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Feb. 9, 2006 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago alumni ranked second highest for 2005 Peace Corps volunteers

Noah McKittrick, A.B. ’04, teaching physical science to a high school freshman class in Malawi.

The Peace Corps has announced their annual list of top volunteer-producing schools and the University of Chicago came in second.

Categorized by size, the University is ranked No. 2 among schools with 5,000 undergraduates or less.

“We always look forward to the University of Chicago’s volunteers,” said Scot Roskelley, a Peace Corps spokesman for the Chicago area. “This school is really one of our greatest joys.”

Roskelley said that the types of students that come out of the University are the “ideal” volunteers for the Peace Corps.

“These are very serious students who have a clear direction and know what they want to do and where they want to go in their lives,” he said. “They get the concept of growing personally and professionally. Not every school produces people who really get it.”

Meredith Daw, assistant director of employer relations in career advising and planning services, said she was not surprised that the University ranked so highly in Peace Corps volunteering.

“We have had a long-standing, great relationship with the Peace Corps,” Daw said. “The Peace Corps representatives see University of Chicago students as a great fit because of the strong academic experiences, commitment to public service, experiences in foreign languages and interest in international relations.”
Last modified at 09:38 AM CST on Wednesday, February 22, 2006.

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