UW-Madison top in US for sending Peace Corps volunteers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison continues to be the top school in the country for producing Peace Corps volunteers.
It's the third year in a row that the University...
Peace Corps led Belle native to adventure-filled life abroad
BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — In El Salvador in the late 1980s, Bob Holliday remembered taking his children up to the attic to watch military helicopters exchange fire with rebels.
"They used to shoot so many rounds the helicopters didn't need their propellers," Holliday said. "They would just sort of float there."
Peace Corps recruiter makes play for HBCUs, barbershops
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Peace Corps recruiter is making a play for a more diverse volunteer force by targeting historically black colleges and universities — and barbershops.
Is JFK’s luster fading? Key memorabilia doesn’t sell
BOSTON (AP) — Is JFK losing his star power?
It's probably too early to tell, but 55 years after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, an auction of some of the most iconic items associated with the Kennedy White House fell well short of the pre-sale hype.
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on an auction of iconic memorabilia associated with the late President John F. Kennedy (all times local):
A rocking chair that the late President John F. Kennedy used to meet with world leaders in the Oval Office has sold at auction for $50,000.
The chair and other iconic items associated with the nation's 35th president were auctioned off Friday on Cape Cod, not far from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Leaving the Air Force as a nuclear missile officer meant he already had the highest security clearance available. But he was "still a hippie at heart," so he applied to the Peace Corps, thought he'd feed hungry children, maybe learn to play guitar.
The caller ID read "703." The voice asked: Would you consider serving your government in some other way?
CHICAGO — If it feels as if you’re being asked about the state of America from friends and family outside the country or when visiting other nations on your travels, imagine what Peace Corps volunteers must go through after serving in locales around the globe?
Cody Steven Oser's humanitarian work crossed international borders — thousands of miles away from his hometown.
Broomfield mourned the loss of the 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer when he died last April 8 in Panama.
At this year's Heart of Broomfield Awards, he will be honored posthumously with the Heart and Soul Award.
Give Peace Corps a chance: UW ranked No. 1 in volunteers for 2nd year in a row
UW-Madison alumni are big on the Peace Corps.
For the second year in a row, Wisconsin's flagship university tops the list of large schools providing volunteers to the Peace Corps, with 85 alumni currently volunteering worldwide.
This is the fourth year UW-Madison has ranked in the top five large universities providing Peace Corps volunteers.
What's a guy got to do to get ahead around here?
That is what the ambitious and hard-working U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton must be asking himself today -- especially after U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy's nationally televised speech Tuesday night.
The way Moulton sees it, he does all the work and Kennedy, his rival, gets all the attention.
New legislation includes enhancements to Isakson’s previous ‘Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act’
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today introduced bipartisan legislation to further reform the U.S. Peace Corps by improving access to medical care for volunteers, strengthening accountability and oversight, and enhancing procedures to reduce the risk of crime where volunteers serve.
Joining the Peace Corps is one just way to work for peace: Rose O’Donnell (Opinion)
Joining the Peace Corps is one just way to work for peace: Rose O'Donnell (Opinion)
It is hard to read a newspaper, listen to the radio or watch TV without hearing about an incident of sexual harassment. I certainly don't approve of grabbing or pinching. But I am wondering if the pendulum of acceptability hasn't swung too far.
Vermont continues as a leading state in Peace Corps service
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont continues to be among the national leaders in the number of volunteers it sends abroad to serve in the Peace Corps.
In figures released Thursday, the Peace Corps says 42 Vermonters are serving in the volunteer program, a rate of 6.7 per 100,000 residents.
That places Vermont second in the nation behind the District of Columbia.
REVIEW: ‘The Road to Sleeping Dragon,’ by Michael Meyer
Every month brings more additions to the American experience in China genre, but few are as astute and entertaining as Michael Meyers The Road to Sleeping Dragon, an account of an unexpected engagement with China that has lasted more than twenty years.
A Minnesota boy fueled by curiosity about world affairs, Meyer enrolled in the Peace Corps in 1995 and found himself posted to Neijiang, a small city in a remote part of Sichuan Province, to teach college writing and civilization.
Cody Oser, a Broomfield man remembered for his selfless spirit, continues to give back to the world.
A $10,000 scholarship in Oser's memory recently was awarded to Katie Jordan, an engineering student at Colorado State University.
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)
Scott Shackelford, Indiana University
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Warner Robins group helps firefighters in Nicaragua
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Americans take it for granted that if their house catches fire, a firetruck will be there quickly to put it out, but that wouldn't necessarily be the case in Nicaragua.
Cambodian leader, angry with US, wants Peace Corps out
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's leader has escalated his feud with the United States, calling Friday for U.S. Peace Corps volunteers doing development work to be withdrawn.
Day in History: People flock to see footage of World War I
1992 – 25 years ago
• The family of a St. Charles pilot who helped stop Germany's planned invasion of England 50 years ago has received four medals the pilot earned but was never awarded. Art Donahue is considered the United States' first war hero of World War II and one of seven American who fought in the British Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Donahue's plane went down on September 11, 1942, in the English Channel after shooting down a German bomber.
Peace Corps evacuates Burkina Faso volunteers
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The Peace Corps has evacuated 124 volunteers from Burkina Faso due to security concerns, the United States embassy in Burkina Faso said.
MILFORD - The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut agreed Thursday to pay a settlement to a local woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted at St. Peter’s Church when she was 12 by the pastor’s adult son.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The settlement was reached as the case was to go to trial before a jury in Superior Court here against the diocese, the church and its former pastor, Andrew Osmun.
When Sandra Meek finished her fourth book of poems in 2012, she wanted to turn away from the taxing, depressive reflection that went into her writing of "Road Scatter," which came out of the emotional upheaval of losing her mother to cancer in 2007.
