A Chance to Study Art and More in Florence, Italy

August 23rd, 2005 by Adam

Jeffrey DuBlois of Exeter, N.H., has received two scholarships to attend the Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute of Florence (Italy) for the Fall 2005 semester. DuBlois, a senior humanities major at Plymouth State University, was awarded a scholarship of more than $6,000 by Study Abroad Italy (SAI) and the Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute. According to Susan Dunphy Mall of SAI, the scholarship decision was based on DuBlois’ grades, family income, recommendations and personal statement. The Barbara Willey ’37 Endowment for International Study Scholarship from Plymouth State provides a stipend that will cover his air fare and other travel expenses.

“I tend to focus on art history and philosophy,” DuBlois says. “But I try to stay very well rounded in the humanities.” The PSU humanities major is an interdisciplinary program that includes the study of seven academic disciplines: art history, foreign languages, history, literature, music, philosophy and theatre. For his studies in Florence, DuBlois will be earning three credits each of philosophy and English, and six credits of history toward his major.

The trip has been in the works for a year. Last September, at a gathering of humanities professors and students, conversation arose about what new experiences DuBlois should pursue. “DuBlois is a French name, so everyone assumed I would want to go to France,” DuBlois recalls. “But that’s really my brother’s thing—he’s a French teacher. I wanted to do something of my own.”

Plymouth State University has a preferred partnership agreement with SAI, administered through PSU’s office of international programs in the Bagley Center. Two other students, Miranda Chaput and Lindsay Parisi, both junior graphic design majors, also received small scholarships toward study at Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute this fall. SAI also offers programs through John Cabot University in Rome and the Mediterranean Center for the Arts and Sciences in Syracusa, Sicily.

Stephen Lambert, director of the Bagley Center, notes, “As is the case with all our study abroad sites, someone has visited each of the sites, attended classes, inspected housing and audited the program for student services. We’ve had 10 students thus far at their various programs and many more in the works.”

“Studying art in Italy is like living in an art gallery, surrounded every day by both the old and new in Italian art and beauty,” says Lambert. “PSU is proud of our relationship with Study Abroad Italy and the fine academic settings offered to our students.”

In the News

Example Image

PSU Earth Day a hit with students, residents

By BOB MARTIN PLYMOUTH — Whether it was the Environmental Fair in front of the Hartman Union Building or just down the road at the its EcoHouse, Plymouth State University was a hot spot for Earth Day activities. Earth Day, celebrated Tuesday, has become an annual event to have a number of off-campus and on-campus environmental [...]

Example Image

PSU honors 51 Phi Kappa Phi inductees

PLYMOUTH — At an April 13 ceremony honoring the “best of the best,” Plymouth State University inducted 51 students into Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are all at the top of their respective majors in grade average, according to PKP advisor [...]

Example Image

Scholars from Across U.S. Gather at Plymouth State University’s 35th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 25 and 26

PLYMOUTH, N.H.— More than 100 scholars will present their latest research on many aspects of medieval and Renaissance culture at the 35th annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, April 25 and 26 at Plymouth State University. Plymouth State’s forum is the oldest conference of its type in New England. The theme of this year’s event is [...]