Peace Corps representative will visit Olympia campus

January 10, 2007

Julie Congdon, a regional recruiter with the Peace Corps will visit The Evergreen State College Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dean's conference room, Library 3205. She will be available to talk with students and answer questions.

In 2006, Evergreen was marked as 11th in the nation among universities with enrollment under 5,000 for the level of alumni involvement in the Peace Corps. Approximately 20 Evergreen alumni currently serve around the world.

In a February, 2006 letter to Evergreen President Thomas L. "Les" Purce, Gaddi H. Vasquez, the former director of the Peace Corps, said “throughout the years, your school has made a tremendous contribution to this agency's global legacy of public service. Your students are making important contributions to grass-roots projects in agriculture, education, the environment, health and HIV/AIDS education and prevention, small business development and youth development.”

The Peace Corps, an independent federal agency, was established in 1961 by President Kennedy. Since that time, more than 182,000 citizens have served in the Peace Corps in 76 countries.