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UW-Madison Reaches 3,000 In Total Peace Corps Volunteers Produced
UW-Madison Reaches 3,000 In Total Peace Corps Volunteers Produced

The University of Wisconsin-Madison this year ranks third among large universities nationwide in the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, up from eighth last year.

The 9,095 Peace Corps volunteers now working with local communities in 75 countries include 107 UW-Madison alumni -- 16 more than last year and just five below the top spot.

UW-Madison also marks a milestone this year, with a total of 3,000 alumni who have served in the Peace Corps since President John F. Kennedy created the agency in 1961. Only the University of California, Berkeley has produced more volunteers, with 3,497.

UW-Madison has ranked high on the Peace Corps' Top Colleges and Universities list for 12 years in a row, ever since the annual ranking system began, including six years (2001-06) in the No. 1 spot.  This year, the top spots belong to the University of Colorado at Boulder (112) and the University of Washington (110).

Four Peace Corps information sessions are scheduled this semester, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, Wednesday, Feb. 15, Wednesday, March 7 and Wednesday, April 18. The meetings are in the first floor Media Room at the Red Gym, 716 Langdon St., at 6 p.m.

More information is available on the UW-Madison Peace Corps website, http://peacecorps.wisc.edu and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/UWMadisonPeaceCorps, as well as the main Peace Corps website at http://www.peacecorps.gov.

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