Syracuse Florence’s highly qualified staff is committed to helping students make the most out of their study abroad experiences in Florence.
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Dr. Sasha Perugini manages and leads the Syracuse Florence program and its staff and faculty; conducts strategic business planning and curriculum development; acts as the program’s legal representative; regularly consults and communicates with the home campus and the center’s legal team; represents the institution both locally and abroad; and fosters communication inside and outside the institution.
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Kevin Barnett provides oversight for all technology operations in collaboration with and reporting to ITS and Syracuse Abroad. This includes technology architecture and design, hardware and software life-cycle management as well as the initiation of new projects. He is also responsible for ensuring compliance with data security and privacy regulations.
Field Trip Program Coordinator
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Julia Colchie coordinates the Syracuse Florence Field Trip Program which includes all-school, course-specific, and optional field trips, in addition to short-term, summer, and faculty-led programs. She handles field trip scheduling and reimbursement approvals in the case of conflicting course field trips, as well as all course fee budgets for the center.
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Rossana Degli Innocenti oversees all ordinary maintenance of Syracuse Florence’s buildings and grounds and leased properties, and she is responsible for ensuring that Italian and American safety codes are met and respected.
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Lucia Fantoni assists the Business Manager with the collection and dispersal of funds, payments and general business operations.
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Jennifer Haag handles budget transactions and bookkeeping operations for the Architecture department in cooperation with the Business Manager. She is responsible for organizing the architecture field study trips, cataloging new acquisitions and maintaining updated files in the Faculty Research Library. She also coordinates office operations and building maintenance for the Architecture Studios.
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Sylvia Hetzel is responsible for library operations and academic resource services and provides digital information support, as well as research assistance, to students and faculty. She is the web content administrator for the Syracuse Florence website and a member of the 24/7 emergency phone team.
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Melanie Honour provides general information and support to students in the Student Life Office, including scheduling students’ doctor appointments and taking sign-ups for all-school field studies trips. As a member of the student emergency network, she keeps the 24/7 emergency phone on a rotating basis.
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Amy Kleine assists students with physical and mental health and wellness and handles accommodation requests for students with special needs. During the fall semester she teaches the First Year Forum course and coordinates the Discovery Florence Program, and during the spring and summer terms she teaches a course on cross-cultural studies. As a member of the emergency team, she keeps the 24/7 emergency phone on a rotating basis.
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Fabio Landi assists the IT manager with maintaining the school’s extensive computer network and technical operations.
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Silvia Landi is responsible for campus mail distribution, classroom and equipment upkeep, cleaning and maintenance services, front desk assistance, and receptions for special events.
Assistant to the Director
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Zama Mbense provides administrative assistance to the director, including appointment scheduling, visitor itineraries, and events organization and promotion.
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Roberta Mugelli assists with the placements of students in Italian homestays and apartments. She acts as the primary liaison with the host families and each semester organizes and leads a student-host weekend excursion. Roberta divides her time in housing with providing assistance to the Architecture department’s Survey of Italian Architecture program.
Field Trip Program Administration and Logistics
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Aurélia Naso handles general risk management procedures and protocol for the Field Trip Program, and assists the Field Trip Program Coordinator with administrative duties, logistics, and quality control.
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Francesca Picchi is responsible for personnel management as well as all financial matters and business operations.
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Gelso Sassonia assists with the upkeep of Syracuse Florence building and grounds as well as with audiovisual equipment operations and maintenance.
Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning
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Bob Vallier has a D.E.A. from the Université de Paris and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from DePaul University, where he also served as the Assistant Director of the Honors Program. He previously worked with international programs in Paris, where he taught courses in Philosophy and the Humanities at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po), the Sorbonne, and Columbia University in Paris. He now oversees all operations of the Academic Office at Syracuse Florence.
Work Phone: +39-055-5031-372
Alessandro Verri works at the front desk of Villa Rossa providing information and directions to students and visitors. He oversees the SU Florence soccer team and is a member of the 24/7 emergency phone team.
Assistant Director for Student Life
Work Phone: +39-055-5031-327
Jessica Volpe oversees the Student Life and Housing offices. She is responsible for organizing orientation and is also a member of the emergency team.