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    Duquesne University Public Safety is Freezin’ for a Reason

    Willingly taking a leap into a near-freezing river doesn't necessarily sound like fun to most people. However, nine members of Duquesne University's Public Safety department will accept this chilly challenge on Sunday, Dec. 2, by jumping into the Ohio River during the Polar Plunge, a fundraiser sponsored by local law enforcement agencies for the Special Olympics.

    Team members Robert Brown, Jaclyn DeNardo, John Helch, Jeffrey Kardos, Joe Palmer, Amanda Schaefers, Mattie Selkowitz, Lee Speer and Carl Stivenson have so far exceeded their fundraising expectations, reaching  more than $1,300-but are hoping to hit $1,500.

    You can help boost the plungers over their fundraising goal by sponsoring a member of the Public Safety team. From the Polar Plunge site, click "sponsor a plunger" and enter a participant's name. Online donations will be automatically added to the team's account. To make an in-person donation by cash or check, call Public Safety at 412.396.6002 and ask to speak with one of the plunge team members.

    The fundraiser is in its third year in Pittsburgh. Last year's event drew more than 5,000 law enforcement officers from agencies in Allegheny County and surrounding areas, raising more than $200,000 for the charity.

    Duquesne University

    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.