February 3, 2005: Headlines: COS - Sierra Leone: Awards: Central Maine Morning Sentinel: MCI to honor Sierra Leone RPCV Rosalie Williams

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Sierra Leone: Peace Corps Sierra Leone : The Peace Corps in Sierra Leone: February 3, 2005: Headlines: COS - Sierra Leone: Awards: Central Maine Morning Sentinel: MCI to honor Sierra Leone RPCV Rosalie Williams

By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-48-182.balt.east.verizon.net - on Friday, February 04, 2005 - 7:06 pm: Edit Post

MCI to honor Sierra Leone RPCV Rosalie Williams

MCI to honor Sierra Leone RPCV Rosalie Williams

MCI to honor Sierra Leone RPCV Rosalie Williams

MCI to honor champion of diversity

Staff Writer

Copyright © 2005 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.

PITTSFIELD -- Maine Central Institute has announced that Rosalie Williams, who has been associated with the institution for more than 25 years, will be the honorary chair for the 2005 version of the high school's annual auction.

School leaders believe Williams' experiences -- both as a world traveler and advocate for the school's international student presence -- dovetail nicely with the "Around the World in 80 Days" theme of this year's auction, which will be held in May.

Williams said she is pleased to help the school she recently retired from but still loves.

"It's a great honor," she said Wednesday from her home near MCI's South Main Street campus. "(And) it's true that I've had a significant interest in the diversity at MCI. It gives our students in this provincial town of Pittsfield a chance to have some global exposure."

There are about 70 international students at MCI, representing about 15 percent of the student body at a private institution that serves as the public high school for students from Pittsfield, Detroit and Burnham. Williams said the school contains a breadth of cultures she would have benefited from as she grew up in the western Maine town of West Paris.

But her exposure to the world came later. After college, she joined the Peace Corps, spending two years in Sierra Leon. "Outside of marrying my husband, it was the best thing that ever happened to me," Williams said.

That husband, Peter Williams, served at MCI with Rosalie. He was a teacher, a trustee, and, briefly, an interim head of school.

Despite their professional duties, the Williamses found time to travel. There were teaching assignments in China and Jamaica. And there were tours of Europe and cross-country trips, including one detailed in the Web site www.peterandrosalie.com.

Last August, Peter Williams died in a motorcycle crash in New Hampshire's mountains, shortly after retirement from teaching post at the University of Maine at Farmington. He was 63.

"I'm going to do all I can to memorialize my husband," said Williams, adding that she is planning a Web site devoted to his life.

Williams said the Pittsfield and MCI community "has been extremely kind and caring" in the wake of the tragedy.

She said she has established new goals for her post-retirement life, including attempting to reconnect with the people she and Peter met while traveling and performing public-service work.

To that end, Williams is working with the fundraising campaign for a new wing on the Pittsfield Public Library.

And she hopes she'll continue to travel, mentioning Scandinavia and a return to China as possible trips.

But she intend to be in Pittsfield in May, she said, for school's auction and tribute to diversity.

The annual event has raised more than $100,000 in the last five years -- including about $25,000 last year -- with the money benefiting student music, athletic and other extracurricular programs.

School spokeswoman Carolyn Smith said there was no doubt Williams should be this year's honorary chair. "We felt if we were going to have (diversity) as our theme," Smith said, "then she was the only person (we could choose)."

Chris Churchill -- 861-9252


When this story was posted in January 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

RPCVs mobilize support for Countries of Service Date: January 30 2005 No: 405 RPCVs mobilize support for Countries of Service
RPCV Groups mobilize to support their Countries of Service. Over 200 RPCVS have already applied to the Crisis Corps to provide Tsunami Recovery aid, RPCVs have written a letter urging President Bush and Congress to aid Democracy in Ukraine, and RPCVs are writing NBC about a recent episode of the "West Wing" and asking them to get their facts right about Turkey.
RPCVs contend for Academy Awards  Date: January 31 2005 No: 416 RPCVs contend for Academy Awards
Bolivia RPCV Taylor Hackford's film "Ray" is up for awards in six categories including best picture, best actor and best director. "Autism Is a World" co-produced by Sierra Leone RPCV Douglas Biklen and nominated for best Documentary Short Subject, seeks to increase awareness of developmental disabilities. Colombian film "El Rey," previously in the running for the foreign-language award, includes the urban legend that PCVs teamed up with El Rey to bring cocaine to U.S. soil.

