Monday, February 14, 2011

A stately tradition

Every academic institution has its traditions. Some involve pomp and circumstance -- convocation and commencement come to mind. Others are less grandiose. Some, well, we just should not mention.

One of the Bologna Center's best-known traditions has withstood the tests of time and indeed radical changes in Europe and  international relations. The Austrian Ball remains a fixture on students' calendars.

The annual Ball reflects the Center's longstanding ties to Austria, which has provided us 367 alumni, punching well above the relative weight of its population. The winter social event illustrates the cohesiveness that tends to characterize classes here.

Below are some photographs by Bologna Center students of this year's Austrian Ball, which they attended in Vienna on February 5 during the break between the first and second semesters. The annual ball is hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency's staff association.

Most students took an all-night chartered bus to get to Vienna -- and yet by evening looked every bit the part in the stately Hofburg Palace.

by Nicolo' Lanciotti
by Megan Holt

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano
by Edna Kallon

by Rachel Salerno
by Jennifer Crawford
by Nicolo' Lanciotti

by Elisabeth Mondl
by Rachel Salerno
by Annabel Lee
by Megan Holt
by Elizabeth Mondl
by Britt Sylvester

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