The annual Duquesne University Carnival is in its 64th year! One of the longest standing traditions at the University is the Greek sponsored event which occurs each year in the spring semester. All of Duquesne's general fraternities and sororities participate in the event, as well as many professional and service groups. A fraternity is paired with a sorority and they team up to write, produce, direct, choreograph and star in their own original mini-musical productions. The Greeks put on several performances throughout the week. The students even build their own scenery and make their own costumes! To add to the atmosphere, dozens of other student organizations sell their wares at concession booths throughout the week. Organizations such as Student Government, the Duquesne Program Council, Commuter Council, Residence Hall Association and numerous others sell everything from cotton candy, to t-shirts, to the opportunity to throw pies at faculty members! Carnival is a traditional event for the entire university community where hundreds of alumni, parents, faculty and friends attend to view the shows and purchase items at booths each year. This year's event will take place in the Student Union Ballroom on October 17, 2015.
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Greek Local Volunteer Projects
This program focuses on service learning and fraternal core values. In recent years both the Panhellenic Council and the Inter-Fraternity Council have each taken an organization to focus their philanthropic and service efforts on. IFC has focused on the Josh Gibson Foundation in the Hill District Neighborhood and Panellenic has focused on the YMCA. Members will also participate in various service projects throughout the city. All chapters are encouraged to participate in many of the activities including clean-ups, holiday service events, and library volunteer work. The Greek Community is proud of the local service work that is achieved each year by Fraternity & Sorority members at Duquesne.
Greek Ambassador Program
The Greek Ambassador program is a leadership development opportunity for sophomore, student members of Greek chapters in serving as the campus representatives of Greek Life at various events. Ambassadors begin the year by participating in Freshmen Orientation as move-in volunteers. Following move-in, they embark on an intensive two-day retreat that helps members of each organization refine leadership and interpersonal skills in an effort to effect positive change into their own chapter, the Greek Community and campus as a whole. 25 students from different chapters participate each year and focus on topics like Greek Unity, Risk Management, Team Building, Recruitment, and many other important topics. Students and facilitators not only develop and hone interpersonal skills, they also have a great time!
Each semester the Office of Greek Life sponsors this new member leadership education program for the Fraternity & Sorority community. Topics covered include the History of the American Fraternity Movement, Risk Management issues, and today's Fraternity & Sorority life at Duquesne and across the country.
Each Spring Semester the Office of Greek Life sponsors the annual Greek Leadership forum for our members and the entire student body during Greek Week. In 2014, the Forum Speaker was Kim Novak of NovakTalks, Inc. Ms. Novak spoke about hazing prevention and risk prevention. Past speakers have included Bishop David Zubik, Rick Barnes, David Stollman, T.J. Sullivan, and Mitch Crane speaking on a myriad of subjects that directly impact campus life. Each year the program is a resounding success and provides practical and educational opportunities for our student population. Due to the nature of the 2014 forum and Greek Life's commitment to bettering campus life in general, Greek Life opened Greek forum up to members of all Duquesne Dukes athletic teams too.
Greek Week 2015- April 12th thru April 18th
Greek Week is another great tradition at Duquesne. Originating in the 1960's on the bluff, the week-long event has grown in magnitude and scope each and every year. The primary purpose of Greek Week is to raise money for the "Charity of Choice" through all members of campus fraternities and sororities working together in a unified spirit. Over the past ten years, Greek Week has raised more than $100,000 for local charities like Friends of Danang, United Cerebral Palsy, World Vision, Inc., the Pittsburgh Children's Homeless Fund, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The 2015 "Charity of Choice" was Spiritan Mission School in Ghana.
Events include the annual Greek Games, a Blood Drive benefiting the Red Cross, The Greek God and Goddess Pageant, Dodgeball, Can-Struction, Parent/Alumni Reception and Greek Sing. The events are open to the entire campus community for Greeks and independent students to work together for a common cause--helping raise money for worthy charities. Alumni, parents, staff and faculty are also encouraged to attend!
For more information about Greek Week contact the chairs. Greekweek@duq.edu