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Duquesne Business School Formalizes Experience Opportunities for Students, Creates Advisory Councils

Formal experiential opportunities for Duquesne University undergraduate students will become part of new strategic initiatives in Duquesne's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

At the school's Second Century dinner on April 9, Dr. Dean McFarlin, dean of the business school, shared with about 300 student, faculty, alumni and corporate attendees how the school is poised for innovation in its second century of existence.

"Today, business education is less about acquiring knowledge and more about giving students opportunities to use information to solve real problems," McFarlin said. "So we are pivoting to a 'cornerstone to capstone' approach that instills practical wisdom."

Besides relying on excellent faculty and outstanding programs to enhance the business education experience, the dean will seek external feedback from a new Business Advisory Council on schoolwide issues. A second new council, the Investment Center Advisory Council, will help to develop and promote the work of the technology-rich Investment Center and Duquesne's finance program.

McFarlin also discussed renovations of Rockwell Hall. Upgrades already have occurred on the third and fifth floors, and plans are being made to reveal some of the building's previously hidden architectural features.

"Indeed, our mission and values serve as our compass, keeping us true to our roots while driving us forward," McFarlin said. "Put simply, we believe that business must be a force for good in the world."

Business Advisory Council Members

  • Marvin J. Balliet, managing director, Citibank
  • Steve Berlin, former vice president and chief financial officer, Kaiser-Francis Oil Co.
  • Terrence S. Jacobs, chairman, president and CEO, Penneco Oil Co.
  • John Lucot, president and chief operating officer, Giant Eagle Inc.
  • William J. Lyons, former executive vice president and chief financial officer, CONSOL Energy Inc.
  • Andrew Rebholz, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, Travel Centers of America
  • Stephan Schenk, executive vice president and chief auditor, TD Bank
  • Thaddeus J. Senko, global partner, KPMG
  • John Surma, former executive chairman and chief executive officer, U.S. Steel Corp.
  • John R. Williams Jr., president and chief information officer, Avanath Capital Management
  • Harry W. Witt, former senior managing partner, Deloitte & Touche.

Investment Center Advisory Council Members

  • Cheryl A. Barruso, senior vice president, PNC Bank
  • William P. Daly, director, BlackRock Alternative Strategies
  • Matthew A. Helfrich, president, Waldron Private Wealth
  • David J. Kantes, former senior vice president and chief risk officer, Siemens Financial Services Inc.
  • Pavel Olivia, managing partner, RockHill Global
  • Brian L. Sullivan, senior vice president for corporate development, Radian Group Inc.

David R. Warco, international tax partner, Deloitte & Touche.

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