UT To Air Peace Corps Teleconference

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — University of Tennessee students can talk with federal government leaders and students from more than 300 other schools during a Feb. 1 Peace Corps teleconference.

 The interactive satellite program will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in 253 Hodges Library at UT-Knoxville.

 Dr. Bob Greenberg, UT-Knoxville director of career services, said President Clinton will open the teleconference. Other federal leaders scheduled to appear include Sargent Shriver, who was the first Peace Corps director; U.S. Solicitor General Drew Days, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller.

 The program will include live discussion with Peace Corps staff and volunteers and footage of the organization’s history and its most successful projects, Greenberg said.

 Those in attendance will have an opportunity for questions or comments with the Peace Corps panel and persons at other institutions, Greenberg said.

 Colleges and universities linked in the teleconference produced half of all minority college graduates in the nation, Peace Corps deputy director Charles Baquet said.

 Baquet said the program is part of a series of events celebrating the Peace Corps’ 35th anniversary.

 The organization offers college graduates immediate practical experience in their fields, international work and travel and a chance to help other countries, Baquet said. It has about 7,000 volunteers serving in more than 90 countries, he said.

 The program broadcast at UT is sponsored by the offices of career services and minority student affairs. It is free and open to the public.

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 Contact: Dr. Bob Greenberg (423-974-5435)

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