In September, room 210 in the Walton Science Center will be named in honor of longtime Centralia College foreign languages professor Vic Freund. He was known as a leader and educational innovator among faculty members and students alike.
The dedication ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 29. There will be a formal dedications ceremony followed by refreshments. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Freund grew up in Germany and came to Washington when he was 16. His European background inspired him to share more than grammar and vocabulary in teaching foreign languages; he helped his students experience those cultures with slides, music, and even food.
As the use of technology evolved, he included interactive audio and video applications and later use of the Internet. His teaching methods, passion for language and the understanding of other cultures, coupled with his ability to connect with students, made him a very effective and popular teacher.
Freund spearheaded the integration of advanced technology and teaching methodologies in what became known as “smart classrooms,” a level of technology that continues to evolve to improve student learning.
Freund began his career with Centralia College in 1968. After devoting 36 years to the college, he lost his battle against cancer. After his death, the Vic Freund Endowment Fund was created to provide scholarships for students pursuing studies in foreign languages and working toward better international understanding.