Monthly Archives: December 2010
Umbra students hailing from St. Bonaventure University, the Center for International Studies, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Scranton, the University of Richmond, and the University of Roanoke were all invited for a daytrip to Assisi this past Sunday. Local tour guide Marco Bellanca led an especially detailed walk around Assisi, and didhis best to convince us that behind the heavy fog there really are spectacular views out across the valley. Students learned about the importance of the original frescoes in the Basilica of St. Clare to Renaissance art history, and crossed into the breathtaking sanctuary at the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi. After everyone had a chance to pick up souveniers for the nonne a casa – grandmothers back at home — as Marco had suggested, students left the center of Assisi and took a short ride down into the valley to the Agriturismo La Carfagna for lunch.Despite our late arrival, the family was ready with a full course meal Umbrian meal. All returned back to Perugia that afternoon with full stomachs and ready for a long nap before elective classes began Monday morning.
On Tuesday, December 14, members of the Umbra community (students, staff and professors) gathered in the historical Palazzo Sorbello while students from three different classes who have engaged in service learning projects shared their experiences and research.
The presentations represent various examples of the types of community engagements available at Umbra, ranging from interaction with local families and schools as well as companies with international operations, based out of Perugia.
Contemporary Italy. Culture and Society
Name of the project: La Famiglia Italiana –
- Courney Earle and Bailey Smith
- Katherine Enna and Phylicia Hoyt
Business in Europe/International Marketing Name of the Company: Umbra Cuscinetti S.p.A., Foligno
- Jesse Schwend
Human Development in Culture
Name of the Project: Exploring the Italy ecology from one classroom to another
- Marissa Garrock
- Tom Albert
- Emma Kong
- Jennifer D’Olympio
Independent study in Psychology:
· Jennifer D’Olympio
As part of the end of semester events, last night Umbra’s Creative Writing students read their work at Loop Cafe. American and Italian students alike gathered around to listen to their classmates’ writings from this semester. Among the readings there were odes to gelato and gnocchi, essays on love, poems, and beautifully written prose about Perugia herself. The students’ best creative work is compiled into an anthology and distributed to each writing student.
Last night’s readings followed last week’s art show, where students showcased their drawings, photographs and frescoes. Yesterday student presentations at the local Ranieri foundation were held and tomorrow, there will be the chance to say arrivederci at the farewell aperitivo before the students depart.
Come vola il tempo…!
“Jungfrau” by Jesse Schwend