleet. We left Greece to return to Alexandria, Virginia, where my father worked in the Pentagon. I graduated from St. Stephens in Alexandria. (All conference in football, all conference and all prep in baseball.) I received a BS in Economics and a minor in English from Virginia Tech. (Go Hokies!). I was a two year college football letterman at Hampden-Sydney college, before transferring to VT. I later received a certificate in Broadcast Journalism from UCLA.

During our time in Greece, we lived in Kifissia. I played on the Kifissia Chiefs football team and the Kifissia Sox baseball team, and was an all-star in both sports.


Career


"I'm a news anchor and reporter at KMGH - the ABC affiliate in Denver, Colorado. I also worked at KCNC, the Denver CBS station, and stations in Greensboro, N.C., Jackson, MS, and Charlottesville, VA. I interned at KABC in Los Angeles."



I had excellent teachers at ACS, who helped prepare me for a career in broadcasting. I remember being scared to death to speak in front of my English class, but my instructor (who's name escapes me) was so encouraging I somehow made it through that terrifying experience. She helped me conquer my fears, and realize I could do it. I now emcee numerous events with the Make-A-Wish foundation, Reading Partners, Adoption Exchange, Visit Denver, Alzheimer's Association, and many others. I credit my ability to speak in front of hundreds of people (and thousands of viewers everyday) to my experience long ago at ACS. Yassou!

After graduating from Virginia Tech, I moved to Los Angeles, and worked as an actor for several years. (General Hospital, Star Trek IV, L.A Law, Days of Our lives, etc.) Again, props to ACS for helping conquer my fear of public speaking! During a writer's strike I helped launch Working World magazine - a free employment publication. I also attended UCLA at night where I received a certificate in Broadcast Journalism. That lead to my first on-air job as a reporter in Charlottesville, VA."




Tom contributes to his civic community in many ways, as well as giving future journalists the benefit of his experience and success through teaching:

Civic Life


"I work with the organizations I mentioned previously (Make-A-Wish, Reading Partners, Adoption Exchange, Visit Denver, Alzheimer's Association, etc.) and have been a board member with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association of Denver."

I also teach a "Fundamentals of Journalism" course at the University of Colorado, two days a week.


My goals are to continue championing worthy causes, and to shine a spotlight on amazing organizations that work to change the lives of deserving people.

I'm an avid runner, and hiker. I support the charities listed above, and often speak at local schools.


OWL asked Tom to tell our readers about his family:



"I am married to Carolyn Cooper Mustin. We just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. (We were children when we married!) Carolyn owns "The Bees Knees" - a popular antique shop in Castle Rock, Colorado. We have three children.



Tyler is 27. He's a University of Texas graduate, and producer for Fox Sports in Los Angeles. (He's won four Emmys for his part in Fox's World Series coverage.)

Will is 25. He's an NYU graduate, and an editor/director/writer at Fox Searchlight in Los Angeles.


Hayley is 21. She will be a senior at the University of Texas, majoring in Communications.



My father was a career Naval officer. He retired in Arlington, VA as a three star Admiral. The U.S.S. Mustin destroyer was named for my father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle. Dad passed away two years ago. My mother still lives in Arlington and is a member of the Army-Navy Country Club tennis and golf team.


My brother, Lloyd, (also an ACS alumnus) just sold his business, XL Associates, and is retired in McLean Virginia (For now.) He also retired from the Navy as a captain. He is married to his wife, Tracy. They have three children, and 6 grandchildren.


My sister Kay lives in Suffolk Virginia. She's a hospital recruiter. Her husband Steve is an award winning home project manager. They have three children.



My brother John, is keeping up the family's naval tradition.He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1990, and is now a rear Admiral. He and his wife, Kim, live in New York City."

Tom remembers ACS Athens friendships fondly.



"I look back on out time in Greece with great fondness, and thanks to social media, still keep in touch with many of my classmates all across the world- Jerry Gaffney, Susan McQuillan Bonney, Annie Ball, Jenny Arvidson, and others.  I'll never forget walking across campus at Virginia Tech and bumping into my old ACS classmate, Jack Bedrosian! What a small world!

I was also at a party in Blacksburg while in college and ran into another ACS alum-Derek Donahue. To quote Darth Vader, "The ACS force is strong!"

Tom has this advice for new ACS Athens graduates, and young upcoming professionals in general:

"My advice to this year's ACS Athens graduates- Go for it! Figure out what you want to do with your life and do it. Don't ever let anyone tell you what you can and can't do.  Life is short, so pursue your dreams with passion and persistence.  I had a teacher at UCLA who offered some great words of wisdom- 'Don't ever be frightened, intimidated, or lazy.' ACS has given all of us a great foundation. Now it's up to you to build on that foundation. Work hard, have fun and change the world!  Yassou."


Tom Mustin

KMGH Denver 7


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Congratulations to Dr. Stefanos Gialamas

 ACS Athens President, for receiving on July 31st the Ideagen Leadership Award for the Great Work the Entire Community of ACS Athens is doing to "Prepare Young People to Become Tomorrow's Leaders with Ethos"

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ACS Athens opens the door to a new world of learning through its new Virtual School

The ACS Athens Virtual School officially inaugurates its programs for the academic year 2019-2010, under the auspices of The Institute of ACS Athens.
Read more here!



We hear 2019 ACS Stateside Alumni Reunion in San Antonio, Texas was a lot of fun... Watch this space next month for photos!



ACS ATHENS MEGA 2020 Reunion in Athens

Mark your calendars for the MOTHER of all reunions:

Event on campus,  June 13,2020. Lots of plans in the works.

Tours, a cruise of several islands, a trip down to the Peloponnese. A-la-cart pricing and package pricing will be available. Airfare to Athens is separate. Start making your plans. Invite your friends and family. You will not regret it.

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Natalia Linos, MSc, ScD

Executive Director


Natalia joined the Harvard FXB Center from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with a wealth of global health and development experience having worked in the UN system since 2007. Most recently, she led UNDP’s work on addressing complex challenges at the nexus of health and environment, looking especially at the vulnerability of poor and marginalized communities to climate change. Natalia developed the strategy for UNDP’s engagement in this new area of work, fostering closer collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), and established relationships with academic partners and funders, including the Planetary Health Alliance, the Wellcome Trust and the European Commission.

ACS Athens Alum Tereza Panagiotopoulos'

compelling cover of the classic "Fly Me To the Moon"

Have a LISTEN!


 


© 2019 ACS Athens Global Association






"My connection to ACS Athens actually dates from... before I was born! 

This is because my mother, Mary Aniston by maiden name, Mary Papasifakis when she married

my father and came from the U.S. to live in Greece as a young newlywed, found employment at

what was then, in the mid 1950s, still called the "Anglo-American School" of Athens, then still a

small school operating out of a house in Filothei, which soon evolved into ACS Athens.  Her college

degree was not in the field of education, but things were different in those days -- this school

needed native English-speaking elementary school teachers, she showed an affinity for the job,

and indeed this was her start in what was to be a long and very successful  career in education,

and what also turned out to be a lifelong association with ACS. 


In a sense I was actually born into the ACS environment, then -- my mom continued to teach

there after my birth, and in factmy Godmother, Penelope Chiakulas, was a fellow ACS elementary

school teacher in those early founding years of the school... like my mom at the time, a

newlywed Greek-American who had come with her husband to live in Athens. Some of the other

teachers at that early period of ACS will be familiar to many of those ACS alums and friends of my

ACS "generation" -- David King, Dede Allsebrooke, Millie Panopoulos,  Mary Zoumpos, Vicky Chappen,

Sophia Mezitis come to mind.


Manolis (aka Emmanuel) as a Junior


ACS was, during my time there,  a very particular environment. An unusual one

in many respects even, because of the mix, the particular diversity of its student

body and its teachers and administrators.  And a high quality of primary and

secondary school education it offered too -- high quality by any standard,

something I came to see and appreciate only much later, once I was a college

student at Oberlin and even later, when I saw in how many ways ACS prepared

me well for my future endeavors.   I know that ACS retains a high standard of

excellence as a school -- times have changed though, and I doubt it has quite

the tone and diversity it had during my time there, when it served, as an

American overseas school, a wide community that by now has dispersed or

even doesn't quite exist anymore.  


Brother Mark, class of '76  and his daughter, mother Mary Aniston McLeod and Manolis


Sunday May 17th of this year, my mother's ashes (she passed away in October, 2017)

were scattered into the sea here in Piraeus, near her home in which she had resided

for the last almost twenty years and where she died. Mom left ACS while I was in

college,  now Mary McLeod from her second marriage, to Dr. Jack McLeod,  to continue

work in the field of international education alongside Dr. McLeod, for many years at

Beirut's International College and later in Baghdad and Bahrain, returning permanently

to Greece in 1991 after Jack McLeod's death.  


