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 Commemorates 15th Anniversary of Tragic Seton Hall University Fire

On Jan. 19, 2000, Seton Hall University was vaulted to the national news when a fire set by arsonists raced through a freshman residence hall killing three students and injuring 58 others. The most critically burned survivors were freshmen roommates Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons, both of whom suffered severe third degree burns.  In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the tragic fire, Duquesne University welcomed Llanos and Simons to campus on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 for a presentation and showing of the critically acclaimed documentary “After the Fire.”  The event was sponsored by Duquesne’s Labor Management Safety Committee and the Office of Residence Life. 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

Duquesne Experiences a Record-Setting Freshman Retention Rate

A record high percentage of Duquesne University freshmen made the transition this fall to becoming members of the sophomore class.

This fall’s sophomore class is large in absolute terms, composed of the 1,550 students that made up last year’s freshman class-the largest group of incoming freshmen in University history-and a record 89.8 percent of them are continuing studies at Duquesne. The University’s previous high for freshman-sophomore retention, a statistic widely considered a key indicator of student satisfaction, was in 2004, when 89.2 percent of freshmen chose to return as sophomores.

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Sigma Nu White Rose Ball

On Nov. 1, 2014, the Sigma Nu fraternity hosted their annual philanthropic event, White Rose Ball. This event has become a Duquesne tradition that includes a sit-down dinner, a silent auction and the crowning of a queen. This year’s White Rose Ball Queen was Alpha Phi’s representative, Camella Botti-Schwartz. All proceeds of this event are donated to the American Gold Star Mothers, an organization of women who lost a son or daughter in service to our country. Continue reading

Commuters Participate in the Annual Color Run

On Saturday, Nov. 15, 30 commuter students attended the Color Run held on the North Shore at Heinz Field and PNC Park.  The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5K on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality.  The Color Run is a for profit company that works to partner with charities and help shine a light on their extraordinary work within society, and has raised donations for over 80 local and national charities.

Office of Multicultural Affairs News


There are several Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) initiatives that we would like to highlight for the 2014-2015 academic year at Duquesne University. The OMA Book Club was launched in September. The club will select and review one book per month during the academic year. The club is open to any member of the Duquesne University community. Continue reading

Freshman Clean Up

On Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 over 250 volunteers participated in the Freshman Orientation project in collaboration with DUV, the South Side Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Resources Council.  Students were introduced to the community in groups led by current Duquesne students and South Side residents who stressed the importance of being good neighbors, and also gave them the opportunity to become immersed in a new community.

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

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.

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

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

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Collegiate 100 host a Leadership Summit for Local High School Students

On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the men of the Collegiate 100 of Duquesne University hosted a leadership summit on campus for 125 high school seniors in partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools.  These students are part of unique on-going initiative called the We Promise program. 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

Fair Trade Week

Dec. 2-5 marked the 9th Annual Fair Trade Week, sponsored by Spiritan Campus Ministry, in the Division of Mission and Identity.  Throughout the week, local Fair Trade vendors sold handicrafts from all over the world in the PNC Atrium, where many students, faculty and staff got some Christmas shopping done!  Continue reading

Red Ring Launches New Menu, Year-Round Patio; Freshens Opens on Campus

Freshens, located next door to The Red Ring, opened on Nov. 20.

The Red Ring Bar and Grille on Duquesne University’s campus celebrated its grand re-opening with the launch of a brand new menu on Nov. 20.

The Red Ring seats more than 150 guests for indoor table service/bar seating as well as al fresco dining for lunch and dinner on the new outdoor patio. Created by Parkhurst Dining of Homestead, Pa. — Duquesne’s new dining services partner — the patio adds a lively and enjoyable dimension to dining and gets guests out into the fresh, open air to savor offerings from the extensive menu of appetizers, soups, salads, hot sandwiches and entrees. Side-wall panels and outdoor heaters allow guests to experience the patio year-round, even during inclement weather. Continue reading

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

Students Arrive at New Study Abroad Location in Dublin

The first class of Duquesne students safely arrived at the University’s new study abroad location in Dublin, Ireland.

The group is composed of 12 second-year students who are earning credits at partner school University College Dublin (UCD), the largest university in Ireland. The students are studying Irish history in the former residence of the Spiritan community in St. Michael’s College. With the addition of the Duquesne students, first, second and third level education components now co-exist on one campus.

