The Lenten Journey Continues

Our Lenten journey helps us to rediscover our faith through the practices of Lent.  The Lenten traditions give us an opportunity to deepen our experience of faith, improve our interior life, as well as heightening our awareness of the needs of the less fortunate through outreach and works of charity.

This Lenten season, Spiritan Campus Ministry is asking us to help our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.  To learn more about how you can help, please visit this website.

Through the practices of Lent, we can experience a growth in our spiritual wellbeing. While sometimes regarded as a predominantly Roman Catholic observance, these actions are practiced by other faith traditions as well.  The practices that have been passed on from generation to generation invite us to share our common joy in community as we prepare for the Easter season.   What you give up can change your life and what you give can help to empower and transform the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world.

Undergraduate Students Show Unprecedented Satisfaction with Duquesne

More students than ever are satisfied with their first semester of college at Duquesne University, with 97 percent returning to campus this spring.

Besides this unprecedented first-semester retention rate, the Enrollment Management Group and University Retention Committee at Duquesne also announced that Duquesne’s six-year graduation rate is 76 percent, 11 percentage points above the national average. Continue reading

Students Take Alternative Spring Breaks

This spring break, 60 students traveled to three different locations for Spiritan Campus Ministry’s annual Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences (CCMEs).  Students assisted in home repair and community projects in Mullens, WV; worked with migrant farmworkers to understand the injustices in Florida’s tomato fields in Immokalee, FL; and helped to rebuild homes affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA. In all of the experiences, students were able to get a taste of the culture of the area through food, conversation with members of the community, and working together on a variety of projects in the areas. Below are students’ reflections on their experiences on the CCMEs. Continue reading

New Student Leaders Installed

On Sunday, March 16, 2014, the new officers of the Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, Commuter Council, Student Government Senate, Duquesne Program Council, Class Councils, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Professional Fraternity Council, and the newly founded Black Greek Council were installed at the 11 a.m. Mass in the University Chapel. Continue reading

New Statue of St. Ann Dedicated

On Thursday, March 20, a new statue was dedicated in St. Ann Hall in the memory of Veronica and Ann Wasilko. A reception and dedication ceremony was held in the lobby of St. Ann Hall to celebrate the addition, which highlights our rich Catholic tradition. St. Ann was chosen as the patron saint of the residence hall when it opened in 1963 as an upperclassmen female residence. Continue reading

Construction on New Black Box Theater Set for Spring

Construction is slated to begin next month on a $4.5 million, 10,500 square-foot black box theater on Seitz Street, next to the School of Music. A groundbreaking ceremony for the campus community is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1.

The upper level of the red brick-and-glass structure will include a main entrance and lobby, a theater seating up to 160, a rehearsal hall and a mobile ticket counter. The theater’s lower level will feature dressing rooms, set building shops, costume storage, mechanical/electrical rooms, offices and a green room. Continue reading

First Annual Week of Wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing Club hosted a week of Wellbeing-related free events open to the Duquesne Community. The week began with a Yoga Hike in collaboration with the nonprofit, Venture Outdoors. The students hiked around the urban neighborhood of Regent Square and the nearby Frick Park, and ended at a yoga studio, Yoga on the Square. Other events/activities included Creative Expression event in the NiteSpot, a Wellbeing Advocacy Keynote Speech by Dr. Ian Edwards, Director of the Counseling Center and founder of the Wellbeing Initiative, honoring the Feast of the Annunciation; a Nutritionist Speaker; Therapy Dogs; Yoga Class with Sound Healing which included Rev. Gregory Olikenyi, C.S.Sp., providing an interfaith-multicultural experience through meditative music; and a Drum Circle lead by students from the Music Therapy Student Association.

Duquesne University Health Service Offers New Online Service

Duquesne University Health Service is excited to provide to students a new, more efficient service through expansion of our electronic medical record system. Students will soon have access to a Health Service Student Portal through DORI, under the Student Tab, then “Student Connections.” Through this portal, health history and immunization updates can be submitted for easy verification by health service staff. Continue reading

Senior Celebration

On Saturday, March 22, hundreds of Duquesne students and their families gathered for the annual Senior Celebration, an event recognizing graduating seniors and 4th year pharmacy students. Established in 1993 by the Duquesne Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (The National Leadership Honor Society), the event brought together all members of the Duquesne community to celebrate and reflect on the success and achievements of our students. Continue reading

Jimmy V Foundation Fundraiser

ISO Night

The International Students Organization hosted its annual spring event entitled ISO Night: Mosaic of the World on Thursday, March 27, in the Union Ballroom. The event featured a fashion show, cultural performances and cuisines from a variety of ethnic cultures. There were also henna tattoos, refreshments and games by different multicultural organizations.

Duquesne Ring Blessing

Student Life will host the 9th Annual Duquesne Class Ring Blessing at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in the Chapel. Students and/or alums who would like to participate can register by April 1 at

During the Mass, those who have registered will have their names called and will be invited, along with their family members to come forward, where a Spiritan Father will bless their ring.  They will then be invited to sign the Ring Blessing Book.

