Campus / Featured / International / News / February 11, 2014

Knox among top schools for Peace Corps recruits

Kimberly Anderson ‘09 delivers a presentation entitled “Llamas, Libraries, and Life Lessons: My Peruvian Peace Corps Experience” about her volunteer experience in Peru. Anderson elaborates on her accomplishments working for the Peace Corps, such as teaching parenting classes and opening a library. Along with Megan Butler ‘08, Anderson described both the benefits and hardships of joining the Peace Corps.  (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Kimberly Anderson ‘09 delivers a presentation entitled “Llamas, Libraries, and Life Lessons: My Peruvian Peace Corps Experience” about her volunteer experience in Peru. Anderson elaborates on her accomplishments working for the Peace Corps, such as teaching parenting classes and opening a library. Along with Megan Butler ‘08, Anderson described both the benefits and hardships of joining the Peace Corps. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Knox College tied for 10th this year among schools of its size in number of alumni currently serving with the Peace Corps, according to the results of an annual survey released by the organization this week. The survey showed that there are 13 Knox alumni currently deployed overseas.

This is Knox’s first appearance on the list, despite having sent 192 graduates to serve in the Peace Corps since the agency’s creation in 1961. Last year the college placed 53rd among small schools.

Knox College has a unique Peace Corps Preparatory Program that celebrated its fifth anniversary last year, which is a major factor in the high number of Knox graduates who go onto join the Peace Corps.

The list has three categories: one for schools with under 5,000 undergraduates, one for schools with between 5,000 and 15,000 and one for schools with more than 15,000. There is also a separate list for graduate schools.

In Knox’s catagory, Gonzaga University, with an undergraduate enrollment of 4,896 students, topped the list, with 22 alumni overseas. The University of Wisconsin-Madison (undergraduate enrollment 29,504 students) had the largest number of volunteers overall, with 90.


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Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.




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