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Western Partners With Peace Corps

February 28, 2006

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Dear Campus Community:

On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. The agency will celebrate its 45th anniversary throughout 2006, starting with Peace Corps Week, February 27-March 5. Created to promote world peace and friendship, the Peace Corps has three goals:

• To provide volunteers who contribute to the social and economic development of interested countries;
• To promote a better understanding of Americans among the people whom Volunteers serve; and
• To strengthen Americans’ understanding about the world and its peoples – to bring the world back home.

Western is proud to partner with the Peace Corps in the advancement of its mission through the Peace Corps Fellows/USA programs, which brings returned Peace Corps Volunteers to the university for graduate studies and service internships in our area’s high-need communities.

In observance of the Peace Corps’ 45th anniversary, I encourage all returned Peace Corps Volunteers in the university community to “bring the world back home” to your classmates, students, colleagues, and the wider community this year. Through organized activities and informally through discussions, you can share valuable insights and information from your Peace Corps experience. The Peace Corps website has a special 45th anniversary section with a wide variety of stories, photographs, and videos available to assist you. Additional materials are available through the agency’s regional representative, Scot Roskelley, at

If you would like to learn more about Western’s Peace Corps Fellows/USA program contact Karen Mauldin-Curtis, the program coordinator, 309.298.2268 or 800-526.9943. The Western Peace Corps website may be found at

More than 7,800 Peace Corps Volunteers are currently serving in over 70 countries. More than 180,000 have served since 1961. On behalf of Western please join me in expressing our appreciation to these Americans, and to all who have made their service possible.


Al Goldfarb

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