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Duquesne Student Honored for Work with Special Needs Students

Melissa Baker, a Duquesne University student, has received special recognition for her work with special needs students.

Melissa BakerBaker was honored with the second annual Dick Williamson Work-Study Award, which is given in memory of the late director of human resources at Duquesne University. Williamson was instrumental in encouraging Duquesne University work-study students to serve as job coaches and mentors for students enrolled in the St. Anthony School Secondary Program at Duquesne University.

Baker was chosen for the award because of her dedication and commitment to the program, serving as a job coach and mentor for three years.

A resident of Forest Hill, Md., Baker is enrolled as a fifth-year speech-language pathology student in the Rangos School of Health Sciences at Duquesne.

The award was presented by Linda Williamson of Cranberry Township, Dick Williamson’s widow.

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