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James Matson & Daniel Smolsky

Director and Assistant Director

Hey everyone! My name is James Matson and I'll be your Director for this year's Orientation! I'm currently a senior Biochemistry major here at Duquesne. With all the hills on campus, if you were looking to tone your legs like never before you chose the right college! I never took an official campus tour, but as soon as I stepped foot on campus I knew I would love it. Duquesne has officially become my home away from home (ask my parents how long it's been since they've seen me ha). I'm from a small town of only 2,000 people in central PA called Brockway, where we are well known for our one stop light in town! If I'm not running around planning stuff for Orientation, you will either see me with a soccer ball at my feet, drawing, or stressing about my next Chemistry Exam/Lab Report! Get ready to Bog, I can't wait to meet you all!

Hey everybody! My name is Dan Smolsky and I am the Assistant Director for this year's program! I am an economics and marketing major within the business school. I grew up a mere 2,424 miles away in Santa Clarita, California (maybe you've heard of our Netflix show!) with my triplet brother and sister as well as our older and younger sisters. I decided I wanted a change of pace from the chaos that had consumed my life and committed to Duquesne without ever having toured campus or visiting the city of Pittsburgh. In fact, my first day on campus was move-in day. I have since fallen in love fallen with this campus and our city and can attribute a lot of those feelings to our Orientation program. I am excited to welcome you all to the Duquesne family and hope your transition to college is as impactful and memorable as mine was. Go Dukes!