Pat Guild O’Rourke (M.Ed. 1971; Ed.D. 1980)

This past fall my Peace Corps group from Senegal had its 50th reunion.  Most people had not been in touch in many years.  We talked about what Peace Corps had meant to each of us, and our life path in the 50 years since. 


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Paul Jurmo (Ed.D. 1987)

In November of 2017 we received this update from Paul.


Olga (my wife and also a UMass graduate) and I just completed five years in Tonga, where I served as Director of Programming and Training and Country Representative for a national primary school English Literacy Project run by Peace Corps/Tonga in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other partners.  (Olga served there as Peace Corps Medical Officer.) 


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Roshan Billimoria (Ed.D. 1980)

After being out of contact with CIE for many years, Roshan reflects on her journey since leaving CIE below.

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Retnaningsih Burham (M.Ed. 1980)

After a long interval during which CIE received regular Holiday cards from Retna, but didn’t have email contact, she is now connected and has sent this recent update on the state of NFE and the activities of some of her cohort who were at the Center in the 1970s.


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Kla Somtrakool (Ed.D. 1980)

At the present, I'm still working so as to fulfill my life in many ways.  I am teaching in a Ph.D. program in ASEAN Cultural Science in two universities where I meet many young students from different nations.  I am also working part time as an advisor in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture.  In that role I have the opportunity to travel to many ASEAN countries such as, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and China. I'm still utilizing all of my knowledge and experiences much which I have learned from the CIE.


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