But she, and my brother and I too, always retained contact with ACS and the ACS

"circle" among which number a lot of good and longtime friends.

  

In 2006  Mom re-met, after many years, with Hurley Hanley, onetime principal of

ACS Elementary School, while he was on a return visit to Greece.  It was a fortuitous

reunion -- a life-partnership developed which lasted until my mother's death.  Hurley,

now back in the U.S., could not be present at the deposition of my mother's ashes,

but apart from immediate family two other ACSers were present, dear friends Richard

and Ginger Apple. Richard (Dick) had long ago been a gym teacher and for a time

Vice-Principal at the ACS Middle School. Ginger had come to ACS first as a student

teacher from Miami University, and later returned to ACS as a regular teacher.  

Both now retired, the Apples now retain an apartment here in Piraeus, as a second

home.


For myself and my family, but also for so many people who were either

alumnae or worked at ACS Athens for a longer or shorter time, it seems ACS and

its community forged strong, lasting bonds, something special that doesn't happen

with so many schools.  May ACS Athens continue to thrive and be this way!

   


Alums and friends Chris Moukas, Costas Iraclides, Johnny Vavouras and Manolis Papasifakis


Career

Manolis showed musical talent at an early age and began piano lessons at just over

five years old, under the tutelage of Elijah Yardumian, (noted musical pedagogue,

founder and director of the Drexel Hill Conservatory, and brother of acclaimed

composer Richard Yardumian).  Later he enrolled at the Athens Conservatory for

study with noted pianist and teacher Aliki Vatikioti. 


Manolis Papasifakis with felllow pianist Dimitris Vezyroglou, four-hands piano recital at the Athens Conservatory. 


Following college studies he moved to New York City and embarked on what would

become a diverse musical career as a solo pianist, teacher, vocal coach and accompanist,

chamber music player and, occasionally, conductor. In 1989 he was a finalist in the

New York International Chopin Competition. 


Based in his native Greece since the early 1990s, 

Manolis is now known as one of the country’s prominent

classical musicians. Either as a piano soloist or as a

collaborative artist he has performed at many of the

country’s leading classical music venues and summer

festivals.  For many years the official accompanist of

the Grand Prix Maria Callas Competition for singers,

he has garnered an international reputation as a

vocal coach and accompanist, collaborating regularly

with many of Greece’s leading classical singers, and

remains much in demand as a teacher/coach to young

aspiring singers.  He is a regular faculty member at the

Musical Odyssey Masterclasses held every summer

at Nafplio, which hosts internationally renowned

guest teachers of piano and voice, and where he

coaches both piano and voice students in the art of

collaborative music-making. 


Below: Manolis PapasifakisRosa Cappon PoulimenouIoanna KaramolegouIoannis Kavouras and 

George Matheakakis. 






Widener University and ACS Athens Institute offer

groundbreaking hybrid undergraduate, graduate and

doctorate courses on Educational Leadership



Starting in 2019, ACS Athens IIC further expands its portfolio of activities to provide

online high school courses, leadership programs for students and adults, and online

undergraduate courses.


Within this scope, IIC has signed an agreement with Widener University (Chester, PA)

to develop collaboration on three levels: Undergraduate, Masters and  Doctoral.

Read more here




ACS Athens Seniors say their final goodbyes as they do their Senior Walk around campus.


Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on their graduation

June 14! We welcome new Alumni to the international 

community of ACS Athens Global, and extend our warmest

wishes of success and happiness for their futures!

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Congratulations Academy Principal, Dave Nelson!

Equity Maps is proud to be recognized among the best apps for teaching and learning

in 2019. Thank you @aasl ! #socraticseminar #spiderwebdiscussion









Communications & Alumni Officer

Department: Communications

Reports to: Director of Enrollment Management & Communications

School year: 2019 - 2020


Basic Function and Scope of Tasks:

The Communications & Alumni Officer of ACS Athens has a key role to play in

planning and delivering communications to key publics, such as the ACS Athens

community, faculty, students, staff and the wider international community in

Greece. The Communications & Alumni Officer writes, edits, co-ordinates and

publishes content across various channels, including the school websites, social

media, and print and online marketing materials. He/she also plans and

implements communications and marketing campaigns to raise awareness or

funds for specific projects, events or initiatives, while progressively improving

organizational understanding of what works for different audiences.


The Communications & Alumni Officer is

responsible for the planning and implementation

of programs and projects that strategically

engage alumni in strengthening programs and

provide tangible benefits to alumni and current

students.


Serving as an ACS Athens ambassador, the

Communications & Alumni Officer is charged

with inviting and securing commitments from

alumni

and the wider school community to provide

professional expertise and volunteer service;

collaborating with colleagues in the

administrative offices (including, but not limited

to Admissions, Development, Public Affairs and

Student Affairs) and the schools to create and maintain pathways for community participation that advance the goals of the Institute; partnering with

Development colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni giving;

and serving as a liaison between the Alumni and community groups with the

academic and administrative leadership.

Key communications responsibilities:

Press

  • Maintain a current list of media outlets relevant to the subject of interest the school is 
  • promoting;
  • Write and edit articles, press releases and statements as per the communications strategy of the school;
  • Coordinate with the Creative Coordinator for advertisement artwork and concepts
  • Monitor publicity and exposure and assess effectiveness of media campaigns Digital Media 
  • Coordinate with Web Administrator and Creative Coordinator on developing, manage and updating of content for website;
  • Maintain social media accounts and initiate campaigns and awareness;
  • Plan and create multi-media communications materials.

Events

  • Produce, edit and distribute updates and materials for external and internal audiences;
  • Provide communications support for campaigns and events;
  • Help market and communicate events, such as seminars, conferences, and events for the public;
  • Provide creative, editorial and operational support for communications projects and report on progress;

Brand

  • Ensure consistent branding is used, as it pertains to the vision and mission of the school;
  • Coordinate with the Data Protection Officer regarding matters related to Data Protection policy and processes

Alumni Affairs

  • Initiate, plan and coordinate Alumni focused activities, events and campaigns aiming to attract interest and support from the international Alumni community of the school
  • Act as Liaison with ACS Athens Global, Alumni Social Media and ACS Athens Owl (news/announcements/events);
  • Update & maintain Alumni section on ACS Athens website;
  • Create and maintain an up-to-date ACS Athens alumni database (in conjunction with Registrar/Global and FB administrators), sortable by year, house, profession, school/university attended, current geographical location);

Qualifications and experience

  • Minimum a Bachelors degree in a relevant field is required, preferable in communications, journalism, marketing, etc.
  • Substantial publications experience in one or more communications and marketing disciplines.
  • A proven track record of delivering quality work in a changing environment using a variety of channels.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, in English and Greek;
  • Substantial experience in writing and editing; online, offline, internal and external;
  • Ability to identify and clearly communicate key messages to a variety of audiences;
  • Sound judgment about appropriate language;
  • Ability to negotiate, persuade and influence others as required;
  • Proofreading skills and a keen eye for detail;
  • Ability to prioritise, manage projects and meet strict deadlines;
  • Ability to effectively work with a range of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office;
  • Good understanding of website management and social media;
  • Good administration skills;
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of the ACS Athens history and unique culture

Personal traits

  • Strong team player with ability to work across departments ;
  • Highly organised and self-motivated with ability to plan and manage own work area and meet deadlines.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

To be considered for this vacancy, please reference job title and your last name in the subject line (e.g. RE:

COMMUNICATIONS_SMITH), and submit in English:

  • Cover letter, which should include a statement of your educational philosophy;
  • Resume;
  • The contact information for three professional references.

 Submit the above required information to jobs@acs.gr.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Deadline: July 12, 2019.


 

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2019 ACS Stateside Alumni Reunion

San Antonio Texas

Contact Ann Lappas-Stiles for complete details.

$232 per person or a-la-cart Fees: 2 dinners, a barge ride with cocktails and finger food, free time to see the sights, hospitality suite stocked with snacks, soft drinks and wine and beer.

Hotel fees are $119 per room with 1 in room; $129 with 2 persons in room Includes buffet breakfast at hotel

All alumni and friends and family are invited!



ACS ATHENS MEGA 2020 Reunion in Athens

Mark your calendars for the MOTHER of all reunions---- Athens, June 2020. Plans are still being processed but the big party will be Saturday night June 13, 2020.

Tour of the city--free time--a cruise of several islands---a trip down to the Peloponnese. A-la-cart pricing and package pricing will be available. Airfare to Athens is separate. Start making your plans. Invite your friends and family. You will not regret it.

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by Mary LaViolette


About the Author


Paul’s sister, Mary LaViolette-Ange, attended 10th grade at ACS 1963-64, spent 1964-65 at Chatelard School in Les Avants, Switzerland, then graduated from Wellesley College and from the MBA program of Baruch College.  She is a DC area Realtor residing in Annandale, VA and also spends time in Karytaina in the Peloponnese. Her son Tony Nicolopoulos, a retired US Army officer, resides in Madrid, Spain.




