Brown (LURC 98-99) and Erik Romslo (LURC 98-99)
Erik & I met at the welcome dinner that the Rome
Center sponsored during the first few days of the semester
and then sat next to each other in an astronomy class.
Due to other dating circumstances at the time, we didn't
start our romance in Italy, but instead began dating
a year after we left the Rome Center when I ran into
another Rome Center '99 student, Francis O'Connor. Francis
put Erik & I back in touch and we've been together
ever since (Francis takes full credit, but I think the
Rome Center deserves some too!).
& I will tie the knot in 2 1/2 weeks and are planning
a few Rome Center/Italy inspired touches to the wedding.
Guests will be seated at long tables with bottles of
Italian wines and baskets of bread with olive oil. We
are naming our tables after constellations, in reference
to the astronomy class we took together at the Rome
Center. The favors will be Baci chocolates (the hazelnut
& chocolate candies with the little Italian love
notes inside the wrapper) and Italian wedding knots.
are so excited to be getting married and can't imagine
life without each other. Molto grazie to the Rome Center
for bringing us together!
Vanderbosch (LURC 81-82) and Ann Cunningham (LURC 81-82)
I attended the Rome Center during the 1978-79 school
year. While I did not meet my husband there, I did meet
him shortly after returning to the U.S. We met through
my LURC classmate Leslie Connaghan.
I am not here to write about myself. My brother, Joe
Vanderbosch, attended the Rome Center in 1981-82. He
did meet his lovely wife, Ann Cunningham, while at the
Rome Center. When I told him to email you, he was too
embarrassed to do it, so I told him I would write you.
Joe and Ann met while Ann was dating Joe's Rome roommate.
Joe and Ann did not find romance until they returned
to Chicago. They spent several years as real good friends
before the fires were kindled. And after 4 children,
Joe says sometimes he is still looking for the romance.
Jim Manchester (LURC 67-68) and Kathy Lyons
Manchester (LURC 67-68)
My wife, Kathy Lyons Manchester, and I, Jim Manchester,
met at the Rome Center during 1967-68. She was from
California and USF and I was from Vermont and St. Michael's
College. We were both English majors and had similar
interests when we met in the fall of 1967. It was a
magical year of new experiences and friends as well
as a developing relationship, which led to our marriage
in 1969. We are still married after 33 years and two
children and 31 years of teaching English.
Riccio (LURC 69-70) and Maria Lass Riccio (LURC 69-70)
Gregory Riccio met and dated Maria Lass during the 1969-70
academic year abroad at the Rome Center. I spoke Italian
somewhat and was the capo di comitiva on a couple of
excursions via rail to Pompeii and Florence during the
first month of school. By Thanksgiving we were one of
several couples who appeared to be "serious."
four years later, after both returning to Chicago where
we were both from, we were married in Glenview, Illinois.
I received my Ph.D. in Comparative International Education
(my dissertation was on the Rome Center) and am presently
Superintendent of Schools in Torrington, CT and Maria
is a teacher of English Language Learners in Phoenix,
AZ. We have had a commuting relationship for the last
four years (except for the summers when we reside in
our CT residence) but have been happily married for
more than thirty years. We have twin daughters who are
sophomores in college (one at Boston College and the
other at the University of San Diego) who plan on studying
in Italy next year. We hope they choose the Rome Center
but they are looking at Florence also. My wife and I
intend to visit them next Spring, buy some property
in the Amalfi area and retire within two years!
Gormican Harold (LURC 72-73) and Christopher Harold
Chris and I met on the chartered plane to Italy. He
always jokes that I was in first class. Then we met
again at the student union on campus (Via della Camiluccia).
By Thanksgiving we were traveling with others to Istanbul
and Greece. Christmas was spent in East Africa on a
great safari and then up to Austria to ski. At some
point we went to Tunisia. Easter started in Paris, you
know, "April in Paris", but it was cold and
blustery, so we hopped on a train and went to Madrid
and other southern cities. At some point we were in
Germany, Stuttgart and Munich, and in Salsburg, Austria,
and eastern parts of France.
Loyola, I signed up for the art history and classical
studies and Chris would join in on our field trips around
Rome. Dr. Fink's classes were a highlight. Together
we discovered wonders and some of them were of the ancient
world. We enjoyed the movies, foreign and American,
in Trastevere, and the little trattorias there. Late
at night we would meet up with other Loyola students
and ride the bus up to Monte Mario. So many good memories.
year we were back to our respective colleges and we
were married after our senior year. This June we will
be married 30 years!
