Peace Corps and Truman State University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program

KIRKSVILLE, MO, – The Peace Corps and Truman State University today announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for a career in international development.

Truman State University students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning in fall 2015, with an official program launch on Sept. 24.

“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,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, Truman State University students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps and Truman State University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program”

Truman State returns to Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Truman alum Andrew Dykens served in Mauritania from 1997-99.

 

CHICAGO – After a four-year absence, Truman State University reappears on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. Truman ranks No. 19 with 14 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers. This is the school’s third appearance on the list, the last being in 2010.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 208 Truman graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Truman State returns to Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Doctor’s passion for public health developed while serving in Peace Corps

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Andrew Dykens has committed his life to improving health care in communities across the world. He is an assistant professor of family medicine and the director of the Global Community Health Program at the University of Illinois-Chicago Center for Global Health. But his career began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania.

“The amount that I learned during my Peace Corps experience has had more impact than any of my other experiences,” said Dykens, who served as a health and water sanitation volunteer from 1997-99.

His freshman calculus professor at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., talked about her experiences as a volunteer, and the idea of joining the Peace Corps stayed with Dykens as a pre-medical student until he graduated in 1997. He thought it would be a good opportunity to speak a new language and see other parts of the world. Continue reading “Doctor’s passion for public health developed while serving in Peace Corps”

Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Joe Zucchini

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Name: Joe Zucchini
Country of Service: Micronesia, 1990-92; Zambia 1997-99
Assignment: Education; Water/Sanitation
Recruitment Territory: St. Louis, Mo. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Joe Zucchini”

Peace Corps announces new Master’s International partnership with Truman State University

The Peace Corps and Truman State University are launching a new Master’s International partnership to allow students the chance to combine their graduate studies with two years of international volunteer work. The partnership will offer students the opportunity to integrate Peace Corps service with a Master of Arts in Leadership.

“The Peace Corps is pleased to announce this new partnership with Truman State University to enable students to gain important hands-on work experience as they pursue their graduate studies,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “In today’s interconnected world, employers are looking for more highly trained and culturally competent professionals now more than ever.” Continue reading “Peace Corps announces new Master’s International partnership with Truman State University”

Ashland, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Kyrgyz Republic

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Emma Hosman, 22, of Ashland, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Kyrgyz Republic April 23 to begin training as a health education volunteer. Hosman will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching public health and assisting clinics or government planning offices in identifying health education needs.

“I’ve always wanted to help people on a local or global scale, and the Peace Corps can provide me that opportunity,” Hosman said.

Hosman is the daughter of Rose-Marie Muzika and Kevin Hosman and a 2009 graduate of Southern Boone County R-1 High School in Ashland. She then attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in health science in 2013. She has also worked as an EMT for the Adair County Ambulance District. Continue reading “Ashland, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Kyrgyz Republic”

Kearney, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Fiji

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Courtney Oxandale, 22, of Kearney, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Fiji Sept. 3 to begin training as a health empowerment volunteer. Oxandale will make a difference living and working in a community with a focus on outreach, social and behavior change in public health, hygiene, water sanitation, and HIV/AIDS.

“The Peace Corps’ emphasis on empowering people and proving sustainable solutions to global problems motivated me to join the organization,” Oxandale said. Continue reading “Kearney, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Fiji”