February 21, 2006

 

LEWISBURG, Pa. - In celebration of National Peace Corps Week Feb. 27-March 5, Bucknell is offering a presentation by Lisanna Stamos Gonzalez, a Lewisburg Area High School graduate who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

The presentation will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Forum in the Elaine Langone Center. Students, staff and members of the community are invited. The event is sponsored by the Career Development Center and the International Relations Program at Bucknell.

A Lewisburg native, Gonzalez served in Gualete, Dominican Republic, from 2002 to 2004 as a health and community development consultant following graduation from Santa Clara University in 2002.

Her work included creating a sustainable network of HIV/AIDS peer educators, training 60 rural women to form and self manage a successful micro-credit bank, and managing construction of a community ceramic stove project.

This year, according to data provided by the Peace Corps, Bucknell is ranked 55th in the nation among colleges with less than 5,000 undergraduates with 10 volunteers currently serving in volunteer roles.

Since the Peace Corps was formally established in 1961, more than 182,000 volunteers have served in 138 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology, and environmental preservation. In that 45-year period, 215 volunteers have been Bucknell graduates.

Beginning March 1, in honor of all current and returned volunteers, the Peace Corps will celebrate 45 years of service promoting peace and friendship throughout the world and kick off a year of celebrations. Peace Corps Week 2006 also marks the inception of the Kennedy Service Awards, a very special way to honor outstanding contributions of Peace Corps volunteers, former volunteers, and staff.

Learn more about the Peace Corps at http://www.peacecorps.govhttp://www.peacecorps.gov.

Story posted Feb. 21, 2006

Lisanna Stamos Gonzalez with residents of Gualete, Dominican Republic.

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