Duquesne University Volunteers

Year-End Duquesne University Volunteers (DUV) Stats:

  • Number of student volunteers–7,750
  • Number of faculty/staff volunteers–680
  • Estimated hours of service–249,700 as of July 2013
  • Estimated dollar value of service–estimated dollar value of hours at $5,528,358.00.
  • Continue reading

Des Places Hall LLC Heritage Week

The residents of Des Places Hall LLC celebrated their first annual Heritage Week. The week-long celebration focused on the various aspects of being a Spiritan University. A kickoff party was held Monday for the residents, a birthday party for Duquesne was held on its 135th anniversary; highlighting the history and mission of Duquesne. Continue reading

Cross Cultural Mission Experiences 2013

Every year, Spiritan Campus Ministry is dedicated to providing students with rich alternative Spring Break experiences that are often eye opening and life changing! The seventy-five students who ventured beyond the Bluff this year found themselves engaged in conversation with community members and fully immersed in the culture of the communities they visited. Continue reading

Greek Life Dinner with the Dukes and Women’s Basketball Game

On Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13 the students of Greek Life at Duquesne attended Dinner with the Dukes and a Duquesne Women’s Basketball Game to promote a connection between Greek Life and athletics. A great time was had by all and a unique connection was made between the Greeks and the student athletes!

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

Tip-Off Tailgate

The Second Annual Tip-off Tailgate was held on Saturday, Jan. 12 for the Men’s Basketball game against St. Joseph’s. This national award winning event invited over 10 student organizations to sponsor a tailgate which had over 500 students in attendance, filling the student section and allowing for a great time at the game! There were several activities at the tailgate for students including: a photo booth, a balloon artist, an opportunity to make cards for troops (courtesy of the Student Veterans Association), corn hole and face paint. Those in attendance also had a chance to enter to win many prizes, i.e., Ski Passes to Seven Springs Mountain Resort, an iPad 2 and a chance to throw a half-court shot to win a car (courtesy of Dean Honda)! Student organizations were also encouraged to compete in a banner competition to showcase their organization and school spirit – the banners were judged by Duquesne alumni themselves before the game began. This is an event for students, created by students, and a great way to embrace their Duquesne pride!

Orientation Retreat

On the weekend of Jan. 18-20, 2013, the Orientation Directors and Chairs went away on their annual retreat to Oglebay in West Virginia to decide the theme for Orientation 2013. The retreat was successful and a theme was decided upon. The theme will be revealed on March 13. The staff is excited to begin work with the theme and to welcome the incoming class of 2013.

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

Deck the Halls Program

Monday, November 26, Residence Life sponsored its annual “Deck the Halls” program. Students in each of the Living/Learning Centers had the opportunity to decorate their floors, room doors and building lobbies for the holiday season while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. A panel of judges toured each building following the event and selected the best decorated floors and room doors. Prizes were awarded to the winning artists.

Fair Trade Week

The 8th Annual Fair Trade Week was once again a success! Students, faculty and staff all enjoyed shopping at the Fair Trade Marketplace that ran every day of the sale in the Student Union. Vendors with goods from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India, Peru, Kenya, Haiti, and many other countries provided a venue for people to start their holiday shopping while supporting the ideals of human dignity and rights of workers that are at the core of Fair Trade. Continue reading

Thanksgiving at the Rome Campus

“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

An Italian Thanksgiving Feast
When one thinks of Italy, the American tradition of Thanksgiving is not the first this that comes to mind. However, if you find yourself at the Duquesne University Italian Campus during the Fall semester that is exactly what you will find- only a Thanksgiving alla Romana. Continue reading

Register Now for Family Weekend October 19-21

October 19-21

The Division of Student Life is pleased to invite all family members back to campus on October 19-21, 2012, to experience your student’s living and learning environment. In addition to reconnecting with each other, you can:

  • Socialize with other families, meet the faculty and dean of your student’s school, and learn about opportunities for upperclassmen, such as study abroad programs, internships and career services
  • See in person the magic of Illusionist and Duquesne alum Michael Grandinetti
  • Enjoy a variety of activities such as the Duquesne Dukes football game and experience Pittsburgh
  • Celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist in the Power Center
  • Be part of a special farewell brunch on Sunday with President Charles J. Dougherty

Register your family today at www.duq.edu/family.

Duquesne Opens Des Places, New ‘Green’ Residence Hall


This fall marked the opening of Des Places Hall, Duquesne’s newest residence hall, an environmentally friendly residence with the highest standards for comfort and safety.

The 12-story Living Learning Center—named for Spiritan Congregation founder Claude Poullart des Places—houses nearly 400 upperclassmen, graduate and law students who live in one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The building was designed with a commitment to sustainability by WTW Architects, which incorporated many sustainable technologies, from drought-tolerant landscaping to use of locally manufactured materials. Estimates based upon construction standards indicate that sustainable efforts will save at least 22 percent in energy use. Continue reading

International Student Organization Week Highlights

The 2nd Annual Showcase Afrique
The 2nd Annual Showcase Afrique was coordinated by the Union of African Students and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 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.