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Thursday, February 21, 2008 (All day)

(Top) A group from Mercy poses for a photo during a recent trip to Rome. (Bottom) David Wasserman and his mother meet Pope Benedict XVI.


Dobbs Ferry, NY - Mercy College announced today that a group of students, staff, and family members recently participated in a cultural trip to Rome organized by the College. The weeklong expedition, which took place from January 4 to January 11, 2008, featured excursions to Pompeii, the Roman Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Trevi Fountain, among other sites. The group of 20 also took part in a mass given by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Basilica on the Feast of the Epiphany. The trip was organized by Assistant Professor Petronella Feaster, who served as a chaperone along with Associate Provost and Dean for Graduate Studies Margaret Cucinell and Dean for Transfer and Articulation Shelley Alkin. The group members are the latest individuals from the Mercy community to travel abroad and share interesting experiences with others at the College. 

Separately, Director of Accounts Payable and Purchasing David Wasserman met Pope Benedict during a recent family trip to Italy. Wasserman; his mother, Ann Comizio Wasserman; and other family members traveled to Italy on November 24 and spent 10 days sightseeing and visiting relatives in the southern region of Salerno. On November 28, Wasserman and his mother joined roughly 10,000 people from all over the world at a Papal Audience in Rome. During the ceremony, several people, including Wasserman and his mother, who was using a wheelchair at the time, were ushered on stage to meet the Pontiff. 

"The whole trip took on new meaning because it was so unexpected," said Wasserman. "We had no expectations of meeting the Pope and here we are shaking his hand. It was really a moving experience."

Feaster is currently accepting destination suggestions for next year's College trip, which is planned for January. For more information or to suggest a location, contact Feaster at (914) 674-7292 or

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Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. 877-MERCY-GO.