Paul Alex LaViolette is an astrophysicist, general systems theorist, and inventor who thinks outside of the box.  He is president of the Starburst Foundation, conducting interdisciplinary research in physics, astronomy, climatology, systems theory, cognitive psychology and ancient mythology.  Theories he has originated and published in these fields provide explanations to many unanswered questions.  Because of the broad scope of his contributions, he has been termed a Renaissance Man.  After graduating from ACS in 1965, he received a BA in physics from Johns Hopkins, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Portland State University.


In 1970 he interrupted his MBA to complete two years of alternative service at Harvard School of Public Health.  While there, as a researcher in respiratory protection, Paul invented an improved pulsation dampener for air sampling pumps which today is used on all air sampling pumps used by miners and also invented and patented a new type of life-support rebreather apparatus.  



Some of Paul’s firsts include:

He was the first to show predator-prey oscillation behavior in stock market trends such as the Dow Jones Average.  He originally wrote the paper for a business school finance class and later published it.  Predator-prey market theory has now become a fruitful field of academic investigation.

While at Portland State University (PSU), Paul served as a solar energy consultant to the United Nations (UNITAR) and to the Club of Rome contributing to their fourth Report, where he was the first to show that a 1000 megawatt photovoltaic power plant would be cheaper to build than a nuclear power plant.  His findings received much press attention in the U.S. and created a media splash in Greece.  Later, Paul consulted the Greek government and ΔΕΗ on solar energy.  


During Paul's first year at PSU, he developed a feeling tone theory of brain function based on the work of psychiatrist William Gray.  This theory explaining the process of creative thought formation, received considerable publicity and attention from various universities.  On its basis he consulted Hughes Aircraft Corporation on ways to improve innovation in the company's work force and later learned that the advice had saved Hughes $40 million. 


Also while at PSU, Paul served as editor of a book of essays by systems theorist Ludwig von Bertalanffy.  In the years that followed, Paul published five books presenting various novel discoveries he had made: Subquantum KineticsGenesis of the CosmosEarth Under FireDecoding the Message of the PulsarsGalactic Superwaves, and Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion.  This last book, his most recent, was one of his publisher’s best sellers, initially ranking second in Amazon’s aerospace technology category.  In it he reverse engineers the B-2 bomber’s propulsion system as well as technologies that power highly classified advanced craft.  His books have been translated into German, Hungarian, Czech, Russian, and Greek.  His books in Greek include: Γενεση του Κοσμου and Γη Πυροβλητος.  He also has many scientific publications which are available on his websites etheric.com and starburstfound.org.


Paul is the originator of a novel approach to microphysics which resolves many long-standing problems in physics and renders previous unified field theories obsolete.  This methodology called “subquantum kinetics” has had 13 of its predictions later verified by scientists’ observations.  He was the first astronomer to disprove the expanding universe theory by showing its inability to fit observational data in a consistent manner, and has shown that subquantum kinetics provides a viable alternative to the big bang cosmology. 


Among other things, LaViolette’s physics refutes Einstein’s special theory of relativity and entirely replaces general relativity.  Experiments he conducted with colleague Guy Obolensky showed evidence that electric fields can travel faster than the speed of light.  Paul also has demonstrated that black holes cannot exist and that what astronomers claim are black holes are actually very massive stars which are creating and emitting tremendous amounts of matter and energy at a prodigious rate.  Needless to say Dr. LaViolette’s theories advocate a complete overhaul of physics and such changes do not come quickly.  The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer has said: “All truth passes through 3 stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”  Hopefully Paul’s physics theory, which has received considerable attention, will reach the third stage soon.  


Contrary to standard belief, Paul has shown evidence that the energy of a light wave is not constant over long periods of time.  On the one hand, he has shown that photon energy gradually decreases when traveling between galaxies, producing a “tired-light” redshift effect which fits cosmological data better than the big bang theory.  On the other hand, he has shown that light waves traveling within galaxies actually gain energy over time, i.e., blueshift their frequency.  Based on this, he is the first to show that this effect spontaneously creates an excess energy within planets and stars which he terms “genic energy”.  He informed NASA about his photon blueshifting prediction and urged them to look for a blueshift in their spacecraft transponder signals.  NASA scientists  confirmed his prediction when they discovered that microwave tracking signals transmitted to the Pioneer spacecraft were returned to Earth at a higher frequency.  This subsequently became known as the “Pioneer effect”.  Paul is also credited with discovering that the masses and luminosities of both planets and stars conform to the same logarithmic relation, indicating that red dwarf stars and planets are both powered by genic energy, and that standard theories which claim that stars are powered entirely by nuclear energy are incorrect.  His prediction that brown dwarf stars should conform to this same planetary-stellar relation was also later confirmed by scientist’s observations.  LaViolette’s theory opens up new possibilities for energy technology: it prompts a complete rethinking of physicists’ sacred First Law of Thermodynamics as it leads to the understanding that so called “over-unity” or “free energy” devices can actually work and make low cost energy available without violating the “laws of physics”.


Paul is also the originator of the galactic superwave theory which proposes that cosmic ray outbursts from the center of our Galaxy periodically trigger major shifts of the Earth's climate. His findings about superwaves have been spotlighted in documentaries airing on the Discovery and History channels.  In testing this theory, he became the first to discover high concentrations of cosmic dust and gold in ice age polar ice.  He is also the first to discover superconducting cosmic dust particles (composed of a tin-lead alloy) in 49,000 year old Greenland ice.  This dust event constituted the largest influx of dust to fall onto the Earth in the last 450,000 years.  One of the particles he imaged holds the record of being the largest monomineralic cosmic dust particle yet found.  Mass spectrometry analysis of the dust, which he conducted together with an Australian cosmochemist, led to the world's first discovery of anomalous isotope ratios in tin, an indication of its extraterrestrial origin.  In 1988 he requested samples of polar ice from the Russian base in Vostok, Antarctica, becoming the first U.S. glaciologist to receive polar ice samples from the former Soviet Union.  His request led to the creation of the current US-Russian ice core exchange program. 



Paul’s 1983 prediction that interstellar dust has recently entered the solar system was confirmed ten years later by data received from the Ulysses spacecraft.  He was also the first to show evidence that the last ice age was ended by a global warming episode due to an over-active Sun.  He has uncovered evidence establishing that the Pleistocene large animal extinction was caused by an extreme solar flare outburst which produced a terrestrial conflagration 12,900 years ago, an event that is chronicled in many ancient myths including the ancient Greek myth of Phaethon.  Paul is also the originator of the glacier wave flood theory which provides a reasonable scientific explanation for the widespread continental floods that occurred throughout the ice age and substantiates ancient myths and legends about the Great Flood, such as Plato’s flood myth.  His glacier wave theory also presents a credible explanation for the sudden freezing of the ice age mammoths in Alaska and Siberia, and for how lignite deposits came to be formed, such as those currently being mined in Megalopolis.  More recently he has established that the extinction of Neanderthal man was due to an extreme solar flare event which occurred during the passage of a major superwave.



Also Paul has shown that the locations and pulse characteristics of the most unusual radio pulsars mark key galactic locations and exhibit geometric relationships suggesting that they may be communication beacons artificially engineered by extraterrestrial civilizations.  He is also the first to suggest that radio pulsars could be part of a galactic GPS network for space navigation, something that NASA is now actively investigating for deep space travel.  His findings appear in the journal Astrobiology and Outreach, as well as in his book Decoding the Message of the Pulsars.


Dr. LaViolette has also made many contributions to the field of archaeoastronomy.  

He was the first to decipher a message encoded in the Scorpius-Sagittarius zodiac constellations warning of the passage of a galactic superwave 15,900 years ago.  He is also the first to work out the significance of the ancient Greek myth of Astraea and of the zodiac mosiac displayed in the Beth-Alpha Synagogue, both of which record the occurrence of a solar conflagration which struck 12,750 years ago.  His work has provided new understandings of the ancient Minoan bull-leaping ritual, the Pleiadean rites, and the meaning of myths connected with the Taurus and Orion constellations. 


In addition, he is the first to decipher the astronomical significance of the South American Indian Barasana cosmology which refers to cataclysms originating from the Galactic center.  Paul has elucidated the astronomical and geological importance of myths and legends from numerous civilizations a few of which include: the Hopi legend of the Blue Star; ancient Egyptian mythology’s punishing Eye of Atum-Re; the vengeful Eye of Horus; Horus’ nearly fatal scorpion sting and the battle between Horus and Set; Plato’s stories of Atlantis and of Phaethon and the Sun Chariot; the Mayan Popul Vuh creation myth about the Heart of Heaven; the Nordic legend of Ragnarok; and the Yurucare Indian conflagration legend.  All of these and more are explained in his book Earth Under Fire.



