The Lenten Journey Continues

Our Lenten journey helps us to rediscover our faith through the practices of Lent.  The Lenten traditions give us an opportunity to deepen our experience of faith, improve our interior life, as well as heightening our awareness of the needs of the less fortunate through outreach and works of charity.

This Lenten season, Spiritan Campus Ministry is asking us to help our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.  To learn more about how you can help, please visit this website.

Through the practices of Lent, we can experience a growth in our spiritual wellbeing. While sometimes regarded as a predominantly Roman Catholic observance, these actions are practiced by other faith traditions as well.  The practices that have been passed on from generation to generation invite us to share our common joy in community as we prepare for the Easter season.   What you give up can change your life and what you give can help to empower and transform the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world.

Undergraduate Students Show Unprecedented Satisfaction with Duquesne

More students than ever are satisfied with their first semester of college at Duquesne University, with 97 percent returning to campus this spring.

Besides this unprecedented first-semester retention rate, the Enrollment Management Group and University Retention Committee at Duquesne also announced that Duquesne’s six-year graduation rate is 76 percent, 11 percentage points above the national average. Continue reading

Students Take Alternative Spring Breaks

This spring break, 60 students traveled to three different locations for Spiritan Campus Ministry’s annual Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences (CCMEs).  Students assisted in home repair and community projects in Mullens, WV; worked with migrant farmworkers to understand the injustices in Florida’s tomato fields in Immokalee, FL; and helped to rebuild homes affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA. In all of the experiences, students were able to get a taste of the culture of the area through food, conversation with members of the community, and working together on a variety of projects in the areas. Below are students’ reflections on their experiences on the CCMEs. Continue reading

New Student Leaders Installed

On Sunday, March 16, 2014, the new officers of the Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, Commuter Council, Student Government Senate, Duquesne Program Council, Class Councils, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Professional Fraternity Council, and the newly founded Black Greek Council were installed at the 11 a.m. Mass in the University Chapel. Continue reading

New Statue of St. Ann Dedicated

On Thursday, March 20, a new statue was dedicated in St. Ann Hall in the memory of Veronica and Ann Wasilko. A reception and dedication ceremony was held in the lobby of St. Ann Hall to celebrate the addition, which highlights our rich Catholic tradition. St. Ann was chosen as the patron saint of the residence hall when it opened in 1963 as an upperclassmen female residence. Continue reading

Construction on New Black Box Theater Set for Spring

Construction is slated to begin next month on a $4.5 million, 10,500 square-foot black box theater on Seitz Street, next to the School of Music. A groundbreaking ceremony for the campus community is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1.

The upper level of the red brick-and-glass structure will include a main entrance and lobby, a theater seating up to 160, a rehearsal hall and a mobile ticket counter. The theater’s lower level will feature dressing rooms, set building shops, costume storage, mechanical/electrical rooms, offices and a green room. Continue reading

First Annual Week of Wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing Club hosted a week of Wellbeing-related free events open to the Duquesne Community. The week began with a Yoga Hike in collaboration with the nonprofit, Venture Outdoors. The students hiked around the urban neighborhood of Regent Square and the nearby Frick Park, and ended at a yoga studio, Yoga on the Square. Other events/activities included Creative Expression event in the NiteSpot, a Wellbeing Advocacy Keynote Speech by Dr. Ian Edwards, Director of the Counseling Center and founder of the Wellbeing Initiative, honoring the Feast of the Annunciation; a Nutritionist Speaker; Therapy Dogs; Yoga Class with Sound Healing which included Rev. Gregory Olikenyi, C.S.Sp., providing an interfaith-multicultural experience through meditative music; and a Drum Circle lead by students from the Music Therapy Student Association.

Duquesne University Health Service Offers New Online Service

Duquesne University Health Service is excited to provide to students a new, more efficient service through expansion of our electronic medical record system. Students will soon have access to a Health Service Student Portal through DORI, under the Student Tab, then “Student Connections.” Through this portal, health history and immunization updates can be submitted for easy verification by health service staff. Continue reading

Senior Celebration

On Saturday, March 22, hundreds of Duquesne students and their families gathered for the annual Senior Celebration, an event recognizing graduating seniors and 4th year pharmacy students. Established in 1993 by the Duquesne Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (The National Leadership Honor Society), the event brought together all members of the Duquesne community to celebrate and reflect on the success and achievements of our students. Continue reading

Jimmy V Foundation Fundraiser

Spotlight Musical Theatre

Spotlight Musical Theatre Company performed Anything Goes in March 2014.

ISO Night

The International Students Organization hosted its annual spring event entitled ISO Night: Mosaic of the World on Thursday, March 27, in the Union Ballroom. The event featured a fashion show, cultural performances and cuisines from a variety of ethnic cultures. There were also henna tattoos, refreshments and games by different multicultural organizations.

Duquesne Ring Blessing

Student Life will host the 9th Annual Duquesne Class Ring Blessing at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in the Chapel. Students and/or alums who would like to participate can register by April 1 at

During the Mass, those who have registered will have their names called and will be invited, along with their family members to come forward, where a Spiritan Father will bless their ring.  They will then be invited to sign the Ring Blessing Book.

