Duquesne University has been recognized by the top levels of the federal government for its commitment to community involvement for the third consecutive year—since the inception of the program.
On Feb. 9, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced that Duquesne again was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Duquesne’s selection, based upon an application completed by the Duquesne University Volunteers (DUV) office, included information about the more than 218,250 hours that University students donated to community causes in efforts sponsored by a variety of campus organizations. Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, DUV coordinator, reported that 3,800 students provided at least 20 hours of community service per semester.
“Service is a founding principle at Duquesne and a tradition that keeps giving,” said Pustorino-Clevenger. “To me, having Duquesne receive this honor demonstrates our commitment to how we live our mission as a Spiritan institution. It gives our students an opportunity to engage and serve with our community and this truly is the spirit of the President’s Honor Roll.”
The community efforts included the Brashear Association Holiday Food and Toy Drive, Books for Africa, KICSS—Keep it Clean South Side, cross-cultural immersion experiences and Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania. This year’s honor roll activities especially focused on school completion and mentoring of disadvantaged youth. Duquesne’s projects in that area included DUV tutoring, Project for Academic Coaching through Tutoring, Career Literacy for the Advancement of All Youth and student organization Strong Women, Strong Girls.
“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges. We salute Duquesne for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”