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DU Earns Presidential Recognition for Community Service

Duquesne has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year in recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, acknowledging schools and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.

For the third consecutive year, the University also received the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction, which lauds exemplary programs and levels of student involvement. Duquesne is the only school in Pittsburgh, and one of only 109 universities in the country, to earn the Honor Roll with Distinction recognition.

"For the third year, Duquesne has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, which continues to demonstrate our institutional commitment to outreach, service, and collaboration in the Pittsburgh community," said Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, assistant director for community engagement. "Many of our projects which were highlighted in the (Honor Roll) application demonstrate the impact of well-established partnerships between our campus and the community, and demonstrate the meaningfulness of the service to which our students are engaged."

Members of the Duquesne University community contributed to the following

2010-11 statistics:

  • 7,750 student volunteers
  • 670 faculty and staff
  • 8,420 total volunteers
  • 245,456 hours of service
  • $139,803 student philanthropy and fundraising.

"Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community," said Robert Velasco, acting chief executive officer of CNCS. "We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom."

The CNCS oversees the 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.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.