Duquesne Community Invited to Celebrate Founders Week 2014

The campus community is invited to attend Founders Week 2014, the annual celebration to honor the legacy, vision and values of Duquesne’s Spiritan founders, from Sunday, Feb. 2, through Friday, Feb. 7.

The theme for this year’s Founders Week, One Heart, One Spirit: Living the Mission, will highlight a series of events focused around Spiritan education, the University’s mission and how the University community lives that mission each day. Continue reading

Students Needed as Members of the University Conduct Board

Students are needed to serve as members of the University Conduct Board.  Commitment is minimal.  It is a good opportunity to serve the Duquesne community, develop skills in conflict resolution and communication, and is a great addition to a resume. Contact Susan Monahan, Director, at monahans@duq.edu or 412.396.6642 for more information.

Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences

This coming spring break and summer, Spiritan Campus Ministry will be taking 75 students on four Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences (CCME). The trips will include opportunities to work with migrant farmworkers in Immokalee, Fla., explore and work with communities in Pittsburgh’s urban neighborhoods, assist in rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, home repair and a greater understanding of the culture of rural Appalachia in West Virginia, and run a day camp at a Spiritan Mission in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. Continue reading

Duquesne University Volunteers

Students are encouraged to visit the Campus Link page for DUV (Duquesne University Volunteers) to look at upcoming service opportunities. Additionally, applications are being accepted for the Executive Board of Up ’til Dawn, the Duquesne University organization dedicated to sharing the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information contact the DUV office in 305 Union.

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 your 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

Wasilko Named Freshman Development and Special Student Services Director

Adam Wasilko

Adam Wasilko was named director of freshman development and special student services, effective Jan. 2. He succeeds Sean Weaver, who will remain at the University as director of the new Office of Anti-Discrimination Policies and Compliance in the Division of Legal Affairs.

In his new role, Wasilko is responsible for assisting freshmen and their families transition to life at Duquesne by overseeing support activities and programs, including the award-winning Orientation program.

“I feel very honored to have the chance to work in this capacity,” Wasilko said. “Duquesne is a very special place to me, and to have the chance to shape our students’ first impression of what it is like to be a part of this community is something I take very seriously and am excited to be a part of.” Continue reading

Wellbeing as a Philosophy and Practice of Flourishing

Ian Edwards was the recipient of a 2013 Assessment Award for the course, “Wellbeing: Theory and Practice.”

On Jan. 23, 2014, Ian Edwards represented the Student Wellbeing Committee and the Student Wellbeing Club as the recipient of a 2013 Assessment Award for the course, Wellbeing: Theory and Practice. The aforementioned course was piloted during the fall 2013 semester with a group of 10 student volunteers comprising a small representative sample of the Duquesne University student body. The primary intent of the course was and is to help students learn how to take care of themselves. The secondary intent was and is to help students develop a fuller understanding of the Dimensions of a Duquesne Education and to help them live the Mission of Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Student Government Association Happenings

This semester, the Student Government Association hosted “Dinner with Father Hogan.” At the dinner, members of student government enjoyed a nice meal and discussed relevant issues pertaining to student life. It was a very enlightening session at which the members were all thrilled to hear of exciting new things coming to Duquesne, such as the new black box theater. Continue reading

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Towers staff was joined by students from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cares and individual families for the day of service.

The Duquesne Towers Residence Life Staff decided that being off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, would better be served as a day of service. Twenty-one Towers staff members traveled to Vincentian Home, a home that provides skilled and intermediate nursing care for the elderly. There, students served as greeters, wheelchair escorts and activities hosts. Continue reading

Tipoff Tailgate

On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, over 25 student organizations participated in the 3rd annual Tipoff Tailgate. This successful and highly spirited event, sponsored by Student Government Association, Duquesne Program Council and Athletics, was organized to encourage student attendance for the nationally televised men’s basketball game against the La Salle Explorers. Continue reading

Senior Class Council

The Senior Council hosted a wine tasting on Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Power Center Ballroom. Fr. Sawicki guided seniors through a tour of six wines from regions around the world.

