SJC Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps

PATCHOGUE, NY – APRIL 26, 2011 – St. Joseph’s College recently hosted a group of returned Peace Corps volunteers for an informative lecture in celebration of the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary. The group presented their stories and shared their experiences about the benefit of helping others.

“This lecture was in celebration of the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary,” said Bill Reed, former Peace Corps volunteer who helped organize the lecture. “The Peace Corps’ mission ties into SJC’s belief in the spirit of giving and serving others. These volunteers come from very diverse backgrounds but each one of them was moved to respond to the call for service. Hopefully their experiences have inspired SJC students.”

Striving for a world in peace, Peace Corps volunteers respond to the needs of others in various locations such as Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Volunteers work with a community overseas, providing technical assistance in education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture and environment. 

“The Peace Corps changed my life,” said Linda Restino-Merola, former Peace Corps volunteer and member of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island. “It takes a certain kind of person to give of your time but it truly made me a better person.”

PHOTO CAPTION (L-R): Bill Reed, Lyn Dobrin, Linda Restino-Merola and Paul Arfin, members of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island, presented to SJC students in celebration of the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary.

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St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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