January 29, 2005: This Week's Top Stories Date: January 29 2005 No: 395 January 29, 2005: This Week's Top Stories
UPI says Suicides lower in Iraq after Lariam discontinued 28 Jan
Chris Starace makes DVD about life in Benin 28 Jan
Gaddi Vasquez tours Sri Lanka 27 Jan
Tom Hazuka receives writer's award 27 Jan
Raymond Wacks to oversee Baltimore's budget 27 Jan
L. A. Adams provides online assistance to village of Cochiraya 27 Jan
New blog helps prospective PCVs apply to PC 27 Jan
RPCV writes open letter to "West Wing" on Turkey episode 26 Jan
PC moves Guyana Volunteers from Flooding Areas 26 Jan
Taylor Hackford's 'Ray' scores six Oscar nominations 26 Jan
State building in Georgia may be named for Coverdell 25 Jan
Nick Craw to head Automobile Competition Committee 25 Jan
Peace Corps Announces Top Colleges 24 Jan
RPCV Francis J. Thomas was WWII Pearl Harbor vet 24 Jan
PC crafts strategy for Deborah Gardner murder case 23 Jan
Senator Bill Nelson says expand PC in South America 23 Jan
George Wallace is county's first poet laureate 20 Jan

Ask Not Date: January 18 2005 No: 388 Ask Not
As our country prepares for the inauguration of a President, we remember one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century and how his words inspired us. "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
Coleman: Peace Corps mission and expansion Date: January 8 2005 No: 373 Coleman: Peace Corps mission and expansion
Senator Norm Coleman, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee that oversees the Peace Corps, says in an op-ed, A chance to show the world America at its best: "Even as that worthy agency mobilizes a "Crisis Corps" of former Peace Corps volunteers to assist with tsunami relief, I believe an opportunity exists to rededicate ourselves to the mission of the Peace Corps and its expansion to touch more and more lives."
RPCVs active in new session of Congress Date: January 8 2005 No: 374 RPCVs active in new session of Congress
In the new session of Congress that begins this week, RPCV Congressman Tom Petri has a proposal to bolster Social Security, Sam Farr supported the objection to the Electoral College count, James Walsh has asked for a waiver to continue heading a powerful Appropriations subcommittee, Chris Shays will no longer be vice chairman of the Budget Committee, and Mike Honda spoke on the floor honoring late Congressman Robert Matsui.
RPCVs and Peace Corps provide aid  Date: January 4 2005 No: 366 Latest: RPCVs and Peace Corps provide aid
Peace Corps made an appeal last week to all Thailand RPCV's to consider serving again through the Crisis Corps and more than 30 RPCVs have responded so far. RPCVs: Read what an RPCV-led NGO is doing about the crisis an how one RPCV is headed for Sri Lanka to help a nation he grew to love. Question: Is Crisis Corps going to send RPCVs to India, Indonesia and nine other countries that need help?
The World's Broken Promise to our Children Date: December 24 2004 No: 345 The World's Broken Promise to our Children
Former Director Carol Bellamy, now head of Unicef, says that the appalling conditions endured today by half the world's children speak to a broken promise. Too many governments are doing worse than neglecting children -- they are making deliberate, informed choices that hurt children. Read her op-ed and Unicef's report on the State of the World's Children 2005.

Read the stories and leave your comments.

Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: Central Maine Morning Sentinel

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; COS - Sierra Leone; Awards



Add a Message

This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.