Fri February 25, 2011

Peace Corps Celebrations in Fort Collins Kick off Monday

The Peace Corps is marking 50 years of service this year, and Colorado State University is celebrating that anniversary, along with their special relationship with the Peace Corps.

Between December 1960 and May of 1961 a team of Colorado State University researchers conducted a feasibility study that helped lead to the creation of the Peace Corps.  Starting Monday afternoon, events at CSU in Fort Collins will commemorate 50 years of their Peace Corps involvement.  The idea of the Peace Corps not only came out of CSU – but the school consistently places in the top 15 in the number of volunteers.

“This year CSU was number 10 in the nation for the number of Peace Corps volunteers recruited from our student body, and we’ve have about 1,500 since the beginning of the Peace Corps,” according to Martha Denney, Director of International Education. 

Monday afternoon CSU President, Tony Frank, will speak at a special program in honor of the Peace Corps – kicking off celebrations that will go into March.  Returned volunteers will be hosting Tuesday lunches, and the Morgan Library will have a Peace Corps exhibition on display through March.  In addition – the university has created a scholarship fund named for one of the architects of the Peace Corps. The Maury Albertson Scholarship will be given annually to a CSU graduate student studying civil engineering.

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