Cameroon, Ghana, Togo, Malawi, Russia
By Jonathan Pearson on Friday, November 16th, 2012
Vijay Rajendran (02-04) has launched Hungry Globetrotter, a month-to-month subscription service for food items designed to connect home chefs, culinary enthusiasts, families and busy professionals with the flavors of the world. Subscribers receive a subscription box each month focusing on a cuisine of the world. As noted on its website, “Our subscription boxes include an ever-changing mix of gourmet products and flavors from the best emerging and renowned brands in global cuisine.”
Jerome E. Perez has been appointed by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as the new Director for BLM’s state office serving Oregon and Washington. Perez served in the Peace Corps with his wife, Rita. Most recently, Perez has been serving as Deputy Regional Forester for the U.S. Forest Serivce’s Intermountain Region, based in Ogden, Utah.
Nick Vilelle (04-06) is the founder of Cause, a “philanthropub” that opened in Washington D.C. in October. The concept around Cause is to make charitable giving more convenient, fun and transparent for the general population. The restaurant/pub plans to donate 100% of its net profits to selected organizations both locally and internationally. Since its launch, Cause has identified its first group of four charitable organizations that will benefit from its profits. It has already hosted an event organized by the RPCVs of Washington DC.
Leo Higdon Jr. (68-70) announced he will be stepping down as President of Connecticut College at the end of 2013. Higdon has been president of the college since 2006. During that time, Connecticut College has been recognized as a top producer of both Peace Corps Volunteeers and Fulbright Scholars. Higdon was honored with the Sen. Paul A. Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, and the President’s Community Service Honor Roll, with Distinction. In September, Higdon was the keynote speaker in Providence at a Third Goal Expo, organized by the National Peace Corps Association, the Rhode Island RPCVs, and the Peace Corps.
Christina Baybay-Bykov is the latest member of the Peace Corps community to appear on the well known television quiz show, Jeopardy. Christina appeared in the game show’s special teachers tournament. She was one of 15 teachers from around the nation selected to compete. Tina teaches Social Studies at Boone High School in Orlando Florida.
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