College of Human Sciences names new director of Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy

AUBURN – An architect from Auburn University’s McWhorter School of Building Science has been named executive director of the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program in Auburn’s College of Human Sciences.

June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences, has announced the appointment of Linda Ruth, an associate professor in Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, to the position, effective Aug. 16. Ruth will also carry the title of Joseph S. Bruno Chair.

“Linda Ruth brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity in study abroad programming and, no doubt, will continue in the tradition of her predecessor Marilyn Bradbard by offering students a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Henton.

Bradbard served as executive director from 2006 until her recent retirement. Ruth joined the building sciences faculty in 2000, where she has been active in outreach initiatives and study abroad programming.

“I am honored to be a part of the College of Human Sciences and excited about the opportunity to direct one of the college’s premier programs,” said Ruth. “I believe experiencing other cultures truly opens up the world to students and opens students to the world. The structure and level of immersion that is offered by the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad program is invaluable in the development of well-rounded and globally-aware citizens.”

CHS@AU was launched in 2002 and became Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy in 2007, with a $3 million endowed gift from the Bruno family. Since its inception, more than 380 students have participated in the Italy program.

The semester-long program operates year-round in Ariccia, a small community located in the Alban Hills less than 20 miles south of Rome. Students spend a semester deeply immersed in Italian culture, through lectures, field trips, and other hands-on experiences designed to enrich their knowledge base and broaden their world views. They also earn 16 credit hours and an international minor.

(Written by Amy Weaver)

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