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Former Peace Corps volunteer to speak at Olivet College Feb. 25
Feb 12, 2008

Former Peace Corps volunteer, James Etherton, will speak on campus Monday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Oaks Dining Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Etherton, who graduated from Olivet College in 1991 with a degree in history, also taught at the college from 1991 to 1995 before shifting to a career in retail, then computer support. After working several years for Jackson National Life Insurance in Lansing, he began to feel as though he had reached his limit for professional growth. He also wanted to try other things, such as learn a new language and experience a new culture, and was interested in teaching again.

So Etherton joined the Peace Corps, serving as an English teacher at the Pedagogical College of Lebedyn in Ukraine. While volunteering with the organization, he secured funding and managed construction for a media library at the college, participated in HIV/AIDS awareness projects, and developed programs and classes to combat racism. He returned to the United States in January.

The topic of Ethertons discussion is The Need for Responsibility in our Lives: A Humorous Look at Taking This Message Halfway Around the World.

For more information, call (269) 749-7164.


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