Stepping Up: Dr. Anthony Kane
When Duquesne switched to remote learning in March, most Duquesne students moved out of their residence halls and back to their permanent residences to finish the school year. Similarly, most Duquesne employees transitioned to working remotely from home offices.
For Dr. Anthony Kane and his fellow resident directors, his home office is Duquesne.
Kane is the assistant director of Residence Life and resident director in Assumption Hall. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students remaining on campus were moved to Vickroy Hall and resident directors adjusted their typical living situations as needed.
Since the move, Anthony has meticulously consulted with campus departments to make sure all students have been accounted for and supported. He has spent hours making personal Zoom calls and office visits with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to check on his students. He has also attended the virtual preview days to answer parent questions and to affirm prospective students that they will be well cared for during their time at Duquesne.
"Anthony Kane walked into the Office of Residence Life seven years ago and had an immediate impact on our department," said Sharon Oelschlager, assistant vice president in the Office of Residence Life. "Anthony demonstrated his excellent leadership skills this summer as he managed the central office while the University operated remotely. Anthony is well-loved by students, as he is kind and caring, but holds students accountable and administers 'tough love' when necessary. I am grateful for his service and his dedication."
Kane started working at Duquesne in April 2013 as an administrative intern in the Office of Residence Life and then in the Office of Greek Life. He then worked as an assistant resident director, then resident director of Towers Living Learning Center from 2014-2018 before his promotion to assistant director of Residence Life in 2018.
"In the past two months, especially, Dr. Kane has shown what it means to be a supporting leader," said Kai Javois, assistant resident director in Towers. "He has a methodical approach that has helped us to serve our students on campus to the best of our abilities during this time. He has taken the time to listen and learn the students' stories and understand how we can best support them."
Thank you, Anthony, for your commitment to our students' wellbeing on and off campus!
Stepping Up We're recognizing individual Duquesne employees who are going above and beyond in their job duties (beyond transitioning to online services) to serve our students, our campus and local community during these uncertain times. To submit an individual for nomination, email Emily Stock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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