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Marc Jeffrey Lippman entered Peace Corps training for Dominica on July 26, 1987
Marc Jeffrey Lippman entered Peace Corps training for Dominica on July 26, 1987
MARC JEFFREY LIPPMAN
Full Official Name
Marc Jeffrey Lippman entered Peace Corps training on July 26, 1987, in Miami, Florida. After an intensive four-day training in Miami, Mr. Lippman participated in the standard two-week training in Bridgetown, Barbados for Eastern caribbean Volunteers prior to a two-week training on Dominica. The training included:
* Cross-cultural relations
* West Indian and British education systems
* Health and medical training
* Peace Corps policies and procedures
* Caribbean studies
* Kweyol language training
At the completion of training, Marc Lippman was sworn into Peace Corps service on August 29, 1987, and then assigned to the Clifton Dupigny Community College under the direction of the principal, Mr. Rupert Sorhaindo, as its librarian.
The Clifton Dupigny Community College comprises two divisions - the Academic and the Technical, each with its own campus and library facilities. Responsibilities included:
* Organizing and cataloguing collections
* Introduction of cuomputerized cataloguing system
* Selecting books for inclusion to collections
* Weeding out-dated books from the collections
* Instructing teachers and students in library use
* Supervising student library committees
* Planning construction of new library building
During his service at the Clifton Dupigny Communiuty College, Mr. Lippman has installed new shelving and has reorganized the entire collection at the Academic Division creating space for the 2,000 books he catalogued. At the Technical Division he helped with the planning of the new library facilities being buil by students; including design of staff workspace, shelving and furniture. Mr. Lippman also catalogued the collection of the Technical Division thereby making it available to the students for the first time in the history of the college.
After an IBM-PC XT was donated to the University of the West Indies Extra-Mural Department, Mr. Lippman, using his own resources, acquuired several programs to be modified for use in cataloguing the collections of the college and university libraries.
Mr. Lippman gave instruction to staff and students in the proper use of thee library facilities. By organizing a student library committee, Mr. Lippman was able to train students to operate the library during hours when it would normally have been closed and extended the available time for students to study. Faculty members were also shown how to make the best use of the library in order to prepare assignments for students and to be able to take over some of the library's functions after Mr. Lippman's term of service.
As a Spanish Lecturer could not be found to teach A-Level Spanish to the two students who were enrolled in the course, Mr. Lippman volunteered to help tutor the students in their assignments and provided conversational experience.
In an effort to become more integrated with the college and the students, Mr. Lippman acted as faculty advisor on several student committees such as the college's first student yearbook and building a float for the college's participation in the annual Carnival festivities.
Mr. Lippman also offered his services to other libraries throughout Dominica. On a consulting basis he worked with such libraries as University of the West Indies Extra-Mural Department, the Teacher's College, the Ministry of Agriculture Communications Unit and the Dominica Export Import Association. Mr. Lippman also took part in international conferences over the radio conducted by the University of the West Indies UWIDITE communications network. He also helped set up a Resource Center in the Peace Corps office for use of the Volunteers and staff; even buying supplies out-of-pocket for the project.
In his spare time, Mr. Lippman became more deeply involved in one of his hobbies, gardening, which also helped him become more integrated with his community. With the aid of donations of seed by several development organiztions he helped introduce new carieties of vegetables to Dominica and helped expound the virtues of organic gardening; and its role in developing countries to stem the flow of imported fertilizers and reduce the risk of pollution to rivers and streams. To further his knbowledge of agriculture, especially tropical agriculture, Mr. Lippman participated in a one-month training program at the Giraudel Farm School under the direction of Mr. Andrew Royer. Topics included in the course were:
* Philosophy of organic gardening
* Land use
* Tool care and maintenance
* Land preparation
* Seedling production, transplanting and direct sowing
* Soil conservation
* Crop protection
* Small animal husbandry
In addition to the above, Mr Lippman received basic training in agricultural theory, including basic botany, plant physiology and soil science.
In December, 1987, Mr. Lippman went to Barbados to participate in a motorcyle training course sponsored by the Peace Corps. After completing the course he was able to use a motorcycle to increase his productivity at his various work sites.
Mr. Lippman also found the time to continue his knowledge of Spanish by taking classes offered at the Venezuelan Cultural Institute and to fulfill a long-standing desire to learn scuba diving and become certified by a NAUI Instructer at the level Openwater I diving.
Pursuant to section 5 (f) of the Peace Corps Act, 22 U.S.C. and 250 (f) as amended, any former volunteer employed by the United States Government following his Peace Corps Volunteer Service is entitled to have any period of satisfactory Peace Corps service credited for purposes of retirement, seniority, reduction in force, leave and other privileges based on length of Goverment service. Peace Corps service shall not be credited toward completion of the probationary or trial period or completion of any service requirement for career appointment.
This is to certify in accordance with Executive Order np. 11103 of 10 April, 1963 that Mr. Marc Lippman served satisfactorily as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His servcie ended on July 7, 1989. He is therefore eligible to be appointed as career conditional employee in the non-competitive basis. This benefit under Order entitlement extends for a period of one year, except that the employing agency may extend the period for up to three years for a former Volunteer who enters military service, pursued studies at a recognized institution of higher learning or engages in other activities which in the view of the appointing authority warrants extension of the period.
July 5, 1989
Jeff L. Murdock (signed)
JEFF L. MURDOCK
ASSOCIATE PEACE CORPS DIRECTOR
COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA
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