Feb 162010
 
Authors: Matt Miller

CSU has been ranked 15th in the nation for the number of alumni who are currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, according to a report released earlier this month.

And because CSU has strong agriculture and natural resource programs, this contributes to Peace Corps recruiters’ ability to sign volunteers skilled in these areas, said Peace Corps recruiter Elliot Cooper.

“Students at Colorado State University want to give back and help with the health and well-being of people around the globe,” said Martha Denney, director of International Education in a press release. “That’s part of our commitment to internationalization and our mission of outreach and service.”

CSU currently has 59 volunteers signed on with 20 members finishing degrees. It trailed the University of Washington on the ranking list, which came in first with 101 members, and CU-Boulder, which ranked second with 95 volunteers.

CSU has long been a supporter of the Peace Corps and is tied to its creation in 1961. CSU researchers Pauline Birky-Kreutzer and Maury Albertson published a study that lead to the creation of the organization.

The university also offers Peace Corps master’s degree programs in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and English.

The Peace Corps, which is nearing its 50th anniversary, has had almost 200,000 volunteers reach 139 countries around the world. At this time, the organization has 7,671 members in 76 host countries.

Staff writer Matt Miller can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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