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International students, graduates honor founder of LIFE Club

Vic Uotinen receives a framed photo with international student signatures

Vic Uotinen receives a framed photo with international student signatures

On Friday, Randolph International Student Services recognized Vic Uotinen, founder of the Lynchburg International Friendship Exchange (LIFE) Club, for his support of the College’s international students.

Uotinen founded the LIFE Club more than a decade ago, along with other members of the Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Over the years, members of the church have reached out to international students from Randolph, inviting them to monthly events like teas, picnics, outings to Smith Mountain Lake, and more. At the meetings, students are invited to give presentations about their home countries and talk about their experiences studying in the United States.

At the ceremony on Friday, Uotinen was presented a plaque and card from international students, alumnae, and alumni thanking him for his work. The event was part of International Student Services’ International Education Week, and prior to his recognition, Uotinen also gave a talk about his home country of Finland.

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