Student Leader Installation

L-R: Fr. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp., Nikolas Kouknas (VP of Finance), Hally Ramirez (VP of Student Life), Attila Mihalik (President), Zachary Hudak (VP of Academics), and Abigail Jones (VP of Communications), Cheryl Knoch

L-R: Alex Werley (Vice President of the Social Committee), Annie Kaucic (Director), Addie Smith (Assistant Director), Alexandria Pappas (Vice President of the Service Committee).

During Mass on Sunday, March 17, the annual Student Leader Installation Ceremony was held. The new officers of the Student Government Association, Student Government Association Senate, Duquesne Program Council, Commuter Council, Resident Hall Association, Class Councils and Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils were installed. A celebratory brunch followed where former student leader and Duquesne alumnus, Andrew Hoover, Senior Financial Analyst for the HJ Heinz Corporation, offered an inspirational message to our new student leaders.

Duquesne Welcomes Pope Francis as New Church Leader

Duquesne students from the University’s Italian Campus Program in Rome were among the hundreds of thousands in attendance to bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI.

Watch Duquesne University adjunct instructor, Mike Clark, talk to our study abroad students who were in Rome to witness this historic event.

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is delighted to welcome Pope Francis, the new leader of the Universal Church.  His election and personal history suggests an important and profound turn toward humility and service to the poor. Continue reading

Social Media and You: A guide for students

Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook offer a quick and easy way to connect with friends and family. It’s great to upload pictures from the big game, chat in real time with someone half a world away, or post lists of your favorite things. But having an online social presence has its risks. Sharing too many personal details can lead to unfortunate consequences.

By understanding how social media works and following some common-sense rules, you can enjoy social media while safeguarding your privacy. Continue reading

Duquesne Names New Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Timothy R. Austin

Dr. Timothy R. Austin has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Duquesne University, effective Monday, July 15. He will succeed Dr. Ralph Pearson, who will step down as provost but will remain at Duquesne University.

“Dr. Tim Austin brings to us a long and successful history as an administrator in Catholic higher education. He is sure to do the same as he builds on Dr. Ralph Pearson’s success as Duquesne’s provost,” said President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty. “Dr. Austin was enthusiastically endorsed by every constituency that met with him during his on-campus interview.” Continue reading

Duquesne University Names Dean of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Philip Reeder

Duquesne University Names Dean of Natural and Environmental Sciences President Charles J. Dougherty has named Dr. Philip Reeder as the new dean of Duquesne’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences effective Monday, July 1. He will succeed Dr. David Seybert, who, after serving as dean of the Bayer School since 2002, has decided to return to scholarship and teaching full-time. Continue reading

New Dean Selected to Lead Business School

Dr. Dean B. McFarlin

President Charles Dougherty has named Dr. Dean B. McFarlin as the new dean of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, effective Monday, July 1.

McFarlin, who is in his ninth year as chair of the management and marketing department at the University of Dayton’s School of Business Administration, will replace Dr. Alan R. Miciak, who has decided to return to teaching full time after eight years as dean. Continue reading

Greek Week

Greek Week Chairs

The 2013 Greek Week theme is “Tradition”. Greek Week is a tradition that has been taking place for many years at Duquesne University, and it’s one in which many of the Greek organizations are proud to participate.  It’s an event where Greek organizations are able to come together to compete against one another to become Greek Week champs!  During the week, the Greek community takes part in Greek Games which include tug of war, dizzy bat, pyramid, relay races and more!  Later in the week, there is a dodge ball tournament. There is also a Greek God and Goddess where one member from each fraternity and sorority participates in a pageant which helps raise thousands of dollars for a great charity. Continue reading

7th Annual OMA Unity Banquet Features Duquesne’s Dr. Yancy

Dr. George Yancy, noted author and professor of philosophy, spoke about racism as an obstacle to unity at the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ seventh annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit on Friday, April 12 in the Power Center Ballroom. The event began with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Continue reading

Study Break, April 2013

The tradition continues! Brought to you by Residence Life and DU CARES.

