“Nous ne coalisons pas des Etats,
nous unisson des homes”.
Jean Monnet, Discours, Washington, 30.4.1952
The story of the II Convention of the European students is without doubt
the story of a little miracle. When we prepared for the I Convention and
went to Paris last January there was sort of an idea that we were possibly
to organize the II Convention, but it was far from sure. Thus, to be endorsed
with this task with such an enthusiasm was for us indeed very rewording!
So, here we came back to Rome full of enthusiasm… but with barely
We started working on the II Convention after the exams session in the
mid of February with no money, no speakers, one telephone line and one
PC only… we are a long way from that, the proof that as one of our
supporters put in “when there is the will to do something, anything
can be achieved”. Indeed it was so.
But since the realization of the II Convention really owes everything
to a little bunch of people that have put their mind, their time, their
work and their hearts fully into it, it worth presenting them!
First of all, our acknowledgment goes to MARINA
TESAURO, the Head of International Relations of the University
of Rome Tor Vergata. Marina is the most wonderful woman one would like
to work with: shiny, full of energy, generous and… so full of resources!
Bets are open on who will ever find a problem Marina does not has a solution
Marina has an assistant, another of our pillars, RITA
PANUCCI. Just like Marina, Rita is a solar person, full of
resources and of enthusiasm, fantastic in solving any bureaucratic problem
one might have!
Talking about staff, the Rector's staff has patiently supported and helped us in all possible ways,
smiling anytime we would appear in their office with one more task to
Our technology and PC man is LORENZO CATUCCI: it has
been impossible to take a picture of him which is a pity because his is
blond with blue eyes… as any former student of Physics turned into
computer sciences he is a bit crazy … but what would we do without
him??? The number of times he saved us from all sort of tech-disasters
in indeed numberless…
Then there is the Sc.Po. équipe: SYLVAIN
CABATON and PERRINE NOEL, above all, have provided full of
advice and practical support: without which it would have been impossible
to organize the II Convention!
But most of all, there were the students: indeed we must be proud that
such students are here at Tor Vergata: truly speaking, without them the
event would have never take place! Who are they? What are their “specialties”?
we shall now see it.
D’AMBROSIO was “stolen” from “Rome
La Sapienza”: she started working for us a few days before graduating.
She is one of the “kids” of the University Residence “Lamaro
Pozzani”. As I have now learned, whenever a student comes from there,
it is a warrant of high quality! Palma is calm, happy and reliable. Her
atout is definitely her incredible ability in writing, especially in “diplomatic
writing”: the start of a new carrier? But, for the time being, she
will anyway stay with us also after the Convention, much to my great happiness!
ZINZANI is another “kid from Lamaro Pozzani”,
indeed its enfant prodige, as he is only in his second year in Law! Marco
has found sponsors, convinced speakers such as the Vice President of the
Council Gianfranco Fini to attend the II Convention, acted as our Ambassador
in particularly tuff negotiations… I would not be surprised to see
him as Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry one day!
BROWN is our third column: she is American and after studying
European Affairs in Florence in a study abroad program she decided to
shift her major from Biology to International Relations… and followed
me to Rome!!!! Jessica was our genial graphic designer and our web leader,
no corner of the net remains undiscovered under her hands… she was
the one who counted and recounted all the registrations of our guests…
it will be a pity for us when she’ll go back to the US… not
for so long, we hope…
ANDREA AIELLO managed to work for the Convention, finish
his thesis and his civil service at the same time. He is our contact men:
for every problem he can think of a contact, a person to help solving
it. He is also our “image man” the guy you would always want
him to chair an important meeting…
MARCO AMICI has been our man in Paris and Bruxelles:
while doing an ERASMUS in Leuven he found us a main sponsor and most of
all kept close contacts with the Sc.Po. équipe!! And the poor thing
had not finished to unpack from Belgium that he was already in the office
TIZIANA TORELLI is our Charlie’s Angel: behind
the happy smile and the topmodel shapes… here comes an inflexible
engineer and great negotiator!!! James Bond is warned…
SALVATORE MORELLI was our technology man and our man
in the Faculty of Economics… indeed he is the only one of the group
studying European Affairs!!!
LUCIO BARON, VALENTINO CATELLANI, IPPOLITO
PUCCI, LAURA CLERICI, GIULIA LUCARELLI,
CARLA SANASI, RICCARDO ROSSI are some
of the other people that contributed, in a way or the other to the Convention.
To them and to all the unnamed ones… THANK YOU AND WELCOME TO THE
PS As for me, I arrived to the University of Rome Tor Vergata almost
by chance 3 years ago to work on European Affairs… but this year
has been by far the most incredible and rewarding one: the amount of work
has been overwhelming but well worthy it! working with Marina and with
the students, “my” students as I proudly call them, has been
an incredible adventure and I’m not completely sure of how much
they are aware of what a miracle they did!
Also, in our common future plans with Sc.Po., the Convention represents
a little step forward in the process of developing new didactics for the
new world: after all, in our Universities we do not give knowledge only,
rather we grow men, we show them they that they have “wings”
and how to use them, then is up to them to do it or not. I truly believe
our students have now became expert flyers…