Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer

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Name: Caroline Schier

Major:  Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering

School: Purdue University

Sector: Agriculture

Although agriculture is the primary economic activity in most countries, many communities are still not able to produce enough food, manage their water supply or implement sustainable practices for the future generations to follow. Peace Corps sends highly skilled and dedicated Volunteers out into the field to help communities combat some of these issues.

Get to know Peace Corps Volunteer, Caroline Shier, a 2014 Purdue University graduate, who is currently serving as an agriculture extension Volunteer in Zambia. Continue reading “Purdue Graduate Excels as Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer”

Purdue University Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program

Peace Corps and Purdue University announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career.

Purdue University students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning in the fall semester of 2016.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, students at Purdue University can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Purdue University Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program”

Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Peace Corps and the Indiana University School of Public Health –  Bloomington have announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All program Fellows will complete internships in under-served American communities while they complete their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

“We are delighted to partner with IU School of Public Health- Bloomington to support our returned Volunteers as they pursue higher education and continue their commitment to service,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Communities are moved forward by the selflessness of Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers have unique skills and experiences to offer their local communities.”

The Fellows Program at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington will be available to students pursing a master’s of public health (MPH) degree. Students in the program have the opportunity to study in the areas of biostatistics, environmental health, physical activity, or professional health education. Continue reading “Peace Corps and Indiana University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program”

Henderson, Kentucky, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia

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City: Henderson, Kentucky

School: University of Southern Indiana

Major: Computer Science

Richard Kurtz, 34, of Henderson, Kentucky, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Namibia on August 18 to begin training as a secondary education mathematics teacher. Kurtz will work at the community level to teach math at the primary, secondary and high schools. He will also assist the schools in providing extra-curricular activities for students and work on community secondary projects.

“The moment I received my invitation, I had to sit down for a few minutes,” Kurtz said. “I had been waiting for months to hear if I would be one of the few chosen to go and the moment had arrived.I was finally able to feel what I had been wondering about for what seemed like forever – the joy of success. It was like an explosion of relief, happiness and excitement blew up inside of me.” Continue reading “Henderson, Kentucky, Native Begins Peace Corps Service in Namibia”

Michigan City, Indiana, Resident Selected For Peace Corps Service

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Name: Riley Holkan

Hometown: Michigan City, Indiana

College: Ball State University

Major: Pre-Med

Riley Holkan, 23, of Michigan City, Indiana, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Namibia on August 16 to begin training as a secondary education science teacher. Holkan will work at the community level to teach science at the primary, secondary and high schools. He will also assist the schools in providing extra-curricular activities for students and work on community secondary projects.

“When I found out that I was accepted to the Peace Corps, I felt as if a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders,” Holkan said. “During your senior year of college there is this immense pressure to have your life planned and to be ready to hit the ground running after graduation. I knew I wanted a unique experience, one that challenged me every day, rather than jumping right into graduate school coursework, thus I applied.” Continue reading “Michigan City, Indiana, Resident Selected For Peace Corps Service”

The journey home: Indiana retiree returns to Peace Corps 37 years later

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Lynne Newlon launched her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland when she was 21. After retiring thirty-seven years later, Newlon is returning to the Peace Corps and will serve in a South African community less than two hours from where she served in 1979.

At her retirement party, Lynne Newlon thought she was saying goodbye to her 30-year career in public service. For her, retirement meant more time at home with family and friends and finally tackling the stubborn home projects she had put off for years.

But plans change. Less than a year after retiring, the Indiana native will depart for South Africa on May 7 to serve in the Peace Corps – for the second time– and she couldn’t be more excited. Continue reading “The journey home: Indiana retiree returns to Peace Corps 37 years later”

Franklin College president applauds Peace Corps volunteers

Thomas J. Minar, the president of Franklin College of Franklin, Indiana, reflects on how the missions and goals of Franklin College and the Peace Corps overlap, and the opportunities service offers to Franklin graduates. 

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President of Franklin College, Thomas Minar.

The mission of Franklin College is to “prepare graduates, through the liberal arts and sciences, to think independently, to lead responsibly, and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities, and the world.” Continue reading “Franklin College president applauds Peace Corps volunteers”