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Sower - Issue 166

Sower - Issue 166

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The 166th issue of The Sower with news about the American Farm School, Perrotis College and Greek Summer.
The 166th issue of The Sower with news about the American Farm School, Perrotis College and Greek Summer.

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TheSower
The American Farm School
Thessalonica Agricultural & Industrial InstituteThessaloniki, Greece Winter 2011Issue 166
Greek Summer 2010 participant Samantha Rathbun from Naples NY takes a break at the construction site in the village of Mikro Dasos,while William (Luke) Hamel works in the background.
 
The American Farm School
Thessalonica Agricultural & Industrial Institute
American Farm SchoolPerrotis College
Marinou Antipa 12, Post Office Box 23GR-55102 Thessaloniki, GreeceTel +30-2310-492-700Fax +30-2310-492-710info@afs.edu.gr
U.S. Office
1133 Broadway, Suite 1226New York, NY 10010Tel +1-212-463-8434Fax +1-212-463-8208usoffice@amerfarm.orgwww.afs.edu.gr
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Published semiannually for friends andcontributors to the institution.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Charlotte P. Armstrong
Vice Chairman
Stavros Constantinides John R. CrunkiltonWilliam A. Tsacalis
Secretary
Sharon W. Vaino
Treasurer
Barbara K. Heming
Trustees
David G. AckerGeorge P. ArgerakisPeter Bien John H.Cleave Joannie C. DanielidesConstantine N. DarrasSpyros DessyllasChristos S. FoliasSeth E. FrankDimitri GondicasConstantinos HadjiyannakisTruda C. JewettLydia LegakisAnnie LevisGeorge MilonasPantelis PanteliadesAnastasia Pappas Joel S. PostGail D. SchoppertManita R. Scocimara Judson R. ShaverSusan L. StupinCharles L. Thomas, Jr.Robert W. Uek
President
Panos Kanellis
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
 Joann Ryding Beltes
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Tasos Apostolides
Communications Director
Randall Warner
Cover Photo
Konstantina Sideropoulou
Design & Printing
Alternative Graphic Solutions, Inc.
From the President
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aving completed my first year as President of the American Farm School and Perrotis College, I wantto share with
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readers my spirit of gratitudeand optimism, based on personal experience of this mostremarkable of educational institutions. I am humbled by thedepth of commitment from individuals, corporations andfoundations in the United States, in Greece and in Europe who are inspired by our mission and contribute with theirgenerosity so that we may further our educational endeavors. Among the strategic initiatives the Board of Trustees has recently approved, perhaps the mostfar- reaching is its endorsement of the start of a pre-k and kindergarten, leading in time toan elementary school. Our focus – and what will make us different from other institutionsin Greece – is our commitment to environmental education and experiential learning. Atan early age, children absorb immediate contact with the natural world – plants and ani-mals – in the surroundings of the School’s green campus and through its hallmark “learn by doing” approach. They are open to taking responsible roles, as they mature, in incorporat-ing ecological principles and imperatives into their own lives and the lives of others. Theseearly stages of education will be followed by the development of an elementary school andeventually to a junior high school, bridging to our long established and highly respected highschool and Perrotis College programs.In the pages of this
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r issue, you will enjoy reading about the experience that many hadat first hand, at the recent Celebrate 40 Years of Greek Summer events in New York City. Alumni and friends of Greek Summer had the opportunity to express their enthusiasm forthe ongoing activities of an educational institution that has had a lasting affect on their livesor on the lives of their children or grandchildren. Also in this
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ssue you will learn about our innovative efforts in applied scientificresearch, and how participating in such research equips our Perrotis College graduates tocompete as professionals in the global economy.Reading through the list of donors in the United States and in Greece for 2009-2010, you will recognize the importance of the commitment that you, and other members of the widecommunity of friends of the American Farm School, have made as supporters of the AnnualFund, and how much our work depends on you. On behalf of the students and staff of theSchool, please accept our heartfelt gratitude. Yours sincerely,Panos Kanellis, Ph.D.
President 
Among the strategic initiatives the Board of Trusteeshas recently approved, perhaps the most far-reachingis its endorsement of the start of a pre-k andkindergarten, leading in time to an elementary school.
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U.S. Consul General Catherine E. Kay, SethFrank, Mrs. Perroti, President KanellisTad Lansdale, President Kanellis and Mrs.Perroti raising a toast to the new buildingStudents express their feelings.Mrs. Perroti presents third-year student AnisaBello (left) with the Athina Carras ScholarshipAward as other outstanding students VioletaStefanovska and Dimitris Papadopoulos look on.
The new Aliki Perroti Student Residence was built by American Farm School grad-uate Dimitris Tsoufis’ construction firmProvoli S.A., designed by Thessalonikiarchitects P. Makridis + Associates. Thethree-story, 4,000m
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structure houses nearly 100 Perrotis College students with mul-tipurpose space for social, cultural andrecreational events. Linked to the mainbuilding is a modern dining room thatserves the entire college student body andhosts larger groups for special events. TheSeth Frank Assembly Hall is designed as alecture and performance space with stateof the art acoustics and sound equipment. Archaeological finds consisting of a lateRoman Empire water system (two wells,delivery pipes, a cistern and storage tank) were discovered during construction andhave been preserved both inside and outsidethe southeast walls of the building.P. Makrides + Associates applied principlesof bioclimatic architecture to the new build-ing. Sections of sloping roofs serve as solarcollectors connected to heat storage tanks,and also work as lighting and ventilation“chimneys”, directing natural light downinto the three floors of corridors, ensur-ing air circulation and moderate tempera-tures throughout the structure. All buildingmaterials were selected for their suitability to the local climate and low maintenancerequirements, and emphasis was put onhighly efficient, recyclable thermal and water insulation materials.U.S. and Greek government officials, civic and business leaders from Athens andThessaloniki, Trustees, alumni, staff, students and friends joined President PanosKanellis in honoring benefactress Mrs. Aliki Perroti at the inauguration of the AlikiPerroti Student Residence on the evening of October 7, 2010. This joyous occasion was the realization of a dream to provide the American model of private residentialcollege facilities to the Greek and international student body of Perrotis College. Atthe ceremony Mrs. Perroti was thanked for her farsighted philanthropy by Ministerof Agricultural Development and Food Kostas Skandalidis, by U.S. Consul GeneralCatherine E. Kay, by former Deputy Minister of Finance and Trustee of the AmericanFarm School Christos Folias, and by a member of the Perrotis College senior class.
Seth Frank, Mrs. Aliki Perroti, President Panos Kanellis, General Secretary of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Georgos Kanellopoulos at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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