News in Brief (Feb. 9)

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    College ranks highly in Peace Corps official ranking

    The College was ranked as the sixth largest producer of Peace Corps volunteers among all medium-sized colleges, the Peace Corps announced recently. The College moved up four spots this year, with 42 alumni currently serving in countries around the world. Since the beginning of the Peace Corps, 475 College alumni have served as volunteers.
    The number one school in the medium-sized school category is George Washington University, closely followed by the University of Virginia. The category includes only schools with between 5,000 and 15,000 students.
    — by Erin Grady

    Virginia Tech to open new medical school in Roanoke

    Virginia Tech announced Jan. 3 that it will open Virginia’s fifth medical school, which will jointly operate with Carilion Medical Center.
    The five-year curriculum will be modeled after Harvard Medical School’s Health Sciences and Technology Program and the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine, according to a Jan. 3 press release from Virginia Tech.
    The school, expected to open in either 2009 or 2010, hopes to ease any future physician shortages. It will be located in Roanoke near the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and construction is expected to begin next year.
    The medical school is part of Virginia Tech’s campaign to become a top research university and is also expected to bring jobs to the Roanoke area.
    — by Alina Todor