Since 1961, more than 2,000 students have enrolled in the semester-long program in Siena, the idyllic Italian town nestled in the Tuscan countryside. Approximately 15 students from throughout SUNY are admitted to the program each semester. They live with host families while pursuing their studies and have the opportunity to take weekend trips to Florence, Rome, Paris, and London.
Students who would like to learn more about Buffalo State's Siena Program, the oldest formal study-abroad program in the SUNY system, have the opportunity to talk with program alumni and meet Daniela Perozzi, the Siena onsite director, during events scheduled this week.
On Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m., alumni are having an informal gathering with Perozzi and design professor Steve Saracino at Bob and John’s, 1545 Hertel Avenue, in Buffalo. Students are welcome to attend.
On Wednesday, October 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., a wine and cheese reception will be held outside the Czurles-Nelson gallery in Upton Hall, where the Ricordi di Siena art exhibition is showcasing student art inspired by their Siena experience.
The highlight of the week is Siena Night, Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Bacon Hall 211. It will feature several speakers, including Perozzi; Josephine Zagarella-Behrens, director of international education; Robert Summers, assistant dean for international and exchange programs; and recent Siena alumni. Parents and students who would like to learn more about enrolling in the program are encouraged to attend.
“We are very proud of this program, and we want to increase awareness,” said Zagarella-Behrens. “We’re excited to have Daniela on campus this week and to have our alumni join us. Siena was such a life-changing experience for them; they want to shout it from the rooftops. Not every experience in college touches you in such a personal way. It’s neat to hear their stories.”