Duquesne President to Retire in 2016

Duquesne University President Charles Dougherty announced today at the University’s Board of Director’s meeting that he will retire on June 30, 2016, when his current term ends.

“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.”

Learn More: www.duq.edu/news/duquesne-president-to-retire-in-2016

Duquesne University Mourns the Loss of Chancellor John E. Murray Jr.

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.”

Learn More: www.duq.edu/news/duquesne-university-mourns-the-loss-of-chancellor-john-e-murray-jr

Duquesne Nursing School Jumps 52 Spots in U.S. News Grad Rankings

Duquesne University has broken into the Top 100 Best Graduate Schools of Nursing, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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.”

Learn More: www.duq.edu/news/duquesne-nursing-school-jumps-52-spots-in-us-news-grad-rankings

One-of-a-Kind Foucault Pendulum Dedicated in Libermann Hall

The University became the official home to a one-of-a-kind Foucault pendulum after the device was dedicated in the lounge of Libermann Hall on March 11. Dr. Kathleen Glenister Roberts, director of the Honors College, led the ceremony accompanied by the pendulum’s creator and alumnus Andrew Witchger, a former Honors Fellow. Continue reading

Genesius Project on Track for Summer Completion

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

Alumnus Donates Rare 1611 Edition of “The Faerie Queene”

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.

Founders Week 2015: Faces of Courage

The campus community celebrated the legacy, vision and values of Duquesne’s Spiritan founders throughout the University’s annual Founders Week Saturday, Jan. 31, through Friday, Feb. 6. This year’s theme was Faces of Courage to honor those who personify courage in how they overcome odds, build a more just world or simply bring joy to others.

Duquesne Presents Honorary Degree to Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe

As part of its 2015 Founders Week: Faces of Courage celebration, Duquesne University presented an honorary doctor of humane letters to Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, director of the St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda on Thursday, Feb. 5, at a special event in the Power Center Ballroom on campus.

Earlier in the day, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe spent an hour with students, telling her story of helping to rebuild the lives of young people who were traumatized by the civil war in Uganda.

Learn More: www.triblive.com/news/allegheny/7709557-74/nyirumbe-uganda-duquesne#axzz3QyWg1x3Z

Gov. Wolf Nominates Law Dean Ken Gormley for Pa. Supreme Court

Ken Gormley

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that he has nominated Duquesne University School of Law Dean Ken Gormley to fill one of two vacancies on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

“I am deeply honored that Governor Wolf has nominated me to fill a vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” said Gormley. “I have spent much of my career in law and legal academics interacting with that court and admiring the high quality of its work. Throughout my life, I have believed that dedicating a portion of one’s career to public service is an essential piece of serving in the legal profession. I therefore consider it one of the greatest privileges possible, to be nominated for this position of public trust at the highest level of our legal system. Continue reading

Duquesne Appoints Madelyn Reilly VP for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Madelyn Reilly

Madelyn Reilly[/caption]Madelyn Reilly has been named vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at Duquesne University effective July 1. Reilly, who currently serves as associate general counsel and executive director of compliance, will succeed Linda Drago, who is retiring June 30. Continue reading

Duquesne Political Scientist Attains Promotion to Major General

Dr. Lew Irwin

Dr. Lew Irwin, Duquesne University professor of political science, has been promoted to Major General in the U.S. Army Reserve and is among a rare number of academics to achieve this position ranked second from the top in the Reserve forces.

Less than 1 percent of the 5,000 to 8,000 new Army officers commissioned upon college graduation each year rise to Irwin’s previous rank, Brigadier General-a position seldom seen among those who also earn doctoral degrees and obtain professorships, according to the Army Reserve. Continue reading

Center for Pharmacy Services

The Center for Pharmacy Services is now named Duquesne University Pharmacy. We still offer all the same services of free delivery to campus, online refills, automatic monthly refills, counseling and free health screenings. The pharmacy is committed to helping students manage their medications and live healthy lifestyles. You can expect to receive the same exceptional care and attention to detail that they have experienced throughout the Pharmacy’s first four years in the community. Continue reading

Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences (CCME)

