Eight visitors from Dabas, Hungary, are visiting the Staunton area for 11 days, March 31–April 11. They are part of an international exchange program between Staunton’s International Partner City, or Sister City, and Mary Baldwin University.
The college is serving as the central host and facilitator for student and faculty visitors from Dabas. The guests will eat in Hunt Dining Hall and visit Mary Baldwin classes as well as connect with Robert E. Lee High School students and visit landmarks throughout the state.
Associate Professor of Communication Bruce Dorries is in charge of coordinating the visit.
“Three Mary Baldwin groups have visited Staunton’s International Partner City over the past few years, Dorries said. “Our hosts there have been gracious, giving of their time and resources.”
Mary Baldwin alumna and Lee High Assistant Principal Lori Silver is helping coordinate the gathering with the Dabas teens and high school students.
“The college, along with the city and Lee High School, look forward to returning the intercultural education opportunity,” Dorries said. “Now we get to return the favors from Dabas.”
On April 3 Mary Baldwin will host a banquet for the visitors and local guests, including Staunton Mayor Lacy B. King Jr., members of the city council, and administrators of Lee High School.
The last time a visitor from Dabas came to campus was in fall 2009 when Mary Baldwin welcomed youth ambassador Krisztian Kanscar.