Ten Year Anniversary of Brottier Hall

Brottier Hall celebrated its 10th Anniversary as a part of the Duquesne University community on Jan. 15, 2014. A reception with guest speakers was held and highlighted how important the apartment style Living Learning Center is to the University. In the spirit of the namesake, Daniel Brottier, the event also featured a charity raffle and fundraiser that benefited the Edwards Family Fund, a fund established to benefit the family of Brottier resident Jimmy Edwards who endured a very tragic event in August 2013.

A Sneak Peak into One of the Biggest Events on Campus

The International Students Organization brings to you a glimpse of the much anticipated ISO Night that will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in the Union Ballroom.

The night will begin with a fashion show highlighting the intricate traditional attire of various countries by Duquesne students, both international and American and will showcase a plethora of cultures, performances, and delicious delicacies. ISO Night unites the Duquesne campus to celebrate diversity.

Join us on March 27 to immerse yourself in food, culture and performances!

Formal Sorority Recruitment

Sorority recruitment has come and gone, and we are more excited than ever to welcome 214 new members to our Panhellenic community! This year’s formal recruitment was beyond successful thanks to the Office of Greek Life, the Panhellenic Council and all of the amazing women who came out to join Greek Life. We look forward to adding even more new members to our community soon, through our men’s recruitment. If you are interested in Greek Life feel free to stop in the office, 315 Student Union, for more information.

Alpha Omicron Pi Coming to Duquesne!

The Greek community will be welcoming a new chapter to Panhellenic. Alpha Omicron Pi will begin recruitment at Duquesne this coming fall. AOPi is a women’s fraternity, founded in 1897 at Barnard College in New York, N.Y. This organization “exceeds the expectation” by focusing on scholarship, leadership and service. With over 150,000 initiated members in 191 collegiate chapters and 147 alumnae chapters, AOPi is a solid organization that will be a wonderful addition to Duquesne. If you are interested in being part of this new sorority, please stop in the Greek Life office, 315 Student Union.

Alpha Phi’s Red Dress Gala

On Oct. 12, 2013, our Alpha Phi chapter put on their 7th annual Red Dress Gala. Red Dress Gala is a charity ball complete with a fashion show, music, a speaker, and a sit down dinner, with all proceeds benefiting women’s heart health. This year approximately 300 people attended and $3500 was raised for this great cause. Congrats on a job well done Alpha Phi!

Greek Week

It’s that time of year again, Greek Week! Greek Week is a tradition here at Duquesne, dating all the way back to the 1960’s on the Bluff. Our organizations look forward to this friendly competition each year, as they unite together to raise money for charity. During the week of March 30, 2014, numerous events will be taking place. All students, parents, staff and alum are welcome to come out for this great cause. Continue reading

Congrats to Amy Kerlin!

Amy Kerlin

Congratulations to Alpha Sigma Tau President, Amy Kerlin, on being selected to participate as a student lobbyist for the 2014 Fraternity and Sorority Congressional Visits in Washington DC. During her time on Capitol Hill, Amy will lobby on various issues including student housing and college affordability, just to name a few. The Greek community is so proud of you Amy! Congrats again and good luck!

Order of Omega Scholarships

Jenna Cusack (Gamma Phi Beta) and Christopher Kriak (Phi Kappa Theta), members of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Order of Omega, have been awarded scholarships by the national Order of Omega. The Scholarship Program was established in 1985 to recognize academic achievement, participation and leadership in campus organizations, citizenship, and service within the campus and Greek community as well as Order of Omega. Further, it is also intended to support their future academic studies. In 2012, Order of Omega crossed the $1 million threshold in scholarships and fellowships awarded. Continue reading

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Collegiate 100 host a Leadership Summit for Local High School Students

On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the men of the Collegiate 100 of Duquesne University hosted a leadership summit on campus for 125 high school seniors in partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools.  These students are part of unique on-going initiative called the We Promise program. Continue reading

Coaches vs Cancer Suits and Sneakers

On Jan. 25, Duquesne University head coach Jim Ferry and his staff joined more than 4,000 basketball coaches from across the country as they laced up for the fight against cancer and stepped out of their loafers, oxfords, and wingtips and into sneakers during games as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, Jan. 24-26.  The Dukes defeated St. Bonaventure, 83-81, on Derrick Colter’s buzzer-beating three-pointer.

