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.

Commuter Pre-Orientation

Over 100 new students attended Commuter Pre-Orientation on Tuesday, August 21. The Commuter Pre-Orientation 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 Pre-Orientation

OMA Pre-Orientation

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosted their annual OMA Pre-Orientation Program (Pre-O) on August 20 and August 21. Pre-O is designed to connect students of diverse backgrounds with a reliable network of support that will aid in their social and academic transition into the Duquesne University campus community. An outstanding group of returning students served as Pre-O Leaders and facilitators of the various workshops, panel discussions, and team builders. The incoming students and their parents communicated that they valued the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and DU Alumni. Continue reading

Duquesne Enrolls Record-Breaking Class of Highly-Motivated and Academically-Talented Freshmen

Duquesne University welcomed approximately 1,520 freshmen to campus this semester — the largest class in the University’s 134-year history.

While figures will not be finalized until later this semester, the incoming class compares to last year’s incoming class of approximately 1,330 students, according to the Admissions Office. Continue reading

Register Now for Family Weekend October 19-21

October 19-21

The Division of Student Life is pleased to invite all family members back to campus on October 19-21, 2012, to experience your student’s living and learning environment. In addition to reconnecting with each other, you can:

  • Socialize with other families, meet the faculty and dean of your student’s school, and learn about opportunities for upperclassmen, such as study abroad programs, internships and career services
  • See in person the magic of Illusionist and Duquesne alum Michael Grandinetti
  • Enjoy a variety of activities such as the Duquesne Dukes football game and experience Pittsburgh
  • Celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist in the Power Center
  • Be part of a special farewell brunch on Sunday with President Charles J. Dougherty

Register your family today at www.duq.edu/family.

Illusionist and Alumnus Grandinetti to Perform at Family Weekend

Celebrated alumnus and illusionist Michael Grandinetti will return to Duquesne University for a one-night spectacular during Family Weekend on October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Grandinetti will push the boundaries of magic during his first return to his hometown of Pittsburgh in ten years and first-ever performance at his Alma Mater. Grandinetti’s family-friendly show is full of exciting illusion and several new surprises.

On September 20, Michael brought his original magic and illusions to Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte, NC, where he presented an all new halftime show during the Carolina Panthers home game against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Tickets can be purchased online when your register for Family Weekend or by calling 412.396.6209. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cost is $15 per ticket. Students will be admitted with a Duquesne ID. Children 12 and under are also free.

Watch a preview of Michael Grandinetti below:

E-Portfolio Initiative

As the Center for Student Involvement continues to promote the usages of Campus Link to the University community, we have engaged in a partnership with the McAnulty College and Graduate School for Liberal Arts, to explore the opportunity of E-Portfolios. Currently, students are able to utilize an Involvement Record to track their organization memberships, service hours as well as on-campus and off-campus experiences. The proposal of an E-Portfolio would take this one step further, and allow students to present involvement and portfolio information in a public format to perspective employers. Continue reading

Campus Link

Are you using Campus Link? Over 2,500 Duquesne students have already signed-in! Campus Link is a platform that provides students and student organizations with the resources to promote and manage their involvement on campus. Some of the features include: an online campus flyer board, customizable web pages for each student organization, event management tools, service hour tracking tools and Involvement records.

Each week, the Center for Student Involvement will select a Campus Link user’s name at random to win great prizes! The more you log-in to Campus Link, the better chance you have to win! Be sure to log-in to DORI, locate the Campus Link Icon and “Get Involved” in campus life at Duquesne!

Cultural Connections

What do the August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have in common? Each month, the Duquesne Program Council sponsors the Cultural Connections program, and provides Duquesne students with the chance to see great performances at a discounted price.

Tickets to Jersey Boys and Matthew Morrison & the PSO sold out quickly, so be sure to read your e-mails and visit Campus Link for more information about what’s happening this month!

Duquesne Opens Des Places, New ‘Green’ Residence Hall

This fall marked the opening of Des Places Hall, Duquesne’s newest residence hall, an environmentally friendly residence with the highest standards for comfort and safety.

The 12-story Living Learning Center—named for Spiritan Congregation founder Claude Poullart des Places—houses nearly 400 upperclassmen, graduate and law students who live in one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The building was designed with a commitment to sustainability by WTW Architects, which incorporated many sustainable technologies, from drought-tolerant landscaping to use of locally manufactured materials. Estimates based upon construction standards indicate that sustainable efforts will save at least 22 percent in energy use. Continue reading

New Hogan Dining Center Opens

Students returning to campus this semester were pleased to check out the completely revamped Hogan Dining Center, featuring an open kitchen, new seating arrangements and more choices for dining.

Located in the Towers residence hall, the Hogan Dining Center is the main campus student dining facility and now has food preparation areas that allow diners to see their meals being made. In addition, a variety of different food-serving areas have replaced the cafeteria line. Continue reading

New Health Service Director Appointed

Dessa Mrvos, Director of Health Service

Dessa Mrvos has been appointed the new director of health service. She first joined the health service department as a staff nurse in 2005 and had served as acting director since January.

In addition to overseeing daily operations, Mrvos said she is excited to be working on two new initiatives expected to improve student services and communications. One of those initiatives is creating an environment of education and wellness. Continue reading

New Nursing Dean Named

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow

In August, President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty named Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow as dean of the School of Nursing. She succeeded Nursing Dean Dr. Eileen Zungolo, who retired after serving in her role for 10 years.

Glasgow was a professor and associate dean for nursing and undergraduate health professions and continuing nursing education at Drexel University. There, she was responsible for curricular and faculty development, institutional and accrediting body quality assessment, and fiscal planning. Continue reading

Duquesne Welcomes New Director of Freshman Development and Special Student Services

Sean Weaver

Sean Weaver has been named director of the Office of Freshman Development and Special Student Services. His primary responsibility is to help freshmen and their families’ transition to life at Duquesne by overseeing support activities and programs, such as Orientation.

