The Perfect Time for Personal Growth: A Midlife Adventure in Armenia

Marcie Miller Armenia 2015

-Stephanie Klees, West Coast Public Affairs

Marcie Miller is often asked to explain her motivation to join the Peace Corps at 57 years old. “Glutton for punishment, hopeless romantic, chronic do-gooder, crazy —  take your pick,” is her response. The other driving factors, she has explained, include her desire to serve others, her passion for making the world a better place, and finally, “Why not?”

In August 2015, Miller will travel from her home in Western Washington to the Eastern European country of Armenia to begin her 27-month commitment as a Peace Corps education volunteer.

Miller said she had contemplated joining the Peace Corps for many years, and the timing was finally right later in her life.

“Peace Corps is a great way to experience personal growth and to learn, and everyone should be a lifelong learner,” she said.

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Emily Lorek, Master’s International Student at the University of Montana, Selected for Peace Corps Youth in Development Assignment in Costa Rica

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Emily Lorek

Age: 23

Hometown: Troy, Ohio

Alma Mater: Undergraduate: Marietta College; Psychology, 2014; Graduate: University of Montana, Global Youth Development

Country of Service: Costa Rica

Assignment: Youth in Development

Departure: July 2015

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Jaclyn Cascio of Lebanon Selected for Peace Corps Education Assignment in Rwanda

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Jaclyn Cascio

Age: 26

Hometown: Ontario, Ore.

Current City: Lebanon, Ore.

Alma Mater: Grand Canyon University, General Psychology

Country of Service: Rwanda

Assignment: Education

Departure: September 2015

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Kyra Hall of Missoula Selected for Peace Corps Youth in Development Assignment in Botswana

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Kyra Hall

Age: 29

Hometown: Billings, Mont.

Current City: Missoula, Mont.

Alma Mater: University of Montana, Global Youth Development

Country of Service: Botswana

Assignment: Youth in Development

Departure: August 2015

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Leveraging a Lifetime of Skills

Dorothy Wooldridge 2

–Carla Koop, West Coast Public Affairs

“I had my 80th birthday in Ghana as a volunteer!” exclaimed Dorothy Wooldridge, a returned Peace Corps volunteer who lived and worked in Ghana from 2009 to 2011. Wooldridge had nurtured a lifelong dream of joining the Peace Corps. But circumstances didn’t allow her to pursue this dream until she was 78 years old.

During the late sixties Wooldridge was a single parent, working at Sacramento State College (now State University of California, Sacramento, or “Sac State”) and writing letters of recommendation for students going off to pursue exciting work abroad. She fantasized about doing the same, thinking, “if the time ever comes…”

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Alexandria Cloonan of Arcata Selected for Peace Corps Education Assignment in South Africa

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Alexandria Cloonan

Age: 25

Hometown: Ridgecrest, Calif.

Current City: Arcata, Calif.

Alma Mater: Humboldt State University, Elementary Education, 2015

Country of Service: South Africa

Assignment: Education

Departure: July 2015

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Peace Corps, Cold Cuts, and 40 Years of Stories

-Stephanie Klees, West Coast Public Affairs

Old World Deli has been a local landmark in downtown Corvallis, Oregon, since 1977. Famous for its piled-high sandwiches and homemade brownies, this hometown favorite has been owned and operated by Ted Cox since its opening day.

Before becoming a business owner and now author, Ted Cox was a Peace Corps volunteer from 1969 to 1973 in Sierra Leone and Belize.

Back in the fall of 1968, Ted was a senior in college, months away from earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, and attempting to plan his future. Like most near-graduates, Cox was searching for the right path.

“My options were either grad school or joining the military,” he said, but neither sparked his interest.

When a Peace Corps recruiter came to his campus at the University of La Verne, his future became suddenly clear.

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