University of Minnesota-Duluth debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Emma VanWinkle has been serving in Swaziland as a youth development volunteer. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota - Duluth.
Emma VanWinkle has been serving in Swaziland as a youth development volunteer. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

CHICAGO – The University of Minnesota-Duluth has made its first appearance on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country, the agency announced today. The school ranks No. 20 with 14 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 299 UMD graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “University of Minnesota-Duluth debuts on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Wisconsin native joins Peace Corps for the chance to make impact

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Alyssa Jackson, 25, of Chaseburg, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Senegal Feb. 24 to begin training as a community economic development volunteer. Jackson will live and work at the community level training and advising entrepreneurs and mangers in business planning, marketing, financial management and product design. She will work with both private and public businesses, local and regional governments, nonprofit organizations, women’s and youth groups, agricultural cooperatives and education institutions.

“What I found most exciting about the Peace Corps was the ability to impact other people’s lives for the better,” Jackson said. Continue reading “Wisconsin native joins Peace Corps for the chance to make impact”

Lakeville, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Senegal

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Laura Lundahl, 24, of Lakeville, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Senegal on March 3 to begin training as a community health volunteer. Lundahl will live and work at the community level to make a difference by educating community members on topics including nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and maternal health.

“I have been interested in being a Peace Corps volunteer since I was a student in high school,” Lundahl said. “I learned French in order to work in international development, and the Peace Corps provides a hands-on experience that is unparalleled.” Continue reading “Lakeville, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Senegal”

Plymouth, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Ghana

Litherland.Krysta_GhanaKrysta Litherland, 25, of Plymouth, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ghana Feb. 4 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. Litherland will make a difference by living and working in a community to improve health, water, and sanitation.

“I wanted to volunteer with the Peace Corps because I love to help others and wanted to expand my mind,” Litherland said.

Litherland is the daughter of Mark and Rikka Litherland and a 2005 graduate of Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minn. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a chemistry minor in 2009.

“UMD helped me see that there are many aspects to biology and chemistry that related to our everyday life,” Litherland said. “The professors, especially Lyle Shannon, helped me see that I could do anything I put my mind to. The more passion I had in a subject, the better I could understand it.” Continue reading “Plymouth, Minn., resident begins Peace Corps service in Ghana”