1 MARCH 2006 WELCOME FROM THE COLLEGE DIRECTOR Dear students I would like to welcome all of you to a new semester, new friendships, a new chapter at Americanos College and Cyprus. At Americanos College, all staff members share the responsibility to provide a safe and encouraging environment that promotes a positive attitude towards learning, mutual respect among all members of the College community and high expectations for student achievement. We truly believe that in this environment, students can successfully assume responsibility for their own learning. Our mission is to engage all students in the intellectual processes of the highest quality. Students acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge and develop their intellectual and physical potential for lifetime learning and personal fulfillment. We believe that students should be appropriately challenged to think creatively and critically, to reason and to solve problems. Also, we believe that our students should become responsible, contributing members of the society and should further develop sound personal, ethical and moral character. Our students should understand and appreciate the diverse and multicultural nature of the society and world we live in. Our faculty and administrative staff is extremely proud of the successes our students have achieved and are committed to enhance the learning environment of our community. They are all available to advise, guide and share with you valuable knowledge and experiences. Please do take advantage of the warm and friendly environment of Americanos College and make the best out of your experience here. I welcome you once again and wish you a productive and enjoyable semester ahead. Marios Americanos College Director..AND WISHES FOR AN ENJOYABLE, PRODUCTIVE SEMESTER ANNOUNCEMENTS New Director of Administration & Finance as of January 17, Cafeteria open until 19:30 p.m. as of February 28, 2006 Computer lab open until 17:30 as of February 2006.
2 MARCH 2006 MEET YOUR STUDENT UNION President Ramesh Shrestha Secretary Francis Nsikan Vice President Jasvinder Kumar Treasurer Demetra Katsikidou Feel free to approach any of your Student Union members to voice your opinions or suggestions about any activities or events you would like to see organized. The Student Union represents the voice of the student body, so talk to them, get to know them, pass on your ideas, and work with them for a better and more harmonized student body. STUDENTS WIN MEDALS IN CULINARY COMPETITIONS won silver medal in the College Chicken Plate and Singh Kamaljeet won bronze in the College Restaurant Plated Dessert competition. In addition, Negi Singh presented Indian cuisine in front of a number of interested attendees. CONGRATULATIONS to all the students and thanks for proudly representing Americanos College. Culinary Arts & Hotel Management students successfully participated in various Culinary competitions during the Gastronomia-Gastrognosia 2006 exhibition, which took place on February 16-19, They competed against teams or individual students of other Colleges and achieved thriving results. The team of Mohamed Hanif, M.G. Gazi & Md. Moiniruzzaman won gold medal in the College Students Grand Prix competition, Pun Durga
3 AMERICANOS COLLEGE FUTSAL TEAM By Bikash Shrestha For those who are not aware, futsal is a variation of football, played with 5 players in a smaller court with smaller goal posts than normal football. Our College team participated in the futsal competition against other Colleges in October February The team achieved 8 points, with 2 wins, 5 losses & 1 game of equal points. Americanos College has, thus, been ranked 4 th. University of Cyprus = 22 points Nursing School = 17 HTI = 11 Americanos College = 8 Philips College = -8 The team faced a challenging season with tough competitors, but they played hard and fair. Good job team and we are sure you will do better next season. CULTURAL FESTIVAL By Subba Limbu Amar A very successful, colorful and festive cultural event took place in the College Cafeteria on December 15 th with participants from China, Nepal and India proudly presenting cultural aspects, traditions and tourism development as part of their Travel & Tourism class. The students succeeded in providing a lengthy, but exciting program without a moment of boredom. The Indian students focused on their traditional costumes and the very popular and lively dance Vangada. In addition, they demonstrated tasty Indian dishes and snapshots of Indian natural beauty. The Nepalese students presented the amazing natural resources of Nepal through an interesting acting performance. They also danced and displayed a variety of handicrafts and Nepalese cuisine. Moreover, the Chinese group shared their excellent singing talents and also demonstrated Chinese dishes and handicrafts.