Brunch will follow in the Power Center.

Spring into Books! Scholastic Book Sale!

Buy One Get One Free with donation of a book

April 7-11, 2nd Floor Union
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The upcoming Scholastic Book Sale will be just in time for Easter, spring holidays, First Communion gifts and summer reading! The sale format will be the same as last year: Buy One Get One Free – with the donation of a book! Continue reading

Who Dunnit?

The Office of Residence Life (ORL) has always strived to make campus an exciting place to live and learn. Throughout the academic year, the ORL team puts a particular emphasis on livening up the weekends of students who live on campus. Resident Assistants, Resident Directors and Residence Life Central Staff hosted over 80 weekend programs during the Fall 2013 semester, working collaboratively with many student groups and other offices including DU CARES, Freshman and Sophomore Class Councils, Duquesne Program Council, the Black Student Uunion and others. The range of events offered were widely varied and offered something for everyone: From trips to sporting events, creative arts and crafts programs, tours of the city and small festivals to celebrate the seasons. Continue reading

Big Man On Campus Philanthropy

On Monday March 17, Duquesne’s Delta Zeta sorority held their annual Big Man On Campus Philanthropy event in the Student Union Ballroom. Representatives from all Greek organizations on campus were invited to participate in the event which the sisters of Delta Zeta describe as a “male beauty pageant.” The sisters donated all funds to the Speech and Hearing Clinic on Duquesne’s campus as, speech and hearing pathology is their designated Philanthropy. Continue reading

Passport to Your Career Success

Career Services hosted a new event this spring geared to inform all students of our services, but in a fun and casual way. Students who attended the event, which took place in the Africa Room, took a quick tour around the room to four different booths. The booths were themed and involved short career-related activities, which gave students a snapshot of what they could learn from our office by taking advantages of our services. Continue reading

Freshman Honor Society – Phi Eta Sigma

The freshman honor society of Phi Eta Sigma will be inducting its 2014 candidates on Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Duquesne Union Ballroom at 2:15 p.m. All freshman students who received a 3.5 GPA or higher have been invited to join. The ceremony will include a meal of your choice of Smoked Pork Chop, Grilled Filet Mignon or Vegetable Lasagna. If you have any questions, please call the office of Freshman Development at 412.396.1980.

Duquesne Law School Jumps Significantly in U.S. News Ranking

Dean Ken Gormley

Duquesne University’s School of Law leaped 23 spots in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Graduate School Rankings.

Last year, Duquesne placed among top-tier law schools for the first time in a decade. This year, Duquesne jumped up to the 121st spot, shared with seven other institutions, including DePaul University in Chicago. Continue reading

U.S. News Ranking Recognizes Graduate Schools of Nursing, Education, Business

The School of Nursing has been ranked No. 6 in the nation among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News and World Report. The School of Education climbed up 35 spots, to No. 126 in the country, and the Donahue Graduate School of Business was recognized as one of the top part-time MBA programs in the country, No. 125-and both were among the top 10 programs in Pennsylvania.

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International Programs

Over 100 Duquesne University students recently returned from spring break study abroad trips to Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Nicaragua. Continue reading

Duquesne MBA Sustainability Places Second in Worldwide Competition

A team from Duquesne’s MBA Sustainability program placed second in an inaugural world competition in Davos, Switzerland, based on a case study to improve sustainability operations at an international oil and gas company.

The first Corporate Knights-Schulich Business for a Better World case competition narrowed the field from 28 teams worldwide to just five in the first two rounds. Three teams of students—from Duquesne, the first-place team from the Stockholm School of Economics and the Monterey School of International Studies—were selected for the final round in Davos, where high-profile judges attending the World Economic Forum heard their presentations on Jan. 24. Continue reading

News from the School of Business

New Information Systems Scholarship at Duquesne Quickly Reaches Endowment
The timeline to establish the Thomas A. Pollack Information Systems Management Scholarship at Duquesne University has progressed from being simply a good idea to achieving fully endowed status more quickly than anticipated.

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U.S. News Recognized Graduate School of Business
The Donahue Graduate School of Business was recognized as one of the top part-time MBA programs in the country at No. 125, and was among the top 10 programs in Pennsylvania.

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Spring Formal

On Friday, April 4, 2014, from 7-11 p.m., the Duquesne University Class Councils will be hosting the When You Wish Upon a Star.  The event will be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott and all proceeds from ticket sales and the 50/50 will benefit Make-A-Wish® with the hopes of raising enough money to grant one wish (an average cost of $3,900).

Tickets cost $10/person in advance, $15/person at the door, and $80/organization with 10 members in attendance. Tickets can be purchased at the Union Info Desk starting March 12 until the day of the event. If you are choosing to attend as an organization, please have your advisor contact Annie Kaucic ( with the names and emails of the 10 members who will be attending and she will provide you with further instructions. Continue reading

Free Summer Housing for Current Students

The University offers free summer housing for currently enrolled undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) who want to take on-campus courses this summer.

