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Duquesne University Honors Castriota with Mind, Heart and Spirit Award

Randy A. Castriota of Venetia received a 2010 Duquesne University Mind, Heart and Spirit Award.

Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards recognize Duquesne alumni who exemplify the pillars of the University’s mission—academic excellence; moral and spiritual values; ecumenism and diversity; service; and world concerns

Castriota, who received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Duquesne in 1972, was honored in the category of ecumenism.

The owner of Castriota Metals and Recycling in McKees Rocks and Brookline, he was recognized for his work helping ex-offenders return to productive, responsible lives. He hires former convicts to work at his business, assists them in finding housing, provides opportunities for recreation and youth mentoring through a boxing center he owns, and works directly with parole officers and attorneys to help his employees.

Castriota and four other Mind, Heart and Spirit honorees received their awards at a luncheon on the Duquesne campus on Nov. 7.

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