University Welcomes Record-Breaking Incoming Class

The largest incoming class in University history started classes on Monday, Aug. 26. The record-breaking class of more than 1,550 freshmen is also among the most academically talented. Read the full article.

The photos below are from the class of 2017’s Move-In day.


Orientation 2013 “Branch Out!” successfully began the school year on an enthusiastic note. With many of the events and speeches reaching to the use of the encouraging theme, students both new to Duquesne as well as on the Orientation staff found themselves excited to begin the year and do some branching out of their own. Continue reading

Commuter Pre-Orientation

Over 100 new undergraduate commuter students attended Commuter Pre-Orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 20. This program assisted commuting students in getting to know their Commuter Assistant, the Office of Commuter Affairs staff, other commuter students and the campus. Commuter Pre-Orientation was an information-packed day which helped provide new students with the necessary tools to become active and participating members of the Duquesne community.

Office of Multicultural Affairs 2013 Pre-Orientation Program

A diverse group of 80 incoming freshman participated in the Pre-Orientation Program coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) on Aug. 19 and 20. Students in this program took advantage of the numerous sessions offered and the opportunity to interact with DU faculty, staff, alumni, and student leaders. Continue reading

Bishop Zubik, Spiritans Concelebrate Mass of the Holy Spirit

Duquesne University hosted its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit to commemorate the start of the new academic year on Sunday, Aug. 25 in the A.J. Palumbo Center. Continue reading

Duquesne President Stresses Academic Excellence at Convocation Address

Duquesne University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty focused on the importance of academic excellence in his annual address to faculty, staff and administration at the 2013 University Convocation on Sept. 12.

Academic excellence is a top priority in the University’s strategic plan, and past convocations addressed two other priorities: Continue reading

Student Government Association

The 42nd Senate of the Student Government Association is excited to be back on campus and to represent Duquesne University students.

Over the summer, SGA has funded the installation and implementation of a GPS bus-tracking application, DoupleMap. This service was installed for both the weekend Loop Bus service and the Southside Shuttle. DoubleMap is a new and upcoming company based out of Indianapolis. They currently provide bus tracking to other college campuses across the country including Georgetown, John Carroll, University of Cincinnati, University of Notre Dame, West Texas A&M, and Xavier. Continue reading

Visiting The Memorial of Father Joseph Strub, C.S.Sp.

As part of the Division of Student Life’s Respect Campaign, Des Places Hall resident director Adam Wasilko took his resident assistant staff to St. Mary’s cemetery in Sharpsburg. They visited the memorial of Father Joseph Strub, C.S.Sp., the founder of Duquesne University. The staff cleaned the memorial, and planted flowers, in honor of Duquesne’s upcoming anniversary, Oct. 1. In 1878, Strub was given permission to start a college but was given no buildings, land, or money. However, the second and third floors above a bakery on Wylie Avenue were leased for the college, beginning our 135 year tradition of serving God by serving students.

New Spiritan Campus Ministry Center in Towers

New this August is the updated Spiritan Campus Ministry Center in Towers! This new venue offers much greater visibility to students walking to and from the Living and Learning centers. Spiritan Campus Ministry now has a well-equipped conference room, well-appointed offices, an ecumenical prayer room and two prayer rooms for our Muslim students. Continue reading

Duquesne Union First Floor Renovation

Over the summer the entire first floor of the Duquesne Union was renovated. The Commuter Center was completely re-done and some new features include a kitchenette in the main lounge area, and an expanded “sleeping or lounging” area. The NiteSpot, student organization offices, and the 1st floor common areas were also part of the renovation project. Be sure to visit the “new” and “improved” Commuter Center!

New Greek Life Ambassador Program

Greek Ambassadors ready to go white water rafting.

Greek life proudly launched a Greek Ambassador program at the start of the academic year. The 23 ambassadors are emerging leaders and represent various fraternity and sorority chapters on campus. Kaleigh Hudak, a sophomore ambassador, stated “our main focus is to better the Greek Life program on campus by promoting Duquesne Greeks in the community, with the faculty and staff, other organizations, and the student body. We have set up different committees to focus on each specific area and hope to gain increasing support from the Duquesne community.” The program kicked off when the ambassadors helped with freshmen move in. Then, on Aug. 21, the ambassadors went on a retreat to Seven Springs where they built leadership skills through various activities, brainstormed ideas, and enjoyed white water rafting.

