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University named to Peace Corps list

Binghamton University has entered the Peace Corps’ top 25 list of major volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the nation. Binghamton, which ranked among the top medium-sized schools, also had more alumni serving in the Peace Corps than any other SUNY campus.

“I am proud that our alumni have been recognized for their participation in the Peace Corps,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “While our students are regularly recognized for their volunteer and humanitarian efforts, I am very pleased that this commitment to service extends for many of them after they graduate.”

Since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961, more than 200 Binghamton alumni have joined its ranks. They have served in countries around the world, with destinations including Costa Rica, Uganda, Albania, Thailand and the Philippines. Service projects have ranged from addressing water quality issues to teaching math and English and from coordinating workshops on general sanitation practices and HIV/AIDS prevention to launching home gardening projects.     

“The Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity for graduates to use their education and skills and apply them in the real world,” Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter said. “I am proud that there are 1,192 institutions of higher learning currently represented by Peace Corps volunteers serving in 74 countries overseas.”

Binghamton tied for 22nd place on the list with Brown University and Yale University. All three schools had 21 alumni volunteers.

Other schools that made the Peace Corps rankings for medium-sized schools include the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary and the University of Notre Dame.

“Binghamton University has had a long association with the Peace Corps,” DeFleur said. “Our focus on global awareness has encouraged students to identify some of world’s most pressing needs and get involved. Now more than ever, these efforts are vital to promoting a better understanding among people across the globe, and we are very pleased that Binghamton has been recognized for its contribution to this important mission.”

To view the entire Top Peace Corps Universities and Colleges 2008 list, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08