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Date and location of the second Alumni Achievement Awards will be announced in 2018.


ACS Athens Global Alumni Achievement Awards

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A Special Message from Dr. Stefanos P. Gialamas, Ph.D.,President of ACS Athens:

It is with great pleasure that I am writing you this letter to invite you to attend the first ever ACS Athens Global Alumni Achievement Awards event, scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Loeb Boathouse, Central Park, New York City. 

Over the past decades, ACS Athens alumni have exhibited great leadership with ethos, including serving humanity in all areas of society. At this event, we will recognize and celebrate two of our ACS Athens alumni leaders. The 2017 recipients for these awards are:

Dr. Scott Parazynski was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame last May at Kennedy Space Center, FL. A life-long SCUBA diver and accomplished mountaineer, Scott is also a commercial, instrument, multiengine and seaplane-rated pilot with over 2,500 flight hours. In November 2014 Dr. Scott Parazynski was designated University Explorer and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. He is a prolific inventor and product developer, and serves on the Boards of several organizations and companies. 

Dr. Anna Kaltsas, MD, is the Infectious Disease Specialist in New York, New York. She attended and graduated with honors from Albany Medical College Of Union University in 2004, having over 12 years of diverse experiences, especially in Infectious Disease. She affiliates with many hospitals including Memorial Hospital For Cancer and Allied Diseases. Dr. Anna Kaltsas also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including Memorial Infectious Disease Group. 

Today more than ever, we need Ambassadors with principles and values in order to make the world a better place to live. ACS Athens, with its vision for "empowering individuals to transform the world" as "architects of their own learning", promotes the ethical responsibility of each graduate to become one of tomorrow’s leaders with Ethos. 

In addition to the very prestigious alumni being honored and attending guests, we are privileged to have Mr. George Logothetis, CEO and President of the Libra Group, as our Keynote Speaker. Mr. Logothetis' adherence to these principles and values is confirmed daily by his actions and support of young people.

In order for our efforts to materialize and make this event a great success, we need your support. Join us to celebrate and honor Dr. Scott Parazynski, class of '79 and Dr. Anna Kaltsas, class of '96 at this special inaugural event. A single ticket is $250. For a table of 10 the cost is $2,500.  

We look forward to your support of ACS Athens and to seeing you on April 30th.


 Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D.


ACS Athens Glbal News

Proceeds from the Alumni Awards evening will support the John Aravanis and John A. Marder Memorial Alumni Scholarships. Last year's recipients were  children of alumni and upcoming Seniors Athanasios Frangogiannis-Matsa (son of George Frangogiannis, '74) and Vicky Grant (daughter of Mary Manos, '82) at the June 2016 graduation. Students received a discount toward tuition for their senior years from the proceeds of certain events and kind donations from alums. We are hoping to grow this scholarship in recognition of our strong students who honor the school with their excellence, and to support alumni parents who continue their legacy at ACS Athens by enrolling their children at the school.

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Dear ACS Athens Community Members:


It is with great pleasure that I announce the establishment of the ACS Athens Alumni Awards beginning 2016.  Over the past decades ACS Athens alumni have exhibited great leadership with ethos, including serving humanity in all areas of society.  It is now the appropriate time to recognize and celebrate ACS Athens alumni leaders at an Inaugural Global Achievement Awards event that will take place in New York City in April of 2017.

Two different awards will be given to ACS Athens alumni: 

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

 Emerging Young Leader 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 his/her 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 (  Nominations are accepted only through this site.  If you have not registered yet, please do so!  There is no cost involved! 

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. 

Finally, we are starting a drive to identify as many ACS Athens alumni as possible!  Please  invite your ACS Athens friends  to become members of our fast-growing alumni community at . 




Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D.                                                                                         




The purpose of these awards is to:

  •  recognize the important professional and community contributions that              ACS Athens alumni are making globally
  •  showcase and honor our alumni who have demonstrated outstanding                achievements
  •  profile ACS Athens by recognizing the accomplishments of its alumni
  •  connect alumni, ACS Athens and the wider community
  •  reach out to and strengthen alumni pride and bond to ACS Athens


  • Committee Members and award recipients must be registered members of the ACS Athens Global Association (
  • Only registered members of the ACS Athens Global Association will be eligible to nominate candidates for this award, and must be an alumnus, faculty or Emeritus faculty member.
  • Posthumous nominations will not be considered
  • Recipient must be present to receive the award, unless there are  exceptional circumstances

Selection Criteria

The ACS Athens Global Achievement Awards recognize ACS Athens Alumni (The American Community Schools of Athens) for their achievements and contributions to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of society through show of excellence, leadership, innovation and ethics.  ACS Athens alumni are individuals who attended the institution for at least one year.

These qualities will be measured by:

  •          Prominence and recognition in their field
  •          Consistent record of excellence and achievement
  •          Display of innovative and effective approaches to challenges
  •          Show of character through ongoing and positive effect on their field                  and/or other people
  •          Ethos


The Selection Committee will consist of two Board of Trustees members (one alumnus), two ACS Athens Alumni, and two members of the ACS Athens leadership team.  The Ex-Officio will be the President of ACS Athens. 

The Organizing Committee will consist of at least one alumnus and one ACS Athens administrative member.

The Awards Committee will be responsible for final approval of Process and Criteria.

The Awards Committee with be responsible for final selection approval.

Awards ceremony and dinner will take place in May of each year, in a US city chosen by the Committee.

Nomination form will be uploaded on

Nominations will be received through the site until October 1, 2016.

Nominations may be submitted by a nominator for more than one nominee in a particular year.

Nominations that are unsuccessful will be made known to the nominators by email. Nominations may not be made for oneself.

The ACS Athens Global Alumni Achievement Awards Inaugural event will take place in April, 2017. 

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