McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts
In keeping with Duquesne's Spiritan heritage, we seek to increase endowed funds for need-based financial aid and scholarships. Our founders and sponsors were determined that the benefi ts of a Duquesne education should be available to all, regardless of ability to pay. Endowed scholarships ensure that Duquesne can attract and retain talented and motivated students for generations to come.
FUNDS TO SUPPORT LIVING AND LEARNING
Student/Faculty Research Grants: Undergraduate research is an important way for students to engage more directly in a discipline and to interact with faculty outside of the classroom. Collaborative research provides a personal approach to education, promotes the intellectual development and curiosity of the student, and advances the faculty member's own research agenda. An undergraduate research program can help to transform the curriculum and the overall intellectual climate of the College. The College currently provides small competitive grants to support these projects; more dedicated funding will allow for increases in both the number and size of these important awards.
First-Year Residential Learning Communities: The first-year residential learning communities have become a distinctive hallmark of the College's liberal arts curriculum, highly valued by students, parents and faculty members for the advantages they give entering students. In choosing their learning community, first-year students select four courses they will take as a cohort of no more than 36 students in their first year, three in the fall semester and one in the spring. Those living on campus also share the same residence hall floor. In addition to offering four integrated classes, the learning communities involve first-year students in service-learning and co-curricular activities outside the classroom. The learning communities have proven
effective in helping first-year students quickly find friends and study companions; creating a sense of identity and community among students in the College; helping students learn how to relate topics in different courses and integrate their knowledge; and connecting the classroom with the community through service.
Internships: The College is working closely with the Career Services Center to help liberal arts students discern their vocation and pursue it with vigor. Internships are an increasingly important aspect of that pursuit. Small awards that will support students as they gain vocational experience in internships will make it more possible for students to choose positions that will give them experience in their chosen field, whether during the school year or in summer, rather than take a job simply to earn extra money.
Named Endowed Chair in Philosophy: As one of the largest and most visible Ph.D. programs at Duquesne, as well as one of the most central to its mission as a Catholic university, the Department of Philosophy has a long and storied history which makes it a prime candidate for an Endowed Chair. The recruitment of a senior scholar with a national or international reputation would position the department, the College and the University to increase dramatically the visibility and prominence of each in this critical academic area. Conducting research and teaching courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the holder of the Chair would also be expected to engage the campus and the larger community in important and topical issues and questions of an academic nature on a regular basis.
Veterans' Chair in American History: This Chair would be held by a qualified veteran from the American armed services who could offer course work in American History, military history or American diplomatic history. Such a person would bring the perspective of one who has served the nation honorably in a highly demanding capacity. This Chair would be placed on a fouryear term to facilitate rotation and create a breadth of exposure for Duquesne and our students. Other responsibilities would include outreach to veterans' groups, working with the ROTC program, and directing Duquesne's History Forum every four years.
LECTURES AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Named Endowed Lecture/First-Year Reading: To expose first-year students to an important work and author in the area of creative writing, the endowed lecture and first year-reading consists of a yearly lecture and workshop by an established author whose work all incoming Duquesne students read as part of their UCOR 102 (Imaginative Literature and Critical Thinking) course. This provides students with a unique experience and an enriching opportunity that will galvanize their interest in literature and the arts, while putting them in contact with a working writer.
Jewish Studies at Duquesne: Duquesne University has a number of faculty members and students from various disciplines who are interested in Jewish history, thought, culture, and faith. The College has hosted speakers and events to commemorate Kristallnacht in an ad hoc fashion. The College now seeks to institutionalize these yearly events and use them as an anchor for larger discussions toward developing more formalized programs in Jewish Studies.
Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation: Contemporary ministry worldwide confronts a variety of social justice, peace and ecological issues. Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation is the distance-education program the College has developed, in partnership with the Spiritans, to provide a "tool kit" for those who serve in these challenging pastoral situations. Through PowerPoint presentations and micro-lectures it provides the necessary theory on a given topic, and then applies the concepts to actual cases and practical realities. It also allows students in different parts of the world to learn from each other.
Collaborative Learning Classroom: The Departments of Journalism and Multimedia Arts, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Sociology are joining forces to spearhead the installation of classroom space designed specifically to support collaborative learning for technology-oriented courses. The new Active Learning Technology Space will incorporate reconfigurable half-round tables where students can conveniently work together at shared laptops while instructors circulate to provide guidance. Other features will be a "no front" room design, incorporating two projectors that can be controlled by any computer in the room and writable wall surfaces throughout, including two walls painted floor-to-ceiling in whiteboard paint.
Psychology Clinic: The College's Psychology Clinic is an essential and integral component of its highly regarded Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. Demand exceeds the capacity of the existing space and necessitates use of faculty offices for counseling. The Clinic also hosts guest speakers for a monthly colloquium that is integral to the Ph.D. program, but must currently look for any available space on campus for the colloquiums. The University plans to make additional space available for the Clinic. The College seeks funds to build out the required faculty offices, session rooms and an adequate conference room to support the Clinic's programs.