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PU agriculture grad puts experience to use in Peace Corps

PU agriculture grad puts experience to use in Peace Corps

Malcolm Barber, 24, hopes to change his worldview as a member of the Peace Corps in Zambia, Africa. The Hammond resident arrived Feb. 3 after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in animal science and a concentration in biological science.

February 19, 2014 12:00 am
Portage man brings Frisbee, environmental awareness to Azerbaijan

Portage man brings Frisbee, environmental awareness to Azerbaijan

PORTAGE | When Vincent Razo arrived at the small village in Azerbaijan two years ago, the residents there had never seen an American.

December 26, 2013 6:16 pm Photos

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DOUG ROSS: 2 public corruption cases, 2 different sentences

DOUG ROSS: 2 public corruption cases, 2 different sentences

What's the going rate for public corruption?

August 16, 2013 12:00 am Related
Peace Corps volunteer worked to improve health of Senegal villagers

Peace Corps volunteer worked to improve health of Senegal villagers

Lisa Floran, 26, recently returned from a two-year Peace Corps assignment in West Africa.

July 25, 2013 12:00 am

LaPorte student harvests an Apple for her farming essay

INDIANAPOLIS | A LaPorte High School student was awarded an Apple iPad Tuesday for penning the state's best essay explaining how Hoosier farmers nourish Indiana families, animals and the Earth.

March 05, 2013 4:53 pm
Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

PORTAGE | At 24, Lauren Falk has learned a lesson many people don't learn in a lifetime.

January 04, 2013 8:00 pm Photos

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Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

Lauren Falk, a 2007 Portage High School graduate, is home for the holidays after spending more than a year volunteering with the Peace Corps in Africa. She works at a clinic and assists in lessons in nutrition, family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and sex education.

January 03, 2013 4:11 pm
Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

Lauren Falk says her work with the Peace Corps in Africa has taught her to appreciate things Americans often take for granted, such as education and the opportunities it provides.

January 03, 2013 4:10 pm
Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

Lauren Falk, a 2007 Portage High School graduate, poses with some of her students during a break from painting a map of Africa. Falk has been serving with the Peace Corps in Togo, a country in western Africa.

January 03, 2013 4:11 pm
Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

Portage native embraces Peace Corps work in Africa

Lauren Falk, a 2007 Portage High School graduate, uses a microscope to show a water sample to students in Togo, a west African country. Falk, who is back in the Portage area visiting family, has been serving with the Peace Corps in Africa.

January 03, 2013 4:11 pm

MARK KIESLING: It may be the day, and night, of the jackal

How about just trying this? If you don't like it, I won't ever mention it again. Let's conduct a normal election in Illinois.

November 14, 2012 12:00 am
Region woman, 56, leaves for 27-month Peace Corps assignment in Azerbaijan

Region woman, 56, leaves for 27-month Peace Corps assignment in Azerbaijan

VALPARAISO | By their mid-50s, many baby boomers begin examining their pensions and private retirement accounts, collect brochures for vacation spots and look forward to exchanging work for more leisure time.

September 21, 2012 9:00 pm Photos

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Crown Point lawyer answers call to serve others in Ukraine

Crown Point lawyer answers call to serve others in Ukraine

CROWN POINT | Connie Postelli knows she's going to Ukraine to teach English as a second language with the Peace Corps, and that she leaves Northwest Indiana on Sept. 19. Her research has told her the winters will be brutal, with temperatures 20 to 40 degrees below zero.

September 09, 2011 9:30 pm
Region residents describe lives transformed by Peace Corps

Region residents describe lives transformed by Peace Corps

Being a child of the 1960s, Dave Morris said he "heeded President Kennedy's call" to join the Peace Corps after he graduated from college in the 1970s in part as a reaction to the reputation the nation had earned from its involvement in Vietnam.

August 28, 2011 7:45 pm Photos

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Connection between Valpo High grads born of peace

Connection between Valpo High grads born of peace

VALPARAISO | As she prepared to begin her Peace Corps stint in Cambodia, the last thing Christin Spoolstra expected to encounter was someone from her hometown waiting to greet her.

July 24, 2011 7:45 pm Photos

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AmeriCorps brings valuable talent at low cost

AmeriCorps brings valuable talent at low cost

VALPARAISO | The AmeriCorps program got its start 21 years ago and is now in its fourth year in Northwest Indiana, but its future is uncertain because of federal budget cuts.

May 19, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Region's former Peace Corps volunteers now tackle challenges closer to home

Region's former Peace Corps volunteers now tackle challenges closer to home

Patricia Nau Mertz, originally from Hammond and now living in Chicago, volunteered for the Peace Corps in 2001 when she was 55. "It sounds trite, but I gained a greater understanding, greater empathy and a greater connection to the world," Mertz said.

March 01, 2011 12:00 am
Region's former Peace Corps volunteers now tackle challenges closer to home

Region's former Peace Corps volunteers now tackle challenges closer to home

Patricia Nau Mertz holds a photograph she took during one of her trips to Africa. Mertz started a nonprofit organization in 2008 called Ivory Coast Mothers and Children, and has built a clinic in Braffoueby, Ivory Coast.

March 01, 2011 12:00 am
Region's former Peace Corps volunteers now tackle challenge

Region's former Peace Corps volunteers now tackle challenge

Hundreds of soldiers armed with bayonet-tipped rifles spilled from doors lining the three wings of the ornate palace and sprinted straight at Jon Groth. It was 1979, the time of the hostage crisis in Iran. And here was Groth, an American in another Muslim country, the North African kingdom o…

March 01, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Hoosier lawyer cultivates friends, economy on West Africa isle

Hoosier lawyer cultivates friends, economy on West Africa isle

When Matthew Kubal passed the Indiana State Bar in 2010, he hung his shingle in Indianapolis.

February 27, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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