by Rebecca Arrington
Sundberg open house May 7
U.Va.s Lorna Sundberg International Center
will celebrates its 30th anniversary and its renaming on May 7
from 4-7 p.m. at 21 University Circle.
By Katherine Thompson Jackson
fall the Board of Visitors
announced the renaming of the International
Center in memory of former director Lorna Sundberg, and the
establishment of a Sundberg Scholarship to be awarded to an
international student who demonstrates both academic merit and
commitment of service to the community in keeping with values
that Sundberg cherished. Sundberg died in 2001 after a battle
the recognition of the naming, an international student will receive
the first Lorna Sundberg Scholarship.
free, public event will include honoring William B. Quandt, the
outgoing vice provost of international affairs, and performances
by international students and the Classical Guitar Society.
recall that Sundberg, who once lived with her family near Paris,
was a welcoming presence for students and visitors coming to the
center from around the world. After moving to Charlottesville
in 1964 with her husband, chemistry professor Richard Sundberg,
she joined the international center in 1981, becoming its administrator
in 1983. Her experience with volunteers, including a stint at
the Red Cross, and her overseas travels complemented her role.
was well-known for her keen ability to assess the interests and
talents of students and community volunteers, said Suzanne
Louis, director of the center.
Located in a spacious former residence, the international center
is a home-away-from-home for hundreds of U.Va. scholars and students
who come from abroad each year to study here.
present, the center is an integral part of the Universitys
growing international focus. Since President
John T. Casteen IIIs 2020 commission on international activities
reported in summer 2000, everyone is interested in things
international. This is refreshing to see and exciting to participate
in, Louis said.
Various intercultural programs are offered throughout the year
at the center. The anthropology department, for example, hosted
a semester-long lecture series this spring.
the Other resonated with the primary mission of the center
to create and foster opportunities for those of various
cultural backgrounds to come together in a place that is safe
and supportive, said Louis.
is often a feeling of helplessness as one tries to understand
and master the local scene, certainly including language,
said Louis. We try to appreciate each person for the degree
of cultural adjustment he or she has been able to accomplish,
and support them to move further along that path, according to
their own needs and preferences.
experience has enabled her to understand the importance of support
in a foreign land, having moved frequently with her family as
a child. And a long association with the University as a scholar
and administrator has been useful, too. She earned two masters
degrees from U.Va., in cultural anthropology and history.
historic home was donated to U.Va. by the family of William M.
school dean and chairman of the faculty from 1886 to 1896.
opened as the International Center in 1972 under the direction
of founder Lucy Hale.