Duquesne University Magazine - Video Archive

Spring 2020

Best of the Bluff Stories

#BluffStories introduces you to students, faculty and staff who help make Duquesne such a special community and whose contributions will be included in our ongoing recording of Duquesne's history. Hear them in their own voices, and learn more about them through our social media channels and read more at duq.edu/bluffstories.


Celebrating Vince Tocci

Vince Tocci is a three-time war veteran and a two-time Duquesne graduate. At age 93, he received a Presidential Medal of Honor during the 2019 Winter Commencement ceremony. See more of this one-of-a-kind guy, Vince Tocci, through this short video photo story.


Alexis Spina Wahl, Clinical Pharmacist - 2018 Paragon Award Recipient

Whether advising patients on the benefits of alternate diabetes drug therapies or talking to a member in need, Duquesne grad, clinical staff pharmacist with CVS, Alexis Spina Wahl’s goal is to help her patients save money and live healthier lives. Hear more about Alexis, one winner of CVS’s Paragon Awards honoring employees who deliver outstanding business results and live CVS’s core values.


Start Play Hackers

Learn more about START- Play Hackers, a student organization at Duquesne University that designs, adapts, and fixes toys for children with disabilities founded on the belief that every child should have the chance to play.


Making Music with Plants

Dr. Paul Miller, assistant professor of musicianship at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, explains how our temporal world can expanded by interacting with plants musically. This research project—which combines music technology and the humanities—highlights the importance of interacting with the environment in meaningful ways and how these interactions boost mental and emotional health.


Fall 2019

Biomedical Engineering Recycling Project

Duquesne University Biomedical Engineering students developed a process that turns recycled plastic cups and 3-D prints into filament that can be used to print splints, braces and other medical devices. The process introduces no new plastic, creating waste-negative or zero-waste solutions.


Duquesne University Leadership Academy

In June 2019, 14 students from six Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Catholic high schools attended the inaugural Duquesne University Leadership Academy (DULA). They lived on campus and participated in workshops and community engagement activities to awaken and refine their leadership skills.


Gussin Spiritan Division at Duquesne University

The Robert and Patricia Gussin Spiritan Division of Academic Programs uses intellectual potential as the overriding criteria for University admission and provides a comprehensive network of programs and services to develop academic and social skills. The program begins with a five-week summer semester where students earn University credits and hone the skills necessary to become successful learners within their chosen programs of study.


Joe Welch's Classroom Approach Attracts National Attention

In 2018, Joe Welch, a 2007 School of Education graduate, became the youngest educator to win the National History Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Now an 8th grade American history teacher at North Hills Middle School, Welch utilizes skills learned at Duquesne to incorporate technology in his classroom.


Spring 2019

Dukes Visit the I-Promise School in Akron

Reported by Sydney Bauer, Assistant Director of Creative Media and Productions for Duquesne Athletics

Founded by NBA legend LeBron James, I-Promise School in Akron, Ohio, serves at-risk students by combining a STEM, hands-on, problem-based learning focus with a "We Are Family" philosophy. The Duquesne men's basketball team recently toured the school and shared their love of learning with the students.


National Conference on the First Amendment

Reported by Duquesne University student Kori Johnson

Prominent experts gathered at Duquesne on Oct. 21 and 22, 2018, to discuss the past, present and future of the First Amendment and issues surrounding its freedoms. The National Conference on the First Amendment: Bedrock of American Freedom touched on a variety of topics, including the impact of social media and new technology, the emergence of fake news, the potential conflict between a free press and national security, and free speech issues on college campuses.


Fall 2018

Biden, Former Steelers Honor Dan Rooney at University Event

Reported by Recent Duquesne University Graduate Sydney Bauer

Slainte! Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dan Rooney, a day-long symposium honoring the life of former Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, drew a crowd of 700 people to Duquesne University. A Duquesne alumnus, Rooney died last year at the age of 84. Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivered the keynote address. The symposium explored Rooney’s impact on Pittsburgh, Ireland, the Catholic Church and the National Football League.


When in Rome…

Duquesne’s Growing International Programs Offer Life-Changing Experiences for Students

Reported by Recent Duquesne University Graduate Sydney Bauer

Students at Duquesne University’s Italian campus study history where it was made and artwork where it was created. They also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in other cultures, traveling throughout Europe. Founded in 2001, the Rome program typically educates 140 to 150 students each year who receive relevant “hands-on” experiences, community service opportunities and time for personal reflection.


Spring 2018

Duquesne Students Work to Keep August Wilson’s Legacy Alive

Reported by Duquesne University Student Laura Pollino

For the last several years, Duquesne University Honors College students have worked to preserve the childhood home of iconic African-American playwright August Wilson. Duquesne University student Laura Pollino reports on the students’ efforts and on the first August Wilson Fellowships, which will allow artists of color to pursue their creative work while engaging in projects at Duquesne and with the August Wilson House.


Duquesne Helps Develop First EcoInnovation District in the U.S.

Reported by Duquesne University Student Nina Saluga

Duquesne University faculty and students are working in conjunction with city, county, business, and non-profit leaders to assist in groundbreaking redevelopment efforts in the Uptown and West Oakland neighborhoods. Duquesne University student Nina Saluga reports that the initiative will create a new model for urban growth that is inclusive, innovative and environmentally sound.