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Regional Peace Corps Recruiter, Angela Hamilton, coming to Shawnee State University


September 27, 2016


Angela Hamilton will present at 7 pm on Oct. 3 in Room 215 in the Morris University Center.

The Shawnee State University Peace Corps Prep Program will be hosting Angela Hamilton, Regional Peace Corps Recruiter, at 7 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 3, in Room 215 in the Morris University Center.

Hamilton will be giving a presentation on different opportunities that are available for students interested in joining the Peace Corps. She will share stories about the benefits of living in an international community and the benefits of volunteering through the Peace Corps.

Hamilton recruits in the Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Southwest Ohio regions. She served in the Dominican Republic from 2006 to 2009. Hamilton was born and raised in Southern Indiana. The Peace Corps’ tagline “Life is calling. How far will you go?” spoke to her as a personal challenge and took that as a sign to apply to the Peace Corps.

“Serving in the Dominican Republic gave me a whole new perspective of how kind, giving and friendly the people were there. Joining the Peace Corps has impacted my life in so many positive ways that it just makes sense for me to want to talk to other people about how and why they should join too,” said Hamilton.

President John F. Kennedy first established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and the people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in over 130 countries worldwide. As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps send Americans abroad to take on some of the most pressing needs around the world. Volunteers work with the local government, schools, communities, businesses and entrepreneurs to help develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Upon their return to the U.S., volunteers can share their knowledge and experiences with friends and family.

Hamilton is seeking college seniors, graduates, retiring faculty and community members with majors and skills in these areas to fill Peace Corps Programs. Any student interested can find application deadlines at www.peacecorps.gov/openings. For additional information about the Peace Corps, please visit their website at www.peacecorps.gov.

Dr. Tracey Henderson, Coordinator for the SSU International Service and Peace Corps Preparation Program, will also be at the session to talk to any students interested in applying to the Peace Corps. She has also served in the Peace Corps herself for three years in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) where she taught animal science and served as a livestock extension agent working with cattle farmers.

SSU is one of only a small number of universities in the nation to offer this program, which was developed through a cooperative agreement between SSU and the Peace Corps. SSU Peace Corps Prep curriculum includes course work in international studies, cross-cultural skills, foreign language and four core focus areas emphasized by the Peace Corps (agriculture and food security, education, environment and natural resources and global health). In addition to course work, the program involves community service, international student mentoring and cross-cultural experience.

The SSU Peace Corps Prep Program is open to students of all majors. Students can apply any time before their junior year but are encouraged to apply as early as possible to meet the program requirements before graduation. Students completing the program earn recognition that will appear on their transcript. Although the completion of the program does not guarantee applicants to be accepted as Peace Corps volunteers, the specialized curriculum and experience make them strong candidates.

For more information on the SSU Peace Corps Prep Program, please visit http://www.shawnee.edu/offices/international-students/peace-corps.aspx. For any additional information, please contact Dr. Henderson at thenderson@shawnee.edu or by calling the Center for International Program and Activities (CIPA) at (740) 351-3136.


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