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    Duquesne Honored by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

    The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) presented Duquesne University with its inaugural Downtown Champion Award at the organization's annual meeting on March 6.

    The PDP launched a volunteer program last year to engage downtown stakeholders in its Clean and Safe Program, a sanitation and greening effort. Duquesne University was honored with the Downtown Champion Award for its students' participation in that program.

    "One of the major contributors to our success was (Duquesne's) student body," said Jeremy Waldrup, president and chief executive officer of the PDP. "Duquesne University students consistently contributed to our volunteer efforts throughout the year, bringing volunteers to clean and rake the river walks, remove graffiti, and weed and mulch public space and greenways on multiple weekends."

    Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, Duquesne's volunteer coordinator, said the students' recognition from the PDP is well deserved.

    "To see that they are receiving the Downtown Champion Award validates the hard work, diligence and passion to which they bring to the community," said Pustorino-Clevenger.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.