News category Transitional leadership update Loyola's interim president, John P. Pelissero, PhD, provides an update to leadership transition plans at the Rome Center. Loyola's chancellor, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., is assuming the role of interim director. Read more. category Jo Ann Rooney named new Loyola president Lifelong educator and accomplished leader is first lay president in University’s 146-year history. Read more. category Spring/Summer issue of Il Bollettino newsletter This issue features the stories below on this page, plus information about the Forza Roma Fund, recent alumni gatherings, how to host your own JFRC reunion, and more. READ MORE category A day in the life of a JFRC student Alexandra Jonker (JFRC Fall ’15) spent last fall at the Rome Center. During her time there, she provided a sneak peek into what a “typical day” (if such a thing exists!) looks like for today’s student. From Rinaldo’s Café to the Victor Emmanuel Monument to gelato on the Spanish steps, see how today’s student experience matches up with your own. category Alumni remember draft, unrest during Vietnam War Students and, in turn, alumni have attended the Rome Center during virtually every major world event, including major conflicts since the Rome Center opened in 1962, like the Vietnam War. Members of the class of ’69–’70 reflect on what it was like to experience the war and the uncertainty of the draft from afar. category Campus Mission and Ministry Program The Rome Center’s Campus Mission and Ministry Program offers a variety of activities that help students connect with their faith and values and reflect on how they can use their gifts to lead lives of purpose. Activities such as the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Community Dinner each semester, weekly priests’ dinner with students, a regular speaker series, and evenings of guided reflections have become staples at the JFRC. category Paying it forward Dr. Michael Fink was a professor of art history at the JFRC for many years before he passed away. During his tenure, many JFRC students had the pleasure of being in his classes and drawing from his inspiring teaching methods. And now, several alumni have decided to give meaningful gifts in support of Avanti! and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Fink. One is Dr. Scott Sullivan (JFRC ‘67–’68). category Leadership transition Emilio Iodice, director of the Rome Center for the past nine years, is stepping down as director and becoming director emeritus. Please join us in thanking Emilio for his service to the Rome Center. Read more.