Five Colleges
(Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith Colleges and University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Alumni Association in Greece

Dimos Silvestriadis is the Club Leader for the UMass Alumni Club in Greece. He maintains a 300-names-database of all Five Colleges Alumni in Greece. Although a few of our fellow alumni are still missing, if you are looking for someone, please contact him at the following address providing as much information as you can (name, year, degree, major etc.).

Dimos Silvestriadis
Amaliados 17
115 23 Athens

Tel +30 6979 799164 (parents +30 2310 264643)

Effy Stratakis
Athens, Greece
tel +30 6973 439539


Five Colleges Alumni Reunion May 2004, Zappeio Megaro, Athens (photo by George Makkas)
Amherst College Smith College Mount Holyoke College Thessaloniki
The UMass Alumni Club in Greece has organized so far three Reunions. Alumni from all the five colleges were invited and joined us. The first one was in the Summer of 1993 at the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens. Dr. Glen Gordon, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at that time-now retired, spoke to more than a hundred alumni. The second one was in the Summer of 1995 at the Tango Club outside of Athens. Prof. Tony Butterfield, Chair of the Management Department at the School of Management and Prof. Nicos Mylonas from the Finance Department were there. The last one was in November of 1997. This time we organized reunions in two different cities: in Thessaloniki at Syracouses Club and a few days later in Athens at Argo Bar (Kolonaki). Both events drew alumni of all ages. Dr. Norman Aitken, UMass Deputy Provost chatted with the alumni, political and business leaders on the developments in the five college area. In May 2004, and as Greece is preparing to host the Olympic games, we organised the fourth reunion both in Athens and Thessaloniki (see pictures above).
Five Colleges Alumni Reunion Summer 1993, Athens
Five Colleges Alumni Reunion Summer 1993, Athens
If you live in Athens we encourage you to join the Greek Alumni of American Universities (check "hosted pages" at and if you live in Northern Greece the Northern Greece Alumni Association of American Universities.


Amherst College , founded in 1821 is the oldest of the five campuses and has a student body of 1,600 undergraduate men and women. Amherst is often cited as one of this country's most outstanding liberal arts colleges.
Hampshire College , which opened its doors in 1970, was founded by the other four schools as an experimental and highly innovative liberal arts institution for men and women. Hampshire's emphasis on independent inquiry enables its 1,100 students to design their own programs of study.
Mount Holyoke College , established in 1837 by the well-known educator Mary Lyon, is the oldest college for women in the nation. Today, its 2,000 undergraduates are challenged by the same rigorous standards in pursuing a liberal arts education.
Smith College , established in 1871, was among the first colleges to offer women serious academic training for the professions of medicine, law, and teaching. With an enrollment of 2,500 women, Smith remains the largest liberal arts college for women in the country.
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is the flagship campus of the state system. Founded in 1863 as a land-grant university, UMass has evolved into a prominent research institution of ten schools and colleges and enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and some 5,800 graduate students. UMass Alumni