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Peace Corps and Rutgers: Celebrating 50 Years of Service

Date: 11/4/2010 to 11/5/2010

Speaking Engagement
President John F. Kennedy hands the pen to R. Sargent Shriver after signing the bill creating the Peace Corps. Shriver was the first director of the organization. Photo from Rutgers Magazine. Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, deputy director of the Peace Corps

Thursday, November 4, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick, NJ

Commemorative Plaque Ceremony
Friday, November 5, 2010
11:00 a.m.
Hegeman Hall, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick, NJ

On November 4 and 5, Rutgers University will commemorate its selection as the first training site for Peace Corps volunteers. During the summer of 1961, Rutgers hosted the members of Colombia I, one of the first groups of Americans to serve as Peace Corps volunteers and the first to serve in Colombia. Thirty-five of the original 62 members of Colombia I are expected to attend the events.

On Thursday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m., Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, National Peace Corps Association President Kevin Quigley, and members of Colombia I will participate in a program at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick. The following day, Friday, November 5, at 11 a.m., a commemorative plaque will be unveiled on the College Avenue Campus at Hegeman Hall, the dormitory where members of Colombia I lived during their training at Rutgers.

These events are open to the public. Members of the Rutgers community who have served in the Peace Corps, or are interested in serving, are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Monique Schnee,
mschnee@ur.rutgers.edu. If you are a returned Peace Corps volunteer, please email Monique the dates and location of your service.

Give Peace a Chance, a Rutgers Magazine story about the Peace Corps' launch at Rutgers University.

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