February 13, 2003 - The Ponca City News: Peace Corps Deputy Director Jody Olsen to speak in Stillwater Oklahoma on February 27

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Peace Corps Deputy Director Jody Olsen to speak in Stillwater Oklahoma on February 27

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Peace Corps Opens Office In Stillwater

STILLWATER -- The U.S. Peace Corps and Oklahoma State University have partnered to promote international opportunities to Oklahoma residents by creating a satellite recruitment office in Stillwater.

The new office, sponsored by the School of International Studies, will serve as a resource center for applicants. It will be inaugurated 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Wes Watkins Center.

The event is being held in celebration of National Peace Corps Day, which commemorates the 42nd anniversary of the humanitarian agency.

Peace Corps sends American citizens abroad for two years to work on grassroots projects in agriculture, business, community development, education, environment, health and information technology.

The featured guest speaker will be Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, and a former Volunteer, Dr. Jody Olsen. She will give a "State of the Agency" report to invited guests, which will include returned Peace Corps volunteers from all over the state of Oklahoma, Peace Corps applicants and future Volunteers.

"Strategically, Oklahoma State University is a great place to put the office since the University has a long history of international development. The School was willing to give 110 percent toward this partnership and has agreed to recruit all of Oklahoma," said Regional Recruitment Manager Abel Ruiz, who oversees Peace Corps recruitment in the Southwest region. Since the Peace Corps' creation in 1961, 405 OSU alumni have joined Peace Corps, along with 128 residents from Oklahoma City and 144 from Tulsa. Today, there are 37 Oklahomans serving abroad, a total of 864 Oklahomans since 1961.

The Peace Corps office will be in room 204 inside the School of International Studies, located on the second floor of the Wes Watkins Center. The center is located on the northeastern corner of Hall of Fame and Washington Avenues and a Peace Corps representative can be contacted to answer any questions about the application process at (877) 237-6161, extension 3048.
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Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University was founded on December 25, 1890, as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, just twenty months after the Land Run of 1889. When the first students assembled for class on December 14, 1891, there were no buildings, no books, and no curriculum.

In 1894, two and one-half years after classes began in local churches, 144 students moved into the first academic building, later known as Old Central, on the southeast corner of campus. In 1896, Oklahoma A&M held its first commencement with six male graduates.

On July 1, 1957, Oklahoma A&M College became Oklahoma State University. Technical branches were established in Okmulgee in 1946 and in Oklahoma City in 1961. (In 1990 their names were changed to OSU-Okmulgee and OSU-Oklahoma City.) In July of 1988, the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery became the College of Osteopathic Medicine of OSU.

OSU is located in Stillwater, a north-central Oklahoma community with a population of more than 42,000. Stillwater is approximately 60 miles from the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas and is readily accessible from other major population centers by interstate highway and air.

The University is coeducational and has an enrollment of approximately 26,000 students on its four campuses. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees in a large number of fields, as well as the professional Doctor of Osteopathy and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. Specialist in Education degrees are also offered in selected fields.

Although OSU is a large, comprehensive university, its size does not minimize the personal attention given to each student. The individual is more than just a number at this university. OSU encourages all students, when they first enroll, to identify the college in which they wish to major. Once the student has identified his or her major department, he or she becomes a very important individual to the faculty and advisers of that department. Because the average number of students majoring in any one department is less than 150, the student can count on personal attention in a friendly environment.

The size of the University has many distinct advantages. OSU's 1.5 million volume library, its modern research laboratories and equipment, excellent physical education, recreation and student union facilities, nationally-recognized residence halls programs, outstanding cultural events, and 36 nationally-affiliated fraternities and sororities, all provide a stimulating educational and social environment.

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