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Duquesne University Honors Ray with Mind, Heart & Spirit Award

Patricia Walter Ray of Pahoa, Hawaii, formerly of Freeport, Pa., was selected as the third 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. Ray was honored for her contributions and accomplishments related to world concerns.

After serving five years as regional general counsel for Texas Instruments in Singapore and Hong Kong, Ray was recruited by the U.S. State Department in 2000 to serve on a United Nations team, rebuilding Kosovo’s legal system after the Balkan nation’s devastating war. Ray negotiated agreements spurring foreign investment in Kosovo, set up institutions to safeguard against corruption, and drafted intellectual property and antitrust statutes providing a robust framework for economic growth and recovery.

Formerly, Ray served as a State Department envoy facilitating legal and commercial development in Morocco, the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, and Albania. She received her juris doctor degree from the Duquesne School of Law in 1979.

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. Ray was recognized during the Steelers home opener against Houston on Sept. 7 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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