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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-459.  HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION HONORING THE PARTICIPATION OF UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT AND MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE GRADUATES IN THE PEACE CORPS.

(H.C.R.331)

Offered by:  Representatives Orr of Charlotte, Howrigan of Fairfield and Scheuermann of Stowe

Whereas, the Peace Corps was established in 1961 after President John F. Kennedy urged Americans to serve the cause of peace by working in developing countries, and

Whereas, since its establishment, more than 190,000 Americans age 18 and over have made the 27‑month Peace Corps commitment and served in 137 countries, and currently over 8,000 individuals, a 37-year high, are offering supportive assistance around the world, and

Whereas, the primary goals of the Peace Corps are to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, promote a better understanding of Americans in the host country, and promote a better understanding of other people and countries on the part of Americans, and

Whereas, in recent years, Peace Corps volunteers have assisted schools in developing computer skills and have educated communities on the threat of HIV‑AIDS, and

Whereas, the UVM Peace Corps Recruiting Office provides information to interested individuals and organizations, both on and off campus, and works in cooperation with the Boston regional Peace Corps office and the Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association, and

Whereas, in 2007, the UVM Peace Corps office reported that 25 of the school’s alumni were serving in the Peace Corps, and

Whereas, this number placed the university in the 15th position among the nation’s medium‑sized colleges (defined as 5,001 to 15,000 students) in the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, and

Whereas, this ranking is 23 places higher on the medium college list than in 2007, and

Whereas, since the Peace Corps was created, 714 UVM graduates have served, and the school ranks 52nd in the total number of alumni who have entered the Peace Corps, and

Whereas, Middlebury College ranked 16th in 2007 among small colleges in the number of its alumni now serving in the Peace Corps with 17 of the school’s graduates currently volunteering, and

Whereas, Vermonters’ active participation in the Peace Corps reflects a strong commitment in this state to public service, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors the outstanding public service contribution of the University of Vermont and Middlebury College students and other Vermonters who have joined the Peace Corps to serve our nation and help promote good will around the world, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Amanda Richardson at the University of Vermont Peace Corps office in Burlington and to the Middlebury College Career Services office.



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