UM to Commemorate 58 Years of Peace Corps with Service Stories

February 20, 2019

MISSOULA – Friday, March 1, marks the 58th anniversary of the Peace Corps, and the University of Montana will commemorate the milestone with a free event in the Branch Center lounge from 3 to 5 p.m.

During the celebration of Peace Corps service, returned volunteers will share stories and photos from around the world. The event is a joint effort between the UM campus Peace Corps representative and the Western Montana Returned Peace Corps Volunteers group. Refreshments will be provided.

Missoula has one of the highest rates of Peace Corps volunteers in the country, with UM as one of the top-volunteering producing universities per capita. Last year, Missoula had 12 Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 people, and UM ranked fourth in the nation for medium-sized colleges producing volunteers. As of September 2017, UM had 34 alumni serving in the Peace Corps in 22 countries around the world.

A total of 883 UM alumni have volunteered in the Peace Corps since 1961.

For more information on the event, call Kevin Deitle, UM Peace Corps campus representative, at 406-243-2839 or email


Contact: Kevin Deitle, UM Peace Corps campus representative, 406-243-2839,