LaPorta Harvey (LURC 86-87) and Kevin Harvey (LURC 86-87)
We are Carolyn (Cal) La Porta and Kevin Harvey. We met
at the Rome Center during the 1986-1987 school year.
We quickly became part of a group of seven wonderful
people with whom we shared just about everything. Only
during one of the very last weekends of the semester,
when the other 5 went traveling, did we begin a "romantic"
relationship. We returned to our respective universities
(Loyola of Chicago and Saint Mary's California) seeing
each other infrequently, writing many, many letters.
We married 3 months after our graduations in August
1988. We did return to live for a year in Italy in 1990-1991.
Now, 16 years later (!), we consider that time of our
lives at the Rome center truly magical. Next summer
we hope to be able to bring our 2 daughters, Frances
and Giorgia, to see the country and city we grew to
cherish for all it means to us. Thank you for the opportunity
to tell our story.
Susan Markes Jensen (LURC 78-79) and Scott Jensen (LURC
Sempre per Sempre. Life is a tapestry, every moment
a thread woven into a weft to create an original work
of art. Some threads are flawed and weaken the fiber
while others are strong and create a solid ground for
subsequent ones. Some are more interesting than others,
and every so often we find one that shimmers and gives
a special life to the tapestry as it already exists.
When a plane from New York City touched down on Italian
soil in August of 1978 a golden thread began to trail
my first day at the Loyola Rome Center I knew that I
would have some lifelong friends as a result of this
journey. I had no idea that the rest of my life would
be determined by one semester in my junior year.
was the apple of every boy’s eye. She was pretty
and she had Southern charm. When she asked me to go
on a double date because Scott had asked her out, I
initially refused. I did finally agree to come along
for the ride, but I don’t think that I said two
words to my date, John. And I know that Scott hardly
spoke with Laura that night.
that semester Scott become my dear friend. A group of
us were constantly doing things together. He was not
a fan of the library yet he always seemed to be there
when I was studying. And he knew the best places for
gelato, including his discovery of the coppa olympica!
(A meal in itself!)
our semester was coming to a close we decided to have
one last outing and go coat shopping together. I had
been saving for a wool jacket and he needed a raincoat
to get him through England. The arrangement was that
if he was able to find a coat for $75.00 or less he
would have enough money to pay for dinner. Scott bartered
for the perfect Italian jacket for me, but when it came
time for his coat he couldn’t do any better than
$100. Disappointed we left the store and I turned to
the right to catch the bus. He took my hand and with
his irresistible smile he said andiamo. We turned left
instead and he led me to a restaurant, which already
had a reservation in his name. I started to have a suspicion
that he was becoming more than my friend…
it was time for me to leave in December both Scott and
our dear friend Terry took me to the train station.
As I prepared to board the train Terry grabbed my arm
and whispered “I think that you’ll marry
him some day.” I looked at her in surprise, thinking
that my golden thread had run its course and life would
return to what it was. Besides, we were from opposite
ends of the United States. Scott was staying and I was
going home. But I guess that I did leave a piece of
my heart at the Stazione Termini that day. And somehow
3000 miles never seemed like much of an obstacle when
it was land instead of water. We trailed those threads
back and forth across the country for the next year,
each trip creating a tighter weave. After 2 years we
opted for the sempre per sempre plan. We will be married
21 years this month. We are a constant reminder to each
other of that special year and we have always considered
each other our most treasured souvenir of our time in
Rome. Andiamo is a word our children have always known
and when Scott flashes me that smile I still would follow
Caroline Keyes Pasquesi (LURC 90-91) and Fabio
I met my spouse while attending the Loyola Rome Center.
We were introduced through friends at Loyola. Fabio
was one of the many young Italians I met in Rome. When
I was not traveling or attending classes, I enjoyed
making plans with friends in Rome. We enjoyed the nightlife
together. His background was so different than mine
and I was intrigued by all the interesting stories he
told. Not to mention, his accent was very charming and
still is today! Our first trip together was in Siena
where he showed me the shell shaped piazza. We also
went to visit his relatives in Bologna and stopped to
have lunch in San Marino where there was a beautiful
view of the countryside and Adriatic Sea. I stayed in
Rome after my year at Loyola and graduated from John
Cabot University in Rome. I did contract work at the
US Embassy for a year and attended St. John's University
MBA program in Rome. Fabio and I moved to London shortly
thereafter and were married. Today we live in New York
City and enjoy annual trips to Italy. Fabio worked in
the World Trade Center but was late for work on September
11. It's been an adventure. Perhaps we'll return one
day to Italy.