University Holiday Drives

Our campus is currently engaged in several holiday drives (some of which will conclude prior to the publication of this document) and these include:

The Angel Tree to benefit the Brashear Association and Hill House. Gift tags can be taken off the tree located on the 3rd floor of the Union and returned to the DUV office in the Center for Student Involvement. Gift cards purchased in $5.00 increments from Giant Eagle are also requested to support the two food pantries that are sponsored by the Brashear Association. Gifts should be returned to Room 305 Union no later than Dec. 15, 2014. 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

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.

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

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

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

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

Residence Hall Association & Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) recently concluded an effort in the residence halls to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. With numerous Duquesne students coming from areas hardest hit by the storm, RHA members believed that raising money for the victims was a great way to serve both the mission of RHA and the mission of the University. Continue reading

Duquesne University United Way Campaign Surpasses Goals, Sets Record

Duquesne University has a strong tradition of providing financial support to our community through United Way of Allegheny County. It was recently announced that this year was the University’s most effective United Way campaign to date. New records were set in monetary giving, employee participation and number of campaign leaders. Continue reading

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