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University Of Virginia Remains A Top Producer Of Peace Corps Volunteers

February 16, 2005 --

With 84 of its alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, the University of Virginia has again earned a top 25 spot on the Peace Corps’ list of “Top Producing Colleges and Universities,” which ranks institutions based on the number of alumni who currently serve as Peace Corps volunteers.  

For the third year in a row, U.Va. has ranked Number One among the top 25 medium-sized colleges and universities (schools that have undergraduate populations between 5,001 to 15,000) producing volunteers.  Prior to 2003, the year that the Peace Corps first divided their volunteer data into three categories — large schools (more than 15,001 undergraduates), medium schools (5,001 to 15,000) and small schools (5,000 or less) — U.Va. also routinely placed in the top 25.  

“Throughout the years, your school has made a tremendous contribution to this agency’s global legacy of public service,” wrote Gaddi H. Vasquez, director of the Peace Corps, in a Jan. 24 letter announcing the honor to U.Va. President John T. Casteen III.  “This ranking clearly reflects the high caliber of the students who attend your institution. … During this time of adversity in the world, the important role that these students continue to play in promoting hope and freedom cannot be underestimated.”

The 84 U.Va. alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps reflects a 12 percent increase over the 75 alumni who were serving in the corps in January 2004.  Since 1961, 806 U.Va. alumni have participated in the agency’s programs.

Today, the Peace Corps has more than 7,700 volunteers working in 71 countries, including, for the first time this year, Mexico.  Its size is greater than it has been at any time since 1974.

For more information about U.Va.’s sustained service to the Peace Corps, contact Jennifer Borgen, deputy press director for the Peace Corps at (202) 692-2212 or jborgen@peacecorps.gov.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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