In Their Own Words


Students, alumni and faculty share their personal view of the Duquesne experience.

A Family Thing

It's sort of a family thing for me. I am the second generation Duquesne graduate; my parents both have two degrees from Duquesne and it was a very easy choice for me to make. My uncles and aunts each have one degree from here. And I have cousins that I've actually taught in class now that I'm a professor. So it's more of a family institution for us, and when Duquesne had a job opening in my discipline, it was a no brainer for me to come back.

Matthew Drake, Ph.D. '02, BSBA, Supply Chain Management & Finance
Director of International Business & Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Business From A Higher Perspective

I think there is a two-fold meaning to ‘business from a higher perspective.' There's a literal one: our campus, literally, sits at a higher perspective and looks down over the Pittsburgh area. It's a very nice location because we are so close to all of the downtown corporate headquarters that are here. And, I think that ‘business from a higher perspective' metaphorically means that we look at the world differently, and we have that expertise to be able to think about issues that are facing the entire world instead of just our local region.

Matthew Drake, Ph.D. '02, BSBA, Supply Chain Management & Finance
Director of International Business & Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

A Tradition Of Ethics In Education

I came here 17 years ago tasked to create an undergraduate ethics course required for all our students. And I looked at the mission statement of the University and the current strategic plan, and the second statement was about ethics education.

Duquesne's tradition is what we have going for us. We've been doing this for a long time and what we focus on is ethics.

There was a study done a few years ago that indicated that religious- based schools are the drivers in ethics education. Georgetown, Notre Dame and Duquesne were the three schools that were eliminated from the analysis because we were so strong in the area of ethics that we were outliers and would have skewed their data. Every chance we can, we tell everybody we are one of the top three ethics programs among business schools in the country. And it's true!

James Weber, Ph.D.
Chair, Management & Professor of Business Ethics

A Life Experience

The Duquesne experience is very unique. It is a life experience because at the age that you come to Duquesne, 18 to 22 years old, you really are developing yourself. Who you surround yourself with in terms of the quality of the individuals, both your fellow students and your professors, is very critical. When I chose Duquesne I focused, at my mother's direction, on the values that were going to be around me, and I found at Duquesne an incredible set of values and ethics that I have leveraged my entire life.

Joseph Rockey, ‘86, BSBA, Accounting
Executive Vice President, PNC Financial Services Group

Catholic Roots

One of the things that distinguishes Duquesne is its Catholic roots. And as a Catholic I believe very much in the educational value of the Catholic education system. I was a Catholic grade school student, a Catholic high school student and then I studied four years at Duquesne, and that extension of the Catholic values is very important to me. It's one of the reasons why Duquesne distinguishes itself from other business schools, both in Pittsburgh and beyond.

Joseph Rockey, ‘86, BSBA, Accounting
Executive Vice President, PNC Financial Services Group

Benefits Of Volunteering

One of the most beneficial, surprising aspects of volunteering at Duquesne was to see how many other people at this University cared for the same things that I was involved in. Being involved with ‘‘Best Buddies'' gave me an opportunity to work with special needs children to share that passion I have coming from a family who has special needs kids, and to see how many people here at Duquesne had the same interests that I did.

To make those connections and relationships with people certainly will last a lifetime, especially with Nate, my buddy for the last two years, and his family. I've definitely come to know his family very well.

Brian Read, '11
BSBA, Accounting