Alumni Panel: Working Abroad

October 23, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
500 Hall of Languages

For some, studying abroad was an experience that inspired them to move abroad permanently to work after graduation. Tomorrow, October 23, Syracuse University alumni from around the world are coming together to share their stories and advice about living and working abroad post graduation via a Google+ Hangout. Come meet the alumni panel, members of which have been working abroad teaching English, serving in the Peace Corps, and working for Fox and National Geographic. Learn from their experiences and find out what working abroad has to offer. Further resources will be provided for those who are interested in starting their international job search.

Questions can be directed to Christina Faulkner at cafaulkn@syr.edu. RSVP’s via OrangeLink are appreciated, but not required.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

Walking England: An SU London and SU Florence Signature Seminar

Walking England is a 10-day Signature Seminar offered to all enrolled SU London and SU Florence students, which will begin at the end of the Spring 2015 semester. Above, you’ll find photos from previous editions of the seminar along with quotes from alumni of Walking England. The photos are also available on our Pinterest board. If you’d like more information about enrolling, visit the SU London page on our website!

SU Strasbourg Activities: November

DSC_5473We’re halfway through October, so it’s time to look ahead to next month and make plans for all of the exciting activities going on at our center in Strasbourg. Let’s check out what the staff at SU Strasbourg has but together for their students for November!

Friday November 7: Cheese Tasting
Learn about and sample French cheese from a local expert at the SU center.
Limited to 20 students. First come, first served!

Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE
See Alison for details.

Friday, November 14: Chocolate Tasting at Christian
Learn about and sample some of Strasbourg’s finest chocolat at the renowed patisserie CHRISTIAN. Limited to 20 students. First come, first served!

Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: FREE
See Sabrina for detail.

Friday, November 21: Maison de Jeux Workshop
A member of the local Maison de Jeux will present an assortment of French “jeux de societé” (board games) to play in groups. Limited to 15 students. First come, first served!

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: FREE
See Sabrina for details.

Saturday, November 22: All-School Heidelberg Excursion
Take an all-day trip to discover the enchanting city of Heidelberg. See Sabrina for details.

Thursday, November 27: All-School Thanksgiving Dinner with Host Families
Traditional turkey and stuffing (vegetarian options too). Students are in charge of making side dishes or desserts!

Time: Set up begins at 6 p.m.
See Mick for details.

Friday – Sunday, November 28-30: An SU Strasbourg Christmas Savenger Hunt
Winner receives a gift certificate to Patisserie Christian. Instructions distributed at Thanksgiving!

SU Abroad Student Profile- Isaac Messina

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What better place is there to study Renaissance art than in the place where it all began? SU Abroad alumnus, Isaac Messina, had a once in a lifetime opportunity to study art restoration while abroad in Florence under an Italian conservator. His incredible apprenticeship was inspired by a course he was able to take while studying in SU’s center in Florence, Italy. Below he describes his work at an art restoration studio,  which was his first hands-on experience with the work of art conservators.

Name: Isaac Messina

Major: Art History

Minor: Chemistry

School: Arts and Sciences

Project/Internship: Art Restoration Apprentice in the Studio of Antonio Casciani in Florence

Description: “My experience abroad in Florence in the spring of my sophomore year introduced me to art restoration, a career that I am now working to pursue. At Syracuse University in Florence, I took a course on Renaissance painting techniques led by Ezio Buzzegoli, a professional art restorer. Intrigued by the career of my professor, I toured a local painting restoration studio during my stay. Antonio Casciani, the lead restorer, worked in beautiful space next to the Boboli Gardens. Antonio specialized in structural conservation, dealing more with the frames, canvases, and the supports of paintings.

A Crown-Wise research grant from the university honors program allowed me to return to Florence in the summer of 2013 to apprentice in Antonio’s private studio. He challenged me to work hands-on with paintings and frames, assuring me that the best learning experience in restoration comes through one’s hands. He often gave me vague instructions, encouraging me to fail, reflect, and then improve. For each project, I documented and assessed the damage the work had suffered over the centuries. I then assisted by filling holes in canvases, reconstructing splintered gilded frames, and treating the surface of paintings. Antonio did not speak a word of English, so this experience challenged me to expand my language skills from table talk with my Italian host family each night to a vocabulary better suited for the specialized field of art conservation. This apprenticeship was an experience I will never forget, as it gave me my first taste of the work of a real conservator.”

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