Duquesne University Seal Installed
The Duquesne University Seal was installed on the campus side of the Forbes Avenue skywalk tower in December, further establishing the University’s identity and pride in the construction of the new multi-purpose recreation center.
It was also announced that the eight-story-high steel-and-glass skywalk over Forbes Avenue will be named in honor of Frank and Florence Sklar, who recently committed to funding its construction. The amount of this significant gift to the capital campaign will not be disclosed.
Although not Duquesne alumni, the Sklars are longtime leaders in the Pittsburgh business and philanthropic communities, active in the Amen Corner, Syria Temple Shriners and Variety Children’s Charity, among others, and benefactors of Duquesne and several other local universities.
Frank Sklar founded Camera Exchange Inc. and the Foto Hut film processing chain. Fifteen years ago he funded a low-vision reading machine for the Gumberg Library. More recently, he and Florence have built a close relationship with Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty.
The Frank and Florence Sklar Skywalk connects the upper campus and Forbes Parking Garage with the new multi-purpose recreation center. The dedication ceremony took place on Sept. 28, 2007.