Students Arrive at New Study Abroad Location in Dublin

The first class of Duquesne students safely arrived at the University’s new study abroad location in Dublin, Ireland.

The group is composed of 12 second-year students who are earning credits at partner school University College Dublin (UCD), the largest university in Ireland. The students are studying Irish history in the former residence of the Spiritan community in St. Michael’s College. With the addition of the Duquesne students, first, second and third level education components now co-exist on one campus.

Duquesne Names University Chaplain, Director of Campus Ministry

The Rev. Daniel Walsh, C.S.Sp., has been named University chaplain and director of Spiritan Campus Ministry at Duquesne University. Walsh succeeded the Rev. Ray French, C.S.Sp., who has been named vice president for mission and identity at Duquesne.

“Spiritan Campus Ministry is very well-established with a very good Spiritan direction,” said Walsh. “It represents well, in all facets, what the Spiritans are all about. I hope to continue to carry on that good work.” Continue reading

Duquesne Announces Director of New Biomedical Engineering Program

Dr. John A. Viator has been named the inaugural director of the new Biomedical Engineering Program at Duquesne University, effective Sept. 1. The program, which will enroll its first class of students in the fall of 2014, is the only engineering degree offered in Southwestern Pennsylvania at a top-tier Catholic research institution. Continue reading

Out and About…Duquesne Health Service’s New Outreach Program “JUST ASK”

Out and About…..Duquesne Health Service’s new outreach program “JUST ASK”
The new DUHS Outreach program, “Just Ask,” is designed to heighten awareness, increase knowledge, and connect students with information and appropriate resources.

We recognize that health is a vital part of learning. Our goal is to promote and sustain a healthy campus community that supports an individual’s physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental, and occupational well-being. Continue reading

Gumberg Library 4th Floor Makeover Continues

New 4th floor lounge has:

  • Computers along the walls that allow for the addition of soft seating, ottomans, and small tables
  • New chairs that are on wheels to make it easy for students to move them when they want to work alone or in groups
  • New carpet in Duquesne red and blue
  • Windows covered in solar film to reduce glare and heat loss
  • New wraparound counter designed to hold four new “xpress” computers designated for quick lookups and quick printing

Duquesne University Volunteers

Year-End Duquesne University Volunteers (DUV) Stats:

  • Number of student volunteers–7,750
  • Number of faculty/staff volunteers–680
  • Estimated hours of service–249,700 as of July 2013
  • Estimated dollar value of service–estimated dollar value of hours at $5,528,358.00.
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Des Places Hall LLC Heritage Week

The residents of Des Places Hall LLC celebrated their first annual Heritage Week. The week-long celebration focused on the various aspects of being a Spiritan University. A kickoff party was held Monday for the residents, a birthday party for Duquesne was held on its 135th anniversary; highlighting the history and mission of Duquesne. Continue reading

Freshman Weekend Programs

Once again this year the Freshman Development office is sponsoring weekend programs throughout the fall semester for Freshman. This program is designed to allow our new students to learn about the Pittsburgh area while attending a variety of entertaining events. Subsidized ticket for haunted houses, the Pittsburgh Zoo, Kennywood, Pirates games and the Barnum and Baily Circus are just a few of the highlights.

For the full schedule and to order on line, go to our website.

National Alcohol Awareness Week

National Alcohol Awareness Week is scheduled for Oct. 14 through Oct. 18 and will include a kick off picnic, an information fair, the annual Mocktail mix-off event, a collaborative event with the athletic Department, and several co-sponsored events with members of the Greek community including a late night program on Friday the Oct. 18 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. in the Power Center on campus.

