This week we were pleased to welcome Mr. Matt Maurano to our Rome center. Matt is the Assistant Dean of Admissions at Providence College and was in town on a recruiting trip. Matt is an alum of the College himself – Class of 2006. This is his first trip to Rome and he took the time to visit us and give a brief presentation on the work of P.C. Admissions abroad.
During an informal “pizza and soda pop” reception, he told us about his responsibilities in international recruiting and where he will travel on behalf of the College. Italy, Switzerland, and England are on his itinerary over the next two weeks.
Fresh from hosting “A Day in Friartown” on the home campus, Matt told us about the activities of the Student Admission Ambassadors who work in his office. In fact, three of our P.C.- in- Rome alumni are Ambassadors and he encouraged the current students to apply next Spring. He said that their study abroad experience would be a great asset to the work of recruiting “future Friars”.
Matt asked the students about their decisions to study abroad and why they chose Rome as their destination. They told him about the wonderful experience they are having and the places they have already seen in just five weeks.
At the end the students were asking him about life on campus back home. They were curious about any changes that might have been made during the summer construction projects and any future plans that have been made to enhance the campus environment. While a few students later admitted that his remarks made them “a little homesick”, all agreed that being in Rome was exactly where they wanted to be this semester.
Matt Maurano’s visit made us all feel closer to the home campus and connected to the wider community of Providence College. He also gave us some perspective of how fortunate we all are to be in Rome and to be able to bring the “Friar school spirit” wherever we go.
This week we were pleased to welcome Mr. Matt Maurano to our Rome center. Matt is the Assistant Dean of... MORE
This week I was pleased to welcome the Rogers family to our PC/ CEA Theology and Religious Studies Center. Michael (’76), and Mary Ellen (’77), were in town to visit their son, Fr. Michael Rogers, S.J., a Jesuit priest who is studying here in Rome at the Gregorian University. Their daughter, Mary Kate, who was also on the tour, was just accepted “early decision” to P.C., and will be a member of the class of 2018. Talk about a “Friar family”!
During their visit and tour of the Center, they were able to meet some of our students and the CEA Rome Team. The students were encouraging Mary Kate to already start planning her semester abroad in Rome during her junior year. Mary Kate hopes to study Marketing. Her mother was a Social Work major and her father studied Business Management while at P.C.
Mary Ellen is not only a proud alum of P.C., she is also a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and has served since 2007. As a “good steward” of the College, Mary Ellen had many questions about our Rome program. We discussed the study abroad experience in general and the College’s renewed commitment to international study opportunities for students. I explained P.C.’s relationship to CEA and shared the good news that we have just signed another three year agreement with them.
When our conversation turned to academics, Mary Kate and her father Michael were interested in the New Testament in the Eternal City course and how we use the city of Rome itself as a “classroom” connecting lectures with site visits each week.
Having a visit from a member of the Board of Trustees certainly helps to strengthen the connection between our Rome Program and the home campus. Mary Ellen promised to fill in the rest of the Trustees about the success of the PC/CEA Center when she sees them later this Spring at their annual “Black and White” fundraiser. She’s also hoping to give her impressions of the Rome Program and its direct link to the mission of the College at their next Board meeting in June.
The warm visit and conversation with the Rogers family was a real boost to all of us who met them. And once again we were reminded how the PC in Rome experience flows naturally from the Catholic, Dominican mission of the College. From Cunningham Square to the Piazza San Pietro! Go Friars!
This week I was pleased to welcome the Rogers family to our PC/ CEA Theology and Religious Studies Center. Michael... MORE