Gumberg Library

Fall 2013 Regular Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Anyone entering Gumberg Library must swipe their ID card and show their photo ID during the following hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to closing
  • Saturday: All day
  • Sunday: All day

Duquesne Celebrates the Roots of Founding Fathers

Founders Week 2013Founders Week 2013, the annual University-wide celebration to honor the legacy, vision and values of Duquesne’s founders, the Spiritans, took place Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

This year’s Founder’s Week focused on the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical Pacem in Terris as well as the work performed by the Spiritans in carrying on the mission of peace building. Pacem in Terris was the first encyclical in which Pope John XXIII not only addressed the Catholic faithful, but also “all people of good will.” The encyclical was intended to highlight the path to peace through collaboration and respect. Continue reading


Elections for Commuter Council, Residence Hall Association and Student Government Association will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Be sure to log on to Campus Link to cast your votes for next year’s student leaders! The Installation Ceremony will be held in the Power Center Ballroom on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Spring Break Safety Tips

Whether you choose to stay at home or travel during spring break, it is important to be safe, and not to do things that can risk that safety and/or your success.  Remember, in all states the drinking age is 21, and any underage drinking charge has the potential to negatively impact your future.  And despite what alcohol marketers might suggest to you, there are some very real risks to underage and/or excessive alcohol use. Continue reading

Print Management Initiatives

The Duquesne University Student Government Association (SGA) and Computing and Technology Services (CTS) have spent the past year working on several initiatives to reduce printing waste in Duquesne’s more than 45 public computer labs. The print management initiatives have a single goal, to reduce printing waste in the public computer labs, in which the volume in 2012 was 10 million pages. Continue reading

Duquesne University Launches Online Campus

Duquesne has a main campus, a Rome campus and now an Online Campus.

The Duquesne University Online Campus, reporting to Dr. Alexandra Gregory, associate provost/associate academic vice president for academic affairs, will serve as an umbrella organization to promote the University’s existing online courses and programs. These programs will remain housed in their academic schools. Continue reading

Green Initiatives in Des Places

Many students were drawn to the living environment in Des Places due to its environmentally friendly practices. One exciting event this semester is the “Des Places Pledge.” This pledge asks students to ‘pitch in, turn off, conserve and re-evaluate’ their daily habits as we work towards the establishment of a sustainable community. This pledge encompasses issues focused on energy, sustainable food, water conservation and recycling issues. Continue reading

Want to See Duquesne’s Undergraduate Viewbook on Your iPad? We Have an App for That!

Duquesne University has become one of only several institutions nationwide to offer a free undergraduate viewbook application (app) for iPad, with video and sound adding a new, interactive dimension to the previously print-only publication.

This free app can be downloaded on your iPad at this link.

Celebrating Black History Month on the Bluff

Black History Month was first recognized as “Negro History Week” by African American Scholar—Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926. In 1976, Black History Month was expanded to include the entire month of February. Dr. Woodson selected the month of February because it included the birthdays of abolitionist Fredrick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Continue reading

SPIRIT Emerging Leaders Program

Now in its eighth year, the SPIRIT Emerging Leaders Program is designed to encourage student development and provide participants with a foundation for future leadership roles on campus and in the professional workshop.

Throughout the semester, various workshops will be presented by University Staff and Peer Educators, which will consist of a variety of topics, including: Ethical Leadership, Managing your Personal Finances, Event Planning, Investing your Money, Etiquette Dinner, Community Engagement, Inclusive Excellence and more!

Students involved with the SPIRIT Program are required to attend seven workshops and complete a reflection paper. Nearly 200 students were nominated by University Departments, Administration and Student Organizations.

Tip-Off Tailgate

The Second Annual Tip-off Tailgate was held on Saturday, Jan. 12 for the Men’s Basketball game against St. Joseph’s. This national award winning event invited over 10 student organizations to sponsor a tailgate which had over 500 students in attendance, filling the student section and allowing for a great time at the game! There were several activities at the tailgate for students including: a photo booth, a balloon artist, an opportunity to make cards for troops (courtesy of the Student Veterans Association), corn hole and face paint. Those in attendance also had a chance to enter to win many prizes, i.e., Ski Passes to Seven Springs Mountain Resort, an iPad 2 and a chance to throw a half-court shot to win a car (courtesy of Dean Honda)! Student organizations were also encouraged to compete in a banner competition to showcase their organization and school spirit – the banners were judged by Duquesne alumni themselves before the game began. This is an event for students, created by students, and a great way to embrace their Duquesne pride!

Greek Life Recruitment

Recruitment has been completed for both sororities and fraternities here at Duquesne! Our annual event, Meet the Greeks, was in the Union Ballroom on Jan. 9, 2013, with a record 90 men in attendance. Formal Sorority Recruitment also broke the Duquesne record, with well over 250 women registered. We want to send a very special thank you to the Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic Councils for their leadership during membership recruitment season. We are thrilled to have added over 300 new members to our Greek Community! If you have any interest in joining a Greek organization, please feel free to stop by the office!

