The Rooney Family Center:
A space for everyone
Loft Study Area
The Loft Study Area of the RFC is a popular place for students to study and hang out. It's the first place you'll find students who want to be comfy while working on assignments or watching a movie on their laptop with a few friends. The roomy, green chairs are the best feature of this common area inside the RFC!
The space served as a washroom for the Saint Clare sisters, who were the last inhabitants of the monastery before it was converted into the residential learning center that we know of today as OUA's Kathleen and Francis Rooney Family Residential Learning Center.
The outdoor area with the Dean Family Terazza and the Edith Kinney Gaylord Tuscan Garden is a real gem due to the unique landscaping and beautiful flora. The garden even has an area for growing herbs! Multiple activities take place in the garden and its great for enjoying an outdoor meal.
The Mewbourne Library is the most popular spot to study for students. With personal lighting and outlets and thousands of books (including textbooks), the library is essential in the RFC.
The Lacy and Brian Holderread Seminar Room, the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Classroom, the Distance-Learning Classroom, and the Conference Room are equipped with comfort and modern technology. The classrooms are used widely for classes in the summer and for meetings during the semester.
Preparing for Summer 2022 & Beyond!
Plans for summer 2022 OUA programs are already in the works and OUA and Arezzo expect to be bursting at the seams once again!
The Kathleen and Francis Rooney Family Residential Learning Center is ready to host summer program students and visiting faculty with plenty of space for classes, activities, studying, socializing, doing laundry and lots of other needs.
The RFC is a popular gathering spot for all OUA students. Event those students who reside in local B&Bs and hotels can enjoy all of the common areas of the Rooney Family Center as well as the garden for BBQs, the library for a quiet study environment, or the Great Hall to play or listen to the piano.
Check out the video tour of this beautiful living-learning facility, created by University of Siena interns in fall 2020!
The monastery was our home-away-from-home and that made me feel comfortable enough to explore other places in Arezzo and Italy — always knowing that we had a place to come home to!
I liked the fact that the Rooney Family Center was always buzzing with activities for us and for the community. There was always something interesting going on with the local Italians!
Very clean and had everything I needed. It felt like a castle! The library was a life-saver for studying.