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

Duquesne Again Receives Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Because of the ways Duquesne engages with its broader communities through teaching, research, student volunteerism, economic development involvement, and public-serving centers and institutes, the University has again been selected as one of the nation’s few institutions to receive the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification. Continue reading

Duquesne Becomes Only Pennsylvania School Listed Among Nation’s Most Efficient Universities

Duquesne University, long in the top tier of national U.S. News & World Report rankings, was the only school in Pennsylvania also named as one of the most efficiently operated schools.

The rankings highlighted public and private colleges that scored the highest overall on undergraduate academic educational quality while relatively spending less on educational programs to achieve that quality. Continue reading

Duquesne University a Top 100 Best College Value

Duquesne’s outstanding academics and affordable cost have made it rise dramatically on the list of the 100 best values in private schools nationwide for 2015, as compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Ranked No. 72 spot in the annual list of the country’s best private educational values, Duquesne had been at No. 84 on the 2014 list.

Learn More: www.duq.edu/news/duquesne-university-a-top-100-best-college-value-says-kiplingers

Student Life Celebrates Academic Excellence at Director’s Circle

Colleen Yanarella, Fr. Sean Hogan, Don Crawford

Over 600 parents, freshmen and University administrators and staff were on hand to celebrate the 24th Annual Director’s Circle.  Over 525 freshmen students were inducted into the Director’s Circle, a Student Life Program which honors freshmen who earn a 3.5 or greater in their first semester. Continue reading

The 20th Anniversary of Gumberg Library

Gumberg Library celebrates the 20th anniversary of its naming this month, opening the door to reflection on the library’s past, as well as a look to its future.

Although the facility officially opened in 1978, the name “Gumberg Library” was not adopted until Feb. 3, 1995. At this time, support from alumnus Stanley Gumberg and his wife Marcia enabled the library to keep pace with emerging technologies—namely, personal computers and the internet. Continue reading

Gumberg Digitizes More Than 150 Years of the Pittsburgh Catholic


Archives of Pittsburgh Catholic, America’s oldest Catholic newspaper, are now available online with the completion of a Gumberg Library digitization project begun in 2008. Issues published between 1844 and 2001, previously housed on microfilm reels, are accessible through the project, with later issues available in the Pittsburgh Catholic‘s online archives. Continue reading

It’s On Us: Student-Athletes Team Up With National Campaign

Duquesne student-athletes became one of the first Atlantic 10 schools to make a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. We also hosted a Sexual Violence Prevention/Awareness week at the end of January. During this week, student-athletes viewed the Emmy nominated documentary Brave Miss World, participated in self-defense classes led by Captain Lee Speer and Duquesne Public Safety officers and had a Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) advocate on campus for bystander approach programming.

The Dukes encourage you to join them in taking the pledge at www.itsonus.org.

96 Students Selected for Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa

96 students were selected for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). ODK is a National Leadership Honor Society, which recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service; social and religious activities; campus government; journalism; speech and the mass media; as well as creative and performing arts. Membership is awarded to students with a minimum of 60 credit hours and a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average. The following students were inducted into ODK on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Continue reading

Orientation Program Earns Fourth Consecutive National Award

The University’s Orientation program has been recognized by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) with the Outstanding Use of Theme award for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s theme was Rise! You’re Limitless.

The award, which marks the 20th time Duquesne has been recognized by the NODA, was presented to Adam Wasilko, director of freshman development and special student services, Jade Leitzel, senior program director, and Liz Keller, junior assistant director, at the NODA’s 67th annual conference, held Nov. 2 to 5 in Orlando, Fla. Continue reading

Duquesne Professor Earns Recognition from American Chemical Society

Dr. Jeffry Madura has been named the recipient of the 2014 Pittsburgh Award by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Madura, the Lambert F. Minucci Endowed Chair in Engineering and Computational Sciences and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is among a handful of Duquesne faculty members to win this award established in 1932.

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Duquesne Phi Kappa Phi Recognized as a Chapter of Excellence

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi-the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines-recently gave its highest commendation, Chapter of Excellence, to the Duquesne University chapter.

This award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence among all fields of higher education and in engaging the community of scholars in service to others. Duquesne was one of only 29 chapters nationwide to receive this honor as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi awards, grants and fellowships.

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Duquesne University Places 3rd in Pennsylvania Bar Exam Results

The Duquesne University School of Law is pleased to announce that it achieved a first-time taker pass rate of 91.56 percent on the July 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Examination.

This result placed Duquesne third out of 10 Pennsylvania area law schools, behind only the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. Continue reading

Duquesne Advances Five Places in U.S. News National Ranking, Noted as a Great Value and Top School for Veterans

Duquesne University rose five spots in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of top schools, reaching No. 116, the highest spot in University history in this widely recognized ranking. The University also was acknowledged as one of the nation’s schools with the greatest value and as a top school for veterans.