"I was hoping to get to something completely different," said the Berry College English professor of 21 years.
Berry Professor Sandra Meek discusses her book, which led to honor as Author of the Year in poetry
When Sandra Meek finished her fourth book of poems in 2012, she wanted to turn away from the taxing, depressive reflection that went into her writing of “Road Scatter,” which came out of the emotional upheaval of losing her mother to cancer in 2007.
“I was hoping to get to something completely different,” said the Berry College English professor of 21 years.
RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana liberal arts college is launching a new program designed to prepare its students for service in the Peace Corps.
Earlham College says its Peace Corps Prep program will boost the Quaker-affiliated school's longstanding commitments to peace, social justice and global understanding when it starts this fall.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Shane McFarland has found himself somewhere he never expected — a Peace Corps alum working toward his doctorate and a Brazilian jiujitsu instructor with his own martial arts studio.
The 32-year-old Montana native moved to Pullman four years ago with his wife, Carol, both straight from Lesotho, South Africa, on a Peace Corps assignment.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is about to start helping prepare its students for the Peace Corps.
The Belleville News-Democrat ( http://bit.ly/2p2zmXE ) reports that beginning in the fall, undergraduate students can apply for a program called Peace Corps Prep that will be offered through the study abroad adviser in the school's Office of International Affairs.
Trump administration ending Michelle Obama’s girls education program
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.
The "Let Girls Learn" program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump's 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has pitched in.
As the administration nears its 100-day mark, Trump has established a White House operation with such an unusual commingling of blood, business and government that it has surprised even his own family.
Peace Corps volunteer found dead in Panama
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Panama say the body of a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer has been found in a stream in the rural part of Panama where he served.
The federal prosecutors' office identified the dead man on Monday as Cody Oser of Broomfield, Colorado.
The Peace Corps confirmed in a statement that Oser died Saturday in the heavily indigenous region of Ngabe Bugle, Panama.
University of Illinois names new federal lobbyist
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The new federal lobbyist for the University of Illinois is a Capitol Hill veteran who's worked for the Peace Corps and congressional committees.
Paul Weinberger has been named director of federal relations for the three-campus school. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2oJtvuY ) the 46-year-old attorney will earn $170,000 and be based in Washington.
(Editor’s note: Seven area educators are among 100 statewide selected for Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowships. This article introduces a Fort Atkinson recipient.)
Kevin Duncan brings an unusual background to his foods classes at Fort Atkinson High School. A teacher who served in the Peace Corps and worked internationally before entering a career in public school education, he has a passion for cooking and different cultures and has put them to work with his students.
Returned Peace Corps volunteers display art and souvenirs from their service abroad
When Amanda Moulton arrived in the West African country of Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2013, she knew she was there to teach math. She also knew she had to learn French before she could get started on teaching.
“I knew not a word of French, nothing,” Moulton said. “But I figured it out. Now I think to myself: If I can do that, I can do anything.”
University of Vermont ranks 8th for Peace Corps volunteers
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Peace Corps says the University of Vermont ranks 8th in the country in the production of volunteers from medium-sized universities.
In addition, the state of Vermont ranked No. 1 in the per capita production of Peace Corps volunteers in 2016 while the Burlington-South Burlington metro area ranked No. 2.
The University of New Hampshire ranked 21st in the medium-sized school category. And Maine's Bowdoin (buh-DOYN') College ranked 13th among small schools.
For 4th year in a row, Vermont leads nation in Peace Corps
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is continuing to lead the nation with the largest per capita number of Peace Corps volunteers.
Figures released Tuesday show that 52 Vermonters are currently serving overseas with the Peace Corps, which works out to be 8.3 volunteers per 100,000 residents.
The Vermont figure is followed by the District of Columbia, at 8.2 and then Montana at 5.
Earlham trustees name 1 of their own to be next president
RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Earlham College says its trustees have named Alan C. Price to be the liberal arts school's 18th president.
The school said Tuesday that Price will take office July 1.
Price, who has served on Earlham's Board of Trustees since last July, currently is the associate director of management for the Peace Corps and is acting chief of staff for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
SIOUX CITY | Fifty years after stepping foot on campus for the first time as a freshman, Tom Shafer returns to Morningside College as a performer in the annual Christmas concert.
Shafer, who celebrates his 71st birthday in a couple of weeks, came to Morningside College as a 20-year-old freshman in the fall of 1966. He'd spent two years working for the Peace Corps in Africa following his 1964 graduation from high school in Hamilton, New York.
Annapolis native Robert Riley new ambassador to Micronesia
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — When Robert Riley graduated from Key School in 1973 he had no idea he would end up as a career Foreign Service officer.
Last month, he was named U.S. Ambassador to the Pacific island nation of Micronesia, islands previously known as the Caroline Islands, located southeast of the Philippines. All the islands together make up a land mass equal to four times the size of Washington, D.C.
Heading Abroad: USC Upstate starts Peace Corps prep program
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A new program at the University of South Carolina Upstate is helping students prepare for service in the Peace Corps.
The university announced on Thursday that it is becoming one of about two dozen institutions in the nation with a Peace Corps Prep Program.
The program helps students become more competitive in applying to the Peace Corps by increasing their foreign language skills, providing training in foreign cultures and learning about leadership.
September 1, 1942 - August 9, 2016
BRUNSWICK - Carole Ann Heaphy grew up in Nutley, New Jersey, where, after graduating from high school and business school, she worked as a secretary. She later went off to college at the University of Bridgeport (CT), majoring in French. In her senior year she married Bill Young and began a family. Bill Young died in 1972. Two years later Carole married Bill Heaphy. With three children she moved from Fort Lauderdale to Anchorage, where...