JFRC Student Life
Our Student Life Offices welcome students from all over the United States and assist students with adjustment to a new culture, a new language and a new learning experience. Student life is a special part of the JFRC experience that students will not find with other programs in Rome. The Student Life Office includes the Associate Dean of Students, Cynthia Bomben, the Director of Residence Life, Alvin Mangosing, and they are assisted by the SLAs, each of whom, having graduated from college and having lived in Rome, is a mature, invaluable resource to students. The SLAs for the 2012-2013 academic year:
- Tim Bertucci
- Mitch Catalano
- Russell Gonzalez
- Chandni Patel
- Jennifer Ruffing
- Anna Springer
The Student Life Team is an active part of the JFRC community. The responsibility of these offices extend to all facets of student life outside the immediate concerns of the Academic Office. Under the guidance of the staff in the offices of Student Life, the JFRC provides such general university services as counseling and guidance, housing, health and food services, recreation and student activities.
The special character of the JFRC program, however, adds another dimension to the function of the offices of the Student Life, namely, the enrichment of the student's foreign study experience. Advice is given about the adventures of life in a foreign country and use of a foreign language, travel, exploration of the European historical and artistic heritage, and an appreciation of cultural differences. Key experiences and activities are created each semester for students inside and outside the JFRC extending into the local neighborhood community and Rome.
These offices also assist students in obtaining their residency permits (permessi di soggiorno) from the police (questura) and plan co-curricular activities. The Associate Dean of Students and the Director of Residence Life and Student Services, together with their staff of SLAs, provide guidance to students in organizing social and cultural events, such as lectures on Italian life and culture and exchange socials with Italian students. These offices also publish the JFRC's newsletter, Ciao Roma. Students are invited to take advantage of these services. They are intended to contribute to the depth and appreciation of the study abroad experience.
Fall 2012 semester students participating in the neighborhood Adopt-a-Tree initiative sponsored by Noi per Roma and other community organizations.