4th Annual Tipoff Tailgate

Duquesne Athletics is excited to announce that the fourth annual Tipoff Tailgate, co-sponsored by the Student Government Association, Duquesne Program Council and over 20 other Duquesne University student organizations, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10 when the Dukes host Rhode Island in an exciting Atlantic 10 Conference matchup. Continue reading

Father Hogan Bobble Head Giveaway

The Duquesne Athletics Department announced their 2014-2015 promotional schedule for the men’s basketball season in September, and on the list this year included a giveaway to honor a very special member of the Duquesne University family, Fr. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp. A one-of-a-kind Fr. Hogan Bobble Head will be available for the first 1,000 fans that attend the Duquesne Dukes men’s basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. against Rhode Island at the Palumbo Center. This is the only way to get this limited edition bobble head. Continue reading

Tell Us How Gumberg’s Doing!

During the month of February 2015, the Gumberg Library will be conducting an online survey to assess how well the library is serving the needs of Duquesne students, faculty, and staff. The Gumberg Library has conducted the LibQUAL+ survey every three years since 2006 to track service quality over time. LibQUAL+ offers the opportunity for students to help the library understand how to better fulfill the University mission. Those who participate in the survey will be entered in a drawing to win a variety of prizes. In previous years, the library has offered such prizes as iPads, Kindles, and gift cards. Continue reading

Save The Date: Men’s Basketball at CONSOL Energy Center

Every year the Duquesne Dukes have the opportunity to play a few select games in the CONSOL Energy Center. On Saturday, Feb. 21, the Duquesne Dukes play Dayton. Mark your calendars for this exciting game! Duquesne Athletics and the Office of Freshmen Development will be offering reduced prices on tickets for Duquesne families, as well as some pregame events on campus we would love to see you at.

Home Sweet Home; On Campus Housing for 2015-16

It’s that time of year!  Room Selection is approaching for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Here is some important information that you will need to know.

  • Each student will be required to make a non-refundable $300.00 deposit.  Deposits must be submitted to the Cashier’s Office in the Administration building.  Please keep your receipt.  You will need it to select your lottery number.
  • Lottery numbers will be selected in the Assumption Hall Lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 25-27 and March 9-11.
  • Room Selection for Current Sophomores and higher will occur on March 11, 2015 in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.
  • Room Selection for Current Freshmen will occur on March 12, 2015 in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.
  • The buildings available for selection are Assumption Hall, Brottier Hall, Des Places Hall, Duquesne Towers and Vickroy Hall.

Please watch for our room selection newsletter in the Living Learning Centers and online at www.duq.edu/residence-life.

Welcome to the Duquesne University Class of 2018!


The Duquesne University Class of 2018 arrived on campus for Move-In on Aug. 19 and then participated in the five-day, student-run Orientation program, which helps incoming freshmen and other new students make the transition into college life and become familiar with the University.

Check out the following Orientation photo galleries:

Duquesne University Class of 2018 Move-In Day

Duquesne University Orientation 2014: Tour of Pittsburgh

Duquesne University Matriculation 2014

Duquesne University Graffiti Dance 2014

Duquesne Freshmen: Smart, Diverse and Selective

One of the smartest and most diverse classes on record at Duquesne University arrived on campus for the start of the new academic year. An estimated 1,360 freshmen, among the University’s ten largest classes in history, was also among its most selective, with an acceptance rate of 73 percent, according to Debbie Zugates, director of undergraduate admission.   (Figures will not be finalized until the University census in late September). Continue reading

Iconic University Images Showcased throughout Union’s First Floor


A photo gallery that showcases the University’s rich history and present points of pride is now on permanent display throughout the first floor of the Union.

Spearheaded by the Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp., executive vice president for student life, the project was a joint effort by Tim Lewis, director of commuter affairs, and Tom White, University archivist. It provides the finishing touch to a floor that has been completely remodeled in the past year. Continue reading

New Multicultural Affairs Director Named

Jeff Mallory has been named director of multicultural affairs in the Division of Student Life, effective June 2. His primary responsibility is to help develop the diverse student population by providing support services and opportunities for learning.

Mallory most recently worked in multicultural student life and campus life at his alma mater of Saint Vincent College, where he earned a degree in public policy in 2006 and a master’s in business management with a concentration in operational excellence in 2013. Continue reading

Student Safety and Wellbeing Initiatives

Duquesne University’s faculty, staff and students share an individual and collective responsibility to make the University community a safe living and learning environment for all!  Our overarching concern for student safety and mission includes the promotion of a profound respect for the dignity of each person.  Throughout the years, the University, especially the Division of Student Life, has been very proactive in taking many steps to promote the safety, respect and dignity of the individual and to create and maintain a safe community on our Bluff.  Continue reading

