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Veteran Reflects as Peace Corps Marks 50th Anniversary March 1
Bethlehem, Pa., February 28, 2011--Gary L. Dologite, director of the Human Resource Management Program in the Comenius Center at Moravian College recalls his time in the Peace Corps serving in Guatemala (Pacific South Coast), doing agricultural work.
“The two primary impressions that have remained with me since my Peace Corps experience, are greater appreciation for the quality of life we enjoy in the United States (from physical comforts to personal freedoms), and a belief that all of us (derived from my observation of the diverse group of volunteers that participated in this experience, with me) are basically the same,” Dologite said. “Put an extremely diverse group of individuals in the same environment, with the same objective . . . without societal trappings, . . . and the political, ideological, and economic differences seem to meld.”
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since that time, 200,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
Gary L. Dologite, MA, SPHR
Director of the Human Resource Management Program
Comenius Center at Moravian College
1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018-6650
Telephone: (610) 625 - 7942
Fax: (610) 861 - 1466
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.