The first anniversary of Meredith’s Sansepolcro study abroad site was celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2010.
Meredith study abroad students and faculty began the day as guests of the mayor at the Town Hall Council Chamber, where he welcomed the group and congratulated Meredith College.
“He had tears in his eyes as he spoke of how happy he was that we were here—and he wasn’t by himself. Maureen Banker and I did too,” said Director of International Programs Betty Webb.
Since fall 2009, Meredith students have had the opportunity to live and study in Sansepolcro. Students live and take classes in Palazzo Alberti, a 16th-century palazzo on Sansepolcro’s main pedestrian street. Student living spaces, lounges and dining facilities are on the top floor of the palazzo while classrooms, offices, and a faculty apartment are just below, on the second floor.
To mark the anniversary, Meredith students and faculty hosted an open house at Palazzo Alberti for Sansepolcro residents.
Webb reports that Meredith College is becoming a familiar part of Sansepolcro.
“We are no longer a novelty when we walk out of our beautiful front door—we are just settling in, becoming more and more a part of the fabric of the town,” Webb said.
Sansepolcro also feels like home to the Meredith students who are living there.
“John Rose and I continue to get enormous pleasure from watching Meredith students fall in love with this lovely place,” Webb said.
Visit www.meredith.edu/abroad/italy/journals to read journals written by Fall 2010 students in the Sansepolcro program.
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