For the fourth consecutive year, Duquesne University has received the highest federal recognition for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.On Feb. 25, the Corporation for National and Community Service named Duquesne to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, noting exemplary programs and levels of student involvement. Duquesne has been named to the honor roll since the inception of the federal program four years ago, but this is the first time the University has achieved the honor with distinction.
The application compiled by the Duquesne University Volunteers (DUV) office discussed some of the ways that over 8,715 of the University’s students spent more than 221,230 hours volunteering, said Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, assistant director of student activities and DUV coordinator.
“With nearly 85 percent of our students sharing their time and skills in many different outreach opportunities, Duquesne’s commitment to serving the community is evident,” Pustorino-Clevenger said. “Service is a founding principal of the University, so it’s fitting that this Spiritan tradition and value continues to be shared.”
The wide-ranging community efforts included regularly scheduled campus cleanups such as KICSS (Keep It Clean South Side) and Evergreen, a literature contest promoting civility among local seventh-and eighth-graders sponsored by the University’s chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society, various tutoring programs that assist younger students in the community and Strong Women, Strong Girls, which works with at-risk elementary-aged girls. The application also highlighted Duquesne students’ involvement in Spiritan Campus Ministry Cross Cultural Mission Experiences, which provide a vehicle for young people to volunteer among migrant farm families of Immokalee, Fla., as well as in underserved areas of Pittsburgh, West Virginia, New Orleans and the Dominican Republic.
“Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face,” said Patrick Corvington, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”