In the photo above, Prof. Gary Radke, Director of the SU Graduate Program in Renaissance Art, is shown with five of nine alumni who presented at the 2013 Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in San Diego, California last April. [For more information...]

SUF Alumni Success Stories

Syracuse University in Florence is proud of its many talented and accomplished undergraduate and graduate alumni. In this section we seek to highlight the success stories of those we've been fortunate enough to hear about. If you attended SU Florence and have a success story you'd like to share, please contact Zama Mbense at We look forward to highlighting you!

Laura Marsolek

Laura Marsolek, former SUF undergraduate (fall 2011, spring 2012), returned to SU's Florence campus in January 2015, where she is currently studying as an M.A. candidate in the Florence Graduate Program in Renaissance Art. In October 2013, Laura presented her award-winning undergraduate thesis, based partially on research she had done during her junior year at SUF, at the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts Conference. In 2014, Laura spent nine months in Kosovo on a Fulbright scholarship wher she carried out research on Albanian filigree jewelry traditions and the intersection of Italian art in the Balkans area. 

Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck, an alum of the SUF graduate program in Renaissance Art History (M.A., 1989) has gone on to pursue a successful career in urban planning and design, with a focus on how administrators and citizens can make American cities less car-dependent and more pedestrian-friendly. His recent book, "Walkable City" (a copy of which is in the SUF library), clearly outlines his philosophy, and many of his ideas are summarized in a 16-minute video of his TED talk which you can view on SUF's YouTube channel.

Vanessa Valdes

Vanessa Valdes, alum of the SUF graduate program in Renaissance Art History (December 2012), was hired by Bowers Museum as their Education Associate. Bowers Museum is one of California's finest and Orange County's largest museums.

Florence for Free

SUF alums of the art history graduate program share great tips...