4 FACE-TO-FACE Mr. Avraam Stephani Mr. Avraam Stephani is the new Director of Administration and Finance as of January 17, He graduated from the University of Cyprus with a Bachelor in Public & Business Administration. He also got his Master s in Business Administration from the University of Southampton, UK. He worked as an Insurance and Investment agent for the Cyprus National Insurance Ltd and as a Finance Director of his family business. Moreover, he undertook the position of an Administrative Officer at the Ministry of Finance. What have your first impressions of your new position at Americanos College been? It is a very interesting position, very demanding and responsible. It requires integrity, managerial and communication skills. Time management is also essential since there is handling of various important issues. Also, cooperation and understanding from other coworkers, as well as the students is needed, something that I have had so far and I thank everybody for that. What would you like to offer through your position? I would like to contribute in making Americanos College an educational lighthouse for students and the means of making them better people. Also, offer in making Cyprus a highly respected educational center in the Mediterranean area. What do you think about dealing with International students on a daily basis? There are definitely a lot of different cultures here. The right communication is needed for a fair relationship with the students. There is surely a lot to learn from the multicultural community of students and I look forward to that. Any specific goals in life? I would like to have a successful career, gain respect at the workplace, but most importantly to become a better person and also to foster a good family; all the above with God s help of course. What are your hobbies? I enjoy playing football, working out, going on excursions with friends, relaxing at cafes. Is there any specific advice you would like to give to the students of Americanos College? To aim for the objective of finishing their studies successfully. This is a goal that will target their future both personally and professionally. They should at the same time try to balance academics and socials and enjoy their College years. Meet people, make lifetime friends, form unforgettable College time memories.
5 STUDENT POETRY By Zafar Shahzad A carefree bird used to fly extremely High, swinging Between the lush green trees But then descended onto live wires And died An example for all on unknown path Traveling with Never a thought For possible fates in store. SUGGESTION/ COMPLAINT BOX For those of you who have not already noticed, a Suggestion/Complaint box has been placed in the Cafeteria. The primary aim is for the students to express any complaints, suggestions or ideas about their academic or social life at the College. Administration will take all inputs very seriously and will try to find solutions to any of the above. THE WORLD AT A GLANCE FRANCE (CNN online) Divers have discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blond fur. Scientists said the animal, which they named Kiwa hirsuta, was so distinct from other species that they created a new family and genus for it. The animal was found in waters 2,300 meters deep at a site 1,500 kilometers south of Easter Island. BRAZIL (CNN online) A Brazilian general said the army is prepared to battle drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns until it recovers weapons stolen from its barracks. If the gangs decide to attack, we will fight back," Gen. Domingos Carlos said. "Our soldiers are prepared to confront them, not only in the shantytowns but also in our barracks." In Greek AIDS By Demetra Katsikidou Το AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) είναι το σύνδρομο της επίκτητης ανοσοανεπάρκειας. Προκαλείται από τον ιό HIV (human immunodecleficiency virus) και
6 αναπτύσσει συνεχώς ανθεκτικότητα στα φάρμακα που τον καταπολεμούν με αποτέλεσμα Πως μεταδίδεται το AIDS; To AIDS δεν μεταδίδεται πίνοντας νερό, ή από το κάθισμα του αποχωρητηρίου ούτε και με το άγγιγμα κάποιου ασθενούς. Η μόλυνση με τον ιό του AIDS γίνεται με τους εξής τρόπους. 1. Κατά τη σεξουαλική επαφή δια μέσου των υγρών του σώματος 2. Από το μολυσμένο αίμα και άλλα παράγωγα αίματος που δίνονται για μετάγγιση. 3. Γυναίκες που έχουν αυτή την ασθένεια μπορούν να μεταδώσουν τον ιό στα βρέφη τους κατά την εγκυμοσύνη. Συμπτώματα Ο ιός HIV προσβάλλει το ανοσοποιητικό σύστημα το οποίο οι θεραπείες να παραμένουν αναποτελεσματικές. αποτελεί τη βασική άμυνα του οργανισμού εναντίον των ασθενειών. Το σύνολο των συμπτωμάτων, σημείων και ασθενειών που προκαλεί ο ιός HIV στον άνθρωπο, αποτελούν το σύνδρομο επίκτητης ανοσοανεπάρκειας γνωστό με την ονομασία AIDS( acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Τα κυριότερα συμπτώματα είναι: 1. Διογκωμένοι λεμφαδένες 2. Πυρετός, ρίγος και νυχτερινοί ιδρώτες 3. Διάρροια 4. Πληγές στο δέρμα 5. Απώλεια μνήμης Trivia Questions of the month Submit the right answers to the following trivia questions to Ms. Maria Constantinou by April 14, 2006 and WIN A PRIZE! 1. It occurs once in a minute twice in a week and once in a year. What is it? 2. What is the only US state, which borders with just one other US state? MARCH 2006 The College Times Team: Chief Editor/Advisor: Ms. Maria Constantinou Reporters: Subba Limbu Amar, Bikash Shrestha, Zafar Shahzad, Demetra Katsikidou 2 & 3 Omirou Avenue, Eleftheria Square, P.O. Box 22425, 1521 Nicosia, Cyprus Telephone: , Facsimile: