Let us introduce you to a few extraordinary Dukes...


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Assegid Demissie
School of Education
Student leader, mentor and aspiring elementary teacher from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Assegid took a different path than some to get to Duquesne. He began his college career at a small university in Missouri, studying computer science. There was though a pull to find a profession that could help him give back to the community.
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Maria Paula Quintero Arteta
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, University Honors College
A Duquesne Cultural Ambassador and Resident Assistant with a passion for helping others.

“We have each been challenged to learn and grow – and to overcome adversity,” says undergraduate commencement speaker Maria Paula Quintero Arteta. The final year of Maria Paula’s undergraduate experience at Duquesne was something she could have never predicted. As the pandemic changed her spring, summer and fall, she took it all in stride and forged ahead with bigger goals in mind.
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Alec Watts
Palumbo-Donahue School of Business

Alec is a student in the No. 1 ranked MBA Sustainable Business Practices Program in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. Alec always knew he wanted to pursue a master's degree, but it took having a job in the oil and gas industry, and a road trip out west, to connect his passion for and the importance of sustainability with his future aspirations.

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Faculty & Staff

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Larry Peng Zhang,
Web Applications Systems Analyst, Computing and Technology Services (CTS)
Recipient of the 2019 Duquesne University Innovation Award

As part of Duquesne's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Computing and Technology Services (CTS) has been working even more closely with students, faculty, staff and senior management to support the transition to and continuation of remote instruction and employee work-from-home since mid-March. This also includes loaner laptops, VPN access, virtual labs and much more. Larry Peng Zhang has been important in helping that transition go as smoothly as possible.
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Shonetta and Milik Haywood,
Duquesne Dining
A mother and son who bring out the best in each other

Besides being a mother and son pair who both work at Hogan Dining Center, Shonetta and Milik also feel like they have a good work family at Duquesne. "Being here eight hours a day you spend a lot of time with your coworkers. You can look at your coworkers and know that they're having a bad day and try to comfort them. You know a lot about them and what's going on with their families," said Shonetta. She has worked at Duquesne for over twelve years. Milik joined her this past year after graduating from Carrick High School and transferring from Hello Bistro in the South Side, which is also owned by the Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, like Parkhurst Dining, which oversees the food service at Duquesne.
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Dr. Fatiha Benmokhtar,
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Assistant Professor of Physics, Nuclear physicist involved with Duquesne's Women in STEM group

You get a sense of Dr. Benmokhtar's excitement for her research and her students the minute you meet her. "When I see students I see myself when I was young," she says with a big smile. "I put myself in their shoes. I want them to learn and enjoy what they are learning. When I teach I try to make it useful and make it applicable for their life."

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