Congressman Charles Dent to lead Peace Corps recruiting event on campus

February 12, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — U.S. Rep. Charles Dent will visit Penn State at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the HUB-Robeson Center’s Freeman Auditorium to discuss the significance of public service and the many opportunities the Peace Corps offers that allow individuals to make a global difference.

Penn State is the top volunteer-producing school in the Northeast for the Peace Corps.

Also slated to speak at the event, which is open to the public, are Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Penn State President Eric Barron.

Dent represents the 1fth Congressional District, which includes Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Lehigh Valley and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Current volunteer and Penn State graduate Mark Goldy-Brown will Skype from Peru about his service in the Peace Corps. Audience members will have the chance to ask questions of the panelists in a 20-minute Q&A session facilitated by the Peace Corps’ acting associate director of volunteer and recruitment.

A reception with light refreshments will be held immediately following the event.  

Currently, 29 Penn State alumni are serving as volunteers in 24 countries. Since 1961, 1,032 Penn State graduates have served in the Peace Corps. Pennsylvania is ranked as the No. 5 Peace Corps volunteer-producing state in the nation, with 286 current Peace Corps volunteers calling the Keystone State home.

For an inside look into Goldy-Brown’s Peace Corps experience in Peru, visit his PSU 2 PERU blog at

Last Updated February 26, 2016