September 19, 2001
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- The New England Regional Peace Corps Office today announced that on Tuesday, September 25, it will recognize Smith College for being named to this year's annual list of small colleges and universities with the largest number of Peace Corps volunteers. Smith had 17 Peace Corps volunteers serving overseas as of January, 2001, ranking sixth among colleges and universities with less than 5,000 undergraduate students. Peace Corps will present Smith with a plaque during a Peace Corps' General Information Meeting in Seelye Hall Faculty Lounge at 7:30 p.m
"The strong showing of Smith students signifies Smith's dedication to volunteer service," said James Arena-DeRosa, regional manager of the New England Peace Corps Office. "In this era of globalization, Smith alumni are learning more about the world and about volunteer work through their Peace Corps experience."
Established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps has sent more than 161,000 trained volunteers to 134 countries. In 2001, more than 7,300 volunteers and trainees-the highest level in 26 years-are serving in 78 countries around the world by working to help fight hunger, bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new small businesses, and stop the spread of AIDS. During its 40th anniversary year, the Peace Corps hopes to boost the number of volunteers by 25 percent. More than 250 Smith graduates have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
For more information on the award or
about the Peace Corps, contact Doreen Sabina at (617)565-5541