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Work That Matters


Brenda Tooley

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Engaging the World after Knox

Knox students have many opportunities to serve others after they graduate. Work That Matters: Engaging the World after Knox is a conference at which students learn about ways to engage in meaningful work and volunteer service after Knox with Peace Corps, KnoxCorps, City Year, the U.S. Department of State and other service-oriented organizations and agencies.

The annual Work that Matters event will be held on Thursday, April 6.

Please complete the Work That Matters Attendance Survey if you plan to attend!

2017 Schedule of Events

12:15 p.m.
Engagement, Advocacy and Outreach 
Trustees Room of Alumni Hall (Room 302)
Featuring representatives of Scholars at Risk, HECUA, VISTA, and KnoxCorps

  • Opportunities for service, advocacy and advanced research in the fields of human rights, social justice and conflict resolution are available in United States and beyond. This session opens with presentations by Andrew Williams, Executive Director of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and Amy Weismann, Assistant Director, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, who is also deeply engaged with the Scholars At Risk network of colleges and universities. Their remarks are set in the larger context of growing nationalism, challenges to democratic institutions such as the media, and decreasing federal and state support for vulnerable persons and communities in the U.S. Their presentations provide context for the career and service presentations that follow. 
  • Knox alumni and staff will speak about KnoxCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA programs, outlining opportunities for current Knox students to engage with both: Keegan Dohm ‘16 and Karrie Heartlein, Knox College Director of Government & Community Relations.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet with Presenters from the Engagement, Advocacy, and Outreach Panel

4:00 p.m.
Voices of Peace Corps 
Trustees Room of Alumni Hall (Room 302)
Karen Mauldin-Curtis, Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program Manager, Western Illinois University
Samantha Temple and C. Joyce Hall, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Jose Guevara, current Knox student and newly accepted Peace Corps Volunteer

  • As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service - at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.
  • When you are ready to go to graduate school, Peace Corps is ready to help. The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

5:30 p.m. 
Meaningful Service 
Trustees Room of Alumni Hall (Room 302)
Jake Hamilton,
Peace Corps Campus Recruiter, Western Illinois University
Eric Barbour,
City Year Regional Recruitment Manager, Chicago Office
Robert Neus,
Diplomat in Residence, U.S. State Department

  • Discover the benefits of Peace Corps service. Join us to learn about the challenging, rewarding and inspiration moments from a Peace Corps Recruiter. Ask questions about service and gain tips to guide you through the application process
  • City Year is a national non-profit under AmeriCorps and is seeking to recruit, inspire, and mobilize emerging leaders as full-time tutors and mentors who empower at-risk public school students to reach their highest potential. Come learn more on how you can join the team! Eric Barbour is part of the recruitment and admissions staff at City Year sitting in Chicago. He works to bring aspiring young adult leaders into national service to work full-time for one full year in City Year's 28 urban city locations. He has been with the organization for five years now, having started out as an AmeriCorps Member serving at Rosa Parks Middle School on the south side of Sacramento, CA. He is a great resource in learning more about the impact of national service on communities, on our country, and on the lives of those who serve a year in AmeriCorps.
  • Robert Neus is the U.S. Department of State's Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. He was most recently (from 2012 - 2015) Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Croatia. His Section was responsible for providing all consular services in-country: judicial assistance, U.S. federal benefits and emergency and non-emergency American Citizen Services for more than 260,000 tourists yearly. This is your chance to learn about Fellowship, Internship and Civil Service and Foreign Service Career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State. The State Department has 270 locations around the United States and the world!

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