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Riva Week meeting tonight

By Sally Harris

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 04 - September 18, 1997

For the first time ever, Virginia Tech's Center for European Studies and Architecture is being made available to faculty and staff members and families for an educational program during the summer of 1998.

Participating faculty members will have the opportunity to scout out the location and determine its suitability for academic programs in their own disciplines. Limited funds are available to subsidize such exploratory trips.

All participants will be presented with a full learning program that takes maximum advantage of the wealth of historic and art-historic sites in the area. Guided day tours, conducted by Virginia Tech faculty members, will help the group get acquainted with cities such as Milan, Venice, and Verona. Some time will also be set aside for independent sightseeing by participants.

The Center for European Studies and Architecture is housed in a 200-year-old mansion located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, at the southern tip of Lake Lugano, virtually at the border of Italy. The landscape features lakes surrounded by palm trees and mountains covered with snow. Of attraction to the Virginia Tech students and faculty members who have been using the center for academic programs since fall 1993 is the close proximity to a great number of sites that are of monumental importance to western history and art. The combination of scenic beauty and historic significance makes the area attractive for semester programs and study tours alike.

It is envisioned to organize two groups of about 20 participants each during the summer of 1998. One group would depart Roanoke/Washington Monday, June 22, and return to the United States Tuesday, June 30. The second group would depart Thursday, July 2, and return Friday, July 10.

The following is a tentative schedule of activities in Europe:

Day 1: Arrive in Milan; pick up by bus and transport to Riva; walk through town. Day 2: Train to Lugano and Bellinzona; tour of town and castle. Day 3: Visit to Milan (cathedral, da Vinci's Last Supper, etc.); shopping. Day 4: Train to Como, Lake Como. Day 5: Bus trip to Venice and Verona. Day 6: Bus trip into the high mountains. Day 7: Boat tour of Lake Lugano; free day. Day 8: Return to the U.S.

The total cost for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., including all ground transportation in Europe, as well as room and board, will be approximately $1,600. An orientation meeting is scheduled for today, September 18, at 4 p.m. in 210 McBryde. Registration forms can be obtained from Arnold Schuetz, International Studies (1-5874 or schuetza@vt.edu).