April 20, 2003 - Personal Web Page: Greg Bikowski served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1997-1999 in El Salvador

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Greg Bikowski served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1997-1999 in El Salvador

Greg Bikowski served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1997-1999 in El Salvador

Greg Bikowski

4-A Cardinal Lane
Athens, OH




About me!

I'm a graduate student in Mass Communication at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. I'm currently doing Ph.D. coursework. My focus is on Appalachian media, history, and cultural geography.

I recently completed my MA thesis, a study about the music of Carlos Mejia Godoy, a Nicaraguan singer who was influential in mobilizing Nicaraguans during the Sandinista Revolution.

I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1997-1999 in El Salvador. I worked on latrine construction projects and worked as an English teacher. I also started and environmental club for elementary kids in San Rafael, the town where I lived for 2 years. I was able to use entertainment-education strategies with the club and wrote an environmental songbook as a result.

Much of my spare time is spent playing double bass. I enjoy playing jazz and classical music and have composed a few things of my own. I am currently the bassist in a OU's Jazz combo. I also play the guitar and the banjo. For the banjo, I've been working on the "Scruggs style" fingerpicking. It gets better everyday. I've been playing a few folk songs and making up songs of my own too. I enjoy baseball, playing golf, reading American history, issues regarding Appalachia, and issues about Latin America (particularly about El Salvador and Nicaragua).

Dawn is my wife. She is an instuctor for the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE). We enjoy hiking, biking, tennis, and cross-country skiing when we get the chance (there's usually not much snow in Athens).

Bob is my dog. Bob is a bassett hound and is a star everywhere she goes (yes, Bob is a she). She is terribly spoiled and thinks that everyone is her
best friend.



Ohio University, Athens, OH. 1999-2001
M.A. in International Affairs,
Communication and Development Studies.

Brown Institute, Minneapolis, MN, 1993-94
Certificate in radio and television broadcasting.

Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1986-91
B.S. in Music Education.

Work and Related Experience

Teaching Associate, current, Ohio Universtiy, Athens, OH.
Assist professor with attendence and grading of assignments. Maintain gradebook. Attend each class session and assist students with questions regarding assignments.

Physical Education Teacher, July-August 2001. Chauncey, OH.
Taught phys. ed. and recreation activities for Kids on Campus, a summer academy for K-3rd graders. Generated lesson plans for daily activities. Assisted in weekly field trips.

Graduate Associate, 1999-2001, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
Assist director in program organization. Develop, and write material for the CommDev Program Manual. Recruit and select new students as part of the selection committee. Develop, write, and maintain content for the Communication and Development web site using HTML formatting. Write content and design new Communication and Development brochure. Assist in various administrative duties such as organizing field trips, chairing Graduate Associate meetings, and taking meeting minutes.

Conference Organizer, April 2001, Ohio Universtiy, Athens, OH.
Assisted in the planning for the "Children of the World" conference. Attended planning meetings for the conference in general. Served as co-coordinator of exhibit hall for the conference.

Web Manager, May 2000-September 2000, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
Maintained the web site for a joint research project between Ohio University and the Ohio Department of Health. Organized and edited material on BLACKBOARD. Designed the research web site using HTML code.

Research Assistant, May 2000-September 2000, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
Assist in research activities for joint project with Ohio University and the Ohio Department of Health. Attend community meetings to share and discuss the project with community members.

Peace Corps Volunteer, 1997-1999, San Rafael Chalatenango, El Salvador.
Led latrine construction and education projects. Taught environmental education using entertainment-education strategies. Designed, developed, and implemented a local environmental music program for children. Developed lesson plans and taught seventh-grade English at the local public school.

ESL Teacher, 1995-1997, Minneapolis, MN.
Taught English to Russian immigrants on a weekly basis in conjunction with the Minnesota Literacy Council. Developed curriculum, lesson plans, and other materials for teaching.

Team Leader, 1995-1997, Data Recognition Corporation, Minneapolis, MN.
Trained and supervised essay readers and scorers for statewide evaluation essay exams and standardized tests. Assisted in test development. Blue-lined test booklets for printing.

Intern,1994, Minnesota Public Radio, Saint Paul, MN.
Researched local media institutions using qualitative methods of in-depth interviewing and participant observation. Assisted in general office duties for the Marketing and Communication Department.

Music Teacher,1992-1993, Brooklyn Park, MN.
Taught seventh-grade choral music and general music. Prepared lesson plans and prepared chorus for performance.


Peace Corps presentation, March 7, 2000
Presented material about El Salvador and Peace Corps to second graders at Amesville Elementary School in Amesville, Ohio.

Communications Week Somali Refugee panel, May, 2000
Sat on a panel which discussed the situation of Somali Refugees living in Columbus.

Board of Trustees presentation, June 29, 2000
Presented how Ohio University is collaborating with the Ohio Department of Health and how communication through Blackboard? is being used.

El Salvador presentation, November 10, 2000
Presented to International Studies class about living in Central America.

Global Learning Community, January 8, 2001
Presented a segment about the music of Nicaraguan singer, Carlos Mejia Godoy, during the Global Learning Community's study on world music.

Peace Corps Recruitment, April, September, 2001
Presented information to potential Peace Corps applicants about living and working as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Association of Third World Studies Conference, October 13, 2001
Presented paper: "A Musical Interaction: The Sandinista Revolution and the Music of Carlos Mejia Godoy".

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