Italian Club President Attends Washington Convention
November 16, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University Italian Club President Angela Latkowski
recently attended the National Italian American Foundation's annual two-day convention
and 31st Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C., held this year on Oct. 21. The convention
was established to honor influential Italian Americans in areas such as politics,
science, philanthropy, business, sports and entertainment.
The event is open to Italian Club officers from universities throughout the country.
All expenses are paid by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), a non-profit
organization serving as a major cultural advocate in Washington D.C. for nearly 25
million Italian Americans.
Italian Club faculty advisor Scott Sheridan, associate professor of French, decided
to apply for the convention grant in September as a way of making connections with
other collegiate Italian Clubs. Though not of Italian heritage, Latkowski, a senior
vocal performance major from Roselle, Ill., has spent a semester in Milan studying
at an Italian music academy.
As part of the convention activities, Latkowski attended a gala where she had the
opportunity to hear speeches by such influential figures as President George W. Bush,
baseball legend Yogi Berra, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Samuel Alito and
baseball Hall-of-Fame member Tommy Lasorda.
A relatively new group on campus, the IWU Italian Club has approximately a dozen members
from different majors and heritages. The group strives to promote Italian cultures
by hosting events such as dinners and movies. The club is inclusive and does not
require an Italian heritage or fluency of the language.
Contact: Teresa Sherman and Taylar Kuzniar (309) 556-3181