Today is a big day for the Reves Center!
In addition to launching this International W&M blog, we’re welcoming Dr. Stephen Hanson as the new director of the Reves Center and vice provost for international affairs. Dr. Hanson is joining us from the University of Washington where he served as vice provost for global affairs and Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Political Science. While we are very sad to say goodbye to our interim director Ronald St. Onge, Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures Emeritus, we are also excited to start working with Dr. Hanson and introducing him to the vibrant William & Mary international community.
Speaking of our international community, we’ve been working hard all summer to make sure we are ready to welcome an expected 252 new international students as they begin arriving this month. When they join us we’ll have an estimated international student population of 472, with 51 countries represented.
We’ve also been hard at work on our study abroad programs, making sure that our out-going students are all set for life changing experiences, and peeking in on the adventures of our 2011 summer program participants. When we haven’t been checking out the Cambridge Facebook page, or seeing what’s new with the St. Petersburg blog, we’ve been begging students to send in pictures of their study abroad experiences and addresses of their personal travel blogs. If you’ve got ‘em we still want to see ‘em, so please let us know!
Soon we’ll also be hosting 39 Japanese students as part of the Keio/W&M Cross-Cultural Collaboration. These students arrive on Thursday and will be on campus until Monday, August 15 when they travel up to the W&M Washington DC Office for a few days before heading home. If you see any of the Keio students be sure to say hello!