DU Named to Community Service Honor Roll for Seventh Consecutive Year

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has recognized Duquesne’s commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement for a seventh consecutive year. The University was named by the CNCS to its 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

In addition, it is the fourth consecutive year that Duquesne University received the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction, a commendation that highlights exemplary programs and levels of student involvement. Duquesne is the only Pittsburgh school and one of just five Pennsylvania universities among the 113 institutions across the United States to receive this special recognition.

“Being named to the Honor Roll with Distinction provides us with the opportunity to reflect upon how service shapes our mission as a core value and institution-wide priority,” explained said Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, assistant director for community engagement at Duquesne University. “The (Honor Roll) application also enabled us to demonstrate our commitment to meaningful partnerships with community organizations in a variety of academic, co-curricular and spiritual contexts.”

During 2011-12, members of the Duquesne community contributed to the University’s following statistics:

  • 7,750 student volunteers
  • 680 faculty and staff volunteers
  • 8,420 total volunteers
  • 248,956 volunteer hours
  • 27,000 service-learning hours
  • 2,000 students engaged in service-learning
  • $140,476.88 in student organization based philanthropy and fundraising.

“These institutions have inspired students and faculty alike to roll up their sleeves and work alongside members of the community to solve problems and improve their neighbors” lives,” said Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of CNCS.

The CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than four million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and the Social Innovation Fund, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.