In his new role, Wasilko is responsible for assisting freshmen and their families transition to life at Duquesne by overseeing support activities and programs, including the award-winning Orientation program.
“I feel very honored to have the chance to work in this capacity,” Wasilko said. “Duquesne is a very special place to me, and to have the chance to shape our students’ first impression of what it is like to be a part of this community is something I take very seriously and am excited to be a part of.”
An alumnus of Duquesne, Wasilko earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2008, a master’s in health management systems in 2010 and will complete his doctoral studies in instructional technology this spring. He previously served the University as the resident director for Des Places and St. Ann Halls, coordinated the Freshman Advisement Summer Transition (FAST) program for academic affairs and served as a graduate assistant in the Honors College.
“I spent the last six years working in the Office of Residence Life, so I am excited to experience Move-in and Orientation from this perspective,” Wasilko said. “I have met the current orientation directors, and their enthusiasm for the program clearly shows and I can’t wait to work with them.”
Additionally, Wasilko is currently the chapter advisor to the Gamma Phi fraternity, a role in which he is credited with a notable increase in the chapter’s membership and activities; he gives presentations to offices and student groups on the mission and history of the University; he is helping to plan this year’s Founder’s Week; and he serves as a youth mentor with Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh.
“We so often describe the community here as a family, and I think that is a result of our mission,” Wasilko said. “It makes working here an experience unlike anything else. To be able to come to work every day and work at a place guided by a mission like ours is something I love. We have such a rich history as a University, and it means a lot to be a part of that.”