third residential college to feature international theme
House, shown here, and adjacent Mumford and Lewis houses,
located between Sprigg Lane and Emmet Street, will become
U.Va.'s third residential college.
quiet, tree-lined neighborhood near Alumni Hall could become a
dynamic center of international learning and culture in fall 2001,
when the University's third residential college is scheduled to
open its doors.
for the new International Residential College are being finalized
now, and the call was to go out by next week for two internationally
oriented faculty members to serve as its first principal and coordinator
of programming, respectively. The college will be housed in existing
space at the Gwathmey,
Mumford and Lewis residence halls on Sprigg Lane. The Mosaic House,
in the nearby Hoxton residence hall, would continue to operate
independently, but its students would be encouraged to take part
in the college's activities.
"We're hoping it will be a really vibrant mix of faculty
and students, both American and international, all eager to share
international experiences," said vice provost Barbara Nolan,
who worked with a committee headed by Theo Van Groll, director
of the International Studies Office, in formulating the plans.
college's formal proposal, submitted in December, contemplates
housing approximately 300 students, mostly undergraduates, with
roughly 60 percent being American and 40 percent being international
students. First-year enrollment would be limited to about 60 students
of front entrance of Gwathmey House.
applications of students who have either returned from study-abroad
trips or anticipate going on them will be given extra weight in
the selection process, Nolan and Van Groll said. Students need
not have an international emphasis in their major to apply, only
an interest in such areas as international relations, international
commerce and foreign languages and cultures, Nolan said.
has been talk of an international college since the early 1990s,
Nolan noted. The idea gained momentum from the impetus of the
Virginia 2020 Planning Commission on International Activities,
which had some overlap with the planning committee that formed
the college proposal.
was "kind of a low-hanging fruit," said Van Groll, also
a member of the planning commission.
One concern for the college's framers was the potential effect
upon the current foreign language houses, Nolan said. "We
will be very careful to give them priority if we have a student
that both are interested in."
planners anticipate that the college will host international speakers,
seminars led by faculty members, and short-term visiting scholars,
in addition to fostering informal interactions. Students in the
college would be expected to dine together at a specified number
of times each week (likely in Newcomb Hall) and at a monthly banquet.
Sprigg Lane area was attractive because of its proximity to central
Grounds and the suitability of the residence halls there to a
residential college format, Van Groll said. Nolan expects only
modest renovations will be needed.
Some functions of the International Center on Rugby Circle will
be relocated to the college, Van Groll said, including the library,
which consists primarily of study-abroad materials.
Job descriptions for the principal and coordinator of programming
were still being finalized, but were to be e-mailed to the faculty
soon. The principal position will be a three-year, renewable appointment,
likely to be half-time. The application deadline will come in
October, said Nolan, and the appointment made by December.
we're hoping for a senior, tenured, academic faculty member with
particular interest in international culture and languages,"
Nolan said. "And someone who enjoys interacting with undergraduates
and has a vision of where the college should go in the next two
or three years."
programming position will likely require similar qualities, she
said, but will probably be a two-thirds-time position.