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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Family Weekend

Duquesne’s annual family weekend took place from Oct. 17-19. Events included a family jam in the Red Ring, Greek Life’s annual Carnival, academic and department open houses, as well as the Duquesne Dukes game against Sacred Heart; and the freshmen talent show. This year over 300 families joined us for the weekend on campus. Thank you to all of the Duquesne families that came out for the weekend; we look forward to seeing you next year!

Freshmen Weekend Program Series

Each weekend the Office of Freshmen Development offers programming opportunities for freshmen students. The events take place off campus and offer freshmen students a chance to meet other freshmen students and discover cultural, entertainment and recreational attractions in the Pittsburgh and surrounding region. Continue reading

University Holiday Drives

Our campus is currently engaged in several holiday drives (some of which will conclude prior to the publication of this document) and these include:

The Angel Tree to benefit the Brashear Association and Hill House. Gift tags can be taken off the tree located on the 3rd floor of the Union and returned to the DUV office in the Center for Student Involvement. Gift cards purchased in $5.00 increments from Giant Eagle are also requested to support the two food pantries that are sponsored by the Brashear Association. Gifts should be returned to Room 305 Union no later than Dec. 15, 2014. Continue reading

Duquesne Program Council Happenings

The Duquesne Program Council (DPC) has been making an enormous impact on student life this semester. Each Friday evening in the NightSpot, located in the  Union, DPC has activity that is free to all students, called DUNites. These events range from sand art to Christmas crafts. Each one of the events was packed with students, more so than previous years. DPC also hosts DU Weekend activities such as hiking trips or kayaking down the Allegheny. Tickets for these events are available for students at spectacular discounted rates. Similar to the DUNites nearly all of the DUWeekend events have sold-out. Continue reading

International Alumni Welcomed by ISO Continent Night: Spice it Up with South Asia

On Oct. 2, 2014, the International Students Organization (ISO) started off the Homecoming weekend by hosting the annual Fall Continent Night in the Union Ballroom. International Alumni were invited to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the celebration of diversity and culture. Alumni enjoyed the fashion show, performances, delicacies and display of South Asian Culture.

Alpha Omicron Pi Installation

On Nov. 9, 2014 the Alpha Mu chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was officially installed at Duquesne University after months of hard work from the new members, the Office of Greek Life, the AOII colonization team and our resident Educational Leadership Consultant, Kelli Gatti. The day began with a special ritual ceremony and a total of 68 amazing women were initiated into the AOII sisterhood. Continue reading

Sorority Recruitment

Interested in joining a sorority at Duquesne? Sign up for Formal Sorority Recruitment!

Joining a sorority is a great way to get involved on campus, as well as meet many new people. Begin your experience by coming to the Union Ballroom on Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. for Meet the Sororities. There is no commitment obligation. This event is designed to allow all women the chance to meet the Greeks and see what each chapter is all about. Sorority recruitment orientation takes place on Jan. 12 at 9 p.m., and then recruitment will take place from Jan. 14-18. Continue reading

Fraternity Recruitment

Interested in joining a fraternity at Duquesne? Come out and Meet the Greeks at our event on Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. You will have the chance to meet members of all 11 chapters, including Alpha Delta, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Phi Delta, Deta Chi, Gamma Phi Local, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Sigma Tau Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Schedules for rush events can be picked up at the event. There is no commitment needed to attend the event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kadeem Anderson, Interfraternity Council Recruitment Chair, at

Sigma Nu White Rose Ball

On Nov. 1, 2014, the Sigma Nu fraternity hosted their annual philanthropic event, White Rose Ball. This event has become a Duquesne tradition that includes a sit-down dinner, a silent auction and the crowning of a queen. This year’s White Rose Ball Queen was Alpha Phi’s representative, Camella Botti-Schwartz. All proceeds of this event are donated to the American Gold Star Mothers, an organization of women who lost a son or daughter in service to our country. Continue reading

Alpha Sigma Tau Miss Duquesne Pageant

On Nov. 8, 2014, Alpha Sigma Tau opened the doors to the Union Ballroom for the 11th Annual Miss Duquesne Pageant. This event has become a Duquesne staple, something everyone looks forward to. This year the pageant included numerous contestants who competed in the categories of formalwear, talent and question/answer. After tallying the scores, the judges determined that Carly Koza of Sigma Kappa would be crowned Miss Duquesne 2013-2014. A total of $11,200 was raised at this event, all of which will be donated to Alpha Sigma Tau’s philanthropy, Make-A-Wish.

