On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Office of Residence Life, DU CARES and Parkhurst Dining collaborated to host the inaugural Duquesne Chopped cook-off. Following the model of the popular television show, 12 teams of up to three Duquesne University students cooked their way up the Chopping Board. Continue reading

Valentine’s Ball 2015

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.

The 2nd Annual Week of Wellbeing

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

Study Abroad with Duquesne in Dublin

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

Spotlight Musical Theatre Company

This semester, Spotlight Musical Theatre Company performed The Addams Family. The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly, delightful life in this funny show. It is the last show that Spotlight will perform in the Peter Mills Theatre before they move their performances over to the new Genesius Theater in the fall.

Student Government Association News

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

Residence Hall Association News

The new Residence Hall Association (RHA) Executive Board was installed on Sunday, March 15 at the Student Leader Installation Mass. The board includes five members:

  • 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.
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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 Programming Council Welcomes New Board of Directors

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

Showcase Afrique 2015

The 5th Annual Showcase Afrique was organized by the Union of African Students to display African traditions on March 25. It was a festive event meant to invite students to learn something interesting about Africa, dance to its traditional music and tastes its authentic cuisines.

Saudi Student Organization

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

Spirit of Diversity Dinner

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

Freshmen Honor Society: Phi Eta Sigma

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

Meet the New Executive Director of the Duquesne Program Council

The Duquesne Program Council has recently selected the new executive director for the 2015-2016 academic year, Abigail Ruppel. She will be starting her new position August 2015.

Abigail, or as her friends call her, Abbie, is a junior physical therapy major. Abbie is from Baltimore, Md. and is a passionate Baltimore sports fan. Continue reading

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

Greek 101

On Feb. 1, 2015, approximately 250 new members in the Greek community came together for our Greek 101 event. This is an event that is held every semester especially for the new members. Greek 101 is focused on introducing the new members to what it means to be Greek from the simplest things like where the office is located or how to find forms on CampusLink, to the most important things like how to identify hazing and how to report such incidences. Continue reading

Counseling and Wellbeing

The Counseling and Wellbeing Center offers a variety of wellbeing-based services available to students and some which are available to faculty and staff.

Individual, short-term counseling/psychotherapy is available to all registered students.  Individual Counseling can help students suffering from difficulties associated with adjustment to college/university life, relationship issues, sadness and depression, worry and anxiety, working through an event or series of traumatic events that have impacted everyday functioning, etc.  (Faculty and staff can come for an initial consultation and will be referred to a community practitioner if additional, ongoing counseling is needed). Continue reading

The Father Hogan Bobblehead!

A bobblehead in the likeness of the Rev. Sean Hogan was a special giveaway at the men’s basketball game against Rhode Island at the Palumbo Center on Jan. 10. Fr. Hogan was  recognized for his nearly 30 years as executive vice president for student life.

Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article: www.triblive.com/news/allegheny/7465460-74/duquesne-hogan-student

2014-2015 Men’s Basketball Shirt Series Program

At eight home games during the men’s basketball season for 2014-2015, the first 150 students with Duquesne ID were given a free t-shirt as part of the Basketball Shirt Series.

For each of the eight games, a different sponsor from within the University helped design and sponsor the shirts for that game.  Therefore, there were eight unique designs for the games.  Each shirt design incorporated the slogan “Put Em UP Dukes,” which was the rally cry for the season. Continue reading

Family Weekend

Duquesne’s annual family weekend took place from Oct. 17-19. Events included a family jam in the Red Ring, Greek Life’s annual Carnival, academic and department open houses, as well as the Duquesne Dukes game against Sacred Heart; and the freshmen talent show. This year over 300 families joined us for the weekend on campus. Thank you to all of the Duquesne families that came out for the weekend; we look forward to seeing you next year!

Freshmen Weekend Program Series

Each weekend the Office of Freshmen Development offers programming opportunities for freshmen students. The events take place off campus and offer freshmen students a chance to meet other freshmen students and discover cultural, entertainment and recreational attractions in the Pittsburgh and surrounding region. Continue reading

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

Duquesne Program Council Happenings

The Duquesne Program Council (DPC) has been making an enormous impact on student life this semester. Each Friday evening in the NightSpot, located in the  Union, DPC has activity that is free to all students, called DUNites. These events range from sand art to Christmas crafts. Each one of the events was packed with students, more so than previous years. DPC also hosts DU Weekend activities such as hiking trips or kayaking down the Allegheny. Tickets for these events are available for students at spectacular discounted rates. Similar to the DUNites nearly all of the DUWeekend events have sold-out. Continue reading

International Alumni Welcomed by ISO Continent Night: Spice it Up with South Asia

On Oct. 2, 2014, the International Students Organization (ISO) started off the Homecoming weekend by hosting the annual Fall Continent Night in the Union Ballroom. International Alumni were invited to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the celebration of diversity and culture. Alumni enjoyed the fashion show, performances, delicacies and display of South Asian Culture.

Alpha Omicron Pi Installation

On Nov. 9, 2014 the Alpha Mu chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was officially installed at Duquesne University after months of hard work from the new members, the Office of Greek Life, the AOII colonization team and our resident Educational Leadership Consultant, Kelli Gatti. The day began with a special ritual ceremony and a total of 68 amazing women were initiated into the AOII sisterhood. Continue reading

Sorority Recruitment

Interested in joining a sorority at Duquesne? Sign up for Formal Sorority Recruitment!

Joining a sorority is a great way to get involved on campus, as well as meet many new people. Begin your experience by coming to the Union Ballroom on Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. for Meet the Sororities. There is no commitment obligation. This event is designed to allow all women the chance to meet the Greeks and see what each chapter is all about. Sorority recruitment orientation takes place on Jan. 12 at 9 p.m., and then recruitment will take place from Jan. 14-18. Continue reading

Fraternity Recruitment

Interested in joining a fraternity at Duquesne? Come out and Meet the Greeks at our event on Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. You will have the chance to meet members of all 11 chapters, including Alpha Delta, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Phi Delta, Deta Chi, Gamma Phi Local, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Sigma Tau Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Schedules for rush events can be picked up at the event. There is no commitment needed to attend the event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kadeem Anderson, Interfraternity Council Recruitment Chair, at anders50@duq.edu