#DUQSGA Student Book Loan Program
What is our project?
The Duquesne University Student Book Loan Program is a student-driven initiative by the Student Government Association (SGA) that seeks to assist in purchasing University Core Curriculum textbooks for all Duquesne University students. All Duquesne students take these courses throughout their college career. Mindful of the financial burden students may face when purchasing textbooks, this program seeks to alleviate part of this burden. Students have enough on their mind in striving to achieve academic excellence and we strongly believe that worrying about finances should not be on the forefront.
We are passionate with this initiative because it exemplifies our Duquesne Mission of “serving God by serving others.” That is what the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and all of those who are part of the Duquesne community are called to do—assist those who may not be able to repay us. That is what the Duquesne Mission is all about. Our Spiritan Fathers came to Pittsburgh to educate the marginalized and poor immigrant children; 137 years later, these values are still instilled in those who make up our Duquesne community. The beauty and foundation of this project is that it benefits all Duquesne students.
How will the program work?
Gumberg Library supports this initiative and currently has a system in place that would enable students to easily access textbooks that are supported through this program.
- A student would go to the Circulation Desk at Gumberg Library and request to utilize a specific book.
- The student will be able to utilize the textbook on a two-hour interval, which can be easily extended once the allotted time comes to pass.
- A tracking system is attached to each book so we can see how often they are being used and if the program needs to be promoted more heavily on campus.
The initiative is based off of a similar program that is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In that program, students are able to borrow a specific book throughout the entire academic semester. In our program, multiple students will be able to utilize various textbooks.
What textbooks will be purchased?
Our goal is to purchase (3) copies of the following core textbooks:
- Quick Access Brief Text ($52.00)
- Everything’s an Argument ($69.95)
- Crossing the Rivers with Dogs ($85.75)
- Intro to Philosophy ($67.45)
- Catholic Bible ($30.00)
- Anselm Study Bible ($26.20)
- World Religions in Dialogue ($34.45)
- Religions of the World ($48.75)
- New Perspectives in Healthcare ($61.75)
- Medical Ethics (Cost: $85.75)
How will students be made aware that this program is available?
In conjunction with Academic Affairs, instructors will alert students of this program in classes where the books are required. In addition, the word will be spread via Gumberg Library social media accounts and our CampusLink student activity portal. We will be able to track how many times books are checked out to see if promotion needs to be increased.
A perk to those who donate.
All donors who contribute to this initiative will have their names listed in the books purchased from the funds raised.
The SGA Matching Challenge
Need an extra incentive to give? The Student Government Association will donate $100 for every $100 donated to the campaign (up to $500)!
Spread the word.
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Thank you for your consideration and support.
Thank you for taking the time for considering our initiative. Through your consideration and support, we are able to ensure our students are receiving a quality education built upon values that we hold near and dear to our hearts. Your support is an outward sign of living our mission. Words cannot express our gratitude for all that you do for Duquesne University.
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Questions? Contact John Foster, project owner, Duquesne University senior and Student Government Association President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Jakielo, A’05, GA’10, assistant director of annual giving, at email@example.com.