Service Learning Hosts Croce Rossa Italiana's Closing Ceremony
On Friday, June 9, 2017, the JCU Service Learning Project – Combining Fieldwork and Education welcomed the Croce Rossa Italiana (Italian Red Cross) for the closing ceremony of a course on providing advanced support to critical patients (S.A.PA.C.: Supporto Avanzato al Paziente Critico). Croce Rossa Italiana (CRI) is one of the Service Learning Project’s first partners, and last week they jointly presented to senior high school students in Rome.
The ceremony featured presentations from Debora Diodati, President of CRI Rome, Andrea Tirabasso, Responsabile Formazione CRI Rome, Gianfranco Botta, Project Manager S.A.PA.C., and Alessandro Trevisan, Course Director S.A.Pa.C. Representing the Service Learning Project were Professor Antonella Salvatore, Director of the Center for Career Services and Professional and Continuing Education Program, Professor Andrea Lanzone, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Service Learning Project Coordinator, and Anna Colella, Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Dean of Academics.
Professor Salvatore welcomed the guests to John Cabot, saying “This is not an institution where we merely teach skills. We teach our students to give back to the community, to give back to those in need.” Professor Lanzone spoke next, explaining how the years he spent in Native American reservations sparked the idea for what would eventually become the Service Learning Project. “It was there that I understood that being academically prepared is not enough to help the community. One also needs professional skills, and starting to learn them while at college helps greatly. This is the reason we created the Service Learning project, which promotes co-curricular activities for students and graduates interested in working in the humanitarian field.” Lanzone said.
After thanking Professor Salvatore for the hospitality, President Diodati concluded “With S.A.Pa.C. we wanted to offer excellence in First Aid. Therefore, it is only fitting that the closing ceremony take place at John Cabot University, a center of excellence in academics.”