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    Duquesne’s Pursuing Purpose Retreat Helps Students Discover Vocation

    To help students reflect on ways to have successful careers while also creating meaning and purpose in their lives, Duquesne's McAnulty College of Liberal Arts, in collaboration with the University's Office of Career Services and Spiritan Campus Ministry, are hosting Pursuing Purpose, a day-long vocational retreat, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

    "Our hope is that students, at the end of the retreat, will have a deeper sense of how their career plans might also reflect their search for meaning in life and the values that are part of the Duquesne mission of service," said Dr. Coralyn McCauley, a career services counselor for the liberal arts, who is helping to coordinate the retreat.

    Through guided reflection, talks from speakers and scripture readings, students will have an opportunity to consider how their major and career might fit with their spirituality and life course.

    "A career is your job-what you do to make a living-but it might not have a strong spiritual component," McCauley explained. "A vocation is how to create meaning, how to make a difference in the world. Putting those two together is what makes this program unique."

    Pursuing Purpose is a component of the voluntary, co-curricular Finding My Vocation certificate, a set of 12 career-related, professional, disciplinary and experiential learning activities liberal arts students can engage in at any time and in any order during their time at Duquesne Universitys. The certificate helps students integrate classroom studies and career exploration with their aspirations to make a difference in the world.

    While Finding My Vocation is open only to liberal arts students at Duquesne, the Pursuing Purpose retreat is free and open to all majors across the University.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.