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Activities/Events

University Carnival

The annual Duquesne University Carnival is in its 63rd 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 November 2, 2013.

Carnival 2013 Chair-- Johnny Doan, Alpha Delta
Carnival 2013 Chair-- Elizabeth Archambault, Alpha Gamma Delta
Carnival 2013 Chair-- Rachel Pastorek, Alpha Phi

For more information about Carnival, contact carnival@duq.edu.


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.


Annual Greek Leadership Retreat

This intensive daylong program helps members of each organization refine leadership and interpersonal skills in an effort to effect positive change into their own chapter and the Greek Community. Sixty 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 also have a great time!


Greek 101

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.


Greek Forum

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 2013, the Forum Speaker was Bishop David Zubik. Bishop Zubik spoke about social justice and community service. Past speakers have included Rick Barnes, David Stollman, T.J. Sullivan, and Mitch Crane. Each year the program is a big success providing additional educational opportunities for our student population.


Greek Week 2014- March 30th thru April 5th

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 2013 "Charity of Choice" was St. Anthony's School Program, a Catholic-based inclusive educational environment for children ages 5-21 with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.
Events include the annual Chariot Race, 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.

Ryan Drabik, Tau Kappa Epsilon

Marina Bucci, Alpha Sigma Tau

Andrew Havranek, Sigma Nu

Bernadette McGuire, Alpha Phi