Class Council

The Duquesne University Sophomore Class Council hosted its annual Welcome Back Class picnic on Sept. 4, 2013. Approximately 250 sophomore students attended the on campus event to reconnect with friends missed over the summer, and to make new friends. Additionally, the Class council purchased 250 tickets for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game on Saturday, Sept. 14. The students watched a great game followed by an awesome fireworks display. The Pirate’s welcomed the “Duquesne University Sophomore Class” during the middle of the 4th inning with a message on the center field Scoreboard. Continue reading

Murder Mysteries

The Office of Residence Life, DU CARES and RHA hosted a Murder Mystery party on campus on Friday, Sept. 20. The theme of the Murder Mystery Party was ‘Terror in a Toga’ and was set in Rome. Participants filled the decorated “arena” in the Towers Multipurpose room for a night of intrigue and fun. It was an interactive, role playing event where students were assigned specific roles, given character information and costume ideas prior to the event, and then were ‘fed’ information and objectives to solve the murder throughout the evening. “Roman” food was served (from the ovens of Buca di Beppo). It was a successful event and several others have been planned for this semester. The next mystery will take place on Friday, Oct. 11 (Homecoming weekend) and is entitled “A Homicide at Homecoming.”

Gumberg Library Features Ghost Stories and Legends

Is Duquesne haunted? Come find out! Spend a spooky evening with University Archivist Thomas White, author of several books on Pennsylvania folklore, on Wednesday, October 30, 8-9:30 p.m. at the Silverman Center on the 1st floor of Gumberg Library.

Listen to ghost stories and legends of the university and surrounding neighborhoods. Tasty treats too!

11 Days of Peace

Spiritan Campus Ministry and Gumberg Library collaborated in supporting the 11 Days of Peace at Duquesne University.

Red and Blue Crew

All students are invited to join the Red and Blue Crew. The Crew is a student organization that promotes school spirit and supports Duquesne Athletics. The students support Duquesne’s games by playing their own game. Throughout the year, points are awarded for attending events such as football games, basketball games, spotlight games and meetings. A prize will be given to the Fan of the Month (the student who earned the most points during that month) and at the end of the school year a “Fan of the Year” will be dubbed, with this fan winning two Penguins tickets. Continue reading

Varsity “D” Club

Duquesne University introduces Varsity “D” — the first formal association for all of its former student-athletes.  No matter what sport you played, or when you wore the Red and Blue, you share common experiences:  the hours of practice and training, the exhilaration of a win and the heartbreak of a loss, and above all, the ultimate prize of a Duquesne degree. Continue reading

Points of Pride: Duquesne Earns Numerous National Accolades

As a testament to the University’s mission-driven commitment to academic excellence, Duquesne has earned numerous accolades for programs and initiatives. The most recent honors include:

U.S. News & World Report

One of the nation’s universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, Duquesne continues to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its top tier of national universities. Continue reading

Duquesne University’s Fundraising Efforts Recognized by CASE

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has selected Duquesne as one of its 2013 Educational Fundraising Award recipients. The University was named in the Private Research/Doctoral Institutions category and was one of just three institutions recognized for overall improvement of its fundraising efforts. Continue reading

The Duquesne SPIRIT Campaign

Number 11 on Expectations of a Duquesne Student states: “Be proud of Duquesne, show school spirit and support University Activities.”

The Duquesne Athletics Department, the Student Government Association and the Red & Blue Crew (RBC; the Student Cheering Section & Support Group for Athletics) are joining forces to create something that will hopefully become more commonplace on campus: Red & Blue Spirit. Continue reading


  • Dinner with the Dukes – Oct. 3, Oct. 30 and Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the Union NiteSpot
  • Homecoming Kickoff Pep Rally, BBQ & Powder Puff Game – Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
    Family Weekend – Oct. 18 – 20
  • Carnival – Saturday, Nov. 2
  • Tipoff Tailgate with Men’s Basketball – Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
  • Power Madness – Early April 2014

Pharmacy Students Recognized at White Coat Ceremony

The Mylan School of Pharmacy recognized nearly 200 students on Aug. 27 at the 11th annual White Coat Ceremony, which marks a student’s first year of professional study as pharmacists.

At the ceremony, pharmacy students entering the third year of the school’s six-year Pharm.D. program were presented with white coats that they will wear during their laboratory and experiential education, and recited a pledge of professionalism.

Residence Hall Association Presents: 2013 Siblings Weekend

This fall, Residence Hall Association will be hosting their annual Siblings Weekend Oct. 25-27. The event is open to all Duquesne residents and their siblings ages 6 to 16. Siblings will be permitted to stay in the Living Learning Centers with the resident. In the years past, RHA has taken the residents and their siblings to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium around lunchtime on the Saturday of Siblings Weekend. Continue reading