Frank Tisellano

Tisellano Wins “Voyage of Discovery”

After totally overwhelming the competition, Frank Tisellano ’10C has been selected to act as social media leader during the National Italian-American Foundation’s 2010 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery to Italy this month.

The St. John’s University senior, who just complete his B.A. degree in English and Italian, was recommended to the Foundation’s search committee by Associate Professor of Italian Fiorentina Russo, Ph.D., who says that this “meritorious student” was selected over 54 other candidates across the U.S.

A member of the  Italian Honor Society as well as the University’s Honors Program, Frank is quite familiar with Italy. As a sophomore, he participated in St. John’s acclaimed Rome semester program. The second-generation Italian-American says the experience was remarkable. “Living among Italians in an apartment building, studying with Italian professors, buying food from Italian grocers, even suffering through delays at the Italian post office, I was totally immersed in the culture.”

This year’s “Voyage of Discovery,” which is intended to strengthen Italian-American students’ understanding of their heritage as well as Italy’s numerous contributions to technology, will take Frank and dozens of other students to Umbria and Campania, including Vallo Di Diano. He says he expects to be quite busy over the 10-day trip.

The new St. John’s alumnus will begin setting up the social media vehicles and composing messaging a few days before the trip in late May. At each location, he will continue tomake daily posts. According to Dr. Russo, these “may include pictures, descriptions of the day’s events, student quotes and interviews.” 

Frank is more specific. “I’ll be on Facebook and Twitter™, in fact, we’ve discussed holding a raffle there.” He encourages anyone interested to follow him on those sites and to watch NIAF’s website for information on accessing his blog and flickr® uploads (“My plan is to post 100 photos a day!”)