Geek Olympics

Student Life Activities

The main use of the Eugene Constantin Rome Campus at Due Santi is to host the Constantin College Fall and Spring semester Rome Programs. Thanks to its inviting location, fine facilities and strong emphasis on community, UD Rome offers students the perfect setting for serious learning, true fellowship and meaningful personal reflection and spiritual growth. With the support of faculty and staff, students enjoy the benefits of an intense academic program as well as the pleasure of getting to know each other in the secure and supportive surrounding.

Extracurricular Activities

The Rome Semester hosts numerous on-campus social occasions that are linked with important dates on the semester's calendar, including the program opening and closing ceremonies, the student semester play, and events leading up to our major academic trips to Greece and Northern Italy. During their first week on campus students participate in a Rome or Castelli Romani tour intended to acquaint them with local culture and cuisine. The "Geek Olympics" is an afternoon-long athletic and theatrical fest launching the Greece trip. Students, professors and staff join together to harvest grapes in the vineyard every fall. And many other such events take place throughout the semester, including a Poetry Night in the Villa Salone, open-mic nights at the Capp Bar, a talent show, live music events at "The Spot", Forno BBQ dinners, and the traditional intramural soccer tournament.

Support for Religious Life Programs

Several religious life events involve practically the whole campus community. These include the Papal Audience, the Women's and Men's semester retreats, Dead Theologians' Society meetings and many activities organized around major religious holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. (For more on the Chaplain's Office at UD Rome, return to the main menu and browse the Religious Life pages).

Health Services

The Student Life Office provides information and assistance to students regarding a range of health resources in the Rome area. These resources include:

an Italian MD whose office is located conveniently close to the campus and who also makes house calls an Italian psychologist and psychiatrist (Italian and English speaking) who visits the campus several times a month, free of charge to students, and whose specialization is that of "cultural adaptation" numerous medical specialists in both the campus area and the center of Rome, all within reach by public transportation or taxi.

In the rare event of a health emergency, UD Rome calls on its long-standing relationship with several local hospitals, notably the Salvator Mundi Hospital and the Rome American Hospital. Both institutions have English-speaking and US trained medical professionals on staff.

Work Study on the Rome Campus

There are a limited number of positions available for students who wish to make a little extra money while in Rome. These are assigned and supervised by the Senior Director and her student-life staff, but are governed by work study awards at the University of Dallas in Irving. During the first week of each semester there is an organizational meeting in order to make a final determination about eligibility, interview students for particular assignments and fix working hours.

Learning about Italian Life

One of the greatest aspirations of UD Rome is to help students learn about and ultimately assimilate into daily routines of Italian life. With this in mind, the Office of Student Life sponsors regular off-campus events during the course of the semester, including walking tours, site and museum visits, nights at a local restaurant or concert, and attendance at local soccer and basketball games. In addition, Student Life maintains a Mail and Communications Center (MACC) in the student lounge, where special notices about gallery openings, museums, art exhibits, free concerts and optional tours can be found.

Special Events and Meetings

In addition to academic and religious-life lectures held on campus, UD Rome regularly hosts events and meetings of broader interest. Recent distinguished visitors to campus include US Ambassadors to the Holy See James Nicholson (below left, together with Mr. Robert Galecke Sr. Vice President of Finance and Administration) and Francis Rooney, Fox News journalist Mr. Greg Burke and Dr. Ugo Onorati, former mayor of the nearby city of Marino.

Other special events include the Sister-Cities Program, which brings UD faculty, staff and students together with people from the local towns of Frattocchie, Marino and Castel Gandolfo. Currently, UD Rome sponsors an English-language teaching program in a local junior-high school as part of Sister Cities. Finally, UD Rome was recently privileged to host a meeting of the Association of American Colleges and University Programs Italy (AACUPI).

UD Rome Campus Visitors and Guest Accommodations

Approximately 150 guests visit the Rome Campus every year. These include trustees, alumni, Irving faculty and staff members, clergy, friends and family of current students, and prospective students. Guest accommodations are available on a limited basis for visiting alumni, faculty, staff and parents. Please call or email us ahead of time to make an appointment if you plan on visiting.

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