Shriver Center relocates, forms new partnership

December 12, 1997|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF

The Shriver Center -- founded at University of Maryland, Baltimore County four years ago to produce leaders in the attack on social problems afflicting the country -- has moved into a new home and taken on a new partner.

On Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting inaugurated the center's permanent quarters in the chemistry-physics building on UMBC's Catonsville campus.

And center officials have signed a partnership with the Peace Corps Fellows program that expands scholastic and real-life service opportunities for volunteers returning from overseas to undertake graduate study. The Fellows program has 280 men and women in 26 colleges in 16 states, said Fran Bond, the director.

The Shriver Center Peaceworker Program is a two-year graduate program that enrolls eight to 12 returning Peace Corps volunteers each year on a competitive basis.

The program was founded in 1985 at Georgetown University in honor of R. Sargent Shriver Jr., President Kennedy's brother-in-law and the first Peace Corps director. It closed after three years and was reopened in 1993.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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