Grady Named 2010-11 WC SAAC President

April 28, 2010

Congratulations to sophomore team captain Holly Grady for being named the 2010-2011 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President! Holly has been a tremendous leader for the tennis program and I am excited that she will be able to showcase her leadership skills to the entire student-athlete body at Wilmington College.

The mission of SAAC is to enhance the overall student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being, and promoting a positive student-athlete image. SAAC strives to build school pride among students through social events, sporting events and community service projects.

Holly is excited for her new position to begin and is ready for the challenge. She stated that she has big shoes to fill as past-president Marianne McGoron will be graduating this year.

"She was the one that really got the basis established for this organization," Grady said. "I am excited to work with my new officers, I think they are all great leaders, and it is my desire to really see SAAC thrive this coming year."

Holly, we know that you will do a wonderful job in promoting the SAAC mission and purpose. Congratulations!

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Veite Elected President of AMSA, Vice-President of WC Science Society

April 23, 2010

Congratulations to sophomore Jessica Veite! She has been named President of the 2010-2011 American Student Medical Association (AMSA) board.

Since August of 2008 Jessica has served as the AMSA Vice-President. As a member of AMSA, she has helped recruit new members, oganize MCAT study sessions, and helped host a practicing physician on campus as he discussed medical opportunities with the AMSA chapter.

Jessica also assisted in this year's Wilmington College AMSA Annual 5K Walk/Run for Charity in which all proceeds were donated to the Clinton County Free Clinic.

In addition to AMSA, Jess also was elected vice-president of the Wilmington College Science Society for the 2010-2011 school year.

Jessica, we thank you for your contributions to our tennis program and to our campus!

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Oh. Jessica! You've done it. Great. I believed in your talent for many year. I think you'll have an interesting future and all your friends will proud of your's friendship.
Thesis 6:14AM 07/28/11

Journey with Jess Veite to Italy!

April 09, 2010

Sophomore Jessica Veite recently returned from a spring break trip to Italy. She earned Wilmington College credit hours for taking the trip as well as lasting memories.

Join Jessica on her trip to Italy!

The IDS396IA course met seven times before departure. We learned about our travel destinations and did papers on the background of the places we would visit. Overall, the trip lasted from Friday, March 5th to Saturday, March 13th.

I traveled to Venice, Verona, Florence, Assisi, and Rome.

Venice was by far my favorite city. Venice is known for Murano glass. Historically, Murano artisans were treated like royalty and were even allowed to marry into Venice’s wealthy families. Glassmakers were also immune from persecution by the Venetian State and were allowed to wear swords as a symbol of their status. Venice is also known for their masks for Carnevale. Venetian masks originated in the 1400s when the citizens were trying to overthrow the Doge and did not want to be recognized by the corrupt cops. In Venice, our group took a gondola ride on the Grand Canal, visited St. Mark's Cathedral, and visited a glassblowing demonstration.

Verona is where Juliet is said to have lived. The group visited the balcony where Juliet used to call to her Romeo.

Florence is known for their leather making and many fashion shops. In Florence, we attended a leather tanning demonstration and visited the Academia to see Michelangelo's David.

Assisi is known for its patron saint, St. Francis, and the group visited the Basilica di San Francesco to learn more about him. The interior of the cathedral was gorgeous. On one side of the wall it had paintings depicting the life of Jesus. On the opposing wall, it had paintings depicting the life of Francis as it compared to the stories of Jesus. The story of St. Francis adds to the rich religious history of Italy. This patron saint came from a very wealthy family and had everything given to him. However, he gave everything up in the name of Christ and vowed to serve Him for the rest of his life. Instead of wearing gold and red robes, St. Francis now wore brown, filthy robes that resembled that of a beggar. He treated everyone as equals, including the animals. This is why he was painted talking to pigeons in his cathedral.

Rome was my second favorite city. This was mainly due to the Colosseum. Originally named the Flavian Amphitheatre after the emperors who built it, the Colosseum was used for animal hunts, social gatherings, and gladiator battles. Our group walked along the lowest seats that were open in the arena. This is where the senators and equestrians would sit on account of their high social class.

What was your best meal there?
All of the pasta meals were spectacular! Not only were the meals very fresh, but you could tell that a lot of time went into preparing them. The gelato was also extraordinary.

What were some of the cultural aspects of the trip?
Italians love fashion and, subsequently, the women wear high heels a lot. It was very uncommon to see an Italian woman wearing gym shoes or flats even on the cobblestone roads. Also, Italians wear a lot of dark colors and leather is very popular there.

The driving conditions in Italy are crazy! Cars litter the streets and it is always bumper-to-bumper traffic no matter the time of day. The streets are also packed with pedestrians who walk right in front of the cars to get to their destinations. One girl in the group got her foot ran over trying to follow our Italian tour guide after she ran out in front of a car. Don’t worry, she is alright.

Thank you Jess for sharing this amazing adventure with us!

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