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Promoting Wellbeing

Spiritan Campus Ministry

Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.
—Micah 6:8

Spiritan Campus Ministry offers opportunities for community service, spiritual, and cross-cultural involvement on campus and across the globe. Spiritan Campus Ministry is more than just an organization. From liturgical celebrations, cross-cultural mission experiences and local service projects, Spiritan Campus Ministry invites you to explore all the ways you can contribute at Duquesne and beyond. Spiritan Campus Ministry also offers you many ways to broaden, enhance and enrich your faith while a student, faculty or staff member at Duquesne.

When to Talk to a Campus Minister

Feel free to contact Spiritan Campus Ministry anytime, but especially when:

  • You are worried about grades
  • You are in conflict over friends or a roommate
  • You have questions about your sexuality
  • You have concerns about your family or friends
  • Your faith is challenged
  • You or someone you know is ill
  • You are considering becoming Catholic, or need preparation to receive the sacraments of Eucharist, Confirmation, and/or Reconciliation
  • You have questions on morality
  • You are facing issues of death and dying
  • You or someone you know is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy
Pastoral Counseling

If you wish to talk with a professional about various life issues, pastoral counseling can provide the opportunity for confidential conversation and caring.

Campus ministers are professional men and women, lay and ordained, who are specially trained to address the spiritual, religious, and ministerial needs of college students, faculty, staff and alumni. At Duquesne, we seek to foster an active and vital spiritual life among the Duquesne community as we define and internalize the values and beliefs that shape our lives.
Visit Spiritan Campus Ministry for more information.

Health Services

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless and intelligence cannot be applied.
—Herophilus, Greek physician

We, at Duquesne University Health Service, advocate the provision of competent, confidential, and compassionate health care to undergraduate and graduate students for the education of the mind, heart, and spirit. We are committed to creating an environment that encourages students to take responsibility for their personal health, fitness, and education through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. We embrace diversity and strive to identify and address individual student needs. Our role at the University will enable students to participate fully in their educational process, as well as prepare them for life beyond in society.

We are committed to collaborate and cooperate with other departments throughout the University community in a shared initiative for the advancement of wellbeing, acknowledging and integrating the seven (7) dimensions of wellness: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and environmental.

Since good health is essential for work and study, students can receive medical, mental health and wellness services through Duquesne's own Health Service. Open weekdays, by appointment, the Health Service offers:

  • Physician and nursing care and routine physical exams
  • Laboratory testing and allergy injections
  • Emergency care
  • Referrals
  • Nutrition counseling and health education
  • Adult Immunizations

Visit Health Service for more information.

University Counseling Center

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est
(Where charity and love are, God is.)

The Duquesne University Counseling Center meaningfully contributes to the healing of those students who find themselves suffering from emotional distress. We open our doors, as well as our hearts, and welcome those that are both hungry and thirsting for life-giving words...words that will console, soothe, inspire, and create possibilities for well-being. We live the mission of service to others, not only as a response to our chosen occupation, but also as a vocation, a true calling that influences every aspect of what we do and hopefully impacts each and every student, faculty, and staff member we encounter.

Fundamentally, we are engaged in helping students live a revitalized existence, a life that is relatively free from the psychological and emotional entanglements that ultimately impair their ability to experience enduring happiness.
The Duquesne University Counseling Centers offers free and confidential counseling services to Duquesne students. Short-term or long-term depending on your needs.
Personal Counseling

  • To help you process, explore, care for, and heal thoughts and feelings associated with sadness and worry
  • To help you recover from traumatic experiences or painful memories connected with your past
  • To help you better adjust to being away from home
  • To enhance the quality of your relationships with others
  • To help you address and cope with intense feelings and emotions that may be difficult for you to manage
  • To improve your self-concept and self-esteem
  • To gain valuable self-insight that has the power to positively transform the way you live
  • To understand how even the most painful thoughts and feelings bring attention to those aspects of you that need care, compassion, and ultimately love.
Group Counseling
  • Discover that you are not alone in that others experience similar difficulties and may be able to give and receive help with stress management, self-concept, relationships, anxiety, grief support, body image and other life challenges.
  • A one-session consultation is free to faculty and staff with a personal problem or difficulties with a student or co-worker.
  • Our counselors will speak to groups (faculty, staff, and student groups) on topics like stress management, relationship strategies, conflict resolution, and team building to name only a few. You may also contact our office regarding any workshop topic and we will be happy to explore it with you.
Testing Services
  • We schedule testing times for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and administer national testing of the LSAT, MPRE and PRAXIS.
  • Learn to decrease stress, anxiety, panic and depression through relaxation techniques through playing a computer game.

