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Feb. 4, 2005
Contact: Molly Cunningham, University Career Center, (785) 864-5672, or Betty Baron, Peace Corps coordinator, (785) 864-7679.

KU to host Summer Camp Fair; panel discussion on alternative career paths

LAWRENCE -- Two University Career Center events this month at the University of Kansas are being offered to help students plan for a summer camp work experience and to consider an alternative career path like the Peace Corps or Teach for America.

KU will host its first Summer Camp Fair for students of all levels and disciplines interested in pursuing positions as a camp counselor or staff member during summer 2005 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the fourth-level lobby of the Kansas Union. Camp representatives will be on hand to interact with students, distribute materials and recruit individuals for summer employment. Students and interested parties can view attending camp employers by visiting the center's Web site, www.ucc.ku.edu/.

The Summer Camp Fair is a new initiative sponsored by the University Career Center to expand the employment opportunities available to KU students over the summer months. For more information please contact the University Career Center at (785) 864-3624.

The career center also will hold an Alternative Career Paths panel at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union. Speakers from the Peace Corps, Teach for Ameica and Americorps will share stories of their services.
Peace Corps is a governmental organization that promotes world peace and friendship by providing volunteers who contribute social, economic and human development of interested countries. Positions are available in education, environment, health, business and agriculture. KU ranks 23rd in the nation among 200 large colleges and universities for the number of Peace Corps volunteers produced in 2003.

Teach for America provides teachers for the country's most underserved areas. Americorps is a national service movement that engages diverse Americans of all backgrounds in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Currently 30,000 people serve in Americorps.

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