Amatri-chili Fundraiser

Rome Students Host Chili Fundraiser For Earthquake Victims

Date Published: Aug. 30, 2016

Chili CookoffAlthough Rome wasn’t affected by the earthquake that devastated the small Italian town of Amatrice last week, the students and staff at Due Santi wanted to raise money to help the victims of the earthquake. After brainstorming ideas, faculty and staff decided to cook chili and sell it to the students as a night time snack. Professors and student life staff spent Tuesday preparing seven different types of chili – most notably, Resident Coordinator Mike Pitstick’s “amatri-chili” made from ingredients of the Italian pasta dish amatriciana, which started in Amatrice. On Tuesday night, the students gathered in a long line outside the forno (the outdoor grill and pizza oven on campus) to wait their turn to purchase a ticket for a hearty bowl of chili and a glass of wine. All of the proceeds were donated to relief funds in Amatrice and other affected areas in Italy. It was a heart-warming event on an otherwise “chili” night! 


First Day in Rome: January 17th, 2016

Our Spring 2016 Romers arrived early in the morning on January 16th and were greeted in Fiumicino Airport by Resident Coordinators Joe Hrbacek and Mike Pitstick, Dr. Peter Hatlie, and two Student Assistants. The students were shuttled by bus to campus and arrived jet-lagged but ecstatic at the first sight of their new home, Due Santi! The students settled in, explored the campus grounds (including a vineyard, pool, pergola, and soccer field!) and began orientation which included meeting their new professors

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