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LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell is among the nation's top 25 small colleges and universities producing Peace Corps Volunteers.

In the latest annual Peace Corps survey, Bucknell was ranked 21st among the nation's colleges and universities with less than 5,000 undergraduates.

Sixteen Bucknell alumni volunteered in 2006. A year earlier, 10 Bucknell alumni stepped up to serve as program volunteers.

Bucknell alumni work in nine countries
The latest 16 alumni to join are all currently working in nine different countries in their assignments. According to a Peace Corps spokesperson in New York, those countries are the Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Namibia, Zambia, Gambia, and Nicaragua.
In the program's 45-year history, Bucknell has produced 226 volunteers and is ranked 184th out of 2,939 schools that have produced Peace Corps volunteers.

"Peace Corps allows graduates to take their skills outside the classroom and make a real difference in the lives of people who can most use their help," said Ron Tschetter, Peace Corps director. "The over 1,200 institutions of higher learning that have volunteers overseas, sharing what they have learned, should be proud of their contributions."
The University of Puget Sound topped the small school list with 30 alumni volunteers. George Washington University was ranked first among medium-size colleges and universities with 68 volunteers, while among large schools the University of Washington was first with 110 volunteers.

Since 1961, more than 187,000 volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries where volunteers have served. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

Posted Jan. 17, 2007