Undergraduate Student News

News from our undergraduate students:

Nick Bruscato (GS '14), a Chicago native, is an Italian Cultural Studies major in the Joint Program with the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). At JTS Nick is majoring in Modern Jewish Studies. He studied abroad in Bologna in the fall of 2013 where he focused on Byzantine mosaics. This March Nick will be returning to Europe to participate in the UN Human Rights Council proceedings. This opportunity was a result of the language skills and cultural understanding of foreign nations that he acquired through studies at Columbia and JTS. The trip is fully funded by Alpha Epsilon Pi which Nick is a member of the Iota Chapter here at Columbia. Next year he will be pursuing a masters degree in Environmental Horticulture at University of Washington or Sustainability at Arizona State University.

Maria Cristina Giménez de los Galanes Cavallo (CC '14) is majoring in Italian Literature and Film Studies, with a concentration in French and Romance Philology. Last semester she wrote her film thesis with Prof. Annette Insdorf and is currently writing her Italian thesis with Prof. Elizabeth Leake. She is the president of La Società Italiana and the French Cultural Society. Through her work as a Peer Advisor at the Office of Global Programs, she is creating a web series of travel videos to share her experiences abroad: (http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/studyabroad/2014/01/27/ogps-peer-advisor-explores-marias-travel-videos/). She is also a videographer for the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, creating welcome videos for admitted students, and for the Office of the Core Curriculum. She loves to work on her own creative projects, such as this short film she made with fellow Reid Hall students in Paris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPs162pRIg0. After graduation, she plans to return to Paris and focus on writing, directing, and producing her own films.

Symone Nia Green (CC '14) is finishing her major in Italian Cultural Studies and planning on doing post-bac for pharmacy school after graduation.

Gabriel Ray (CC' 14) spent the fall semester studying abroad at the University of Bologna, during which time he interned at an Italian middle school and did volunteer work with a local TESOL agency. Since returning from Italy, he has applied to the NYC Teaching Fellows program and expects a definitive response in March. In addition to his Italian Literature major, he is pursuing a concentration in linguistics.

Casey Ross (CC '14) is graduating this spring with a major in Chemistry and a concentration in Italian Literature. Last May, she won the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize, awarded to an undergraduate at Columbia University of high academic distinction and promise in an area of study concerned with Italian culture. Last semester, she made the Dean's List. Next year, she will be attending medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Patrick Salazar (CC '14) is finishing up both his English and Italian Literature majors as he prepares to graduate in May. He works part time in the Italian Department and has also taken up a new position this semester teaching English Language Arts GED classes in the evenings with Community Impact. He is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, and writes for the Arts section of the Columbia Daily Spectator. Patrick is currently exploring post-graduation job opportunities in the New York City area.