The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing next Wednesday, November 6th, for President Obama’s nomination of Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Samoa 1981-83) to serve as the next director of the Peace Corps.
The hearing will be held at 10:30 AM in Room 419 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will preside over the hearing.
The hearing is also scheduled to be available by webcast. Follow this link for more details.
Hessler-Radelet has been serving as Acting Director of the agency since September 2012. This past July, she was nominated to become Peace Corps’ 19th Director. The National Peace Corps Association will provide full details of the confirmation hearing as part your November advocacy update, due out late next next.
Four recently returned Peace Corps volunteers and two Master of Public Health students who completed internships will talk about their experiences from 11am to 1pm on Friday, Oct. 4th at the School of Public Health in Rensselaer in the Auditorium.
November 22, 2013, will mark the 50thanniversary of the passing of John F. Kennedy. We intend to turn the focus away from his passing and back to his life, and the ways his legacy lives on today.
Together, with the participation of the JFK Library and Museum, we are teamed to produce: “An Idea Lives On”; a digital extension of the library and museum that will collect stories from all over the world about how JFK’s values, policies and ideals continue to thrive today.
These stories will take many forms. Video, audio, text, photos, tweets. We are inviting former Peace Corps volunteers to share their stories. Their stories about how their lives and work have been influenced by this iconic figure that was taken too soon. Their stories about how JFK lives on today.
Their stories will be one of many, creating a collection of testimonials demonstrating how JFK and his inspirational ideas still live on in our everyday lives. We are hoping to facilitate our project by getting in touch with former Peace Corps volunteers.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Karen Dola at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. She is in charge of the project for the JFK Library and Museum.
Big thanks to everyone to came to our wine tasting and fundraiser at the Saratoga Winery. Feedback indicates that’s folks had a great time and we’re tallying up the proceeds to RPCVs of Northeastern New York. Thanks also to the … Continue reading →
Glenn Blumhorst, current president of the National Peace Corps Association, offered his thanks to RPCVs of NENY for our donation to the matching grant mentoring program. The grant program, facilitated by RPCVs of Madison, WI, will allow NPCA to upgrade it technology and conduct some strategic planning for the organization.
Ray Blakney (Mexico 2006-08) has begun a 3rd goal project with the PC regional offices and the PC 3rd goal office in DC to try to create an online archive to keep the language training material made all over the world from getting lost. Ray has created a sub-section on his website with all the information gathered to date. He has currently close to 100 languages with ebooks, audios and even some videos.
The next step for this project is to get the world out about this resource so that it can not only be used by PCV’s or those accepted into the Peace Corps, but also so that when people run across material that is not on the site. There should be something there for almost everybody. It is all 100% free to use and share.
Any assistance in getting the word out would be appreciated, whether it be by mentioning it on your website, in a newsletter or just word of mouth in your group. Here is the page:
Thanks for any help you can provide in making this 3rd goal project a success. And if anybody in your group has some old material they can scan or already have in digital form, and want to add to the archive, you can email it to Ray directly at email@example.com.
The RPCVs of NENY are in the process of holding local district meetings with the congressional representatives of our catchment area. The purpose of these meetings is to request support for current or upcoming Peace Corps-related legislation. These meetings are being … Continue reading →
Sewie Pujah, a friend of Beth Deitcher (Namibia 2007-2010) is looking for input and assistance for a library project in Sierra Leone. Sewie was born in Bondea, Sierra Leone, grew up in the United States and is now living in Albany, NY. She has been collaborating with the chief of her village to develop the idea for this library project. Sewie is not affiliated with an NGO and is trying to figure out the best way to fund the library.
Union college is holding a Networking Program and is looking for RPCVs to participate. Email Rochelle at firstname.lastname@example.org to rsvp.
Date: March 13, 5-6:30 (Please arrive at College Park Hall by 4:45 to allow time to register and get settled at your table)
Purpose: To allow the students to experience, and learn from, networking (i.e., talking to employers/alumni for the purpose of learning about professions and building relationships). We are expecting 60 +/- 10 students to participate. Most will be underclass students but there will be seniors too. For most students, this will be the first time interacting with employers in a business setting. So, the students will be nervous, will not know what to do, but have enough courage to get out of their comfort zone and learn. Your role then is to encourage them and help them. They may need assistance with the introductions, asking questions, asking good questions, etc. Obviously, we also want you to provide them insight into your profession (e.g., international, volunteer/service, gap-year opportunities) and the working world.