March 18, 2010
She never planned to be an author, but Kristin Johansen ‘13TCB
completed a children’s book during a freshman class in Rome, Italy.
Diana Capalbo ‘13CPS anticipates seeing her first poetry in print.
And Anthony O’Reilly ‘13CPS wrote a short story about traveling in
Their success reflects the creative projects St. John’s
students completed this past January during two weeks in Rome,
Italy, as part of the University’s new Freshman
Passport Program. The 67 students were the second group of
freshmen in the program, more than doubling the number of the first
participants in August 2009.
Students spent their fall semester at the Queens and Staten Island
campuses before going to St. John’s Rome, Italy,
campus. Three freshman writing classes took part in the program,
along with Discover
New York (DNY), a core course whose students compared life in
New York to Rome. The writing professors were
Derek Owens, D.A., Associate Professor and Executive Director,
for Writing Studies;
Tara Roeder, Assistant Professor (Queens); and
David Farley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Staten Island). Prof.
Adam Smith taught DNY (Queens).
“This is the first time freshman composition had an
international component — and we’re going to see more of it,” said
James Keane, Ed.D., Associate Provost and Director of Core Studies.
Freshman Passport combines academics with Italian language, culture
and historic sites. Like all study abroad at St. John’s, it
features leadership training and service.
St. John’s also has a Paris, France,
campus and locations around the world, so students can live,
learn and serve in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Learn more about
Global Studies opportunities at St. John’s.