Gumberg Library Hosts “Moving Targets” Art Exhibition as Part of Project Passenger Pigeon Pittsburgh

This fall, the Gumberg Library hosted the art exhibition Moving Targets that commemorated the 2014 centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon.

“The exhibition parallels the plight of the passenger pigeon with that of the artists’ maternal lineage, piecing together the fragmented stories and forced migrations of both pigeons and Jews,” said artist Ann Rosenthal. The project is a collaboration between Rosenthal and Steffi Domike with Ruth Fauman Fichman, and also included 14 artists each representing a state within the former nesting range of the pigeon. Continue reading

Commuters Participate in the Annual Color Run

On Saturday, Nov. 15, 30 commuter students attended the Color Run held on the North Shore at Heinz Field and PNC Park.  The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5K on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality.  The Color Run is a for profit company that works to partner with charities and help shine a light on their extraordinary work within society, and has raised donations for over 80 local and national charities.

Alcohol Awareness Week 2014

Alcohol Awareness week 2014 was once again a week dedicated to sharing information about the risks associated with illegal and excessive alcohol use for Duquesne students of any age. The week included a variety of activities to illustrate to students how the illegal and/or excessive alcohol use can negatively impact them in legal, social, career, clinical, health, interpersonal and other ways. Various activities were planned to raise awareness in a fun and interactive way, to help students understand the “real vs. perceived” social norms of alcohol use in society and on campuses, and to provide strategies to reduce the risks and to learn refusal skills. Continue reading

Take a Study Break, You Deserve it!

On Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, the Office of Residence Life and DU CARES once again sponsor The Original Campus Study Break in the Hogan Dining Center.  This event, which students and staff have come to excitedly anticipate, includes an evening of fun and festivities, where members of Duquesne’s staff and faculty continue the mission of “Serving God by Serving Students” in a very immediate way.  Continue reading

Men’s Basketball 2014 T-Shirt Series

The Duke’s men’s basketball team will have a new draw for students this season.  During the eight conference games this year, the first 150 students with their Duquesne ID will receive a unique shirt sponsored and designed specifically for that game.  Various departments in the Division of Student Life have agreed to sponsor one of the eight conference games. Continue reading

96 Students Selected for Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa

96 students were selected for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). ODK is a National Leadership Honor Society, which recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service; social and religious activities; campus government; journalism; speech and the mass media; as well as creative and performing arts. Membership is awarded to students with a minimum of 60 credit hours and a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average. The following students were inducted into ODK on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Continue reading

Orientation Program Earns Fourth Consecutive National Award

The University’s Orientation program has been recognized by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) with the Outstanding Use of Theme award for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s theme was Rise! You’re Limitless.

The award, which marks the 20th time Duquesne has been recognized by the NODA, was presented to Adam Wasilko, director of freshman development and special student services, Jade Leitzel, senior program director, and Liz Keller, junior assistant director, at the NODA’s 67th annual conference, held Nov. 2 to 5 in Orlando, Fla. Continue reading

Duquesne Professor Earns Recognition from American Chemical Society

Dr. Jeffry Madura has been named the recipient of the 2014 Pittsburgh Award by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Madura, the Lambert F. Minucci Endowed Chair in Engineering and Computational Sciences and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is among a handful of Duquesne faculty members to win this award established in 1932.

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Duquesne Phi Kappa Phi Recognized as a Chapter of Excellence

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi-the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines-recently gave its highest commendation, Chapter of Excellence, to the Duquesne University chapter.

This award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence among all fields of higher education and in engaging the community of scholars in service to others. Duquesne was one of only 29 chapters nationwide to receive this honor as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi awards, grants and fellowships.

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Duquesne University Places 3rd in Pennsylvania Bar Exam Results

The Duquesne University School of Law is pleased to announce that it achieved a first-time taker pass rate of 91.56 percent on the July 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Examination.

This result placed Duquesne third out of 10 Pennsylvania area law schools, behind only the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. Continue reading

24 Hour Study for Finals @ Gumberg Library

The Gumberg Library will be open continuously from Monday, Dec. 8 at 7 a.m. to Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. As usual, the library will provide snacks at midnight for any late-night studiers.

As a refresher—

  • Quiet study areas are on the first, second and third floors.
  • Group study areas are the fourth and fifth floors.
  • Always bring your ID—the library cards for your safety. Card swipe entry is in effect from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays, and all weekends.
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SGA Study Break @ Gumberg Library

The finals tradition continues at the Gumberg Library! On Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., students are invited to take a break from studying and enjoy food and refreshments courtesy of the Student Government Association. SGA Study Break takes place on the 4th floor of the Gumberg Library. Get in line early!

Thank you, as always, to SGA for sponsoring this event!