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Webb dedicates International Center

Webb School of Knoxville dedicated its new Coleman-Lange International Center for the Study of World Languages and Cultures, Wednesday, September 17.

Webb Lower School students opened the event with the Pledge of Allegiance spoken in Spanish.

Upper School students and Webb School President Scott Hutchinson joined featured speakers Crissy Haslam, member of Webb’s Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Gregor, Webb’s multicultural coordinator; and Clarice Doucette, Upper School World Languages Department chair, in thanking the Coleman-Lange Inter-national Center’s many benefactors.

The ceremony included remarks by Webb senior Thomas Hoffman, who spent his junior year abroad, and junior Ivana Sabakova from Slovakia, who is spending her junior year at Webb as part of the Rotary International program.

The $4 million, 23,524-square-foot, two-story International Center brings together both Webb Middle and Upper School world language classrooms, language laboratories, and language teachers into one central location, creating a completely immersed international environment.

Among the building’s amenities are newly-configured language classrooms, a state-of-the-art language lab designed for language students, a student cultural commons area furnished and decorated to enhance the multicultural and multilingual atmosphere unique to the building, and a fully-equipped kitchen and eating area that allow for hands-on cooking demonstrations and the sampling of ethnic cuisines.

“Webb’s commitment is to best prepare our graduates to contribute to and benefit from their college environment and the world beyond college,” said Scott Hutchinson, Webb School president.

“To be leaders in those settings, our students must be familiar with and have respect for a wide variety of cultures and languages; and accomplishing that goal requires an intentional, school-wide commitment to multicultural education in terms of developing curriculum and providing an array of extracurricular enrichment experiences for all age levels.

“Achieving that goal also requires creating a state-of-the-art and aesthetically pleasing facility that best supports the acquisition of world languages beyond English and is dedicated to immersing students in a multicultural environment,” Hutchinson added. “The Coleman-Lange Inter-national Center does all that and more.”


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