Aided by his background in general system theory and physics, Paul was able to successfully decipher the lost science said to be encoded in the lores of the Tarot and astrology.  He has found that the first 11 major arcana of the Tarot and the 12 signs of the zodiac both use symbolic metaphor to present an advanced science of matter and energy creation.  He has shown that the systems-genesis concepts they encode were discovered by modern science only in the last 50 years.  He is also the first to discover that this same advanced creation science is metaphorically encoded in certain ancient creation myths from various parts of the world, such as: the Egyptian myth of Atum and the passion of Osiris; the Olympian creation myth, Plato's story of Atlantis, and the myth of Castor & Pollux; the Babylonian and Sumerian creation myths; the I Ching, and others.

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ACS Athens Elementary School Winter Festival

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Grades JK – 2: 10:00 a.m.
Grades 3 – 5: 13:00 p.m.

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Calling all Macedonians: Welcome to the ACS Alumni House Games activities project.If you would like to play along, contact John Affolter on Facebook with your name and graduation year and you will be placed on the Macedonian roster. Then every time you submit completion of an activity, your points will be recorded to your account and to your house overall points.

A team of ACS Academy students came first in the 1st aerospace competition of the Greek Physicists Association.

They are going to design, build, and test a scientific apparatus to study the behavior of foams and emulsions under microgravity conditions at 100 km altitude inside a Blue Origin's capsule, a true STEAM investigation. Upon the flight's completion, the apparatus will be returned to the team for the subsequent data analysis.

More precisely, they are going to study 3 different mixtures (traditional Greek products) in parallel, a) extra virgin olive oil with water, b) petimezi, and c) ouzo with water and soap.

The students conducted research on the topic, built prototypes, and presented their proposal in a professional way in front of a committee and the other participating Schools at Stanley Hotel, Athens, November 11th.


The team: 
Sofia Sofocleous, Barbara Simonetou (leaders/managers), Dimitris Athanasopoulos, Xufeng Bai, Ming Guo, Alexandros Dragovic (research), Jason Somoglou, Alex Vlantis (development), Dr. Karampelas, Dr. Kerkines, Dr. Prodromidi, Ms. Poulou, Mr. Arsenikos, Dr. Tsigaridi (faculty).

1st place for the ACS team in the aerospace contest

Jason Katsaros created the necessary 3D designs. Nefeli Naoum, Sabrina Saboya, and Vasilis Tsourekas created the required artworks for the finals (of very high quality). Pantelis Sfinias has been part of the team for a while.

This is going to be the second ACS space mission with Blue Origin: Another team of Academy students are already working since many months to build an experiment for the study of the viscosity of honey under microgravity conditions, with the launch to be scheduled between late February and late April.


Stanford University recognizes ACS Athens faculty Chris Kourtis

Stanford University recognizes ACS Athens facultyStanford University recognizes ACS Athens faculty

ACS Athens' own tennis instructor, Chris Kourtis, received Stanford University recognition for his exceptional teaching, his dedication as an educator and a mentor and for his contribution to the future of his students, to Stanford University itself and to the ACS Athens community. Stanford University shared with our school the letter of recognition signed by Richard H. Shaw, Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid. The letter contains a statement signed by a former student of Mr. Kourtis and a member of Stanford Class of 2022: "Mr. Chris has taught me to appreciate the small details of life. From receiving World Cup Stickers as a gift to hitting hours of rallies on the tennis courts, I have been blessed with the greatest memories with him throughout my eight years of growing up under his guidance. He is always surrounded by kids of all age, attracted by his ability to make every little experience memorable. I thank him for all he has done for me, as my mentor, my coach and most importantly my friend."


ACS Athens President Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, in communicating this outstanding remark with the rest of the faculty, states: "ACS Athens is proud of its faculty and the impact it has on our students. We are honored by this manifestation of excellence.




Congrats to Anastasis Protopapas for Benaki Museum displaying his work!



ACS Athens Alum AJ Ginnis competing for the World Cup on the US Team!

Have you checked out alum Demetre Koumanakos’ radio station on www.829.gr?

ACS alum Bill Sinunu's book Living Without Borders(Korean Edition) is selling in Seoul's largest book store!

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Congrats alum Dianne Harper Boyer!


"This month marks my 10 year anniversary as the PR/Marketing Manager at K. Carroll Accessories. What better way to celebrate than having the "Harper Crossbody" be named one of "Oprah's Favorite Things 2018". I couldn't be prouder of our team's accomplishments!"

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Proud of our alum Greg Pattakos presenting at the annual American Heart Association meeting in Chicago. Discussing the future of TAVI/TAVR transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

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Congratulations ACS Alum Paul A. Katz Katsouris for receiving the Young Lawyer of the Year Award in Dubai!



Manag

December 4 the movie  Holly Star premiered, co-produced by alum Tom Stamatios Hiotis,


DON'T MISS IT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!


see trailor






 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




Education


David Marder attended ACS Athens from Sept. 1972 to June 1980 while his father was working at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. While at ACS, he served as the president of the sophomore class, a member of the debate team, and attended the Model United Nations at The Hague. "I wasn’t a member of any ACS athletic teams, but did play football for the mighty, mighty Kifissia Packers."   Upon completion of David's junior year, his family moved back to the US, where he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy.  He continued his university studies at  Dartmouth College and Boston University Law School.



Career


David is currently a partner at the law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP in Boston practicing in the field of business litigation. He handles cases in the fields of finance, intellectual property, employment, and other high-stakes business matters, including a heavy emphasis on securities litigation.  His law firm claims that "he has won respect for his skilled representation of individuals and organizations in dozens of investigations and actions brought by the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and state securities regulators. He has defended clients against insider trading allegations, as well as investigations and cases relating to revenue recognition, gifts and gratuities, options backdating, suitability and many other issues.  He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in private securities actions, including litigation and arbitration." 


David claims:  "my experience at ACS definitely gave me a strong foundation for my legal career.  I am particularly convinced that my participation in extra-curricular activities, such as debate and forensics, honed my advocacy skills."


Awards


David was named a “Patent Star” and “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine and was recognized as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" many times.

He is  active in numerous legal associations, and currently serve as a co-chairman of the litigation committee of the Boston Patent Law Association.

 



Family



"I have been married for 30 years to my wife, Margaret.  We went to Greece on our honeymoon.  I have three children: Tommy, Becky, and Hannah.  My sister, Cindy, is also an ACS alumnus and lives in N.Y.




My years at ACS were the most formative ones of my life.  The education I received was on par with that provided by any of the finest schools in the U.S., and I had the added benefit of being exposed to other students from a large variety of cultures and backgrounds.  I forged lifelong friendships with people that I still count as my closest friends.  My only words of wisdom would be to make sure to participate in everything that ACS has to offer.


"Horsing around" on campus with best friend Greg Kinnear. 



FINAL WEEK FOR ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS 


APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Submit your nominations by October 31, 2018

Great time had by all at the Cape Charles Reunion on October 12.  Congratulations to organizers Dora Sullivan, Katerina Clifton and Denah Lord Shabal 

For more photos visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2056592237914930/

ACS Athens is glad to announce its nomination to 2018 @peaceandsport Awards that reward organizations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to peace, in the world through sport! 

ACS Athens applied to the Regional Peace-Through-Sport Initiative Of The Year for The Color of Peace@peaceandsport.
Please click here for more info. 





Thanks for your support, Everyone!




ACS Athens Alum Ellen Froustis supporting fire victims. Can you help?

Please view our campaign to support the neediest 15 families who lost everything in the Mati Fires and are in need of help.

About this website

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Click here to support GreekFires:15 Families in Most Need organized by ELLEN FROUSTIS


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Visit ACS Athens Alum Tessie Theodoridis'

La-Z-Boy Greece...time to get cozy for the winter!


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Looking for handmade jewelry and other items? Visit alumStratos Jenke's place in Monastiraki! Visit Byzantium.gr


ACS Alum Eva Symeonidou

invites us to her Mary Rose Bazaar.





From ACS Athens Alum Alkistis Agio

Please tick "going" (from now) because the seats are limited to 12 only : )

6 Master Classes!

Leadership Development with The Alkistis Method




A message 

from ACS Athens Alum Jan-Pal Mouzakis Gagnum, Director 


Dear ACS Alumni Community,


I'm the Regional Director for a US-based education company called Atlantis. We run educational programs for US pre-med college students during the summer and winter months. In cooperation with our hospital partners, students spend 3-4 weeks in the summer, and 1-2 weeks in the winter months on a program that places them in a public or private hospital where they practice clinical observation with doctors across a range of specializations.


We are always on the lookout for high quality candidates for our Site Manager position. Site Managers assume the responsibility of all aspects of a program, which involves logistics preparation, planning and execution, managing groups of college students, running excursions and group meals, and ensuring a high quality experience in the hospital with our hospital partners.


