SMU Celebrates The Peace Corps at 50
The following excerpt comes from SMU Magazine in Dallas, Texas and was originally published on May 18, 2012.
“Allison Hannel’s ‘proudest accomplishment’ while serving as a business development volunteer with the Peace Corps in San Juancito, Honduras, was establishing the first restaurant in the agrarian village of 3,000 people. The humble venture consisted of only four picnic tables and a menu of eight variations on a rice-beans-tortillas theme, yet it thrived.
‘My measure of success for the project was that just three months after we opened, two or three other restaurants opened, serving the same type of meals,’ says Hannel, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from SMU in 2004.
Hannel and other members of the University community shared their memories and accomplishments during SMU’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps January 31. Approximately 40 returned volunteers now living in North Texas attended the event.
Michael McKay ’87, who holds a Master’s degree in public administration from SMU, manages the Peace Corps’ 10-state Southwest region. Of the more than 200,000 people who have served in 139 host countries, 111 are SMU alumni, he says.”
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