Denison University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Bridget McDevitt (right) graduated from Denison University in May 2014 and is currently serving as an education volunteer in Ethiopia.
Bridget McDevitt (right) graduated from Denison University in May 2014 and is currently serving as an education volunteer in Ethiopia.

CHICAGO – Denison University has once again earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Schools list, after a one-year hiatus from the rankings. With nine volunteers currently in service, the college ranks No. 14 among small colleges and universities, the agency announced today.

For seven years, the college has made the annual list, with its last appearance being in 2014 at No. 14. Since the agency was created in 1961, 270 Denison alums have served overseas.

“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 “Denison University earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Ten years in the making: Illinois native leaves for Peace Corps

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Theodore Vernon decided to join the Peace Corps a long time ago. It was a decision he made in the eighth grade after hearing the captivating tales of his teacher’s service in the Peace Corps during the 1960s.

Ten years later, he still holds on to that initial moment in the classroom, and on Oct. 2, Vernon will leave for the Peace Corps to begin his training as an agriculture advisor volunteer in Ghana. Continue reading “Ten years in the making: Illinois native leaves for Peace Corps”

Shaker Heights, Ohio, native begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay

Brachna.Jonathan_ParaguayJonathan Brachna, 23, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on Sept. 22 to begin training as an agricultural extension volunteer. Brachna will live and work at the community level assisting farmers and their families in understanding and implementing sustainable food production systems. He will also help identify resources that can be utilized to meet the community’s needs to increase food consumption and income generation.

“The Peace Corps is something that has always been a lifelong ambition of mine,” Brachna said. “Ever since I was young, my father told me stories of his travels through Africa, Europe and Central and South America. The opportunity to help those in need and environmental work always grabbed my attention.” Continue reading “Shaker Heights, Ohio, native begins Peace Corps service in Paraguay”

Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Danny Livengood

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Name: Danny Livengood
Country of Service: Malawi, 2007-09
Assignment: Education
Recruitment Territory: Columbus, Ohio Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Central Recruiter: Danny Livengood”

Denison graduate begins Peace Corps service in Nepal

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Sarah Kosling, 23, of Granville, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Nepal March 6 to begin training as an agriculture extension volunteer. Kosling will live and work at the community level working to improve food security for rural families. Her possible projects include establishing and maintaining soil and water conservation structures and practices, fruit tree production, fish cultivation, raising trees in small nurseries, apiculture and honey production, livestock health, meat and wool production, range management, vegetable gardening and nutrition education.

“The Peace Corps is everything I envision accomplishing in my future all rolled into one,” Kosling said. “I am helping others and seeing the direct result of that service. I am not only traveling but completely immersing myself into a new culture and language while getting to know the kind peaceful people of Nepal. I am gaining a completely different perspective on life and material possession, and meeting other Americans that hold the same values and passions that I hold.” Continue reading “Denison graduate begins Peace Corps service in Nepal”

Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Ethiopia

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Bridget McDevitt with her father, Michael, who also served in Peace Corps

Following in the footsteps of her father, Bridget McDevitt, 21, of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ethiopia June 30 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Bridget will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational English and developing teaching materials with local teachers.

“After hearing about my father’s positive experience with the Peace Corps, I grew up with it in mind,” Bridget said. “Studying abroad provoked a strong interest in continuing my passions on an international scale.”

Michael McDevitt, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1979-81, was pleased to learn his daughter had decided to make a difference in the same way.

“I am very proud of Bridget and know she will be a great ambassador for the United States and has a lot to share with the people she meets,” he said. “I know Bridget will continue to grow and learn as her horizons are stretched.” Continue reading “Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., resident begins Peace Corps service in Ethiopia”

Denison University earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

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Peace Corps Volunteers Marisa and Mike Meldonian in Mozambique.

CHICAGO – For the sixth year in a row, Denison University has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. With 12 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 14 among small schools with fewer than 5,000 students.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 260 Denison graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Denison University earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”