Our next operating season begins this winter where we will run various programs beginning in early December and going through January. If you or anyone you know are interested, please reach out to me atjonpal.g@atlantisglobal.org, or check out the details of the job posting at https://atlantisglobal.org/smapply.






APRIL 6, 2019


 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




Overlooking the major plain in Eastern Crete near Zeus’Cave. Pictured left to right are Stefan, Rafael Prieto, Ted Girdner, Pat Girdner and Michael Reilly


attended ACS Athens from 1964 to 1966, the last two years of my high school education. My father, Teodor Lopatkiewicz, a U.S. Foreign Service Consul, was sent to Athens to serve at the embassy when I was half-way through my high school in McLean, Virginia. Academically, I participated in the school's honor program and was the class salutatorian. My extra-curricular interests at ACS Athens focused on the school newspaper, which in those days was called the “Sophist.” I helped found the paper and served as its first editor-in-chief. I was also active in the drama club, and performed in and helped stage several productions. I do not remember being particularly popular and certainly was not voted any of our class “superlatives”!


The Sophist, May/June 1966 issue


Following graduation from ACS, I returned to the United States and enrolled in the University of Virginia.  My family returned to Athens for my father’s second tour of duty at the Embassy.  As a result, my younger brother, Ted, who also attended ACS, ended up spending a total of four years there, longer than I did.  My younger sister, Viki, was actually born in Athens, but was too young to attend school there.

After graduating from the University of Virginia, I completed my higher education by attending Harvard Law School, which established the basis for my career as an attorney.


Career


I believe my experience at ACS Athens strongly informed my subsequent development as both a student and a professional. When my family first moved to Athens, I was quite traumatized, as I had spent four years in junior high and high school in northern Virginia, and was settled in with a circle of friends there. High school is traumatic enough for most teens, and being relocated to another country half-way through did not help my sense of self esteem!


Happily, I quickly realized that living abroad as a young adult was an exciting opportunity, providing access to travel to exotic locations and the chance to study with peers from a rich variety of diverse backgrounds. Athens in the mid-1960s was an important military and diplomatic post for Americans, and also the locus of significant private sector energy interests. A significant percentage of the student population at the school at that time was comprised of Greeks and students from the middle east. And although the cold war was still at its height, my classmates included the children of Russian, Yugoslav and Polish diplomats.


During the time we lived in Athens, we enjoyed a sense of security which we lack in today's world. As students, we frequently traveled on our own by bus (this was prior to the metro) into Athens and Pireaus for social or business reasons. Groups of students would also frequently visit the islands together, and it was not uncommon for us to go on outings to archeological and historical sites with our professors from school. Looking back on that period, I realize that these experiences added to a robust education. When I returned to the United States for my higher education, I found my surroundings prosaic and even confining by comparison. I knew I wanted to integrate my international background into my studies, which helped influence my majoring in government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia.


I remain today in active legal practice. My first assignment as an attorney was with the Air Force, where I held the rank of captain as a result of my enlistment in ROTC at university. The Air Force deferred my entry into active service during my law school education. I was then fortunate enough to be assigned to the Air Force General Counsel's Office at the Pentagon during the closing years of the Vietnam war. Following my active military duty, I entered private practice and worked at a succession of three law firms. Initially, I specialized in government contract law, since I was trained in that field at the Pentagon. However, because of my interest in practicing in an international arena, when the chance arose I changed my specialization in the law to telecommunications, a burgeoning field in the 1980s with significant international opportunities. For the past seven years, I have served as general counsel of Eutelsat America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of a french-based, global satellite company.


Civic Life and Awards


As background for the few awards I have received, I should first explain my involvement in charitable and civic activities. Throughout my legal career, I have played an active role in supporting artistic and cultural non-profit activities. I have been particularly active in the Polish-American cultural community, as a result of my ethnic background (three polish grandparents, and one from Ossotenia). For many years, I served as pro bono legal counsel to the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC), a national NGO, and also served as an elected director and first vice-president of that organization. I also served one term as President of the Polish-American Arts Association of Washington, DC. I also served as pro bono legal counsel to the Gala Hispanic Theater in Washington, DC, for many years, and more recently helped found and provide legal support to the Washington Opera Society, a local non-profit arts group.



I'm pictured with George Meany, President of the AFL-CIO from 1978 when I was president of the Polish-American Arts Association and we co-sponsored with the AFL-CIO, an exhibit on the underground ‘flying’ universities that secretly provided liberal education in Poland during the period of Communist rule.


During the course of this work, I received distinguished service awards from both the ACPC and Gala Theater. In 2012, I received the Cross of Merit for service on behalf of the Polish diaspora in the United States from the Government of the Republic of Poland.


Family


My parents were both native Pennsylvanians of Polish ancestry. My father served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.  In his subsequent career as a consular officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, he served in a number of European and Latin American posts.. He served in a number of European and Latin American posts. My older brother and Iwere born in the United States, while my younger brother and sister were born in Vienna, Austria and Athens respectively during my father's service overseas. My sister, Viki, followed in my father's footsteps by pursuing a career at the State Department.



With my mother, Verna Lopatkiewicz, and my sister Viki and brother Ted in approximately 1997


Since 1980, I have lived with my partner-in-life, Michael Reilly, in Washington, DC. While we have no children of our own, Michael has a son and four grandchildren, all of whom constitute part of our extended family. My father passed away in 1993. My mother, Verna, now 95, resides near Washington in northern Virginia. I am fortunate to have all of my siblings and their spouses living in the D.C. metropolitan area where we all have the good fortune of helping look after our mother.


ACS Athens provides an unusual opportunity to learn in a sophisticated and diverse environment. I hope today's students recognize the privilege they have in studying there and are making the most of their time at the school. For the American students there, in particular, it is a unique experience that will hopefully prepare them to be better citizens.


I wish I had had the opportunity to stay in closer contact with a larger number of my fellow students from ACS. I enjoy the few opportunities we have had in catching up with one another at intermittent reunions. I have been fortunate in keeping in close contact with one of my classmates and ongoing friends – Ted Girdner. “This past May, my partner and I and our close friend, Rafael Prieto, enjoyed an unforgettable visit back to Greece with Ted and his wife, Pat. I have also maintained contact with my former classmate and friend, Diana Gondek, now living in Boston, and very recently reestablished contact with another friend, Sheri Simpson (now Reidl) who lives and works in northern Virginia. This latter connection is thanks to Facebook, whichperhaps the school and our alumni could make better use of in maintaining contact with each other.



Pictured left to right are Rafael Prieto, Michael Reilly, Stefan and Melina Vassiliades




We are now accepting nominations for the 


ACS Athens' 

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENT 

on

APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Submit your nominations by October 31, 2018

Nomination Form

click here for criteria



Thanks for your support, Everyone!







Yanna Darilis of New Greek TV of New York, interviews Dr. Peggy Pelonis, ACS Athens' Dean of Academics and Student Affairs, about the successful educational model of the American Community Schools (ACS) and the great initiatives which engage students as future global citizens.


The HOME Project  

A Dream Enabled by The Shapiro Foundation 

www.theshapirofoundation.org

Orientation Day at American Community Schools couldn’t happen soon enough. Now, all of them are ready in all practical and mental aspects of every day student life, and looking forward for the first day of classes, the first day of a new beginning.


#nochildalone #educationforall #ACS #theshapirofoundation


John Affolter has taken on the task of heading the House Committee: Trojans-Athenians-Spartans-Corinthians!


and introducing the Macedonians Houses - Macedonian


"We currently have 212 alumni signed up into their respective houses and will be moving forward with that soon. (It is not too late if you feel the urge to have some fun).


There are two issues before the “House Committee” that need feedback from all alumni who are interested in a fun revival of our beloved house competition when we were at ACS. 


Issue #1: We have just begun to think about what kind of activities we could have over the course of a school year. We need your thoughts. We realize that 60’s alum, have different abilities/needs/interests. format: 

1. Graduation year 

2. House affiliation 

3. Explain activity. 


We will be collecting them and using the ideas to create a plan. Thanks much in advance!


Issue #2: We will need help with organizing the houses by finding alum who are willing to represent their house through the year. The goal is to get at least one male and one female representative come forward to serve as a communication/activity coordinator for each respective house. 

The responsibilities include getting out the activity information and collecting results for the House Committee. It would be great if there were representatives for (60’s) (70’s) (80’s) (90’s) (2000’s). If you are interested in getting in on the fun and becoming an Alumni “ House Captain”, jump in and submit your: Name, Grad year, house."

Please respond with suggestions! Submit to info@acsathensglobal.org



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Alum and Attorney Nicholas Karambelas on the Greek Bailout!

