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Women's Advisory Board



Message from the President

As we continue the tradition of the members who have preceded us, the WAB is dedicated to providing scholarships for deserving students and supporting the mission of Duquesne University.  In particular, we award a scholarship to the winner of the Mary Pappert School of Music competition held in March each year.

This year our concentration is on growing our membership and expanding our presence on campus.  We ask you to consider membership in our organization if you are committed to Duquesne University and its students.   Each member is valued as an important part of an organization that just celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. 

I invite you to attend one of our meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.  Meetings are held in the Board Room, Fifth Floor, Administration Building.

My best wishes,

Mary McIntyre


      In the Fall of 1953, on October 5, a small group of women met and formed the Duquesne University Advisory Board.  Mrs. John T. Ryan, Jr. was the first president.  They were women of diversified interests througout the community, but they were bound together throughout the community by a common bond of faith in the high quality of education offered at Duquesne University.  They were organized to assist in the plans of the University's most eminent president, Fr. Vernon Gallagher.  Since their contributions were in the social and cultural field, they had both a spiritual and material nature; the latter being best exemplified in the Scholarship Found established for the School of Music. 

     In the first year of the Board's existence much was accomplished as the members hosted the following events: 

    *  Dedication of Assumption Hall, a dormitory for women, in October
    *  St. Joan of Arc at the Stake was presented by the University Workshop in the late fall
    * Faust was presented by the Vocal Workshop in November
    * Schools of Business and Law ground breaking ceremony in late November
    * Verdi's Il Trovatore production in the Spring

     As time went on, the members were hostesses for many formal and informal affairs at the request of the President, Fr. Vernon Gallagher. 
     For several years, the Board held a lovely tea to welcome the freshman girls.  At the same time, periodicals, magazines, subscriptions, and out-of-town papears were placed in the libraries of Assumption and St. Ann Halls.

     Later, a memorial committee was formed.  Many excellent and valuable volumes are in the main library, gifts of the Women's Advisory Board in memory of loved ones. 

     However, the "old order changeth" and the day arrived when young women were no longer interested in teas.  They also abandoned the libraries in the dormitories and favored the main University Library.  The Board then offered other activities such as boat rides on the three rivers, champagne receptions for the freshmen and their escorts, and a fashion show where models were taught the art of applying make up.

     During all these years, the highlight of the Board's calendar was the Ball held in the late fall.   The dance become synonymous with red roses.  All the tables were lavish with two dozen American Beauties spilling over the pristine white cloth.  The Ball is still the highlight; but, alas, there is no longer the extravagance of American Beauty roses.

     Duquesne University Women's Advisory Board has added another highlight to its calendar--the President's Commencement Dinner.  At this event, Fr. McAnulty, president of Duquesne University, honors the recipients of honorary degres, the Executive Board, the Board of Directors, and the Holy Ghost Fathers. 

      Many women of brilliant and exciting memory are still spoken of with soft and fond recall:  Mrs. Dominic Navarro, Mrs. Thomas M. Jones III, Miss Josephine T. O'Neill, Mrs. Andrea Iversen, Mrs. Christine Rocereta, and Mrs. William Seifert to name a few.

     Hopefully, the inquiring and intelligent minds of Duquesne University Women's Advisory Board will continue to meet the challenge and will be of service intellectually and spiritually not only to Duquesne University but to the community at large.

                                                                                               Recollections from Past President Margaret Mary Coleman

60 Years Later

     The members of the Women's Advisory Board continue to provide a scholarship for a Music Student and other worthy students in the nine schools and the College.  In addition an Endowed Scholarship now exists in its name.  The members continue the tradition begun in the 50s of a formal Ball in November.  All funds raised at the event are dispersed.  The members are no longer hostesses for University events, but they provide an invaluable service by promoting the talents of young music students and assisting students who need financial help.



We hope you will investigate the site and learn about our organization.  Our main goal is to raise monies for scholarships for students at the University, both in the Music School and in the other departments on a rotating basis. In addition, we give funds to various other philanthropic endeavors.   Because of the success of our Power Ball over the past several years, we were able to begin the Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship, which will ensure financial assistance for deserving students well into the future.

If you are interested in joining our organization, please get in touch with Mary McIntyre at 412-396-6668 or mcintyre@duq.edu.   You will be warmly welcomed by a group of dedicated, vibrant, and motivated women!