“I am grateful to the board of directors for the confidence they have shown in me by their expressed desire for me to stay on as president beyond my current contract,” Dougherty said. “After giving this invitation the serious reflection it deserves, I have concluded that the timing is right for Duquesne University and for me personally to step down from the presidency at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. I will have served fifteen years by then-a long time for a single president. I believe in term limits because they provide for new perspectives and new vigor. Further, the University’s exceptionally strong national position makes 2016 an opportune time for a leadership transition.”
The Duquesne University community was saddened by the passing of Dr. John E. Murray Jr., chancellor and professor of law, on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Murray served as Duquesne’s 11th president from 1988 through 2001. He was 82.
“Duquesne-and Pittsburgh-lost an incredibly talented leader, teacher, scholar, author and lawyer today,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “His contributions here at Duquesne, as well as his service on numerous government, charitable and legal boards and committees have improved the lives of many over the course of his remarkable career.”
In the newly released 2016 Best Graduate Schools list, U.S. News ranked Duquesne’s School of Nursing at No. 75 in the Best Nursing Schools category, marking a significant 52-spot jump from 2012, when the school ranked at No. 127.
“This new ranking reflects the School of Nursing as No. 8 among Catholic universities and an increase in our national ranking to No. 75,” said Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, dean and professor of nursing. “The Duquesne School of Nursing’s increased ranking by U.S. News and World Report is a direct result of the faculty’s efforts to increase innovation, research and quality.”
Duquesne University has announced the establishment of five new donor-funded endowments that will support a scholarship, an academic chair, a professorship and two faculty fellowships. The University received gifts totaling $4.85 million to create these new funds. Continue reading
Although many days hit freezing temperatures this past winter, crews continued to work outside on the construction of The Genesius Project, Duquesne’s new multipurpose theater on Seitz Street, adjacent to the Mary Pappert School of Music.
“We’re excited with the progress and that our new state-of-the-art building will be ready this summer,” said Terri Leasure, project manager from facilities management. Continue reading
Poet and alumnus Robert Giannetti, who earned his Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature at Duquesne in 1979, recently donated a very rare 1611 folio edition of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene and the Shepheardes Calendar to Gumberg. The book is the first collected edition of Spenser’s works, printed in London soon after Spenser’s death by Matthew Lownes. It is available in the University Archives.
The Alpha Phi Delta fraternity held its 45th Annual Valentine’s Day Ball in the Union Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 14. The event was a great success despite a snowstorm that resulted in several of the 290 scheduled guests not being able to make it into the city. The night began with an appetizer buffet followed by a sit-down dinner and dessert. All money raised was donated to the ALS Foundation. This year a special guest of honor, local firefighter Matt Onyshko, was in attendance making the ALS cause that much more of a reality to the brothers, alumni, parents and friends. A huge thank you to all those who attended the ball or left their mark on this event in some way.
A Reflection and Recap by Ian C. Edwards, PhD, LP, Director, Duquesne University Counseling and Wellbeing Center
As a way of introducing this reflection and recap of the events of March 9-14, it is important to note that the Student Wellbeing Initiative, inclusive of the Duquesne University Counseling and Wellbeing Center and the Student Wellbeing Club, with one of its emphases being on interfaith dialog, can be appreciated as an expression of Pope Paul VI’s Nostra Aetate, his 1965 “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.” Continue reading
Celebrating its second year, Duquesne in Dublin is our newest study abroad destination. Students call the beautiful and historic mansion, St. Michael’s House, home while attending the University College Dublin, one of Ireland’s top universities. Living on Ailesbury Road, just down the street from UCD, you will learn quickly why this prestigious road is featured on the Dublin Monopoly board! Continue reading
The staff at the Career Services Center has been hard at work, increasing the number of internship opportunities for students. We have posted more than 900 summer internships on Duquesne’s exclusive job posting system, DuqConnection. Continue reading
Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences provides students at Duquesne University the opportunity to leave their mark on other areas around the country and beyond. Not only are students able to see new, unfamiliar areas, but they also have the remarkable ability to provide services to those less fortunate. Continue reading
- President Miller Goughneour
- Executive Vice President Justin Morden
- Vice President of Finance Zachary Miske
- Vice President of Public Relations Caitlin Shaw
- Vice President of Programs John Kern
During this time on the Bluff, the Dukes not only transition from winter to spring, but on March 16, 2015 the 44th Executive Board, along with the Senators of Student Government Association, were installed. Continue reading
- RHA President, Rachel Willis, 19, of Erie, PA, is a freshman studying Public Relations and International Relations.
- Executive Vice President, Jordan Pollard, 20, of Pittsburgh, PA, is a sophomore majoring in Business Law. Pollard served as Director of Partnership last year for RHA.
