Duquesne University Honors Cooper with Mind, Heart and Spirit Award
The Rev. Dr. Beth A. Cooper of San Diego, formerly of New Wilmington, Pa., received a 2010 Duquesne University Mind, Heart and Spirit Award.
Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards recognize Duquesne alumni who exemplify the pillars of the University’s mission—academic excellence; moral and spiritual values; ecumenism and diversity; service; and world concerns.
Cooper, who received her bachelor’s degree in music from Duquesne in 1986, was honored in the category of moral and spiritual values.
Executive director of the Wesley Foundation and a United Methodist campus minister at San Diego State University, she is recognized for her work to develop ministry programs serving students who have little religious background and who struggle with poverty, discrimination and personal crises. She has displayed her care and concern for others under the most difficult of circumstances, including an incident in which her college students on a mission trip to El Salvador were held hostage by government troops. All were eventually released unharmed.
As a Methodist minister, she is also recognized for conducting the first study examining sexual harassment of female clergy, shedding light on an emerging concern for the denomination.
Cooper and four other Mind, Heart and Spirit honorees received their awards at a luncheon on Duquesne’s campus in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Nov. 7.
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