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President and CEO of Heifer International to Speak at Clarke Commencement

posted on April 25, 2005

Clarke College is pleased to announce that Jo Luck, president and CEO of Heifer Project International (HPI), an organization that fights to end poverty and world hunger, will address the graduates at the College’s 162nd Commencement on Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke campus. Luck will also receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Jo Luck became president and CEO of HPI in July 1992. She also served as president of Heifer International Foundation (HIF) from 1992 to 2001. She served for three years as director of international programs from 1989 to 1992, where she was responsible for HPI’s global program for sustainable development. Since 1944, HPI has helped more than 4 million families in 125 countries around the world, including the United States.

The Clarke campus ministry office has been very active supporting and raising money for Heifer International over the past few years. Clarke’s “Ark at Clarke” project raised over $5,000 to provide families in need with an “ark” of animals, leading recipients to self sustenance. The ark included two flocks of chickens, two sheep, two trios of rabbits, two beehives, two guinea pigs, two llamas, two camels, two donkeys, two goats, two oxen, two cows, two trios of ducks, two water buffalo, two flocks of geese, and two pigs.

At this year’s Commencement, degrees will be conferred upon approximately 240 undergraduate and graduate students. To accommodate additional guests, the ceremony will be simulcast on televisions in Clarke’s Student Activity Center, which is connected to the Kehl Center. The Commencement Ceremony will be preceded by a baccalaureate liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Cathedral in Dubuque, where graduates will receive their academic hoods.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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