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



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Bella Guzzi
School of Education
Social justice advocate and resident assistant (RA) in St. Martin's Hall

A passion for social justice was nurtured here at Duquesne through several key experiences. In 2018-19 Bella was a Community Engagement Scholar with the Center for the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR). In this role she worked at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Hill District branch, teaching reading skills to young children as a "reading buddy." It was "probably one of my best experiences at Duquesne," she said. "You build a relationship with the community partner as well as the people at the library and the kids, which was amazing." Bella goes on to say that, "I think the mission of CETR and for the community engagement scholars was to make sure the relationship was sustainable. It wasn't something that you're just popping in and then leaving. It was a real authentic relationship."

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PJ Winters
Mary Pappert School of Music
Classically Trained Musician and Passionate Mentor

PJ had originally planned to be a performance major in piano at Duquesne but decided the day of his audition to change to music education. "I entered the program on the leap of faith," he said. He is not the first member of his family to attend Duquesne as his father Paul is a graduate of the School of Business. "Duquesne is a small-knit community," he said. "I feel like the professors here genuinely want you to succeed, and will make sure that you do succeed. I'm glad I chose to be here."

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Joshua Furlong
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
13-year Army veteran, President of Duquesne's Student Veterans of America chapter

On Sept. 11, 2001 Joshua heard the phone ring while at his grandparents house and it was his grandfather calling his grandmother. "She said, "They're bombing New York," and I was like you're crazy. I turned on the TV and I saw the second plane hit and I was like, wow. And I knew my life was gonna change at that point. It was just a matter of when," he said.

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Faculty & Staff

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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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Dr. Judith R. Griggs,
Director of the Robert and Patricia Gussin Spiritan Division of Academic Programs, Director of the Michael P. Weber Learning Skills Center
Over 40 years of service to Duquesne students

Since 1972 Dr. Griggs has been serving students by using a well-developed counseling and retention model along with a caring heart to help improve their opportunities for success at Duquesne. Her team is "supportive of each other. They're proud of what they do. We're about students here."
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Dr. Patrick Juola
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Forensic linguist at the forefront of machine learning

As he celebrates his 21st year at Duquesne, Dr. Juola is busier than ever. He works as a computational psycholinguist, forensic linguist and a stylometrist. "I still have this idea that there's a lot that you can learn about human psychology by studying how people produce and understand language."

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