Visit the Counseling Center for more information

Office of Residence Life: DU CARES

We know that there is more to college life than going to class...

Socializing, meeting new friends, and trying new activities are also important aspects of college life. At Duquesne we want you to do these things safely.

Duquesne Cares is here to:
  • teach students basic information about alcohol and other drugs.
  • refer students to appropriate services if alcohol/other drugs become a problem.
  • assist those students in recovery.
  • present programs to groups, organizations, and academic classes.
  • provide suggestions on how to maintain a low-risk healthy lifestyle.
  • assist those being affected by the drinking or other drug use of another person.
Programs that DU CARES offers:
  • Individual and group consultation, education and referral regarding issues of one's own, or other's alcohol and or other drug use
  • Group educational classes for students who violate alcohol and/or other drug policy and/or laws
  • Anger management and conflict resolution educational program for individuals.
  • Presentations in academic classes regarding the impact of drugs and alcohol on individuals and society as a whole (these programs are targeted to the specific academic audience)
  • Plan and promote alcohol free activities 
  • Implement Social Norms campaign challenging faulty perceptions and myths about alcohol use
  • Education programs to targeted organizations on high risk/hazardous drinking patterns addressing legal and clinical risks
  • Provide educational programs on the differences between primary and secondary behaviors associated with alcohol and other drug use
  • Educational programs on healthy relationships and alcohol facilitated decision making in relationships (i.e., alcohol facilitated sexual assault vs. boundary issues; differences between consent, compliance & coercion; meaning of unwanted vs. unplanned physical activity, risks of poor decision making in relationships resulting from alcohol use, etc.)

Visit Duquesne Cares for more information.

The Academic Research Center for Pharmacy Care

The Academic Research Center for Pharmacy Care is dedicated to the education of the public in an effort to promote wellness, increase awareness of risk for chronic diseases, medication therapy management, and improve health outcomes.
The Academic Research Center for Pharmacy Care is part of the Academic Partners Program, a pharmacist-coordinated provider of disease prevention and disease management services for the Duquesne University campus and Pittsburgh community.

The Center for Pharmacy Care, established in October 2002, provides wellness, disease prevention and medication therapy management programs, focusing on hypertension, dyslipedemia, diabetes and osteoporosis.

We offer campus and community health screenings, lifestyle counseling, educational seminars, drug therapy review and management, disease state management and outcome reporting for certain health conditions.

Our educational programs, presented by experienced clinical faculty, residents and fellows, enhance the awareness of health and wellness issues. We provide an individualized assessment of current medication therapies and assist our clients in choosing self-care treatment options.

Our screening professionals are student pharmacists under the supervision of our faculty. The Center is dedicated to the education of the public in an effort to promote wellness, increase awareness of risk for chronic diseases, medication therapy management, and improve health outcomes. We are driven by the desire to improve the health outcomes and wellbeing of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities.

What the Center Can Do For You
  • Travel clinic
  • Health risk assessment
  • Counsel and advise on medication therapy and possible self-care options
  • Adult immunization
  • Disease state management programs for high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes
  • Education on lifestyle changes that can improve, maintain and promote well-being
  • Chart your progress toward positive outcomes
  • Medication therapy management consultations
  • Tobacco cessation counseling

Visit the Center for Pharmacy Care for more information.

Recreation Department

At Duquesne University's Recreation Department fitness is seen as a lifestyle choice. It is not defined within parameters of fitness test results, weight control, or capabilities. It means doing something every day, moving your body, to maintain your overall health. It is about finding balance in your life to do something for yourself that will provide you with more endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination.