Nick discusses Greece's Economy and its Future Struggles

CGTN's Elaine Reyes speaks with Nick Karambelas, a founder of a law firm specializing in international business, and a part of the legal counsel for the American Hellenic Institute, for more on Greece's economy and the end their bailout program




Parthenon Huxley

August 30 at 7:26 PM

Purchase the new album HERE and have it signed to you personally: https://www.parthenonhuxley.com/p-hux-store

_________________


Introducing this new album by Christos Tambouratzis
featuring ACS alumnus Bill Kalantzakos. Bill has written lyrics for most of the lyrics for songs and does vocals for two of them. The album was released on July 2nd in the U.S. by 

German record label We Love Music and is on sale on all digital music sites such as itunes, amazon, spotify etc. 

YOUTUBE.COM

LOVES GOT ME Christos Tambouratzis Feat Bill Kalantzakos


For those John Demos (aka Quad Father) fans who haven't had a chance to purchase his Shadows of Silence book, 


Ebay has the English/Greek version!

EBAY.COM

John Demos, Shadows of Silence 9789608744226 | eBay

One of Greece’s leading photographers, John Demos captures the spirit of the people. He pictures the traditional life of Greece. Consciously or unconsciously, ancient myths are reenacted.John Demos is an active promoter of photography in Greece. | eBay!


Last chance to sign up!


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



Want to mix and network with fellow Greeks, October 12 -14, in New York City?

Think National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA) of America's Fall 2018 Convention.

Tickets out soon!

Posted by ACS Athens Alum

Anastasi Sharp post... LINK IN INSTA BIO! 

https://www.instagram.com/_thesharpener/ See you then! #NHSAtakesNYC






 

Job opportunity at ACS Athens, effective immediately!

Position Title: Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist 
(Clinical Psychologist)

Reports to: Dean of Academics & Student Affairs
Educational & Diagnostic Center Coordinator

Summary Description: The Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist, is responsible for carrying out psycho-educational evaluations, ensuring an efficient and effective approach in identifying students unique learning profiles and helping them excel and reach their full potential within the school environment and beyond. Clinical experience in working with children and adolescents as well as extensive knowledge and experience with psycho-educational evaluations is vital for the testing center.

Job Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and promote an environment that is welcoming, confidential, safe and respectful to all students, parents and teachers
  • Maintain a positive and friendly attitude
  • Work efficiently and effectively regarding procedures 
  • Keep office organized to ensure efficient and effective service delivery
  • Provide all necessary information regarding the testing process to parents upon inquiry 
  • Become familiar with all necessary documentation required initially; ex. (consent form, intake form, other questionnaires used per case) 
  • Meet with parents and take notes for intake meeting so as to gain better understanding of a student’s developmental background
  • Be able to review and understand previous assessments of students
  • Conduct in class observations
  • Coordinate testing schedule with teachers and student
  • Be able to build a good rapport with the students
  • Review referrals and perform pre-assessment activities
  • Conduct and administer psychological and educational assessments such as: (WISC, WJ, Conners, Bender Gestalt, Key Math, GORT, TOWL etc.)
  • Conduct clinical interviews
  • Score assessments
  • Provide accurate diagnosis and interpretation of results (i.e. learning difficulties, social-emotional well-being)
  • Know the context of the DSM 5
  • Write up reports and maintain accurate records regarding each students’ case
  • Meet with parents and student in order to discuss the findings and proposed interventions
  • Collaborate with faculty, OLP specialists, counselors, CST, and all others to gain pertinent information needed regarding the students that will be evaluated
  • Collaborate with Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Vision Therapists, psychologist, and other internal/external professionals
  • Be able to identify the assessments that need to be used based on the specific needs of a student
  • Display ethical and professional behaviors at all times
  • Display understanding and empathy towards students and parents
  • Have effective communication skills with parents and students
  • Use excellent presentation skills, written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents, teachers, and the ACS Athens community
  • Keep the Center coordinator informed in all matters
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing information when needed
  • Attend required meetings and extra school sponsored functions and events
  • Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certification as assigned by the supervisor (s)
  • Continue professional development and update knowledge on psycho-educational testing

Requirements: 

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist;
  • A minimum of two years previous experience in testing;
  • Certification/License;
  • Extensive experience and training in psycho-educational assessments;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in English;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in Greek;
  • Able to effectively and accurately interpret and provide diagnosis upon; completion of a psycho-educational evaluation;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Work collaboratively and efficiently within a team;
  • Be able to work within an international and diverse academic setting;
  • Be Technology savvy (ie. Word, excel, skyward, moodle, etc.);
  • International work experience and knowledge of the American Educational philosophy;
  • Expertise and experience in assessing students with LD, including literacy, math and emotional difficulties

www.acsathens.gr



 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




We are now accepting nominations for the 


ACS Athens' 

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENT 

on

APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Submit your nominations by October 31, 2018

Nomination Form

click here for criteria




Thanks for your support, Everyone!







Yanna Darilis of New Greek TV of New York, interviews Dr. Peggy Pelonis, ACS Athens' Dean of Academics and Student Affairs, about the successful educational model of the American Community Schools (ACS) and the great initiatives which engage students as future global citizens.


The HOME Project  

A Dream Enabled by The Shapiro Foundation 

www.theshapirofoundation.org

Orientation Day at American Community Schools couldn’t happen soon enough. Now, all of them are ready in all practical and mental aspects of every day student life, and looking forward for the first day of classes, the first day of a new beginning.


#nochildalone #educationforall #ACS #theshapirofoundation


John Affolter has taken on the task of heading the House Committee: Trojans-Athenians-Spartans-Corinthians!


and introducing the Macedonians Houses - Macedonian


"We currently have 212 alumni signed up into their respective houses and will be moving forward with that soon. (It is not too late if you feel the urge to have some fun).


There are two issues before the “House Committee” that need feedback from all alumni who are interested in a fun revival of our beloved house competition when we were at ACS. 


Issue #1: We have just begun to think about what kind of activities we could have over the course of a school year. We need your thoughts. We realize that 60’s alum, have different abilities/needs/interests. format: 

1. Graduation year 

2. House affiliation 

3. Explain activity. 


We will be collecting them and using the ideas to create a plan. Thanks much in advance!


Issue #2: We will need help with organizing the houses by finding alum who are willing to represent their house through the year. The goal is to get at least one male and one female representative come forward to serve as a communication/activity coordinator for each respective house. 

The responsibilities include getting out the activity information and collecting results for the House Committee. It would be great if there were representatives for (60’s) (70’s) (80’s) (90’s) (2000’s). If you are interested in getting in on the fun and becoming an Alumni “ House Captain”, jump in and submit your: Name, Grad year, house."

Please respond with suggestions! Submit to info@acsathensglobal.org



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Alum and Attorney Nicholas Karambelas on the Greek Bailout!

Nick discusses Greece's Economy and its Future Struggles

CGTN's Elaine Reyes speaks with Nick Karambelas, a founder of a law firm specializing in international business, and a part of the legal counsel for the American Hellenic Institute, for more on Greece's economy and the end their bailout program




Parthenon Huxley

August 30 at 7:26 PM

Purchase the new album HERE and have it signed to you personally: https://www.parthenonhuxley.com/p-hux-store

_________________


Introducing this new album by Christos Tambouratzis
featuring ACS alumnus Bill Kalantzakos. Bill has written lyrics for most of the lyrics for songs and does vocals for two of them. The album was released on July 2nd in the U.S. by 

German record label We Love Music and is on sale on all digital music sites such as itunes, amazon, spotify etc. 

YOUTUBE.COM

LOVES GOT ME Christos Tambouratzis Feat Bill Kalantzakos


For those John Demos (aka Quad Father) fans who haven't had a chance to purchase his Shadows of Silence book, 


Ebay has the English/Greek version!

EBAY.COM

John Demos, Shadows of Silence 9789608744226 | eBay

One of Greece’s leading photographers, John Demos captures the spirit of the people. He pictures the traditional life of Greece. Consciously or unconsciously, ancient myths are reenacted.John Demos is an active promoter of photography in Greece. | eBay!


Last chance to sign up!


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



Want to mix and network with fellow Greeks, October 12 -14, in New York City?

Think National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA) of America's Fall 2018 Convention.

Tickets out soon!

Posted by ACS Athens Alum

Anastasi Sharp post... LINK IN INSTA BIO! 

https://www.instagram.com/_thesharpener/ See you then! #NHSAtakesNYC






 

Job opportunity at ACS Athens, effective immediately!

Position Title: Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist 
(Clinical Psychologist)


Reports to: Dean of Academics & Student Affairs
Educational & Diagnostic Center Coordinator

Summary Description: The Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist, is responsible for carrying out psycho-educational evaluations, ensuring an efficient and effective approach in identifying students unique learning profiles and helping them excel and reach their full potential within the school environment and beyond. Clinical experience in working with children and adolescents as well as extensive knowledge and experience with psycho-educational evaluations is vital for the testing center.


