May 10, 2002 - Sharon Herald: NPCA Board Member speaks on Impact of Peace Corps

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NPCA Board Member speaks on Impact of Peace Corps

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Professor to speak about Peace Corps

The College Club of Sharon has set a luncheon for noon Saturday in Sharon Country Club.

Guest speaker will be Angene Hopkins Wilson, Lexington, Ky., who will speak on "The Impact of the Peace Corps after 40 Years."

A professor of education since 1975 at University of Kentucky, where she directed secondary social studies programs for 25 years, Mrs. Wilson is author of a book noting the impact of international experience on teachers, students and schools.

Mrs. Wilson's international experience began as a Peace Corps volunteer with her husband, Jack Wilson, whom she married in August 1961. They served in Liberia from 1962-64, participating in an effort with the first group of volunteers to the West African country. The couple also taught high school in Liberia, her husband coaching the high school basketball team to the first national championship in the country.

The 1997 Fulbright Scholar in Ghana has lived in Sierra Leone and Fiji, where her husband, Jack, was a former associate, later director of the Peace Corps.

Mrs. Wilson is a member of the Board of National Peace Corps Association and chairs their Global Education Committee. She has toured, taught and studied in many countries including Mexico, Ecuador, Columbia, England, Scotland, Australia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Denmark. Mrs. Wilson is also a mentor and educator for many student teachers, graduate and doctoral students.

Committed to promoting international connections, Mrs. Wilson organized two interactive video links between Lexington and Accra, the capital of Ghana, one with elementary students, the other with professors.

In June, she will be in Washington D.C. for the 40th Anniversary Peace Corps Conference, originally scheduled for the weekend following Sept. 11. She will also lead a teacher academy for Kentucky teachers, "Connecting to the World after Sept. 11."

Hospitality chairwomen for the event are Elaine Nickel and Michelle O'Malley.

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