This year Spiritan Campus Ministry (SCM) is adding two new experiences to Spiritan parishes in the U.S. in addition to taking students to Mullens, W.Va., Immokalee, Fla., and to a Spiritan Mission in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. New trips include work in Spiritan parishes in Chicago/Dayton and the Arlington/Baltimore areas. Continue reading

Gumberg Library More Than Doubles the Number of Electrical Outlets on the Fifth Floor

In 1978 when the library opened, students required fewer outlets than today. In recent years, it has become common for students to bring multiple electronic devices to the library. One of the most frequent requests the library hears from the student body is for more outlets. In order to meet student needs, Gumberg Library has made an effort to install new outlets throughout the building. As part of this initiative, Gumberg more than doubled the number of outlets on the fifth floor in January. The library hopes that these new outlets will allow students to be more productive as they work long hours in Gumberg.

Let Us Know: How Can Gumberg Better Meet Your Needs?

The Gumberg Library seeks feedback regarding its collections, services and building spaces. Gumberg invites students, faculty, and staff to share their input by completing the LibQUAL+ Lite Survey between Feb. 2 to March 8:


LibQUAL+ Lite is a rigorously tested, validated survey used by more than 1,000 libraries. Using it enables Duquesne to: Continue reading

Duquesne Facebook Page Hits 10,000 “Likes”

Over the holiday break, the Duquesne University Facebook page hit a milestone by earning its 10,000th “Like,” which represents the number of individuals who follow the page.

Also in December, the University’s four main social media accounts were awarded “Gold” status by the Education Digital Marketing Awards.

As the spring semester begins, take a moment to connect to these accounts for the latest news, photos and videos regarding all things Duquesne:

Night of Lights

The SGA Vice President of Student Life and the 43rd Senate of the Student Government Association are proud to announce that it successfully hosted the 18th annual Night of Lights celebration on Thursday, Dec. 4! 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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Duquesne’s Longtime Vice President for Student Life to Step Down in 2015

The Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp., will conclude his service as executive vice president for student life at Duquesne University on June 30, 2015. The longest-serving member of the University’s cabinet, Hogan has led the division under three presidents since his initial appointment in 1986.

A native of County Limerick in Ireland, Fr. Hogan entered the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in 1959 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1967. The following year, he was assigned to work in the Diocese of Nairobi, Kenya, where he served as a high school principal and as pastor of a large parish, overseeing several churches, schools, hospitals and the nation’s first youth center.

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Duquesne Garners its First NIH Graduate Fellowship for Research Service

The first graduate student from Duquesne University has landed a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Fourth-year biology doctoral student Kate Sadler received an F31 Kirschstein National Research Service Award from The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the NIH. Sadler works in the lab of Dr. Benedict Kolber, assistant professor of biological sciences, on the brain’s role in modulating bladder pain. The goal of the project is to discover novel mechanisms of bladder pain and new treatment options for patients with this condition.

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Duquesne University Professor Earns Cameos of Caring Award

In recognition of her achievements and service to the field, Duquesne University School of Nursing Professor Dr. Rebecca Kronk has been honored with a Cameos of Caring Award.

The Cameos of Caring awards, which have been presented annually since 1999 by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, were developed to identify and recognize nursing professionals who are exemplary in their roles as clinicians or educators.

Who Says Career Services is All Work and No Play?

November was National Career Development Month. This was an opportunity to increase public awareness about the importance of lifelong career development and making informed education and career decisions. Throughout the month, career development professionals were encouraged to celebrate with career activities and events. Continue reading

Assumption Hall 60 Years of Collegiate Community

In 1954, Assumption Hall opened and became Duquesne’s first residence hall.  At the time it was an all-female residence hall.  On Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, Assumption Hall celebrated “60 years of Collegiate Community.”  Assumption residents, Duquesne employees and students joined in the celebration, which took place in the Assumption lobby.  Older photographs from the 1950’s adorned the Assumption lobby. Continue reading

Easy Steps and Tips from Duquesne Health Service: Staying Healthy for Exams!


  • College students have an increased risk of acquiring an illness due to close contact in residence halls and public space. REGULARLY WASH YOUR HANDS! The FLU has not yet arrived at Duquesne…it is not too late to get your FLU SHOT! Call Health Service, 412.296.1650, or Center for Pharmacy Care, 412.396.2155, today!
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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