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Duquesne students break bread with their South Side neighbors


South Side residents and businesses and Duquesne University celebrated together as neighbors at a special pre-holiday South Side Thanksgiving potluck dinner on Monday evening, Nov. 7, at the South Side Market House.

The gathering was co-sponsored by Duquesne University, South Side Community Council, South Side Chamber of Commerce and Pittsburgh Citiparks. The dinner provided an opportunity for Duquesne students, residents, business owners and senior citizens to meet each other and share an early thanksgiving meal as a community.

The Market House was the perfect venue for the dinner, and its staff and senior volunteers were gracious and welcoming.

Duquesne University donated an abundance of oven-baked turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and rolls and butter. Residents and business owners provided side dishes, while students and Duquesne brought an array of tempting cookies, cakes and cupcakes for dessert.

The Market House staff and seniors decorated the dining hall with festive seasonal centerpieces and donated the coffee. The chamber provided a gift basket with lots of South Side, VisitPittsburgh and Great Allegheny Passage surprises as a raffle prize won by one of the students.

Everyone mingled as they enjoyed the dinner and checked their tickets for a chance to win a variety of prizes. All of the sponsors assisted with the event preparations, setup and cleanup.

As a vibrant neighborhood close to Duquesne University's campus, South Side is an attractive community for Duquesne students to live in and visit. The university regularly discusses and reminds its students about the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct. They welcome and encourage student-resident dialogue and feedback as well as respect for residential community values.

This year, about 1,000 Duquesne students live in the South Side Flats and on the South Side Slopes. Tim Lewis, director of commuter affairs, is the Duquesne contact for neighbors at 412-396-6660 or

Each year, Duquesne University students donate thousands of volunteer hours in communities throughout the Pittsburgh region, including South Side. Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, assistant director for community engagement, is the Duquesne contact person for community service and professional development opportunities at 412-396-5853 or


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