USF Peace Corps Welcomes Back Former Volunteers

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TAMPA (2011-11-16) -

USF is marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Peace Corps with a reunion of former members Thursday night, featuring a speech by Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.

Over 300 USF alumni volunteered for the Peace Corps, including Katie Roders, who spent twenty-seven months in Kazakhstan working with people with HIV and AIDS. Now Roders serves as the Peace Corps recruiter at USF.

She says about thirty of her fellow alumni have indicated they're coming to the reunion, and many of them have applied their experiences in the Corps to their current careers.

"We’ve got people who are currently working for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, who are working on sustainable projects in agriculture and environment, also in the areas of education here at USF or in other places in Tampa Bay."

The reunion, which is part of USF's celebration of International Education Week and is free and open to the public, starts at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th, with a reception at the USF Patel Center for Global Solutions. Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet speaks at 6 p.m., with a panel discussion featuring six USF/Peace Corps alums to follow.

For more information or to watch the event live online, you can visit USF World’s website. You can also call the USF Peace Corps' office at 813-974-9948.

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