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Awards Honor Graduates Who Personify Duquesne’s Mission

The Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards, presented by the Duquesne University Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations, recognize graduates whose lives and works exemplify five pillars on which the University mission is based: academic excellence, moral and spiritual values, ecumenism, service and world concerns.

The fifth class of honorees, who received their awards on May 6, are:

Sr. Hellen Anthony Bandiho, Ed.D., GE'03
Bandiho was born and raised in Tanzania in east Africa and is a member of the Sisters of St. Therese. Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research at St. Augustine University of Tanzania, she had served as the institution's dean of Business Administration. Bandiho has been a tireless advocate for young women in her homeland. She rallied support for a scholarship fund that sponsors six female students each year and raised funds to build a low-cost residence for 50 students. Bandiho is a board member of an initiative that helps young Tanzanian women finish high school and, with her religious community, supports a program providing vocational training and equipment to help orphaned girls start independent and productive lives.

Glen Cavallo, A'80

Barbara Cavallo, N'80

The Cavallos met as students at Duquesne; Glen is president of SolAmor Hospice, one of the nation's largest hospice providers with 14 locations in eight states, and Barbara is a school nurse at Immaculate Conception School in Fort Smith, Ark. While raising three children and building successful careers, the Cavallos explored personal ways to address social problems. Glen, for example, established the Thanksgiving Tree Project, which has distributed holiday meals to more than 50,000 needy families since 1985. While traveling for business, he also presents financial planning seminars at local churches, helping families to alleviate the stress of debt and budget concerns. Barbara volunteers for community efforts, advising teens on the consequences of sexual activity and pregnancy from a Catholic perspective. Together, they lead groups that help young married couples overcome relationship challenges to build strong, enduring families.

Jade Leung, S'05, GE'06

Leung is a physics and biology teacher at Shaler Area High School. Though early in her career, she has already won recognition for innovative teaching methods that inspire high school students to appreciate, understand and apply science. Affiliated with the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative, she teaches her techniques to fellow educators and has presented workshops in locations from Pittsburgh to Portugal. As a student, Leung was active in Spiritan Campus Ministry and continues to volunteer for Spiritan Campus Ministry initiatives such as the Pittsburgh Plunge, which immerses students in urban schools and social service agencies. She has served as president of Duquesne's Young Alumni Council and is a member of the Alumni Board of Governors.

James R. Linder, A'66

Linder, who passed away in 2011, was honored posthumously for his efforts with the Alpha Epsilon/Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. For more than four decades, Linder facilitated communication among far-flung alumni brothers. He helped to organize reunions and raised funds for a scholarship in memory of the fraternity's longtime advisor, Fr. Joseph Duchene, which is now one of the University's largest endowed funds. Linder resided in Macungie, Pa., but frequently returned to campus to mentor new generations of ATO brothers and assist with their events. He was active in the Philadelphia chapter of the Duquesne University Alumni Association and other volunteer efforts including the Boys and Girls Club, Fathers and Sons Organization and Friends of Danang.

To learn more about the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards and previous recipients, visit www.duq.edu/alumni and click on "Alumni Awards."

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