Richard B. Newton
Program Director & Photography Instructor

Rick NewtonRick has been teaching photography and leading foreign study programs in Mexico, Belise, Guatemala, and Sicily for UMass since 1991. He holds a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and a BS and MS from UMass in Natural Resource Studies. He first went to Sicily in 1997 and since then can't seem to stay away. Sicily 2013 will be the sixteenth Journalism course that he has led to the island. Of course, Rick is solely concerned with the educational components of the experience and not at all interested in the awe inspiring landscape, the warm and friendly people, the fascinating history, and the extraordinary food and wines of Sicily.


Carol Connare
Travel Writing

Carol ConnareCarol is Director of Development and Communications for the UMass Library. She came to our campus eight years ago to be editor of the UMass alumni magazine. She has been an editor and writer for magazines for 20 years. During her six years as a senior editor/writer at Yankee Publishing, Carol researched and wrote travel pieces for print, web, television, and radio. Earlier in her career, Carol lived on the Yukon River in Alaska, tending a sled-dog kennel; coauthored a guidebook, New England Camping, and wrote a monthly newspaper column "The Traveling Outdoorswoman." A native of New Hampshire, Carol is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Communication. Sicily 2013 will be Carol's third year teaching the writing track of the course.


Jeremiah Patterson
Art History/Italian Culture

Jeremiah PattersonJeremiah is a graduate of UMass (BFA, Art) and holds an MFA from the Hartford Art School where he now teaches drawing and painting and he is a nationally recognized watercolor artist with work in several museums aroung the country. He was a participant in Rick Newton's Yucatan program as an undergraduate in 1992 and has been a guest lecturer/assistant program coordinator with the Sicily program since 2001. He will join us with16 students from the Hartford Art School.

Rosa Rizza & Mario Fili
Our Sicilian Team

Rosa and MarioSimply the best tour director, guide, friend, and substitute mom....teamed up with the best bus driver in all of Sicily ... and did we mention that Mario also owns the bus company!