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Peacebuilding Conference & 5-year Anniversary of Peace Corps Preparatory Program at Knox College Celebration!

Knox College


04/12/2013 - 04/13/2013


Friday, April 12 at 7pm and Saturday, April 13, 10am - 5pm


Harbach Theatre and Ferris Lounge
Galesburg, IL 61401

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Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime.

Join us at this celebration to hear about Volunteer experiences, the Knox mission and Peace Corps Preparatory Program with excellent speakers, panels and events! 

The events are free of charge and open to the public. Click Here to learn more and sign up with Knox College to attend the conference events.

Your local Peace Corps recruiter, Rok Teasley who served in Moldova, will be on hand throughout all events to answer your questions and provide tips to guide you through the application process. Graduating Seniors should start the application process now for assignments departing the first half of 2014. 

Friday, April 12
Time Description Location
7:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks
Teresa Amott, Knox College president

Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Keynote Address -- Storytelling: A Key to Peacebuilding Locally and Globally
Jody Olsen, former Peace Corps deputy director who was involved in the creation of Knox's Peace Corps Prep Program

Jody Olsen, now a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, started in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Tunisia, where she taught English and developed community health programs. She moved up the ranks to country director, then to regional director, and, in 1989, to chief of staff, a position she held for three years. In 2002, Olsen was tapped by the president to be deputy director of the Peace Corps.

Outside of the Peace Corps, she has served as senior vice president at the Academy for Educational Development, executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and president of the University of Maryland Alumni Association.

A Utah native, Olsen received her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Utah, a master's degree in social work (with a specialization in community organization) from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from Maryland's College of Education.

Saturday, April 13
Time Description Location
10:00 a.m. Play for Peace Workshop
This 2-hour workshop engages participants in peacebuilding sessions led by an international conflict resolution non-governmental organization (NGO). We will also hear from a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer. (Registration is required. Space is limited.)
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break  
12:45 p.m. The Knox Mission and Peace Corps Prep: Educating for Peace
Jeff Wozencraft '10, Hannah Gdalman '09, Luke Karner '09, and Mike Dooley '09, Knox alumni and returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Ferris Lounge
1:30 p.m. Service and Community Close to Home
Laura Blue '12, Anna Dvorak '12, Diana Preshad '12, and Tanya Novotnak '11, Knox alumni serving in AmeriCorps
Ferris Lounge
2:15 p.m. Coffee Break Ferris Lounge
2:30 p.m. A Community Approach to Peace
Current KnoxCorps students present their work with the Galesburg community
  • Elizabeth Cockrell '12, Human Links Foundation Fellow serving the Sustainable Business Center
  • Max Potthoff '14, serving the Cyclists of Galesburg and sustainability assignments
Ferris Lounge
3:30 p.m. Peace Corps and Career Paths
Western Illinois returned Peace Corps Volunteers discuss how the Peace Corps influenced their careers after service.
  • Karen Mauldin-Curtis, Peace Corps Fellows program manager in community development at Western Illinois University
  • Sheldon Schafer, Green Party candidate for Congress, astronomy instructor at Bradley University, vice president of education, and planetarium director
  • Cecile Arquette, associate professor of teacher education at Bradley University

About the Peace Corps: Read more or watch a video about what it's like to be a Volunteer including what Volunteers do, where they go, and the many benefits of Peace Corps service. Or apply now to begin your life-defining experience.

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For questions about this event contact Rok Teasley

If you require a reasonable accommodation when attending a Peace Corps event, please contact the recruiter identified in the “for questions about this event” section of the event listing. Please provide the details of the reasonable accommodation you are requesting.

Last updated Apr 10 2013

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