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Community Volunteers

The Office of International Education has the invaluable assistance of Community Volunteers, who help visiting international scholars with cultural transition to the University and the Richmond area. These fun and caring individuals help visiting international scholars with cultural and practical matters in exchange for the opportunity to interact with some of the most outstanding professors, artists, and researchers in the international field.

andersonJudith Anderson, M. Ed. '93

I believe that my interest in internationals was developed by my parents. Our house in New Jersey had frequent international guests; my brother and I learned at an early age how to welcome those from faraway lands. We learned about other cultures and lands while we encouraged our guests to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and baked beans and other typical American goodies.

In addition, I learned firsthand what it was like to leave family and friends to live in another country-France. I will always be grateful to those who befriended me and helped me adjust to a culture that was similar, but so different from mine. For these reasons, and others, I enjoy meeting internationals and giving them the opportunity to know the United States and its people.

At the end of the 2007-08 school year, I retired as a French teacher after more than four decades in the classroom. In my small school, students and teachers developed strong bonds; I will miss the students and my former colleagues. But, I look forward to the all of the things that I will be able to do: harpsichord lessons, volunteering--of which working at UR will be a part--traveling, and whatever adventures come my way.

dillonBetty Ann Dillon, W'48 and G'49

Betty Ann Dillon is actively involved in her alma mater. She has served on the Board of Trustees (1978-82) and the Board of Associates. She has been a leader in the Westhampton College Alumni Association, Women's Resource Center, Lake Society, Chapel Guild, and Friends of Boatwright Library. She is currently a member of the Richmond Council and the University of Richmond Alumni Association. Ms. Dillon has received distinguished alumna awards from the University and Westhampton College, and in 1983 she won the Trustees Distinguished Service Award.

kingCharley King

Charley King is the Student Accounts Manager in the Controller's Office at the University of Richmond. She loves animals, gardening, traveling, cooking, eating good food, architecture (especially old buildings and mid-century modern), politics, antiques, and lots of other things. She is currently a host family to Bulgarian and Chinese international students.

lipanAnca Lipan

Originally from Romania, Anca is an architect who, besides contemporary architecture and her work in educational architecture, is interested in art and cultural studies. Among her favorite movements are Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession and Surrealism. Anca enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, foreign movies, and visiting art museums and historic houses.

Terry Robinson-Kochi

Terry is the Administrative Coordinator for Law Development and Alumni Programs at the University of Richmond School of Law. Terry lived overseas as an EFL teacher and accompanying spouse for more than 20 years in Japan, Afghanistan, Burma, France, and Switzerland. She likes outdoor recreation, including hiking, skiing, and kayaking. She loves taking advantage of all the cultural and intellectual opportunities on campus, including concerts, lectures, theatre, gallery talks, book discussions, etc. She has two adult children and one high school senior.

Become a Community Volunteer

If you are interested in this wonderful cross-cultural opportunity to become a Community Volunteer, please contact Krittika Onsanit, director of international student and scholar services.