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AU Celebrates Peace Corps Week

WHAT: Peace Corps Week celebration at American University

WHO: Jody Olsen, acting director, Peace Corps

WHERE: First floor, Bender Library, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25      

MEDIA: Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5951 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jody Olsen, acting director of the Peace Corps, will speak at American University’s Bender Library during an event to recognize the 10th anniversary of the Master’s International Program at AU.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25.  Olsen will deliver remarks about the anniversary and AU’s long history of alumni going into the Peace Corps.

Olsen will present a commemorative plaque to Scott Bass, AU’s provost. 

The Master’s International Program, housed in the TESOL program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in AU’s College of Arts and Sciences, is a program through which the Peace Corps and universities across the United States partner to allow Peace Corps volunteers to earn up to 9 hours of academic credit toward their graduate degrees for their Peace Corps experiences.

During the event, four AU TESOL returned Peace Corps volunteers will also discuss their time in the Peace Corps.  

In January 2009, AU was ranked third on the Peace Corps’ list of medium-sized colleges and universities with the most Peace Corps volunteers, climbing four spots from its position on last year’s list.  AU also earned the No. 5 spot for graduate schools with Peace Corps volunteers.

The university has risen consistently in the past three years, ranking seventh on the list of undergraduate volunteers in 2008, eighth in 2007, and 12th in 2006.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.