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    Duquesne Names Freshman Development and Special Student Services Director

    Duquesne University has named Adam Wasilko director of freshman development and special student services, effective Jan. 2.

    In this role, Wasilko is responsible for assisting freshmen and their families transition to life at Duquesne by overseeing support activities and programs, including the award-winning Orientation program.

    "I feel very honored to have the chance to work in this capacity," said Wasilko. "Duquesne is a very special place to me, and to have the chance to shape our students' first impression of what it is like to be a part of this community is something I take very seriously and am excited to be a part of."

    An alumnus of Duquesne, Wasilko received the Mind, Heart and Spirit award from the Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations in 2013 and was on the team receiving a staff award for coordinating housing in 2012, for what at the time was the largest freshman class in Duquesne's history.

    Wasilko earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 2008, a master's in health management systems in 2010 and will complete his doctoral studies in instructional technology this spring, all at Duquesne. He previously served as the resident director for Des Places and St. Ann halls, coordinated the Freshman Advisement Summer Transition program for academic affairs and was a graduate assistant in the Honors College. Additionally, Wasilko is the chapter advisor to the Gamma Phi fraternity, a role in which he is credited with a notable increase in the chapter's membership and activities.

    "We so often describe the community here as a family, and I think that is a result of our mission," Wasilko said. "It makes working here an experience unlike anything else. To be able to come to work every day and work at a place guided by a mission like ours is something I love. We have such a rich history as a University, and it means a lot to be a part of that."

    He succeeds Sean Weaver, who was selected as Duquesne's director of the new Office of Anti-Discrimination Policies and Compliance in the Division of Legal Affairs.

    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.