Posted: Feb 5, 2013 11:33 AM by MSU News Service
BOZEMAN - The number of Montana State University graduates volunteering for the Peace Corps has placed the university 16th in the organization's 2013 rankings for volunteer participation among colleges and universities with enrollments between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates.
There are currently 25 undergraduate alumni from MSU serving overseas. The top spot in the medium category this year went to Western Washington University, which produced 73 volunteers. MSU was also ranked 16th in 2012.
"Every year, graduates of colleges and universities across the United States are making a difference in communities overseas through Peace Corps service," said Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. "As a result of the top-notch education they receive, these graduates are well prepared for the challenge of international service. They become leaders in their host communities and carry the spirit of service and leadership back with them when they return home."
Peace Corps volunteers live, learn and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing assistance in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have volunteered in 139 host countries. Today, more than 8,000 volunteers work with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development.
MSU has received other national recognition in recent years for its commitment to community engagement and the spreading of knowledge that benefits the public.
In November 2011, MSU won the prestigious C. Peter Macgrath University Community Engagement Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, beating out some of the largest universities in the nation. Montana State was recognized for the contributions its students have made in bringing clean water to a region in Kenya through the work of the MSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
In January 2011, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded MSU its community engagement classification. MSU's application highlighted 15 university-community partnerships that ranged from Engineers Without Borders at MSU, a student-driven organization that brings clean drinking water to remote schools in western Kenya; to MSU's Campus Corps, which provides students with volunteer opportunities while fulfilling academic requirements.