SNC Welcomes Displaced Italian Students

Incline Village, NV – Sierra Nevada College President Robert C. Maxson announced that 24 Italian students who were displaced by the devastating April 5th earthquake in L’Aquila will be enrolling at Sierra Nevada College this fall. The students, who are due to arrive Monday, August 10th, are from the destroyed University of L’Aquila and will mainly be attending on one-year scholarships while their school is being rebuilt; included in this group is the student body president of the the 27,000-student university.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) had asked American colleges and universities to assist with the relocation of displaced students, and Sierra Nevada College was one of four that answered the call, along with the University of Miami, Villanova University, and the University of New Mexico. SNC Vice President Madylon Meiling oversaw the operation, which included working closely with the NIAF, as well as leading a fundraising drive that netted nearly $600K in scholarships for the students. Says President Maxson, “This project was Madylon’s idea—and it was a good one. Not only are we helping students who really need help, this will enrich all of the other students and indeed, the entire SNC community. Wherever possible, we’ll have an Italian student rooming with an American student.”

Total enrollment at Sierra Nevada College for the fall 2009 semester is expected to exceed more than 1100.