Weaver, who previously served as assistant dean and director of student agencies at Princeton University, has more than 15 years of experience in higher education, primarily with student work, at Thomas Jefferson University, Catholic University, the University of Chicago and Georgetown University.

A native of Somerset, Pa., Weaver is familiar with Pittsburgh and said he always heard great things about Duquesne and used to go see the Tamburitzans perform when they came to his hometown.

Gumberg Library News & Notes

Gumberg Library Renovations

Check out the Fourth Floor Renovations
View photos of our recent renovations on Facebook, click here.

Too Noisy in the Living Learning Center?
All areas of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of the library have been designated for quiet study. Additionally, keys to individual study carrels on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Continue reading

Freshman Mothers’ Luncheon

The Freshman Mothers’ Luncheon was held on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

Commuters and Duquesne

Commuter Council at Duquesne University is the second largest governing body on campus whose purpose is to serve as the voice for all commuters. Commuter Council strives to ensure that all commuters have a pleasant time while at Duquesne University. Throughout the school year, Commuter Council plans various events such as picnics, Halloween events, and more. On September 7, 2012, Commuter Council held its annual “Beginning of the Year Picnic” for all commuters. Commuters stopped by to grab a quick bite to eat, to hang out with fellow commuters, and to play corn hole on Mellon Patio. Students that attended the picnic enjoyed their time and were all excited to be a part of the organization dedicated solely for commuters.

Residence Hall Association 2012-13

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) serves as the representative student governing body for Duquesne’s Living Learning Centers. Residence Hall Association was organized to ensure an atmosphere conducive to positive group and individual experiences for resident students. During the 2010-11 academic year, a new initiative was introduced to incorporate Hall Councils for each Living Learning Center to get more resident student involvement. With the incorporation of Hall Councils, RHA has grown from five members in the past to approximately 30 active members in the organization. Continue reading

Fall 2012 Meet the Greeks

The annual fall event, Meet the Greeks, was held Wednesday, September 12, 2012, in the Union Ballroom.  Organized by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils, this event allowed both freshman and upperclassmen to get a glimpse of what Greek Life is all about at Duquesne.  Each chapter was able to proudly display their awards and accolades to new students interested in Greek Life. Continue reading

Outdoor Adventure Series

Duquesne Student White Water Rafting

Duquesne Student White Water Rafting

This year, the Center for Student Involvement is continuing its association with the R.K. Mellon Foundation and Venture Outdoors to bring the Outdoor Adventure Series to Duquesne University. For a small fee, students are able to participate in various outdoor recreational programs, including white water rafting, caving, paintball, rock climbing, horseback riding and skiing. Continue reading

BluffStock Fall Concert

On Saturday, September 15, the Duquesne Program Council (DPC) sponsored the 11th annual BluffStock Fall Concert in the Union Ballroom. The event featured a live performance by local artist Punchline and national-touring headliner Less Than Jake, for a crowd of energetic fans. Past DPC concerts have included such acts as: Something Corporate, Howie Day, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, HelloGoodbye, and Gym Class Heroes.

Duquesne University Volunteers

DU Students Sweep Up

In the 2011-2012 academic year 8,430 faculty and students volunteered and recorded 248,956 hours of service with DUV. Student organizations also raised $140,476.88 in philanthropic efforts.

The DUV Fair took place on September 4 with a great interest from students and their organizations in the over 65 represented community partners that were present. A networking breakfast for the community organizations was held first to introduce staff to our students’ interests, demographics, and organization profiles to maximize positive relationship development of students and the community sites. Continue reading


Fresh off its 2011 Northeast Conference regular season title, the Duquesne football team is back to its winning ways, opening the season with a 3-1 record. Despite losing 13 of 22 starters from last year, the Dukes have gelled quickly and seem poised to make another run at a championship. Continue reading

Commuter Family Day

The Division of Student Life and the Commuter Council will hold their annual Commuter Family Day on Sunday, November 4. All undergraduate commuting students and their families are invited to attend Mass in the University Chapel beginning at 11 a.m. Following Mass, a complimentary brunch will be held in the Union Ballroom. Commuter Family Day recognizes the dedication of commuters and their families to the Duquesne Community.

Major Upcoming Events

  • September 27 – 29 – Red Masquers Variety Show, Peter Mills Theater, 8 p.m.
  • September 28 – 30 – Homecoming Weekend, Various Locations
  • September 28 – 29 – Carnival, A.J. Palumbo Center
  • September 28 – Oktoberfest Dinner, Hogan Dinning Center, 7 p.m.
  • September 29 – AutumnFest, Academic Walk, 11 a.m.
  • September 29 – Dukes vs. St. Francis, Rooney Field, 1 p.m.
  • September 30 – Apple Fest, Towers MPR, 4 p.m.
  • October 4 – Musician Joy Ike, The Red Ring, 7 p.m.
  • October 11 – Trivia Night, The Red Ring, 7 p.m.
  • October 17 – Comedian Chris Newberg, Union Ballroom, 9 p.m.
  • October 16 – Big Dream Gathering, Power Center, 6 p.m.
  • October 18 – ISO Continent Night, Union Ballroom, 6 p.m.
  • October 19 – 21 – Family Weekend, Various Locations
  • October 20 – Magic of Michael Grandinetti, A.J. Palumbo Center, 7:30 p.m.
  • November 2 – 4 – Siblings Weekend, Various Locations
  • December 6 – Night of Lights, Duquesne Union
  • December 7 – Christmas Ball, Sheraton Station Square, 7 p.m.