Job Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and promote an environment that is welcoming, confidential, safe and respectful to all students, parents and teachers
  • Maintain a positive and friendly attitude
  • Work efficiently and effectively regarding procedures 
  • Keep office organized to ensure efficient and effective service delivery
  • Provide all necessary information regarding the testing process to parents upon inquiry 
  • Become familiar with all necessary documentation required initially; ex. (consent form, intake form, other questionnaires used per case) 
  • Meet with parents and take notes for intake meeting so as to gain better understanding of a student’s developmental background
  • Be able to review and understand previous assessments of students
  • Conduct in class observations
  • Coordinate testing schedule with teachers and student
  • Be able to build a good rapport with the students
  • Review referrals and perform pre-assessment activities
  • Conduct and administer psychological and educational assessments such as: (WISC, WJ, Conners, Bender Gestalt, Key Math, GORT, TOWL etc.)
  • Conduct clinical interviews
  • Score assessments
  • Provide accurate diagnosis and interpretation of results (i.e. learning difficulties, social-emotional well-being)
  • Know the context of the DSM 5
  • Write up reports and maintain accurate records regarding each students’ case
  • Meet with parents and student in order to discuss the findings and proposed interventions
  • Collaborate with faculty, OLP specialists, counselors, CST, and all others to gain pertinent information needed regarding the students that will be evaluated
  • Collaborate with Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Vision Therapists, psychologist, and other internal/external professionals
  • Be able to identify the assessments that need to be used based on the specific needs of a student
  • Display ethical and professional behaviors at all times
  • Display understanding and empathy towards students and parents
  • Have effective communication skills with parents and students
  • Use excellent presentation skills, written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents, teachers, and the ACS Athens community
  • Keep the Center coordinator informed in all matters
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing information when needed
  • Attend required meetings and extra school sponsored functions and events
  • Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certification as assigned by the supervisor (s)
  • Continue professional development and update knowledge on psycho-educational testing

Requirements: 

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist;
  • A minimum of two years previous experience in testing;
  • Certification/License;
  • Extensive experience and training in psycho-educational assessments;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in English;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in Greek;
  • Able to effectively and accurately interpret and provide diagnosis upon; completion of a psycho-educational evaluation;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Work collaboratively and efficiently within a team;
  • Be able to work within an international and diverse academic setting;
  • Be Technology savvy (ie. Word, excel, skyward, moodle, etc.);
  • International work experience and knowledge of the American Educational philosophy;
  • Expertise and experience in assessing students with LD, including literacy, math and emotional difficulties

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ACS Athens' Next 

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENT 

is Scheduled for:

APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.



Dear ACS Athens Community Members:


It is with great pleasure that I announce the 2nd ACS Athens Alumni Achievement Awards event that will take place on April 6, 2019. 

   

Over the past decades ACS Athens alumni have exhibited great leadership with ethos, including serving humanity in all areas of society.  We will continue to celebrate and recognize ACS Athens alumni leaders at the 2nd Global Achievement Awards event that will take place in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2019.   

The two awards that will be given to ACS Athens alumni will be: 


 Lifetime Achievement Award   recognizing an alumnus (over 40) whose accomplishments in the public, private or non-profit sector have made an outstanding contribution to the community and serve as an example both professionally and ethically.




Upcoming Young Leadership Award recognizing an alumnus (aged 40 or under) who shows promise in his/her field by providing inspiration and leadership to students and other young alumni.  The recipient has to have shown significant leadership either in their professional career and/or community, public or humanitarian service



The Nominations Form and all relevant information about these two awards can be found at the ACS Athens Global site (www.acsathensglobal.org).  Nominations are accepted only through this site.  If you have not yet signed up as a member, please do so. 


I encourage you to read the guidelines for this new initiative and to participate by nominating someone you believe has the qualities outlined above and should be considered for these two awards. 


I believe that this awards initiative will become tradition for ACS Athens and a truly wonderful way for us to recognize our alumni as they leave our institution to go on to become successful citizens of the world with ethos. 


 Sincerely,



                                                                      


Guest Column


Reflections of an ACS Graduate '11

by Member and Guest Contributor Anastasi Sharp


“It’s the end of an era,” my brother Ilia mused one morning, addressing me, my brother Alexander, and my friend Jason. We are all alumni of ACS (the American Community School of Athens), a K-12 school in Greece. In a few months he would be the last of my family’s current generation to join those ranks.


It was December 21st, 2017: a cold Greek day in a country of mesmerizing warmth. We were making our annual pilgrimage to our school, gravitating back to the mothership where both my parents, aunts, brothers, many friends and I had once lived, worked, thought, played and voyaged.


There were others who did the same that day, 40 to be exact . Thee were enough names to fill a sprawling board in the famed cafeteria with our names and where we had attended school since we graduated. That warm, familiar place still appeared to be a crossroads of the school. Any combination of people is possible there. You could find an administrator waiting on the sandwich line while a coach rushes by to ask for ice to aid an injured knee, only to run into an Optimal Match specialist he hasn’t seen in a while, but will soon sit on a panel with to discuss the i2Flex method  on a livestreamed webcast.

There were few free hands in the house. It seemed each person hand held a cup of fragrant hot chocolate in one hand, and the other held either a kourambie (buttered biscuits sprinkled with powdered sugar) or a melomakarono (honey cookies). The annual spectacle of students, math instructors, librarians, secretaries, and athletes belting out Jingle Bells began to unfold before my eyes.


Among the faces I recognized were children of fellow alumni, with whom I share something important: the experience of growing up here. They may remember the rite of passage of crossing the street that once physically separated the elementary school from the rest of ACS. Perhaps they remember the homework packets, school plays to apply their knowledge of Greek mythology and seeing where it was first set in stone on the Acropolis. Perhaps they remember decorating the inside of their first locker, or treading lightly through a middle school dance.


Perhaps they had an early Eureka moment, mine was learning the power of great design as I watched an egg parachute I had designed in my Design Technology class floating elegantly from the balcony our class had dropped its projects from. Perhaps they remember the intimidation of a great challenge, and the joy of rising to meet it. The moment my eighth grade ears heard that my film review for the Blue and Gold Magazine made me the youngest ever contributor comes to mind. Perhaps they remember the rigor of obtaining an IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma , which taught me a critical thought process that I still use every day.


Maybe they remember the sense of teamwork they fostered with friends across the classroom desk, between free shots in the back field (or, in my case, between strokes in a swimming team race), behind the debating podium, between bites at a lunchtime yearbook meeting, or between takes in the student newsroom.


I could not shake the question in my mind as I read the names of those who returned: What is the force that brings them back? What is it about ACS that we flip back to as we plan the sentences in our stories of our lives that have yet to be written?

I know I cannot possibly account for the experience of so many who saw ACS in so many ways across so many generations. I hope I can make a small contribution to a discussion about a group of people who have roamed our world—and solar system—and still report back to mission control. Here goes.


1. 
Mentorship

As I looked back through my history at ACS, I tried to remember the first of many times when I felt a hand of guidance on my shoulder; the hand that never held out an answer, but offered glimpses of new, unexplored ideas and possibilities. It allowed me to see have Eureka moments for myself, and delight in the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of stones no longer unturned.

The earliest one I can recall was early in my first year at ACS. We had just been sent off for recess. We may have just completed the unit on the American settlers or nutrition. I recall writing a story about a magical box that gave you whatever you needed at that time. After I thought I had scribbled the story on a set of notebook papers with margins for illustrations on top I dropped it on the assignment pile. I could not contain my excitement for completing the story , or so I thought.

I exclaimed. “I can’t believe such a small box could be so powerful.”

“Did you use the word small?” asked my teacher. “No,” I said.

“Well, you should,” she added, explaining the power of adjectives to show rather than tell. I penciled that word in and continued.

“Anyway, so about that small, plain box.”

“Did you write plain?”

I saw where this was going, and, hoping for some recess, dreamt up this in vivid detail, and as quietly as I could.


My teacher’s line of questioning still runs in the back of my mind, like the inner voice that tells us the picture on the wall is crooked, and more importantly, gives us the conscience to set it straight. Advice, often unsolicited, and not speaking from the agenda of a set curriculum but with the voice of conscience that transcends disciplines in our world that defies disciplines, what Dr. Gialamas calls the Global Morfosis Paradigm. 



