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    Duquesne University Joins National Network Linking Christianity and Academics

    Duquesne University has joined the Lilly Fellows Program National Network, which works to revitalize the relationship between Christianity and the academic vocation.

    Established in 1991, the Lilly network consists of 99 colleges and universities from across the country that represent a great variety of religious traditions and institutional types. They work collaboratively to strengthen the religious nature of church-related institutions of higher education through publications and programming, including mentoring programs, faculty exchange programs, workshops, seminars and national research conferences.

    "This is a wonderful way to connect to other faith-based institutions," said Dr. James Swindal, dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. "Being a member of the network also provides us with access to Lilly Fellows graduate student scholarships and opportunities."

    The network includes Boston College, Grove City College, the University of Notre Dame and Villanova University, among others.

    Dr. Ronald Arnett, professor and chair of communication and rhetorical studies, and Dr. Maureen O'Brien, associate professor of theology, will serve as Duquesne's representatives to the network.

    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.