“This advance in our ranking is important external confirmation of the University’s growing quality and improving national reputation,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne president. Continue reading

Princeton Review Again Selects Duquesne as One of the Nation’s Best Colleges

Duquesne University has again been named a top college by The Princeton Review.

In the 2015 edition of the annual Best Colleges book, Duquesne has been selected as one of the country’s 379 outstanding institutions, as well as one of 255 outstanding colleges and universities in the Northeast. Continue reading

2014 Spring Student-Athlete Report Card

  • All sports Grade Point Average was a 3.26 on a 4.0 scale
  • 13/16 teams posted a 3.0 Spring GPA or above
  • 230 student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or above; which represents nearly two thirds of all varsity teams
  • 132 student-athletes earned a 3.5 GPA or above
  • 120 student-athletes named to the A10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.5+)
  • Women’s Volleyball earns AVCA Team Academic Award (Team GPA 3.3+)
  • Women’ Swimming earns CSCAA Scholar All America Team Award
  • Simon Gomez (men’s soccer) awarded Atlantic 10 Post Graduate Scholarship
  • Allison Foschia (volleyball) and James Spisak (Track and Field) named Student-Athetes of the Year
  • Allison Foschia nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
  • Devon Tabata selected to NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet and elected Division I SAAC Vice Chair

National Fraternity Honors Duquesne Undergrads and Alumni

It was almost a sweep.  Brothers of the Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity have long been active and influential on Duquesne’s campus.  This summer, their own national fraternity recognized their efforts. The Duquesne Brothers nearly swept all available awards at their national summer convention in Harrisburg, Aug.13-17. 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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Director’s Circle

The Division of Student Life proudly celebrated the 23rd Director’s Circle Celebration. 656 first year students were recognized for their achievement in earning a 3.5 or greater GPA in their first semester. Students, families and members of the Duquesne community gathered for the celebration.

Congratulations to the following students: Continue reading

Standout Women’s Soccer Goalie

Duquesne women’s soccer standout goalie Devon Tabata has been elected to serve as a vice chair for the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Tabata was voted into the position on Saturday at the NCAA Convention. Continue reading

Points of Pride: University Earns Rankings for Education and Nursing Programs

The College Database Identifies Duquesne as a Top College for Teacher Education
The College Database, a comprehensive online source for information about U.S. colleges and universities, has selected Duquesne University as among the top colleges in the state for teacher education.

A new list entitled Top Colleges in Pennsylvania: Shaping the Next Generation, highlights the post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania that produced the most education graduates during the 2012 school year. Continue reading

University Exceeds 10,000 Followers on Social Media

In December, the University hit a milestone on social media by exceeding 10,000 followers combined on Duquesne’s official Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

Overall, Duquesne’s social media following has grown 241 percent in the past year. This number, which only reflects the four official University channels, does not take into account all social media sites listed in the University’s social media directory.

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Duquesne Athletics Captures Four Fall Championships; Volleyball Qualifies for NCAA Championship

When a University wins a team championship at the Division I level, it is a big accomplishment.  Well, your Duquesne Dukes were able to secure four team titles during the fall sports season as the volleyball team captured the Atlantic 10 regular season crown and won the Atlantic 10 post-season tournament, the women’s cross country won the Atlantic 10 title, and football finished as co-champions of the Northeast Conference. Continue reading

Orientation Receives Award

The Orientation Director, Jade Leitzel and Assistant Director, Liz Keller, along with their advisor, Sean Weaver, Director of Special Student Services and Freshman Development, traveled to San Antonio, Texas in early November for the annual National Orientation Directors Association Conference. Continue reading

Students Selected for Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa

110 students were selected for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). ODK is a National Leadership Honor Society, which recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service; social and religious activities; campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; as well as creative and performing arts. Membership is awarded to students with a minimum of 60 credit hours and a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average. The following students were inducted into ODK on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Continue reading

Points of Pride: Duquesne Earns Numerous National Accolades

As a testament to the University’s mission-driven commitment to academic excellence, Duquesne has earned numerous accolades for programs and initiatives. The most recent honors include:

U.S. News & World Report

One of the nation’s universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, Duquesne continues to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its top tier of national universities. Continue reading

Duquesne University’s Fundraising Efforts Recognized by CASE

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has selected Duquesne as one of its 2013 Educational Fundraising Award recipients. The University was named in the Private Research/Doctoral Institutions category and was one of just three institutions recognized for overall improvement of its fundraising efforts. Continue reading

The Duquesne SPIRIT Campaign

Number 11 on Expectations of a Duquesne Student states: “Be proud of Duquesne, show school spirit and support University Activities.”

The Duquesne Athletics Department, the Student Government Association and the Red & Blue Crew (RBC; the Student Cheering Section & Support Group for Athletics) are joining forces to create something that will hopefully become more commonplace on campus: Red & Blue Spirit. Continue reading