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.

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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:

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.

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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

Duquesne Again Receives Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Because of the ways Duquesne engages with its broader communities through teaching, research, student volunteerism, economic development involvement, and public-serving centers and institutes, the University has again been selected as one of the nation’s few institutions to receive the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification. Continue reading

Duquesne Becomes Only Pennsylvania School Listed Among Nation’s Most Efficient Universities

Duquesne University, long in the top tier of national U.S. News & World Report rankings, was the only school in Pennsylvania also named as one of the most efficiently operated schools.

The rankings highlighted public and private colleges that scored the highest overall on undergraduate academic educational quality while relatively spending less on educational programs to achieve that quality. Continue reading

Duquesne University a Top 100 Best College Value

Duquesne’s outstanding academics and affordable cost have made it rise dramatically on the list of the 100 best values in private schools nationwide for 2015, as compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Ranked No. 72 spot in the annual list of the country’s best private educational values, Duquesne had been at No. 84 on the 2014 list.

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Student Life Celebrates Academic Excellence at Director’s Circle

Colleen Yanarella, Fr. Sean Hogan, Don Crawford

Over 600 parents, freshmen and University administrators and staff were on hand to celebrate the 24th Annual Director’s Circle.  Over 525 freshmen students were inducted into the Director’s Circle, a Student Life Program which honors freshmen who earn a 3.5 or greater in their first semester. Continue reading

The 20th Anniversary of Gumberg Library

Gumberg Library celebrates the 20th anniversary of its naming this month, opening the door to reflection on the library’s past, as well as a look to its future.

Although the facility officially opened in 1978, the name “Gumberg Library” was not adopted until Feb. 3, 1995. At this time, support from alumnus Stanley Gumberg and his wife Marcia enabled the library to keep pace with emerging technologies—namely, personal computers and the internet. Continue reading

Gumberg Digitizes More Than 150 Years of the Pittsburgh Catholic

Archives of Pittsburgh Catholic, America’s oldest Catholic newspaper, are now available online with the completion of a Gumberg Library digitization project begun in 2008. Issues published between 1844 and 2001, previously housed on microfilm reels, are accessible through the project, with later issues available in the Pittsburgh Catholic‘s online archives. Continue reading

It’s On Us: Student-Athletes Team Up With National Campaign

Duquesne student-athletes became one of the first Atlantic 10 schools to make a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. We also hosted a Sexual Violence Prevention/Awareness week at the end of January. During this week, student-athletes viewed the Emmy nominated documentary Brave Miss World, participated in self-defense classes led by Captain Lee Speer and Duquesne Public Safety officers and had a Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) advocate on campus for bystander approach programming.

The Dukes encourage you to join them in taking the pledge at

Numerous Events Scheduled to Celebrate Black History Month

The Office of Multicultural Affairs has collaborated with different campus organizations on a full schedule of events throughout February to celebrate Back History Month.

“We have a lot of unique, new and educational events that we have put together for Black History Month,” said Jeff Mallory, director of multicultural affairs. “It is our hope that everyone on campus—regardless of race and ethnicity—will take some time to participate in the events and also engage in healthy dialogue.”

Men’s Basketball Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. – Dukes vs. George Washington
Military Appreciation Day

  • The Dukes will pair up with Duquesne Alumni and Military Programming to offer free tickets for veterans and Duquesne University student Sgt. Ryan Lane’s platoon to honor and recognize the former Duquesne student. To order free tickets for troops and veterans call Conor McGartland at 412.396.5124.

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