Emory Report

 December 8, 1997

 Volume 50, No. 15

Emory ranks 10th in producing
Peace Corps volunteers

Emory ranks 10th among colleges and universities schools with an undergraduate enrollment of less than 5,000 in producing Peace Corps volunteers. In the Peace Corps' 36-year history, 257 Emory alumni have joined the organization.

"On behalf of the entire Emory community, let me say just how proud we are of the many selfless and sturdy Emory students who have, over the years, followed their moral and civic impulses and have, as a result, made the world a better place," said President Bill Chace.

Emory was the only college or university in the Southeast to be included in the Top 25 list. The University of Chicago ranked No. 1 with 519 alumni, followed by Darmouth College (482 alumni), Oberlin College (407) and Tufts University (359). Ranking five through nine were Carleton College, St. Olaf College, Middlebury College, University of Rochester and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with Emory rounding out the Top 10.

In a letter to Chace, Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan wrote, "You and the faculty at Emory can take great pride in having instilled in your students a spirit of service and a sense of adventure. By serving as Peace Corps volunteers, your alumni have made a difference in the lives of people overseas and here at home."

Today nearly 6,600 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 87 countries, working to help fight hunger, bring clean water to communities, teach children, start new small businesses and prevent the spread of AIDS. Since 1961, more than 150,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps.

-Nancy Seideman

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