Parkhurst News


The Incline, previously known as The Off Ramp, received a major renovation and name change over the summer. Now called The Incline, the space has been opened up for a better flow, brightened up for a better atmosphere and updated with a more modern look. The Incline now has fresh, hand-tossed brick oven pizzas, new baked pasta dishes at the Rustica station, sushi and grab’n go, Build-a-Burger grill station and fresh, hand-crafted salads at Salads by Design. Continue reading

The Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit Counseling and Wellbeing Center


by Ian C. Edwards, PhD, LP (Director, Duquesne University Counseling and Wellbeing Center, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy)

The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center, located in 636 Fisher Hall, establishes itself on a philosophy of life that is congruent with the University Mission.  We view the student in terms of his/her striving for contentment, happiness, and flourishing.  Our goal is to provide services and resources that will enable the student to live a meaningful life based on a mind/body/spirit approach to wellbeing, an approach that honors the fundamental dignity of the human person by valuing him/her in his/her totality. Continue reading

University President Discusses Strategic Plan Progress at Convocation

Duquesne President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty

Duquesne President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty shared his thoughts on the success and progress of the University’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan during the 2014 Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 11.

“The strategic plan has been a powerful and successful engine of change and progress for all of us,” said Dougherty to the gathering of faculty, staff and administration. Continue reading

Class Councils

At Duquesne University, each undergraduate class has a class council to represent them and plan activities for their class. Each academic year, students encounter new and common challenges that affect their learning and development. To support these experiences, the Class Councils focus on topics, events and needs that pertain most to class members at their particular stage of the undergraduate experience. Continue reading

Commuter Pre-Orientation


Over 100 new students attended Commuter Pre-Orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The pre-orientation program assisted commuter students in getting to know their Commuter Assistant, the Office of Commuter Affairs staff, other commuters and to become more familiar with campus. Continue reading

Commuter Council Update


Commuter Council always does their best to provide opportunities for commuters to have fun and be informed. They hosted their annual beginning of the year picnic on Sept. 19. The commuters were treated to a free barbecue dinner and many games at the always popular event. Continue reading

Health Services Expansion


With the start of the new academic year, Health Service is pleased to announce its recent expansion of three new offices, in the adjacent area formerly occupied by the University Counseling Center, which is now the University Counseling and Wellbeing Center, centrally located in Fisher Hall. Continue reading

Summer Renovations in the Living Learning Centers

  • The fourth floor bathrooms on both the East and West sides of St. Ann were renovated.
  • With completion of the third, fourth and fifth floors, the Towers bathroom renovation project is now complete, as is the furniture replacement project.
  • The floor renovation project in Towers continued, with the ninth, tenth and eleventh floors being completed.
  • Seventy-five more units in Brottier have been fully furnished.
  • In Towers, the B-side stairwell is now accessible for residents traveling to and from the lobby, thanks to a total redesign of the lobby area as well as the addition of card readers throughout the stairwell.
  • Flooring was replaced in several locations throughout St. Martin, Assumption and Brottier.

Treasures from the University Archives

During Homecoming, Gumberg Library will feature archival footage of football and basketball games from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, including basketball’s NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden in 1955. Additionally, Gumberg will share a selection of photographs, yearbooks and other items from the University Archives that document Duquesne University’s rich history. Stop by Gumberg during Homecoming week to view these archival gems.

Alumni Poetry Reading

On Friday, Oct. 3., 4-6 p.m., Gumberg Library will host an Alumni Poetry Reading in collaboration with the English Department. Duquesne alumni Cameron Barnett, Elizabeth Savage, Robert Giannotta and current student Samantha Leon will join former Pennsylvania Poet Laureate and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Samuel Hazo in reading from their works.

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

Office of Residence Life Fire Marshal Program

Nationally, there are approximately 3,300 campus-related housing fires each year including both on-campus and off-campus student housing.  On average there are 7 deaths, 46 injuries, and $25 million in property damage each year.  According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, between January 2000 and March 2014, 123 people lost their lives in campus related fires.  While most of these deaths occur in off-campus housing, there have been nine deaths on-campus and ten deaths in Greek housing.  For the past four years, The Princeton Review has rated Duquesne the highest possible score (99) in its Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll. Continue reading

Welcome to the Residence Life Family

Residence Life completed a one week intensive training for our 96 Resident Assistants in mid-August.  Building community, crisis response, understanding the University Mission Statement and bystander awareness were only a few of the topics covered to prepare RA’s to support and serve our resident students.  Applications for the 2015-16 year will be available on the Residence Life web site in early December

Office of International Programs

New international students from around the globe who attended the 2014 International Student Picnic.

The Office of International Programs sponsored the New International Student Orientation Weekend Aug. 14-16, 2014. The OIP staff was on hand at the Pittsburgh International Airport to welcome students to their new home and assist with any issues as they arrived. Continue reading

Career Services

Career Services “Connect with Us, Connect with Your Future” campaign is in action this fall with more ways for students to connect with resources for their career development. Continue reading