 


That hand of guidance returned time and time again both to sharpen my tastes (which eventually led me to a Masters Degree in Advertising) and embolden my creative spirit. In high school, I was frustrated with the lack of consolidation in my IB Visual Arts process books (journals that track creative projects from inspiration to execution.) I was encouraged to take a new approach. I knew, from the first time I dared set pen to paper (now stylus pen to tablet) I was cartooning and storyboarding, even before I knew what those things were. Why not tell my process as a story? After all, as I discovered, my natural impulse is to storyboard. Rather than parrot off passages of cave art from a textbook, why not cast a cave painter as the narrator of prehistory? So I did, with the encouragement of my teacher, who gave me source material along the way, including Scott McCloud’s indispensable Understanding Comics  . Had my approach been rejected, my process could have remained disorderly. Because I was given the fuel, my best practices had liftoff. This process has carried through to my recent work as a creative strategist in my advertising portfolio , which I am currently showing around New York as I continue on the Great American Job Search. 

I know these are only my stories. There may be as many other tales of mentorship as there are hairs under the graduation caps every year. I have read stories of teachers who inspired their children to return to this school as teachers. I have seen teachers who mentor not only as teachers, but also as athletic coaches, debate moderators, student magazine editors, book club coordinators, student council advisors, math club proctors, and conference panelists at the strike of the 3:45 PM bell. 


Those restless guiding hands remind me that the day comes to a close but teaching and learning never do.

2. Reflection and Remix



I believe ACS encourages those creative leaps that bring the world of the imagination out in the stratosphere within reach. By understanding the world as we know it (what it is and how it works), we can then question and rebuild it.


As I wrote in an earlier post , the unexpected association of unrelated ideas is the mental clay whose form is as flexible as the limits of human imagination. The process of remix has given us some of the greatest ideas and inventions we depend on today, like the way Larry Page and Sergei Brin envisioned Google  by imagining web links as a series of bibliographical citations that endlessly link back to other sources. Those mental leaps simply changed our world.  


I think the long-standing Truman Trial in the famed 10th grade “Combo” (American Studies / Literature) class encouraged remix. The need of former US president Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb rested in the hands of my team of lawyers and our witnesses as the entire school tuned in online  and in person. With the gravity of this case upon us, I felt we had a personal stake in the course of history where our role could have been passive. The engagement with such a charged case reminds me of the difference between coasting along as a passenger and steering the starship. Sitting at the captain’s helm gave me and my team pause before every argument we added to our case, and every cross examination I did. The stakes were high, so the lessons of the trial remain unforgettable.


The intricacies and curveballs the case threw at us, like the resurrection of Machiavelli as a defense witness, have conditioned my brain to a state of remix. This openness to new ideas and associations have helped kick my ideas into hyperdrive. The time where my advertising class studio team envisioned LEGO blocks as the portal to a digital in-store experience  comes to mind. Had my school not taught me to be open to new connections, I may have never made them.

I know this kind of thinking still abounds at ACS. I am so impressed to read about student revelations on the famed Humanities trips, and other excursions that ask the big questions and ask what makes a place like Greece unique. Each of the many excursions reminded me that Athens is a place of limitless remix where the past, present, and future are in constant conversation. The sprouting of student work on student portfolios and blogs seems to encourage the free flow of knowledge and reflection across the disciplines, both for the students, and their global viewership. Dr. Gialamas’ knots come to mind as the symbols of the infinite feedback loop of reflection and rethinking in learning.


I believe Ilia would never have devised the 1.50 Club had ACS not taught him to search for new ways to see his world. It was a simple insight that € 1.50, a typical price for an iced Greek coffee, can buy a boxed lunch for a student in need. That alone ignited a powerful partnership with DIATROFI , an initiative within the impactful PROLEPSIS  organization that has helped feed food-insecure children all over Greece.


3.  
Community



The “C” in ACS for me is as inseparable from the experience as the letter is from its title. Community at ACS has an international perspective. It means your language teacher may have another degree in concert music from a country that neither you nor she is from. Community means that your athletic, forensic, and university-related travel itinerary reads like the content of your European geography quiz. Community means that the nationalities of your friend group read like a U.N. delegation.


I am proud to be woven into this school’s rich community-wide culture that I think informs my perspective today. I found an outlet through that community in the TEDx Youth Talks  when I was so thrilled to have rediscovered comics as the engine behind my creative process, I decided to give a talk that took the audience through my process. I remember following the expressions of the faces I recognized in the front rows of that darkened theater; students, parents, and teachers I had grown up around, experiencing each epiphany like their own. When it was my turn in the audience, I found myself in as much awe of the stories I heard as my own. Everyone watching the stage from their seat or living room heard stories of space elevators, the power of smiling, at-risk outreach in Greek villages from friends, teachers, and faculty. As often happens at our school, the line between teacher and student faded. Learning soared.


I felt that same community focus in ACS’s Summer Leadership Institute . When other participants and I began defining our ideas and perceptions of leadership, I originally defined leadership as the work of visionary individuals. But as we walked the halls of the University of Richmond and Washington DC area churches, museums, political offices and murals where leadership was a function of responsibility to a community, I began to see the common ground between leader and follower.


I remember a moment where that distinction melted entirely. We were in the ACS library, a few days before we flew to DC for the second part of our training. We did a dance routine in shiny top hats trying hard to put our best left foot forward. I wondered at the time about the relevance of this activity to leadership, but stepping back into our unfortunate chorus line, I remembered that we were in a row formation, where the back rows mirrored the front. There were leaders, there were followers. We all served the dance, which bonded that little cross section of our community, and our (mercifully) small audience.


In my experience, I believe the small moments define the meaning of community at our school as much as the turning points: The collective gasp of relief in an IB or SAT exam when we realized the material we studied is what appeared on the test; the cheer and laughter of student athletes, coaches, and parents as they view the annual Sports Banquet slideshow ; the insights that crackled across the auditorium while we watched a Yannis Simeonides’ brilliant rendition of Plato’s Apology after we had all read it over the summer ; The buzz in the Incubator  or the state-of-the-art Sabbagh Media Studio where ACS comes together to flex its creative muscles; The snap of the camera shutter that captured the cover of the ETHOS Magazine  where my brothers and I were photographed with several dozen children of alumni who also attended ACS; the notification that invites young ACS alumni to their very first NHSA (National Hellenic Student Association)  convention where Hellenic ACS alumni have thrived in their respective communities around America and passed the torch onward.


Before we went home on that cold, yet warm Greek day, I looked back at the constellation of alumni signatures across that cafeteria wall, and the inspiring young people about to join their ranks. I looked back at the mentors among them, and the very process of reflection they had taught me, the examined life they encouraged me to live. My years at that school helped to make sense of the moments that came after, including this one.


In a way, Ilia was right. In a way, it was the end of an era. A generation of my family at ACS would end with him. But I knew, after years of returning, that we may drift, but our everything we learned and learned to love about our school keeps us in orbit.


See this article on Anastasi's website or hear it on his podcast


Our thanks to Anastasi for his article. Please feel welcome to submit your article, professional advice, opinion or analysis, career commentary and/or announcements. - The Editor.




Thanks for your support, Everyone!



ACS Athens Summer Camp: June 18-July 6, 2018. 
Learning the English language through exciting and fun activities!

Registration is now open; visit: www.acs.gr



IIC Summer Scholars' Academy at ACS Athens


Challenging, engaging, and fun learning opportunities for Academy and Middle School students offered by the Institute for Innovation and Creativity (IIC) at ACS Athens, June 25-July 6, 2018. ACS Athens Academy students can earn high school credit while pursuing an intellectual passion, exploring a new subject or learning new skills. Middle School Students can let their imaginations lead them as they develop creative and critical thinking skills and expand their craft as writers or as mathematical problem solvers​.​


Click here for more information. Feel free to contact Mr. Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academic Affairs, if you would like more information about any of the courses. Contact Ms. Marietta Garbis, IIC Assistant, at garbism@acs.gr or 210-6393-200, ext. 200 for enrolment.


​THE PROGRAM IS ALSO OPEN TO CHILDREN OF ACS ATHENS ALUMNI AND QUALIFIED ATHENS AREA STUDENTS WHO ARE ​NOT ACS ATHENS STUDENTS. ENGLISH FLUENCY AND A GOOD ACADEMIC RECORD ARE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION.



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Alums! You must stop byAlex Mamalis' amazing burger place in Marousi!

www.biggiesburgers.gr




ACS Athens AlumMonica Madias-Theodorou


Opens New Store in Glyfada!


nullPar. Leoforo Vouliagmenis 65Β
Glyfáda, Greece 16675  Telephone: +30 21 0969 0202



Enjoy ACS Athens Alum Mim Adkins' Beautiful Work at www.mimadkins.com



The poetry of ACS Athens Alum John Tripoulas featured in The Iowa Review

Available for purchase here





ACS Alum Alexander Voutsas’ Exhibit of the Old Airport, Opened May 11. 



ACS Athens Alum Kazuaki Shitamori's spectacular catering services on Tinos! Kazoo.gr





Two great alumni events are slated for 2018. Both are reprisals of reunions earlier this year, successful on account of their volunteer organizers. Keep updated on details of these exciting events:


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



ACS VEGAS 2018!

July 12 - 14. 2018 

 at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here


 


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