Christmas Season Lights Up Campus

The Student Government Association, along with the Duquesne University community and their families, lit-up the Christmas season on campus at the 16th annual Night of Lights event, Miracle on A-Walk, on Thursday, December 6. Continue reading

Christmas Ball

On Friday, December 7, the Duquesne Program Council sponsored the 32nd Annual Christmas Ball at the Sheraton Station Square. This annual holiday event was attended by nearly 500 students.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 1, 2012, the Office of Residence Life hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa event in the Union Ballroom. Staff and faculty members, along with their families were able to celebrate the holidays by playing reindeer games, making crafts and enjoying a breakfast buffet. A Santa’s Workshop sponsored by the Women’s Guild was also available for children to buy small gifts for their families. The Office of Residence Life would like to thank all of the Resident Assistants and members of the Residence Hall Association that volunteered their time and dressed as elves to facilitate the games and crafts for the event.

Deck the Halls Program

Monday, November 26, Residence Life sponsored its annual “Deck the Halls” program. Students in each of the Living/Learning Centers had the opportunity to decorate their floors, room doors and building lobbies for the holiday season while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. A panel of judges toured each building following the event and selected the best decorated floors and room doors. Prizes were awarded to the winning artists.

Residence Hall Association & Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) recently concluded an effort in the residence halls to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. With numerous Duquesne students coming from areas hardest hit by the storm, RHA members believed that raising money for the victims was a great way to serve both the mission of RHA and the mission of the University. Continue reading

Fair Trade Week

The 8th Annual Fair Trade Week was once again a success! Students, faculty and staff all enjoyed shopping at the Fair Trade Marketplace that ran every day of the sale in the Student Union. Vendors with goods from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India, Peru, Kenya, Haiti, and many other countries provided a venue for people to start their holiday shopping while supporting the ideals of human dignity and rights of workers that are at the core of Fair Trade. Continue reading

Finding Your True Home for the Holidays

Many of us return home for the holidays but seldom do we contemplate what it means to either go or return to the place we call “home.” For many of us, the idea of “home” will immediately conjure associations to a physical space in time, whether that space is a place, town, city and/or a community of persons, such as family and friends. Returning to such a space can bring forth stress, worry, sadness, and grief as well as happiness, joy, belongingness and love. Whatever the anticipated and actual experience may be, it will no doubt be affective in nature. During this holiday season, when you return to the place you call “home” I would like to invite you to take the opportunity to either discover or re-connect with your true home. Continue reading

Duquesne University United Way Campaign Surpasses Goals, Sets Record

Duquesne University has a strong tradition of providing financial support to our community through United Way of Allegheny County. It was recently announced that this year was the University’s most effective United Way campaign to date. New records were set in monetary giving, employee participation and number of campaign leaders. Continue reading

Family Weekend

The Division of Student Life hosted the first-ever Family Weekend October 19-21. Family Weekend offered a variety of activities for the parents and siblings of current students and provided the opportunity to socialize with other families from the campus community. Some of the activities included open houses, athletic events, The Magic of Michael Grandinetti, mass and the President’s Farewell Brunch.

New Electronic Medical Records System

Health Service welcomed the 2012-2013 academic year with the implementation of a state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Records system, to which students have responded quite positively. The system also has the capability of adding interactive features for students to further enhance our delivery of medical care. Additionally, a new Director was appointed, and three new staff members were hired, including a Nurse Practitioner, a Staff RN, (both of whom are Duquesne alumnae), and a Campus Relations RN who oversees outreach to residence halls, organizations and events throughout the campus. Another new feature in our department is the introduction of the “RN Triage and Advice” telephone extension which allows students to speak directly with a Staff Nurse to answer questions, provide advice and schedule appointments with the appropriate clinical staff. Continue reading

Thanksgiving at the Rome Campus

“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

An Italian Thanksgiving Feast
When one thinks of Italy, the American tradition of Thanksgiving is not the first this that comes to mind. However, if you find yourself at the Duquesne University Italian Campus during the Fall semester that is exactly what you will find- only a Thanksgiving alla Romana. Continue reading

City Game Tailgate

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, Residence Hall Association and Sophomore Class Council hosted the City Game Tailgate in the Hogan Dining Center.

Aramark Dining Services was very gracious and served plenty of tailgate food, such as corn on the cob, chicken wings, hot sausage, pierogies, buffalo chicken pizza and much more!

Students were able to sign up for free raffles to get various Duquesne gear such as hats, a scarf, water bottle, banner and hoodie. Along with the free raffles, members gave out red and blue beads, pride tattoos and offered face painting to the students.

