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Peace Corps Director visits NMSU campus

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited the New Mexico State University campus Wednesday.


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Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet (center) shares stories with a group of returned Peace Corps volunteers, including NMSU Associate Provost for International and Border Programs Cornell Menking (left) and NMSU Aggies Go Global Coordinator Gary Lowe, (right) during her visit to the NMSU campus April 13, 2016. (NMSU by photo Kristie Garcia)
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Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited the New Mexico State University campus April 13, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

The 19th director of the Peace Corps, Hessler-Radelet met with various administrators, as well as individuals at NMSU associated with the Peace Corps. The day included meetings with College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Interim Dean Jim Libbin, College of Health and Social Services Dean Donna Wagner, Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, Provost Dan Howard, Associate Provost for International and Border Programs Cornell Menking and NMSU faculty members who are returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs). Hessler-Radelet also met with RPCVs currently studying at NMSU.

The NMSU College of HSS has been part of the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program since 2003, and the College of ACES joined in 2009. The program is for RPCVs who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees.

Both colleges also offer the Peace Corps Master?s International Program, in which students may integrate a master?s degree with overseas service.

NMSU Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences Professor Rich Pratt helps award and oversee the graduate assistantship part of the Peace Corps Fellows and Master?s International Programs in the College of ACES.

Pratt is no stranger to work overseas, as he has been to 12 countries as part of international agricultural initiatives. He appreciated the director?s recognition of the programs at NMSU and the fact that she made the effort to visit and engage with people on the campus working in various capacities.

?Her visit was uplifting, and it was a real morale-booster for everybody,? Pratt said. ?She infused energy into what we?re doing with our Peace Corps graduate programs.?

Sue Forster-Cox, coordinator of the Peace Corps Fellows and Master?s International Programs in the NMSU College of HSS, said it is significant that Hessler-Radelet visited the campus.

?We?re so honored,? Forster-Cox said. ?NMSU has one of only two fellows programs in the state, and New Mexico has the fifth-highest per capita of returned volunteers in the nation. This is a really big deal.?

Forster-Cox is an associate professor in the NMSU Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of HSS.

Field Based Peace Corps Recruiter Eduard Verhulst and Senior Executive Assistant to the Peace Corps Director Clara Reyes accompanied Hessler-Radelet to NMSU. Reyes will enter the master of public health program in the NMSU College of HSS this fall.