Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 18:00

Gelato Tasting Spurs Student Interest in Assumption Rome Campus

How does one gather more than 200 college students in a room to learn about a transformative study abroad experience?

Offer six different flavors of authentic Italian gelato.

More than 200 Assumption students participated in Assumption College’s second Gelato Tasting in Hagan Campus Center on Oct. 7, 2014. The event, sponsored by the College’s Rome campus, featured frutti di bosco (wild berries), cappuccino, cioccolatto (chocolate), Nutella, tiramisu and vaniglia (vanilla) gelato served by students who spent a semester at Assumption's Rome campus.

The Rome campus is open to sophomore, junior and senior students from Assumption and other institutions of higher learning from an array of majors. Students need not be art history majors to take advantage of all that Rome has to offer; the curriculum offers five or more strong liberal arts courses each semester, including courses that fulfill Assumption’s graduation requirements. For the students in Rome, the city becomes a living classroom.

Students who recently returned from a semester abroad at Assumption’s Rome campus served gelato and shared details from their experience.

"Studying at Assumption's Rome campus will absolutely change your life," said Sinead Sinnott '15, a senior psychology major from Boston. "It was my greatest experience at Assumption. You get to see the world from a completely different perspective."

Junior Maggie Azar '16, a psychology major from Bristol, R.I., said her favorite part of studying at Assumption's Rome campus was the opportunity for travel.

"When you go to the Rome campus, you get to meet people you would never have met at the Worcester campus," she said. "I recommend the Rome campus experience to everyone."

Students studying in Rome live in the recently remodeled Villino Dufault, located within a traditional, safe residential neighborhood in the heart of the city. The area offers numerous shopping and dining options as well convenient transportation options.

Limited to only 25 students per semester, the campus is staffed by a full-time chef who prepares authentic Italian meals, often featuring fresh ingredients from her own garden.

Assumption College Associate Professor of Italian Richard Bonanno, director of the Rome Program, encouraged students to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

"We thought the gelato tasting would be a wonderful way for us to promote Assumption's Rome campus, to raise the awareness among students of how wonderful the program is," he explained.

While the program is based in Rome, one weekend per month students travel the roads and rails of Italy as they visit popular and hidden destinations such as Florence, Urbino, Pompei and Naples. These excursions are included in the tuition; students are also encouraged on their “free” weekends to embark on their own journey of discovery and travel throughout Italy.

Many students who attended expressed interest in spending a semester in Rome.

Sophomore Angel Harris '17, a criminology major from Boston, said: "I'm minoring in art, and I have always wanted to travel and experience a new part of the world and culture."

Kayla Flynn '18 of Waltham, Mass., a first-year student majoring in speech and language pathology, said she has always wanted to visit Italy.

"I saw this opportunity to explore the world and see new places," Flynn said. "The Rome campus is part of the reason why I chose Assumption College."

Regarding the gelato tasting, Professor Bonnano noted: "We want to raise awareness and do something fun that has a Roman, Italian feel to it, so the students will realize how fantastic our Rome program is."

For more information about the Assumption College Rome campus, click here.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews