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Duquesne University Honors Miller with Mind, Heart & Spirit Award

Shawn R. Miller of Etna was selected as the first of eight area 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. Miller was honored for his contributions and accomplishments related to the advancement of academic excellence.

Miller received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Duquesne in 2006. He is vice president of Tal-Million Laboratories, founder and organizer of the Lab Ratz Science Club. Lab Ratz is an after-school program offered throughout the North and South Hills and in Armstrong, Beaver and Butler counties. Lab Ratz groups meet weekly, introducing children in elementary and middle schools to basic scientific concepts through hands-on experiments. Lab Ratz also produces one-time assemblies for area schools and in-home science parties, awakening children's natural curiosity and interest in discovery.

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. Miller was recognized at the pre-season opener against Philadelphia on Aug. 8 at Heinz Field.

Duquesne University and the Steelers organization have partnered to for several years to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of area students as well as 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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