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Shattered Glass to Homeless Awareness: Duquesne Students Show They Care

Shattered glass and homeless awareness are the latest focus of Duquesne University students, who are bringing their energy and efforts to two regional charitable events, said Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, assistant director for community engagement.

While DU students participate in many charitable, philanthropic and community-based endeavors each week, upcoming regional events include:

A glass cleanup, hosted by South Side Pups on Saturday, Sept. 22. While dogs and their owners can take advantage of the RiverWalk Trail, water spouts at South Side Works and a new dog park, broken glass has been a problem for pups and their tender paws.

Duquesne teams will be checking in with others at 9:30-10 a.m. with brooms, dust pans and gloves at the parking lot on the corner of 18th Street and East Carson streets. The South Side Pups will provide buckets for the glass.

The annual Sleep-In for the Homeless on Friday, Oct. 19. Duquesne students will again join this Community Human Services event to raise awareness about homelessness in the region. The effort also helps to financially support outreach and medical efforts for about 1,500 local homeless people. Students from Duquesne have participated since the sleep-in began in 2008 and now are being joined by students from other institutions.

The event runs from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Programming will take place in Market Square; students will take city tours and stay overnight in the emergency shelter at the Smithfield United Church of Christ, 620 Smithfield St., Downtown.

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 nine 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.