“Well of course food is Italian tradition, Italian culture, and it seemed like a great way to celebrate Temple University Rome’s 50th and also a way that the full university community could take advantage,” Denise Connerty, Assistant Vice President for Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses said.
The celebration started with the event “Tasting Rome” at Melograno Restaurant, a restaurant owned by Temple University alum Marie Tran and her husband, Chef Gianluca Demontis. Tran met her husband while studying abroad in Rome through Temple. They served an authentic Italian dish, and all proceeds collected will benefit the Temple Rome Scholarship Fund.
Another event in the celebration was Food Truck Festa. Alumni-owned food trucks served and highlighted Italian dishes at the Bell Tower. Music was played and attendees got the opportunity to find out more information on study abroad opportunities.
“I just like how there are a lot of food trucks I haven’t tried, so it’s nice to go around and see what they have and taste different things,” Temple junior Mina Tatar said.
The week will conclude with a night of networking at the Fox School of Business with members of Professionisti Italiani a Philadelphia, and fried artichoke food sampling. Senior, Kayla Karp will also present her project: 3,000 years in the making: The Story of Jews in Rome which is a project she started while studying abroad in Rome last year.
“We’re given our education and we are given the opportunity to have these classes and have these lessons, but very few times do we take advantage, and turn that opportunity into our ability to do something. I want to share with other students and other professionals that we have to take that step,” Karp said.
The celebration does not end here. This May, Temple University will host another week packed event to celebrate the anniversary at Temple Rome’s campus. For more information on Temple Rome and study abroad opportunities through Temple University click here.