Duquesne President to Retire in 2016

Duquesne University President Charles Dougherty announced today at the University’s Board of Director’s meeting that he will retire on June 30, 2016, when his current term ends.

“I am grateful to the board of directors for the confidence they have shown in me by their expressed desire for me to stay on as president beyond my current contract,” Dougherty said.  “After giving this invitation the serious reflection it deserves, I have concluded that the timing is right for Duquesne University and for me personally to step down from the presidency at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.  I will have served fifteen years by then-a long time for a single president.  I believe in term limits because they provide for new perspectives and new vigor.  Further, the University’s exceptionally strong national position makes 2016 an opportune time for a leadership transition.”

Learn More: www.duq.edu/news/duquesne-president-to-retire-in-2016

Duquesne University Mourns the Loss of Chancellor John E. Murray Jr.

The Duquesne University community was saddened by the passing of Dr. John E. Murray Jr., chancellor and professor of law, on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Murray served as Duquesne’s 11th president from 1988 through 2001. He was 82.

“Duquesne-and Pittsburgh-lost an incredibly talented leader, teacher, scholar, author and lawyer today,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “His contributions here at Duquesne, as well as his service on numerous government, charitable and legal boards and committees have improved the lives of many over the course of his remarkable career.”

Learn More: www.duq.edu/news/duquesne-university-mourns-the-loss-of-chancellor-john-e-murray-jr

Duquesne Nursing School Jumps 52 Spots in U.S. News Grad Rankings

Duquesne University has broken into the Top 100 Best Graduate Schools of Nursing, according to U.S. News and World Report.

In the newly released 2016 Best Graduate Schools list, U.S. News ranked Duquesne’s School of Nursing at No. 75 in the Best Nursing Schools category, marking a significant 52-spot jump from 2012, when the school ranked at No. 127.

“This new ranking reflects the School of Nursing as No. 8 among Catholic universities and an increase in our national ranking to No. 75,” said Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, dean and professor of nursing. “The Duquesne School of Nursing’s increased ranking by U.S. News and World Report is a direct result of the faculty’s efforts to increase innovation, research and quality.”

Learn More: www.duq.edu/news/duquesne-nursing-school-jumps-52-spots-in-us-news-grad-rankings

One-of-a-Kind Foucault Pendulum Dedicated in Libermann Hall

The University became the official home to a one-of-a-kind Foucault pendulum after the device was dedicated in the lounge of Libermann Hall on March 11. Dr. Kathleen Glenister Roberts, director of the Honors College, led the ceremony accompanied by the pendulum’s creator and alumnus Andrew Witchger, a former Honors Fellow. Continue reading

Genesius Project on Track for Summer Completion

Although many days hit freezing temperatures this past winter, crews continued to work outside on the construction of The Genesius Project, Duquesne’s new multipurpose theater on Seitz Street, adjacent to the Mary Pappert School of Music.

“We’re excited with the progress and that our new state-of-the-art building will be ready this summer,” said Terri Leasure, project manager from facilities management. Continue reading

Alumnus Donates Rare 1611 Edition of “The Faerie Queene”

Poet and alumnus Robert Giannetti, who earned his Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature at Duquesne in 1979, recently donated a very rare 1611 folio edition of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene and the Shepheardes Calendar to Gumberg. The book is the first collected edition of Spenser’s works, printed in London soon after Spenser’s death by Matthew Lownes. It is available in the University Archives.

DU CHOPPED!

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Office of Residence Life, DU CARES and Parkhurst Dining collaborated to host the inaugural Duquesne Chopped cook-off. Following the model of the popular television show, 12 teams of up to three Duquesne University students cooked their way up the Chopping Board. Continue reading

Valentine’s Ball 2015

The Alpha Phi Delta fraternity held its 45th Annual Valentine’s Day Ball in the Union Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 14. The event was a great success despite a snowstorm that resulted in several of the 290 scheduled guests not being able to make it into the city. The night began with an appetizer buffet followed by a sit-down dinner and dessert. All money raised was donated to the ALS Foundation. This year a special guest of honor, local firefighter Matt Onyshko, was in attendance making the ALS cause that much more of a reality to the brothers, alumni, parents and friends. A huge thank you to all those who attended the ball or left their mark on this event in some way.

