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Duquesne University Honors Eileen Spear with Mind, Heart & Spirit Award

Eileen M. Spear of Castle Shannon was selected as the eighth of 10 individuals who will receive 2008 Duquesne University Mind Heart & Spirit Awards.

Mind, Heart & 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. Spear was honored for her contributions and accomplishments in the area of moral and spiritual values.

A 1976 graduate of Duquesne’s School of Education, Spear previously worked for the University’s Spiritan Campus Ministry. Since 2006, she has served as office manager for Resurrection Church in Brookline. She has volunteered for more than 10 years as the Bethlehem Haven shelter for homeless women in Uptown. Trained in reflexology, Spear gives foot massages to women struggling with unemployment, physical and mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction or physical and sexual abuse, providing physical, emotional and spiritual relief. Last year, her innovative volunteer work was honored with the prestigious national Jefferson Award.

Duquesne’s Mind, Heart & Spirit honorees receive tickets to a Steelers game and congratulations on the Jumbotron scoreboard as well as in Steelers Radio Network gameday broadcasts. Spear will be recognized during the Steelers’ game against Cincinnati on Nov. 20 at Heinz Field.

Duquesne University and the Steelers organization have partnered for several years to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of area students and the University’s graduates. The team’s founder, the late Arthur J. Rooney, Sr.; his son, Chairman Dan Rooney; and grandson and President Art Rooney II are all notable Duquesne alumni.

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