• Dinner with the Dukes – Oct. 3, Oct. 30 and Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the Union NiteSpot
  • Homecoming Kickoff Pep Rally, BBQ & Powder Puff Game – Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
    Family Weekend – Oct. 18 – 20
  • Carnival – Saturday, Nov. 2
  • Tipoff Tailgate with Men’s Basketball – Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
  • Power Madness – Early April 2014

Pharmacy Students Recognized at White Coat Ceremony

The Mylan School of Pharmacy recognized nearly 200 students on Aug. 27 at the 11th annual White Coat Ceremony, which marks a student’s first year of professional study as pharmacists.

At the ceremony, pharmacy students entering the third year of the school’s six-year Pharm.D. program were presented with white coats that they will wear during their laboratory and experiential education, and recited a pledge of professionalism.

Senior Celebration 2013

The Duquesne University Senior Celebration annual event was held on Saturday, March 23. Recipients of the Student Life Leadership Award and Eugene P. Beard Student Award for Ethics in Leadership were announced. Continue reading

Phi Eta Sigma

The Freshman Honor Society had a very successful induction event for 217 new members and their families. A traditional Mass dedicated to the special day was held at 2 p.m., the induction ceremony at 3 p.m. and dinner at 4 p.m. The keynote speaker was Anthony W. Accamando Jr. A’66, who talked to the new members about the importance of leadership and service to others. The Honor Society inducted two Honorary Members this year: Anthony W. Accamando Jr. A’66 and Sean F. Weaver, who serves as the Phi Eta Sigma advisor.

The inductees this year were: Continue reading

DU Named to Community Service Honor Roll for Seventh Consecutive Year

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has recognized Duquesne’s commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement for a seventh consecutive year. The University was named by the CNCS to its 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

In addition, it is the fourth consecutive year that Duquesne University received the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction, a commendation that highlights exemplary programs and levels of student involvement. Duquesne is the only Pittsburgh school and one of just five Pennsylvania universities among the 113 institutions across the United States to receive this special recognition. Continue reading

Music Students Win the U.S. International Duo Piano Competition

Music Students Anna Kovalevska and Yuting Zhou, first-place winners at the U.S. International Duo Piano Competition.

Mary Pappert School of Music students Yuting Zhou and Anna Kovalevska won first place at the 15th annual United States International Duo Piano Competition, held January 4-6 in Colorado Springs.

The competition features participants from the United States, Russia, Taiwan, Korea, China, India and Canada in 11 different categories. Duo concert pianists submit performance videos that are reviewed by a three-judge panel of renowned music professors in order to qualify for the prestigious competition.

Kovalevska, a native of Kherson, Ukraine, and Zhou, a native of Guangzhou, China, placed first in the professional level at the competition.

Duquesne Law Students Win Regionals, Advance to NAAC Finals

NAAC regional champions Sarah Molinero and Aleksandra Kocelko

Second-year law students Sarah Molinero and Aleksandra Kocelko will advance to the finals of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) after being named champions at the regional competition in Washington, D.C., March 7-9.

This marks the first time that a team from the School of Law has earned a spot in the prestigious NAAC Championship, set for April 4-6 in Chicago and will feature 27 teams. Continue reading

Duquesne University Volunteers

In December, the Duquesne University Volunteers sponsored campus efforts to support the Brashear Association and the Hill House with their Angel Tree and Holiday Helpings.

The Angel Tree provides toys, books and clothing to children at the two community groups. Holiday Helpings enables individuals to collect non-perishable foods and Giant Eagle gift cards to provide families at both Brashear Association pantries with holiday meals. Continue reading

Director’s Circle

Student speakers at the Director’s Circle program, John Foster and Rachel Swain with Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp.

The Division of Student Life welcomed 581 freshmen students into the 22nd Director’s Circle on Jan. 29, 2013. The event honored freshmen students who earned a 3.5 or greater GPA in their first semester. Attendees included students, family members and many of the faculty and staff who support students in their pursuit of academic excellence.

Congratulations to the following students: Continue reading

Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society

The Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society is beginning preparations for their annual induction ceremony. The event will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013, beginning with Mass in the chapel and followed by the ceremony and an early dinner in the Union Ballroom. Phi Eta Sigma invites any freshman with a 3.5 GPA or higher to join the organization. Invitations and information about the event will be sent out soon.

Duquesne Called One of the Most Efficient National Universities by U.S. News

Duquesne University is one of the most efficiently operated top-tier ranked universities, according to a new listing issued by U.S. News.

It is the only institution in Pennsylvania and the only Catholic school included on this list of the top 20 national universities.

“I am not surprised that Duquesne University is included in this small list of efficiently operated top-tier universities,” said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. “Since his arrival in 2001, President Charles Dougherty has worked with his management team to implement best practices for both the financial and strategic management of this institution. Continue reading

U.S. News’ Recognizes Nursing School, University Online Programs

Duquesne University and its School of Nursing have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its 2013 Best Online Education Program Rankings.

