This morning I started my day an hour before class, at 8:30am.  It was 15 degrees below zero, but that did not stop my global health students from stopping by to talk about joining the US Peace Corps.  Later in the day Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited campus to announce that UW-Madison leads the nation in Peace Corps College Rankings, which answer the question “which University has the largest number of Peace Corps volunteers serving around the world in 2014.”   Seems like a good time to give a shout out to some of our  recent UW-Madison graduates who are serving in the Peace Corps around the world!

Readers may know Carybeth, Allison, Kevin and Monica.  There are about 100 more Badgers out there!  I invite readers to post pics and info about other UW-Madison PCVs in the comments, or send them to me at and I will add them to the body of this post.


CARYBETH REDDY majored in agricultural economics (CALS), worked for the Global Health Institute, did an international internship in Ecuador, and helped us to launch our Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace, which works to improve health and wellbeing through economic strengthening.  She is currently serving in Cameroon.


ALLISON FEUERSTEIN majored in Biology (CALS), received a Certificate in Global Health and participated in the UW -Madison field course in Nepal.  Before leaving for Nicaragua she took a graduate course relating to programs for orphans and vulnerable children to help her to better prepare for her Peace Corps Serice.


I first met MONICA RODGERS after  I gave a lecture in a global health class she was taking.  It turns out that I had served in the Peace Corps with her parents from 1983-1985!  Monica received a global health certificate, and did her field work in Ecuador focusing on micro-enterprise and health.  Here is is with her parents on the day she left for Peace Corps service in Peru. Two generations of Peace Corps Volunteers!

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KEVIN KING majored in Neuroscience and did an internship in India as an undergraduate. This UW Mad Hatter is now serving in Azerbijan.

It was great to have Peace Corps Director Carrie Hesseler-Radelet on campus.  In cased you missed here here she is, serving Peace Corps then and now…..