As I was thinking about what I wanted to blog about this week, a few thoughts crossed my mind. Do I write about the twelfth anniversary of 9/11? Nah, too heavy and somber of a topic. Do I write about the Pittsburgh Pirates having their first winning season since 1992? By the way, I’m old enough to remember 1992 and what that experience was like. Buccos fans, you have no idea. Do I write about Friday the 13th?

Or, do I write about being back at this wonderful university now as an employee? I was a graduate student here in the early 2000’s. So, almost two weeks into being the new Assistant Dean, I’ve learned a lot. Here are some observations thus far. In no particular order:

  • People hold doors for one another here. I’ve worked at other universities and this didn’t happen. It’s the little details that tell me a lot about the fabric of the people.
  • Generally speaking, there are a lot of well-dressed folks around campus. People seem to take pride in their appearance.
  • This place has a soul. As evidenced by the caring nature of students, faculty, and staff. Being a Catholic University still has meaning and relevance in 2013. This one hits home for me.
  • The students, staff, and faculty are some of the best and brightest I’ve ever met in terms of willingness to help and talk with you.
  • The McAnulty College of Liberal Arts is an incubator for deep and strategic thinkers.
  • Our disciplines in College Hall could not be more diverse from Philosophy to Journalism Media Arts to Computer Science. Yet, it works like Mumford and Sons live in concert as a well orchestrated ensemble.
  • Pittsburgh reminds me every morning of why I’m proud to call this place home. We’re in one of the best places in the country, world, etc.
  • Duquesne Strong is catchy and has so many meanings as it helps define us as a campus community.

I recognize these aren’t deep, earth-moving observations but it makes me realize that we are Duquesne Strong in so many ways.

What’s your experience here at Duquesne been? Leave a comment to tell us more.





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