Lewis University students travel and study in Italy

Lewis University students travel and study in Italy

Published: June 1, 2013.

Lewis University students traveled May 11- 21to Rome, Assisi and Florence. The 15 students enrolled in Dr. Dominic Colonna’s Faith and the Arts course or Dr. Dennis H. Cremin’s history courses. “This year’s students really enjoyed the Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the city of Assisi itself,” Cremin, professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, said.

Colonna, professor of theology, noted the interdisciplinary nature of the trip. “This year we had students from nursing, business, air traffic control, education, biology, math, and computer science. This represents the interdisciplinary nature of Lewis University’s general education curriculum.”

Cremin added, “Dominic draws so well on the education of the students. He asked the five nursing students their reaction to Michelangelo’s David. They provided their observations. One said that he seemed too thin. Another added that he has a sunken chest, and his neck appeared constricted. From their observation, they suggested that he seemed to exhibit signs of extreme anxiety. The nurses suggested that Michelangelo captured many of the physical features that one might have facing a Goliath. It was a great moment in the class.”

Another highlight included a tour of the chapel at the Christian Brothers’ Generalate, the Christian Brother’s headquarters in Rome. Brother Thomas Johnson, FSC, vicar general of the Christian Brothers, was generous with his time and led the tour.

Interestingly, there was a connection with Brother Johnson and trip participant Tom Dinon. The International Business student traveled across the globe to meet his family’s former teacher. Dinon explained, “My father and two of my uncles went to De La Salle High School in Chicago, where he used to teach. He remembered my uncles well.”

Students attending this year’s Italy Travel Study trip included Jessica Albano, Lillian Colonna, Steven Craig, Thomas Dinon, Caitlin Feigenbaum, Dennis Gray, Rebecca Kalnicky, Alex Lopez, Theresa Malanao, Ivette Manzo, Janet Morioka, Margaret Plese, Penelope Strid, Danielle Volk and Kellie Yonkers.

The Study Abroad office provides students at Lewis University the unique chance to complement and enhance their academic careers with a variety of international academic opportunities. Programs run anywhere from a few weeks to an academic year and offer Lewis courses that can fit into general education, elective, minor, and/or major credits depending on the program. More information about study abroad experiences is available by contacting Chris Swanson, director of Study Abroad at 815-836-5993 or studyabroad@lewisu.edu.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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