Earlier this week we hosted Rebekah Lum Owen (VLB ’88, COL ’89). She is travelling in Italy with her family.
Gianni Cicali is an Associate Professor in the Italian Department at Georgetown University. As a native Florentine he is home now visiting family. We were very pleased to host Gianni at Villa Le Balze for a lecture on the history of Theatre and the Church in Italy.
This summer we are hosting 15 Hoyas and two professors from the Theology department. Ori Soltes and Theresa Sanders took their students to Rome this weekend for an unforgettable tour of the eternal city. During the course of the weekend we were very pleased to have met Peter L. Corsell (SFS 2000) who traveled to Rome to meet the group.
This Summer we ran a new program with Prof. Debora Spini that gave students the opportunity to intern with local organizations while studying local government. This first iteration of the program was a great success.
From left to right: Prof. George Shambaugh, Lena Duffield, Mayor of Fiesole Anna Ravoni, Kevin Voorhees Carroll, and Prof. Matt Kroenig.
Today we were very pleased to host J.D. and Maggie Dickenson at Villa Le Balze. Maggie studied at the villa in the Fall semester of 1994. She graduated from the College in 1996. Professor John Pfordresher was the faculty member in residence at the villa that semester. Maggie returned to Italy and the villa after twenty years for her fortieth birthday.
Villa Le Balze contributed in the publication of a book on foreigners living in Fiesole around the beginning of the 20th century. Local historian Alessandro Panajia collected information from local archives for the work. Fiesole was a destination for many illustrious expats including Charles August Strong, the original owner of Villa Le Balze. On Friday there was a book presentation held at the Roman Theatre in Fiesole.
Last month the Spring 2014 villa students organized a surprise party for Roberta Massai and her upcoming retirement in June of this year. Roberta has been serving Hoyas staying at Villa Le Balze for nearly two decades. She has always exemplified professionalism and a strong work ethic. The villa community will miss her dearly.
Last week I was pleased to meet Karen Sulek (SFS ’91) and Adom Mitkevicius (SFS ’98) at Villa Le Balze and give them a tour of the gardens. Adom lives in Florence. Karen lives in Bratislava with her husband and two children, who also visited Villa Le Balze.