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UW-Madison alumni are big on the Peace Corps.

For the second year in a row, Wisconsin's flagship university tops the list of large schools providing volunteers to the Peace Corps, with 85 alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

This is the fourth year UW-Madison has ranked in the top five large universities providing Peace Corps volunteers.

"UW-Madison continues to have a strong and important partnership with the Peace Corps," said Chancellor Rebecca Blank in a university news release on Wednesday.

"For our school to be number one for the second year in a row speaks to this tradition and the commitment of our students to serving others," Blank said.

UW-Madison continues to rank number two in total volunteers to the Peace Corps since the program was started by Pres. John F. Kennedy in 1961.

Cal-Berkeley leads the list with 3,671 volunteers while UW-Madison has provided 3,279 volunteers.

The Big Ten Conference was well represented in the large colleges and universities category, with Minnesota at No. 4, Ohio State at No. 6, Michigan at No. 8, PennΒ  State at No. 13, Maryland at No. 16 and Michigan State at No. 17.

"We are all pleased to see Badgers continue to make contributions to communities and cultures throughout the world through the Peace Corps," said Guido Podesta, vice provost and dean of UW-Madison's International Division.

Peace Corps Week will be celebrated on campus beginning on Monday, with many special events scheduled. Details can be found online.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.