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Duquesne's Italian Campus Staff

Michael Wright

Michael A. Wright
Director of European Programs
Intercultural Awareness and Exploration
B.A. Duquesne University
M.A. St. Louis University (Madrid)

Michael has been an active part of the development and advocacy for study abroad programs at Duquesne University since his undergraduate years. Michael spent two years in Barcelona, Spain as a missionary/volunteer for his church between his Freshman and Sophomore year and then studied abroad twice during his junior year at the University of Seville in Spain and in a summer program in Costa Rica. After graduating from Duquesne, Michael pursued graduate studies in Spanish at St. Louis University's Madrid Campus in Spain. During his studies, Michael had the opportunity to study under top scholars, such as Alicia Ramos Mesonero, Aitor Bikandi-Mejías, & Spanish novelist Rafael Reig.

During his undergraduate years at Duquesne, Michael was a Music Minor with a concentration in Voice Performance. Opera is a continued love and interest, which helped him co-found the "Lirica Roma" Opera Program for students of Duquesne University's School of Music. This summer program helps students of voice at Duquesne have a study abroad experience focused on Italian language, opera history, coachings with notable Italian singers/coaches, excursions, and performance opportunities throughout Italy.

Michael was instrumental in the development and opening of the new Duquesne in Dublin program at St. Michael's, a Spiritan property. He has managed this new "campus" since its inception in 2013.

Michael is an active member of AACUPI (American Association of College and University Programs in Italy), NAFSA, EAIE, Forum on Education Abroad, the National Italian American Foundation, and is a Friend of the American Academy of Rome. Michael co-teaches the "Intercultural Awareness" course at the Italian Campus. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.

Alana Sacriponte

Alana Sacriponte
Assistant Director of the Italian Campus
Intercultural Awareness and Exploration
B.A., Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University
M.A., Bioethics, Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostorloum (Rome)
M.A., Intercultural Relations, University of the Pacific (2015)

Alana studied at the Italian Campus in 2003 which sparked her interest in intercultural study and passion to pursue a career in higher education. Besides her major area of study at Duquesne University, she also graduated with a minor in Italian Language and a Certificate in Intercultural Study. She received a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to complete her first M.A. in Bioethics at UPRA in Rome and has a second M.A. in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific. She speaks fluent Italian and English and is a dual citizen of Italy and the United States. She has worked at the Italian Campus since 2006 and co-teaches "Intercultural Awareness and Exploration".  

M Hudock

Meghan Hudock
Assistant Resident Director
B.A., Communication, Duquesne University

Meghan Hudock is an Assistant Resident Director at the Italian Campus and a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. She studied at the Italian Campus in Fall 2010 and graduated with a bachelors degree in communication. Meghan taught Italian at Oakland Catholic High School and has acted as Italian Campus Alumni Coordinator for the last two years.

Ryan Neeven

Ryan Neeven
Assistant Resident Director
B.A., Business, Duquesne University

Ryan Neeven is an Assistant Resident Director at the Italian Campus. He is a perpetual traveler and a true nod to the term globetrotter. With a zeal for new sites and sounds, he fell in love with Italy from his first day on Duquesne's Italian Campus in 2011. Now returning, after many trips to his second home, Ryan brings a unique perspective to campus life with a bachelors degree in international business and marketing. Favoring a career in global marketing and brand management within the men's and women's retail sector, and a keen eye for photography, Ryan is right at home in Rome's corridors, poised to get the most out of Italy's culture.

Anna Paola

Anna Paola Ruggiero
Assistant Resident Director
B.A., Chemistry, University of Rome, La Sapienza

Anna Paola Ruggiero is an Assistant Resident Director at the Italian Campus and a native of the city of Rome. Since 2013 she has been working as a Cultural Ambassador for the Italian Campus, spending time with students, organizing meet ups, tours in and around Rome and taking parts in trips in the surrounding area, making sure every student can experience an authentic flavor of our city, not only as a tourist but also as an Italian. She studied chemistry at the University of Rome "La Sapienza".