Peace Corps Becomes Family Affair
UWG has been named as one of the Peace Corps’ top 10 colleges in Georgia that contribute to the number of Corps volunteers. John Stogner, interim Director of Infrastructure, has had a part in that ranking with two sons, both alumni from the university, serving in the Peace Corps, and a daughter considering joining after graduation.
Blake Stogner joined the Peace Corps after graduating from UWG in May 2005 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. At 26 years of age, he has been serving in Vanuatu, a remote country of many small islands in the South Pacific, for more than three years.
The Stogner family visiting in Vanuatu.
Brian Stogner, 28, joined the Peace Corps last fall after graduating from West Georgia with a degree in geosciences and is now serving in Cameroon, Africa. Brian is assisting the natives in agriculture projects and learning the culture and how they do things is his biggest challenge.
“When we visited him, it wasn't that unexpected to me that he has thrived there because he has always been self assured and self reliant. He has always had a caring spirit for other people and he seeks to make the world a better place by giving of his time and efforts to ones in need. His patience in working with people and overcoming the lack of resources to teach the basics of budgeting, economics and self-discipline has been his most amazing accomplishments to me.”
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