The amount of students that attended the tailgate in the dining hall was approximately 1200!

Duquesne Students Experience the Career Services Etiquette Dinner

The Career Services Center hosted the Fall Etiquette Dinner on Tuesday, November 13, which was sponsored by U.S. Steel. This fall there were 60 students in attendance for the event, the majority of which were freshmen. Nicole Feldhues, Director of Career Services, presented on a variety of topics including how to make introductions, appropriate topics for mealtime discussion and networking tips. Continue reading

Career Carnival

Career Services held the 4th annual Career Carnival on November 7 in Towers Multipurpose Room. Nearly 300 undergraduate students from colleges and schools across the University learned about resources offered by Career Services. Continue reading

Alpha Delta Fundraiser

Photos from Alpha Delta’s annual Bathtub Pull fundraising event.

Spotlight Musical Theater Performs Seussical: The Musical

Spotlight Musical Theater Company performed Seussical: The Musical November 8-10 and November 15–16. Spotlight Musical Theater Company is a student run organization.
Spotlight’s next performance is 9 to 5. Six performances will begin at 8 p.m. March 14-16 and March 21-23, 2013 in the Peter Mills Theater in Rockwell Hall. For more information email

Orientation Program Earns Awards

The Orientation program at Duquesne University has achieved success at the national level once again. The 2012 program was led by Director Becca Kopcie and Assistant Director Brian Bost. The program was awarded by the National Orientation Directors Association for Outstanding Use of Theme and Outstanding Clothing Item. The awards were presented at the NODA Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme for Orientation 2012 was “It’s Your Time – Capture The Moment!” This encompassed a new student’s transition perfectly, ensuring one makes the most of the great experience of college. As Duquesne’s award-winning and entirely student-run Orientation program continues to grow and innovate, they are aiming even higher for Orientation 2013!

94 Students Selected for Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa

94 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, November 13, 2012. Continue reading

Sorority Recruitment

Interested in joining a sorority at Duquesne? Sign up for Formal Sorority Recruitment, taking place the week of January 21, 2013. Each day, Thursday through Sunday morning, women will have a chance to visit the chapters and see what each sorority at Duquesne has to offer. By Sunday night, you will receive a Bid to join a chapter! Sign-ups are located Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Union or you can sign-up online through Campus Link on the Office of Greek Life page. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Panhellenic VP and Director of Recruitment, Katelyn Barley, at

Carnival 2012 Winners!

Congratulations to the 2012 Carnival Winners! Visit to see footage of the shows!

  • First Place Overall – “Fractured Fairytale” – Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Second Place – “Take A Chance” – Alpha Gamma Delta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Alpha Delta
  • Third Place – “Bug’s Life” – Sigma Kappa, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Alpha Phi Delta
  • Best Booth
    – 1st – Fractured Fairytale – Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
    – 2nd – Bug’s Life – Sigma Kappa, Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Phi Delta
    – 3rd – Making Strides
  • Service Award – Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Costumes – Bugs Life – Sigma Kappa, Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Phi Delta
  • Video – Take a Chance – Alpha Gamma Delta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Delta
  • Music – Blast From the Past – Delta Chi, Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Scenery – Bugs Life – Sigma Kappa, Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Phi Delta
  • Choreography – Show Must Go On – Sigma Nu, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Iota Phi Theta
  • Script – Fractured Fairytale – Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Male Vocal – Jarred Adkins – Romeo
  • Female Vocal – Grace Callahan – Miss Peacock
  • Supporting Actor – Andy Morus – Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Supporting Actress – Kelly Anlas – Alpha Phi
  • Best Actor – Flick – Joey Hornack
  • Best Actress – Gretel – Valerie Fina

Josh Gibson Foundation

The Inter-Fraternity Council recently went to the Josh Gibson Foundation in the Hill District to host a pizza party with kids in the program. The Josh Gibson Foundation is an after-school tutoring and youth program for children ages 5-13. Starting next semester the Inter-Fraternity Council will begin tutoring weekly at the Foundation.

Cross Country Runner Jim Spisak Competes at NCAA Championship

Senior Jim Spisak completed his illustrious collegiate cross country career by placing 59th of 245 runners with a time of 30:25 at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships held November 17 in Louisville, Kent.

Spisak, who is the third DU runner in school history to qualify for NCAA’s in cross country, turned in the highest finish ever by a Duquesne runner at the national championship event.

Duquesne to Host 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has chosen the city of Pittsburgh as a Second and Third Round site for the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Duquesne University will serve as host and Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center will be the home for the event scheduled for March 19 and 21.