On Friday, April 26 Duquesne University faculty and staff have the opportunity to live the Mission of “Serving God by Serving Students” at the second annual “Original Study Break” from 9 p.m. – midnight. Continue reading

International Week 2013

During this year’s International Week, the International Students Organization was able to collaborate with many student organizations such as the Union of African Students (UAS), Duquesne Indian Student Association (DISHA) and the Caribbean Student Association (CSA). Together, these organizations showcased international culture to Duquesne students, faculty and staff. Continue reading

Cross Cultural Mission Experiences 2013

Every year, Spiritan Campus Ministry is dedicated to providing students with rich alternative Spring Break experiences that are often eye opening and life changing! The seventy-five students who ventured beyond the Bluff this year found themselves engaged in conversation with community members and fully immersed in the culture of the communities they visited. Continue reading

2013 Valentine’s Charity Ball

The brothers of Alpha Phi Delta sponsored the annual 2013 Valentine’s Charity Ball which was held on Saturday, February 9 at the Duquesne University Union Ballroom. Approximately 300 people were in attendance for the event, these included active members of APD as well as alumni, parents, faculty and staff. Executive Vice President for Student Life, Rev. Sean Hogan C.S.Sp., presented the brothers of APD with a painting of the Alpha Phi Delta crest to honor their upcoming centennial anniversary as well as all of the charitable efforts APD has put into raising funds and awareness for the ALS Association. Continue reading

Greek Leadership Retreat

The annual Greek Leadership Retreat was held on Sunday, February 3 and was a huge success! Representatives from each social sorority and fraternity were in attendance to learn about the importance of ethical leadership, diversity, team building, and leadership styles. The retreat was led entirely by Duquesne Greek Life Alumni and seniors. It was an important and educational experience for our student leaders. The retreat ended with students making photo contributions to the MTV and Brittany Snow “Love is Louder” campaign which benefits the mental and physical health of college students.

Greek Life Dinner with the Dukes and Women’s Basketball Game

On Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13 the students of Greek Life at Duquesne attended Dinner with the Dukes and a Duquesne Women’s Basketball Game to promote a connection between Greek Life and athletics. A great time was had by all and a unique connection was made between the Greeks and the student athletes!

Orientation 2013

At the weekend retreat in January, the Orientation Directors and Chairs developed the 2013 Orientation theme. The new theme is “Branch Out!” The team is very excited to begin developing the weeklong Orientation program based on their new theme. The Directors and Chairs held their annual “Launch Event” in February where they announced the new theme to their 200 Team Leaders. Planning for Orientation 2013 will continue through the summer until Orientation begins with Move-In Day on Tuesday, August 20 through Sunday, August 25.

As a student-run program, developed for students by students, Orientation at Duquesne is uniquely positioned to welcome the newest members of the University to the Duquesne family.

Residence Hall Association’s Campus-Wide Easter Egg Hunt

On Thursday, March 21 executive board members of Residence Hall Association placed Easter Eggs throughout campus. Approximately 300 eggs were placed between Assumption Commons and the Duquesne University Chapel. There were a total of 54 Easter Eggs that contained vouchers for gift cards so that students could pick their prizes up in the Office of Residence Life. Approximately 250 eggs were also hidden that contained candy. Continue reading

Class Councils – Spring 2013

The Freshman Class Council participated in service events such as The Christina Flood Fundraising Dinner. They also organized social events aiming to provide recreation for students on campus. In March which included a basketball tournament open to all Duquesne students. Continue reading

Spotlight Musical Theater Company

Spotlight Musical Theater Company performed the musical “9 to 5” for two weekends in March.

The student organization is also proud to announce its new Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 academic year:

President – Felicia Freger
Vice President – Brian Bost
Secretary – Andrew Havranek
Treasurer – Courtney Harkins
Historian – Dyllan Becker
Public Relations – Elizabeth Jeffries

Take a break during finals week – help build a paper forest in the Gumberg Library!

Gumberg Library invites the Duquesne community to Take Back the Forest! As a fun and interactive way to support responsible resource use and recycling, the library is partnering with SGA, Sigma Kappa, and Evergreen to create a recycled forest on the fourth floor of Gumberg. Starting Wednesday, April 17, and running through Tuesday, April 30, students can drop in and add to this growing paperscape with decorated items taken from books, magazines, newspapers and recycled paper. There will be a brief Earth Day celebration at 1pm on April 22, with snacks and a chance to WIN part of the decorated forest and other prizes.

BOGO* Spring Book Sale

April 15 – April 19
PNC Atrium Student Union
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (4 p.m. on Friday)

Benefits the Maureen Sullivan Curriculum Center

*Our mission is to promote and support literacy, both at home and in our communities. Each customer is asked to donate a book of their choice to support PreK-Grade 8 summer reading programs in the local community. BOGO discount applied with donation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Danielle at

Senior Celebration 2013

The Duquesne University Senior Celebration annual event was held on Saturday, March 23. Recipients of the Student Life Leadership Award and Eugene P. Beard Student Award for Ethics in Leadership were announced. Continue reading

Phi Eta Sigma

The Freshman Honor Society had a very successful induction event for 217 new members and their families. A traditional Mass dedicated to the special day was held at 2 p.m., the induction ceremony at 3 p.m. and dinner at 4 p.m. The keynote speaker was Anthony W. Accamando Jr. A’66, who talked to the new members about the importance of leadership and service to others. The Honor Society inducted two Honorary Members this year: Anthony W. Accamando Jr. A’66 and Sean F. Weaver, who serves as the Phi Eta Sigma advisor.

