And that’s every day with the Hofstra in Rome program, a unique summer study abroad program that combines a traditional class experience with touring, experiential learning and cultural immersion. According to Jeff Morosoff, associate professor of journalism, public relations and media studies, and Hillebrand’s faculty partner, Hofstra in Rome is a labor of love, for those who teach it and those who learn from it. “We are totally immersed in this culture, through this program, and see everything we can see in a 24-hour period, every day, for 28 days, thanks to those who conceived the program, especially Randy Hillebrand. And Randy, who has become so involved in Rome over the years, loves this place. He shares that appreciation and excitement, and it is contagious.”
Later that evening, the students stroll languidly, casually, down the Via del Fori Imperiale, past the complex of ancient ruins that is the Roman Forum, enjoying the cool of twilight after the lengthy tour of the Colosseum. It’s already been a long day in Rome. Starting class promptly at 9, the students had worked through lunch on projects for Shoot4Change. Totally engaged in their work, the television students edited footage of their trip to L’Aquila, a city still devastated by damage from an earthquake seven years earlier, while the public relations students worked on translations and new copy for the Shoot4Change website.