We co-sponsor educational events, with the Counseling Center, Health Center, University Wellness Committee on fitness and mental health topics.

Cardiovascular & Strength Training Equipment Options

The state-of-the-art recreation facility was built for the exclusive use of Duquesne students, faculty, and staff.

  • The 2nd floor fitness area includes 58 pieces of cardio equipment and 20 Nautilus selectorized machines for circuit training.
  • A High Intensity Training Zone (HIT Zone) is located on the 3rd floor of the Power Center. This space includes alternative training methods like power ropes, kettlebells, and plyometric boxes. 
  • The 4th floor houses (2) Free Weight Rooms that include a wide variety of strength training equipment.
Group Fitness Classes 

The Power Center houses three group fitness facilities: a Main Group Fitness studio, a Spinning Studio with 31 bikes, and a fully equipped yoga/Pilates studio. Over 70 classes are offered throughout the day to meet University members' needs and demanding schedules.

Classes are open to Duquesne University students, faculty, staff, and administration. A valid university ID must be used to enter the facility to participate in the classes.

Classes Include: Yoga; Pilates; Spinning; Zumba; TurboKick; Tai Chi; Ballet & Jazz; 90-Minute Challenge

Questions about current group exercise schedule contact Amber at  412-396-3503 or email: lasurea@duq.edu 

Fitness Assessments/Orientations

We offer a free one-hour session to help participants become familiar with the equipment and get started in a workout. A fitness professional will instruct the individual on the basic mechanics of the circuit training equipment available in the main fitness room, going over muscle groups used, proper form guidelines, and adjustments that should be made for a safe and effective workout.

Personal Training

The Personal Training Program, open to all students, administrators, faculty, and staff, offers one-on-one sessions with a qualified personal trainer, who deigns a fitness program to specifically meet the client's needs and interests.

Group Personal Training

This program offers DU community member the ability to work with a certified personal trainer or group fitness professional in groups of 2 - 5 individuals. It is designed to help participants reach their goals, with the added motivation of working out with friends or colleagues.

Fitness & Wellness Events

Many programs are offered throughout the academic year to help enhance the Duquesne student's recreation experience. A special emphasis is placed on a strong mind, body, and spirit, so the student can better meet the demands of rigorous academic pursuits. Programs include:

  • Power Triathlon Challenge - Fall Incentive Program 
  • Body for Break - Spring Incentive Program
  • Simply Sensible Nutrition 
  • Everyday Weight Management 
  • Yoga for Runners 
  • Mindful Meditation
  • 108 Sun Salutations
  • THE WALK for Breast Cancer Research
  • Running Shoe & Gait Analysis
  • Free Weight Fundamentals
Chair Massage

Chair massage is available on a weekly basis in the 2nd floor lobby of the Power Center. This program is offered through The Healing Touch, and works with licensed massage therapists.


The Department of Recreation offers a wide variety of intramural leagues and tournaments each academic year. Intramurals is a great way to exercise, socialize, compete and bond with fellow students. All leagues are divided into 5 categories, freshmen, greek, co-ed, women and men. Anyone wishing to form a team or join as a free agent, you can simply register at the 2nd floor of the Power Center or call Jason Brailey at 412-396-5167 or braileyj@duq.edu.

Intramural Leagues

5 on 5 basketball
Flag Football
Indoor Soccer
Outdoor Soccer
Power Madness Basketball
Roller and Dek Hockey
Rag Ball
Intramural Tournaments
3 on 3 basketball
Indoor Soccer
Power Invitational Basketball Tournament
Ultimate Frisbee
Wally Ball
Intramural facilities include:
McCloskey Field
Power Center- 2 multi-purpose courts
Power Center-2 racquetball courts
Outdoor basketball and hockey court
Club Sports

The Department of Recreation offers the following club sports: Rugby, Ice Hockey, Roller Hockey, Rowing, Golf and Equestrian.

If you have any questions about our current club sports or wish to apply for a new club sport, please contact Dan McCarthy at 412.396.4812 or mccarthyd@duq.edu.

Visit the Recreation Department for more information.