The selection marks the fifth time the city of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University have been chosen to host an NCAA basketball championship – and fourth time as men’s host. Duquesne hosted the NCAA Men’s First and Second Round in 1997 and 2002 and the NCAA Women’s East Regional in 2001 at the Civic/Mellon Arena. Last year, Duquesne hosted Second and Third Round men’s games at CONSOL Energy Center.

Study Break

The Office of Residence Life and DU CARES will again sponsor the “Original Study Break” for the first time in the newly renovated Hogan Dining Center.

So while the venue looks different, we will continue with traditions that make this the biggest study break on campus.  It will be held on Friday, December 14 from 9 p.m. until midnight.  Again this semester, we have faculty and staff from across campus living the mission of serving God by serving students.  This term they will serve breakfast foods, in addition to the standard fun and root beer floats that they serve twice a year.  And as always, we will have chair massages, bingo, door prizes, crafts, pictures with friends….and fun, frolic and merriment.

Room Selection

It’s that time of year!  Room Selection is approaching for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Here is some important information that you will need to know.

  • Each student will be required to make a non-refundable $300.00 deposit.  Deposits must be submitted to the Cashier’s Office in the Administration building.  Please keep your receipt.  You will need it to select your lottery number.
  • Lottery numbers will be selected in the Assumption Hall Lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on February 27-28, March 1 and March 11-13, 2013.
  • Room Selection for current sophomores and higher will occur on March 13, 2013 in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.
  • Room Selection for current freshmen will occur on March 14, 2013 in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.
  • The buildings available for selection are Assumption Hall, Brottier Hall, Des Places Hall, Duquesne Towers and Vickroy Hall.

Please watch for our room selection newsletter in the Living Learning Centers and online at

Building Closings for Christmas Break

All Living Learning Centers close for Christmas Break at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 and re-open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

To request break housing, you must sign-up at the desk of your Living Learning Center by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012 and are required to meet with your Resident Director.

Housing will only be provided in the Duquesne Towers, Des Places Hall and Brottier Hall.

If you reside in Assumption, St. Ann, St. Martin or Vickroy Halls, you will be required to relocate to a different building.

See your Resident Director if you have any questions.

We wish you the peace of the season and good luck on finals!

Gumberg Library News & Notes

24 Hour Study for Finals @ Gumberg Library

  • Gumberg Library will be open continuously from 7 a.m. Monday, December 10 through 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 18.
  • Free snacks at midnight! You’ll find quiet study on the first, second, and third floors.
  • Group study areas are on the fourth and fifth floors.
  • Always bring your ID—we card for your safety. Card swipe entry required between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays, and on weekends.
  • Gumberg Library will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 19-20; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 21; and closed Dec. 22-23.
  • Note: Exams begin Wednesday, December 12, and the last final is given at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 18. Official graduation date is Thursday, December 20.

Study Tables an Endangered Species?

I hear Gumberg Library is a great place to study for finals unless you can’t find a place to sit!
You can help preserve study tables and their habitat! Don’t let this happen to your study space!

Major Upcoming Events


  • Monday – Tuesday – December 24, 2012 – January 1, 2013 – Closed
  • Wednesday – January 2, 2013 – Closed (Staff In-Service)
  • Thursday – January 3, 2013 – Resume normal hours; Classes begin


  • December 12-18 – Final examinations
  • December 15 – Advent Midnight Mass, 11:30 p.m.
  • December 20 – Official Graduation Date, Mass at 9 a.m and Ceremony at 11 a.m., A.J. Palumbo Center
  • January 3 – Classes Resume
  • January 7 – Panhellenic Recruitment Registration, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Union Concourse
  • January 9 – Meet the Greeks, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m., Union Ballroom
  • January 10 – Organization President’s Meeting, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Africa Room
  • January 11 – Panhellenic Recruitment Registration, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Union Concourse
  • January 13 – SGA Meeting, 7 p.m., 203 Law School
  • January 14 – Formal Sorority Recruitment-Orientation, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m., Union Ballroom
  • January 16 – Formal Sorority Recruitment-Orientation, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m., Union Ballroom
  • January 18 – SGA Election Packets Due, SGA Office, Room 203, Union
  • January 27 – SGA Meeting, 7 p.m., 203 Law School

Orientation 2012

The University’s annual Orientation program kicked off with Freshman Move-In on August 21. Orientation, an award-winning, five-day program, is designed by upperclassmen to help incoming freshmen and transfer students acclimate to the University. This year’s Orientation theme was It’s Your Time: Capture the Moment.

Below are photos from Move-In Day on August 21, 2012.