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Loyola University Chicago Announces 2012–2013 Ricci Scholars
Six Loyola Students Awarded Prestigious Study-Abroad Scholarship

CHICAGO, February 7, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago has selected its 2012–2013 Ricci Scholars, students who will travel to Italy and China during their junior year to study, travel, and conduct cross-cultural research. The Ricci Scholars program offers a scholarship to highly qualified students who spend their junior year at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center and the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. Students apply for this unique and prestigious scholarship as sophomores; prepare their research proposals, conduct field research, and travel as juniors; and then complete their projects as seniors at Loyola.

Six Loyola sophomores have been chosen as the next group of Ricci Scholars. The cohort includes: Claire DeGrazia, Katherine Geusz, Adilla Menayang, Anthony Minnick, Benjamin Palla, and Gabrielle Wray. Each of these scholars has performed at the highest levels of their class academically, and each enjoys the support of a faculty mentor. During their stays in Rome and Beijing, they will participate in regular classes, in addition to carrying out their Ricci Scholars projects.

Launched in the fall of 2007, the Ricci Scholarship program is supported by the generous gift of a donor to Loyola University Chicago. The scholarship covers round-trip travel, language tutorials, program seminars, research expenses, and study travel. Unlike other international experiences, the Ricci program allows students to engage two cultures within the span of nine months–Western European culture in Rome and East Asian culture in Beijing–and challenges them to integrate these experiences with a third culture, that of the United States. This triple cultural immersion, achieved through a coordinated effort linking Chicago, Rome, and Beijing, is currently unparalleled by any other study-abroad program. The Ricci Scholars program brings together the cultures of East and West in an educational context that reflects the complexities and opportunities of the 21st century.

2012–2013 Ricci Scholars:

Claire DeGrazia, a member of the Loyola University Chicago Honors Program from Houston, Texas, is pursuing a major in marketing and finance, with a minor in communication. She has been awarded the Ricci scholarship to study continuities and changes in the food cultures of Italy and China under conditions of globalization. Through a comparative analysis of the two countries, she aims to illuminate how their respective food industries are marketing their products and food culture in the context of a rapidly changing world economy.

Another member of the Honors Program, Katherine Geusz, is an economics major and mathematics minor from Wauconda, Illinois. For her Ricci project, she is proposing to study the legal and cultural barriers that foreign entrepreneurs face in entering the Italian and Chinese markets, with particular attention to the role of small business in each country’s economy and society.

Adilla Menayang is a journalism major and an international film and media minor from Jakarta, Indonesia. He has received the Ricci scholarship to pursue an innovative comparative study of the semiotics of fashion in Rome, Italy and Beijing, China. Through an examination of specific neighborhoods in each city, he will look at how local tastes and sensibilities interact with larger global influences to shape the culture of fashion.

Honors Program member and environmental science major Anthony Minnick hails from St. Louis, Missouri. He will study the current state of air quality and pollution in Rome and Beijing for his Ricci project. His timely project grows out of a personal commitment to better understand the global ecological crisis and to help find progressive solutions to it.

Benjamin Palla, a double major in biology and sociology from Monticello, Illinois, has been awarded the scholarship to carry out research on the current state of dental care in Rome and Beijing. His project reflects his strong vocational calling to become a dentist and to address inequalities in health and healthcare.

Gabrielle Wray, from Manhattan, Illinois, has received the scholarship to purse a topic in the changing ideals of female beauty in Rome and Beijing, which combines her academic interests in philosophy, bioethics, and chemistry. In her research, she hopes to gather information from women in the two cities, as well as from local doctors, healthcare providers, and scholars in the field of aesthetics in order to enhance our understanding of the growing popularity of cosmetic procedures in the two countries.

About the John Felice Rome Center
Established in 1962, the Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center was founded on and maintains the philosophy that, in our increasingly global civilization, there is immeasurable value in studying abroad in an environment that places the academic classroom experience and direct experiences of the local culture in a dialectic relationship through travel and on-site courses. Students at the Rome Center are able to pursue more than 40 academic courses, with a focus on Rome and Italy in their Mediterranean and/or European contexts.

About the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (TBC) was founded in 1998 by the China Province of the Jesuits. Students live on campus at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and take intensive language courses, classes, and seminars on topics of Chinese culture taught by senior professors from China’s top universities. In addition to lectures by leading Chinese authorities on business, politics, and culture, the TBC sponsors excursions to the far corners of China, during which student travel is carefully integrated with the academic program. The center is headed by a Jesuit, Ron Anton, S.J., who founded BiMBA, a Beijing-based MBA program, as well as this program. Father Anton has become a respected advocate of China study in both China and the West. Loyola University Chicago serves as the home campus in the United States for the TBC, which can accommodate more than 100 students.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.

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