The 2nd Annual Week of Wellbeing

A Reflection and Recap by Ian C. Edwards, PhD, LP, Director, Duquesne University Counseling and Wellbeing Center

As a way of introducing this reflection and recap of the events of March 9-14, it is important to note that the Student Wellbeing Initiative, inclusive of the Duquesne University Counseling and Wellbeing Center and the Student Wellbeing Club, with one of its emphases being on interfaith dialog, can be appreciated as an expression of Pope Paul VI’s Nostra Aetate, his 1965 “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.” Continue reading

Study Abroad with Duquesne in Dublin

Celebrating its second year, Duquesne in Dublin is our newest study abroad destination.  Students call the beautiful and historic mansion, St. Michael’s House, home while attending the University College Dublin, one of Ireland’s top universities. Living on Ailesbury Road, just down the street from UCD, you will learn quickly why this prestigious road is featured on the Dublin Monopoly board! Continue reading

Spotlight Musical Theatre Company

This semester, Spotlight Musical Theatre Company performed The Addams Family. The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly, delightful life in this funny show. It is the last show that Spotlight will perform in the Peter Mills Theatre before they move their performances over to the new Genesius Theater in the fall.

Student Government Association News

During this time on the Bluff, the Dukes not only transition from winter to spring, but on March 16, 2015 the 44th Executive Board, along with the Senators of Student Government Association, were installed. Continue reading

Residence Hall Association News

The new Residence Hall Association (RHA) Executive Board was installed on Sunday, March 15 at the Student Leader Installation Mass. The board includes five members:

  • RHA President, Rachel Willis, 19, of Erie, PA, is a freshman studying Public Relations and International Relations.
  • Executive Vice President, Jordan Pollard, 20, of Pittsburgh, PA, is a sophomore majoring in Business Law. Pollard served as Director of Partnership last year for RHA.
  • Director of Communications, Darian Reynolds, 19, of Aliquippa, PA, is a sophomore business student majoring in Management and Supply Chain Management. Reynolds served in this same position last year for RHA.
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Duquesne University Celebrates International Week

Duquesne University celebrated International Week in March.  There were events each day.

  • DISHA, our Indian student organization celebrated HOLI.
  • Our Saudi Arabian students presented The Traditional Face of Saudi Arabia.  A wonderful program that showed the current culture in Saudi Arabia.
  • Our students from Africa presented the Annual Showcase Afrique.  This is their annual event that included singers, drummers, dancers and refreshments.
  • These events led up to the celebration of all the international students on campus with The World on A Platter (photos above).

The Union Ballroom was packed with Duquesne , both international and domestic student, who enjoyed cuisine from all over the world!  They were entertained with performances from the different cultures and a colorful fashion show.

International Week at Duquesne was a wonderful success and brought to attention the many contributions that our international students bring to our campus!

Duquesne Programming Council Welcomes New Board of Directors

On March 15, the Duquesne Programming Council (DPC) welcomed its 2015-2016 Board of Directors.  The ceremony took place at the Hard Rock Café located in Station Square.  These students stated their oath of office in the company of the current Board of Directors and DPC alumni.  The new members and their positions are as follows: Continue reading

Showcase Afrique 2015

The 5th Annual Showcase Afrique was organized by the Union of African Students to display African traditions on March 25. It was a festive event meant to invite students to learn something interesting about Africa, dance to its traditional music and tastes its authentic cuisines.

