U.Va.'s three residential
colleges get new principals
International Residential College
living at U.Va.s three residential colleges Brown,
Hereford, and the
Residential College were greeted last week by three
professor Carl Trindle now heads Brown College. Physics
professor Louis Bloomfield is Herefords principal, and associate
professor of commerce
Brad Brown is at the helm of U.Va.s newest residential college,
IRC, in its inaugural year.
residential college brings tosgether a diverse group of about
300 first- through fourth-year students. Programs in the colleges
run the gamut from lectures, seminars and workshops to cooking
classes and folk dancing. Some of the programs are designed for
residents only, while others are open to the larger academic community.
is too large to replace the supportive communities that so many
students grew up in. Thats why students here naturally seek
out smaller groups and organizations, and why theyre attracted
to residential colleges, Bloomfield said.
colleges are homes away from home that can make the University
a less lonely and intimidating place to their residents. After
a hard day in the classroom or at the library, a student should
find within the residential college a community of friendship
and camaraderie that sweetens and improves every aspect of the
hope for Hereford College is that it will continue to evolve as
home to all the best aspects of diversity and that it will flourish
as an intellectual, academic and cultural community second to
none. I have sought for years to develop this sort of community
spirit and activity within and without the University and Im
delighted to be able to concentrate on it directly at Hereford,
Bloomfields sentiments, Trindle said, It is important
to live in a setting where you can come to be known by your own
name and to hear your own voice. I hope Brown College [U.Va.s
first residential college] continues to be a place where its members
can look with pride on the ways they have made it their own.
be happy to delegate and boost such projects for members, faculty,
governance and staff. They will be entirely individual and unpredictable,
look forward to some happy surprises, he said.
IRC is a residential community committed to bringing students
and scholars together in an environment devoted to cultural diversity
and global learning. It supports the Universitys commitment
to internationalize its teaching and research missions. (See University
expands international emphasis with new residential college.)
want the IRC to enrich not only the lives of its residents but
the life of the University community as well, Brown said.
I think the residential colleges are closest to Thomas Jeffersons
idea of an Academical Village. Im very excited about getting
in at the beginning to help shape the future of international
studies at U.Va.