The free housing is available for the duration of the summer course(s) only. To be eligible, students must be enrolled for at least 3 credits and will be responsible for any meal plan costs.  Students also must either have lived on campus for the spring semester or must have deposited to live on campus for the upcoming fall semester. Continue reading

Duquesne Community Invited to Celebrate Founders Week 2014

The campus community is invited to attend Founders Week 2014, the annual celebration to honor the legacy, vision and values of Duquesne’s Spiritan founders, from Sunday, Feb. 2, through Friday, Feb. 7.

The theme for this year’s Founders Week, One Heart, One Spirit: Living the Mission, will highlight a series of events focused around Spiritan education, the University’s mission and how the University community lives that mission each day. Continue reading

Students Needed as Members of the University Conduct Board

Students are needed to serve as members of the University Conduct Board.  Commitment is minimal.  It is a good opportunity to serve the Duquesne community, develop skills in conflict resolution and communication, and is a great addition to a resume. Contact Susan Monahan, Director, at or 412.396.6642 for more information.

Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences

This coming spring break and summer, Spiritan Campus Ministry will be taking 75 students on four Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences (CCME). The trips will include opportunities to work with migrant farmworkers in Immokalee, Fla., explore and work with communities in Pittsburgh’s urban neighborhoods, assist in rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, home repair and a greater understanding of the culture of rural Appalachia in West Virginia, and run a day camp at a Spiritan Mission in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. Continue reading

Duquesne University Volunteers

Students are encouraged to visit the Campus Link page for DUV (Duquesne University Volunteers) to look at upcoming service opportunities. Additionally, applications are being accepted for the Executive Board of Up ’til Dawn, the Duquesne University organization dedicated to sharing the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information contact the DUV office in 305 Union.

Spring Break Safety Tips

Whether you choose to stay at home or travel during spring break, it is important to be safe, and not to do things that can risk your safety and/or your success.  Remember in all states the drinking age is 21, and any underage drinking charge has the potential to negatively impact your future.  And despite what alcohol marketers might suggest to you, there are some very real risks to underage and/or excessive alcohol use. Continue reading

Wasilko Named Freshman Development and Special Student Services Director

Adam Wasilko

Adam Wasilko was named director of freshman development and special student services, effective Jan. 2. He succeeds Sean Weaver, who will remain at the University as director of the new Office of Anti-Discrimination Policies and Compliance in the Division of Legal Affairs.

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.” Continue reading

Wellbeing as a Philosophy and Practice of Flourishing

Ian Edwards was the recipient of a 2013 Assessment Award for the course, “Wellbeing: Theory and Practice.”

On Jan. 23, 2014, Ian Edwards represented the Student Wellbeing Committee and the Student Wellbeing Club as the recipient of a 2013 Assessment Award for the course, Wellbeing: Theory and Practice. The aforementioned course was piloted during the fall 2013 semester with a group of 10 student volunteers comprising a small representative sample of the Duquesne University student body. The primary intent of the course was and is to help students learn how to take care of themselves. The secondary intent was and is to help students develop a fuller understanding of the Dimensions of a Duquesne Education and to help them live the Mission of Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Student Government Association Happenings

This semester, the Student Government Association hosted “Dinner with Father Hogan.” At the dinner, members of student government enjoyed a nice meal and discussed relevant issues pertaining to student life. It was a very enlightening session at which the members were all thrilled to hear of exciting new things coming to Duquesne, such as the new black box theater. Continue reading

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Towers staff was joined by students from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cares and individual families for the day of service.

The Duquesne Towers Residence Life Staff decided that being off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, would better be served as a day of service. Twenty-one Towers staff members traveled to Vincentian Home, a home that provides skilled and intermediate nursing care for the elderly. There, students served as greeters, wheelchair escorts and activities hosts. Continue reading

Tipoff Tailgate

On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, over 25 student organizations participated in the 3rd annual Tipoff Tailgate. This successful and highly spirited event, sponsored by Student Government Association, Duquesne Program Council and Athletics, was organized to encourage student attendance for the nationally televised men’s basketball game against the La Salle Explorers. Continue reading

Senior Class Council

The Senior Council hosted a wine tasting on Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Power Center Ballroom. Fr. Sawicki guided seniors through a tour of six wines from regions around the world.

Ten Year Anniversary of Brottier Hall

Brottier Hall celebrated its 10th Anniversary as a part of the Duquesne University community on Jan. 15, 2014. A reception with guest speakers was held and highlighted how important the apartment style Living Learning Center is to the University. In the spirit of the namesake, Daniel Brottier, the event also featured a charity raffle and fundraiser that benefited the Edwards Family Fund, a fund established to benefit the family of Brottier resident Jimmy Edwards who endured a very tragic event in August 2013.