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Duquesne University Honors Manteris with Mind, Heart & Spirit Award

William A. Manteris of Wexford was selected as the sixth of 10 individuals who will receive 2008 Duquesne University Mind Heart & Spirit Awards.

Mind, Heart & 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.  Manteris was honored for his contributions and accomplishments related to world concerns.

After serving for decades as a Beaver County dentist, Manteris retired and dedicated his time and attention to human rights activism. While earning his degrees from Duquesne, Manteris made trips to Central and Latin America to study economic and human development and to provide dental care to those in need. He has also participated in various medical mission organizations to provide dental care outreach overseas.

Last year, Manteris joined the staff of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh as their Free Health Care Center’s volunteer dental director. He was recognized in May with Catholic Charities’ Caritas Award for Leadership in recognition of his outstanding contributions as volunteer dental director of the health care center.

Manteris earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2001 and Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy in 2007 from Duquesne.

Duquesne’s Mind, Heart & Spirit honorees receive tickets to a Steelers game and congratulations on the Jumbtron scoreboard as well as in Steelers Radio Network gameday broadcasts.  Manteris will be recognized during the Sunday afternoon game against Indianapolis on Nov. 9 at Heinz Field.

Duquesne University and the Steelers organization have partnered for several years to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of area students and the University’s graduates.  The team’s founder, the late Arthur J. Rooney, Sr.; his son, Chairman Dan Rooney; and grandson and President Art Rooney II are all notable Duquesne alumni.

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