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    May 2010

    May 2010 news highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.

    May 31
    Expert: Campaign Reform Not Likely In Pennsylvania
    Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about recent recommendations from a statewide grand jury regarding legislative employees spending time working on political campaigns.

    Fundraising Is a Challenge for WDUQ’s Would-Be Buyer

    This Post-Gazette article addressed WDUQ’s recent on-air fundraising campaign.

    May 30
    On the Steelers: Enough With the Mythstakes
    Maggie Patterson, associate professor of journalism, was interviewed for this Post-Gazette article on existing “myths” about Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr.

    Croatian Hall Began as Haven for Immigrants

    The Duquesne University Tamburitzans were mentioned in the Tribune-Democrat article about the history of Johnstown’s Croatian Hall.

    May 29
    WDUQ Tops $1 Million in On-Air Fundraising
    Fred Serino, director of development at WDUQ, was quoted in this Post-Gazette article about the station bringing in more than $1 million in its recent fundraising campaign. This story was also published by the Associated Press.

    Legality Not Clear in White House Offer to Sestak
    This Tribune-Review article about the legality of the White House’s offer to get Rep. Joe Sestak to drop his primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter included an interview with Law Professor Bruce Antkowiak. This article was also published by the Associated Press.

    196 Pittsburgh Workers’ Pay Tops $100K
    Dr. Matt Ryan, assistant professor of economics, was quoted in this Tribune-Review article that addresses the pay of public employees versus that of their counterparts in the private sector.

    Royal Dutch Shell Buys Marshall Gas Driller East Resources Inc. for $4.7B
    Dr. Kent Moors, director of Duquesne’s Energy Policy Research Group, was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about Royal Dutch Schell’s acquisition of independent natural gas driller East Resources Inc.

    Duquesne Considering Sale of WDUQ
    This Beaver County Times article about the potential sale of WDUQ included an interview with Bridget Fare, director of public affairs.

    May 28

    Duquesne President: Football Will Improve
    President Charles J. Dougherty was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about expected improvements to the University’s football program.

    Duquesne Team to Play at Consol Energy Center

    The Tribune-Review included this announcement by President Charles J. Dougherty that plans are being made for the men’s basketball team to play some of its home games at the new Consol Energy Center.

    Dominican Sister from Caldwell Receives Honorary Degree
    The Progress reported that Duquesne University had presented an honorary degree to Sister Patricia Daly, a Dominican Sister of Caldwell and executive director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment.

    May 27
    Serious Games Deliberated at Twin Conferences This Week
    Dr. John Pollock, associate professor of biology, and his work on the educational video game Poor Benny were featured in this USA Today article.

    Dr. Kent Moors, director of Duquesne’s Energy Policy Research Group, was interviewed about the BP Oil Spill as a featured guest on PCNC-TV’s NightTalk.

    May 25
    Conference Aimed at Helping Women Build Careers at Male-Dominated Companies
    The Post-Gazette included this feature on a Beard Institute-sponsored conference at Duquesne geared toward female business leaders.

    Energy Issues Discussed
    WKBN-AM Youngstown interviewed Dr. Kent Moors, director of Duquesne’s Energy Policy Research Group, about the BP oil spill, Marcellus Shale and other energy issues.

    More Workers Start to Quit
    Michael Haid, an adjunct professor in the Palumbo•Donahue School of Business and vice president of global solutions for Right Management, was quoted in this Wall Street Journal article about statistics indicating an increase nationally in the number of employees quitting their jobs.

    May 24
    People On the Move
    The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that Duquesne has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for using more green power than any other school in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

    May 21
    Hickton Picked for U.S. Attorney
    This Post-Gazette article on a local attorney’s nomination to be the new U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania included an interview with Law School Dean Ken Gormley.

    Oil Rig Blast a Reminder for Pennsylvania DEP on Importance of Oversight

    Dr. Kent Moors, director of Duquesne’s Energy Policy Research Group, was quoted in this Pittsburgh Business Times article about the importance of oversight and companies taking responsibility.

    Monaca Health Care Simulation Facility to Open
    Nursing Instructor Rosanna Henry was interviewed for this Pittsburgh Business Times article on the Keystone Simulation and Education Center.

    Film Notes: Clemente Screenplay Gets Seated Reading
    This Post-Gazette article announced that 7 Days, 17 Hours, a documentary that followed the Pony Express Trail, has received a Telly Award. The piece was produced by Duquesne students, alumni and Journalism and Multimedia Instructor James Vota.

    May 20
    Hitting the Right Note: Five Local Schools Excel in Music
    Dr. Rachel Whitcomb, assistant professor of music education, was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about area schools who were recognized by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation for their efforts in music education.

    The Highmark Foundation Provides Resources to Address Nursing Shortage in Pennsylvania
    This Nurses.com article about Highmark Foundation funding and the nursing shortage in Pennsylvania included a mention that the School of Nursing had received $125,000 to support its Second Degree Accelerated Nursing Program.

    May 19
    Personality Test: Author Ken Gormley
    Law School Dean Ken Gormley was featured in this profile in the Tribune-Review.

    May 18
    Pope-Bishop Relationship Key in Sex Abuse Defense
    The New York Times featured an article about the pope-bishop relationship and the sex abuse defense. Law Professor Nicholas Cafardi, who consulted with the Vatican on upcoming filings, was interviewed. This Associated Press article also appeared in many other outlets.

    May 17
    Clinton Impeachment Trial Topic of Duquesne Forum
    The Tribune-Review announced that Law School Dean Ken Gormley and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne will discuss the topics explored in Gormley’s latest book, The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, in a public forum at Duquesne. A similar item appeared in the Post-Gazette.

