Co-President: Natalie Van Huss
Major: Human Resource Management
Ciao! Mi chiamo Natalie. I am a junior majoring in Human Resource Management, and a minor in Italian. I have always been fascinated with Italian food, culture and the language, but being able to take Italian classes here at UT with has brought it to a whole new level! The Italian Club is something that lets me dive deeper into this amazing culture/language outside of the classroom!
Co-President: Benjamin Huffstetler
Major: Biological Sciences
My name is Benjamin Huffstetler and I am excited to be Co-President of the Italian Club this year. I am a major in Biological Sciences and am also pursuing a minor in Italian. I joined Italian club due to my love for the Italian culture (and food!) and the great people I found in the club. My favorite things to do include seeing movies, kayaking, and just being with friends. I am looking forward to a great year with all of you.
Vice President: Brennan Hughes
Ciao! My name is Brennan Hughes, and I am a senior majoring in Microbiology. I started my journey with the Italian Program as a sophomore, and I attended the study abroad in Bologna the following summer. I have loved every minute of my involvement with the Italian Program at UT. So much so, that I am now the Italian Club President!
Event Chair- Lydia Lindsay
Minor: Biological Sciences
Ciao! My name is Lydia! I’m a junior majoring in Anthropology with a focus in Forensic Science, and a minor in Biological Sciences. Before I came to UT I went to Italy with my mom for a week and I fell in love with the country. So, when I got to UT I knew that I wanted to take Italian and participate in the club! In the summer of 2019, I was fortunate to go on the study abroad in Bologna and it was the best decision because I got to immerse myself in the culture even more!
Event Co-Chair: Sarah Sandlin
Ciao! My name is Sarah, I am an accounting major with a collateral in Business Analytics and am minoring in Italian. I’m the event co-chair for the Italian Club, I’ve been in the Italian Program since last year and a member of the Italian club since spring 2018. I love learning Italian, I love the Italian program and I hope to study abroad in Italy in the future.
Web Page Developer: Seven Swain
Major: Journalism/ Electronic Media
Ciao!! My name is Seven, and I started taking Italian classes as a freshman. I jumped on the opportunity to study abroad in Bologna, Italy the summer before my sophomore year, which ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Immersing myself in a new country was gratifying, surreal, and life changing! I can’t wait to see where I’ll go next!
Treasurer: Chris Peranich
Major: Public Relations
Hey! I’m Chris Peranich, the Treasurer of the Italian Club. I’m a senior at UT majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Italian, and I’m from Washington D.C. Taking Italian has been one of the most rewarding and fun experiences I have had in college, so I encourage you to come hang out with us!
Adviser: Renée D’Elia-Zunino
Position: Distinguished Lecturer of Italian
Office: 708 McClung Tower
Renée D’Elia-Zunino is a Distinguished Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She graduated at Università di Genova, Italy. She grew up in Uscio, in Northwestern Italy, and married Laurent Zunino, a Frenchman from Provence. She loves to teach, write, cook, and enjoys family traditions. Her courses range from beginners Italian, to intermediate, and cultural upper division. She is the advisor for the Italian Club UTK. Besides her scholarly research, she writes stories for children and recently published the book The Curious Adventures of Wickl-Wackl and His Friends, Xlibris Dec.2017.