Since 2004, the University of Alaska Fairbanks has hosted the Peace Corps Master's International Program.
MIP allows students to earn a master's degree in conjunction with Peace Corps service. UAF offers the program through the School of Natural Resources and Extension and Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development.
Stephanie Nys, Peace Corps regional representative, was in Fairbanks Sept. 25 to talk to students about Peace Corps service and presented certificates of appreciation to Tony Gasbarro, volunteer Peace Corps campus coordinator.
A returned Peace Corps volunteer, Gasbarro was instrumental in bringing the MIP and Coverdell Fellows programs to UAF. He credited retired Extension employee Kristy Long, also a returned Peace Corps volunteer, with helping get MIP set up and Associate Professor Susan Todd with keeping the momentum going. SNRE has 15 Peace Corps-affiliated students this semester. "She is the one making this work," Gasbarro said of Todd.
The certificate stated, "Your expertise and service have enabled the Peace Corps to provide quality volunteers who have had a lasting impact throughout the world."