January Term 2021 Offerings

Wednesday, January 6

1:00 p.m.  "Be ExtRAordinary: What it means to be an RA at Duquesne"

Host: Dr. Alydia Thomas, Associate Director of Residence Life
Description: Resident Assistants (RAs) are key student leaders who help their peers develop personal wellbeing, intellectual curiosity and leadership skills. In this session, participants will learn what it takes to be an RA and will gain perspective on the position from current Residence Life staff.

3:00 p.m. Power Center: Meditation/Yoga

Host: Amber Lasure
Description: Need to take a mid J-term relaxation hour? Join Amber Lasure from the power center for a 1-hour mindfulness meditation session. Clear your mind and your heart, while letting everything negative go.

6:00 p.m. Counseling & Wellbeing: Self-Compassion workshop

Host: Dr. Amy Horton
Description: Are you hard on yourself? Do you struggle to manage stress? Are you experiencing difficult emotions? Would you like to feel more motivated? If so, then self-compassion is for you. In this series of three one-hour workshops, we will explore and understand the practice of self-compassion through discussion, experiential activities, and exercises.


Thursday, January 7

2:00 p.m. CSI: Build Leadership Training Info Session

Host: Marc Grandillo, Director for Programs and Leadership
Description: Throughout the spring 2021 semester, the Center for Student Involvement will be hosting the BUILD Leadership Program, a bi-weekly series of workshops that address various topics important to student leadership. Join us for a presentation on "Introduction to Leadership," and learn more about the workshops being offered this year.

7:00p.m. ODI Program: Networking

Host: Dr. Anthony Kane, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Description: This program will discuss the importance of relationship building in professional networking for college students and young adults. This program will outline how to move networking beyond sharing business cards and more about mentoring. As students in ODI have shared this semester, networking is like "getting to have Pop Tarts with your favorite business leader."


Friday, January 8

12:00 p.m. Networking in the New Year: Making the most of Linked-In and DukesConnect

This session will help students see the "power" of networking by learning how to access, message and leverage the huge network of Duquesne alumni who have gone on record to say that they are willing and available to help students. Assistance ranges from career choice advice to resumes to how to interview at specific companies, and can be as short as a "transactional" 10 minute Zoom or phone conversation to a semester-long mentoring engagement, if both sides agree to it. This session will be presented by Martin Black, Associate Director of Alumni Career Networks

8:00 p.m. Bingo! Sponsored by Freshman Development Sponsored Program

Host: Maggie Allen, Graduate Assistant
Description: Take part in a night of Bingo sponsored by Freshman Development! Join in for a good time and good prizes to get you excited for Spring 2021.


Monday, January 11

3:00 p.m. Orientation Team Leader Info Session

Host: Shayaan Meyers, Director of Orientation
Description: Orientation team leaders volunteer their time to guide new students through their first week at Duquesne. They host meetings throughout orientation week to meet with new students, answer all questions pertaining to campus and city life, and mentor their students throughout the first semester. Want to learn more about how YOU can be one of these student leaders for the 2021-2022 Orientation? Join in on this session!

6:00 p.m. CSI: Student Life Book Club Kickoff

Host: Dr. Adam Wasilko, AVP for Student Involvement and Ashley Kane, Coordinator for Student Involvement/Disability Services
Description: Student Life will be starting a book club for all students but they need YOUR help in choosing the right book! Zoom with student life staff to figure out which book will be the best to read, and develop a book club schedule with them.


Tuesday, January 12

12:00 p.m. Virtual Career Road Trip: Federated Hermes

Federated Hermes is a leading global asset manager with a strong focus on responsible, sustainable, ethical and community-based business practices. Founded in 1955 in downtown Pittsburgh, they now manage a portfolio of over 11,000 client firms and total assets under management of over $600 billion. Join us for a virtual (Zoom-based) overview of Federated Hermes and an introduction by Advisory Services Manager, Luke Fleisch, to their "Responsible Investing" model and ESG Integration -- the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact of an investment decision. Following the presentation, the Federated Hermes recruiters Leslie Knox, Lori Maroni and Kim Miller will be available for a Q&A on their internship and fulltime hiring programs and processes. The firm is a top recruiter of Duquesne students into careers in finance, communications, marketing, IT and accounting. This session is the fourth in our six-part Virtual Career Road Trip series this academic year and a follow-up to our November session on "Advancing Women in Finance" featuring Duquesne alumna, Lori Defilippi, certified financial planner, Regional Sales Consultant, Federated Homes Inc.

Meeting ID: 971 1475 6338
Passcode: 943904

7:00 p.m. FAQ: How to join and get involved in Student Government

Host: Kallie Crawford, SGA President
Description: Join the Student Government Association to learn how to get involved in SGA! Representatives from the SGA Executive Board will be speaking about what students can do to get involved - so if making sure your fellow Dukes' voices are heard is important to you, come to this session!


Wednesday, January 13

3:00 p.m. Power Center: Meditation/Yoga

Host: Amber Lasure
Description: Take a break from your daily life and join the Power Center for a yoga session! Yoga is a powerful form of meditation and can help you relax and recharge before the start of the semester.

