Richard B. Newton, Photography, Program
Rick 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 teaches Photojournalism and Web Page Design for the
Journalism Major, is information technology manager
and web page designer for the Environmental Institute
and is a member of the Committee on Overseas Programs
and Exchanges in the Office of International Programs.
He first went to Sicily in 1997 and since then can't
seem to stay away. Sicily 2008 will be the eleventh
Journalism course that he has led to the island. Of
course, Rick is only 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.
Karen Skolfield, Travel Writing <email@example.com>
Karen served as a photojournalist
in the Army for seven years, including a stint as a
travel writer in northern Italy. She earned her MFA
in writing from UMass and currently works as the senior
editor and writer in the College of Engineering. In
her spare time she writes freelance magazine articles
and backpacks with Moose, her rather large canine. In
2002, her first year teaching this course, she discovered
the taste of truly exceptional olive oil, and her kitchen
has improved tremendously as a result.
Jeremiah Patterson , Guest Lecturer, Art and Art History
Jeremiah is a graduate of
UMass (BFA, Art) and holds an MFA from the Hartford
Art School where he now teaches drawing and painting.
He is a nationally recognized watercolor artist who
exhibits through the Sherry French Gallery in New York
City. He was a participant in Rick Newton's Yucatan
program as an undergraduate in 1992 and has been a guest
lecturer in the Sicily program since 2001.
Richard Rubin. Rich is a Family Physician at the Umass
Health Service. He enjoys travel. This will be his sixth trip
with Rick Newton fifth to Sicily with the Photojournalism
course. He encourages students participating in Sicily 2005
to call him at Health Services if they have travel related
health questions. (577-5312)