    Channel 11 Uncovers Medicine Cabinet Dangers
    WPXI-TV interviewed Dr. Monica Skomo, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, about unknown side effects of over-the-counter and prescription medications.

    People on the Move
    The Pittsburgh Business Times reported that the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health elected its 2010 board of directors, including Donna Steed, benefits manager at Duquesne.

    May 16
    Ideas Run Gamut on Keeping All City Libraries Open
    A Post-Gazette article on ideas for keeping the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s branches open quoted Dr. Evan Stoddard, associate dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, who participated in a public brainstorming session on the library system’s future. The article also appeared on RBC Dain Rauscher.

    Political Gamesmanship Is the Villain in Worthy Book on Clinton, Starr
    Buffalonews.com reviewed Dean Ken Gormley’s best-selling The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, calling it a truly frightening book about a popular outsider president whose sordid past meets his scandalous present in the powerful meat grinder of the free world.

    Market Opera
    A photo of Opera Workshop Director Guenko Guechev and student Ashleigh Weimer as they performed in the Robinson Township Giant Eagle appeared in the Post-Gazette.

    Personnel Moves
    The Tribune-Review announced that Erroline Williams, manager of professional development and outreach, Center for Leadership Development, was appointed western region director of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education Inc.

    Music Is Often Just a Background to Dining, Shopping
    The Post-Gazette featured an article on background music used in restaurants, elevators and retail stores as a marketing tool. Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing, was quoted.

    May 14
    Duquesne University Plans Free Asthma Camp for Kids
    The Tribune-Review reported that the University will hold an asthma camp for children.

    May 13
    Palumbo Renovations in 2nd Phase
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Duquesne University’s A.J Palumbo Center will undergo renovations of $1.8 million. Similar articles appeared in the Tribune-Review and on Uvox.us.com.

    PA Higher Education Goes Global

    In an article about international students, KeystoneEdge.com featured Duquesne University and its successful results. The story also tied international outreach to Duquesne’s mission.

    Senior Volunteers Keep School and Community Connected
    The Tribune-Review, in an article about senior citizens who volunteer in schools, quoted Dr. Bob Furman, director of Duquesne’s principal certification program, on how students benefit from this arrangement.

    State Officials Seek More Oversight of Gas Drilling
    Riverreporter.com reported that Pennsylvania’s two highest-ranking environmental officials recently advocated for imposing more taxes and regulation during a two-day Marcellus Shale policy conference sponsored by Duquesne University and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

    May 12
    Fate of Mellon Arena Panel Discussion on Monday
    The Post-Gazette featured an article about the fate of Mellon Arena discussed by a panel moderated by Dr. Evan Stoddard, associate dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

    May 10
    WDUQ Delay Option is Rare Solution in Public Radio
    Bridget Fare, assistant vice president for public affairs, was quoted in this Post-Gazette article that addressed the impact of four Pittsburgh foundations buying a 60-day option on the WDUQ license.

    Newsmaker: Judith Griggs
    Dr. Judith Griggs was featured as a Tribune-Review Newsmaker for being honored by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl for her role in solidifying regulations for ACT 101 regarding discrimination and equality in education and for acquiring funding for more than 13 ACT 101 programs.

    May 9
    Lesson from Greece: Don’t Spend More Than You Make
    This Tribune-Review article on the impact of Greece’s economic crisis included a quote from Economics Professor Matthew Marlin.

    May 8
    Gas Prices Expected to Near $3 Per Gallon Before Memorial Day
    Dr. Kent Moors, director of the Energy Policy Research Group, was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about a price surge in gasoline.

    May 7
    Mayor Ravenstahl Honors Duquesne University Affirmative Action Officer
    Pittsburghurbanmedia.com
    reported that Dr. Judith Griggs, affirmative action officer and director of the Learning Skills Center, was presented with a special proclamation by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

    May 6
    4 Foundations Buy Option on WDUQ
    President Charles Dougherty was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about four local foundations buying a 60-day option on WDUQ. A similar article appeared on Radioink.com.

    All Bids for 90.5 FM Are on Hold
    WDUQ reported that a second bid by Pittsburgh Public Media to purchase its licenses will not be opened for two months at the request of the four local foundations that have purchased a 60-day option to buy WDUQ.

    Duquesne University’s Pharmacy School to Open Off-Campus Pharmacy
    Drug Store News included an announcement that Duquesne is opening a new community pharmacy. President Charles Dougherty was quoted.

    Duquesne Students Devote Semester to Hazelwood
    The Post-Gazette included this feature about a semester-long, neighborhood-based service project that Duquesne Honors College students conducted in Hazelwood.

    Marcellus Shale Drilling Discussed at Murrysville Meeting
    Dr. John Stolz, professor of environmental microbiology, and Dean Dorothy Bassett of the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement were both interviewed in this Post-Gazette article about a local meeting that discussed the potential negative aspects of drilling for natural gas.

    May 5
    Local Foundations Buy Into WDUQ’s Future
    The Post-Gazette reported that The Pittsburgh Foundation and three other local foundations have purchased a 60-day option on the WDUQ-FM radio license owned by Duquesne University.

    May 4
    State Officials Seek More Oversight of Gas Drilling
    Philly.com featured this article about the cost of natural gas development and other issues addressed at the Marcellus Shale conference hosted by Duquesne. Similar articles and stories also appeared on KDKA-TV, the Tribune-Review, the Post-Gazette and WDUQ-FM.

    Its Time Has Come
    Dailyamerican.com featured an article, including research from Duquesne, about privatizing the state’s liquor store system.

    May 2
    Heroes Group Helps Veterans Heal
    Psychology Professor Roger Brooke was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about the importance of helping military veterans.

    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 10 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.