Michigan City, Indiana, Resident Selected For Peace Corps Service


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

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”

Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Kendrall Masten

Name: Kendrall Masten
Country of Service: Zambia 2005-2007
Assignment: Rural Aquaculture Promotion
Paul D. Coverdell Fellow: Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University Recruitment Territory: Central Indiana Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Midwest Recruiter: Kendrall Masten”

Social work degree prepared Indiana native for Peace Corps

Nathanael Nash, 22, of Kendallville, Ind., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Armenia Aug. 25 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Nash will make a difference teaching conversational English, English as a foreign language and content-based English in middle and high schools. In addition to classroom teaching, Nash will share resources, develop teaching materials with local teachers and become involved in community- and school-based projects.

“What attracted me to the Peace Corps was the opportunity to grasp my full potential as a human being while also providing support in my host country,” he said. “The Peace Corps has the ability to transcend and shape my life in directions no other opportunity would be able to.” Continue reading “Social work degree prepared Indiana native for Peace Corps”