The School of Nursing’s graduate offerings were ranked No. 7 in the Best Online Nursing Programs category for its graduate nursing offerings. The University overall was ranked No. 125 of 160 schools ranked in the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list. Continue reading

Academic Achievements of Student-Athletes

Duquesne University’s varsity Student-Athletes work as hard in the classroom as they do in their sports – and it shows! Please join us in congratulating them on their Fall 2012 academic achievements. We are proud to present the following statistics:

  • Overall team Grade Point Average (GPA) was 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • 14 of 16 teams posted a 3.0 GPA or above
  • 257 Student-Athletes earned a 3.0 or above; which represents nearly two thirds of all varsity teams
  • 127 Student-Athletes named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • 142 Student-Athletes earned a 3.5 GPA or above
  • 21 Student-Athletes delivered a perfect 4.0 GPA
  • Zach Richert (Football) was named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team
  • The Women’s Soccer Team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award
  • The Men’s Soccer Team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award
  • Josh Patterson (Men’s Soccer) was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team

Orientation Program Earns Awards

The Orientation program at Duquesne University has achieved success at the national level once again. The 2012 program was led by Director Becca Kopcie and Assistant Director Brian Bost. The program was awarded by the National Orientation Directors Association for Outstanding Use of Theme and Outstanding Clothing Item. The awards were presented at the NODA Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme for Orientation 2012 was “It’s Your Time – Capture The Moment!” This encompassed a new student’s transition perfectly, ensuring one makes the most of the great experience of college. As Duquesne’s award-winning and entirely student-run Orientation program continues to grow and innovate, they are aiming even higher for Orientation 2013!

94 Students Selected for Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa

94 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, November 13, 2012. Continue reading

Sorority Recruitment

Interested in joining a sorority at Duquesne? Sign up for Formal Sorority Recruitment, taking place the week of January 21, 2013. Each day, Thursday through Sunday morning, women will have a chance to visit the chapters and see what each sorority at Duquesne has to offer. By Sunday night, you will receive a Bid to join a chapter! Sign-ups are located Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Union or you can sign-up online through Campus Link on the Office of Greek Life page. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Panhellenic VP and Director of Recruitment, Katelyn Barley, at

Carnival 2012 Winners!

Congratulations to the 2012 Carnival Winners! Visit to see footage of the shows!

  • First Place Overall – “Fractured Fairytale” – Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Second Place – “Take A Chance” – Alpha Gamma Delta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Alpha Delta
  • Third Place – “Bug’s Life” – Sigma Kappa, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Alpha Phi Delta
  • Best Booth
    - 1st – Fractured Fairytale – Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
    - 2nd – Bug’s Life – Sigma Kappa, Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Phi Delta
    - 3rd – Making Strides
  • Service Award – Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Costumes – Bugs Life – Sigma Kappa, Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Phi Delta
  • Video – Take a Chance – Alpha Gamma Delta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Delta
  • Music – Blast From the Past – Delta Chi, Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Scenery – Bugs Life – Sigma Kappa, Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Phi Delta
  • Choreography – Show Must Go On – Sigma Nu, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Iota Phi Theta
  • Script – Fractured Fairytale – Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Male Vocal – Jarred Adkins – Romeo
  • Female Vocal – Grace Callahan – Miss Peacock
  • Supporting Actor – Andy Morus – Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Supporting Actress – Kelly Anlas – Alpha Phi
  • Best Actor – Flick – Joey Hornack
  • Best Actress – Gretel – Valerie Fina

Josh Gibson Foundation

The Inter-Fraternity Council recently went to the Josh Gibson Foundation in the Hill District to host a pizza party with kids in the program. The Josh Gibson Foundation is an after-school tutoring and youth program for children ages 5-13. Starting next semester the Inter-Fraternity Council will begin tutoring weekly at the Foundation.

Cross Country Runner Jim Spisak Competes at NCAA Championship

Senior Jim Spisak completed his illustrious collegiate cross country career by placing 59th of 245 runners with a time of 30:25 at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships held November 17 in Louisville, Kent.

Spisak, who is the third DU runner in school history to qualify for NCAA’s in cross country, turned in the highest finish ever by a Duquesne runner at the national championship event.

Duquesne to Host 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has chosen the city of Pittsburgh as a Second and Third Round site for the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Duquesne University will serve as host and Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center will be the home for the event scheduled for March 19 and 21.

The selection marks the fifth time the city of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University have been chosen to host an NCAA basketball championship – and fourth time as men’s host. Duquesne hosted the NCAA Men’s First and Second Round in 1997 and 2002 and the NCAA Women’s East Regional in 2001 at the Civic/Mellon Arena. Last year, Duquesne hosted Second and Third Round men’s games at CONSOL Energy Center.

Duquesne University Volunteers

DU Students Sweep Up

In the 2011-2012 academic year 8,430 faculty and students volunteered and recorded 248,956 hours of service with DUV. Student organizations also raised $140,476.88 in philanthropic efforts.

The DUV Fair took place on September 4 with a great interest from students and their organizations in the over 65 represented community partners that were present. A networking breakfast for the community organizations was held first to introduce staff to our students’ interests, demographics, and organization profiles to maximize positive relationship development of students and the community sites. Continue reading


Fresh off its 2011 Northeast Conference regular season title, the Duquesne football team is back to its winning ways, opening the season with a 3-1 record. Despite losing 13 of 22 starters from last year, the Dukes have gelled quickly and seem poised to make another run at a championship. Continue reading

2012 Newman Civic Fellow: Caitlyn Depp

Caitlyn Depp 2012 Newman Civic Fellow

Caitlyn Depp 2012 Newman Civic Fellow

Caitlyn Depp received the 2012 Newman Civic Fellow.  This award honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change and is named for Dr. Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship.


Student Athletes Recognized

The Department of Athletics would like to congratulate and thank the following student-athletes who are graduating and/or completing their four years of NCAA eligibility this year.  They will be honored at a banquet on April 24. Continue reading