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Duquesne's Italian Campus Staff

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. His international experiences have defined who he is today and his passion for his career in helping young Duquesne students to have these same transformative experiences.

Michael helped to establish Duquesne's flagship campus in Italy and has been the Director in Rome since the first year of the program (2001). He was also instrumental in the development and opening of the Duquesne in Dublin program in Ireland and has managed the Irish "campus" since its inception in 2013. More recently, he has helped to create, coordinate, and define new successful short-term Maymester programs in Europe and Africa, including Italy, Ireland, Ghana, and Tanzania for the Mary Pappert School of Music, the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Center for African Studies.

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" cornerstone course at the Italian Campus. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian and a dual citizen of the United States and Italy.

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

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". 

Ryan Neeven
Resident Director & Social Media Coordinator
B.A., Business, Duquesne University

Ryan Neeven is the 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.

Paige Leary
Assistant Resident Director
B.A., Public Relations, Duquesne University

Paige Leary is an Assistant Resident Director at the Italian Campus. She studied at the Italian Campus in Fall 2013 and completely fell in love with Baroque art, Italian culture, and the Roman people. She is ESL certified and volunteers with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, where she teaches English and cultural immersion to first-generation immigrants. Paige hopes to continue volunteering while in Rome and completely immerse herself into all the Eternal City has to offer.

Stephen Rodgers
Assistant Resident Director
B.A., Business, Duquesne University

Stephen Rodgers is an Assistant Resident Director at the Italian Campus and a native of Pittsburgh, PA. He studied at the Italian Campus in the Spring of 2014 and graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting. Stephen enjoys exploring new cultures while taking every opportunity he can to travel, whether at home or abroad. He worked in public accounting for 2 years prior to joining the Italian Campus staff.