The inductees this year were: Continue reading

DU Named to Community Service Honor Roll for Seventh Consecutive Year

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has recognized Duquesne’s commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement for a seventh consecutive year. The University was named by the CNCS to its 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

In addition, it is the fourth consecutive year that Duquesne University received the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction, a commendation that highlights exemplary programs and levels of student involvement. Duquesne is the only Pittsburgh school and one of just five Pennsylvania universities among the 113 institutions across the United States to receive this special recognition. Continue reading

Music Students Win the U.S. International Duo Piano Competition

Music Students Anna Kovalevska and Yuting Zhou, first-place winners at the U.S. International Duo Piano Competition.

Mary Pappert School of Music students Yuting Zhou and Anna Kovalevska won first place at the 15th annual United States International Duo Piano Competition, held January 4-6 in Colorado Springs.

The competition features participants from the United States, Russia, Taiwan, Korea, China, India and Canada in 11 different categories. Duo concert pianists submit performance videos that are reviewed by a three-judge panel of renowned music professors in order to qualify for the prestigious competition.

Kovalevska, a native of Kherson, Ukraine, and Zhou, a native of Guangzhou, China, placed first in the professional level at the competition.

Duquesne Law Students Win Regionals, Advance to NAAC Finals

NAAC regional champions Sarah Molinero and Aleksandra Kocelko

Second-year law students Sarah Molinero and Aleksandra Kocelko will advance to the finals of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) after being named champions at the regional competition in Washington, D.C., March 7-9.

This marks the first time that a team from the School of Law has earned a spot in the prestigious NAAC Championship, set for April 4-6 in Chicago and will feature 27 teams. Continue reading

Student Organization Leadership and Service Awards

On Wednesday, April 17 the Center for Student Involvement and Office of Greek Life will be hosting the Student Organization Leadership and Service Awards and dinner held in the Union Ballroom at 6 p.m. At this ceremony, we will be recognizing the outstanding efforts of student leaders, student organizations, advisors and their events. In addition, students that have completed the SPIRIT Leaders Program will be acknowledged. For more information, please contact

Building Closings

As many of you prepare to depart for the summer, The Office of Residence Life would like to share some important end of semester information.

  • 24-hour Quiet Hours begin on Tuesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. and will be strictly enforced to help ensure an environment conducive to studying for finals.
  • Residents are expected to move out of their Living Learning Center within 24 hours of their last final exam.
  • All Living Learning Centers will close on Wednesday, May 1 at 9 a.m.
  • Students should work with their Resident Assistant and their Building Office to have their room checked and to return their keys prior to their departure.
  • Students can dispose of carpets in the designated area of their Living Learning Center.
  • A limited number of carts will be available in each lobby for use during move-outs.

Please speak with your Resident Director or Resident Assistant if you have any additional questions.

Summer Housing

Housing is available for the Summer 2013 Session!

  • Summer housing will be in St Martin Hall
  • Free double room accommodations are available to students while they are registered for classes. To be eligible for free summer housing, you must:
    o Have been registered for classes during the Spring 2013 Semester
    o Must be registered for a minimum of (3) summer credits
    o Reside on campus for the Spring 2013 semester or have it deposited to live on campus for the Fall 2013 Semester
    o Additional restrictions may apply
  • Your academic advisor must complete the Summer Housing Verification Form to verify that you are registered for classes. Then you must complete a Housing Agreement in the Office of Residence Life
  • An optional summer meal plan is available to any student for a daily fee of $22
  • Summer housing is limited and is available on a first come first serve basis until filled

For more information please visit the Residence Life website.

Summer Improvements in the Living Learning Centers

This summer, numerous improvements will be taking place in the Living Learning Centers. Some of it will be very apparent in the Fall, but some of it will be more focused on improving the function of our facilities. It may not be something you would necessarily see, but those projects will make the buildings work better and be more livable as well. Here is some of the work that will take place, both the noticeable things and the behind-the-scenes projects: Continue reading

Student Life Graduate Assistant Applications

The Division of Student Life has many Graduate Assistant opportunities available for 2013-2014. These positions are for the academic year (9 months) and most positions provide remuneration of tuition and a stipend. To be eligible, candidates must have been accepted into a Graduate Degree program.

To review which positions are available and to submit your application, please visit the Student Life website.