Greek Leadership Retreat and Greek 101

On Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, several members of the Duquesne Greek Community will be attending a Leadership retreat here on campus. This retreat is catered to up-and-coming leaders and brand new chapter executive board members. The topics covered will be: leadership style, team building and leading teams, diversity and inclusive leadership, and leading with integrity/ethical leadership. The retreat is sure to be fantastic and educational! Continue reading

Delta Chi – “I Got Snagged for Jimmy V”

On Feb. 16, 2013, starting at 9 a.m. in the Auxiliary Gym of the Palumbo Center, Circle K and the Duquesne Chapter of the Delta Chi Fraternity are hosting, “I got Snagged for Jimmy V.” This event consists of a special Mini-Golf course that is great fun! All of the proceeds from this event will be sent to the V Foundation to help fund grants for doctors to find new ways to fight and cure cancer. Please come out and help support the fight against cancer!

Phi Kappa Theta – “Monte Carlo Night”

Every year, the brothers of Phi Kappa Theta present their annual Monte Carlo Night, a Vegas-like casino event for persons attending Duquesne, family members, friends, relatives and any who care to join. The evening includes live jazz bands and performers, realistic casino games including black jack, Texas Hold’em and poker tables, slot machines, etc. If it can be found in a casino it can be found at Monte Carlo Night. Our 2013 event will be held Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. All proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network and to help support our late brother Jeff Mudryk and his family. Last year, the brothers of Phi Kappa Theta raised over $4,000, and plan to increase the donated amount every year. This is a great event for a great cause. We hope to see you there!

Greeks Support Athletics Night

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, the Greek Community will be attending the women’s basketball game against Saint Joseph’s. Greek Life is thrilled to show their support for our basketball team and invites all Greeks, parents and alumni to attend the game with us as we cheer on our Dukes! Current Greek Life members will also have the opportunity to earn points towards Greek Week for their chapter!

Orientation Retreat

On the weekend of Jan. 18-20, 2013, the Orientation Directors and Chairs went away on their annual retreat to Oglebay in West Virginia to decide the theme for Orientation 2013. The retreat was successful and a theme was decided upon. The theme will be revealed on March 13. The staff is excited to begin work with the theme and to welcome the incoming class of 2013.

Class Council Happenings

Freshman: The Freshman Class Council (FCC) has led and sponsored many social and service events throughout the first semester, and plan to do so for the remainder of the year. By participating in events such as Autumnfest and Family Weekend, the FCC has interacted with many other student groups who perform service projects. They have also volunteered time and fundraised for groups such as Up ‘Til Dawn and Circle K. While service and volunteerism are an important aspect to FCC, Continue reading

Human Rights Film Series Underway

Repressions and Resilience, the sixth annual Human Rights Film Series, presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, will feature seven award-winning films focusing on some of the most critical human rights issues of our times.

The series kicked off on Wednesday, Jan. 16, with a screening of The Last Mountain, a documentary that explores the impacts of mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia. Continue reading

Duquesne University Volunteers

In December, the Duquesne University Volunteers sponsored campus efforts to support the Brashear Association and the Hill House with their Angel Tree and Holiday Helpings.

The Angel Tree provides toys, books and clothing to children at the two community groups. Holiday Helpings enables individuals to collect non-perishable foods and Giant Eagle gift cards to provide families at both Brashear Association pantries with holiday meals. Continue reading

Director’s Circle

Student speakers at the Director’s Circle program, John Foster and Rachel Swain with Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp.

The Division of Student Life welcomed 581 freshmen students into the 22nd Director’s Circle on Jan. 29, 2013. The event honored freshmen students who earned a 3.5 or greater GPA in their first semester. Attendees included students, family members and many of the faculty and staff who support students in their pursuit of academic excellence.

Congratulations to the following students: Continue reading

Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society

The Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society is beginning preparations for their annual induction ceremony. The event will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013, beginning with Mass in the chapel and followed by the ceremony and an early dinner in the Union Ballroom. Phi Eta Sigma invites any freshman with a 3.5 GPA or higher to join the organization. Invitations and information about the event will be sent out soon.

Duquesne Called One of the Most Efficient National Universities by U.S. News

Duquesne University is one of the most efficiently operated top-tier ranked universities, according to a new listing issued by U.S. News.

It is the only institution in Pennsylvania and the only Catholic school included on this list of the top 20 national universities.

“I am not surprised that Duquesne University is included in this small list of efficiently operated top-tier universities,” said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. “Since his arrival in 2001, President Charles Dougherty has worked with his management team to implement best practices for both the financial and strategic management of this institution. Continue reading

U.S. News’ Recognizes Nursing School, University Online Programs

Duquesne University and its School of Nursing have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its 2013 Best Online Education Program Rankings.

The School of Nursing’s graduate offerings were ranked No. 7 in the Best Online Nursing Programs category for its graduate nursing offerings. The University overall was ranked No. 125 of 160 schools ranked in the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list. Continue reading

Academic Achievements of Student-Athletes

Duquesne University’s varsity Student-Athletes work as hard in the classroom as they do in their sports – and it shows! Please join us in congratulating them on their Fall 2012 academic achievements. We are proud to present the following statistics:

  • Overall team Grade Point Average (GPA) was 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • 14 of 16 teams posted a 3.0 GPA or above
  • 257 Student-Athletes earned a 3.0 or above; which represents nearly two thirds of all varsity teams
  • 127 Student-Athletes named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • 142 Student-Athletes earned a 3.5 GPA or above
  • 21 Student-Athletes delivered a perfect 4.0 GPA
  • Zach Richert (Football) was named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team
  • The Women’s Soccer Team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award
  • The Men’s Soccer Team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award
  • Josh Patterson (Men’s Soccer) was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team