Italian Achievements

Italian Achievements

Penn State students participating in the Reggio Calabria program are featured in the local paper!

Penn State Alumna Featured in La Repubblica

2010 graduate Diana Zahuranec lives in the Piedmonte region of Italy and works as journalist and editor for the online journal Wine Pass. Read the entire feature here.

2015-2015 National Italian American Foundations NIAF on Campus Fellowship

Italian major, Anna Centrella was recently named a NIAF on Campus Fellow. She will work with fellows and faculty from universities across the nation to discuss how best to engage and support emerging campus leaders in the Italian American community. Read about her weekend in Washington D.C. meeting other fellows here.

2015 Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Winner: Antagonist and Environment: The Duality of Giacomo Leopardi's Nature

Congratulations to Italian major Grace Rambo for winning second place for the Humanities Division at the Undergraduate Research Exhibition for her work on Giacomo Leopardi. Rambo uses ecocriticism to consider the early 19th century poet’s work.

Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Honor Society Scholarship Award

2015 Grace Rambo, “‘L’invenzione dell’identità nella letteratura di Giorgio Vasari’.

2014 Cassie Zito, “Francesco Petrarca: Il padre dell’umanesimo.”

Penn State students of Italian have won the GKA Scholarship Award two years in a row! Congratulations to our winners! The nationally recognized society is committed to fostering Italian culture and recognizing excellence in the study of Italian. For information on the society and scholarship contact Dr. Rossi Wagner at

Flad Scholarship

In memory of Giovanna ‘Jennie’ Sanquedolce Barbera and Sarah Barbera Flad, this scholarship supports exceptional students of Italian each year. The award, made possible by the Tom and Karen Flad Fund in Italian, has supported innovative projects in digital media as well as study abroad experiences.

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 winners Mark Homan and Jana Bontrager! Check out Jana’s blog Scenes of Siena about her semester in Italy.

2012: Grace Rambo & Promoting Penn State Italian on Facebook

Recent recipient Grace Rambo worked to promote the Italian Department and its activities by collaborating with a faculty mentor to help launch, maintain and generate compelling content for the Penn State Italian Facebook Page.

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2011: Brian Tholl's Digital Scrapbook

Read the digital scrapbook of Brian Tholl, the inaugural recipient of the Tom & Karen Flad Scholarship.

Penn State Students Publish in Luogo Comune Magazine

Students in an Honors section of Italian 3 pared with the Puglia based Luogo Comune Magazine.

The November 2011 issue of the magazine published an interview with the students regarding street art and Arts Fest in State College. All of the writing was initiated by the students. Complimenti!

The article can be found on pages 16-19 at the following link: Luogo Comune Magazine – Numero 5 – Arte