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Students pitch in and help clean up So. Side


August 29, 2017

Students from the Duquesne University New Student Orientation Progr am had the opportunity to participate in micro service projects in South Side on Saturday, Aug. 19.

These project were aimed at introducing students to members of the South Pittsburgh community, Pittsburgh's robust history, and the many community organizations to which students can become active during their time at the university.

The event was collaboratively sponsored by the South Side Community Council, South Side Chamber of Commerce, Graffiti Watch, Friends of the Riverfront, Friends of South Side Park, Green n' At, and the Duquesne University Center for Student Involvement's Volunteer Office.

"Partnerships can definitely make things happen on South Side. City Theatre realized weeds were taking over the sidewalks adjacent to their parking lot on 16th and Muriel and Pitt needed to find a quick placement Friday for about 25 freshman students who had signed up for a community project with an organization that had to back out," Community Council President Barbara Rudiak said.

She continued that Pitt officials contacted Jenn Holliman, the university relations coordinator for the South Side Community Council, who reached out to others on the council to see if there was a project that the students could do in a two-hour period. By that afternoon, the students, Ms. Holliman and two other SSCC board members, Ed Wallo and Ms. Rudiak, were able to clear the sidewalks around the parking lot.

Together they made a big difference in the landscape around Muriel Street.

In addition, Donna Tarkett was with Duquesne students up in "Jurassic Valley" in South Side Park.

Other Duquesne students worked to pull "a lot of weeds" on Jane Street from S. 22nd Street to 25th Street.


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