expands international emphasis with new residential college
by Matt Kelly
Man, head resident at the International Residential College,
posts a notice on move in day.
dancing. French cooking classes. Conversations on China. German
films. Students living in the new International
Residential College will enjoy all of these and more.
its doors for the first time this fall, the IRC houses 323 students,
first- through fourth-years, who are interested in expanding their
horizons and creating a unique community, said Brad Brown, associate
professor at the McIntire School of Commerce and principal of
the new college.
interest in the new residential college has been high. We
have a waiting list of upper-class students, but limited their
numbers to bring in at least 60 first-year students, he
said. A quarter of the students are international.
on Sprigg Lane, the college fills the Munford, Gwathmey, Lewis
and Hoxton dormitories. Mosaic House, a cross-cultural dorm founded
in 1995 in Hoxton, is continuing as an independent but participating
unit of the new college.
IRC is organized like the Universitys two other residential
colleges, Brown and Hereford. It grew out of the recommendations
of the Virginia 2020 International Commission as a way to expand
special-interest housing opportunities and as a focal point to
explore global and cross-cultural issues on Grounds.
want to help build a community that welcomes aall kinds of students,
of different races, religions and backgrounds. I want us to learn
more about where were all from, said resident Teona
Callaham, a fourth-year student from Bedford, Va., majoring in
psychology and minoring in Spanish. Right now, everything
is new to us and its hard to figure out what our purpose
is and how we fit into the University. But with time, we hope
to build a major role for the International Residential College.
by Matt Kelly
International Residential College opened for the first time
this term, combining four houses Munford, Gwathmey,
Lewis and Hoxton, into a residential community. Mosaic House
is also affiliated.
with a calendar of social activities for residents, beginning
with a barbecue before the U.Va.- Penn State football game on
Sept. 13, the IRC will offer a broad array of opportunities to
learn about world cultures, politics, societies and languages.
include a series of University Seminars that will be held in a
Munford conference room and open to the first-year class. USEM
topics include: International Business: Past, Present, and
Future, taught by William Wilkerson, with the McIntire School
of Commerce; East Asias Explosive Growth: The Role
of Culture in Economic Development, taught by Bruce Reynolds,
senior faculty fellow at IRC; Rise and Fall of the Soviet
Union, taught by Yuri Urbanovich, also an IRC senior faculty
fellow; Ethics in Modern Society, taught by Brown;
and Creating Balance Using the Wisdom of Your Mind and Body,
taught by Marga Odahowski, IRC director of studies.
also is organizing a conversation series, a speaker
series held around a conference table, rather than in a lecture
hall, to encourage interaction between the speaker and a small
group of listeners. The lineup of speakers, still being finalized,
will address international issues and be open to the University
community as space permits.
plans include fielding a number of intramural sports teams, and
organizing hikes and other outside activities. IRC administrators
also are planning to lead two overseas trips this spring
one to Spain and one to Italy for first-year students.
Upper-class students likewise will be encouraged to weave foreign
travel into their academic and leisure plans.
wants to make it easy for IRC students to perform community service
as well and is working with fourth-year student Ryann Collins
to explore long-term volunteering partnerships with the Center
for Global Health and the International Rescue Committee.
Center for Global Health, to be introduced to IRC residents at
a banquet on Oct. 11, will build on the work of Dr. Richard Guerrant,
U.Va.s Thomas H. Hunter Professor of International Medicine
and chief of the School of Medicines Division of Geographic
and International Medicine. Guerrant is a tropical medicine specialist
who is developing new approaches to diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal
and parasitic disease.
New York-based International Rescue Committee, offers emergency
assistance to people displaced by war or civil strife and helps
to resettle refugees.
the past three years, the Charlottesville office has helped resettle
about 400 refugees from the former Yugoslavia, Sudan, Togo, Republic
of Congo, Burma, Afghanistan and Iran, said Susan Donovan, regional
director. Shes looking forward to establishing a partnership
with the International Residential College similar to those already
in place with U.Va.s Madison House and the School of Law.
of the new International Residential College have invested a lot
of time and effort into developing a thoughtful program they hope
will resonate with students. The Housing Division also has repainted
the halls interiors and renovated its kitchens to brighten
up the living space.
hoping to create a great, close-knit community with an international
focus, Brown said. Were excited about our programs
and activities, but above all, we want people to feel comfortable
here, that when they walk through the door, theyre home.