- Director of Communications, Darian Reynolds, 19, of Aliquippa, PA, is a sophomore business student majoring in Management and Supply Chain Management. Reynolds served in this same position last year for RHA.
During Mass on Sunday, March 15, the annual Student Leader Installation Ceremony was held. Continue reading
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!
On March 15, the Duquesne Programming Council (DPC) welcomed its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. The ceremony took place at the Hard Rock Café located in Station Square. These students stated their oath of office in the company of the current Board of Directors and DPC alumni. The new members and their positions are as follows: Continue reading
The Saudi Students Organization held an event called The Traditional Face of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, March 24. At the beginning of the evening, the audience watched a short presentation and a video clip about Saudi Arabia. Continue reading
On Friday, March 27, new Office of Multicultural Affairs Director Jeff Mallory hosted the inaugural Spirit of Diversity Dinner and Scholarship Fund Benefit. This event honored six students, Malcom Carrington, Marco Joseph Acevedo, Suha Alkhan, Shantale Davis, Nicole Johnson and Jachi Lee, who have achieved academic excellence and are committed to service and diversity in the community. Continue reading
A complete sport-by-sport recap of Duquesne University athletics: Continue reading
Finals and midterms may still be on everybody’s minds but it is time to register for next year’s classes already! Continue reading
Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society that is open to freshman students who earned a 3.5 QPA or better in their first semester at Duquesne. This honor society was founded March 22, 1923, and is the oldest and largest freshman honor society and now has more than 375 chapters throughout the United States and more than 1,100,000 members. Continue reading
To those with anxiety-inducing end-of-semester research papers: Librarians can save you time and energy! Get help finding, accessing, evaluating and/or citing sources for your research assignments. Sooner is better than later! Consult with a librarian in-person, or via 24/7 chat, email, phone or text: Continue reading
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
The Gumberg Library will be open continuously beginning Monday, April 27 at 7 a.m. and lasting until Wednesday, May 6 at 9 p.m. As usual, the library will provide snacks at midnight for any late-night studiers.
As a refresher—
- Quiet study areas are on the first, second, and third floors.
- Group study areas are the fourth and fifth floors.
- Always bring your ID—the library cards for your safety. Card swipe entry is in effect between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays, and all weekends.
During finals when everyone is scrambling to make it through the end of semester, library tables are at a premium. Gumberg supports the many students who ask that everyone shows kindness and respect in sharing library study space: http://gumberglibrary.tumblr.com/sharegumberg.
Good luck on finals!
The annual Run for Ryan is a student-run campus 5K that honors the life of fallen United States Marine Sgt. Ryan Lane of Castle Shannon, PA. Ryan was killed on his second deployment in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan in July of 2009 while serving with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Division. Upon hearing of Ryan’s death, former Duquesne students 1st Lieutenant Joseph Vitti, USA, and 1st Lieutenant Chris Cavanagh, USMC, decided that this Marine should never be forgotten. The run encircles the campus and all proceeds benefit an endowed fund in Ryan’s name, awarded to student veterans in need of financial assistance. Continue reading
Float on Flem is an event sponsored by the Red and Blue Crew during the annual Spring Game that honors the life of Ryan Fleming. Ryan was a Duquesne student who was in the Business School and was the Assistant to the Director of Football Operations. He passed away in his sleep due to Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome, a heart condition that causes an increased heart rate. He was actively involved in the Red and Blue Crew and in the classroom. Last year, Float on Flem had about 20 student organizations volunteer Chinese auction baskets and food tables to raise profit for the Ryan Fleming Scholarship Fund, a fund started by his family in his memory. Continue reading
It is that time of the year again! Themed The Greatest Show on Earth this year, Greek Week begins on Sunday, April 12 with a kick-off BBQ, Greek Games and an evening Mass. The entire week is packed with sporting events, philanthropy initiatives, a leadership speaker, an awards banquet, the infamous Greek Sing and more (please see full schedule of events below). Everyone is encouraged to attend anything and everything that the Greeks have going on. Continue reading
The Office of Residence Life and DU CARES will once again host The Original Study Break in the Hogan Dining Hall on Friday, May 1 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Faculty and staff will embody the Duquesne Mission of Serving God by serving Students…in this case serving food, fun and friendship. Continue reading
Summer is a great time at Duquesne! More than 500 courses are offered, allowing students to get ahead, catch up, improve a GPA or focus on one class at a time. Courses are offered in day, evening and online formats in 13 sessions, from 3 to 12 weeks, starting in May, June and July. Currently enrolled undergraduate Duquesne students can take advantage of opportunities for free summer housing and a 25% basic undergraduate tuition discount. Visit www.duq.edu/summer for details and eligibility requirements. Continue reading
As many of you prepare to depart for the summer, the Office of Residence Life would like to share some important end of the semester information. Continue reading
The University offers free summer housing for currently enrolled undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) who want to take on-campus courses this summer. Continue reading
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