Saudi Student Organization


The Saudi Students Organization held an event called The Traditional Face of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, March 24. At the beginning of the evening, the audience watched a short presentation and a video clip about Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

Spirit of Diversity Dinner

On Friday, March 27, new Office of Multicultural Affairs Director Jeff Mallory hosted the inaugural Spirit of Diversity Dinner and Scholarship Fund Benefit. This event honored six students, Malcom Carrington, Marco Joseph Acevedo, Suha Alkhan, Shantale Davis, Nicole Johnson and Jachi Lee, who have achieved academic excellence and are committed to service and diversity in the community. Continue reading

Freshmen Honor Society: Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society that is open to freshman students who earned a 3.5 QPA or better in their first semester at Duquesne. This honor society was founded March 22, 1923, and is the oldest and largest freshman honor society and now has more than 375 chapters throughout the United States and more than 1,100,000 members. Continue reading

The Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp. Leadership Awards for Excellence in Student Leadership

The Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp. Leadership Award is presented to outstanding seniors who have been nominated by the Student Life staff. They are evaluated on their dedication to the Mission Statement, leadership positions, service, academic achievements and their presence on campus. Five extraordinary students are recognized in 2015 with an Award for Excellence in Student Leadership. Continue reading

24 Hour Study for Finals @ Gumberg Library

The Gumberg Library will be open continuously beginning Monday, April 27 at 7 a.m. and lasting until Wednesday, May 6 at 9 p.m. As usual, the library will provide snacks at midnight for any late-night studiers.

As a refresher—

  • Quiet study areas are on the first, second, and third floors.
  • Group study areas are the fourth and fifth floors.
  • Always bring your ID—the library cards for your safety. Card swipe entry is in effect between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays, and all weekends.

During finals when everyone is scrambling to make it through the end of semester, library tables are at a premium. Gumberg supports the many students who ask that everyone shows kindness and respect in sharing library study space: http://gumberglibrary.tumblr.com/sharegumberg.

Good luck on finals!

Run for Ryan

The annual Run for Ryan is a student-run campus 5K that honors the life of fallen United States Marine Sgt. Ryan Lane of Castle Shannon, PA. Ryan was killed on his second deployment in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan in July of 2009 while serving with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Division. Upon hearing of Ryan’s death, former Duquesne students 1st Lieutenant Joseph Vitti, USA, and 1st Lieutenant Chris Cavanagh, USMC, decided that this Marine should never be forgotten. The run encircles the campus and all proceeds benefit an endowed fund in Ryan’s name, awarded to student veterans in need of financial assistance. Continue reading

“Float On Flem”

Float on Flem is an event sponsored by the Red and Blue Crew during the annual Spring Game that honors the life of Ryan Fleming. Ryan was a Duquesne student who was in the Business School and was the Assistant to the Director of Football Operations. He passed away in his sleep due to Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome, a heart condition that causes an increased heart rate. He was actively involved in the Red and Blue Crew and in the classroom. Last year, Float on Flem had about 20 student organizations volunteer Chinese auction baskets and food tables to raise profit for the Ryan Fleming Scholarship Fund, a fund started by his family in his memory. Continue reading

Duquesne Class Ring Blessing

The Division of Student Life celebrates the 10th Annual Duquesne Class Ring Blessing on Sunday, April 19 at 11 a.m. with Mass in the Duquesne Chapel.  Brunch will follow in the Power Center Ballroom.

If you would like to have your class ring blessed, please contact ringblessing@duq.edu to register.   You are welcome to have your family join you for this special occasion. Continue reading

Greek Week 2015

It is that time of the year again! Themed The Greatest Show on Earth this year, Greek Week begins on Sunday, April 12 with a kick-off BBQ, Greek Games and an evening Mass. The entire week is packed with sporting events, philanthropy initiatives, a leadership speaker, an awards banquet, the infamous Greek Sing and more (please see full schedule of events below). Everyone is encouraged to attend anything and everything that the Greeks have going on. Continue reading

Sunny Days. Brighter Future. Summer at DU.

Summer is a great time at Duquesne!  More than 500 courses are offered, allowing students to get ahead, catch up, improve a GPA or focus on one class at a time. Courses are offered in day, evening and online formats in 13 sessions, from 3 to 12 weeks, starting in May, June and July.  Currently enrolled undergraduate Duquesne students can take advantage of opportunities for free summer housing and a 25% basic undergraduate tuition discount.  Visit www.duq.edu/summer for details and eligibility requirements. Continue reading