Western celebrates Peace Corps in February

A Peace Corps volunteer explains the nutritional benefits of sesame seeds to children in Senegal. Photo courtesy of the Peace Corps.

Western Today staff

Western Washington University will be celebrating its strong Peace Corps legacy at the following special events in the coming week:

Saturday, Feb. 2

Western Washington University celebrates Peace Corps at the men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. The national champions are currently undefeated and will face Seattle Pacific University. Returned Peace Corps volunteers receive free admission and special recognition at halftime. Returned Peace Corps volunteers should contact Jill MacIntyre Witt, Peace Corps campus representative, at peacecorps@wwu.edu by noon Friday, Feb. 1, to reserve tickets.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join Western President Bruce Shepard in celebrating Western’s participation in the Peace Corps from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Academic Instructional Center West Room 204. The gravel lot on the south end of campus offers free parking at this time and the community is encouraged to attend. This community event brings together faculty, students and alumni to acknowledge Western’s contributions to Peace Corps service.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Peace Corps “Around the World” Fair. Stop by the Miller Hall Collaborative Center from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 7. Returned Peace Corps volunteers will be available to answer questions, share their stories, photos and mementos with tables representing many different countries of service. “This is a great opportunity for students to get a taste of the Peace Corps from so many different countries in one place,” says Susan Anderson, a returned Peace Corps volunteer and WWU career counselor.

Stay Connected

To receive updates about further upcoming events in the area visit peacecorps.gov/info or “like” the Peace Corps at Western Washington University Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PeaceCorpsWWU.

Western Washington University has a strong legacy with the Peace Corps. Nearly 850 alumni have served with the agency since 1961. 73 alumni are currently serving overseas ranking the university No. 2 in the nation among medium-sized universities. The new ranking will be announced on Feb. 5.