WMU News

Ceremony marks creation of Peace Corps initiative

April 18, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Peace Corps Deputy Director Jody Olsen will join Western Michigan University President Elson S. Floyd at a signing ceremony Monday, April 22, marking the creation of WMU's new Master of Development Administration-Peace Corps Option program.

Olsen and Floyd will sign an agreement establishing the program at a ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Room 1010 of the Fetzer Center on the WMU campus. The new MDA-Peace Corps Option program will provide students with professional training for careers in international development. After completing their course work at WMU, students enrolled in the program will fulfill two-year overseas assignments as Peace Corps volunteers.

The signing ceremony will follow a panel discussion on "The Role of the Peace Corps in International Development," which will feature Olsen; Dr. Paul Clements, director of the MDA-Peace Corps Option program and a former Peace Corps volunteer in The Republic of Gambia; and Gus Breymann, director of WMU's Lansing campus and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Borneo.

The 7 p.m. panel discussion and the signing ceremony are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Clements at (269) 387-5699 or the Department of Political Science at (269) 387-5680.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 269 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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