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Convocation opens academic year

President stresses globalization

9/4/2002 12:45:00 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — President Kathleen Bowman opened the 2002-2003 academic year by calling upon the campus community to take full advantage of the ways that Randolph-Macon Woman's College can "help us prepare fully for the responsibilities we share as citizens of this changing world."

Speaking at the College’s opening convocation on September 3rd, the president outlined how the College has risen to the challenge of the growing need for internationalization, citing in particular the steady increase in the number of international students, the incorporation of international perspectives across the curriculum, the numerous public programs and outreach opportunities that help bring global views to the community, and the growth of endowed funds specifically earmarked to provide all students with an opportunity to study or work abroad.

"Now, perhaps more than ever before," Bowman commented, "our fates are entwined with the fates of others around the world, and a global perspective and the ability to communicate across cultures will be crucial to ensuring our collective futures."

President Bowman also used the occasion to name Dobbie Marintcheva ’03 and Rory Collins ’04, as winners of a newly-created President’s Award for Globalization, to be given each year at Convocation to an international student and an American student whose commitments and leadership have greatly enriched the College’s globalization efforts – both in student life and the classroom.

Marintcheva, a double major in Economics and International Studies, is an international student from Bulgaria. In 2001-02 she was president of the College’s Pan World club, and in that role, she coordinated two highly successful Pan World Coffee Houses, drawing record audiences from the campus and the Lynchburg community. She also coordinated R-MWC’s participation in last spring’s International Women’s Day Celebration at Lynchburg College and was a member of last year’s Model U.N. delegation representing Rwanda.

Collins hails from Hampton, Virginia, and is majoring in Political Science. Her academic interests are in arms control, particularly the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons; "blood diamonds;" human rights, including the use of child soldiers; and conflict resolution. As Head Delegate to the Model U.N., her research, organizational talents, and high standards helped to ensure an outstanding performance by the R-MWC delegation.

Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 780 women with a distinguished history of establishing global connections through international education. The College is a member of the International 50, a group of national liberal arts colleges recognized for their internationally oriented programs and is currently ranked by U. S. News & World Report as seventh in the nation among national liberal arts colleges for our percentage of international students.

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