Knox College

Welcome to our first Peace Corps Preparatory Program newsletter!

In our newsletters, we will be posting information that we believe is pertinent to the Peace Corps Preparatory Program and that will complement your learning experience as you prepare for the Peace Corps. The newsletter includes: Highlights of current Knox Peace Corps Volunteers, future campus events relevant to the program, recaps of past events and more!

Peace Corps Volunteer Highlight: Caleb Thompson '14

Recent graduate, Caleb Thompson, is working as an Agricultural Extensionist in the small town of Missiones, North of San Bautista in Paraguay.

One of Caleb's volunteer duties includes bee-keeping as well as taking care of other "creatures".

Follow his journey on his blog.

Want some practice with farming / gardening? Go to Mound Farm

Saturday, May 2nd, 2-4pm

449 W Tompkins St

Galesburg, IL

Location: Two blocks from SMC.

Contact Prof.Peter Schwartzman for more details.

Upcoming Event: "Fridays @ 4" Featuring Daniel Beers Talk on Haiti

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A Case Study of International Assistance in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Friday, May 8th, 4pm

SMC E117

"Fridays @ 4," the faculty colloquium series, will feature Daniel Beers, Assistant Professor of Political Science, speaking on the topic "Aiding Survivors or 'Ending the Emergency'? A Case Study of International Assistance in Post-Earthquake Haiti". Refreshments at 4 P.M. and talk at 4:15 P.M.

"Work That Matters" Conference Recap

On April 9th, Knox college hosted the Work That Matters conference which included Peace Corps recruiter Jessica Vig, two graduate school recruiters from Western Illinois University and Illinois State University, former Peace Corps Volunteers, and Knoxcorps as well as ISACorps representatives.

The Peace Corps recruiter gave a general informational meeting about joining the Peace Corps and also provided helpful tips for building a Peace Corps application.

Western Illinois University and Illinois State Representatives, Karen Mauldin-Curtis and Beverly A. Beyer, presented "Peace Corps vs. Grad School? You don't have to choose!" in which they discussed the Peace Corps Fellows Program allows students to use the Peace Corps service toward a Masters degree.

We then heard from Lexie Woodward (served in Nicaragua), Danny Ramirez (served in Benin) and Ella Lehmann (served in Ethiopia) about their experience volunteering for the Peace Corps.

Knoxcorps representatives Marta Schneider '14 and Devin Compton '14, from the Sustainable Business Center and the Galesburg Area Convention & Visitors Bureau respectively, talked about the various opportunities available for Knox students to serve the city of Galesburg by working with local non-profit organizations as both undergraduate and graduate students

Finally, ISACorps representative, Katie Reynolds, talked about the ISACorps program which employs recent college graduates to serve as mentors to high school students and parents, particularly those that are first-generation and low-income. Corps members are stationed at community college districts throughout the state assisting high school students in subject areas including: career planning, the college selection process, application procedures, and scholarships and financial aid

For more information on Work That Matters, go to our website!

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Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

If you have any questions regarding the Peace Corps Preparatory Program, the Peace Corp or global studies, feel free to stop by the Eleanor Stellyes Global Studies Office located on the 2nd floor of Alumni Hall in office #226.

Check out the Peace Corp Preparatory Program website