March 22, 2013

State Legislature Adopts Resolutions Recognizing UW Peace Corps Volunteers

By Patrick Bell

Senate Resolution 8636

SR 8636, Adopted March 14, 2013

Earlier this month, Senate Resolution 8636 and House Resolution 6260 were adopted by the Washington State Legislature recognizing the University of Washington for its rank as No. 1 in the nation among large-sized schools with 107 undergraduate alumni serving in the Peace Corps.

The Senate Resolution was sponsored by Senators Bailey, Parlette, Kohl-Welles, Benton, Tom, Keiser, Schoesler, Sheldon, Becker, Shin, Rolfes, Brown, Baumgartner, Fain, Litzow, Rivers, King, Conway, Hasegawa, Nelson, Cleveland,Mullet, and Smith.

The House Resolution was sponsored by Representatives Seaquist, Tarleton, Ryu, Kochmar, Sawyer, Haler, Pollet, Johnson, Magendanz, Walsh, Fagan, Hargrove, Appleton, and Bergquist.

The Peace Corps ranks top colleges annually, in recognition of the schools that
contribute the most alumni.

This year, UW was joined at the top spot by Western Washington University, first among medium-sized schools (5,000 to 15,000 students), and Gonzaga University, the leader among small schools (fewer than 5,000 students).

Since the agency was founded in 1961, 2,738 UW alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

Framed copies of the resolutions are on display in The UW Career Center in Mary Gates Hall.

Read more about the Peace Corps’ college rankings at UW Today.

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