President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Recognizes Duquesne University in Three Areas

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll again has selected Duquesne University as an honoree for the country's highest federal recognition for universities that strengthen communities.

The university has been recognized in the three areas for which it applied: General Community Service, Education and Economic Opportunity.

Duquesne was the sole Pittsburgh institution and among only 12 schools statewide honored for General Community Service with Distinction, the second-highest recognition presented by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that Duquesne has achieved this prestigious ranking for initiatives and outcomes improving the lives of community residents, particularly low-income individuals-a purpose that aligns both with Duquesne's overall mission of service and its strategic plan.

For this application cycle, more than 7,760 students from the university provided an estimated 261,033 hours of service in 2014-2015, said Dr. Alia M. Pustorino-Clevenger, director for student life assessment and co-curricular community engagement in the Center for Student Involvement.

Duquesne concentrated on three areas within the General Community Service category, focusing on the health and welfare of residents through academic programs and services, Spiritan Campus Ministry and Duquesne University Volunteers (DUV), Pustorino-Clevenger said. Among those involved were:

  • Athletic training
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech-language-hearing
  • Pharmacy, including the Duquesne University Pharmacy in the Hill District
  • Community Clean and Green Initiatives in the Hill District, Uptown and South Side
  • Cross-cultural mission experiences.

Duquesne was also honored with distinction in the category of Education, an area with rigorous requirements focusing on a commitment to improve outcomes for learners from pre-kindergarten through undergraduate levels. Duquesne was one of only seven Pennsylvania schools and the only one in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region to be honored with distinction in that category. Duquesne was recognized for exemplary commitment in this area because of the work of programs such as:

  • Project Seed, a project in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, which places high-achieving, economically-disadvantaged high school students in chemistry labs on the Duquesne campus.
  • Strong Women, Strong Girls, a student organization that mentors third through fifth grade girls
  • After-school tutoring conducted by DUV and PACT (Program for Academic Coaching Through Tutoring).

In the category of Economic Opportunity, Duquesne was one of only four Pennsylvania schools to achieve distinction. The honor was tied to Duquesne's commitment in this area due to the work of programs in the university's Small Business Development Center such as:

  • Pittsburgh Immigrant Entrepreneurs (PIE) and Neo Lab, which provides outreach to the immigrant community to offer guidance in business planning, operations, and management
  • Minority Small Business Development Program provides training and consultation for minority business owners and entrepreneurs located within the Hill District

This marks the ninth consecutive year that the federal agency has recognized Duquesne for its commitment and excellence to community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

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