Another Record Year of Lewis Enrollment in Rome This Spring

Another Record Year of Enrollment for Lewis University Students in Rome This Semester

Published: February 12, 2024.

For the second year in a row, Lasallian Universities Center for Education in Rome, Italy has a record enrollment of Lewis University students living and studying in Rome. Twenty-four students from 14 majors and four colleges are participating in the LUCE Rome Program for the Spring 2024 semester.

The students are studying and experiencing a cultural immersion as they live and study in the Generalate, the motherhouse of the global De La Salle Christian Brothers network headquartered in Rome, Italy. Also, the students are enjoying expanded course offerings from the College of Business and the Social Work programs.

Leveraging Rome's rich historical and cultural landscape, the program includes educational excursions to Florence, Naples, Barcelona, and other significant sites, transforming these cities into dynamic classrooms. The curriculum is designed to enrich students' academic and personal growth, featuring courses such as Italian Language, Italy Today, and Art Appreciation. These three-credit-hour courses fulfill general education requirements and are taught by local Italian faculty.

This year, Drs. Scott A. Kerth and Ellen Thursby are co-directing the program, overseeing academics and student services.

Kerth and Thursby will teach two courses in the program. Kerth will teach “Introduction to International Business and Basic Macro Economics”, with Dr. Natalia Boliari, a guest lecturer from Manhattan College. Thursby is teaching “Social Welfare Policy and Diversity and Social Justice”.

Dr. Dennis Cremin, history professor and director of Lewis University History Center, and Dr. Joanne Kuttner, director of Engaging Stories, are continuing with the program both teaching hybrid courses in Rome and online. Cremin is teaching “Christians as the Romans Saw Them” and Kuttner is teaching Theology 100-level “Search for Faith” as well as the Theology 200-level “Christian Faith and the Arts”.   

Lewis University students studying in the LUCE program in Spring 2024 include 

  • Simon Acosta, Aviation Flight Technology
  • Rowan Bailey, Aviation Administration
  • Daidyn Burge, Air Traffic Control Management
  • Alec, Caldwell, Finance
  • Nicholas Childs, Air Traffic Control Management
  • Matthew Degner, Aviation Flight Technology
  • Sophia Duenas, Aviation Administration
  • Maya Feldman, Pre-Aviation Flight Tech
  • Valeria Galicia, Business Administration
  • Sofia Hunt, Psychology
  • Elisa Jackowiak, Special/Elementary Educ.
  • Emily Latif, Middle Level Education
  • Alondra Marin, Foreign Language Instruction
  • Nicholas Pawlinski, Aviation Administration
  • Yaiza Pompa Rodriguez, Aviation Administration
  • Oscar Pompa Rodriguez, Aviation Flight Technology
  • Rhea Ray, Aviation Flight Technology
  • Sabel Raymond, Air Traffic Control Management
  • Nathaniel Rector, International Relations
  • Ramiro Regalado, Business Administration
  • Lindsey Reilly, Secondary Education
  • Alyssa Rull, Diagnostic Sonography
  • Madeline Stachacz, Early Childhood Special Education

Morgan Lopez, an International Business student, will serve as a resident assistant, further enriching the program's community by supporting fellow students during their stay in Rome in the Generalate, the motherhouse of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in Rome, Italy.

LUCE offers full-semester programs for Lasallian students from around the world. Its programs are designed to develop specifically Lasallian international study abroad experiences and to enrich the sense of belonging in the worldwide Lasallian community. Contact Chris Swanson at for more information on the Rome Program at LUCE. 

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