BGSU recognized for Peace Corps effortsWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For the first time, Bowling Green State University has made the Peace Corps list of the nation’s top colleges and universities for producing volunteers. BGSU appears at No. 25 in the Medium Colleges and Universities category with 21 active undergraduate volunteers in 2010.
The list also counted down the top large and small colleges and universities, as well as graduate schools.
Leadership and Policy Studies Professor Margaret Booth thinks BGSU’s appearance on the list is connected to her Peace Corps Fellow Program.
“I think it has brought notoriety to Peace Corps on campus,” Booth said. “It’s very active on campus. It’s very active in the community.”
The 5-year-old graduate program, which achieved Washington designated status, helps recruit returned Peace Corps volunteers. It offers financial support to these people, Booth said. Booth is a returned Peace Corps volunteer herself.
Booth said the recognition is fantastic.
“We’re supposed to be thinking universally,” Booth said. “Better ties we have with the rest of the world [enhance] us with the university.”
BGSU will celebrate the Peace Corps recognition at the “Celebrating Anniversaries: 25, 50 and 100 Years of Education through BGSU and the Peace Corps” event on March 23. The event will celebrate 25 years of national Peace Corps Fellows programs, 50 years of the Peace Corps and the centennial of BGSU.
Graduate Assistant A’ame Kone is planning the event. She said there will be table displays by returned Peace Corps volunteers, including former BGSU students. The event will begin at 12 p.m. in the multi-purpose room in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and is open to the public.
“Think of it as a Peace Corps open house,” Booth said.
A panel of Peace Corp volunteers will discuss “how the Peace Corps has enhanced their professional lives,” Booth said. The panel discussion will begin at 3 p.m. and a reception will take place after.
Kone said BGSU’s appearance on the list is “absolutely fantastic.”