March 31, 2000
GENEVA, N.Y. – When representatives from the Peace Corps visited the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus on March 29, they did more than discuss the opportunities available to students who want to serve in the Corps. They used the visit to Geneva to honor their former leader for both his prior service and for his new, unofficial, role.
Danilo Minnick, a New York State representative for the Peace Corps, was joined by Elizabeth Kramer, public relations specialist for the Corps, in the presentation of a plaque to Gearan.
The plaque, presented in a private ceremony in Gearan's office, reads “The Peace Corps presents this Certificate of Appreciation to Mark D. Gearan in recognition of your outstanding work as the Unofficial Peace Corps Campus Recruiter at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Your passion for the Peace Corps has truly 'touched the world' and made the Peace Corps experience a 'great adventure' for all of your students.”
The ceremony was also attended by four members of the HWS community who are returned Peace Corps volunteers: Michael Bogin, professor of art; David Belding, associate professor of mathematics; Alan Frishman, professor of economics; and Richard Woodard, director of advancement services.
The Colleges Career Development Office reported that the recruiters were inundated with queries and gave out more than 80 applications. Gearan served as Director of the Peace Corps from 1995 through 1999, when he came to the Colleges.
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