ASU, Colorado among 'Peace Corps Top Colleges'

October 27, 2011

Editor's Note: Arizona State will take on the University of Colorado, Oct. 29, in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

Arizona State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder are named “Peace Corps Top Colleges 2011” for being among the top 25 large universities with the most alumni who are serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Download Full Image

ASU currently has 58 alumni serving in 37 of the 77 countries where Peace Corps operates. The majority of volunteers are working in health, education and business development. ASU students serve in countries as diverse as Bulgaria, Mongolia and Suriname.

Lassana Toure, who joined ASU as its first full-time Peace Corps recruiter just over a year ago, says interest among students in serving is high.

“ASU and President Crow have made it a point to focus on national and international service,” Toure said. “With the movement toward high-impact careers, and the opening of Changemaker Central at the Memorial Union, the number of students I’m seeing has risen.”

Federal budgetary restraints have made Peace Corps positions highly competitive, he says, but there is a high need for individuals with specific skills and language abilities. He especially seeks students in public health, agricultural economics or agribusiness, youth development, also civil engineers, hydrologists and environmental educators.

The Peace Corps also needs English teachers with master’s degrees who have completed at least one year’s study in French or Spanish, as well as math and science teachers who have some experience teaching junior high or high school.

Toure will have a table at the ASU Graduate School Fair at the Memorial Union in Tempe, scheduled to take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 3. Students also can contact him via e-mail, at

The University of Colorado currently has 117 alumni serving overseas, and the school recently announced a new program allowing students to pursue graduate school and serve in the Peace Corps simultaneously. Students earning master’s degrees in business administration, education, environmental studies or geography may do one year of graduate work, deploy for two years of Peace Corps service and return to CU for the second year of master’s studies.

ASU also has a master's international program in which students can get their master's in sustainability and complete service in the Peace Corps, simultaneously.

Other Pac-12 schools listed in the “Peace Corps Top Colleges” are University of Washington, UCLA, University of Arizona, University of Oregon and Oregon State.

Written by Sarah Auffret

Britt Lewis

Interim Communications Director, ASU Library

Volleyball heads northwest for Washington matches

October 27, 2011

FRIDAY, OCT. 28 Arizona State @ No. 10 Washington, 7 p.m. PT
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SATURDAY, OCT. 29 Arizona State @ Washington State, 7 p.m. PT
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The Devils continue their second round of Pac-12 action as they head northwest this upcoming weekend. Friday night will see Arizona State facing the No. 10 Washington Huskies at 7 p.m. in Seattle. A-State will then take on the Washington State Cougars in Pullman at 7 p.m. on Saturday. 

Gametracker will be up and running for both matches over the course of the weekend. Both UW and WSU provide live streaming video on their web sites. Washington's video is free, but Washington State requires a premium subscription. Links are provided above. 

Although coming off of a victory against Colorado, Arizona State struggled against ranked opponents California and Stanford. No. 2 Cal took the Friday night match in a 3-0 sweep and held the Devils to only .119 attack percentage and seven blocks, regardless of a tough battle in the third set. Saturday night saw the Sun Devils take the first set against No. 5 Stanford, but the Cardinal came back to win the next three straight to win the match. Ashley Kastl saw a stellar 17 kills on the night, but ultimately the Cardinal were able to outblock ASU 11 to 3.5 and hold the Devils to only 37% attack percentage in the fourth set.

Washington (16-4, 8-4 Pac-12) split their weekend with a victory over Oregon State and a defeat at No. 18 Oregon, resulting in a three-position slip from seventh in the nation to tenth for the Huskies. UW started the weekend with a dominant performance over the OSU Beavers. In a three-set sweep, the Huskies set a new school record for blocks in a three-set match with 17.5, and marked the 20th consecutive win for UW. In the second season match-up against the Oregon Ducks, the Huskies suffered an upset, regardless of outblocking Oregon 12 to four. Washington remains first overall in blocks per set, while also 15th in aces per set, and 26th in hitting percentage, with seniors Bianca Rowland and Lauren Barfield at fourth and ninth in the nation for blocks. 

Washington State (11-11, 3-9 Pac-12) suffered tough five-set losses in both matches over the weekend against No. 18 Oregon and Oregon State. Even though the Cougs took the first two sets against the Ducks, Oregon rallied to win the last three sets and get the W. Meagan Ganzer saw 22 kills, and Camryn Irwin had a double-double with 42 assists and 10 digs. WSU saw a similar fate against the Beavers, when the Cougars nabbed the first and third sets to force the match to five, and OSU came down with the victory. Ganzer saw another double-figure performance with 24 kills, and Rachel Todorovich also reached double figures with 13 kills.