6:00 p.m. Counseling & Wellbeing: Self-Compassion workshop

Host: Dr. Amy Horton
Description: Are you hard on yourself? Do you struggle to manage stress? Are you experiencing difficult emotions? Would you like to feel more motivated? If so, then self-compassion is for you. In this series of three one-hour workshops, we will explore and understand the practice of self-compassion through discussion, experiential activities, and exercises.


Thursday, January 14

2:00 p.m. Homemade Pasta Making hosted by Center for Global Engagement & Office of Student Conduct

Join some foodies from our Center for Global Engagement & Office of Student Conduct for a simple yet delicious class on how to make your own pasta. We will be joined by a special guest from our Duquesne in Rome campus! 

Aaron Morelli works in the Center for Global Engagement and is Duquesne University's Manager of International Admissions and Recruitment. Aaron has studied the culinary arts in many cooking classes throughout his travels in Europe & living abroad in Southeast Asia. With a strong Italian heritage, Aaron has learned many culinary secrets from his grandma and has been cooking with his family since he could hold a spoon. Join Aaron as he walks us through his technique for hand-made pastas and a classic marinara sauce!

Shopping List

• 100g 00 Flour per person
• 100g Semolina Flour per person
• 4+ Eggs
• ¼ cup olive oil
• 4 garlic cloves
• 2 sprigs basil
• 2 28-oz whole peeled tomatoes
• 1 anchovy (optional)
• Kosher Salt
• Black Pepper

7:00 p.m. Greek Life Carnival

One of the longest standing traditions at the University is the Greek sponsored event known as Carnival, which occurs each year. A fraternity is paired with a sorority and they team up to write, produce, direct, choreograph, record, and star in their own original mini-musical productions. This year's theme, Unprecedented and Unstoppable, embodies positivity with an inspirational theme and creative, exciting storylines that focus on life during a pandemic. Carnival is a traditional event for the entire university community where hundreds of alumni, parents, faculty and friends attend to view the shows, but we are taking this online to give you a sneak peek from the comfort of your own couch. So log off of Netflix and come join us for a fun night of campus entertainment brought you by your Duquesne Greek family. Greek Carnival will take place on Thursday, January 14th at 7pm. Judges have watched the shows in advance and a winner has been chosen and will be announced at the end of the live stream. The winning fraternity and sorority will be receiving a monetary donation to award to their local or national philanthropy.


Friday, January 15

10:00 a.m. CARES: Substance Use Trends in Higher Education in the Era of Covid-19

We live in a culture that has a ‘love affair' with alcohol. We also live in a time where there is an Opiate epidemic across our country. Many of the proven support networks for people suffering with substance use problems are also extremely restricted due to the limits placed by covid-19? People are isolated, bored, lonely, and in some cases full of angst. These are realities people are coping with. And these are some of the realities that people are coping with by turning to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs. But what does the intersection of Covid-19 and Substance use look like on University campuses? What does it look like at Duquesne? (you'll be pleasantly surprised perhaps). Join us for a presentation on the intersection between Substance use and Covid-19, and see what it looks like for college students at Duquesne University and across the country.

7:00 p.m. Power Center: Virtual Gaming Tournament (create an account and register for tournament www.imleagues.com)

Game that students selected was Call of Duty. Tournament format will be a double elimination bracket which I will randomly draw about 30 minutes before the tournament begins. Teams of 2 will compete against each other until there's a winner each match.


Monday, January 18

2:00 p.m. FAQ: How to register with Disability Services

Did you receive academic and or environmental accommodations in high school or at your previous institution? If so, this informational session may be helpful for you to attend. Learn how to become registered with Duquesne's Office of Disability Services in order to receive accommodations.

7:00 p.m. Commuter Affairs: Trivia Night

TV Show Trivia - Then and Now! Join us for a night of TV Show trivia featuring questions from past and present hit television shows. Families can compete against other families for the opportunity to win gift card prizes. We hope you will join us for this evening of fun!


Tuesday, January 19

12:00p.m. Faith Journey Through Fantasy Land: Harry Potter

Join us as we discuss the theme of hope and working together in the Harry Potter series. Although a pandemic never hit the wizarding world and forced Hogwarts to the Floo Network for classes, there are a lot of things we can learn from Harry's, and his friends', approach; to adversity! Fans of the books and the movies are welcome to participate!

8:00 p.m. Duquesne Program Council: Super Trivia

"Think you're smart? Prove it. Join the Duquesne Program Council for an evening of challenging trivia questions and amazing prizes. If you're interested in participating, e-mail DPC and we'll send you the link."


Wednesday, January 20

12:00 p.m. New Student Orientation

2:00 p.m. Greek Life Info Session

Current Greek student leaders, chapter advisors, and staff from the Office of Greek Life will provide an overview of the fraternity and sorority experience at Duquesne and answer questions about the Greek community. This event is live and will provide an opportunity for participants to ask the panel of students, advisors, and staff questions in the chat function.

Meeting ID: 956 5954 8648
Passcode: 0322

6:00 p.m. Counseling & Wellbeing: Self-Compassion workshop

Host: Dr. Amy Horton
Description: Are you hard on yourself? Do you struggle to manage stress? Are you experiencing difficult emotions? Would you like to feel more motivated? If so, then self-compassion is for you. In this series of three one-hour workshops, we will explore and understand the practice of self-compassion through discussion, experiential activities, and exercises.