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Duquesne Honored by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) presented Duquesne University with its inaugural Downtown Champion Award at the organization's annual meeting on March 6.

The PDP launched a volunteer program last year to engage downtown stakeholders in its Clean and Safe Program, a sanitation and greening effort. Duquesne University was honored with the Downtown Champion Award for its students' participation in that program.

"One of the major contributors to our success was (Duquesne's) student body," said Jeremy Waldrup, president and chief executive officer of the PDP. "Duquesne University students consistently contributed to our volunteer efforts throughout the year, bringing volunteers to clean and rake the river walks, remove graffiti, and weed and mulch public space and greenways on multiple weekends."

Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, Duquesne's volunteer coordinator, said the students' recognition from the PDP is well deserved.

"To see that they are receiving the Downtown Champion Award validates the hard work, diligence and passion to which they bring to the community," said Pustorino-Clevenger.

Duquesne University

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.