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National Honor

Written by Cara J. Hayden

Nordenberg

Nordenberg

Every year at the University’s opening convocation for freshmen, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg addresses the sobering topic of alcohol abuse. It’s not a typical part of his interactions with students—he prefers encouraging exploration of their academic passions—but it is, he believes, a necessary one.

His attitude toward responsible drinking and his support of numerous antidrinking programs at Pitt earned him a national accolade in November. He received the Presidential Leadership Award, an annual honor that recognizes one college or university president nationwide for alcohol-prevention efforts. It includes a $50,000 prize, which will be used to further support Pitt’s alcohol-prevention programs.

The award is given by the Gordie Foundation in memory of Gordie Bailey, a freshman at the University of Colorado who died of alcohol poisoning in 2004, as well as by Outside the Classroom, an organization that assists universities with alcohol-prevention programs.

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