Cor Communitas Award
"Cor Unum et Anima Una": "One Heart and One Spirit" is the motto of Duquesne's founders and sponsors, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. The Spiritan philosophy and way of life are inextricably linked to the people and cultures of the communities they serve in more than 60 countries across six continents.
The Cor Communitas Award is presented to a corporation or foundation for extraordinary leadership in service and philanthropy--efforts that not only benefit Duquesne and its students, but that also enhance our entire region. Organizations receiving the award epitomize the "heart of the community."
The 2017 inaugural Cor Communitas Award honoree is PNC.
Born in Pittsburgh, the PNC we know today is largely the vision of a Duquesne graduate. Nearly seven decades ago, Merle E. Gilliand--Business School Class of 1948--joined the accounting department of the People's First National Bank and Trust Company. As controller six years later, he negotiated the merger with Fidelity Trust Company that created Pittsburgh National Bank. Mr. Gilliand rose through the ranks to chairman and chief executive officer--and oversaw the merger with Provident National Bank of Philadelphia that created PNC.
For 160 years, PNC and its predecessors have had a profound impact, not only on their customers, but also on the communities they call home--which now span across 19 states and the District of Columbia. Duquesne University and Pittsburgh are both stronger because of PNC.
On the Bluff, PNC has supported recent facilities improvement projects including the PNC Atrium on the third floor of the Duquesne Union--the "crossroads of campus life"--and the PNC Recital Hall in the Mary Pappert School of Music, an intimate performance space, seating 250, that hosts concerts and recitals for campus and community audiences throughout the year.
Beyond bricks and mortar, PNC and its foundation have supported scholarships that help deserving students to attend Duquesne, and have funded educational and community outreach initiatives in the schools of Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law and Music. PNC has also sponsored numerous events for the University's schools, departments and Duquesne Athletics--including the Chuck Cooper Classic basketball games, honoring the legacy of the Duquesne graduate who was the first black athlete drafted into the National Basketball Association.
In addition, PNC executives have followed in Gilliand's footsteps as volunteers in University leadership, with one term member and one emeritus member currently serving on Duquesne's Board of Directors.
Duquesne is one of countless beneficiaries of PNC's corporate generosity locally and nationwide. The PNC Foundation funds an array of initiatives, including the renowned "Grow Up Great" program to improve early childhood education, arts and cultural organizations and economic development efforts. Charitable sponsorships and employee volunteer opportunities are carefully selected to reflect community needs and produce measurable results. Diversity and inclusion are promoted through initiatives serving minorities, women and veterans. And PNC is recognized for its commitment to sustainable building projects in Pittsburgh and across America.