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2016 - Presenting our U of M  Massimo Bonavita scholarship winner

We are proud to announce the winner of our 2016 scholarship. Working in partnership with the University of Minnesota, Department of French & Italian, this scholarship continues to fulfill our mission to promote Italian language and culture to all people of Minnesota.

The winner of the $3,000 ICC Study Abroad Program scholarship is Magdalena (Lena) Schroeder, a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and Italian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Her first experience with Italian culture and language occurred early in life when she lived in Austria with her family. Later exposures to Italy ultimately led to her decision to study Italian at the U of M. There, she has actively worked to improve her skills, going to conversation hours, skyping with a native Italian through the Tandem program, and listening to Italian music. She also hopes to work at Concordia’s Lago del Bosco Italian immersion camp this summer. She sings with an a cappella group on campus and serves as an officer. In her free time, she loves playing soccer and is an avid fan of Arsenal FC. She is thrilled to be going back to Europe, where soccer is a big deal. 

Lena will be studying at the University of Bologna for the 2016-17 academic year. She is planning to take courses in math history, linguistics, and political science.

We congratulate Lena and look forward to reading about her learning adventures in Italy!


2016 - Presenting our St. Cloud State scholarship winner

Ciao! My name is Saby Labor. I am a doctoral candidate and graduate assistant at St. Cloud State University in the Higher Education Administration program. I hold a Master of Education degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California, and have had the privilege of working in education for 10 years. In 2015, I was honored to receive the Imbra-Steffens Scholarship for Women in Higher Education. I am a first-generation college student who began my education in the community college system, and ultimately aspire to attain a community college Presidency role. 

I am deeply grateful for the support of the Italian Cultural Center as their 2016 SCSU scholarship recipient. This support will allow me to study abroad in Macerata, Italy May 14-29, 2016. My internship experience will involve continued work on the development of a pilot initiative using digital badge technology, in collaboration with Professoressa Paola Nicolini at the University of Macerata. 

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to immerse myself in the social and cultural norms of Italy, a country rich in preserved history and tradition. This experience will undoubtedly open my eyes to different ways of being and knowing, particularly around work and life balance, attention to fresh and organic food, as well as the connection of these and other elements of individual and collective health and well-being. Studying abroad in Italy is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience. It provides an optimal learning experience for me to widen my personal, professional and academic lens as a future higher education administrator. Look for details of my travel experiences in an upcoming blog series in May and a presentation with Dr. Christine Imbra sometime in the months ahead. 

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