Duquesne Receives Presidential Recognition for Community Service
For the fifth consecutive year, Duquesne University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. The 2010 list also marks the University’s second consecutive year to receive the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction (along with only 113 other universities), which notes exemplary programs and levels of student involvement.
The application compiled by the Duquesne University Volunteer (DUV) office touted that more than 9,000 students tallied approximately 250,000 hours of academic service learning, subject-focused departmental outreach and volunteer-based service, said Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, assistant director for community engagement.
“This year’s selection to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the second year in a row affirms our commitment to strong outreach and service in the Pittsburgh community,” said Pustorino-Clevenger. “As the honor roll application demonstrated, we placed strong emphasis on cross-institution collaboration among the areas of academic, student life, and mission and identity. These initiatives are continuously grounded in the mission of our institution to promote student understanding of social justice and service to others.”
Among the past year’s various community efforts that were highlighted in Duquesne’s application were:
- Spiritan Campus Ministry cross-cultural mission experiences; community-based cleanups such as KICSS (Keep It Clean South Side), Evergreen and Spring Cleanup
- programs including Promise Neighborhoods, Innovation in Early Childhood Education and Summer Learning, all designed to encourage and promote college access to underserved communities
- the PACT, DUV and FUSION tutoring programs.
“More and more (college graduates) will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
“Congratulations to these schools and their students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” Corvington said. “We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
The CNCS oversees the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.
“I truly believe that we were awarded with distinction because we are demonstrating sustainability and progress being made in our programs,” added Pustorino-Clevenger. “Our statistics continue to support this every year, so I am delighted we received this award as a ‘top tier of the applicants in each category’ as defined in the application literature provided by CNCS.”
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.