Duquesne University Magazine

Duquesne University Magazine - Spring 2021

Published twice annually, our award-winning magazine highlights:

  • Alumni news and updates
  • Student and faculty accomplishments, research and stories
  • Current events happening on the Bluff
  • Duquesne stories from around the world

Featured Articles

A New W(holistic) Approach

Joy Cannon and young student, smiling together

Our students, faculty and alumni exemplify Duquesne's commitment to creating equity and opportunity throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. Read how alumna Joy Cannon, director or programming for the Center of Life in Hazelwood, works with residents to address challenges related to insurance, food insecurity and mental health, helping to eliminate barriers and meet their needs.

Kelvin Parnell Jr.: Reclaiming Space Through Art, Activism and Joy

Kelvin Parnell Jr.

Alumnus Kelvin Parnell Jr., A'16, discovered a greater sense of purpose through his path at Duquesne, when he began studying political science but quickly fell in love with history and art history. Drawn to sculptures and how they speak to racialization and controlling of space, his studies laid the groundwork to propel him toward doctoral work on 19th-century American art with specific attention to bronze sculpture and the racial implications of those pieces.

His work became paramount as events across the country brought racism, sculptures, what they represent and how to handle them to the forefront. He shared his expertise as a keynote speaker for Duquesne Alumni Association's talk "Contested Landscapes: Discussions Race, Space and Memory," in February.

Walking Alongside Ann Hohn, A'83: 2020 Alumni Award Winner for Volunteer Service

Ann Hohn

Ann Hohn knows the importance of being embedded in the local community, offering help when the needs are great. As chief operating officer at Make-a-Wish Foundation (Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia), Ann's desire to help others and commitment to service started on the Bluff some 30 years ago. She continues to give back by volunteering with the Duquesne Alumni Association.

A Famed Hall and a Hall of Famer

Charles "Chuck" Cooper playing basketball

The newly renovated UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse opened in February and is named in honor of Duquesne alumnus and basketball team captain (1949-50) Charles "Chuck" Cooper. He was the first African American to be drafted into the NBA and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019. Here's a closer look at his life and legacy, at Duquesne and beyond.