The nationwide event raises awareness about the fight against cancer, highlights the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing a person’s cancer risk, and promotes the American Cancer Society’s free programs and services available to those facing cancer. Continue reading

Wicked Tickets Sell Out; Mama Mia Tickets Will Be Available

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time.” Continue reading

Derek Hughes

The Duquesne Program Council is hosting comedian Derek Hughes on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9-10:30 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Continue reading

Ice Skating at PPG

Erica Wong, Carley Risley, Emily Frame, Ashley Stough and Mary Somma, President of the Ice Skating Club.

The Duquesne Program Council, along with the Ice Skating Club, sponsored an ice skating trip to the rink at PPG place on Friday, Jan. 24. The cold weather could not keep all who went from having a great time. Twenty-five tickets were sold, which included admission, ice skate rentals and a complementary Ice Skating Club winter hat.

Be on the lookout for other DPC winter sponsored events such as a ski trip.
(include photo ice with caption the girls from left to right are: Erica Wong, Carley Risley, Emily Frame, Ashley Stough, and Mary Somma, President of the Ice Skating Club.)

Gumberg Library: Spring 2014 Hours

Spring 2014 Regular Hours

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

Exceptions to Spring 2014 Regular Hours

Friday Feb. 28 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 10 a.m. – 6 p,m.
Monday, March 3 – Friday, March 7 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Wednesday, April 16 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Sunday, April 20 Closed



Director’s Circle

The Division of Student Life proudly celebrated the 23rd Director’s Circle Celebration. 656 first year students were recognized for their achievement in earning a 3.5 or greater GPA in their first semester. Students, families and members of the Duquesne community gathered for the celebration.

Congratulations to the following students: Continue reading

Standout Women’s Soccer Goalie

Duquesne women’s soccer standout goalie Devon Tabata has been elected to serve as a vice chair for the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Tabata was voted into the position on Saturday at the NCAA Convention. Continue reading

Points of Pride: University Earns Rankings for Education and Nursing Programs

The College Database Identifies Duquesne as a Top College for Teacher Education
The College Database, a comprehensive online source for information about U.S. colleges and universities, has selected Duquesne University as among the top colleges in the state for teacher education.

A new list entitled Top Colleges in Pennsylvania: Shaping the Next Generation, highlights the post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania that produced the most education graduates during the 2012 school year. Continue reading

University Exceeds 10,000 Followers on Social Media

In December, the University hit a milestone on social media by exceeding 10,000 followers combined on Duquesne’s official Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

Overall, Duquesne’s social media following has grown 241 percent in the past year. This number, which only reflects the four official University channels, does not take into account all social media sites listed in the University’s social media directory.

Follow Duquesne’s social media pages at the links below:

Group Housing Selection

There are exciting Group Housing options are available for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Groups of students wishing to live together can apply for wings in the Duquesne Towers or nine-person suites in Des Places Hall! Please consider this great opportunity for housing next year!

For more information, please refer to your room selection newsletter or visit us online at www.duq.edu/life-at-duquesne/housing/campus-residency/room-selection.

Black History Month Events

Feb. 4, 2014 – “Hidden Colors” Film Screening
6 p.m. | College Hall, Room 104

The film, “Hidden Colors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent” is a documentary by Tariq Nasheed that discusses black history and why it has been left out of the American curricula.  A facilitated group discussion and refreshments will follow the screening of this film.  If you have any questions, please email duqbsu@gmail.com. Continue reading