Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


Dean of Rome Student Life

Dr. Michael Beazley

Dr. Michael Beazley is a Pennsylvania native whose longstanding relationship with the JFRC and Rome, has brought about a profound love for the JFRC and Rome, and many things Roman. Through friendships developed via the JFRC, Michael met his wife, whose parents turned out to be JFRC alumni. He and his wife have two beautiful daughters, whom you will see from time-to-time around campus. Michael studied Music and Theology before pursuing a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management at University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Email: mbeazl1@luc.edu

Student Life Assistants 2018-2019

The Student Life Assistants (SLAs) are professional live on staff members at the JFRC. They work in tandem with the Dean of Rome Student Life to uphold the Community Standards and create a healthy and happy living environment for all students. They can be reached via email at: romesla@luc.edu.

Ms. Aleksandra Wysocki

SLA for the 2018-2019 year, Ola Wysocki

Aleksandra Wysocki, preferably known by her Polish nickname, Ola, hails from Chicago, IL and graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2017, with B.A.'s in Communication and International Studies, as well as a minor in Italian Language and Literature. Ola spent an entire academic year at the JFRC as a junior. She interned at an independent film company, was an English tutor in the Balduina neighborhood, and worked on some multimedia projects at the JFRC as the Student Office Assistant. An urban explorer at heart, she enjoys discovering new hidden gems of Rome, especially in the quest for the perfect golden-hour photo opportunities, supplì, gelato, and most of all, aperitivo. Don't be afraid to join her for one of her adventures!

Ms. Dominique Liuzzo

Dominique is a 2016 graduate of the University of Scranton, with a double major in History and Political Science, a minor in Art History and a concentration in Italian and International Studies. She is from the green fields of Greenfield Township, Pennsylvania. A year before becoming an SLA, Dominique co-owned and operated a hot dog and fry restaurant called The Dic-Tater with her best friend. She loves being outdoors, posting pictures of her puppy Aldo, and eating melanzane. You will most likely find her in the courtyard waiting for the olives to ripen.

Ms. Gabriella Barajas

SLA for the 2018-2019 year, Gabby Barajas

Gabby Barajas comes from the lovely town of Cedar Lake, Indiana. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with majors in Political Science and International Studies and a minor in Italian. Gabby managed to graduate university in three years while studying abroad twice! She is fluent in Spanish and hopes to soon be fluent in Italian as well. Gabby got her first passport at just two years old and her love of traveling has only grown since then. Gabby’s favorite Italian treats are coffee and cheese plates, so she hopes you will join her for one or both during your time in Rome!

Ms. Sam Eddmeiri

SLA for the 2018-2019 year, Samantha Eddmeiri

Samantha Eddmeiri, or Sam as she prefers to be called, is from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is a recent grad of Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Advertising/Public Relations and Political Science with a minor in Arabic Language and Culture. Sam spent the spring of 2017 as a student at the JFRC, where her passion for exploring and learning about different cultures was fulfilled. Sam loves fruit stands and farmer’s markets, and you can probably find her spending as much time as possible discovering different hidden gems in whatever city she calls home. Sam’s background leads her to believe that falafel is the best fried food, but Roman supplí take a VERY close second.

Mr. Daniel O'Brien

SLA for the 2018-2019 year, Daniel O'Brien

Daniel graduated from the University of Dayton, double majoring in Economics and History.  He grew up just south of the great city of Cleveland.  His dream of studying abroad came true in the spring of 2016 when he spent the semester at the JFRC. He enjoys watching basketball, cooking, watching stand-up comedy, and trying new foods. While in Rome, Daniel loves walking through outdoor markets, exploring churches, and finding new places for a cappuccino. One of his favorite memories from the JFRC was playing calcio every week and hopes to see you out on the field!

Mr. Nico Valdes

SLA for the 2018-2019 year, Nico Valdes

Nico Valdes, born and raised in the tropical city of Miami, Florida, considers Rome his second home. A recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, he earned a B.A. in Marketing with minor in Italian and International Studies. He started his collegiate career at the JFRC with the Rome Start Program (2013-2014) and enjoyed his experience so much, he later returned to Rome as a junior in the fall of 2015. Nico's passions include learning about different cultures through language, food, and travel. Savory cacio e pepe, an on-the-go trapizzino, and anything covered in amatriciana sauce are just some of his favorite Roman delicacies.