Peace Corps Anniversary Events - March 1

Monday, February 19, 2007
SNHU Communications Office

Southern New Hampshire University will help celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Peace Corps on March 1. The university will host a kickoff event for students in the afternoon, while the Peace Corps will hold its “Welcome Back Send Off Reception” for volunteers in the evening.

“We look forward to spending Peace Corps Day with the faculty and students of SNHU,” said James Arena-DeRosa of the Peace Corps New England Regional Office.  “While volunteer service will always be a central component of the Peace Corps experience, almost every field of endeavor in the 21st century requires some understanding of global engagement and cultural literacy. SNHU grads who undertake Peace Corps service will broaden their perspective and become more competitive and better prepared for their careers -- whether that future is in social services, business or community development.”

SNHU’s “Service and Leadership in the Peace Corps” event will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Robert Frost Hall’s Walker Auditorium. It will feature information about how students can use their knowledge and skills after graduation to assist communities abroad through the Peace Corps.

It also will feature a panel of returned Peace Corps volunteers who will discuss their experiences working overseas. Panelists include returned Peace Corps volunteers Michael Burtov, who served in Kazakhstan and is a graduate of the university’s School of CED; Rebecca Perkins, who served in Senegal; School of CED student Liam Seward, who served in Poland; and Douglas Teschner, who served in Morocco. Peace Corps Recruitment Coordinator Susanne Delaney, who served in Paraguay, will be the moderator.

SNHU’s School of Community Economic Development has an existing partnership with the Peace Corps to provide education and training for returning volunteers and for volunteers before they go abroad.

Thirty SNHU graduates have served in the Peace Corps. Currently 64 New Hampshire residents are serving overseas; 1,432 New Hampshire residents have served since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961.

The “Welcome Back Send Off Reception” for volunteers and their families will begin at 6 p.m. in the SNHU Hospitality Center.

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