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Duquesne University Honors Panella with Mind, Heart & Spirit Award

Leon Panella of Prospect was selected as the second 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. Panella was honored for his contributions and accomplishments related to University and community service.

Panella received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Duquesne in 1966 and is now semi-retired. He joined the Alpha Phi Delta fraternity as an undergraduate and has remained active for more than four decades, serving on its national board of directors. He is a member of Duquesne’s Greek Alumni Council and regularly assists current student brothers with service projects, including the University’s annual Spring Clean-Up, in which hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni work to improve Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

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. Panella was recognized during the pre-season game against Carolina on Aug. 28 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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