Brunch will follow in the Power Center.

Spring into Books! Scholastic Book Sale!

Buy One Get One Free with donation of a book

April 7-11, 2nd Floor Union
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The upcoming Scholastic Book Sale will be just in time for Easter, spring holidays, First Communion gifts and summer reading! The sale format will be the same as last year: Buy One Get One Free – with the donation of a book! Continue reading

Who Dunnit?

The Office of Residence Life (ORL) has always strived to make campus an exciting place to live and learn. Throughout the academic year, the ORL team puts a particular emphasis on livening up the weekends of students who live on campus. Resident Assistants, Resident Directors and Residence Life Central Staff hosted over 80 weekend programs during the Fall 2013 semester, working collaboratively with many student groups and other offices including DU CARES, Freshman and Sophomore Class Councils, Duquesne Program Council, the Black Student Uunion and others. The range of events offered were widely varied and offered something for everyone: From trips to sporting events, creative arts and crafts programs, tours of the city and small festivals to celebrate the seasons. Continue reading

Big Man On Campus Philanthropy

On Monday March 17, Duquesne’s Delta Zeta sorority held their annual Big Man On Campus Philanthropy event in the Student Union Ballroom. Representatives from all Greek organizations on campus were invited to participate in the event which the sisters of Delta Zeta describe as a “male beauty pageant.” The sisters donated all funds to the Speech and Hearing Clinic on Duquesne’s campus as, speech and hearing pathology is their designated Philanthropy. Continue reading

Passport to Your Career Success

Career Services hosted a new event this spring geared to inform all students of our services, but in a fun and casual way. Students who attended the event, which took place in the Africa Room, took a quick tour around the room to four different booths. The booths were themed and involved short career-related activities, which gave students a snapshot of what they could learn from our office by taking advantages of our services. Continue reading

Freshman Honor Society – Phi Eta Sigma

The freshman honor society of Phi Eta Sigma will be inducting its 2014 candidates on Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Duquesne Union Ballroom at 2:15 p.m. All freshman students who received a 3.5 GPA or higher have been invited to join. The ceremony will include a meal of your choice of Smoked Pork Chop, Grilled Filet Mignon or Vegetable Lasagna. If you have any questions, please call the office of Freshman Development at 412.396.1980.

Duquesne Law School Jumps Significantly in U.S. News Ranking

Dean Ken Gormley

Duquesne University’s School of Law leaped 23 spots in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Graduate School Rankings.

Last year, Duquesne placed among top-tier law schools for the first time in a decade. This year, Duquesne jumped up to the 121st spot, shared with seven other institutions, including DePaul University in Chicago. Continue reading

U.S. News Ranking Recognizes Graduate Schools of Nursing, Education, Business

The School of Nursing has been ranked No. 6 in the nation among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News and World Report. The School of Education climbed up 35 spots, to No. 126 in the country, and the Donahue Graduate School of Business was recognized as one of the top part-time MBA programs in the country, No. 125-and both were among the top 10 programs in Pennsylvania.

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International Programs

Over 100 Duquesne University students recently returned from spring break study abroad trips to Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Nicaragua. Continue reading

Duquesne MBA Sustainability Places Second in Worldwide Competition

A team from Duquesne’s MBA Sustainability program placed second in an inaugural world competition in Davos, Switzerland, based on a case study to improve sustainability operations at an international oil and gas company.

The first Corporate Knights-Schulich Business for a Better World case competition narrowed the field from 28 teams worldwide to just five in the first two rounds. Three teams of students—from Duquesne, the first-place team from the Stockholm School of Economics and the Monterey School of International Studies—were selected for the final round in Davos, where high-profile judges attending the World Economic Forum heard their presentations on Jan. 24. Continue reading

News from the School of Business

New Information Systems Scholarship at Duquesne Quickly Reaches Endowment
The timeline to establish the Thomas A. Pollack Information Systems Management Scholarship at Duquesne University has progressed from being simply a good idea to achieving fully endowed status more quickly than anticipated.

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U.S. News Recognized Graduate School of Business
The Donahue Graduate School of Business was recognized as one of the top part-time MBA programs in the country at No. 125, and was among the top 10 programs in Pennsylvania.

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Spring Formal

On Friday, April 4, 2014, from 7-11 p.m., the Duquesne University Class Councils will be hosting the When You Wish Upon a Star.  The event will be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott and all proceeds from ticket sales and the 50/50 will benefit Make-A-Wish® with the hopes of raising enough money to grant one wish (an average cost of $3,900).

Tickets cost $10/person in advance, $15/person at the door, and $80/organization with 10 members in attendance. Tickets can be purchased at the Union Info Desk starting March 12 until the day of the event. If you are choosing to attend as an organization, please have your advisor contact Annie Kaucic ( with the names and emails of the 10 members who will be attending and she will provide you with further instructions. Continue reading